Samantha Kostaras is an Insurance Writer for Reviews.com where she covers everything about making sure you’re covered. With a background in both finance and writing, Samantha enjoys helping readers make informed decisions about their insurance. Her favorite service she’s subscribed to is Spotify Premium which she uses to binge news, science, and personal finance podcasts.

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ERIE Auto Insurance

ERIE Auto Insurance

Oct 22, 2019 | Review

ERIE Auto Insurance Review ERIE auto insurance earned a spot on our list of the best auto insurance companies for its top-ranked customer satisfaction and unique built-in coverages. It offers uncommonly broad coverage for eligible customers. Standard auto insurance policies from ERIE include several unique options like pet coverage, locksmith services, and moving van coverage....

9 Things You Didn’t Realize About a AAA Membership

9 Things You Didn’t Realize About a AAA Membership

Oct 21, 2019 | News

AAA is known for its membership-based roadside assistance service. For a flat, annual fee, and depending on membership level, you get access to a set number of free AAA service calls per year and with typical base memberships ranging from about $50 to $80 annually, this service can pay for itself quickly if you need…

Wildfire Season: What Homeowners Need to Know

Wildfire Season: What Homeowners Need to Know

Oct 17, 2019 | News

Every year, wildfires in the U.S. make headlines as people are driven from their communities, unsure whether they will have homes to return to. Federal officials have warned wildfires threaten to bring even more destruction, so homeowners should know how to prepare for, protect against, and recover from these natural disasters. California wildfires tend to…

Esurance Homeowners Insurance Review

Esurance Homeowners Insurance Review

Oct 10, 2019 | Review

Esurance Homeowners Insurance Review Esurance is owned by Allstate, the fourth largest property and casualty insurer by market share in the United States, and pairs the innovative spirit of a tech company with the financial strength of a major insurer. Esurance was one of the first companies to take the insurance process online, so it’s...

Here’s What Determines How Much You Pay for Car Insurance

Here’s What Determines How Much You Pay for Car Insurance

Oct 07, 2019 | News

The cost of your auto insurance premium is the result of careful risk calculations by your insurer based on lots of different factors. Car insurance bills won’t come with an itemized receipt with how much you’re paying for falling into certain categories, but this guide will help you learn about the factors that influence the…

Mercury Insurance Ends Legal Battle For $41 Million. Are You Being Charged Illegal Fees?

Mercury Insurance Ends Legal Battle For $41 Million. Are You Being Charged Illegal Fees?

Oct 04, 2019 | News

Mercury Insurance Company’s 20-year legal battle with the California Department of Insurance over fees charged to consumers has finally come to a $41 million conclusion, according to California regulators.  The record-setting payment comes after the California Supreme Court refused to review Mercury’s case regarding broker fees in August, causing Mercury to pay the $27.6 million…

How to Choose What Auto Insurance Coverage Levels You Need

How to Choose What Auto Insurance Coverage Levels You Need

Oct 02, 2019 | News

Choosing the right auto insurance coverage levels is important not only to keep you legal on the road, but to keep your personal assets protected in the event of an accident. This guide will help you balance cost with coverage. First, it’s important to understand three of the key components of an auto insurance policy:…

Types of Life Insurance Policies

Types of Life Insurance Policies

Sep 25, 2019 | News

With so many options, choosing the right type of life insurance for your situation can be an overwhelming process. There are several kinds of policies, each with their own set of advantages: Term Life Insurance Whole Life Insurance Universal Life Insurance Guaranteed Universal Life Insurance Variable Life Insurance Variable Universal Life Insurance No-Exam or Simplified…

What You Should Know About the Largest Car Insurance Companies

What You Should Know About the Largest Car Insurance Companies

Sep 20, 2019 | News

The largest car insurance companies are some of the most recognizable names in the auto insurance industry. The top 15 alone have almost 80% of the market share, and the top four have just over 50%.   Larger insurers tend to have financial strength you can rely on and the budget to provide better online tools,…

Tesla Believes the Future of Car Insurance Is All About Driver Data

Tesla Believes the Future of Car Insurance Is All About Driver Data

Sep 11, 2019 | News

Tesla introduced the latest addition to its list of sleek product innovations last month: car insurance. The news of a car manufacturer insuring its own vehicles made headlines even outside the Tesla bubble, but the idea was met with skepticism by some long-established industry experts. At his company’s annual meeting in May, Warren Buffet, CEO…