A new era in auto insurance

Starting April 1, Massachusetts drivers will have more choices in auto insurance as the state moves away from its formerly regulated system.

Motorists' records may be underrated

A 27-year-old single woman with a perfect driving record could see her insurance premium increase an average of 5.2 percent this year, while an older married couple who each had major at-fault accidents every three years could have their premiums decrease by nearly 14 percent under the state's new competitive auto insurance system, which takes effect April 1, according to ... (Boston Globe, 2/28/08)

Progressive joins Mass. insurance market

Progressive Insurance, the nation's third-largest auto insurer, will begin offering auto insurance to Massachusetts drivers May 1, the company said. (Boston Globe, 2/26/08)

Browsing for a better auto insurance deal

Drivers, start your engines. For the first time in 30 years, Massachusetts motorists can today start comparison shopping for competitively priced auto insurance. (Boston Globe, 2/17/08)

Cut in auto rates to average 7.7%

Massachusetts auto insurance premiums will drop an average of just under 8 percent in the first year of the state's new competitive insurance system, less than what some analysts had forecast would happen if regulators continued to set the rates. (Boston Globe, 11/20/07)

Auto insurers in Mass. can't use credit history

Insurance Commissioner Nonnie S. Burnes reversed course in issuing final regulations for next year's move to auto insurance competition, deciding companies should not be allowed to use a driver's credit history in setting rates or deciding whom to insure. (Boston Globe, 10/6/07)

Mass. 4th most expensive

Massachusetts held steady as the fourth-most-expensive state for auto insurance in 2005, according to the most recent state-to-state data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. (Boston Globe, 9/25/07)

Critics: Don't let insurers use credit scores

The state attorney general, consumer groups, and several insurance companies yesterday urged Insurance Commissioner Nonnie S. Burnes to prohibit automobile insurers from using a driver's credit history to directly or indirectly set what he or she pays for coverage. (Boston Globe, 9/21/07)

As Mass. auto insurance rules change, fate of group discounts is uncertain

Should drivers pay less for auto insurance simply because they maintain a checking account at a particular bank, graduated from law school, or work as surgeons? (Boston Globe, 9/14/07)

New Jersey may offer drivers a glimpse of the road ahead

NEWARK -- With one phone call, Lourette Pediford did what no Massachusetts driver can do: shop around for a better deal on auto insurance. (Boston Globe, 8/26/07)

N.J. car rate specialist backs social factors

New Jersey's former insurance commissioner said it will be difficult to attract national automobile insurance carriers to Massachusetts without allowing them to use such socioeconomic factors as credit history, homeownership, occupation, or education. (Boston Globe, 8/26/07)

Put brakes on deregulated auto insurance, senators say

Insurance Commissioner Nonnie S. Burnes has promised to keep a tight regulatory rein on automobile insurers as competition is introduced next year, but several state senators said yesterday they weren't content to rely on the commissioner's assurances. (Boston Globe, 8/24/07)

Big auto insurer weighs joining Mass. market

Billionaire investor Warren E. Buffett said yesterday he wants to bring the low auto insurance rates offered by Geico Corp. to Massachusetts, the only state where the company does not already sell policies. (Boston Globe, 8/8/07)

FTC: report backs use of credit scores by auto insurers

The Federal Trade Commission said yesterday that credit scores are valid predictors of future auto insurance claims, but they tend to penalize African-Americans and Hispanics more than whites and Asians. (Boston Globe, 7/25/07)

State to let drivers shop for best rates

Insurance Commissioner Nonnie S. Burnes yesterday said she plans to give the 4 million drivers in Massachusetts a taste of auto insurance competition next year, letting them shop around for the best deal for the first time in 30 years. (Boston Globe, 7/17/07)