Anatomy of a Car Insurance Buyer: Learn What Drivers Like You Purchased

Foster City, CA (PRWEB) August 14, 2014

Three out of four drivers choose a $ 500 deductible when they shop for collision and comprehensive insurance.

About 21 percent of married drivers want to buy towing and rental reimbursement; 13 percent of single drivers do.

And 32 percent of drivers under age 25 shop for the lowest legal amount of liability coverage, but only 19 percent of drivers over 55 do.

A new analysis of more than 500,000 car insurance quotes delivered through, the car insurance comparison-shopping website, reveals big distinctions among states, drivers and age groups.

Minimum coverage is OK for some folks and not so much for others. And people looking to save money always wonder when to drop comp and collision, said managing editor Des Toups. Looking at what most people in your situation do can be very helpful.

The wide differences in drivers needs led to the What Drivers Like You Buy tool, which offers consumers a look at what others in their state with similar profiles homeownership, age, model year of vehicle are shopping for. Nationwide, the most common coverage profile looks like this:

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SMART Cars, Inc. Celebrates 20 Years Serving Chicago

Schiller Park, IL (PRWEB) August 18, 2014

Its time to celebrate yet another bright Chicago idea. Twenty years ago SMART Cars, Inc. was incorporated as Chicagos first-ever chauffeured sedan car service. Before SMART Cars, all non-taxi livery licenses in the city were held by limousine companies. Business travelers heading for a Chicago airport had but two uninviting options: a costly stretch limo or a time-worn Chicago taxi.

All of this changed in 1994 when SMART Cars founder and President Stuart Rothstein, himself a frequent high-end business traveler, saw the need for a better way to get around town. Soon he had discovered a large and untapped market for comfort, convenience and reliability far superior to that of a taxi but costing far less than a limousine.

His epiphany was the concept of sedan service consisting of luxury sedans, operated by professional chauffeurs, working seamlessly with businesses large and small. Since then, Rothsteins SMART Cars formula of comfort, convenience and reliability has won and maintained the loyalty of top Chicago businesses and Fortune 500 firms including ED&F Man Financial, UPS, McKinsey & Company; certainly U. of C., from whose business school Rothstein earned his M.B.A.

“I rely on Smart Cars because of their safety, dependability and outstanding client service the reservationists, dispatchers and wonderful drivers all make you feel like youre their most important client. I highly recommend them to business colleagues, friends and family.” ~Connie Resendes, Head of Global Sales Excellence at Morningstar

In its early years, SMART Cars trained Chauffeurs drove clients primarily to and from Chicagos Midway and OHare airports. Today, they offer transportation not only citywide and region-wide but throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East, always utilizing fully vetted affiliate organizations. A single call to SMART Cars lets you seamlessly place all of your chauffeured ground transportation reservations almost anywhere in the world.

To keep SMART Cars on the cutting edge of the rapidly evolving field of chauffeured transportation, Rothstein travels widely, attending conferences and making presentations. He has served on several boards in his field, including the National Limousine Association (NLA) and the Illinois Limousine Association (ILA).

Advances in technology are so rapid; theyre fast separating the wheat from the chaff in our business. As head of a strictly value-driven company, I feel fortunate to use my training to keep SMART Cars ahead of the curve technologically. Theres no doubt, its the new technologies in booking, communicating and asset optimization that are creating the value demanded by upscale travelers today, said Mr. Rothstein.

To mark its 20th anniversary, SMART Cars will soon be announcing new technological advances to further enhance the SMART Cars experience. These include:


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Jameson Van Houten of Stonegate Financial Group Offers Top Advice on How to Save for Q4 2014

Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) August 20, 2014

Coming into the holiday season, many people are looking for ways to save up so that they can take end-of-year vacations, pay for gifts for their friends and family, or just to save money for the future. In an effort to help those people wanting to put away money for the future, Jameson Van Houten of Stonegate Financial Group is sharing four tips for saving for any occasion.

1. Make saving something that is automatic.

One of the best ways to ensure that money is being saved out of every paycheck is to set up an automatic withdrawal every month. This can be in the form of a payment into a 401(k) account, or into a separate savings account if the company a person is working for is smaller and does not offer a retirement plan. If this is the case, it is important for a person to look into different avenues of saving including investing in bonds, stocks and other options, since putting money into a regular savings account accrues little to no interest. In the end, Jameson Van Houten of Stonegate Financial Group shares that this automatic payment will allow people to save without having to place money consciously from one account to another. It is important to periodically increase the amount that is being saved as well.

2. Unexpected income should be set aside not spent.

Unexpected increases in monthly incomes are always a welcome surprise, but instead of spending this money on that new TV or other unnecessary items, Jameson Van Houten of Stonegate Financial Group advises savers to put aside some or all of the unexpected income that comes from bonuses, cash gifts, tax refunds and other sources into savings.

3. Cut spending and save more.

The easiest, yet hardest way to save money for the future is to reduce ones spending on a monthly basis. These expense cuts can come from discretionary expenses such as purchasing clothing, going to the movies, going out to eat, frequently traveling and other expenses that are not necessary for day-to-day life. Another way to save money is to look for better prices on necessary expenses such as groceries, car insurance and more. The money saved on these expenses each month can then be diverted into a savings account or retirement fund of some sort.

Jameson Van Houten of Stonegate Financial Group has always maintained that it is better to save for retirement as soon as possible, and with these top savings tips, he is confident that people will be able to save more. For more information, visit or call (602) 953-8450.

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xChange Automotive Uses DataOne to Convert Dealer Social Media Reach into Sales

Beverly, MA (PRWEB) August 20, 2014

DataOne Software, a division of Dominion Dealer Solutions and a leading provider of automotive data and software solutions, reports in a newly released study that its comprehensive and detailed vehicle data has enabled xChange Automotive to develop a cutting-edge Facebook application. Using DataOnes OEM Service Schedules and Extended Vehicle Data, xChanges application, Helios, uses an engaging social experience for online vehicle shopping and scheduling services to increase dealership sales and profits.

Located in Charlotte, N.C., xChange Automotive provides mobile and social solutions for dealers, lenders and remarketers, with a primary focus on applications that increase vehicle sales, finance and servicing opportunities. xChange CEO Charles Shamblee recognized the untapped potential in engaging with customers and prospects through Facebook, and developed an integrated Facebook marketing and engagement application called Helios to drive more business for dealers.

To generate an impressive ROI, Helios requires complete and accurate vehicle data along with preventive maintenance and recall information. DataOne was a perfect match for xChange Automotive, meeting all their data needs with a flexible delivery system tailored to the application.

The (vehicle) data from DataOne helps our app perform predictive analysis that produces relevant information we use to create targeted communications, said Shamblee. The app knows recall information and preventive maintenance, and thats all through the VIN information we get from DataOne.

Our data is optimized to power targeted marketing efforts, according to DataOne Software GM Jake Maki. We are excited to see xChange create an application that utilizes the advantage our data provides, converting social reach into real vehicle and service sales for dealers.

“The Helios platform correlates a large amount of automotive data from DataOne related to vehicle marketing and vehicle maintenance, then translates this data into relevant and contextual calls to action within the social medium,” commented Josh Pereira, business development manager at DataOne. “We are very pleased to see our data providing significant value to dealers through Helio’s social media optimized engagement.

Click on the link below to learn more about how xChange leveraged DataOnes vehicle identification and recommended service data to create an application that increases dealers social reach and converts opportunities to sales at a remarkable rate.

Case Study: DataOne/xChange Automotive

About DataOne Software

Since 1999, DataOne Software has fulfilled unique content and data needs in the automotive marketplace, providing businesses with cost-effective data integration and support for rapid technology development. The company sources automotive and related content including data and media, and was one of the first companies to make automotive content available by web service. Today, DataOne Software, as a division of Dominion Dealer Solutions, provides data and materials to most segments of the automotive industry including insurance, warranty and service contract sectors, transportation, federal and state agencies, newspaper and print, as well as the auto dealer marketing sector. For more information about DataOne Software automotive content, visit or call 877.438.8467 or e-mail sales(at)dataonesoftware(dot)com.

About Dominion Dealer Solutions

Dominion Dealer Solutions helps car dealers attract, retain, and service customers for life. Dominion Dealer Solutions’ marketing performance system includes: lead generation, mobile apps, reputation management solutions, web-based customer relationship and lead management tools; custom digital marketing tools including websites, SEO, SEM, digital advertising, specialized data aggregation; and, inventory management analytics including market reports. Every OEM and more than 60 percent of auto dealers nationwide utilize the Dominion Dealer Solutions’ technologies to solve their marketing challenges.

Dominion Dealer Solutions is a division of Dominion Enterprises, a leading marketing services and publishing company serving the automotive, recreational and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, parenting, travel, and daily deals industries. Headquartered in Norfolk, VA, with 3,300 employees in the United States, Canada, England and Italy, the company provides a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions, more than 60 market-leading websites, and 280 magazines. For more information, visit

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Safe Way to Quote Car Insurance Now Offered at Quotes Pros Website

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 17, 2014

Privacy is often given up by consumers when conducting insurance research for pricing due to the requirements of inputting certain types of data to retrieve agency rates. The Quotes Pros company is now offering a safe way to quote car insurance on the Internet using its private tool at

The changes to the new tool available are focused on increasing the privacy level for all licensed drivers who are interested in reviewing the various national insurer rates that are currently offered for this year. The open system is now changed to accept zip codes in place of more personal data when rates are calculated.

“The safe way of reviewing auto insurance through our website is one of the advantages that we’re now offering to licensed U.S. drivers who are interested in comparing different costs,” said one Quotes Pros source.

The access that is provided to each system user depends on the accuracy of the zip codes that are presented. A driver who inputs the wrong codes might not be able to review selected rates by companies who validate rates in certain areas. The automated tool is programmed to work 24/7 and introduce exact insurer product rates.

“Our system is one of the few that is allows public access to price data submitted by insurers and we’re now in the process of expanding the products searchable,” said the source.

The Quotes Pros company has added new products that any consumers can freely access this month in search for coverage pricing. The life insurance quotes portion of the company system is now activated for usage at


The company is continuing the mission in 2014 to introduce a separate method of exploring insurance products from North American agencies. This company has constructed more than one research platform for licensed drivers to utilize. The company is currently offering display of price information and policy research that would normally be acquired through offline phone contact systems. The agency providers supplying coverage data are now U.S. based to assist consumers with easy purchases of selected policies for vehicle protection this year.

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