# 197, CarInsurance.com selects the best cheapest companies


Ashley Tilford is the editor-in-chief of QuinStreet.com, the search engine and marketing services company. He recently published a consumer-based article detailing a new study from CarInsurance.com – the cheapest and best auto insurance companies.

Tilford is our guest this week on The Weekly Driver Podcast. Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia chat with Tilford of CarInsurance.com, one of the QuinStreet.com ‘s businesses, compiled the resource guide.

CarInsurance.com has selected the best and cheapest auto rates.

While taking into account what is available from large and small auto insurance companies, the report includes expert-verified information across several categories, including driver’s age, location, and driving habits.

“We compared the rates of 35 different insurers,” Tilford explains. “But before that, we created 11 different driver profiles because almost everyone will find them in one or more of those categories or someone on their policy probably will.”

Auto insurance: different rates, different drivers

Tilford explains that the categories were established to relate to consumers in order to see what to expect for “whatever their driving profile”.

The study shows value for money insurance options taking into account various categories: full coverage, drivers with speeding tickets, drivers with low credit, drivers with accidents , student and teen drivers, and low mileage drivers.

Tilford also provides an overview of some of the controversial areas used by insurance companies to determine rates, including credit score and marital status.

“I compare credit scores to high school GPAs or even college GPAs,” Tilford explains. “People were saying” when you step out into the real world, your GPA won’t be that important. No one will care. Credit scores are similar.

“We can mix them under the rug and we can ignore them for a long time. But when they start to affect us and they do, that’s when it becomes obvious how important it is. Your credit score has an absolute bearing on your auto insurance rates.

Please join us on episode # 197. Our guest provides knowledge and a jovial approach to what is often a mundane but integral part of car ownership.

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