December 29, 2013

Auto Briefs

Kent man passes 100,000 miles in Leaf; a warning about filing claims


Gov. Jay Inslee, right, congratulates Nissan Leaf driver Steve Marsh for his milestone. (Nissan)

Kent driver noted for 100,000 miles in Leaf
Steve Marsh, of Kent, hit 100,000 miles on his Nissan Leaf recently, a milestone that earned him recognition from Gov. Jay Inslee. Marsh bought his Leaf in 2011 and drives it 130 miles round-trip for his commute. "I've saved more than $9,000 compared to my old gas-powered car since I bought my Leaf," says Marsh, who credits the ease of driving to Washington's strong charging infrastructure. "Steve Marsh has proven that it's possible to drive an electric vehicle long distances on Washington's roads using clean, low-cost electricity," says Inslee.
NWautos staff

Rates can spike after single insurance claim

Drivers pay an average of 38 percent more for car insurance after making a single claim, according to a new report by A second claim puts an even deeper dent in Americans' wallets: A driver with two claims pays nearly twice as much for car insurance as a claim-free driver (86 percent more). "The biggest lesson for consumers is not to file a claim unless absolutely necessary," says Laura Adams, a senior analyst at "Making a claim for a few hundred dollars doesn't make sense if your premium is going to skyrocket as a result."
NWautos staff


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