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The Honda Civic was the most frequently stolen passenger vehicle in 2017, with 45,062 thefts among all model years of this car, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).  The bureau notes that most of these thefts were older models that lack the anti-theft technology of today’s models.  In fact, there were 6,707 thefts of the 1998 model year Civic, but only 388 of the 2017 Civics. The Honda Accord ranked second, with ...

MAPFRE Insurance Named ValChoice Award Winner for #1 Best Value in Massachusetts - Auto Insurance May 30, 2018 - MAPFRE Insurance was recently recognized with the prestigious ValChoice award for #1 Best Value for auto insurance in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The company received a score of 92 out of 100 in ValChoice’s analysis for the 2016/2017 award. Only one company in each state is selected for the annual ValChoice #1 Best Value Award, and the winner is determined based on a ...

Massachusetts “managed competition” has significantly increased the variety of factors used by insurance companies to determine auto insurance premiums. Every insurance company has its own unique guidelines and applies factors differently, which is why we compare companies, coverage and price to help you determine the best value. While you can’t control every factor, some decisions you make will impact the amount you’ll pay. We work with multiple insurance companies, which may change we ask you a ...

10 tips for safe winter driving

When winter weather makes driving challenging, the safest solution is to stay off the roads, but that’s not always possible…or perhaps you want to be out in the elements. Here are a few tips for preparing in advance for when you’re out in challenging conditions. Pack emergency supplies. Be sure your car has a brush and scraper, a shovel, rope, a strong flashlight, blankets, a can of de-icer, kitty litter for traction, water, matches and a snack. Keep ...

Tips for spotting auto fraud The facts about flooded cars Like other natural disasters, floods can create enormous damage to properties and vehicles. Flood vehicles offer a tempting opportunity for criminals to defraud unsuspecting consumers. By definition, a flood vehicle has been completely or partially submerged in water to the extent that its body, engine, transmission or other mechanical component parts have been damaged. If the vehicle is so damaged that it is no longer operable, the ...

What your insurance does—and does not—cover In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, policyholders may have questions about how insurance works following a natural disaster. Here are some answers to many of these common questions. Q. Are flood losses covered under my homeowners insurance policy? A. Standard homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover flood damage, including damage from a storm surge. Flood coverage requires a separate policy from the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), ...

On July 6, as part of the Massachusetts RMV’s “Summer of Success” campaign, the Massachusetts RMV launched a new web feature at www.massrmv.com. The new “myRMV” is an easy and friendly central customer page that allows customers to view their RMV information and conduct RMV online transactions all from this one location. myRMV can be accessed through a myRMV icon at the top of the RMV’s website homepage or by clicking on one of the ...

BOSTON - MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveney announced today that applications for the 2016 Low Number Plate Lottery are now being accepted online or by U.S. mail. Starting this year, for the first time ever, customers will be able to enter the lottery online by visiting:  https://secure.rmv.state.ma.us/myPlateLotto/.   Mail-in applications are available for download at www.MassRMV.com, or at Registry branch office locations across the Commonwealth.  Applications must be received online or postmarked by August 26, 2016, ...

The House of Representatives is expected to consider and debate legislation, recently released by the Financial Services Committee, which would regulate Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft. TNCs and their drivers would be overseen by a new regulatory “Ride For Hire Division” under the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). The new division would be responsible for licensing of the TNC companies and drivers, enforcing penalties, requiring background checks for drivers and setting ...

Due to a mailing issue, the Massachusetts RMV is still renewing registrations that expire in December 2016. If your December renewal has been delayed, you may still be eligible to renew online (assuming that no insurance stamp is required). When a registration is renewed online, the registrant receives an email confirmation of the renewal which must be carried in the vehicle until the new registration and decal are received. The registrant will not be charged twice. ...

 

The information provided in these articles are only general descriptions and should not be relied upon as complete, correct or accurate for your specific situation. All coverage informaiton is subject to policy provisions, endorsements and may be  subject to your meeting underwriting qualifications. Murphy Insurance Agency is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other noninsurance professional services. Consult an appropriate professional for advice regarding your own situation.