Morning Briefing: Most consumers haven’t changed auto insurer for 12 years

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Morning Briefing: Most consumers haven’t changed auto insurer for 12 years
Most consumers haven’t changed auto insurer for 12 years
Expensive advertising campaigns for auto insurance may be pointless according to a recent study. Analysis of consumer behavior by insurancequotes.com found that the average US driver hasn’t change auto insurer for 12 years with a quarter staying loyal for 16 years. While around a third say they check for the best rates every year, slightly more say they never check. With some insurers spending seven figures to try to attract drivers to switch it seems that consumers choose not to take action.
 
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