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Top 10 Best and Worst Cars to Insure

October 1, 2009

Insurance Money The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a report this month listing the top 10 best and worst cars to insure.

The list is based on a combination of total cost to repair and the amount owners claimed for non-crash related damage.

Why is this list important? Because insurance can make up a major portion of the overall cost of a vehicle and insurance companies will charge more for cars that have higher loss-rates.

Take the Subaru Impreza WRX for example. It was rated the worst car to insure for model years 2005-2007. The Wall Street Journal found that it costs nearly $600 more to insure per year than a comparable model.

On the flip side, if you buy a Buick Rendezvous (the best car to insure), you're going to pay a lot less for insurance than a comparable model.

If you really want to save money, take this list into consideration before you decide which car to buy.

Top 10 Worst Cars to Insure

  1. Subaru Impreza WRX
  2. Scion tC
  3. Hyundai Tiburon
  4. Mercedes CLS class 4dr
  5. Suzuki Forenza
  6. Honda Civic Si
  7. Dodge Charger
  8. Nissan 350z
  9. Chevrolet Cobalt
  10. Suzuki Reno
Top 10 Best Cars to Insure
  1. Buick Rendezvous
  2. Pontiac Solstice
  3. Buick Terraza
  4. Honda Odyssey
  5. Mazda MX-5 Miata
  6. Subaru Outback
  7. Ford Five Hundred
  8. Volvo V70
  9. Chrysler Town & Country
  10. Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

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California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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