How Metromile Gave My Convertible a “Car-Lift”

Sergio S. is a fellow car lover and fiercely loyal Metromile customer for almost two years. He’s had a great experience and wanted to share his story.

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I was tired of overpaying for my insurance and was ready for a change. When I got a free quote from Metromile, I was amazed to find that I could pay $90 a month instead of $300 like I was initially paying. I’m also able to have lower deductibles for the first time, and can afford my insurance every month. My brother has also been overpaying for insurance for a long time and when he was able to see my incredible savings he also decided to join. It feels great being able to refer my family and friends to join Metromile.

Besides the excellent customer service every time I call in, my favorite part of Metromile is the smart driving app. Being that I am a car person, I love being able to check the health of my car. I appreciate that the DTC codes of my car get sent to my email and phone when something is going on with my car. It makes me feel like someone else cares about my safety and the workability of my vehicle. It’s also so easy being able to budget for my $90 bill every month — the app shows me where I stand during the billing cycle so I can be prepared.

My father and I have our own business in Virginia. We run a used car dealership and it has been great being able to put my savings into our business. I have finally been able to repair my car, something I have been putting off. I am excited to drive more in my convertible this summer without worrying about the mileage. I will enjoy my newly repaired car with the roof off in the nice weather thanks to Metromile!

Meet AVA, Our New AI Claims Assistant

Getting into an accident is never a pleasant experience, and the claims process can often be a struggle, too. But what if everything could be instantly taken care of without the need for tedious phone calls or damage inspection? That’s exactly what Metromile is aiming to do with the launch of our automated claims service.

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Introducing AVA, our new AI claims assistant who accurately verifies claims in seconds and quickly resolves them. Basically, she automates anything that doesn’t require a human touch. AVA will collect claims details to help you file, guide you through collecting damage photos and help get your payment issued as soon as possible. Soon, she’ll even be able to issue instant payment and schedule repairs, taking care of all the mundane things that can make the claims experience such a struggle.

If AVA isn’t a real person, how’d she get to be so smart? Behind the scenes, we have a team of data scientists utilizing machine learning capabilities and teaching AVA new skills that will expedite the claims process. AVA can also use opt-in sensor data from the Metromile Pulse device to reconstruct the accident scene, expediting the approval process. For certain claim types, this enables the claim to be instantly approved.

Of course, we still have our in-house team of claims professionals that are always available to help if needed. Since AVA helps automate tedious tasks, our adjusters can spend their valuable time speaking to customers and making sure everything is taken care of.

Not yet a Metromile customer but intrigued by AVA and our automated claims? Visit metromile.com/insurance to learn more about our pay-per-mile insurance and get a quick quote.

Car Insurance Advice for Recent Grads

You’ve said goodbye to studying long hours and taking tests and said hello to life after graduating college (which often involves managing things on your own). This new adventure can be hard, but we’re here to make sure you feel protected on the road if you are getting your own car insurance.

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First off, liability insurance is important and legally required. Give yourself a healthy amount of liability coverage and do more than just the state minimum requirement. Remember, your liability limits cover what your legal liability is for a covered accident that involves injury to another person or damage to someone’s property, up to the limit of liability you selected. It is often better to have more than enough liability to be safe.

Also, consider comprehensive and collision coverage. These coverages are optional but are crucial when it comes to protecting your vehicle on the road. If you finance or lease your vehicle, many lienholders do require that you have both of these coverages included on your policy. Comprehensive coverage helps to protect your auto in scenarios like fire, theft, hail, flood, an animal hitting your car, or a tree falling on it. Collision coverage covers damages to your vehicle in the event that it overturns or collides with another car or object. (Despite popular confusion, this does not include an animal).

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The Best Road Trips for July Fourth Fireworks

Here at Metromile, some of our favorite summer memories are piling in the car with friends and family and heading out to watch fireworks on Independence Day. Here are some of our favorite places to go on a road trip to catch a fireworks display.

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San Diego: One of the top Fourth of July firework shows in America is the Big Bay Boom in San Diego. The show consists of four different fireworks areas on four different barges in the San Diego area. This is the largest firework show in the west coast with more than 500,000 viewers.

San Francisco: Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to view Sausalito’s firework show on Richardson Bay. Or stay in the city to watch the show from Pier 39, The Embarcadero, or Fort Mason. This show includes 10,000 different effects for over 25 minutes.

Tahoe: Take a road trip to see the amazing sight at Lights on the Lake. The fireworks are visible all over town and around the lake, but the best spots can be found on El Dorado Beach, Nevada Beach, and Timber Cove Marina. We think you’d agree that nothing comes close to the view when you are out on the water watching the show.

Pacific Northwest: Stop by the Seafair Summer Fourth for a wonderful 21-minute display of fireworks on Lake Union in Seattle, WA. They also provide fun music, games, and beer gardens for day celebrations. Why not make a whole day of it?

East Coast

Washington D.C.: Catch a glimpse of one of the best fireworks shows in America at the National Mall. Around 700,000 people travel to the mall to watch the show with the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol in the background. It doesn’t get more patriotic than that!

Philadelphia: Kick off Fourth of July celebrations with an 8 day festival in Wawa Welcome America. The grand finale is a spectacular firework show to end the celebration.

Ocean City: Enjoy the Ocean City Fourth of July Celebration in Ocean City, NJ that starts with a 9 am bike parade and kite flying competition. Before the firework show, enjoy a live music and picnic. Enjoy the show with the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

We hope you enjoy celebrating Independence Day with your friends and family. If you mainly use your car for road trips (like to see these epic fireworks) then you could be a great fit for pay-per-mile insurance. To see how much you could save go to www.metromile.com/insurance.

Carrie Dolan Joins Metromile as Chief Financial Officer

We are excited to announce that Carrie Dolan has joined Metromile as our Chief Financial Officer. With decades of strategic financial experience and a proven track record of scaling high-growth consumer brands, we’re excited to have her here to help drive Metromile’s next stage of growth.

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Carrie comes to us from Lending Club, where as CFO she helped scale the company, increasing annual revenue by over 7000% during her 6-year tenure. Joining Metromile is a natural next step as our mission closely aligns to how Lending Club transformed the banking industry, using technology and data to offer better rates for borrowers. Here at Metromile, we use data and technology to more efficiently underwrite risk and process claims, providing low-mileage drivers with affordable premiums and better service.

Prior to Lending Club, Carrie spent 10 years at Charles Schwab & Co, where she was Senior Vice President and Treasurer, as well as CFO, Schwab Bank, which she helped launch in 2003. Early in her career, she held various financial positions at Chevron where she launched the Chevron Credit Bank, which offered proprietary credit cards, eventually serving on its board of directors as CFO. She holds both a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

In addition to her professional successes, Carrie has received several industry accolades. She’s been named one of the Most Powerful Woman in Finance by American Banker, featured in the San Francisco Business Times Forever Influential List, and recognized as the Financial Woman of the Year by The Financial Women of San Francisco for her commitment to her profession, service to community and support for the advancement of women.

In addition this important hire, Metromile also announced four recent promotions that further support our growth initiatives: James Moorhead to Chief Operating Officer, Sean Griswold to Chief Customer Officer, Katy Allen to VP of Business Development and Jason Foucher to VP of Insurance Product. We’re really kicking things into high gear, so stay tuned to see what we have planned next!

6 Important Tips for Driving Safely

June is National Safety Month, and here at Metromile, we want to make sure our customers drive as safely as possible. Here are some important safe driving tips to keep you and your precious cargo safe while traveling on the road.

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  1. Focus on driving. Don’t try to multitask while you are behind the wheel. Even if you consider yourself an expert at eating a burger while driving, it’s a distraction. Put all electronics away, and make sure to get any directions needed ahead of time. Here are some ways to prevent distracted driving.
  2. Be aware. Keep around a 3 to 4-second cushion between you and the car in front of you and maintain a safe following distance. This should allow for enough time for you to brake to a stop if necessary.  If there is bad weather, consider a longer allotted time between you and the car in front of you.
  3. Plan ahead and don’t rush. If you are going on a road trip, get an idea of any stops you’ll make on the way to your destination (e.g. food, gas, or phone calls). Always make any adjustments to your mirror, climate controls, and seat before putting your car in drive.
  4. Keep everything secured. Make sure to secure cargo that may move around while the car is getting you from point A to point B. Don’t try and reach for any items that fall on the floor while driving, just wait until you are to your destination to retrieve the item. If you do need any items, like a toll pass or parking pass, put them in an easy-to-reach place.
  5. Don’t skimp on maintenance. Have your routine inspections to take care of any problems with your vehicle. Check your tire pressure regularly to avoid flats or blowouts and pay attention to your car’s brakes (if anything sounds off, here’s what to do). If you notice any abnormalities have them checked out by a mechanic.
  6. Pack an emergency kit. Just in case you are in an emergency situation, have a first-aid kit handy, as well as road flares, jumper cables, flashlight with extra batteries, and drinking water. Keep a phone charger in your car in case you need to dial 911 or roadside assistance.

Safe driving is the number one priority on the road. If you are a Metromile customer and an accident does happen, follow these guidelines. If you are in need of roadside assistance and have it included in your policy, you can request roadside assistance through the app or your dashboard. We’ll do everything we can to get you back on the road as quickly and safely as possible!

Metromile Review: It Keeps Getting Better

Carlos S. lives in the Chicago area and regularly lets us know how much he loves being a Metromile customer. He wanted to share his testimonial about why pay-per-mile changed the way he thought about car insurance (for the better).

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I just landed a new job near my home, and it turned out I was driving a lot less. I was fed up with always paying over $120 a month for my auto insurance. I decided to reach out to my old car insurance company and see if there were any discounts they could offer for my new shorter commute. After doing some competitive shopping, the best I could do was only pay $100 for the shorter commute. That is when I came across an ad for Metromile and decided to get a free quote.

After checking out the savings calculator on the quote, I discovered I will save $700 a year by having pay-per-mile car insurance. In fact, I will end up spending 50% less of what I usually pay for car insurance! Also – double bonus – not only was I spending less, but I was able to get more coverage on my car. Pay–per-mile means I can increase my coverage and lower my deductibles and still save.

The device is easy to use, too. Other insurance companies I had in the past had me plug a device into my car as well, but I became frustrated hearing the beeping noise when I was forced to slam on the brakes. It’s great to be more connected to my car without the hassle of having to worry about my driving behavior. I love that Metromile is able to customize my insurance in a way that saves me money based on how much I drive, rather than how I drive.

Even the customer service has been great. I found that I always receive quick assistance and am able to get my questions answered with knowledgeable and friendly agents.

The free app is useful as well, and I like that I can see fuel cost level and previous trips. I recently updated my lien holder information online, through a new feature Metromile recently launched, and it took only a few minutes to complete. Metromile just keeps getting better. Keep it up!

If Carlos has inspired you to make the switch to pay-per-mile insurance, then head to www.metromile.com/insurance to get started on a quote and see how much you could save.

Car Insurance Rates 101

We all pay different premiums when it comes to car insurance. This is because there are many factors that go into determining rates. While it’s pretty hard to predict the future, the goal is to determine the likelihood of there being a claim. Past driving record, claims history, insurance score and geographic location (if you live in the city versus suburbs) are factors that can determine insurance rates.

Insurance scores are often used to determine rates (in states where this is permissible) and uses similar information as a credit score. Using this information has been proven to be highly predictive. For example, a study done by the Texas Department of Insurance determined that drivers with the best credit history are involved in about 40% fewer accidents than those with the worst credit history. Keep in mind that each insurance company may determine their formula differently and how they weigh each factor, which is why rates can vary from company to company and from person to person.

There are some variables that could negatively impact your insurance score such as the presence of collection accounts, multiple past due payments, high use of available credit, and recent applications for credit. The good news is that you can positively influence your insurance score by having a long and established credit history, multiple accounts in good standing, good payment history, and controlled use of your available credit.

At Metromile, we use insurance score in states where it is allowed, in order to price policies as fairly as possible. Transparency is very important to us, so you can view our privacy policy to learn more about how ratings are determined and how to review or correct information. We also file insurance rates with the state Insurance Departments where we offer insurance, and these are usually available to the public. In general, low-mileage drivers usually see savings with pay-per-mile insurance. To see how much money you can save go to www.metromile.com/insurance.

National Bike Month: How to Participate

May is National Bike Month, so we’re exploring ways to make commuting by bike easier and safer. Whether you ride your bike for fun, to get fit, save the environment or get around town, we’ve got recommendations on how to make cycling better for everyone. One way you can celebrate this year is participating in National Bike to Work Day, on May 19th. If this will be your first time biking to work or you’re nervous about jumping back into the saddle, here are a few tips to get you started.

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Plan your route. Google Maps is a good way to find bike friendly streets by selecting the “bicycling” option. Keep in mind that your preferred route by car won’t always be the safest option while riding a bike. If you’ll be taking your bike with you on to public transit, make sure there aren’t any limitations on how many bikes can be accommodated.

Check your bike. If your bike hasn’t had much action lately, double check your tires and brakes. It’s also always a good idea to make sure your chain is well lubricated and free of debris. Take a short ride around the block just to make sure everything is in working order.

Safety first. Before leaving the house, put on your helmet and reflective clothing to help with visibility. Depending on where you live, there may also be legal requirements for a front and back light. Both are especially important when cycling at night. While riding, watch for opening car doors and follow regular traffic laws. Once you reach your destination, be sure to lock your bike securely.

Even if you won’t be able to bike to work this week, drivers can still help make the roads safer for cyclists. While driving, keep these quick tips in mind:

Pass with care. Give bicyclists a 3-foot buffer while passing, and on multi-lane roads, switch lanes to ensure there is plenty of room.

Exit safely. Always double-check for cyclists before opening your door.

Mind your speed. Increased speed can mean the difference between an injury and a fatality. Follow speed limits and use caution while driving near bicyclists.

If you find that you’re biking more often than driving, Metromile’s per-mile car insurance could help you save. Head over to www.metromile.com/insurance to learn more.

How Metromile Helps Me Save Money

The following Metromile review is a testimonial from Heath C., a loyal customer who wanted to share his positive experience.

I was initially intrigued with Metromile because it was pay-as-you-go insurance. I often walk to work, so there are days where I don’t even drive at all. Paying for insurance based on the miles I drive was a breath of fresh air.

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I love that I can easily log in and navigate through the app and see what my current balance is for the month. I also appreciate the ability to see my car’s location and view past trips.

One of the major perks of being a Metromile customer is the savings. I like that I am in control of what I am being charged. I am saving $1,140 a year on my auto insurance and am putting these extra savings towards a fund for a down payment on a new house. Without Metromile, we wouldn’t be able to be on the path to homeownership.