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Consumer advocates call for cheaper auto insurance for low-income residents in Maryland

Consumer advocates call for cheaper auto insurance for low-income residents in Maryland

Automobile insurance in Baltimore and other cities across the country is prohibitively expensive for low-income drivers, particularly those who have financed a vehicle, according to a report released Monday by the Consumer Federation of America.

Variations in rates charged by insurers based on factors unrelated to driving — including where they live, their credit score, their education level and their occupation — also make it more difficult for less affluent city residents to afford coverage, the group said.

"High auto insurance premiums represent a huge barrier to car ownership, and economic opportunity, for millions of lower-income Americans," said...

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