Samantha Kostaras

Insurance Reporter​

Samantha Kostaras is an insurance reporter who covers personal finance and insurance. After a degree in finance from the University of Alabama and stint at Morgan Stanley, she worked as a financial analyst before becoming a journalist. Her writing has appeared in The Simple Dollar, Reviews.com, Coverage.com, and elsewhere.

The Latest from Samantha Kostaras

Here Are the Biggest COVID-19 Discounts on Auto Insurance

Is your auto insurer going to give you money back because of COVID-19? We asked the experts what to expect from these premium payback programs....

Compare Top Homeowners Insurance Quotes

The best homeowners insurance provides comprehensive coverage at an affordable rate, protecting one of the most significant investments you can make: your home. A comprehensive homeowners insurance policy will cover the structure of your home, the personal property you own, additional living expenses you encounter if your home becomes uninhabitable, and expenses related to personal ...

Is Now a Good Time to Switch Insurance Providers?

There is so much uncertainty right now surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, including financial uncertainty, and people are looking for ways to cut costs to help make ends meet. We asked the experts a question on many people’s minds: Should I try switching carriers to save money on my auto insurance? There are lots of factors ...

Digital Insurance Companies Guide

Where large legacy insurance companies may be slow to change a playbook that has worked for decades, a new generation of insurance companies see an opportunity. What sets them apart is their focus on serving modern consumers with efficient and tech-savvy solutions, like forgoing brick-and-mortar locations and leveraging artificial intelligence claims processing. The Covid-19 pandemic ...

What Happens If Someone Else Gets Into an Accident in Your Car?

If you’ve ever handed your car keys over to a friend or family member, you’ve probably felt that slight concern that it comes back in one piece. But what if your car doesn’t come back in one piece, or other people get hurt in an accident while it’s being driven by someone who isn’t you? ...

Is Pay-Per-Mile Car Insurance Right for You?

What Is Pay-Per-Mile Car Insurance? Pay-per-mile car insurance is a type of insurance policy where your monthly rate directly depends on the number of miles you drive. Traditional insurance offers coverage for a flat monthly rate, no matter how many miles you drive in the month, relying on factors like accident history and age to ...

Metromile Auto Insurance Review

Metromile Auto Insurance Review Metromile offers pay-per-mile car insurance that leverages technology to help low-mileage drivers save money. Traditional insurers charge customers a flat monthly premium for coverage regardless of how many miles they drive, but the average American now drives only about 13,476 miles each year. Signing on to a pay-per-mile plan can increase ...

American Family Auto Insurance

American Family Auto Insurance Review American Family Insurance is a safe choice for car insurance if it is available in your area. It didn’t deliver a standout performance in any of the key ratings we reviewed, but it didn’t end up at the bottom for any of them, either. In fact, we chose American Family ...

ERIE Auto Insurance

ERIE Auto Insurance Review ERIE auto insurance earned a spot on our list of the best auto insurance companies for its highly rated customer satisfaction and unique built-in coverages. It offers uncommonly broad coverage for eligible customers. Standard auto insurance policies from ERIE include several unique options like pet coverage, locksmith services, and moving van ...

9 Things You Didn't Realize About a AAA Membership

AAA is known for its membership-based roadside assistance service. For a flat, annual fee, and depending on membership level, you get access to a set number of free AAA service calls per year and with typical base memberships ranging from about $50 to $80 annually, this service can pay for itself quickly if you need ...

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