Taking a test drive on the Internet to shop for auto insurance is as bumpy a ride as ever for consumers, National Underwriter’s annual surfing of the Web found. With a total of six quotes on the same vehicle that varied by more than $300 for a six-month policy payment, the industry duplicated the pattern of inconsistency, unreliability and confusion revealed in previous years.

The purpose of National Underwriter’s annual online shopping exercise is to gain a consumer’s perspective on the market for auto insurance, as well as to evaluate how well some Web sites do at providing reasonable quotes. No endorsement of any particular site or company is intended by the information presented here.

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