Introducing Election Insurance from Esurance

At Esurance, we’re committed to giving you smart choices (because that’s what freedom’s all about). From great discounts when you bundle your auto and home insurance to licensed experts there when you need them, we’re always looking for ways to innovate and improve our customer experience.

But what if you needed protection for your home even when you have to abandon it after an unfortunate election?

That’s why we’ve developed Election Insurance*.

What is Election Insurance?

Every four years, many of us find ourselves saying, “If this election goes badly, I’m out of here.” But this year according to completely unscientific research, people might actually mean it.

So to help protect your home in the event that you pack up and high tail it for Canada this November, Esurance is pleased to introduce Election Insurance.

Election Insurance is a unique (bipartisan) coverage that will protect your home for the next four years if your preferred candidate loses the presidential election and you choose to leave the country.

What does it cover?

To give you peace of mind during these trying times, we’ve designed 3 coverage options to fit your personal needs:

  • Standard (with weekly yard maintenance)
  • Premium (includes decoration options for the holiday overachiever)
  • Platinum (to give your home that lived-in feel)

Not sure if Election Insurance is right for you? See what the people have to say.

Chester, Kansas City

“I feel like it’s my patriotic duty to leave this country and only return when we’re back on top.”

Richard, Charlottesville

“This is the fifth election I’ve threatened to leave the country, but with Election Insurance, I finally have the confidence to go through with it.”

Hope, Los Angeles

“I don’t see moving to Canada as abandoning America. It’s just north of America. It’s North America … Whoa.”

Get Election Insurance from Esurance today

It’s the smart way to protect your home when you and your country are … taking a break. Get Election Insurance from Esurance and rest easy knowing you’re covered no matter what happens in November. Learn more.

Stuff our legal team makes us say

*Election insurance not available in any states. If you choose to leave the country, Esurance is not liable for any walls erected after your departure, and assumes no legal or financial responsibility if your assets are redistributed for the greater good in your absence.

10 Ways to Make Your Used Car Feel New

Overcome by those used-car blues? Don’t despair.

Like many possessions, used cars can quickly lose any glamorous aura they might’ve had. Sure, your bucket has racked up considerable mileage in its life, but it still gets you from Point A to Point B. And just because it doesn’t have a turbocharged engine or diamond-encrusted rims doesn’t mean you have to throw it away, right?

If your car says a lot about who you are, or if you’re just plain tired of driving a drab jalopy, then it’s time to give it some well-deserved attention. Check out these 10 ways to make your ride look (and feel) new without draining your emergency savings fund.

10 inexpensive ways to make your old car feel new

1. Wash it down

A lackadaisical once-over would be a gross disservice to you and your ride — you’re better than that. Throw on some old clothes, crank up some tunes that inspire hardcore scrubbing, and take on every nook and cranny you can reach. Shampoo the upholstery and carpet and throw out any garbage. Think about replacing those soiled floor mats too.

Be sure to wipe down the center console for wayward crumbs and vacuum under the seats for mummified munchies. And if you have technical proclivities, removing the front seats can help you achieve a more thorough vacuuming job.

Additionally, you may want to consider giving your ride a nice DIY detailing to mend any imperfections and protect the paint against the elements.

2. Deodorize that A/C

Catching a whiff of something fierce? Wish there was deodorant for your air conditioner? Well, there totally is! Often times, A/C system deodorizers can be found at your local auto parts store. And it’s best to handle it sooner rather than later — that musty aroma of mold, fungus, and chemicals is not only a breach of your nasal cavity, but could also be a detriment to your health.

If you consider yourself an amateur mechanic, lift the hood and find the cowl vent within the engine compartment, usually found on the passenger’s side. From there, simply spray the deodorizer directly onto the cowl vent screen.

On the other hand, if you want a more detailed, professional touch (and have no clue what a cowl vent screen is), head to your local detail shop, where your vents, vacuum system, and cabin filter can be treated to a comprehensive cleaning.

3. Upgrade the helm

When your cockpit has grown tiresome and lackluster, so, too, can the driving experience. If the steering wheel is worn and pitted, tricking it out with a snug cover can make a world of difference. There’s a bevy of wheel cover options out there — from something sleek and leather to elegant and graceful — and they usually cost less than $20.

Beyond mere aesthetics, however, you may be faced with other problems, like dim dashboard illumination. If you’re squinting at the speedometer when your eyes should be on the road, it may be time to upgrade those neglected switches and knobs. Usually these can be replaced at an affordable price, either with new pieces or recycled parts found at your local junkyard.

4. Get car seat covers

While you’re ensconced comfortably in your car seat, the seat itself is weathering a significant amount of abuse — i.e. dirty clothes, spilled drinks, friction, food crumbs, UV damage, etc.

All of these elements do much to soil your once stylish, comfy seats. And should your interior befall something dreadful, your wallet may take a beating. But life doesn’t have to be so complicated (cue sigh of relief).

If you’re the if-I-can’t-see-it-it’s-not-there type, covering the existing damage may suffice. But car seat covers also offer the first line of defense against the onslaught of aforementioned abuses.

And, of course, dressing your seats in new formfitting covers can enrich the look and feel of the interior’s character, making your car feel new again.

5. Fix those dents and scratches

Is your beloved vehicle mottled with dents and scratches? Dimples are considered endearing by many, but on the body of your car, not so much (go figure).

There are cosmetic benefits to removing these blemishes. But for older cars, fixing deep scratches can prevent rust and further damage.

One option is to find a pro that can “pop out” the dents with paintless dent removal. But if you’re worried about the flexibility of the paint (especially if your car’s older or there’s more significant damage), venturing to the body shop is your best bet.

6. Replace the rubber seals

The rubber trim that seals your car door grows vulnerable to tears over time, and such tears may lead to air gaps that howl in the drag as you coast down the highway. Once you have these tears, cold air escapes when it’s hot and warm air escapes when it’s cold.

Replacing your rubber strips requires patience, meticulousness, and a slight aptitude for adhesives. The strips themselves, however, are typically inexpensive. Replacing brittle seals can put a stop to the incessant howling and your A/C and heating systems won’t have to work overtime anymore.

7. Align or replace those wheels

Remember what it was like to drive your car when you first bought it? Is feeling every little bump and divot in the road now a normality?

Over time, your wheels bear the brunt of abuse and are likely to show signs of wear and tear. Wheel alignment is an important part of preventative car maintenance and often goes overlooked by car owners. But alignment helps your tires track straight and makes for a smoother ride. It can also improve fuel economy and prolong the life of your tires.

The average tire also typically costs about $100, so factor that in if there are any lingering reservations about bringing your car into the shop.

8. Upgrade the car speakers

If you’ve got an older car, the factory default sound system is probably pretty outdated. But you don’t have to break the bank to enhance sound quality. It could be as simple as replacing the factory speakers or custom fitting a system upgrade with a stock radio sound that produces richly layered music.

If you store music files on your smartphone or MP3 player, you may also want to select a lower compression level for your music. While compressing your music offers storage space, you lose those pure high and low frequencies that do much in the way of creating a crisp and textured sonic experience.

But there’s no right or wrong when it comes to car audio, especially if you’ve got budgetary needs. You might even replace audio components piecemeal in order to accommodate budget limits.

9. Stay on top of basic maintenance

Okay, maybe this won’t directly contribute to your ride’s appearance, but keeping it in good running condition trumps even the most expensive custom rims (and oh, how coveted they are!)

With a tired jalopy, basic maintenance may almost seem like it’s not worth the time or effort. But things like regular oil changes, belt checks, filter replacements, and break replacements can keep your old car running for many years to come.

Besides, who wants to listen to the relentless beckoning of an oil-deprived engine?

10. Clean those windows inside and out

Once your ride’s unblemished and your interior doesn’t smell like old socks, finish things off with a window shine. Sparkling panes beautify the overall appearance of the car and you won’t have a pixilated view of the world while you drive.

And if you’ve got inquisitive tykes, there’s a good chance your back window is also smudged, so be sure to get to it too.

Now that your car’s in top-notch condition and the envy of the neighborhood, you’re probably thinking of other ways you can boost the driving experience. Make sure your car (and hard work) is protected with the car insurance coverage that’s right for you. Get a free quote from Esurance today.

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5 Biggest St. Patrick’s Day Myths

With more than 34 million Americans of Irish (or partially Irish) heritage, it’s no wonder that St. Patrick’s Day is such a big deal here in the U.S. But what do any of us really know about the legendary St. Patrick, or why we celebrate him with parades, parties, and general debauchery?

If you’ve been thinking St. Patrick was Irish (or that St. Patrick’s Day was too, for that matter), well, you’d be mistaken. So before you drink another green beer or don a pair of shamrock shades, let Esurance debunk a few common myths about St. Patrick’s Day.

1. Patrick was Irish

The patron saint of Ireland was not actually born there. Born in Britain (some say Wales or Scotland) in the fourth century, Saint Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped after 6 years, but later returned to Ireland as a missionary and began earning his place in history.

Whatever his goals might’ve been when he returned to the Emerald Isle, he could’ve never foreseen, or even fathomed, that one day he’d be celebrated with green beer, raucous parades, or shamrock glasses.

2. That one about the snakes

Part of Saint Patrick’s legend is the story of him driving all the snakes out of Ireland. It’s a fantastic story and an accomplishment certainly worthy of sainthood … but alas, it’s not true.

According to National Geographic, there were no snakes in Ireland to begin with. This had everything to do with the Ice Age and nothing to do with the slave-turned-saint from Britain.

3. The whole green thing

Every year on March 17, the day Saint Patrick died, we wear green ties and socks and scarves. We drink green beer. We even dye the Chicago River green. Which leads most people to conclude that a) ol’ St. Paddy really liked green, or b) green is the national color of Ireland.

Well, while Ireland is known for its lush green landscapes, the color originally associated with Saint Patrick was blue. The correlation with green, which started right here in America, stemmed from the lore of leprechauns. Since it was believed that leprechauns couldn’t see green and would pinch anyone they could see, people simply wore green to avoid getting pinched.

4. It’s an Irish thing

St. Patrick’s Day is the one day of the year when all of America is Irish. But the way we celebrate our Irish heritage is distinctly American.

What was originally celebrated as a Roman Catholic feast in Ireland (meaning church and prayer) was turned into something a little … ahem, less modest here in the U.S. The very first parade celebrating the good saint took place in New York City in 1762. But the streets of Ireland didn’t see their first St. Patrick’s Day parade until 1931 — a full 169 years later!

Similarly, while we’ve been wearing shamrock shades and drinking entirely too much green beer here in the U.S. for as long as anyone can remember, the pubs in Ireland remained closed on March 17 until the 1970s.

5. It’s impossible to drink too much green beer

Myth! Don’t be this bloke.

Have fun, lads and lassies! Just remember to keep it safe this Paddy’s Day to avoid really getting “pinched.” Confiscate keys. Designate a driver. Use public transportation. Do whatever it takes to make sure you and all your friends get home safely.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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Navigate SXSW Like a Pro With an #EsuranceAccess Pass

We’re proud to be a part of the excitement and innovation at South by Southwest for the 5th year in a row. And this year we’re back in Austin once more helping conference-goers navigate the excitement with #EsuranceAccess

#EsuranceAccess is the smart way to experience SXSW

As veterans of the creative mayhem that is SXSW, we’re working hard to help newbies and hard-cores alike make the most of their time in Austin.

If you happen to be one of the 300,000+ enthusiasts descending on the Lone Star State this week, visit Esurance in the Austin Convention Center and register for an #EsuranceAccess Pass to get:

Personalized daily schedules

Each day you’re at the conference, we’ll send you an email with tailored tips on what to see, do, and eat while in Austin. From the most anticipated panels to off-the-beaten-path BBQ joints, #EsuranceAccess connects you to personalized, can’t-miss SXSW experiences.

A shot at smart, techy prizes

Scan your #EsuranceAccess Pass daily (look for us in the ACC) for a chance take home some of the smartest tech around.*

Entry at the Esurance Lounge (6th Street & Trinity)

Use your #EsuranceAccess Pass (or register for one if you haven’t already) to relax and recharge in the Esurance Lounge on 6th Street and Trinity. Try your luck at our Tweet vending machine where you could score headphones, wearable tech, and more.** Plus when you snap a photo under the Austin marquee and share it with #EsuranceAccess, you’ll instantly win fresh juice, cold press coffee, and phone chargers.***

Of course, don’t forget to follow @Esurance on Twitter during SXSW for a shot at instant access to more cool prizes and events.

Welcome to the modern world

At Esurance, we’re excited about all the ways we can use technology to make things simpler, smarter, and easier. Whether that’s connecting to you techy prizes and VIP experiences at SXSW or giving you a smart choice when it comes to insurance, it’s just what we do.

Because hey, that’s how we think it should work in the modern world.

Stuff our legal team makes us say

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