Esurance Seeks to Grow in Oregon

Oregon Drivers May Save Some Green with Esurance's Recent Launch

Oct 24, 2006, 01:00 ET from Esurance

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Esurance, a direct-to-consumer
 personal auto insurance company, announced the launch of its auto insurance
 program in Oregon. Gary Tolman, Esurance President & CEO, stated, "We think
 Oregon drivers will appreciate our competitive rates and 24/7 convenience."
     On top of the company's affordable base rates, Esurance offers a
 variety of discounts to Oregon drivers, including a $75 discount when a
 driver buys his or her policy online. Tolman explained, "Buying auto
 insurance online eliminates the paperwork that makes applying for auto
 insurance such a hassle. With less paperwork and with our online discount,
 customers can save time and money on their auto insurance, while saving a
 tree or two in the process."
     With a rapidly growing policyholder base nationwide, Esurance's use of
 electronic documents and communications saves hundreds of trees a year.
 Esurance has also focused on making the rest of its operations as paperless
 as possible, and uses hybrid claims vehicles where they are available. Of
 these "green" operational initiatives, Tolman added, "Often, making the
 environmentally friendly decision is also the right thing in terms of
 customer convenience and operating efficiency."
     Esurance also works with a variety of local environmental partners to
 plant trees and restore natural environments, particularly in and around
 urban areas. Through its support of these organizations, Esurance has
 planted thousands of trees across the U.S. Of the company's plans for
 environmental outreach in Oregon, Tolman stated, "We look forward to
 exploring similar opportunities with Oregon's environmental groups. Though
 we are an online company, we still like to put down roots in a variety of
 locations, sometimes meaning that quite literally."
     Esurance's Oregon launch should serve as a reminder for all drivers to
 shop around for auto insurance. Tolman concluded, "Whenever there's a new
 entrant in a state's auto insurance market, drivers should get new auto
 insurance quotes to ensure they're getting the best rates and discounts
 available. With our recent launch, we hope that Oregon drivers will turn
 over a new leaf when it comes to their auto insurance and choose Esurance."
     About Esurance
     Esurance, a subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE:  
 WTM), provides personal auto insurance direct to consumers online and
 through select online agents. Esurance is dedicated to constantly improving
 the way people shop for, buy, and manage their auto insurance. By combining
 the best of technology with industry know-how, Esurance is able to offer
 hassle-free coverage with 24/7 customer service and claims handling at
 competitive prices.
     Through Esurance's Web site,, customers can get
 instant quotes, view comparison quotes, buy an Esurance policy, and print
 their proof of insurance card -- all in minutes. Esurance also offers
 policyholders the ability to make policy changes and file claims instantly
 online, demonstrating its commitment to improving the entire insurance
 process from quote to claim. Esurance is proud to support our communities
 through charitable involvement that benefits public health, youth outreach,
 and the environment.
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