What’s Usage-Based Insurance, and Is It Right For You?

Buckle up! If you’re a safe driver, and willing to prove it, usage-based insurance might be right for you.Connected cars are making headlines. A lot of the talk revolves around futuristic ideas – like self-driving cars, or vehicles that have the ability to communicate with other vehicles – but there’s plenty of connected-car technology that you could benefit from today. If you’re a safe driver, and you’re willing to prove it, one connected-car technology that could ... (Read More)

Best American Summer Road Trips

This weekend, 37 million people will shine up their wheels, pack family and friends into a car and partake in the great American pastime – the road trip.Ready to hit the road? Here’s a view from Boston’s Zakim Bridge. In spite of rising gas prices and horrific traffic, the romance of the open road – and the sights, sounds and signs – is irresistible for many. We asked some of the Openbay team to mine their phones and share some scenes from their road trips, including a few scenes from our ... (Read More)

This shot was taken north of Openbay’s HQ, in Gloucester,...

This shot was taken north of Openbay’s HQ, in Gloucester, Massachusetts.Ready for views from the road across America? Coming soon: our team’s top picks for the best road trip spots across America. There’s no better way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend than by packing up the car for a road trip.Before you pull out of the driveway, be sure your vehicle has received some love. The last thing you need is to delay your sightseeing due to car trouble. If you need a hand ... (Read More)

Ever Tried Oculus Rift’s Virtual Reality? Here’s a Virtual Tour of Chrysler’s Factory

In addition to all the new cars at the New York Auto Show, something we loved checking out was the all new Chrysler 200 factory. You got it – a factory within the auto show floor. How did they make it happen? Using Google Maps’ business view, alongside Oculus Rift’s virtual reality. Once known for bringing video games to life, Oculus was purchased by Facebook for $2 billion, so using VR may eventually become as common as checking a ... (Read More)

Leasing vs. Buying - Why Leasing Might be Best for You

Ten years ago, about 16% of new cars became lease vehicles. Today, nearly one in three vehicles on the road is leased. Whether you lease or buy your vehicle depends largely on your goals. If you’re looking to justify a lease, here’s why it might make more sense, along with some items you should try to negotiate before making the deal.1. Drive a Nicer CarAbout 75% of luxury cars are leased. Karl Brauer, senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, explains, “People can often afford ... (Read More)

100,000-Mile Scheduled Service - What's the Cost to You?

Let’s say you own a six, seven, eight-year “young” car. Your odometer reads between 100,000 - 120,000 miles. Your dash is illuminated with a wrench or a display that says “Service.” Your car’s telling you it’s time for service, but you’re not sure what’s involved in a typical 100,000-mile service checklist.Service indicators at any interval are suggesting that you inspect, replace and change out a few parts to maintain proper operation and to reduce the likelihood of ... (Read More)

Don’t Forget: Tax Deductions for Your Vehicle

It’s the eleventh hour, and you’re racking your brain looking for deductions on last year’s taxes – don’t overlook a thing. Your vehicle just might have some deductions in store. Let’s take a look at vehicle-related tax deductions to see if you might have any items that apply.If you’ve used your own vehicle for business, medical, moving or charity-related travel, those expenses are deductible. You can do that via a standard mileage rate or by deducting the actual cost of the ... (Read More)

La Dolce Vita -- Italians at the NY Auto Show

The New York Auto Show is a huge hit every year. It’s a great excuse for us to head down from Openbay’s HQ in Cambridge, MA and enjoy a couple of days in Manhattan. Prior to the show’s press days, we had some huge news, as you’ve surely seen, and it got a great response from the press. Mission accomplished!The day after our big news, OpenbayConnect, broke, we hit the NY auto-show floor to ogle some of our favorite cars and connect with friends in the auto industry. Rather than focus on ... (Read More)

Look & Listen: Bentley’s New Concept, the EXP 10 Speed 6

By now, you’ve probably heard a thing or two from Bentley about its new EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept, the high performance, two-seater.But have you really HEARD the actual car? We did, and immediately glued our phone to its exhaust. Take a listen –We also took a closer look at its design, and have never seen anything like it. Bentley’s head of design, Luc Donckerwolke, challenged his team to use every material in a way it had never been used before. The result? A car with ... (Read More)

Openbay Announces First-of-Its-Kind Connected-Car Repair Service

OpenbayConnect Remotely Determines Cause and Cost to Perform Auto Repairs NEW YORK, NY, – March 31, 2015 – Today at the New York International Auto Show in New York City, Openbay, the online marketplace for auto repair, launched OpenbayConnect,a first-of-its-kind platform that leverages connected-car technology to remotely diagnose automotive vehicle problems and deliver competitive repair quotes to consumers from local mechanics. Consumers benefit with OpenbayConnect and ... (Read More)