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Your car has battled snow, ice, salt and potholes for months on end. Needless to say, some TLC is definitely in order to help your car recover from winter. Here are eight areas of your car you’ll want to check (or have checked) now that winter’s in the rear view mirror. Tires READ MORE >>

Despite the legal requirements in 49 states, many drivers in the U.S. remain uninsured. Don't risk your financial health—make sure you're insured, and learn how to protect yourself in the event of an accident with an uninsured motorist. Uninsured motorists are relatively common READ MORE >>

When an uninsured driver is at fault in an accident, insured drivers, or their insurance companies, are often left to pay for the resulting physical damage and health costs. As in cases with an underinsured driver, these individuals may not have high enough limits on his or her policy to cover all costs of damage caused. READ MORE >>

When it came to company vehicles and employee drivers, Green Landscaping Co. (a pseudonym) did a lot of things right. The vehicles were maintained on a set schedule, their employees were all subject to biennial motor vehicle record reviews and every truck was outfitted with a telematics device that reports the vehicle’s location and speed. READ MORE >>

The kids are driving. They want their own cars, yet you want to help them as much as you can as they establish themselves. The easiest remedy? Keep them on your auto insurance policy until they can afford insurance on their own, right? Consider these important factors when evaluating whether to continue providing coverage through your own auto policy. READ MORE >>

A personal lines umbrella policy creates an extra layer of protection for you against very large claims when you may be financially liable for a loss or injury to someone else. A personal umbrella policy doesn’t cover everything, so it’s important to clarify with your agent what triggers your insurance. READ MORE >>

A standard auto policy—known as actual cash value—will typically pay to repair or replace your car minus depreciation. But increasingly, “new car” and “better car” replacement options and gap insurance are available. Are they worth it? READ MORE >>

It’s been a long, cold winter across most of the country, but spring is finally going to be here. This is a good time to get your car back into shape after a tough season facing frigid temperatures, snow, ice, and now potholes.    RELATED: Read Potholes - The Car Killer    READ MORE >>

After a car accident, paying the deductible part of the repair bill is often painful. Writing it off on your taxes can reduce at least a little of the pain. Federal tax law does allow you to take a deduction for the accidental damage or theft of your car. Given the limits on the write-off, though, you may not have much success claiming it. READ MORE >>

When you have an insurance claim, the last thing you want to discover is that you didn't buy the right coverage. While it's easy to point the finger at agents, coverage gaps could be a two-way street. Sometimes friends and family members offer bad advice, including tenuous, illogical and even illegal strategies, hoping to save you a few bucks. READ MORE >>

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