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April 24th, 2014

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Save time and money with easy DIY auto maintenance tips

Vehicles are a big investment for families – usually the second highest valued item in a household after the home itself. While the purchase price for cars, trucks and SUVs keeps going up, the cost of maintenance is holding steady or even dropping for most vehicles. Better materials, sophisticated computers and other advances increase reliabi...

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Insurance fraud: A $40 billion battle

The last thing anyone wants is for his or her insurance rates to increase. Most policyholders would be surprised to know it’s the last thing their insurance company wants to happen, too. That’s why most major carriers have a department of investigators dedicated to stopping one of the primary causes of rate hikes: insurance fraud. In fa...

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Five fast fixes and tips for a summer-ready car

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get your car in tip-top shape to withstand hot days and long road trips. Summer driving requires your car to run differently; some adjustments and inspections are important to ensure your vehicle lasts season to season. Follow these five fast fixes and inspections to cruise throu...

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Rattling down the highway? What those common car noises mean

“What is that rattling? Is it serious?” We all can get a little paranoid about a new sound our car is making. Those sounds can certainly be annoying, but what people don’t realize is sometimes those sounds may be linked to something more serious. About 7 percent of car crashes are caused by some kind of vehicle failure, with tire...

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Five must-haves for your new truck

With a brand new truck decorating your driveway, you’ve probably got plenty of ideas of how you’re going to use it for towing a boat, transporting large and heavy loads and conquering rugged terrain. Or maybe you just want to feel powerful while driving it down the road. But before you get too comfortable, think about what could make yo...

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Spring car shopping? Take care of financing first

Auto shows dotting the country paired with rising temperatures leave many people longing for a new car or truck. But purchasing a new vehicle is a complex process – one that doesn’t start with finding the right car, but with making sure your finances are in order. It’s important to plan ahead so there are no surprises during the l...

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Save a bundle by bundling insurance

Bundling insurance products with one company – and scoring cheaper premiums as a reward – isn’t a new concept. But, according to a recent study by J.D. Power and Associates, not only is bundling still popular among consumers, it also results in higher customer satisfaction. The study found that nearly 60 percent of custo...

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Survive the snow and ice with winter driving tips from an auto expert

Winter means updating your outerwear to include mittens and a thermal jacket, but before you hit the road, have you also updated your winter driving skills? When temperatures drop, roads can become more dangerous, meaning you need to change how you drive. Steve Magnante, SPEED collector car expert and “On-the-Block” reporter, offers som...

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Free oil changes to free meals, businesses say ‘Thanks’ on Veteran’s Day

It’s perhaps the least understood and least celebrated federal holiday, but for millions of American veterans and their families, Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day – is a solemn reminder of the sacrifices so many service men and women have made for our country. The day’s origins stem from the date the Allied nations and Germany...

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Advice for families coping with an older driver’s changing abilities

As we age, and watch our loved ones grow older, it’s important to think about – and plan for – a time when we may no longer be able to drive. But how do we decide when it’s time to transition from driver to passenger? In our busy suburban communities driving is essential to an independent lifestyle, and the decision to stop...

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