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Category: Car Sense

Should You Buy Your Car Off Lease?

For drivers who want a brand-new vehicle, leasing remains a popular option. According to the credit reporting company Experian, auto leases made up about 24% of new car purchases in 2021. Leasing can be a good choice for those chasing a low monthly payment, especially as vehicle prices continue to rise. But when your lease term is up, you’ll have a decision to make: will...

ERIE's Direct Repair Program Delivers

With more than 100,000 auto body shops across the U.S., how do you know which one to trust with your vehicle’s repairs after an accident? A Repair Facility You Can Trust If you haven’t already chosen a shop, consider using a repair facility that participates in Erie Insurance’s Direct Repair Program (DRP). While it’s always your choice of which shop to use, auto body shops in...

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Tires

As your car’s only connection to the road ahead, tires play an important – but often overlooked – part in keeping you and your passengers safe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about nine percent of crashes are tire-related, meaning a tire failure or poorly maintained tires were a contributing factor.If your tires are wearing thin, here’s what you need to know...

What to Know About Winter Car Washes

Should you wash your car in the winter? The short answer: Yes. While you may skip them because it’s nearly impossible to keep a car looking clean in winter, road salt and other ice-melting chemicals used to keep our roadways safe can cause rust and corrosion on your vehicle—with fuel lines and brakes being the most susceptible to damage. But washing your car in the...

Market Trends: What's New About Buying a Used Car?

Choosing to buy a new or used car used to be straightforward. That’s changed a bit, thanks to the pandemic, particularly because of the car chip shortage. While new cars are becoming more plentiful, rising interest rates and general inflation may have you considering options you never would have before, like buying out a lease or buying from a private seller—or becoming a private seller. Also,...