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All About Bodily Injury Liability Insurance
Bodily injury liability insurance helps if you get in a car crash that causes injury or death. Most states require you to buy bodily injury insurance.
How to Calculate the Diminished Value of Your Car
The primary reason an individual would need to calculate the diminished value of a car is to submit an insurance claim after an accident. Naturally, if a car can no longer run or has undergone significant cosmetic damage, it isn’t...
How to Drive Your Vehicle Through a Flood
It can be dangerous to drive a car through water. Approach the flood in a low gear and find a safer route if the water is too deep to drive through.
What to Do After a Major Car Accident
Major car accidents are traumatic and your safety is a top priority. Call the police, share insurance information, and document the crash if you can.
5 Ways to Deal With a Totaled Car After a Car Crash
You have options if you get in a car crash and your car is totaled. You can fix your car, sell individual car parts, or donate your car to charity.
How to Use a Hair Dryer to Remove a Dent
You can use a hair dryer to fix a dent in your car body. Use the dryer to heat the area, then apply dry ice to fix the damage on your car.
How Much Time Do You Have to Report a Car Accident in Each State?
Car accidents must be reported to the police after a car crash occurs. Reports must be made immediately in Arizona but Arkansas gives you 90 days.
How to Report a Bad Driver
Bad drivers cause car accidents by driving too fast, tailgating, or ignoring road rules. Report reckless drivers to the authorities when you see them.
How to React When You Hit a Pet With Your Car
You can help if you hit a cat or dog while driving. Stop immediately, call for help, and move the animal to a safer place.
How to Choose the Right Body Shop
The right body shop repairs damage to your car after an accident for a fair price. A good shop uses high-quality paint and OEM replacement parts.
10 Ways to Lower Your Auto Insurance Bill
Our best tips: Opt for a higher deductible, pay the premium in full, secure a covered parking spot, and maintain a high credit score.
Top 5 Insurance Myths You Shouldn’t Fall For
Car insurance is mandatory when you own a car. Stolen item protection and mechanical repairs are common misconceptions about what insurance covers.
How Much Does Size Matter in a Car Crash?
Car accidents can be less severe in a larger, heavier vehicle that's well designed but safety mainly relies on responsible, attentive driving.
How to React After Witnessing an Accident
A A hit-and-run accident is always a difficult situation for the victim whose person, vehicle, or property was involved. A hit-and-run is particularly difficult to deal with in situations where no one is around to witness the accident and help...
5 Essential Things to Know About Ridesharing
If If you don’t know the term ridesharing, you’re sure to know the names Uber and Lyft. These companies fall under the ridesharing umbrella, which are also known as TNCs (transportation network companies). While all those ads to become a...
5 Essential Things to Know About Distracted Driving
The The vehicle in front of you is weaving back and forth, speeding up, slowing down and even edging over into oncoming traffic. Since it’s only 9 am, you might be wondering how anyone could be drinking already. The truth...
5 Essential Things to Know About Distracted Driving
The The vehicle in front of you is weaving back and forth, speeding up, slowing down and even edging over into oncoming traffic. Since it’s only 9 am, you might be wondering how anyone could be drinking already. The truth...
How to Buy a Good Quality Bumper
The The bumper acts as a guard between other objects and your front end. While it doesn’t provide much in the way of passenger safety, it does absorb some impact and put a barrier between the object you hit (or...
How Do Seat Belts Work?
A A brief history of seat belts The first seat belts were not invented for a vehicle at all, but for tourists, painters, firemen, or anyone who worked in a job where they might need to be held safely. It...
What to Do After a Minor Car Accident
The The first thing to do after a minor traffic accident is to stay calm and ascertain if there are any injuries. You’re expected to offer whatever assistance you can if someone is injured. Even if there aren’t injuries, it’s...

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I was in a car accident with my 2014 Chevy cruze and I was hit on the rear driver side. My drivers rear tire's rim has a small dent.
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My check engine light is on after getting into a wreck last night in my 1995 Ford Thunderbird
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Crash damage - Front, Passenger suspension damage 1997 Honda Civic
Hi there - this task is best handled by a collision repair estimator at a reputable paint and body shop. S/he is trained to evaluate visible and not-so-visible damage, and the costs to repair. Contact a reputable paint and body...
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My 2003 Subaru WRX crashed and my insurance is giving me two options.
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Can my seat belt pretensioner be repaired, or does it need to be replaced?
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How much will body damage repairs cost to a 2013 Mazda 3 - right front door, right fender
For assessment and estimates on repairing bodywork, this task is best handled by a collision repair estimator at a reputable paint and body shop. They are trained to evaluate visible and not-so-visible damage, and the costs to repair. Contact a...
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I just want to know if my car is repairable.
Hello, thanks for writing in. This depends on a wide variety of factors that would need to be evaluated individually along with the Jeep being physically inspected and diagnosed by a professional. If you'd like to have this done, I...
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Car crash damage
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Bent front axle/tire
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Front end damage from hitting a curb. Left front wheel/suspension damage.
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Could my accident have caused motor mount damage?
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I got hit in the back. How much has my car depreciated in value?
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Codes say evap leak, can a car accident cause it?
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I hit an animal recently, it cracked my bumper. Is it any way related to suspension damage?
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