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What to Know Before Buying a Minivan

We bought our first minivan in 2017. When signing the paperwork, I knew my single, 22-year-old self would have shed a tear. But I was determined. Our son was about 18 months old, and we knew we wanted more kids. With our families living an hour or more away, trips to visit grandma and grandpa usually included bags upon bags upon portable cribs upon the...

IIHS: The Safest Cars of 2021

For safety-conscious drivers, the 2021 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety TOP SAFETY PICK awards represent a wealth of choices. Each year, the IIHS, a nonprofit research and education organization, conducts tests to determine which vehicles do the best job of protecting people in the most common kinds of crashes — front, side, rollover, and rear. Vehicles must also score well in front crash prevention and headlights. The...

Does Your Life Insurance Policy Offer This Surprising Benefit?

Just six months after retiring from 32 years on the Richmond, Virginia, Fire Department, Len Archer got a devastating diagnosis from his doctor. He had pancreatic cancer, and he likely had only two to eight months to live. In an instant, Len, 56, and his wife, Paula, went from planning their retirement to preparing for what appeared to be the inevitable. At the urging of...

How to Choose a Life Insurance Beneficiary

Life insurance is important to protect your family’s financial future. Who you name as a beneficiary can be just as important as your initial decision to purchase life insurance. It’s a big job, which is why it’s important to choose the right person – someone who’s trustworthy and knows what matters most to you. Your local ERIE agent is here to help you determine the...

What Happens If My Neighbor’s Tree Falls in My Yard?

In most cases, neighbors are able to work things out without too much trouble. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to file a homeowners insurance claim. Your homeowners insurance may or may not cover the cost of tree cleanup, depending on your policy and the company you work with. Good news: Homeowners insurance from ERIE typically pays for the cost (subject...