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Your Insurance Won't Cover That: Hidden Dangers in the Fine Print

When you buy insurance, what you're really buying is protection. A common mistake, though, is to overestimate what your policy really protects you from. Here are some examples to watch for in the fine print so that you don't make the costly mistake of assuming you're covered.

5 Ways to Save Money When Your Kid Heads Off to College

As fiscally painful as it is to send a child to college, you can actually save money when your son or daughter goes off to school. Here are five areas where you can find that extra cash, plus one "cost-cutting" trick to avoid.

Warren Buffett: Great Investor, Lousy Insurance Salesman?

When it comes to stock market returns, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is justifiably legendary. But when it comes to running an insurance business, Buffett may not be all that much smarter than the cavemen who star in his GEICO commercials.

How Much Will Your Next Car Really Cost You?

Purchase price is just the beginning of what it costs to own a car. Depreciation, insurance and maintenance costs can vary widely between competing models. But is there any way to estimate all of that in advance? A few experts have taken a stab at it.

How to Get the Best Deal on Car Insurance for Your Kid

If a car tops your teen's holiday gift wish-list, give as much consideration to insurance as you do the car's make and model and the debate over whether to buy new or used. And brace yourself for insurance premium sticker shock. Here are some ways you can mitigate the cost of insuring your teen driver.

7 Hidden Dangers to Your Holiday Finances

Amid all the good cheer, the holiday season hides a sobering number of financial pitfalls -- and not just ones that involve overspending. Here's a look at seven dangers you might not have considered, along with steps you can take to make sure your holidays are more happy than hazardous.

Savings Experiment: Car Insurance

Between car payments and the price of fuel, driving is expensive enough without adding a costly insurance policy. Here are several tips on how you can save money -- by comparing plans, seeking out discounts, and even assuming a little more risk.

Are You The Best Driver on the Road?

A new survey from Allstate Insurance finds that most U.S. drivers think they're the best drivers on the road -- even if they speed, call or text behind the wheel. Could you be mistaken about your driving skills?

Rental Car Insurance: Is It Worth the Price?

When vacationers rent cars this summer for their adventures, they'll have to decide: Do they want the insurance the company is offering. It might be tempting to it pass up the extra fees, but whether or not you should is a something you should figure out long before you get to the counter.

Can Zodiac Signs Predict Safe Drivers?

It's refreshing when a staid company like Allstate Insurance is willing to use its vast bank of statistics to amuse us. The company did so last week...

A Bad Credit Score's Nasty Surprises

Regular WalletPop readers know by now how important their credit score is when it comes to taking out a loan for a house, car or home-improvement...

Cadillac Escalade Still America's Most Stolen Vehicle

The Cadillac Escalade 2007-09 leads the road in terms of insurance theft losses according to new data from the Highway Data Loss Institute. Overall theft losses are a measure of the rate at which insurance claims are filed and the size of payment for these claims.

2010: The Year of the Pothole?

I have a new nemesis. Its name is 287. Precisely a stretch of 287W between Exit 8 in White Plains, New York and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Driving home...

Cutting the cost of your car insurance

Looking to save a buck or two? While skipping lattes and brown-bagging lunch can shave a few cents, experts suggest taking a look at how much you're...