The holidays are here. There probably has not been this much anticipation for the holiday season in many years. This has been a challenging year for everyone in western North Carolina. Learning how to work from home and taking on remote learning with your little ones has been incredibly difficult. When you add in the uncertainty about jobs and health, it has truly been a unique time. 

As the holiday season approaches, many Asheville area residents are planning their travel itineraries, while those who will remain in the area know there will be some intense traffic throughout the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Unfortunately, there are more vehicle accidents than virtually any other time of the year. 

Whether you are staying local this year or traveling a distance, we want to help you avoid dents, dings, and vehicle damage.

You want to paint your living room? DIY! You are interested in putting in an herb garden? DIY!

You need to fix a slow drain in your shower? DIY (and blame anyone with a lot of hair in your household for clogging it up). There are endless do-it-yourself projects that are worthwhile, cost-saving, effective, and even satisfying at the end of the day. And then there is tackling your car’s paint job. This is not a DIY job. Unless you are a collision or auto body specialist on a day off, this is better left for the pros.

You’ve heard people say, “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity”? Well, here in North Carolina, it is both! Summertime temperatures soar, and humidity levels keep the sweat pouring. We know how to beat the heat: we drink plenty of water, exercise indoors or during the coolest parts of the day, and, best of all, head to the beach or the mountains to find relief. But what about our cars? Extreme heat can cause damage to our vehicles - especially when we’re putting extra miles on with road trips. How do you protect your ride?

In North Carolina, you need more than a tank of gas before you head out to work, to run errands, or to drive to your favorite trail or fishing spot. You also need auto insurance. State Motor Vehicle Law mandates that all drivers maintain minimum liability coverage of $30,000 bodily injury/each person and $60,000 total for all people, $25,000 for property damage, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. 

Being a safe, cautious driver is not enough; you need the coverage, and the peace of mind, that comes with auto insurance. If you are involved in an accident, you need to know it can help protect you from financial worries.