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AMERIPRISE AUTO & HOME INSURANCE
How to take
care of your car
YOU SIGN THE papers, drive it off the lot
and the new car you have been waiting
for is finally yours. How do you maintain
that new-car feeling as long as possible?
Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance,
Costco’s auto insurance provider, offers
these tips from Popular Mechanics
(September 2010) for preparing your
vehicle for an effective long life.
Don’t rev. Avoid overaccelerating for
the first 1,000 miles.
Curb your speed. Check your owner
manual to see if your car’s manufacturer
suggests speed limitations while the vehicle is new.
Don’t idle. If possible, do not let your
vehicle idle for a long period of time. Oil
pressure drops during idling, and makes it
difficult for oil to circulate through the
No heavy loads during the break-in
period. Avoid pulling trailers or carrying
heavy materials in the trunk or on a roof
rack to reduce strain on the new engine.
Keep a clean house. Change your oil
twice during the break-in period: once
after driving 20 miles and again at 1,000
miles. Using this oil-change protocol will
remove initial engine sediment and have
a positive impact on performance.
Soap up. Wash your car once a week
(or as often as local water restrictions will
permit). This simple tip can help reduce
nicks and scratches caused by road grime.
Maintain a clean machine. Inside
the vehicle, stay away from protectants
that can break down the vinyl. Wipe down
the interior with a clean cloth instead.
Apply a coat of fabric protector to the carpets and cloth upholstery.
Ask your auto salesperson for advice
on breaking in a new car. When you sit
down to get your new keys, ask about
manufacturer advice or experience your
salesperson has had with other drivers
who have purchased this vehicle.
And, of course, be sure your new car
is covered by the proper and adequate
insurance. Ameriprise Auto & Home
Insurance, from Costco Services, will be
glad to help. For more information, visit
PROTECTIVE LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
A financial check-
list for your baby
HERE ARE FIVE things to consider when
it comes to planning for a new baby.
1. Understand exactly what your health
insurance will cover, and plan accordingly.
2. Make room for new expenses, like
diapers, and determine if you need to trim
3. Kids come with surprises (think:
doctor visits). It’s a good idea to save an
extra month’s income as a cushion.
4. While college may seem to be a long
way away, you can start saving now and take
advantage of compounding interest. And
your family can contribute along the way.
5. Your own mortality isn’t what you
want to think about now, but make sure you
secure that bright future you have planned
for your child. Ensure you have thoughtfully selected, and documented, who will be
your child’s guardian. Then make sure you
have enough life insurance for them should
the unthinkable happen.
For more details, visit
costcoprotect, or call 1-844-740-5433.
PREMIUM IDENTITY PROTECTION
Help protect kids
WHEN YOU HAVE a baby, procuring a
Social Security number may not be the first
thing on your mind, but it’s generally a good
idea. It’s often needed or requested at hospitals or physicians’ offices, schools, daycares
and libraries, or for various public services
and government benefits. But with a Social
Security number your child is also at risk of
identity theft from those looking to mask
So always ask why your child’s Social
Security number is needed and how it is
securely kept. And along with monitoring
your own identity, monitor your child’s.
Premium Identity Protection through
Costco Services can help. It allows you to:
; Check for fraudulent names, aliases
and addresses associated with your minor
child’s Social Security number.
; Monitor public and criminal Internet
properties, notifying you if your child’s personal information is being illegally traded
or sold online.
To learn more about identity protection,