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What auto insurance coverages follow the driver and what coverages follow the vehicle? You will need to double check with your agent and/or insurance carrier who will help you understand your policy and its exclusions, but, in general – Liability insurance follows the driver to any eligible vehicle driven by the insured. Comprehensive and Collision insurance however are related to the vehicle and follow the covered vehicle. But, many conditions apply, the most common of which is that the ‘loaned’ vehicle must have been driven with explicit permission from the person loaning (the primary insured) the vehicle. Exceptions apply, get in touch and we will help you understand your policy exceptions and coverages. To learn more from our experts in the Bronx, NY and surrounding areas, get in touch with us. How to pay for your auto insurance policy? The policy normally is valid for 6 months, and renews every six months, although some policies are annual. You can change auto insurance at any time and get a pro-rated refund if due. Most carriers will give you multiple payment options – Monthly auto debit from your bank account. Pay by mail/check (includes a service fee) Quarterly or bi-monthly payments. How to get discounts and/or reduce your auto insurance bill? At Marc Academy and Family Center Inc, our agents are always trying to help our clients get more value and better deals on their auto insurance and frankly, any insurance policies they write through us. Some key methods to reducing your insurance bills are – Bundle insurance policies. Good driver discounts Improve your credit score. Get a car that has a higher safety rating Don’t make insurance claims unless you absolutely have to.
How business (liability) insurance works. The general liability coverage of a business insurance policy outlines the maximum amount the insurance company will pay against a liability claim. For example, if your business gets sued for $250,000 for medical costs associated with an injury plus an additional $100,000 in legal fees, but your coverage amount is maxed at $300,000, then you would be responsible for paying the difference of $50,000. Now, if you are on the higher end of the risk scale, and already have general liability insurance, you can also opt for excess insurance or business umbrella insurance that increases your coverage limits. This will cover you in situations in which you’re worried that your existing coverage won’t cover all your costs should someone file and win a claim against you. Our agents have helped many businesses in the Bronx, NY and surrounding areas. Get in touch, we can help you too. How do you pay for the policy? Three options depending on your circumstances – Paid Up front – usually for new businesses, or businesses that don’t have strong financials. Monthly Installment (financed) Quarterly or twice a year payments (not necessarily financed, but because you have a history with the carrier they give you this payment plan) What coverage do you need? The coverage you will need depends on: The type of business you are in The perceived risk associated with it Your business location is also another factor that is taken into consideration. As an example, some states tend to award more in damages to plaintiffs claiming personal injury than others. It’s best to speak with a licensed insurance broker to determine the best coverage for your business. A licensed insurance broker can discuss with you if you fall into the lower risk category. If so, you may want to consider a Business Owner’s Policy (BOP). This policy would combine both your general liability and property insurance (and possibly other coverages) at a multiple policy, cost-effective rate. To learn more from our experts in the Bronx, NY and surrounding areas, get in touch with us.
What does home owners insurance cost? This can vary greatly, as you would expect. Here are some affecting factors – Estimated value of property/dwelling including improvement value. Location of the home and homes surrounding it. We understand the specific conditions in the Bronx, NY and surrounding areas. How the home is occupied (usage and residents) Insurance history and profile of the primary insured. Who the insurer is and their history in the region. Recent catastrophes in the area. The primary insure/s credit history and ability to keep the policy current. What is homeowners insurance? An insurance policy for your home normally has at the very minimum fire and casualty coverages – that’s dwelling (property) and valuables coverage for the value (and valuables) of your home/property. It covers the cost of replacing part or all of the property that was damaged through fire or some casualty (through no negligence of you or anyone living there at the time). With a coverage limit based on what is stated in the policy. Higher coverage limits normally cost more money. There are additional coverages such as flood, earthquake and other local specific coverages that can be obtained. Our agents are well versed in the nuances of home owners insurance in the Bronx, NY area. What is the Home Insurance claim process like? Your insurance policy will outline your deductible (and/or waiver of deductible), and the contact information to file a claim. It also outlines what is covered and what is excluded from coverage. Take pictures of all the damage, losses, and document in great detail what you expect to claim. Armed with policy in hand you should call the insurance company and begin the claims process. You will be assigned a claims adjustor after the initial claim filing. You can file a claim on the phone or online in most cases. You will be contacted by the adjustor who will ask for more details and have some questions. The adjustor will them come out or send out a professional to assess the damage, if needed. They will file a report and guide you through the rest of the process – every insurance company is different in the order of handling reimbursements, paperwork filing and organizing repairs etc. But, if you are with a reputable home insurance company, you will have the right information at every step of the way. A local insurance agent, such as us can help walk you through the whole process and coordinate with the insurer and the claims adjustor to make the claims process much easier on the home owner and their family and loved ones – another reason to use a local insurance agency in the Bronx, NY area.