I Drive My Car For Company Business… Now What?

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There are many situations and reasons why employees drive his or her personal auto to perform business related tasks including: travel between work sites, client visits, and transportation of colleagues.  It is important to consider the risk you assume when you drive your car on company business.

There are two different kinds of risks and we will address each. The first risk is what we might call incidental use. The second risk is when a person drives his/her own car every day as part of their job, like a salesperson. This person’s job description actually includes using their own car as part of the day to day job functions.

Situation One – Incidental Use

Generally, in these situations, you would be covered under your personal auto policy. If you find you are driving more than 30-40% of the time on company business, it would be best to contact our office for a review of your coverage. Examples of incidental use would be:

  • Going to a company event
  • Taking the mail to the post office
  • Picking up supplies at the store
  • Going to see a client – occasionally

Situation Two – Drive as Part of the Job

Many personal auto policies have drive-for-business exclusions, requiring individuals to inform their agents that they drive for work and to acquire an endorsement. Without the endorsement, insurers may refuse to cover a claim. Here are some examples of work related situations where you might need to make adjustments to your auto insurance:

  • Outside sales professionals
  • Real-estate agents
  • Driving more than 50% of the time for the company
  • You receive an auto allowance
  • You take a tax deduction for work related driving

If you use your vehicle for delivery or landscaping you might need to consider a commercial auto policy, especially if the vehicle is used 100% for business use.

We are ready to help you with all your auto, home, RV, and motorcycle needs. Call us today. We can combine your insurance under one program and save you hundreds of dollars.

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How Our Beliefs Impact Our Insurance Buying Decisions

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All of us have certain beliefs pertaining to homeowner’s insurance, auto insurance and other personal insurance products.  These beliefs can often cause us to make uneducated, or even poor, decisions regarding our personal insurance.  This was recently confirmed in a study completed by the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) Research publication, “Homeowner’s Insurance: Understanding, Attitudes, and Shopping Practices.”

How Insurance Beliefs Shape Actions

  • Some people think that the internet is the best way to obtain some personal insurance products. When, in fact, the best way to get the right combination of price, coverage, and services is to use an independent agent.
  • Most homeowners believe that sewer back up from outside their home is covered on their homeowner’s policy. However, generally sewage backups are not covered without a rider or separate policy.
  • Your agent can be the best way to educate yourself on your insurance. People should utilize their agent to help them understand how their risks are changing, and how insurance can be designed to meet their individual needs.
  • Less than fifty percent of people use their agent to comparison shop. Your agent has many markets and will comparison-shop for you annually.
  • Many people mistakenly believe that earthquake, flood, and hurricane damage is covered under a standard homeowner’s insurance policy. These are not.  Separate policies need to be purchased.
  • There are many people who think that replacement cost coverage will provide complete replacement if their home is a destroyed in a covered loss. This is not the case, the policy will only provide replacement up to the policy limit. We recommend that together we review your replacement cost valuation annually.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is your trusted solution for homeowners insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

 

Are Your Really Smart?

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We believe in educating our clients on the best way to spend their personal insurance dollars.  We understand that it is important to get the best value out of your personal insurance program, and we wanted to offer a few ways you can modify your personal insurance program, and actually add value at the same time.  You will not get this kind of education or advice if you buy online insurance products.  You want a personal connection with an agent who cares about you, and will help you add value to your auto or home insurance program.

Save Money by Increasing Deductibles (For example only.  Actual results may vary from these estimates.)

Many families who purchase homeowner’s and auto insurance policies carry deductibles of $500 or even less.  However, as an example, if you were to increase your homeowner’s insurance deductible to $2,500, you might save as much as $700 per year.  The average homeowner files a claim once every 15 years (according to the Insurance Institute of America).  Therefore, over 15 years you could save $10,500, while only taking on $2,500 more risk.

Some families elect to use a portion of the savings and purchase a personal umbrella policy.  The cost of a personal umbrella can run between $300 to $800 depending on your individual factors.

We can help you decide what coverage and limits are best for your family, and you may find that we can design a program that actually provides more coverage, or value, for the same price.

Again, these are estimates only, but call us today and let us give you options to consider.

North Bay Insurance Brokers. is your trusted solution for homeowner’s insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

It Is Party Time!

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In the next few weeks, many students will be leaving their summer jobs and heading off to college.  For many kids, this will be their first time away from home.  Did you know that theft and burglaries make up over fifty percent of campus crime? The right kind of personal insurance, a bit of prevention, and good safety precautions can provide a measure of comfort for families and their children.

It is always best to consult with a licensed insurance professional regarding your need for competitive personal insurance, health insurance, identity theft insurance, and even personal umbrella insurance.

Personal Insurance Issues for College Students

There may be cases where your homeowner’s insurance will provide some level of coverage while your child is away at college. Here are some of the issues we would like to review with you to determine if you have the right kind of personal insurance.

  • Personal Property. Most homeowner’s insurance policies provide some limited coverage for personal property away from your premises. This limit is usually less than $1,500 per policy.  If your child is taking any computers, electronics, household goods, and clothing, this amount may not be enough.  You may want to add additional coverage to cover any theft or covered claim.  If you have a high deductible, a renter’s insurance policy might be an option.
  • Identity Theft. Identity theft is a major issue on college campuses. We would recommend that you add this coverage to your homeowner’s insurance policy, or at least have us complete a review to determine if you have the right kind of coverage at the best price.
  • Renting. Some college students rent an apartment with friends. Many rental companies now require a separate renter’s policy.  Some rental companies may offer renters insurance as part of their package.  Frequently, you end up paying much more for their coverage versus having us review your options and providing a quote for competitive renters insurance.
  • Auto Insurance. If your student takes a car to college, you will need to notify your auto insurance company to make sure the vehicle’s location is reclassified. This may cause your auto insurance to go down, especially if the college is in a small town.  Auto insurance rates are based on the garage location, and smaller cities often have lower rates.
  • Health Insurance. Children may remain on your health coverage until the age of 26. If you have a high health insurance deductible you may want to consider utilizing special health coverage offered by the college or university. Many colleges will offer student health insurance at a very reasonable cost.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is your trusted solution for homeowners insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

 

Hold Your Horses… We Do All The Work!

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We have all heard the advice “knowledge is power,” and in the personal insurance world, this is very true.  The more information we have as your personal insurance agent, the better and more competitively priced your personal insurance will be.  Keep this in mind as you prepare for your agent to quote your personal insurance.

Here Is the Good News

We will do all the heavy lifting for you.  All you need to do is have your information ready to give to your agent.  This may be information you already have at your fingertips, or information that is listed on your current personal insurance policies.  Then, we will do all the rest for you.

Now if you were going to try to apply for insurance online, the process is much more complex.  Not only would you have to know what information you need, but also how and where to use it to obtain the most competitive personal insurance products.

Keys to Getting the Best Price on Your Personal Insurance

Use an independent agent.  An independent agent has a number of advantages going for them.  Find an agent who has experience with the kind of insurance you need.  Your agent should be licensed and have an office you can visit if needed.

Benefits of Independent Agents:

  • They are not employed or controlled by any one insurance company.
  • These agents have access to dozens of markets.
  • They are locally owned; which means they live and work in your community.
  • When you call the office of an independent agent, you can talk to a licensed professional who cares about you.
  • Independent agents are a one-stop-shop for all of your personal insurance needs.
  • You get a choice of products and insurance companies that best suits your needs.
  • They not only find you competitively priced personal insurance, but they also make sure you have coverage that is designed for your individual situation.

Be honest concerning your personal information – Agents are held to strict confidentially standards.  We will never share your personal information with anyone with your permission.

Provide Information to Your Agent

There will be some necessary information needed for your agent to provide options for you. This information will vary based on the kind of personal insurance products you desire. Here are some of the types of information you may need to provide:

Homeowners Insurance

  • Personal information
  • Description of home
  • Any repairs or upgrades
  • Current condition and amenities
  • Age of roof and furnace, etc

Life Insurance

  • Health history
  • Family health history
  • Any illness

Auto Insurance

  • Personal information
  • Driving history
  • Vehicle use and description

Remember, knowledge is power.  Therefore, the more information your agent has the better pricing and coverage they will provide for you.  North Bay Insurance Brokers. is your trusted solution for homeowner’s insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

 

“Clark, That There Is my RV”

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North Bay Recreation Vehicles Insurance

If you own a Recreational vehicle, motorcycle or other toys, insurance coverage should be part of your thinking. Remember, they are not automatically covered under your current insurance program. State law requires you to maintain liability coverage on your vehicle. Here is a schedule of insurance coverage you might consider:

Liability Insurance

Liability coverage, also known as “property damage/bodily injury”, can help cover expenses from damaging a vehicle or injuring a person in an accident.

Collision coverage

Collision coverage helps pay for damage to your vehicle if you hit another vehicle, another vehicle hits you, or your vehicle rolls over. Collision coverage can be required if your vehicle is financed or leased.

Comprehensive coverage

Comprehensive insurance helps pay for damage to your vehicle not caused by a collision. Examples include damage or loss due to theft, vandalism, falling objects, fire, storms, and flood.

Uninsured or underinsured coverage

This coverage helps pay for repairs if your RV is damaged in an accident by an underinsured, uninsured, or unidentified driver. It also helps pay medical costs.

Medical payments coverage

Medical payments coverage helps pay medical costs for you and your passengers in the event of an accident, regardless of who is at fault.

Rental reimbursement coverage

This coverage helps pay for your rental car or other transportation if your RV cannot be driven due to an at-fault accident or comprehensive claim. This is really important especially if you are out of town.

Towing and labor coverage

Towing and labor coverage reimburses you for towing charges if an insured vehicle is disabled. It also covers on-site assistance, such as battery jump-start, tire change, and locksmith services. We recommend this on all recreation vehicles.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc., we combine premium auto Insurance with personalized service to give you the best coverage possible. Our insurance specialists

To Tell The Truth

question-1262378_640Insurance Question We Most Often Answer

As professional insurance agents, we are asked many questions regarding personal insurance.  We thought it might be good to offer answers to the most common kinds of questions we receive.

“Why buy from an agent when I can go online?”

When you buy insurance online, you are forced to become the insurance expert and if there is ever an issue, you have only yourself to blame.  In most cases, we can offer the same, or better, coverage with a licensed professional agent who is willing to actually meet with you and educate you on your choices.  The cost for these services is included in the cost of your insurance.

“How much insurance do I need?”

That depends on your personal situation.  If you have a number of vehicles, recreational vehicles, or a boat, we might recommend higher limits than if you are a renter with no “toys.”  We also recommend that you buy auto insurance coverage/limits above the state minimum.  If you have a growing family and own your home, we suggest higher limits and a personal umbrella policy to protect your assets.  A personal umbrella policy is very competitive and can provide an added layer of coverage and security.

“Which deductible should I select?”

The higher the deductible, the lower the premium.  In the long run, it may benefit you to increase your homeowner’s insurance deductible above a minimum amount, especially if you are claim free for a number of years.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is your trusted solution for homeowners insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.