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Replacement Cost vs. Actual Cash Value

Regardless of the type of property you have insured, you either have replacement cost or actual cash value protection. Does that sound like some insurance jargon to you? Well, it is. However, it’s critical jargon that you need to fully understand if you ever have to make a claim on your insurance policy. Home insurance, personal property insurance, and auto insurance are based on replacement or actual cash value coverage. Let’s dig into the definitions and differences between both. Replacement Cost – What it does The best way to describe replacement cost is through a couple of everyday examples. What…
April 21, 2022
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Insurance Claims: Frequency vs. Severity

A high frequency of small insurance claims can have a longer-lasting negative impact on you than a single high severity one. It is an unwritten rule in the insurance industry; the fewer claims, the higher the likelihood of having the policy renewed. It can be challenging to square this philosophy with the mindset of “That’s what insurance is for!”. There is nothing wrong with expecting that a loss, when covered, will result in a paid claim. The general point of an insurance policy is to make you whole again. If a fire breaks out in our home, we will claim…
March 17, 2022
Why Cheap Car Insurance Is So ExpensiveCar InsurancePersonal Insurance

Why Cheap Car Insurance Is So Expensive

Do you ever find yourself looking for ways to trim your monthly expenses? Perhaps the XM subscription could go, or maybe the cable is finally up for consideration (that home phone line went bye-bye years ago). Or maybe, that money-sucking-always-increasing-car-insurance-policy could use a scalpel. Tempting? Sure. But, before you throw it on your table and go all Dexter Morgan with it, you’d be wise to familiarize yourself with the basics behind all those big numbers. Before we go down that rabbit hole, there’s a secret I’m going to let you in on. Your car insurance rate has much more to…
February 4, 2022
Homeowners InsurancePersonal Insurance

Are stolen items from a car insured?

Question 43 in 100 Insurance Questions in 100 Days Video Series https://youtu.be/QQGL33FqT1Q It is never fun to realize the car was left unlocked with many expensive items in plain sight. The iPad, iPhone, Android, golf clubs, daughter's tuba, or all of those hard to replace CDs are in the arms of another. You look over your New York auto policy only to find that you are out of luck. There still might be hope...watch this short video to see what I mean!
September 18, 2017
General TopicsInsurance Terms

What’s a Declarations Page??

Question 42 in 100 Insurance Questions in 100 Days Video Series https://youtu.be/6TDWaSmLjY4 The place to see what you are actually covered for exists on your declarations page. This is where you find out how much protection you have (or don't have) for liability, property damage, physical damage, medical payments, and so much more. Your New York insurance policy hinges on the information displayed on these pages. If you don't see a charge for something you hoped would be covered, it probably isn't.
September 18, 2017
General Topics

Does bundling my insurance always give me the best deal?

Question 19 in 100 Insurance Questions in 100 Days. https://youtu.be/sXMwLkhUuuE We've seen the ads: Bundle your home and auto and save!! While that might be true, it might also not always be your best deal! In fact, a large percentage of clients have their home and auto policies split because that deal was better than the bundled price or coverage! Watch more above to see why!
August 25, 2017
Car InsurancePersonal Insurance

When does a ticket or accident stop hurting your rates?

Question 17 in 100 Insurance Questions in 100 Days https://youtu.be/FFm90v2RHfw This is a common question and one that doesn't always offer a favorable answer. Most insurance companies are going to go back 5-years for all drivers on the policy. Any infraction will impact the overall rate of the policy. This is why having a small claim can often be more costly over time than the actual dollar amount of the claim. Watch the video for more information.
August 23, 2017
Car InsurancePersonal Insurance

When to buy rental car insurance

Will my New York car insurance cover a rental car? https://youtu.be/-jmrPWCsNdk In New York, just about every personal auto policy that we have follows us when we rent a vehicle. The policy would protect you in the event that you were in an accident and caused damage to someone else or to the rented vehicle itself. A claim such as that could be put through your own insurance policy, with one caveat. The one thing it might not cover is the loss of business use associated to the car in which you were renting. For example, as a result of…
August 21, 2017
When a car suffers damage it might not take as much as you'd think to make it totaledCar InsurancePersonal Insurance

How is a car considered totaled?

Question 11 in 100 insurance Questions in 100 Days https://youtu.be/i4emcTmZQ4g Is My Car Totaled? You've probably heard someone refer to their car as "totaled" after an accident. Perhaps you yourself have experienced the same. To many, totaled means non-drivable or completely useless... and destined for the compactor at the junk yard. Though that can be true, you might be surprised to hear that it can take very little to total a vehicle. When you carry comprehensive and/or collision insurance on your auto policy, you are insuring yourself for the actual cash value of the car. Actual cash value or ACV,…
August 17, 2017
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Do I have to return NY license plates?

https://youtu.be/KcD71tNtbcE How to surrender plates in New York For every single day that you hold on to your New York State license plates without bodily injury and property damage liability insurance coverage on those plates, then it’s $8 per day for the first 30 days that you will then have to pay as a fine to the DMV. After that, from 31 to 60 days, the fine increases to $10; from 61 days to 90, the fine is $12 a day. The NYS DMV has detailed information regarding the civil penalty for lapsed plates where you can get the details directly…
August 16, 2017
Car InsurancePersonal Insurance

Is Liability on Auto Insurance Meaningless?

Question 5 in 100 Questions in 100 Days https://youtu.be/9OpbD8gQ8U4 In order to register a car in New York State, you have to first show proof of insurance. Not insurance that protects the car. The state couldn't care in the least if want to protect your vehicle. Instead they are ensuring that you have liability insurance in case you injure someone or damage something. There is a minimum amount that you are required to carry. $25,000 per person $50,000 per accident $10,000 property damage Anything beyond those limits are your responsibility. For example, if you run a stop sign and tee-bone…
August 11, 2017
General Topics

How Does Credit Impact Insurance Premiums

Question 4 of 100 Insurance Questions in 100 Days https://youtu.be/ENbD0qqbjfc Though your actual score might not be used when a company asks to review your credit worthiness, how you've handled your credit will be. Almost every insurance company requires a credit check before a final quote can be provided. This check helps make up your insurance score. The better your credit, the better your score might be. Even with good credit, if you're an inexperienced driver, or have had a few claims, you could still see rates higher than you would probably like.
August 10, 2017