Many States have enacted a moratorium preventing insurance companies from cancelling and non-renewing policies for non- payment to the insurance carriers during the Covid-19 crisis.
DON'T LOOK AT THIS AS FREE INSURANCE!
The insurance carriers are only delaying your payment due date. This does not apply to automatic payments via bank draft/EFT. Know also, delaying your payment due date does not mean you won’t have to pay at all. What it may do is cause a “balloon” payment to be due when you least expect it. Any unpaid amounts could eventually be turned over to collections if not paid when expected.
Don't let your credit history take a hit.
What can you do to keep your insurance affordable and still pay on-time?
Look at a reducing your insurance coverage. With auto insurance, you must (at least) have minimum liability as required by most state laws. If your vehicle is financed, you must secure the lien holder’s interest by having comprehensive & collision coverage. However, you can increase your deductible on these coverages. The higher the deductible, the lower the premium. Talk with your insurance carrier or insurance agent about possible options.
If you can't afford the EXTRA coverage and are not required to have it, do without during this time. You can modify your coverage when you are back on your feet and financially able.
What about the young drivers on your policy who are home-bound during this quarantine period? You can contact your insurance carrier to see about excluding drivers who are NOT driving during this period of time. Be careful with this option though. If your young driver is behind the wheel at any time, they need to be listed and removing them then letting them take the vehicle somewhere is not a good idea! Also, remember to change them back from an excluded to rated driver once the stay-home order is lifted and life returns to normal.
These are strange and scary times but whatever you decide, protecting what’s important should be top on your list of priorities. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can get by without proper insurance on your auto(s), home or even life!
Until next time, take care, be safe and stay informed!
Tommy Curtis & Staff
DIsclaimer: NOT everyone will fall under this moratorium. You can still be cancelled for nonpayment if your new policy effective date is during the moratorium. In doubt, always talk with your insurance carrier to see if you qualify for this moratorium. You will also be cancelled or non-renewed for fraud and/or misrepresentation.
As we move into the second month of 2020, there are so many things to consider when thinking about your insurance.
We're going to take a moment and direct you back to some of our most important and most informative posts throughout the past couple of years.
Our office will be closed Monday, Dec 24th & Tuesday, Dec. 25th as well as Monday, Dec. 31st and Tuesday, Jan. 1st in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.
We will resume normal business hours (9am - 5 pm) on Wednesday, Dec. 26th and Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.
As we move through the holidays and into a new year, we hope you'll take some time to browse the many blog posts we've shared over the past year or so and that you'll find a wealth of information beneficial to your life, home, auto and/or Medicare insurance concerns.
When faced with life, home or work changes, we certainly hope you'll give us a call and let us service your insurance needs. It's especially important to insure those new toys you got for Christmas! (ie; boats, jet skis, ATV's, jewelry, artwork, etc.)
Meanwhile - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We look forward to serving you in 2019 and beyond....
Tommy Curtis and Staff
If you call for a home, mobile home, or flood policy or to add comprehensive and/or collision insurance to your auto policy and are told no because the company is under binding restrictions, it may confuse or even irritate you.
What in the world are binding restrictions and why do insurance companies implement them?
Last year we talked a couple of times about safety and travelling. We gave you some Hurricane Evacuation Tips and Vacation Preparedness Tips. We also shared Holiday Safety Tips, Fun in the Sun Safety Tips and Tips for staying safe at Festivals.
As all of these tips revolve around travelling – even though that may not be far from home – I thought it would be great to condense the above-mentioned tips into one, easy-to-find article.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” This quote was made famous by Dr. Wayne Dyer, PHD and it is true in so many ways.
Of course, Dr. Dyer was talking about people, places, things and circumstances in your life, but let’s examine this advice in light of insurance.
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve delved into reasons why you need to maintain insurance coverage on your recreational vehicles. We’ve covered boats and RV/Campers. Today we’ll talk about ATV’s.
As with other recreational vehicles, if your all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is financed, chances are your bank or financial institute will require coverage until the loan is paid off.
However, most people are quick to cancel that insurance as soon as the loan is paid off.
Before we get too far into this blog post, let me clarify that a Motorhome is usually covered under state mandated insurance laws just as an automobile is. Since it is a vehicle licensed for on-road use, there are specialized policies for motorhomes; therefore, the information below pertains more specifically to a RV or Camper.
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