Many people ask, “will the color of my car increase my auto insurance premium?” Truth be told, insurance companies usually don’t have any knowledge of the color of your auto. The factors that go into your car insurance premium are the year, make and model of your car because they affect repair and replacement costs if you file a claim. If you have a special paint job or custom color on your vehicle then the auto insurance company would need to know so that in the event of an accident, your car would be restored to it’s proper custom color. Other factors include, how many miles you drive annually as well as if you commute frequently to other states. Safety features on your vehicle also determine your car insurance premium. If you have passive restraints, airbags, backup cameras, antilock brakes or a car equipped with driver technology all entitle you to discounts on your car insurance rates. The insurance company will run a motor vehicle report on your driver license for any past accidents which also affects your car insurance premium. The area in which you live based on car theft or high accident rate is factored into your car insurance rate. So you can look and purchase any color car you so desire and give Freedom Insurance Group, Inc. a call for a free quote at 215-673-0300!
Many times we have customers ask us about getting auto insurance for the first time in their name. They may have been insured previously before under their parents auto insurance policy or a relative’s insurance policy. Getting auto insurance on your own for the first time doesn’t have to be stressful. We will take the time to explain all of the details of what auto insurance coverage you need and answer all of your questions so that you feel confident with your purchase of car insurance and know that you are properly covered. We will ask you the following questions in order to get a competitive rate for your auto insurance needs.
-your name, address, date of birth and drivers license number
-the year make and model of your vehicle along with the vehicle identification number (this will tell us all safety features on the auto)
-what you do for a living or if you are enrolled in school
We will inform you of all the various discounts available to you based on your specific details.
We will discuss what type of coverages and the amount of liability you will need in order to be properly insured in the event you are involved in an accident. Our licensed agents will give you a multitude of insurance scenarios so that you can make a sound decision on what auto insurance coverage you want. We will discuss several payment options and determine which one best suits your financial needs. We will help you with your car registration also and refer you to an auto tag agency if needed.
Insurance terms can be confusing and they don’t have to be. A named peril on a homeowners insurance policy is defined as a risk used to describe the events or causes of loss that may create a claim under the insurance policy. A typical HO-3 policy covers the following named perils: Lightning or fire Hail or windstorm Damage caused by aircraft Explosions Riots or civil disturbances Smoke damage Damage caused by vehicles Theft Vandalism Falling objects Volcanic eruption Damage from the weight of snow, ice, or sleet Water damage from plumbing, heating, or air conditioning overflow Water heater cracking, tearing and burning Damage from electrical current Pipe freezing
If you were to have an issue or damage to your home as a direct result of the above mentioned perils your insurance policy will cover those damages. Supplement coverage is also available for sump pump backup in the event you lose power in your home. Identity fraud protection is also a supplemental coverage available to protect yourself from someone stealing your identity.
Comprehensive and collision insurance both cover any damage to an auto insured with each coverage. Collision insurance covers for the insured auto when damaged in an collision such as another automobile, a tree light pole, building or object. Comprehensive insurance covers damages caused by fire, water, vandalism, theft, animals or public riots. The cost of comprehensive and collision insurance are based mainly on the car’s value. Regardless of how much you pay for comprehensive and collision, you will only get paid what your car is worth minus your deductible. This brings up the question as to when should you drop collision insurance for your vehicle? Do you have a loan on your vehicle? If so, most financing companies require comprehensive and collision insurance on the vehicle until the loan is paid off. Keep in mind, collision coverage only applies for physical damage to your vehicle only. As enticing as it is to save money consider whether or not you can afford to replace or repair the damage done. Is your vehicle an older model? First, you will want to get an accurate amount of what your vehicle is worth, a good place to start is www.kellybluebook.com to estimate this. The next step is to look at the premium you are paying for collision insurance and calculate if it is more than the worth of the value of the vehicle minus the deductible. This is a decision for you as the policy owner for some people it will be worth for others not.
Freedom Insurance Group Inc, considers our customers like family. You can often hear one of our customers on the phone saying, “I’m at Freedom,” as if they are at their friends house. We enjoy hearing about their day and sharing in their life’s moments. We develop our relationships in person or over the phone. Our customer relations begin with the customer needing insurance but it blooms into so much more over time. We can meet auto, home, life, recreational and umbrella insurance needs. One of the best components of being an insurance agent is celebrating with our customers their milestones in life. Whether it may be purchasing a new vehicle, new home, engagement, marriage, birth or adjusting to a teen driver, we are here to guide and assist to ensure they are properly covered. We enjoy sharing our knowledge about insurance so that the customer feels secure and well informed to make a sound decision purchasing insurance based on their needs. We are often asked where to find a tag agency or help them fill out their auto registration which we gladly do. We are thankful when our clients will call or stop in to say hello and even to drop off a holiday or thank you treat! We are often shown pictures of the new family pet, latest completed home project, and of course the families themselves enjoying life. The greatest compliment one of our customers can give us is a referral to their family, friends and co-workers. We enjoy having been able to provide quality customer service and insurance coverage that secures stability and peace of mind for our clients. Above all else, we pride ourselves for having a trusting and loyal relationship with our customers. We look for ways to save them money so that they can enjoy the fruits of their labor on others things such as home projects, vacations, or to just save for a rainy day.
Do you think you aren’t distracted while you drive? Think again, AAA reports that 25-50% of all accidents are caused by distracted drivers. Distracted driving is the practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity, typically one that involves the use of a mobile phone or other electronic devices. Driving while using a cell phone reduces brain activity associated with driving by 37%. drivers increase their risk of a crash two to four times while talking on a mobile device, either hands free or hand held. Cell phone use is not the only distraction. Technology is constantly evolving and now cars are coming equipped with Wi-Fi hot spots, navigation systems, multimedia streaming and social media capabilities. Drivers report that they believe it is safer to use a hands free device as opposed to a hand held device. The majority of surveyed drivers feel that talking on a cell phone was a somewhat or serious threat to their personal safety. Phone conversations of any type increase reaction times and increase different speed levels, swaying into lanes and having control of the steering wheel. We all lead such busy lives with not much free time but if we continue these habits of trying to multitask while driving we may not have any time at all. We can try to change the statists by putting our phones down while driving and waiting till we are in a safe environment to talk, text or plug in to the web.
Are you planning a little spring break travel? With Easter approaching we all want to spend quality time with our loved ones and friends. Here are some helpful tips to decrease your stress. If you are planning on driving, have your auto mechanic take a look at your tires, wipers, oil and shocks to decrease your risk of having any issues while you are on the road. Be sure to have your insurance id card, registration and roadside assistance number in your glove compartment if needed. Make sure your cell phone is charged. Try not to post too much information on social media about being away or the length you will be gone. It’s hard not to share but it helps to keep your home safe from potential break in’s. Leave a timed light on in your home or have a neighbor check on your home and take in your mail. If you are flying be sure to have all important and necessary paperwork together and in an envelope for all who are traveling together. If you are renting a car, remember your ID card to show to the rental car company for proof of your insurance. If you are traveling abroad, have your passport in a secure place and ask your hotel/lodging if they provide a safe or safety deposit boxes you may use or rent. You will feel much more relaxed with your important paperwork, money and valuables knowing they are secured.
Leave your travel arrangements with someone that you trust so they know where you are traveling too and where you will be staying.
Lastly, enjoy yourselves wherever your destination is!
If you are ever witness to an auto accident please keep the following tips in mind: – Pull completely off the road and turn on your emergency flashers. – Check to see if there are any injured persons. Do not move or touch any injured parties, just try to assess what happened. – Call 911 and be ready to answer questions and provide as much information as possible. The dispatcher will ask for the location (street, intersection, ramp information). They will also ask how many people need help, such as is anyone bleeding, unconscious or in grave danger. – If you happen to have a camera or smartphone, take a few pictures. Capture pictures of the vehicles involved, any street or road conditions which may have played a factor in the auto accident. Be prepared to share these pictures with the drivers and law enforcement. People react differently in emergency situations, but you need to make sure you are smart about how to lend a hand. These tips will help determine what your involvement will be. You can find the official list of obligations and liabilities with being a witness and assisting with an auto accident at www.heartsafeam.com/pages/faq_good_samaritan
It looks like we can finally talk about spring! It’s time to start looking around our homes to spot any potential dangers or risks that may have occurred during the harsh winter months. Spring home maintenance is an important factor for every home owner. Take a walk around your property and clear any dead trees or limbs and cut trees and shrubs away from siding and roofs. Make sure all foundation and gutter drains are draining properly. Clear gutters of any debris from the fall/winter. Patch any cracks in the driveway and sidewalks. Repair any wind-damaged fences and gates, as well as checking on siding, trim and the roof. Inspect all vents such as attic, whole house and dryer. Be sure to take a look at your chimney for any falling stucco and have chimney cleaned and creosote build-up removed and have chimney lined if necessary. Make sure the chimney screen cap is still intact. Check inside for any separation between the fireplace and hearth as well as firebox. This is also a great time of year to change the batteries in your smoke detector as well as carbon monoxide detector. Also check your garage door openers for battery life. Entry and exit ways to your home should be evaluated for loose handrails, loose screen and storm doors. You want to also check for any air leaks. Look for any broken glass or seals on windows and panes. Check any steps or decking that could be a fall or tripping hazard. When reattaching garden hoses check for any leaks from main source and that connections are intact. Any outdoor electrical outlets should be checked by an electrician or with a tester.
You booked your vacation, planned your itinerary, shopped for clothes and are ready to pack and go. You realize uh-oh we are renting a car…do we have coverage or will it be an unexpected expense to insure the rental? The first step is to contact your insurance agent and discuss your coverages to make sure you have adequate coverage to extend to the rental car. In most cases if you carry comprehensive and liability coverage on your personal car the coverage will extend to the rental car as well. If you are paying for the rental car with a credit card, check with the credit card company to see if they provide secondary coverage in the event there are any gaps in your insurance policy. The rental company will offer you four main options that in many cases you simply don’t need. Collision Damage Waiver/Loss Damage Waiver is not actually an insurance product but a waiver that transfers the financial responsibility from you to the rental car company if there is damage or theft. If you carry liability coverage on your own vehicle, this is coverage you can decline. Personal effects coverage if you have a homeowners or renters policy your personal items will generally be covered even if they are stolen from the rental car. Personal accident insurance will cover your medical bills in the event of an accident in the rental car. If you have personal injury protection on your auto policy you can decline this coverage. Knowing before you go to the rental car agency what your current auto insurance policy offers, you will save time and grief worrying or deciding what additional insurance you may or may not need. Be sure to have your current identification card for your vehicle or a picture of it with you when you are ready for the rental car to save time of having to have one faxed over or frantically trying to look it up on the internet. The rental agency will need your policy number and dates of coverage for their records.