Thinking of buying your auto insurance online? Please be careful. We recently had a prospect use one of those “name your price” type of insurance websites. She did get insurance. She did like the payments. She thought she was all set.
What she didn’t realize that she was insured for the state minimum requirements of:
- $25,000 for bodily injury, per person.
- $50,000 for bodily injury, if multiple people are injured in an accident
That sounds like a lot, right? But think a bit about it. If there is an accident, and either one person is pretty hurt or multiple people are hurt, what will that cost? Costs can include
- the ambulance rides to the hospital
- emergency room fees
- all the x-ray and other tests
- the cost of utilizing beds
- the cost of the each of the physicians who review reports and meets with the patients
- Costs of any medications
- or any equipment supplied…
We could go on and on. One resource we found online stated the average cost of EACH injury from a car accident is over $61,000. If that’s true, the coverage of 25,000/50,000 won’t go very far. What happens if the expenses are more than the coverage you have? That could be an expense you could be responsible for out of pocket. Can you afford that?
So, what if you chose that policy because you were very concerned about price? Great question. We recommend you work with an independent agent who can look numerous carriers for you. They can find the carrier who offers the best price for your needs. They can tell you how inexpensive it may be to increase those coverages. They can make sure you are really getting every discount for which you are eligible.
What did our customer do? She switched to us. We found her discounts- including bundling her home and auto policies with one carrier. She was able to get much more substantial coverages for only a few extra dollars a month when we looked at all her insurance needs in totality.
It does pay to be a smart shopper. It can pay to work with an independent agent who can review all this for you, at no charge to you.
If you’d like someone to review your policies so you can see if you really have the right coverages at the right price? Have any additional questions? We are here for you- anytime. Don’t hesitate to reach out and we’d be happy to answer any of your insurance questions. We can be reached at www.keslarinsurance.com or 603-273-0953. Keslar Insurance Agency is an independent insurance agency offering business, home, auto and life insurance in NH and in ME
When your child goes to college, are their possessions covered by your homeowner’s policy? Like everything else, it depends. We recommend you discuss this with your insurance agent to make sure that you know the best ways to keep your kid’s items protected.
On campus housing:
Most student personal possessions are covered under their parents’ homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy if the student lives in a dormitory.
- There may be some limitations on how much it is covered for as “off premise possessions” are handled separately so always check with your agent to make sure it is enough to cover their belongings.
- Encourage students to leave expensive jewelry and the like at home. Only bring essentials to school.
Students who live off-campus are most likely not covered under their parents’ homeowner’s insurance policy and need to purchase their own renter’s insurance policy. These policies are typically very inexpensive, often between $15-30/month!
- Rental policies typically provide coverage for the personal property and liability coverage.
- Discuss the importance of a “replacement cost policy” vs. an “actual cash value policy” with your agent.
- Many renter’s policies will pay the extra cost to live somewhere else temporarily if the student needs to move out for a while if the apartment is damaged. This can happen in a building full of students!
- Note: If the student lives in a rented apartment, house or condominium, the landlord’s insurance doesn’t cover your personal property in the event that it is stolen or damaged as a result of a fire, theft or other unexpected circumstance.
- If more than one student rents an apartment, house or condo, they each should have their own renter’s policy.
- If your student is traveling abroad, ask you insurance agent if the renter’s policy includes coverage outside the US.
Compile an inventory of student belongings
In either case, it is good practice to create a list of the items the student is taking to college. This inventory will be helpful if the student’s property is stolen or damaged.
- It should include the brand, make and model of each item, as well as serial numbers.
- A photographic record is also helpful, especially if the student has personalized the laptop or tablet with a custom skin.
- Keep the inventory in a safe place, along with receipts for the most expensive items.
- The receipts will help establish value if the parents obtain replacement cost coverage.
Have questions? We are here for you- anytime. Don’t hesitate to reach out and we’d be happy to answer any of your insurance questions. We can be reached at www.keslarinsurance.com or 603-273-0953. Keslar Insurance Agency is an independent insurance agency offering business, home, auto and life insurance in NH and in ME.