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What's the difference between personal and commercial auto insurance?

What’s the Difference Between Personal and Commercial Auto Insurance?

If you own any type of business, you probably know that a Business Owner’s Policy (BOP) is an essential tool to have in your insurance arsenal. But it’s not the only kind of commercial insurance you need.

Your BOP doesn’t provide any coverage for vehicles, so you’ll need a separate policy if you want auto insurance. (Trust us, you do!)

You might have heard from other well-meaning business owners that your personal auto insurance will cover business use. In most cases, this isn’t true.

Let’s take a look at the difference between personal and commercial auto insurance.
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Why Did My Car Insurance Go Up?

You just received another letter from your insurance company notifying you that your car insurance rates will be increasing this year.

“Why did my car insurance go up?!” you scream in frustration. “I didn’t even have any claims!”

Unfortunately for car owners, this is an common occurrence…and it doesn’t look like it will stop anytime soon.
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Understanding Commercial Auto Insurance in Florida

Understanding Commercial Auto Insurance in Florida

As a business owner, you’ve heard about (or currently carry) a variety of different commercial insurance types, from worker’s comp to EPLI insurance.

But if you own (or want to start) a business that relies on any kind of vehicle, one type of insurance you can’t go without is commercial auto insurance.

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Do I Need Rental Car Insurance?

Planning a trip should be fun—deciding where to stay, what to do, and where to eat. You definitely don’t want to worry about dealing with the aftermath of a car accident while you’re away.

Purchasing rental car insurance from the car rental company is a tempting option: you pay a few extra bucks a day and you don’t have to worry about a thing. But is it really necessary?

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medical payments in auto insurance

What Are Medical Payments and Why Are They On My Auto Insurance Coverage?

Sifting through all of the different coverages that are part of insurance policy can be a very confusing task. There are things that pay for injuries to you. There are parts that pay for injuries to others. There are coverages that pay for damage to your belongings. There are elements that pay for damage to other peoples’ things. The list goes on and on. Today we’re going to look at Medical Payments and how they can help you avoid costly fees after an accident.
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What is Umbrella Insurance and Do I Need it?

Julie and Jason have an umbrella!

Julie and Jason have an umbrella!

Q.  What is Umbrella Insurance and do I need it?

A.  Liability Umbrella policies are incredibly valuable and affordable protection needed by individuals and business, alike.  Your primary policies – home/car/boat/business owner’s/worker’s compensation/commercial automobile/etc. – provide an initial layer of liability protection.  This primary coverage is often maxed out at $300,000 – $500,000 for individuals and $1,000,000 for businesses.  Umbrellas can come with many different coverage limits, but the most common limits are $1 million, $2 million and $5 million.  Insurance is designed not only protect your current assets, but it also aims to protect your future earning potential against wage garnishments and judgments that a major claim may give rise to.  Umbrellas extend your liability protection beyond your primary coverage.  Simply put, someone with $500,000 primary liability and a $1 million umbrella effectively has $1.5 million in protection (within the bounds the policies involved).  Umbrellas can sometimes even provide additional coverage that your primary insurance does not.

Whether or not you buy an umbrella policy is up to you, but for guidance call your agent!

 

Does my auto insurance cover my rental car?

Rental Car InformationQ.  Does my auto insurance cover my rental car?

A.  There is a strong chance that it does.  Most standard and preferred automobile insurance carriers extend coverage to private passenger vehicles that you rent such as while on vacation.  You must check with your specific carrier though, as many non-standard carriers and certain standard/preferred carriers do not extend such coverage.  Also, remember that most auto carriers do not extend coverage to non-private passenger vehicles such as do it yourself moving trucks. As always if you have specific questions as to your coverage and policy make sure to contact your agent.