3 tips to save money on your insurance!

Lets face it, everyone wants to pay less for their insurance. Insurance is an expense that you only get something out of, if something bad happens. Insurance is expensive and it’s not getting less expensive. We don’t recommend lowering your insurance by having lower coverage’s, there are better alternatives.

Here are the 3 ways to save money on your insurance without cutting coverage’s:

1. Discounts

There are a number of discounts available that you may not know you are missing out on. The occupational discount is one of them. Most carriers provide a discount if you are a doctor, nurse, police officer, firefighter, paramedic, engineer, scientist, teacher, veterinarian, dentist, pharmacist, accountant, pilot, etc… Some companies provide a discount if you are a business owner, if you can provide a copy of your business license or a copy of your business insurance you may qualify for a discount. College degree, if you can provide a copy of your diploma you may qualify for a discount.

There are a number of discounts available and it will depend on what your insurance company has to offer. For example, Nationwide Insurance has a “SmartRide” program. If you opt in for the SmartRide program you get a discount. Nationwide sends you a small device that plugs into your vehicle and tracks your mileage for three months. After three months they send you a package to mail the device back. The multiple the mileage by 4 (3 months X 4 = 12 months) and determine your annual mileage. This locks in that mileage for the life of the vehicle. Not only do they offer a 5% discount just for opting into the program but depending on your mileage you may qualify for an even larger discount. Plus, you don’t have to have to worry about providing annual mileage again or having your miles increased on renewal. Your best bet is to get in touch with an awesome insurance advisor that can use their expertise to get you all of the discounts you deserve.

It will vary with each insurance company but most of the companies that insureCAL is partnered with offer all of these discounts. However, most companies have a maximum on discounts. I.e., if you qualify for the doctor, college graduate, and business owner discount you aren’t going to receive three discounts. Wouldn’t that be nice though!

2. Packaging

One of the largest discounts available is the “Multi-Policy Discount“. One of our insurance companies offers a 25% discount on the home insurance policy and a 20% discount on the auto insurance policy when they are both insured through them. On average that could save a family $500-1000/year or more… Those are huge savings!!!

There are some cases that you may have separate insurance companies but 90% of the time it is always best if all of your insurance is with one company.

3. Drive Less

The biggest rating factor on auto insurance is annual mileage. If you can cut back how many miles you drive, you can lower your reported annual mileage, which will in turn lower your insurance premium. Whether you have a long commute (more than 50 miles) or a short commute (less than 50 miles) carpooling may be one option to help cut back those miles.

These are just a few tips, there may be a number of other options not covered in this post. As always, the best tip we can offer is to partner with an insurance advisor that cares about you and has your best interests in mind. If all else fails, get in touch with us as we’d love to help.

How I Got Free Chipotle Catering For My Clients

by Dylan Delhart, Insurance Advisor @ insureCAL Insurance Agency

I LOVE CHIPOTLE! I mean who doesn’t. As crazy as it sounds I probably talk about Chipotle every single day. This summer they finally started a rewards program! It was the summer of Chiptopia rewards, and as soon as I heard about it I was ecstatic. The program ran from June to August and the rules were simple. Eat 4 burritos in a month and you get a 5th for free, make it to 8 burritos and your 9th was free, and if you could eat 11 burritos in 1 month they would give you a 3rd free burrito! It didn’t stop there, if you could eat 4 burritos a month for all 3 months of the promotion, they would give you another free burrito. If you could eat 8 burritos a month for all 3 months you would receive $20 in Chipotle merchandise. But the grand prize was greatest of all, if you could eat 11 burritos a month all 3 months you would get free catering! (a $270 value)

I wasn’t sure if I would be able to keep up, I would have to eat Chipotle at least 3 times a week. 4 days into the promotion I had already gone 3 times and earned my first free burrito! After about 20 visits to Chipotle I started to realize this was going to be easier than I thought. I was reaching my 11 burritos a month with many days left to spare. At that point I knew I was going to get the catering I just wasn’t sure how I was going to use it, until one day I was talking to one of my new clients about the rewards. She was an avid Chipotler like me, and wanted to be included in the catering. (I mean who wouldn’t) That’s when I decided I would invite all of my clients to a lunch at our office catered by Chipotle.

It was the best lunch ever! Chipotle gives you everything you need to set up your own private Chipotle restaurant! It was so popular with my clients we’re thinking about doing it every year! So all of you Chipotler’s out there give me a call! Let’s get your family covered properly and then let’s eat some Chipotle!

4 Reasons To Buy Dental Insurance Today

85 million Americans currently do not have dental insurance. This is at a time when tooth and gum pain is one of the leading causes of Americans missing work. Many people will not seek dental treatment because they’re afraid of how expensive it can be, which leads to more missed days at work. Below you will find 4 reasons you should look into dental Insurance today.


  1. The Waiting Period. When you first purchase a dental policy you can use it for cleanings and preventative care, but other more major services have a waiting period from 6 months to a year. So if you wait until you need it, you may have to wait some more.


  1. Having Insurance will make you more likely to go to the dentist. If you’re anything like me you don’t enjoy going to the dentist, and the $100 cleaning fee is enough to make me put it off to next year. If you already have dental insurance those cleanings are usually free and it’s only logical to use something you’ve already paid for.


  1. Your oral and overall health will improve. Regular cleanings and checkups will help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Not only can the dentist do a better job cleaning your teeth he can also identify future problems before they begin to bother you. Oral diseases not only cause mouth pain but can also be linked to diabetes and heart disease.


  1. It’s fast and easy to get enrolled. You can get a free no obligation quote at dental.insurecal.com or call me with any questions at (209)250-0269.






Vacant Home Insurance

by Patrick Ramsay

According the latest U.S. Census statistics, there are approximately 13 million vacant year-round homes in the United States. Just like occupied homes, these vacant homes must be covered, too. While it is tempting to skimp on coverage to save money, it is important to ensure you are fully covered so you don’t end up taking a loss when something does happen to your property.

Finding the right vacant property insurance can be quite a difficult task because a typical homeowners policy won’t cover the property after it is vacated. Whether you’ve moved out and haven’t found a buyer or are renovating your home, it’s vital to keep your property properly covered.


A few facts about vacant home insurance:

  • There is more risk associated with a vacant home than with one that is full of people because there is no one living there to take care of the home if something happens to it.
  • These homes are more likely to be broken into, vandalized, or damaged during a storm.
  • Intruders who enter the home may be hurt which may result in a liability claim against you.

When is a home considered vacant?

In most cases, homes sitting more than thirty days without people should have a vacant home insurance policy in order to be protected.


Whether you’re in between renters or you’re fixing up a house before flipping it, a vacant home is a liability you don’t want to let go uncovered. Contact one of our agents at insureCAL for a quote to find out how much your vacant property insurance policy will cost.

Disaster Recovery Plan 101

by Patrick Ramsay

A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is used to describe how an organization plans to deal with potential disasters. While it may seem straightforward, many factors must be accounted for. Disaster recovery planning utilizes an analysis of the whole business to gain an understanding of essential operations that must continue. DRPs consist of three basic parts: preventive measures, detective measures, and corrective measures. Preventive measures will try to keep a disaster from occurring. Detective measures are taken to discover the presence of any unwanted events. Lastly, corrective measures attempt to restore a system after a disaster takes place.


What factors determine your DRP?

The right plan will vary from one business to another based upon many different factors. Factors such as the type of business, the processes involved, and the level of security needed will help determine your unique DRP for your business. DRPs can be utilized for natural disasters and man-made disasters.

Why have a DRP? Some of the benefits of a DRP are:

  • Providing a sense of security
  • Minimizing risk of delays
  • Guaranteeing the reliability of standby systems
  • Providing a standard for testing the plan
  • Minimizing decision-making during a disaster
  • Reducing potential legal liabilities
  • Lowering unnecessarily stressful work environment

disasterrecoveryplanOne major component of a DRP is the call tree. A call tree is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an event. These are especially helpful if an organization must reach key personnel after regular business hours and notify them of a problem. In order for a call tree to be successful, employee contact information must be kept up-to-date and employees should provide multiple ways they can be reached. In small or midsize businesses, call trees are typically carried out manually. In these cases, each person on the call tree contacts the next person on the list and that person contacts the next person until everyone on the call tree has been reached. The last person on the call tree calls the first person and the loop is complete. Once everyone is informed of a disaster, people can start fulfilling their specific duties within the DRP.

Most businesses are ill-prepared to handle disasters. Only about 50 percent of companies even report having a DRP, and of those companies that have a DRP, many have never tested their plans. Don’t let your business get caught in the dark in the face of a disaster. Develop a proper disaster recovery plan!

4 Long Haul Trucking Hacks

by Patrick Ramsay

Being a long haul truck driver presents many challenges. With hours of road ahead, and oftentimes, hundreds of miles between point A and point B, anything that brings more comfort or convenience to long hauls is important to utilize. Here are a few things we recommend.


  1. Podcasts: Named after the combination of the words “iPod” and “broadcast”, podcasts are digitally recorded radio or talk shows that are available online and can be downloaded on your mobile device. With hundreds of thousands of free podcasts at your fingertips, feeding your mind while you’re behind the wheel is easier and more entertaining than ever.
  2. Mini Fridge: Proper sustenance is of the most vital factors in having a good long haul. With a mini fridge, you can have access to fresh food right inside the cab of your truck. From ice-cold energy drinks to storing leftovers, a mini fridge will bring plenty of benefits to your long haul.
  3. Long Haul Trucker Seat Cushion: Anyone who has done a long haul can tell you sitting for several hours at a time can bring on incredible discomfort. This makes your choice of seat cushion incredibly important. A thick, well-designed cushion like the Long Haul Trucker Seat Cushion from Sharper Image will go a long way in making your trips easier on your body. A great seat cushion will allow you to sit for hours by virtually eliminating pressure points.
  4. Mobile WiFi Hotspots: Staying connected to the people who are important to you while on the road is an important part of keeping your morale up. While phone calls to loved ones are great, there’s nothing quite like talking face to face. With mobile WiFi hotspots, you can connect to the internet and use video chat, making the distance between you and your loved ones seem a bit smaller.

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Long haul trucking is hard work, but with recent developments in technology, this demanding industry is becoming even more driver-friendly. What are some of your favorite long haul trucking hacks?

From Bumper to Bumper: Limousine Insurance

by Patrick Ramsay

The importance of having auto insurance when you’re behind the wheel of a regular vehicle is important. That’s something you learn before you can drive, but what happens when you get behind the wheel of something bigger like a limousine?

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insureCAL Advisor “Limo Tony”

You’re going to take that dire need for coverage and stretch it from bumper to bumper. When you’re shopping for limousine coverage there are several important factors to consider. Because you’re business involves the transportation of people in your limo, you need coverage for passengers and your risk for a liability claim. Here are some types of coverage you may need:


  1. Personal Injury limousine insurance: Personal injury limousine insurance will cover the costs of accidents where injuries occur involving your limousine. This coverage can include, medical and rehabilitation bills, lost wages, and funeral costs.
  2. Collision and comprehensive coverage: This is a basic straight-forward coverage that will cover the cost if there is an accident. Comprehensive coverage will cover the cost of theft, fire, vandalism and many other types of damages.
  3. Uninsured and underinsured coverage: This provides coverage if you’re in an accident and the other driver is at fault but does not have sufficient coverage to pay the costs. This type of coverage is required in many states.
  4. Employment practices liability: In the case of your company being accused of sexual harassment, wrongful termination, or discrimination, this is the type of coverage that will protect your business.
  5. Property damage liability: Property damage liability, you guessed it, covers any property damage that you or your drivers cause while on the job. This coverage goes towards legal fees up to the limits of your policy if you’re taken to court.


Riding in a limousine  can be a novelty, but running a successful limousine company is a serious matter. It’s important to ensure your company and your drivers are properly covered. Request a free quote from insureCAL today!

Safety Glass Coverage on Auto Insurance

by Patrick Ramsay

While there are worse things to find on your windshield than a chip or a crack, windshields are a notoriously fragile part of vehicles and oftentimes. insureCAL’s safety glass coverage with auto insurance will slightly increase your premium, but when you need your windshield repaired or replaced, there is no deductible.


Generally, if a chip or crack on your windshield is smaller than a dollar bill, it could be repaired in most cases. What happens when you have safety glass coverage through insureCAL? One of the most important parts of windshield repair is that you must get it fixed and reported to insureCAL as soon as possible.


The repair process for a chip or crack generally takes less than 30 minutes. After a windshield repair, a blemish will be visible but will fade with time. Contact insureCAL to add safety glass coverage to your auto insurance policy! We’ve got your windshield covered so you don’t have to sweat the small stuff.


A Look at Farming in 2050

by Patrick Ramsay

In 2050, farming may be moving to the city. Today, with over 7 billion human mouths to feed, approximately 40% of this planet’s total landmass is used for agriculture to produce the quantity of food necessary to sustain our world’s population. By the year 2050, the world population is expected to grow to 9.6 billion and according to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), food production will have to increase by 70 percent in order to avoid mass malnutrition.

Using less water, while at the same time producing more crops will be essential in addressing water scarcity problems as the demand for water will also increase with the population. Land will also play a pivotal role in feeding a world with 2.3 billion more people. Sufficient global land resources are available to feed future population, but much of the land is in areas riddled with obstacles like insufficient infrastructure and endemic diseases. These obstacles aren’t impossible to overcome, but it will prove difficult to use much of the available land for agriculture in the future.

Various ideas have been proposed to address the issues surrounding population growth and the best, most environmentally-friendly ways to feed the world. One of the most promising solutions to an overpopulated world facing starvation may actually be found in the middle of the urban areas.


Vertical Farming is a component of urban agriculture — imagine a skyscraper stacked with floors of produce in the middle of an urban area. Vertical farming is the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers, in vertically inclined surfaces, and/or integrated in other structures. By the year 2050, roughly 80 percent of the world is expected to live in urban areas. Vertical farming could remove the need for soil and sunlight, meaning the expansion of land for agriculture wouldn’t be necessary and the amount of water used to produce crops would drop significantly. While this is one proposed idea among many, it raises the question: what will become of our farmers in rural areas?


Flood Insurance and Godzilla El Niño

by Patrick Ramsay

You’re familiar with the saying “When it rains it pours,” but there’s a new saying being passed along California: “When Godzilla El Niño rains, it floods.” Though California has been in the midst of a drought for four years, there is no time more vital than now to protect your home with flood insurance. For most California homeowners, floods don’t rank among their highest concerns. Scientists are expecting this year’s El Niño weather cycle to be incredibly strong, potentially even surpassing the El Niño weather cycle of 1997, which was the strongest on record according to the National Weather Service.



In high-risk flood areas, there is a one in four chance that someone with a 30-year mortgage will experience flooding. Even homeowners in medium-to-low risk areas can be financially vulnerable to flooding. According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), people outside of mapped high-risk areas file over 20-percent of all National Flood Insurance Program flood insurance claims and receive one-third of Federal Disaster Assistance for flooding. FEMA also emphasizes that flooding can occur anywhere that it rains. No matter where you live, a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars of damage. Just like every other type of insurance, it is vital to understand what is and isn’t covered. From the insured building and its foundation to furs, artwork, and curtains, flood insurance will provide coverage. For a full list of what’s covered by flood insurance, click the following link: www.floodsmart.gov/whats_covered.


Be proactive about protecting your family, your home, and your belongings. There is typically a 30-day waiting period from the date of your purchase before your policy will go into effect, so do not wait to get coverage. Contact insureCAL today to learn more about their flood insurance programs before it’s too late.