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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.

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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.

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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.

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How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

The biggest problem I’ve noticed in the insurance industry is people want life insurance, but with all of the variables and unexpected costs, they have no idea how much coverage they actually need. Having the correct amount of coverage is extremely important. With not enough coverage you could leave your family in debt, and with too much coverage you’ll be paying too much of your hard earned money on monthly premiums! That’s why with help from our friends at Nationwide, I’ve created an easy way for you to calculate exactly how much coverage you and your family needs.

Let’s use Jane Smith as an example. She’s a single mother with a 13-year-old daughter named Sara.

  • Jane has a mortgage on her home and she still owes $180,000.
  • She makes $40,000 a year, and if something were to happen to her, she wants her daughter to have half of her yearly income for the next 5 years. $80,000 divided by 2 multiplied by 5 years = $100,000.
  • Sara dreams of going to college in California, and Jane wants to make sure if she’s not around to pay tuition Sara can still go to college. Let’s assume that tuition will continue to steadily rise and when Sara goes to college it will cost $30,000 a year. $30,000 a year for 4 years = $120,000.
  • Jane has $4,500 in credit card debt that she does not want to leave behind for Sara to have to deal with.
  • Jane wants to leave Sara an emergency fund for unexpected expenses such as a new roof for the house or new engine for the car. Experts suggest 3 months of income for your emergency fund. $40,000 divided by 12 multiplied by 3 = $10,000.
  • Jane also wants her funeral to be paid for by her life insurance. The average cost of a funeral is just over $8,000 let’s round it to $9,000 to be safe.

Now we’ll add all of this up to determine her family’s need which = $423,500

Now we’ll subtract her assets from the total to determine how much of her family’s need is not covered.

  • Jane has a life insurance policy through her job which is worth $100,000.
  • Jane also has $11,000 in her savings account.

$423,500 – $111,000 = $312,500

Now we have done all of the math and we know Jane needs a $312,500 life insurance policy to fully protect her family. Of course not many people want to do all of this math for themselves, so that’s where I come in! I’m more than happy to sit down with anyone and go over their finances to make sure their family is protected. If you have any questions or concerns give me a call today: (209)410-0270.

by Dylan Delhart, Financial Advisor @ insureCAL Insurance Agency

Insurance: When Cheap Isn’t Always Best

by Patrick Ramsay

While shopping for home or automotive insurance, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the waves of insurance companies all vying for your business. The word “cheap” is used so often in the insurance market, it’s hard to recall its meaning as you peruse the various options online and hear commercials boasting about the newest, cheapest rates being offered.

There’s a psychological phenomenon known as semantic satiation, in which a person repeats a word or phrase so many times that it temporarily loses its meaning and begins sounding like repeated meaningless sounds. It could be argued that’s what has happened in the insurance market with the word “cheap.” We hear more about cheap insurance than about quality insurance, so naturally we tend to believe the cheaper the deal on the insurance, the more desirable it is. However, what we forget to realize is that cheaper isn’t always better. In fact, when we’re talking about insurance, cheaper is hardly ever better.

Less coverage means less protection. When it comes to insurance, you’re going to get what you pay for. Are lower monthly payments worth potentially being hung out to dry when you need quality coverage most?

Raising your deductible means more out-of-pocket. While you may see a decrease in the cost of a monthly payment by raising your deductibles, when the time comes to use your policy you will have to pay a large sum of money out-of-pocket to cover your repair.

Low cost oftentimes means low quality. When it comes to insurance, it’s tempting to choose the cheapest option. After buying a home or a car, it’s only natural to seek out ways to save, but your insurance coverage is not the place. A quality insurance company will offer attentive customer service and go the extra mile to take care of their customers and help them save money without cutting corners.

    insureCAL offers combined Home and Auto Insurance packages to utilize your insurance policies for the best coverage possible. By combining your home and auto insurance policies, you may be eligible for various discounts, a guaranteed full-year policy term for your car, On Your Side® insurance protection, 24-hour Customer and Claim service, and more. You deserve insurance that brings you peace of mind. Contact insureCAL to find out more about our Home and Auto Insurance packages.