Setting The Record Straight Regarding Insurance

A Personal Insurance Update

There are so many ways that some insurance companies confuse buyers that it can be hard for many to discern fact from fiction. Often the complexity of insurance can cause us to create frustration and can lead to uninformed decisions. We want to help you make the insurance purchasing decision as easy as possible buy offer you the best possible combination of insurance coverage, price, and service.

Misconceptions about insurance

  • Online insurance gives you the best deals. Buying online insurance does not save you time, and it can often be more expensive. As an independent agent, we search the market for the best rates and bring them back to you.
  • All insurance companies are the same. Not true, some insurance companies prefer older drivers, while others have great rates on RV’s and motorcycles. Some insurers are better for insuring that hot rod or antique car.
  • Insurance is all about low cost. Sure you can get low-cost insurance, but you may not have the coverage you need when you have a loss. For example, we received a call from an individual that bought insurance online and had an accident. The insurance was cheap, and it was because there was no collision coverage. The individual had to pay $3,000 for the repair of their vehicle. We were able to secure the coverage they needed.

Amberg Insurance Center, Inc. was established in 1974 to serve the growing insurance needs of the many businesses and individuals located in the Charlotte and surrounding counties. We take pride in the quality service provided to our customers, our community concern, and our commitment to the overall development of our employees.

As an Independent Insurance Agency, we represent many of the top insurance companies in the country. This means better coverage, and at a competitive price, including life and health insurance

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How To Stay Safe And Happy This Thanksgiving

happy-thanksgiving-1842909_640The Thanksgiving Holiday is filled with family, friends, shopping, eating and drinking. All these can be great but can also lead to increased chance of accident and injuries. During this season of thanks, we offer a few tips to keep you safe.

Thanksgiving Party Tips

  • Limit the use of alcohol.
  • Stand more than an arm’s length away from munchies, like a bowl of nuts or chips, while you chat so you’re not tempted to raise your hand to your mouth every few seconds.
  • Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight.
  • Avoid fast-food places that emphasize red in their color schemes. Red stimulates your appetite.

Shopping Safety Tips

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Put your shopping bags in your trunk.
  • NEVER leave car doors unlocked or windows open.
  • ALWAYS park in lighted areas. Do NOT park in remote areas.
  • Keep receipts in your wallet or purse.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • If you make expensive purchases like jewelry or guns, call our office as we may need to add these to your policy.

Driving Safety

  • Never drink and drive.
  • Plan your route in advance and check traffic reports and weather conditions before you leave.
  • Be prepared for emergencies – keep a blanket, boots, an extra pair of gloves and a flashlight in the trunk of your car.
  • Long trips are tiring and fatigue can be deadly when you’re driving. Driver fatigue was a factor in 65 road deaths and nearly 1200 injuries last year. Plan to get enough rest beforehand so that you drive fresh.
  • Have roadside assistance contact information on hand, in case an incident occurs on the road.

Amberg Insurance has been voted BEST INSURANCE AGENCY and BEST AGENT by the residents of Charlotte County and Harbor’s Hottest Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.

Amberg Insurance Center, Inc. was established in 1974 to serve the growing insurance needs of the many businesses and individuals located in the Charlotte and surrounding counties. We take pride in the quality service provided to our customers, our community concern, and our commitment to the overall development of our employees

We wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving, we appreciate your business.

How To Design A Business Insurance Policy

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A Commercial Insurance Update

There are many insurance companies that are willing to offer you business commercial insurance coverage.  However, how can tell them apart, other than by their logo or advertising?  That is why you hire us, to help you review your risk, then design a program that fits your needs, and finally go to the marketplace and bring back the best options.  Not all insurance companies are the same.  They all offer different kinds of business insurance and services.  Here are some of the different kinds of coverage that you might consider when designing a commercial insurance program.  Each of these liability types offers protection from business-related fraud.  Purchasing several, or even all, of these policies may be necessary to fully protect your company from lawsuits.

  • Directors and Officers Insurance
  • Commercial Auto
  • Commercial Liability
  • Commercial Crime Liability
  • Property Insurance
  • Business Income and Extra Expense
  • A Commercial Umbrella Policy
  • Errors and Omissions Insurance
  • Fiduciary Liability
  • Employee Practices Liability
  • Privacy and Network Security Insurance

 

One way to make sure you get the best possible combination of coverage, price, and service is to have us help you identify the top insurers in your industry.  Other things to consider are your deductibles and limits purchased.  When selecting an insurance company allow your agent to do most of the heavy lifting.

As an Independent Insurance Agency, we represent many of the top insurance companies in the country. This means better coverage, and at a competitive price, including life and health insurance.

Amberg Insurance has been voted First Place for Best Insurance Agency and Best Agent by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and First Place for ‘Harbor’s Hottest’ Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.

 

How Our Sharing Economy May Increase Your Risk

Business man pointing the text: Are You Insured?

Business man pointing the text: Are You Insured?

How Our Sharing Economy May Increase Your Risk

We live in a digital world that now allows us to share everything from our car, bike, boat, apartment and even our home with total strangers. Smart phones, and the applications that can be added, offer many useful tools, but some of these things create new and increased liability for you. Before you decide to jump into the sharing economy consider the following:

  • Do these sharing sites have the ability to protect your confidential information? Many times you are giving your credit card information to companies that may not have the ability to protect it.
  • If you use Airbnb to sublease your apartment, you might check your lease. Many lease agreements have “no sublease” clauses that do not allow for this kind of activity. Also, some big cities are now actually considering outlawing the Airbnb services as it reduces hotel/motel taxes.
  • Taxi services where individuals can offer rides to those who subscribe. Are you confident that these individuals have had proper background checks? Are they experienced drivers? Do they have the correct insurance? Remember, even in states that have mandatory auto insurance laws, over 25% of drivers don’t have insurance.
  • Personal auto insurance issues should be considered if using your car for hire. There is a big difference in the auto insurance world between a car pool for work and being paid to deliver people.
  • If you rent your primary home to others, it may limit your personal insurance Call out office for a review.

The use of the new sharing economy will most likely continue and may be a good way to make money. However, if you have an uninsured claim, the cost may be much greater.  Be aware that using these services may increase your risk of loss.

As an Independent Insurance Agency, we represent many of the top insurance companies in the country. This means better coverage, and at a competitive price, including life and health insurance.

Amberg Insurance has been voted First Place for Best Insurance Agency and Best Agent by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and First Place for ‘Harbor’s Hottest’ Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.

 

Personal Umbrella Insurance

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You’ve worked hard to earn your lifestyle. Consider adding additional liability protection to your Auto, Home, Renters or Condo policy. Personal Umbrella Liability coverage added to your other policies can protect you, your spouse and any relatives living in your home.

Umbrella Insurance Protection

Umbrella Insurance provides extra protection or limits above the liability insurance you currently have. Just as an umbrella protects you from heavy rain, an umbrella insurance policy protects you from losing the entirety of your wealth and assets in the event of a claim. Umbrella insurance can provide limits above your business insurance, personal auto and home policies.

Umbrella insurance provides broad insurance beyond traditional insurance. It provides additional liability coverage above the limits of your primary insurance policies. It can also provide coverage for claims that may be excluded by the primary policies

It is true that personal umbrella insurance may not be for business or individual, but if you are a business, wanting to protect your company’s resources, building financial resources for your future, are a professional, own your home, boat or recreation vehicle, you should consider an umbrella insurance policy.  Having the added protection of an umbrella insurance policy is coverage no one should go without. Call us today, for a free review.

High Net Worth Individuals

Do you own a boat, second home or have other expensive toys? Often high net worth individuals need higher liability limits to protect personal assets. A simple rule is, the more you own the greater risk you may have of losing it. The nice thing about an umbrella policy is that it is competitively priced and can bring you great piece of mind.

As an Independent Insurance Agency, we represent many of the top insurance companies in the country. This means better coverage, and at a competitive price, including life and health insurance.

Amberg Insurance has been voted First Place for Best Insurance Agency and Best Agent by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and First Place for ‘Harbor’s Hottest’ Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.

 

Be Aware of Fraud During Storm Recovery

Deep Flood Water

A Personal Insurance Update

As people are looking for help re-building after the storm, there will be those who will attempt to take advantage of the situation.  If you are recovering from a disaster, here are some things to think about:

Prevent Contractor Scams

  • Call your insurance Company first. They can refer a qualified, licensed professional to mitigate damages.  Many Companies have local vendors or their own remediation Company that will guarantee their work for 2 or more years.  NEVER sign anything without speaking with your Insurance Company.  This could transfer the rights of YOUR insurance policy to the contractor without your involvement.
  • Make sure all contractors are licensed and insured.
  • Check with your insurer to see if the contractor has provided work for them in the past.
  • Never pay in cash.
  • Always ask for a quote in writing.
  • If you must, only pay a small amount up front, but also use a credit card so you can challenge payment if needed.
  • Get referrals and check references.
  • Never sign a blank agreement.
  • Make sure the contractor is licensed.

Insurance Scams

Some people have already received fraudulent computer calls saying their home insurance has been cancelled and they need to make immediate payment by credit card.  Also, be aware of people who say they are adjusters representing your insurance company and you need to pay your deductible now in order to have your claims covered.  Call our office if you have any questions regarding your claims.

Charity Scams

Many scammers are out asking you to donate money to their charity. Make sure you donate to legitimate organizations.  Donate money to charities you know, such as The Red Cross or your local church.

As an Independent Insurance Agency, we represent many of the top insurance companies in the country. This means better coverage, and at a competitive price, including life and health insurance.

Amberg Insurance has been voted First Place for Best Insurance Agency and Best Agent by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and First Place for ‘Harbor’s Hottest’ Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.

 

Storm Update

Past storms in the Gulf of Mexico, such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, have emphasized the importance of homeowners securing flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). As you are aware, most locations in the City of Punta Gorda require the purchase of flood insurance as a condition of a mortgage. It is our belief, however, that all properties in the City of Punta Gorda are susceptible to damage from flood waters and property owners should protect themselves by purchasing flood insurance. Here are some reasons why:

The Flood Insurance Rate Maps do not take into account the vulnerabilities to storm These maps primarily look at rainfall flooding. The City of Punta Gorda is extremely vulnerable to storm surge. In fact, all residents in the City of Punta Gorda live in a storm surge zone. With the City of Punta Gorda having an average elevation of less than 10 Feet, this leaves a majority of our population vulnerable to storm surge even from a minor storm. It is very possible that residents in X Zones (are not required to have flood insurance), could experience flooding from a storm surge that could cause major damage to their home or business, and any contents contained in the structures. Many people living in zones that do not require the purchase of flood insurance have purchased flood insurance for the reason stated above.

Flood insurance covers any flood-related damages, whether the cause is from rainfall flooding, storm surge, sheet flow, or insufficient Homeowners insurance does not cover any damages caused from rising water, so purchasing flood insurance in the City of Punta Gorda is a very wise decision. With our vulnerabilities, it is best to have it just in case. Just as with your homeowner’s insurance – you do not buy it with the intent of having your home burn down or destroyed by a tornado. You do not buy automobile insurance with the intent of getting in an accident. You buy insurance to offset costs just in case something was to occur. Flood insurance is the same way. Without flood insurance, you run the risk of possibly having to spend an extraordinary amount of money to repair damages to your home caused by flooding. Do not misunderstand the flood threat here in the City of Punta Gorda. Everyone in the City of Punta Gorda should seriously consider having flood insurance.

Keeping flood insurance rates as low as possible has been a goal of many of us in City Government since we became a Community Rating System (CRS), participant. The City of Punta Gorda currently maintains a Class 5 rating which enables property owners within the County to receive a 25% discount on their flood insurance rates.

For answers to your floodplain questions or to request a copy of a FEMA elevation certificate, please contact the City of Punta Gorda Building Department at (941) 575 – 3324 or check our website at http://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/government/building where you’ll find a wealth of information on flood insurance, special rules for building in the floodplain, and ideas for protecting your property from flood damage.