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When you buy auto insurance in and around Long Beach California, you’re not just protecting your vehicle – you’re protecting your family and your way of life. Integrity Now Insurance Brokers is committed to giving you the best auto insurance protection available.
As an independent insurance agent / broker we represent over 18 auto insurance carriers which helps make your job of finding a competitive auto insurance policy easy. You complete one application and we do the rest, yes it’s that easy.
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Auto Accident Checklist
Driving around in Los Angeles or Orange County you have probably been in an accident or two. Depending on how serious the accident is, the more likely you will not be in your right state of mind.
We recommend that you are prepared before you are involved in an auto accident. Below you will find a form you can place in your glove compartment, just in case you are involved in an auto accident. We want our clients to be prepared!
Types of Auto Insurance Coverage?
Think of your auto insurance policy as six separate policies. Some types of coverages are required by state law, depending on where you live. Others are optional. Consider each one and ask yourself how much you need.
Each type of coverage has its own individual premium. Once you add all of them up together and you’ve got the price of your auto insurance policy. Subtract the ones you may not need and you gain some control over the cost of your auto insurance policy.
Bodily injury liability (BI) coverage covers you if you cause an accident in which someone else is hurt or killed. State laws differ as to how much you are required to carry. Many financial experts recommend carrying at least $100,000 per person and $300,000 per occurrence – commonly expressed as “100/300.” Consider what assets you have to protect and what you can afford when deciding how much to purchase.
Property damage liability (PD) coverage covers you when you damage someone else’s property. Usually it’s someone else’s car, but it could apply to buildings, utility poles, garage doors, and other physical property. State laws determine the minimum you must purchase. We recommend $50,000 at a minimum, but most of our clients opt for $100k or $250k in property coverage.
Collision coverage covers damage to your car if you run into another car, a brick wall, a fire hydrant, or other object. This coverage is not required by law, though your bank may require it if you have an auto loan. You may choose a deductible on this coverage—what you must first pay out-of-pocket for a claim before the insurance kicks in.
Comprehensive coverage covers you in case your car is stolen or damaged in ways that don’t involve a collision. Covered risks include hail, fire, theft, flood, earthquake, explosion, falling objects, and encounters with wildlife, such as deer. Comprehensive is optional coverage, though your bank may require it if you have an auto loan. You may choose a deductible on this coverage.
Uninsured/Underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage covers medical and other expenses when you are hit by a driver without adequate auto insurance. Whether this coverage is mandatory or optional depends on your state laws. You can purchase additional coverage to pay for damage to your car if hit by an uninsured motorist, but many people instead just purchase collision and comprehensive.
Medical payments coverage (Med Pay, or MPC) acts as primary coverage for medical expenses you and your passengers incur if injured in a motor vehicle accident, regardless of fault. States have different laws regarding this coverage.
How do I read my auto insurance policy?
Your car insurance policy is a legal contract, so at first glance it can seem confusing. But, if you know what to look for and where to find it, your policy becomes a lot easier to understand. Each auto and homeowners insurance policy has three standard parts:
Declarations Page. This is the first section of your auto insurance policy. You will find your name, the policy period during which you are covered and the amount of premium you pay. These pages will include a description of the insurance coverage provided and gives the maximum dollar limit the insurance carrier will pay for a claim under each coverage.
Insuring Agreement. This is the main part of the policy. It describes what the insurance company will do in exchange for the premium you’re paying. The insuring agreement will also say who is covered: The persons named as insureds on the declarations page, residents of the same household and persons using the car with the permission of the insured. Everything is spelled out specifically in an attempt to avoid misunderstanding. Read the definitions section and the list of exclusions that apply to each coverage. Its vital that you know what you are covered for and what you are not covered for when you need to use your coverage!
Conditions of the policy. This last section describes your responsibilities when you have a claim, for example how much time you have to report a claim and what documentation you must give to the insurance company. It also explains the terms for canceling your policy—both for you and the insurance carrier. You can cancel your policy at any time, however your insurance provider may only cancel under certain conditions and with advance notice to you.
Auto Insurance Deductible Options
Deductibles for auto insurance are broken down by three different types
- Comprehensive Deductible: The amount you pay in the event of a claim not involving a collision. One example would be Theft.
- Collision Deductible: The amount you would pay in the event of a motor vehicle accident.
- Waiver of Collision Deductible: In the event you are involved in an accident by an at-fault uninsured driver your insurance carrier would waive your collision deductible.
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Long Beach, CA 90808
CA Insurance License 0D42517