Frees Advice

Rental Cars: Buy the Insurance?

Posted on March 2, 2022 by Taylor Payne

It’s that time of year again… As people begin to travel again and plan their spring break trips, we always get the question about insurance for rental cars. This is one of our most common inquiries, but like with most questions in insurance, there is no simple answer. Renting a car on vacation can be one of the most confusing issues because of the…

Speed Kills

Posted on November 17, 2021 by Taylor Payne

2020 was memorable for all sorts of reasons. In a move I have never seen in my 34 years in the insurance business, automobile insurance companies refunded premiums because people were driving less. (They refunded the money without being asked.) So while we all drove less, about 430 billion fewer miles, the number of fatalities increased by about 7% from roughly 36,000 to an…

How to Obtain Flood Insurance

Posted on September 23, 2021 by Taylor Payne

After Hurricane Ida, local residents now have a better idea of how Noah must have felt. Upwards of eight inches or rain fell in about four hours. That created quite a mess with street, home, and yard flooding. What makes this situation even worse is that most of the people involved did not have flood insurance.

Typically, people think of a flood as the overflow…

Insuring Aging Cars – Pt. II

Posted on August 31, 2021 by Taylor Payne

Last post, we wrote about the cost of insuring old cars when it comes to the factors that go into repairing an old car if it is damaged. But the collision and other than collision coverage are just part of the premium you pay. The other parts of the policy included liability and uninsured, UM, and underinsured motorist, UIM protection.

Liability pays others if you…

Insuring Aging Cars

Posted on August 19, 2021 by Taylor Payne

One of the most common questions we get is why doesn’t the cost of insuring my aging car ever go down? In order to answer that, we should first make sure everyone understands when a policy pays and how the age of the car impacts the cost of the coverage. In this particular post, we will deal with the part of the insurance that…

“Sell Only What You Need”

Posted on May 12, 2021 by Taylor Payne

GEICO and Progressive spend a combined $1.5 billion a year on advertising. We have gecko lizards, cavemen, Flo, Jake, and now an emu as the pillars of these ad campaigns. One of the more confusing ones I have heard lately is a carrier that says “We will only sell you what you need.” I wish someone would tell me what that means. Is that…

Life Insurance: Do I Need It?

Posted on February 9, 2021 by Taylor Payne

Life Insurance. Where to begin? At the beginning is probably the best place. Insurance of all kinds is designed to protect you in the event of a loss that you could not otherwise afford. Insurance is where you have a known loss in exchange for an unknown loss. You insure your house in case it gets struck by lightning. You insure your car in case…

LKQ vs OEM Auto Parts

Posted on December 29, 2020 by Taylor Payne

Ersatz. My 11th Grade English teacher would be so happy that I was finally able to use one of those SAT words. Ersatz means “… made as a substitute, typically, an inferior one.” You are probably asking yourself why an insurance blog is offering vocabulary advice. Actually, I wanted to use this as a way to start the conversation about how cars get repaired after an…

Non-Owned Auto Coverage

Posted on November 19, 2020 by Taylor Payne

So, I don’t own a car. Do I still need coverage?

When you own a car and carry car insurance protection, the policy typically has two very important sections of coverage. The first is liability and physical damage. Liability protects you in the event you are sued by others for injuring them or damaging their property. Physical damage is also known as collision and…

Tree Removal

Posted on October 22, 2020 by Taylor Payne

Tree removal is always a point of contention among homeowners with their insurance companies. These issues usually come up after a storm when trees have fallen in people’s yards. Most insurance companies will not pay if a tree falls over in your yard and does not hit anything. In most cases, the only time an insurance company will pay for tree removal is if…