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Auto Insurance Rates – What’s the Deal and How Does an Independent Agency Help?

Monday, September 18th, 2017

It’s possible that if you’ve had your car insurance renew within the last year, or if any of your friends and family have, then you may have noticed that rates are starting to trend upwards. Now, this is not just 1 or 2 companies, this is starting to become a fairly standard thing across the insurance industry. This blog post is designed to help answer why this is happening, and why The Johnson Insurance Agency, as an Independent Agency, is best suited to help.

First, why are auto insurance rates going up, especially if you have no new activity on your record? The main reason for these increases is a simple one: Gas Prices. Now, some may disagree, but compared to the last 10-15 years, the last couple years gas prices have been at a steady, lower price. When gas prices go lower, more people drive. When  more people drive, then the roads are fuller (as I’m sure you have noticed, especially in Washington State). When the roads are more full, this increases the risk for accidents and violations. Not only does it increase the risk, but it does in fact increase accidents and violations, which in turn increases the amount of claims that insurance companies are paying out.

The more money paid out for claims, the higher premiums will go up. Understandably, this can be a hard pill to swallow if you are not one of the drivers causing any accidents! Unfortunately, across the board rate increases can happen to you, even with a perfect record. Especially if you live in an area that has seen an increase in claims.

So far, this all seems like bad news. However, now we will look at why The Johnson Insurance Agency is best suited to help you battle rate increases.

The reason that we, as an Independent Agency, are best able to help is simple as well: We work with multiple different insurance carriers. How does this help you? Well, all carriers have slightly different ideas on what type of business they like writing, and different ways of deciding premiums. So, let’s say you are with “Company A” and your rate increases. What can you do? You are busy and don’t have time to call and do research on all the other carriers out there. Well, with us it’s quite easy! If your rate goes up, we can take a look at “Companies B-D” and compare that to “Company A” to find the best rate for you! This is easy for you, because we already have all your information from your current policy and can run that through all our other carriers as well. This saves you time, and helps you make the most informed decision on what carrier you would like to be with. For a list of our carriers, click HERE.

So there you have it. Even though premiums may be going up, The Johnson Insurance Agency is here to help you! All you need to do is contact us to get started.

As always, feel free to contact us: 800.789.5940, or Request a Quote online to see what discounts you are eligible for!

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Life Insurance – Why you should have it

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

For this blog entry, we wanted to reach out to those of you who don’t have life insurance, and don’t think you need it. If you are younger, you probably think (like most young people do) that you are fairly invincible and won’t die for a long time so what’s the point? Or, we have heard the idea of, “who cares what happens after I die, I won’t be around anyways!” Or maybe you are somewhere in between those two thought processes and would like some more information.

Let’s start off with the first idea, the “I’m young and invincible” thought process. Hopefully, you are right and have a long, happy, healthy life ahead of you! This is the PERFECT time to start a life insurance policy! Young and healthy means less in premium to pay, but that’s not the most important aspect of what a life insurance policy can do for you. When most people think of life insurance, they think of term life insurance that lasts a specific amount of time (anywhere from 10-30 years) then if you die, your beneficiaries receive the death benefits in the form of a tax free cash payout. However, there are life insurance policies available that actually build up cash value during your life span, and you can take funds from these plans as you get older. The funds are not only available as a death benefit to your loved ones, but they are available to you as a living benefit to help with income as you get older! How awesome is that? Why not get a head start planning for your future now? It doesn’t cost too much and you won’t regret it when you get older.

Now to the other end of the spectrum, the “I don’t care” attitude. All too often you hear stories of families where one spouse dies unexpectedly and, because no one was planning for this, the surviving spouse (and possibly children) are left scrambling with what to do. Not only is there the process of trying to plan an unexpected funeral, which can cost a lot of money, but also trying to figure out what to do for money. There is a mortgage to pay, car payments, credit cards, cable bills, water, sewer, electric, trash, countless other bills, including food budgets, clothes, and everything else that goes into our daily lives that we don’t think about all that much. So, then houses are sold, kids are moved to different schools, and life gets very hard for the surviving spouse and family. If you wouldn’t like to be left in this situation, why would you do that very thing to your loved ones?

For everyone in the in-between category. Life Insurance is simply a great “last gift” to give your family after you pass, ensuring that there aren’t too many hardships placed on them after you are gone. You will allow your family to be able to grieve your loss, without worrying about financial issues which can be so stressful that people just completely shut down. It really can be a life saver for you and your family.

So please, start the conversation with your loved ones and give us a call to help. Whether you are looking for income later in life, or want to ensure your family doesn’t go into financial ruin after you are gone, we can help point you in the right direction and find a policy that works best for you and your loved ones.

To find out more about life insurance, find information on our website HERE and HERE

 

As always, feel free to contact us: 800.789.5940, or Request a Quote online to see what discounts you are eligible for!

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Member’s Best – Home and Auto Together

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

We wanted to take a moment to talk about an exciting new product that is now being offered with one of our carriers, Mutual of Enumclaw. The product is called Member’s Best, and has some great features!

Member’s Best is a product that simplifies your home insurance and auto insurance by combining them together with one premium! Not only that, but there are many more advantages to the Member’s Best program. The following are included with your policy no matter what:

• Pet Injury Coverage (Dog or Cat)

• Child Safety Seat Replacement

• Electronic Key and Lock Replacement

• Emergency Expenses

• Identity Fraud Expense

• Personal Property Coverage (in covered auto)

• Single Deductible

• Towing & Roadside Services

This is just a portion of the benefits of Member’s Best with Mutual of Enumclaw. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, or want to learn more, let us know!

As always, feel free to contact us: 800.789.5940, or Request a Quote online to see what discounts you are eligible for!

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Uninsured Motorist Coverage, Is it really necessary?

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

There are so many different coverage options for your auto insurance policy, that many people start asking if it is all necessary. A coverage that can be quickly looked over from a policy is the Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage. You may think, “I’m a good driver so I won’t cause any accidents, and if someone hits me it is their fault and they will pay for it!” But this may not always be the case. What happens if someone hits you, and they don’t have insurance, or they don’t have enough insurance to cover the cost of fixing your car?

Did you know that in Washington State, 1 in 7 drivers DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE? You see how many cars there are on the road every day while you are sitting in traffic (It seems to be getting worse and worse!). Next time count how many cars you can, and then repeat the 1 in 7 statistic from above. That is pretty eye opening!

So next time you are looking over your auto policy and you see Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage, don’t dismiss it. It could save you quite a bit in the long run!

As always, feel free to contact us: 800.789.5940, or Request a Quote online to see what discounts you are eligible for, and to see if you are fully covered!

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