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  • 1. When can an insurance company consider my vehicle to be totaled and how is the market value determined? Views: 90
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    Terms of Use Your car will be considered to be totaled by the insurance company any time, usually when the costs to repair the vehicle exceeds the costs to replace it. If your vehicle is considered to be totaled, you can expect to receive the vehicle's market value. There are several standard guidelines for determining the market value of your car for insurance purposes. You and your insurer can refer to the Blue Book, which lists the depreciated value of all new and used cars. One Blue Bo  More...
  • 2. What things should I consider when buying auto insurance? Views: 62
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    Terms of Use There are five main considerations you need to take into account when picking an auto insurance company. Insurer financial stability Make sure that the company you buy from is financially stable so you know they will be around to pay any claims. The following companies rate insurance company strength: A.M. Best Company, Inc. Ambest Rd. Oldwick, NJ 08858 908-439-2200 http://www.ambest.com Moody’s Investor Services 99 Church Street New York, NY 10007 212-553-0300 http://ww  More...
  • 3. What should I do if I do not get an acceptable offer from an insurance company to settle a claim? Views: 57
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    Terms of Use: Try the following steps if you are not satisfied with how your insurance claim is being handled: Let your agent or company representative know that you are unhappy. If this individual is unable to solve your problem, get the name and phone number of the head of the insurer's claims department. Your insurance company may also have a consumer complaint department that may be helpful. Be prepared to support your case. Send documents and a letter explaining why you are not satisfie  More...
  • 4. Is a divorced spouse entitled to COBRA coverage from their former spouses’ group health plan? Views: 57
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    Terms of Use: Under COBRA, participants, covered spouses and dependent children may continue their plan coverage for a limited time when they would otherwise lose coverage due to a particular event, such as divorce (or legal separation). A covered employee’s spouse who would lose coverage due to a divorce may elect continuation coverage under the plan for a maximum of 36 months. A qualified beneficiary must notify the plan administrator of a qualifying event within 60 days after divorce or legal  More...
  • 5. What is generally covered and what is not with a standard homeowners insurance policy? Views: 57
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    Terms of Use: Below we have identified what is generally covered by a standard homeowners policy, but you need to talk to your insurance agent to understand specifically what your policy covers and up to what amount. What's generally covered: Damage to both structures and personal property caused by: fire lightning windstorm (including hurricanes and tornadoes) or hail explosions riot or civil commotion aircraft and vehicles smoke theft or vandalism falling objects weight of ice, snow or sle  More...
  • 6. Saving money on health care Views: 55
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    Terms of Use It's estimated that each year on average Americans spend roughly $8,000 per person on health care. Without putting your health on the line, it's good to know where you can reduce medical costs: 1. Generic drugs: Always ask whether the prescription drug your doctor recommends is available in a generic form. Generic drugs can cost 15-50 percent less than name brands, saving you and your insurance company money. 2. Avoid unnecessary tests and visits . If you move or cha  More...
  • 7. What are health savings accounts? Views: 54
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    Terms of Use: A Health Savings Account is an alternative to traditional health insurance; it is a savings product that offers a different way for consumers to pay for their health care. HSAs enable you to pay for current health expenses and save for future qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax-free basis. You must be covered by a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) to be able to take advantage of HSAs. An HDHP generally costs less than what traditional health care coverage co  More...
  • 8. What is the difference between replacement value and cash value? Views: 36
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    Terms of Use: It is generally a good idea to have your homeowners insurance cover the replacement value of your home rather than the cash value. Why? Because a policy that pays based on the cash value of your home and property will generally not provide you with enough cash to allow you to replace whatever was damaged, while a policy that is based on replacement value will. An upgrade from actual cash value to replacement coverage typically raises your premium 10 to 15 percent. Replaceme  More...
  • 9. How much auto insurance do I need? Views: 32
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    Terms of Use Almost every state requires you to buy a minimum amount of liability coverage. Chances are that you will need more liability insurance than the state requires because accidents cost more than the minimum limits defined by each state. If you’re found legally responsible for damages that are more than your insurance covers, you will have to pay the difference out of your own pocket. These costs could literally wipe you out financially! The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.  More...
  • 10. Quick cost cutting: Reduce your auto insurance premiums on older cars Views: 32
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    Terms of Use While most every state requires that you buy a minimum amount of liability coverage, consider what you are paying for additional collision and comprehensive coverage, especially when you're driving an older vehicle. With most policies, your coverage reflects the market value of your car and the cost of repairing it. You may want to consider a liability-only policy, which can reduce your insurance costs by 50 percent or more, according to the National Association of Insurance   More...
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