R. D. Fink Agency, Inc. Blog
Over the years we have received numerous inquiries for individual dental plans. After reviewing these plans, we usually came to the conclusion that you are better off just paying the dentist “out of pocket” for their services. However, we now offer a few individual dental plans that provide much better benefits. You can explore the details of these plans and enroll online by clicking on the Primestar box. You’ll be able to see if your dentist participates in their network, and explore two vision plan options as well. Please contact us with any questions.
Both Medicare Supplements (Medigap) and Medicare Advantage provide supplemental coverage. But which should you choose? Discover the differences in coverage between Medigap and Medicare Advantage.
Most deer-vehicle collisions occur between October and December with the highest occurrence rate in November during deer migration and mating season. Read here for tips to help avoid a crash.
The weather is getting colder; do you have a wood fireplace that keeps your home warm and cozy? If so, use these guidelines to keep the fire burning brightly and safely.
Ready or not, Thanksgiving is almost here. Stuffing is a traditional Thanksgiving turkey-filler or side dish; but, that doesn't mean you have to stick to one recipe. If you're looking for something new to try this Thanksgiving here are 24 stuffing recipes.
Starting this month eligible Pennsylvania residents who wish to obtain a REAL ID may begin the pre-verification process. Customers who received their first license before September 2003 and want to obtain a real ID will need to bring the required documents to a Driver License Center so they can be verified in person. (Residents who received their first license after September 2003 have been able to pre-verify since March.)
Do you have questions about REAL ID? Find out more here .
Did your child head off to school with a smartphone this year? Here are the best parental control apps to keep your kids safe online and protect them from mischief.
Maybe you’ve been here before. You’ve just come off the plane, picked up your baggage and gone to the rental car counter. You’re tired from the flight, about to begin an ambitious vacation or a challenging business project. And, this is the point at which you’re asked, “Do you want insurance with that?”
Most travelers, facing that question from the rental representative, have the vague notion that they don’t really need to buy rental car insurance – which somehow is covered already. With just enough doubt in their minds, and the need to make a quick decision, perhaps they buy it just to be safe.
So, which is it?
Do you need to buy rental car insurance or not?
Truth be told, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. However, you can likely reach a conclusion you’re comfortable with by considering these three questions.
1. What Types of Rental Car Insurance Are Available?
Typically, car rental agencies will offer you four types of insurance to purchase:
2. What Rental Car Coverage Might I Already Have?
Start with your personal auto insurance. It’s likely that your policy will provide the same level of coverage for your rental as it does for your own car. That usually includes liability insurance, and, depending on the policy you purchased, may include collision, comprehensive and medical payments, too. There are exclusions, however. Some insurers won’t cover rentals in a foreign country, or rentals that are being used for business. Get in touch with your independent insurance agent to verify your coverages.
Next there’s your credit card. Most cards offer some degree of coverage, but it varies widely. Coverage is usually secondary, designed to step in and pick up where your auto insurance leaves off, and it tends to be mostly confined to collision, damage and theft. For coverage to apply, most cards require that you decline the rental company’s collision damage waiver and pay for the car in full with the card that provides the protection. Again, contact your card company to find out exactly what is covered.
Then, consider your health and life insurance, too. If you’re in an accident involving a rental car and you have these policies, you likely have coverage for your own costs. Plus, with your homeowners insurance, you may have personal property coverage to help repair or replace valuable belongings that are lost, damaged or stolen while you’re in a rental. Your deductible and policy limits will apply, and the same goes for renters insurance or condo insurance.
3. What Rental Coverage Might I Be Missing?
In the event something does happen to the rental car, you may be looking at loss of use and diminished value fees, and your regular policy may not cover them. Loss of use is the income that the rental agency loses due to the vehicle being in the shop for repairs, and diminished value is the calculated reduction in a vehicle’s resale value as the result of an accident. Credit cards sometimes cover these, but be aware that they may require documentation that rental agencies can be reluctant to provide.
So, before you make that next trip, give us a call and check with your credit card company. That way you’ll be ready to make an informed decision when you get to the rental car counter.
Reposted with permission from the original author, Safeco Insurance®.
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