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    Q&A with Kelly-Auto Insurance

    Posted: June 28, 2019

    So, you have questions about car insurance. Maybe your current policy is too high, you just bought a new car, or your teen just received their license. Perhaps you had damage to your car and you don’t know what is covered. Doing your own research can be a huge headache, let alone having to deal with online sites. Auto Insurance policies are complex, especially if you do not know the basics.

    As an Independent Agent I represent many of the best insurance companies available. I can help navigate you and your family through all of the confusing information presented in Auto Insurance plans. Below, I have provided common questions and answers to help you understand auto insurance.

    Auto Insurance
    Q & A


    Q: What kinds of questions should I be expected to answer when I’m applying for an insurance policy. Why do insurers need so much information?

    A: When you apply for an insurance policy you will be asked a number of questions. For example, your name, age, gender, address, etc. for each driver in the household. You will also be asked a series of other questions which will be used to determine how likely you are to make a claim.

    In addition to your age, gender and driving experience, information about the car you drive, and your driving record, is also needed to determine a fair price. For example, a large luxury car costs more to repair or replace than a compact car. Also, someone who commutes 30 miles each way is more likely to be in an accident, than someone who commutes via bus and only drives on weekends. In a nutshell, the more you drive, the higher the rate.

    Q: I have an older car whose current market value is very low – do I really need to purchase car insurance?

    A: Most states have insurance laws that require drivers to have at least some car liability insurance. These laws were enacted to ensure that victims of car accidents receive compensation, when their losses are caused by the actions of a negligent individual.

    Often times the cost of repairing the damages to an older car is greater than it’s value. In these cases, your insurer will usually just “total” the car and give you a check for the car’s market value less the deductible.

    Q: What is the difference between collision physical damage coverage and comprehensive physical damage coverage?

    A: Collision is defined as losses you incur when your car collides into another car or object. For example, if you hit a car in a parking lot, the damages to your car will be paid under your collision coverage.

    Comprehensive provides coverage for mostly other direct physical damage losses you could incur, including theft. For example, damage to your car from a hailstorm will be covered under your comprehensive coverage.

    This is also another name for “full coverage”


    Q: What factors can affect the cost of my car insurance? 


    A: The type of car you drive, the purpose the car serves (i.e. business use, pleasure, or driving to work), your driving record, and where the car is garaged can all affect how much your car insurance will cost you.

    Even your marital status can affect your cost of insurance. Statistics show that married couples tend to have fewer and less costly accidents than those who are single.


    Have questions about Auto Insurance? 
    Contact me at 708-444-0050 or click below


    Advantages of Bundling Your Home and Auto Insurance

    Posted: June 17, 2019

    There are many benefits to using an Independent Insurance Agent such as Kelly Burke Insurance to combine your Home and Auto Policies.    A customer can save as much as $1,000 by bundling your policies together.  
     

    Benefits of Combining Your Home and Auto with an Independent Insurance Agent.

    Lower Costs: Often, you pay a lower rate due to the multi-policy discount.  This discount ranges from 20-30% depending on the produce type (i.e. home or auto) and carrier.

    Renewal Savings: Each renewal, I review your rate to confirm you are still receiving the best possible package.  This means I review rates with other carriers to confirm your rate is in line with industry trends.

    Best Package: I review the total package.  Some carriers will offer a great rate on the auto, but a much higher rate on the home.  By reviewing the total package I confirm you are paying the lowest possible premium.

    Convenience: It makes it easier for you to call or email one office for all of your insurance servicing needs.  There is nothing worse than trying to figure out which person to contact to add a vehicle to your policy, update your mortgage information, etc.

    Along with outstanding coverage and savings, you’ll receive dedicated and personalized service you would expect from your insurance agent. Please contact Kelly today at 708-444-0050 or Kelly@kellyburkeinsurance.com to see how much you could save.

    Celebrating Earth Day

    Posted: April 16, 2019



    What will YOU do to celebrate and participate this Earth Day


    People are thinking more and more about the environment — whether it’s something that affects the quality of life here in the Southwest Suburbs or global issues such as climate change, extreme weather and extinction.

    But more importantly, people aren’t content with simply thinking about these things any more. They’re focused on taking action. Earth Day, which is celebrated April 22, is the perfect time to take action, whether you are looking to take part in a community event or organize your own.

    This year’s theme is “Protect Our Species!” Currently, the world is facing the fastest rate of extinction since the loss of the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. Find out more about this years theme.

    Here are some tips to help you get involved — and think about our planet Earth all through the year.

    Find an event

    It’s easy to find Earth Day events, whether you live in Orland Park or any of our surrounding suburbs. City and town Facebook pages are a great place to start, along with the websites of local environmental organizations. Newspapers, radio and TV often publicize events as well.

    What can I do?

    There are all kinds of Earth Day activities, even some you can easily complete by yourself or with your family. Examples include:

    • Planting trees
    • Cleaning up litter from a natural area or park
    • Adopting a road for litter control
    • Talking about Earth Day and helping to educate others
    • Using alternate transportation, instead of taking your car
    • Holding a garage sale or clothing swap, rather than throwing out unwanted items
    • Learning more about actions you can take to reduce your environmental impact and help save the species

    Make it more than a day Of course, one of the best ways to have an impact is to make every day your own Earth Day. You can take part in earth-friendly activities at any time! So in addition to celebrating once a year, make this April 22 just the beginning of something special And whether you find an event or create your own, the important thing is getting involved.

    Q&A with Kelly-Homeowners and Rental Insurance

    Posted: March 15, 2019

    Insurance is difficult to understand, whether it’s the confusing descriptions, understanding coverage, or the different types of plans offered. Because of how complicated insurance can be, many people are reluctant to buy it, fearing they’ll make the wrong choice.  As an independent agent, I can help navigate you and your family through all of the confusing information presented in plans.


    Homeowner’s and Rental insurance policies, for instance,  can be difficult to understand. But have no fear, I have compiled some of the commonly asked questions and answers about Homeowners and Rental insurance.

    Homeowners Insurance Q&A

    Q: What are some practical things I can do to lower the cost of my home insurance?
    A: Look for any discounts that you may qualify for. For example, many insurers will offer a discount when you place both your car and homeowners insurance with them. Other times, insurers offer discounts if there are deadbolt exterior locks on all your doors, or if your home has a security system. I can also help you find out bout any discounts that you may qualify for.

    Another easy way to lower the cost of your homeowners insurance is to raise your deductible. Increasing your deductible from $250 to $500 will lower your premium, sometimes by as much as five or ten percent.

    Q: What does homeowners insurance cover?
    A
    : The typical homeowners policy has two main sections: Section I covers the property of the insured and Section II provides personal liability coverage for the insured. Usually, homeowners insurance is required by the lender to obtain a mortgage.

    Q: What is the difference between “actual cash value” and “replacement cost”? 
    A: Covered losses under a homeowners policy can be paid on either an actual cash value basis or on a replacement cost basis. When “actual cash value” is used, the policy owner is entitled to the depreciated value of the damaged property. Under the “replacement cost” coverage, the policy owner is reimbursed on an amount necessary to replace the article with one of similar type and quality at current prices.


    Q: What factors should I consider when purchasing homeowners insurance? 
    A: Determine the amount and type of insurance you will need. The coverage limit of your house should equal 100% of its replacement cost. If your policy limit is less than 80% of the replacement cost of your home, any payment from will be less than the full cost to replace your home – you’ll have to pay the rest out of your own pocket. Also, decide if the personal property and personal liability limits are adequate for your needs.

    Decide which, if any, additional endorsements you want to add to your policy. For example, do you want the personal property replacement cost endorsement, sump pump or sewer back up endorsement, or a jewelry endorsement?

    I will be able to help you determine if there are any gaps in coverage that you might not have been aware of, explain the details of the policy’s exclusions and limitations, as well as recommend an insurance company that will live up to your expectations.

    Q: What are the policy limits (i.e., coverage limits) in the standard homeowners policy.
    A: Note: this answer is based on the Insurance Services Office’s HO-3 policy. The home and other structures on the premises are protected on an “all risks” basis up to the policy limits. “All risks” means that unless the policy specifically excludes the manner in which your home is damaged or destroyed, there is coverage. The policy limit for the home is set by the policy owner at the time the insurance is purchased. The policy limit for the other structure is usually equal to 10% of the policy limit for the home.

    Losses to your personal property are covered on a “named perils” basis. “Named perils” means that you have coverage only when your property is damaged or destroyed in the manner specifically described in the policy. The policy limit on the coverage is equal to 50% of the policy limit on the home. Limits for the coverage of additional expenses that the policy owner may incur, when the residence cannot be used because of an insured loss, is equal to 20% of the policy limit on the home. Find out more about coverage options


    Q
    : Where and when is my personal property covered?  
    A
    : Personal property (except property that is specifically excluded) is covered anywhere in the world. For example, suppose that while traveling, you purchase a dresser and you want to ship it home. Your homeowners policy would provide coverage for the “named perils” while the dresser is in transit – even though the dresser has never been in your home before.

    Renters Insurance Q&A


    Q: Why would I want to buy renters insurance? 
    A: A standard renters insurance policy protects your personal property in many cases of theft or damage, and may pay for temporary living expenses if your rental is damaged. It can also shield you from personal liability. Anyone who leases a house or apartment should consider this type of coverage


    Q: How does a renters insurance policy protect my personal property?
    A: A renters insurance policy provides named perils coverage. This means that the policy only pays when your property is damaged or destroyed by any of the ways specifically described in the policy. These usually include:

    • Fire or lightning
    • Windstorm or hail
    • Explosions
    • Riots
    • Aircraft
    • Vehicles
    • Smoke
    • Vandalism or malicious mischief
    • Theft
    • Falling objects
    • Weight of ice, snow, or sleet
    • Accidental discharge or overflow of water or steam
    • Freezing
    • Sudden and accidental damage from artificially generated electrical current
    • Volcanic eruptions (but this doesn’t include earthquake or tremors)

    Renters insurance coverage applies to your personal property no matter where you are in the world. This means you’re covered when you are on vacation as well as at home. 


    Q: Why do some apartment complexes require tenants to have renters insurance?  
    A: Owners of apartment complexes buy insurance policies for their liability in order to cover their buildings and personal property. However, these policies do not cover any of the tenant’s property or liability. By requiring their tenants to have renters insurance, the apartment owner is assured that the tenants will not mistakenly believe the apartment complex owner’s policy will provide coverage for a tenant’s property or personal liability. Although this type of requirement benefits the apartment complex owner, there are benefits for the renter as well.


    Q: What if I share my apartment with a roommate? Do we both need to have renters insurance?
    A: Standard renter’s policies cover only you and relatives that live with you. If your roommate is not a relative, each of you will need your own renter’s insurance policy to cover your own property and to provide you liability coverage for your own actions.

    Have questions about Homeowners or Rental Insurance?
    Contact me at 708-444-0050 or click below.

    Protect the Ones You Love with Life Insurance

    Posted: February 17, 2019

    Looking for a new way to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day?  It’s called “love insurance.” We buy it to protect the ones we love.  Sometimes the best gift can’t be seen. Show your love by giving something that is Meaningful, Memorable and Enduring

    You may ask what does Life Insurance have to do with love. They are closely linked to each other.  You buy life insurance when you truly love the person you bought it for?  You may not be around to see or experience the benefits your life insurance purchase has provided to your loved ones. It is the ultimate act of enduring love, lets loved ones know that you care so much that you’ve made plans to provide for their well-being even after you’re gone.

    Don’t wait until it is too late!  Life Insurance does not cost a lot and it is easy and fast to set up a policy. Aren’t your loved ones worth it?

    #InsureYourLove now. 

    Contact Kelly at 708-444-0050 or fill out sign up form to get a free consultation to see how you can protect the ones you love with Life Insurance.

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