The best insurance coverage provides insurance protection and has you prepared for life’s “what ifs” before a loss.
This means that the best insurance coverage is personal – tailored to you. It also means you should discuss your protection needs with an insurance broker before you buy to make sure you are getting the best insurance coverage for your insurance needs.
In fact, the most expensive insurance you’ll ever buy may well be the policy with the lowest price. By this we mean that the lowest priced policies may not include the insurance coverage you may need in the event of a claim. If you don’t have the right insurance and you have a claim that is not covered or your losses exceed your coverage, you will have to pay for the losses yourself and this can be very expensive.
“As conscientious consumers it doesn’t sit well with us when we pay more for a product than we feel we should. The price of the products we purchase is very important to us. It is easy to qualify what we are getting for our money’s worth with tangible products. If different companies are offering the exact same product with the exact same features, it is natural for us to purchase it from the company with the lowest price.
However, when it comes to insurance, we should not test our purchase the same way. The test of the quality of insurance comes when you have a claim. This is when coverage becomes far more important than price. Experiencing a claim is when you feel and learn the value of having paid more for the proper coverage. It’s better to have peace of mind that professional insurance brokers are here for you to sort things out rather than to have regret for the coverage you did not purchase, and disappointment in not understanding what you bought.
Trusting an insurance broker and using their expertise to help you is the way to get the best insurance coverage value. Brokers will assess what your insurance needs are and make sure to compare those with the premiums at different insurance companies to offer you a fair price.
Life is very fast paced and busy for most of us these days. At times it is hard to slow down. Nothing will make us stop all together like suffering a loss such as an auto accident or having our home damaged by a severe event. Often if we are comfortable with our insurance premium and how it fits into our budget we tend to just carry on, bypass an insurance broker’s offer for a no-obligation quote. Even when we take a minute to get a quote, the only thing many people are focused on is the price. In insurance the “same” price definitely does not always equate with the “same” coverage.
What if you had an auto accident and got sued? This is not the time to learn that your policy only had $1 million liability, you didn’t have rental car coverage, didn’t have forgiveness for your first at-fault accident and you have to pay a deductible.
What if your home is damaged by heavy rains but your policy did not have coverage for that? Ask an insurance broker to assess your insurance needs and shop the marketplace, and you will usually find that you could have much better coverage for the “same” price. Having to pay out-of-pocket for things you are not covered for is definitely not saving money. Investing a little time to work with an insurance broker is a great idea. We make things easy for you. Great brokers take time to explain different insurance coverages, assess your needs and get you several competitive insurance quotes.
Regardless of how simple or complex your insurance needs are, we encourage you to consider Morison Insurance where you have a dedicated broker who looks after your needs. Talking to a different person each time you contact a direct writer, call center or large insurance company may be OK when you have simple straightforward questions. However, when you have just suffered an unfortunate event, you want to speak to someone who cares, knows your policy and can help you with the claim. At times like these, comfort will be found by having your dedicated broker on the line, a person who knows you, where you live, work, knows your family. This is the personal service that adds value to your insurance protection. This is the way we do things at Morison Insurance. We are here for you when you need us most.
The best insurance brokers will always work to help you get the best insurance coverage that fits your unique needs at great value.
A great insurance broker should always want to save you as much money as they can, but at the same time they need to blend that with their commitment to ensure you are properly covered in the event of a claim.
Your home has extensive water damage after a sewer back-up or heavy rain. The basement is under water. Everything is ruined. You never discussed water damage protection when you bought the lowest-priced insurance policy from an insurance salesperson. Unfortunately, your insurance policy doesn’t cover water damage. You will have to pay for the repairs yourself. The price tag will be thousands of dollars.
For a relatively small amount, you could have purchased water damage coverage with your insurance policy and the repairs would be covered. This is when the value of expert advice from an insurance broker and the best home insurance coverage demonstrates its value..
You have an heirloom diamond ring. It’s expensive and irreplaceable. Your home is broken into and the ring is gone. Unfortunately, when you bought your home insurance policy, the salesperson never discussed your need for additional insurance to cover high-value jewellery. What will you receive to cover the loss of the ring? You will only get insurance to the policy limit. The amount you will receive will likely be far less than the value of the ring.
Most insurance brokers have optional additional coverage options available to cover high value items such as jewellery, art, collections (i.e. stamps) and other things. For a modest amount you can insure these items to their value and, if you have a loss, you will have insurance protection that covers them to their value..
You are in a car accident. Luckily no one is hurt, but your car is badly damaged. You can’t drive it. You need to get it repaired. Unfortunately, the repairs will take a few weeks to complete. How are you going to get to work? How are you going to get the kids to hockey and dance classes? You don’t have rental car insurance coverage. This was never discussed when you bought your insurance from the agent. You will have to pay for a rental car yourself.
When you are buying auto insurance, insurance brokers can provide coverage for a rental car if your own car cannot be driven following an insured claim. For a relatively small amount, you can purchase rental car coverage.
You are out at night, you get in your car to go home and the car won’t start. You will probably have to call a tow truck to boost the battery. Unfortunately, the insurance you purchased from the salesperson doesn’t include roadside protection with emergency towing service.
If you had roadside protection through your insurance, you would have coverage for emergencies such as a dead battery, towing, a flat tire, keys locked in the car and more. Some insurance companies offer this protection as an additional coverage and it can be obtained at a reasonable cost.
As you can see, it’s important to know what you are buying when you purchase insurance. The details matter to ensure you have the best car insurance coverage.
Below are some optional/additional coverage options for your home and your car that provide good value in case of a loss. Please note that these lists provide a few examples only. For a more complete explanation of extra coverage options, please contact a reputable insurance broker.
These are often called endorsements.
Your best insurance coverage may not be the policy with the lowest price. The best insurance coverage is a policy that provides insurance protection suited to you.
When it comes to insurance, it is a not a case of one size fits all. On the contrary. Insurance is personal. Whether it is your home insurance, car insurance, business insurance, recreational insurance or another insurance product, getting the best insurance coverage at the best value is important, and with the help of a reputable insurance brokerage, is completely possible.
Here are three tips to get the best insurance coverage, according to one of our brokers:
Bottom line? Get value for your insurance spend, says another of our Morison Insurance brokers. When you insure with Morison Insurance you are not only getting insurance, you are also getting many extras/value-added services that many brokerages and insurance company agents do not offer. Our dedicated, independent and expert brokers are here to help you find the best insurance coverage.
Another important point is that insurance can be complicated. It is very important to understand your policy, coverage option, exclusions, limits and other details. Insurance brokers are trained on the details of insurance and are happy to help.
Below are two examples of coverage options that you may want to have included in an insurance policy, depending on your individual situation and how much insurance protection you want.
If you own an older home or cottage you may want to have bylaw coverage. This provides insurance protection in case you have to rebuild and are subject to current building code regulations by the municipality where your dwelling is located. Rebuilding to current building code standards could significantly increase rebuilding costs. Bylaw insurance coverage protects the owner against losses incurred from enforcement of bylaws which would increase the cost of repair or rebuilding after a loss. Bylaw coverage may be included in your insurance policy, however, increased limits are available to purchase if needed.
Many homeowners don’t think they need bylaw coverage. However, what if you have a significant loss in your 30, 60 or 100-year-old home. Your insurance will likely cover tear-down, cleaning and rebuilding costs, but it may not cover costs to adhere to current bylaw regulations.
It is generally understood that if your home is more than 10 years old, it probably does not meet today’s building requirements. Purchasing bylaw insurance with your home policy would provide you with your best insurance coverage.
As many people know a new car depreciates the moment you drive it off the lot.
If this concerns you, most insurance companies offer coverage called OPCF43 Waiver of Depreciation, to waive depreciation in the event your vehicle is a write off or a total loss within the first couple of years after you buy it. The cost for the coverage is generally $5 -$10 a month, and it could save you thousands. Think about a vehicle you bought new and drove for a short time. If you were in an accident and the vehicle could not be repaired, your claim settlement will reflect the value of the vehicle at the time of the accident if you don’t have the waiver coverage. If you buy OPCF43 Waiver of Depreciation, your claim settlement will be for the purchase price, less your deductible.
This coverage removes the right of the insurance company to deduct depreciation from the value of your automobile when settling a claim for loss or damage. The company will pay the actual purchase price of the automobile and its equipment or the manufacturer’s suggested list price of the vehicle and its equipment on the date of purchase, or the cost of replacing the automobile with a new one of the same make and model which is similarly equipped.
Your best insurance coverage will come from speaking with an excellent insurance broker. Insurance brokers, unlike other insurance sales people, do not work for an insurance company, they work for you. Generally, they will shop at dozens of Canada’s insurance companies to get you the best insurance coverage and value, and their services shouldn't cost you anything!
When you contact one our brokers, we will take the time to get to know you. Do you have an older home, are you mortgage-free, do you have monitored smoke and/or burglar alarms, do you have outbuildings on your home property? Answers to these questions and others will enable us to help you get the best insurance coverage. We will then shop at many insurance companies to get you a competitive insurance price. Getting this information and providing you with several competitive quotes is done quickly by our brokers.
Remember, the best insurance coverage has you prepared for the “what if’s” before a loss.
Here are two real-life stories from two of our brokers to show you the value of having the best insurance coverage.
There are a few old sayings which come to mind when comparing coverage versus premium “You often get what you pay for” and “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is”. A client recently left our brokerage to go to a direct writer. When I called him to compare my Morison Insurance quotes to what the other company was offering him, I found he was being short-changed when it came to coverage.
Yes, their price was lower, but he was only getting $1 million in Liability Coverage, a higher deductible for Collision and Comprehensive Coverage, no increased Accident Benefits Coverage and low Loss of Use Coverage.
I pointed these differences out to him, however, he was only interested in the savings. If this client has a claim now with this policy, he will be very surprised at what he was sold. Our society is very litigious and if he is sued for $2 million and his current limit is only $1 million he will have to pay for lawyers on his own to defend him against the difference in coverage and what he is being sued for. For example, if he is sued for $2 million he will have to defend the remaining $1 million and if a judgement is awarded against him he could be on the hook for paying the remaining $1 million. He will also find if he is injured in an accident his medical coverage is now the standard benefit, not the increase amounts he had with his policy at Morison Insurance, and he will responsible for the difference if he requires Medical Rehabilitation or Attendant Care. He may find out that the premium he was quoted with us was, in fact, the best option.
When coverage matters, price should not always be the main priority, especially when it involves your most valuable possession, your home.
Recently a client contacted our office to advise that he was going to be leaving our brokerage and placing his home with his financial institution. The client would be saving $300. As our discussion progressed, it was established that certain coverage options would not be the same on the new policy. Liability limits were reduced from $2 million to $1 million, claims protection was not included, sewer back-up coverage was dramatically reduced which would barely cover clean-up costs let alone contents, flooring materials, a furnace and other items that could be potentially damaged in a water claim. Also, overland water coverage was not available with the financial institution.
The new policy would leave the client in a vulnerable position should a claim occur. Is saving $300 worth potentially thousands of dollars that would be spent by him in the event of a claim? This is an important question one needs to ask themselves when sacrificing coverage for price.
Insurance premiums are calculated based on many different factors and the uniqueness of each individual’s risk. An insurance premium is the amount of money an insurance company charges you for an insurance policy. The amount of the premium is calculated based on personal details such as for your home insurance where you live, how long you have lived there, if your home is new, updated, has a monitored security system and more. For auto insurance, details such as the make, model and year of your vehicle, your driving history, how far you drive and other information are taken into account.
Premiums can be different at different insurance companies which is why it is important to work with an insurance broker who can shop and compare prices at different companies for the best insurance premium and value.
To help push down your premium costs, insurance brokers will look for discounts that can be applied. These can include a non-smoker discount, a mortgage-free discount, a retiree discount, a driver training course discount and more.
We all like to save money and insurance brokers are always looking for ways to help you save on your insurance. Just don't forget that saving money is only part of the insurance buying process. You need to ensure you're properly protected and covered in the event of a claim!
Changes such as these can impact your insurance coverage and your insurance protection is important.
If you don’t have the proper insurance protection, you could find that in the event of certain kinds of losses/claims, you do not have adequate insurance protection.
The details of your policy and knowing what insurance coverages you have are very important. Paying for an additional or enhanced coverage could save you plenty of money in the event of a claim. Rely on an insurance broker to provide the best insurance products, guidance and service.
When you choose price over coverage, you may not be covered in the event of certain losses or claims or your insurance coverage may be limited. This means that in the event of a loss that is not covered by the policy, you will have to pay for it yourself. In the event of a loss that is covered but which exceeds the limit on your policy, you will only be covered to the limit on the policy.
There are many benefits of having a broker when you are looking for the best insurance coverage. Below are the benefits of working with our Morison Insurance brokers:
When you contact us for an insurance quote, our Morison Insurance brokers will:
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This content is written by our Morison Insurance team. It is provided for general information only. Insurance needs differ from person to person, and this article is therefore not a substitute for professional advice about your individual insurance needs which can be obtained by speaking to one of our brokers.