Month: April 2018

Actual cash value or replacement cost?

When it comes to insuring your most valuable possessions, you have important choices to make. In the event of a loss involving your home or car, do you know how you’d like to be reimbursed? Does your current policy reflect these preferences?

Carefully evaluate these two types of coverage to ensure you’re well-informed.

Actual Cash Value 

If you elect for an actual cash value insurance policy, you’ll likely be compensated for the fair market value of the item at the time it was lost or damaged.

Pro: These policies often have less expensive monthly premiums, so you could insure expensive items for less.

Con: The payout is not based on what you paid for the item. This means you could be out the difference if something has depreciated in value since you purchased it.

For example, if you had a wreck and wanted to replace the car you bought five years ago, you’ll probably be accepting payment for what a vehicle of that make and model would fetch now, minus your deductible and wear and tear.

Replacement Cost 

Many agents recommend replacement cost insurance, especially for homeowners. This sets you up to be reimbursed for the full amount it would take to rebuild your home and replace everything in it.

Pro: You can replace older items for what they would cost to purchase new.

Con: This option tends to be more expensive. Also, you must replace all items claimed to recoup the payout and you can’t use the money for other things.

Keep in mind that multiple factors come into play when determining how an insurance claim will be paid out, but by learning about your options you can set yourself up for success. Please reach out with any questions you may have, our staff at Vick Insurance Group is always eager to assist you with all of your home and auto needs.

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Credit History and Car Insurance Rates

Here at Vick Insurance in Camden, TN, one of the top questions we get asked is, “How does my credit score effect my insurance rates?”

You probably know that your credit history has a big impact on your borrowing capabilities and interest rates, but did you know it can also affect how much you pay for car insurance? Find out how credit and insurance are connected and learn what you can do to keep premiums as low as possible.

The Factors at Play

Your three-digit credit score is based on various details of your credit history. While your credit score doesn’t directly determine your insurance rate, insurance providers may review similar information from your financial past to assign you an ” insurance score” that estimates your likelihood of filing a future claim.

How Your Insurance Score Is Calculated 

Insurance companies don’t consider income or job history when calculating your insurance score. Instead, they look at payment history and the amount of debt you carry. Companies will also note how many lines of credit you have in good standing and how long each account has been open.

This is where things become a little confusing: Insurance scores are also configured using data from other policyholders. The types and number of claims from others in your credit range will help determine your score, which is why it can be hard to control or predict how much you’ll pay for auto insurance, homeowners insurance and even life and health insurance.

Keeping Rates Low

Though the calculations may be complicated, there are simple ways to position yourself for lower rates. Start by checking your credit activity regularly and dispute anything that looks suspicious. Make sure you don’t miss any payments or carry excessive debt. Over time, these habits may help keep your credit-based insurance score high and your premiums low.

Please reach out to Vick Insurance Group for all of your business, home, auto and life insurance needs.  Visit us online at www.vickinsurancegroup.com 24/7/365.