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What is gap insurance?

How gap insurance works When you buy or lease a new car or truck, the vehicle starts to depreciate in value the moment it leaves the car lot. In fact, most cars lose 20 percent of their value within a year. Standard auto insurance policies cover the depreciated value of a car—in other words, a standard policy pays the current market value of the vehicle at the time of a claim. If, when you finance the ...

When it's time to set the clocks forward in Spring or backward in the Fall for Daylight Savings Time, fire safety officials recommend checking that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. Batteries don't last forever. Vacuum them to remove dust, replace batteries and test the alarms. This small effort could make all the difference in an emergency. The life expectancy of smoke alarms is generally 8-10 years, after which point their sensors can begin ...

New England winters are known for their unpredictability. Keeping your business operations running smoothly and safely this winter is dependent on being prepared for whatever winter weather might bring. Below are a few of the steps you can take to address the most common problems that cause property damage in winter. Cold air in enclosed spaces Visually inspect concealed spaces for gaps in wall materials; water pipes in these areas can freeze if unprotected Keep these spaces ...

You Could Be Held Liable If Guests Get Drunk Halloween can be a fun time of trick-or-treating, jack-o'-lanterns and costume parties, but it can also be a deadly time of increased drunk driving and could be especially worrisome this year since the celebration falls on a Saturday. Anyone hosting a Halloween party should take steps to limit their liquor liability and make sure they have the proper insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). Social ...

Building code changes can create extra expenses not covered by standard insurance. Be sure you’re protected. Do you know how your home or other property complies with current building codes if you had to rebuild after a fire or other loss? If not, you’re not alone; however, it’s a real concern that you need to consider.  Changes to building ordinances and laws can result in requirements to upgrade your building to new standards during reconstruction, ...

In the aftermath of a crash, know the right actions to take No one wants to get into a car crash. But being prepared and knowing what to do if you are involved in an accident can save lives, reduce injuries and make the claims process simpler and easier. So you'll be prepared at the scene: Keep critical, relevant documents in your car, such as registration, proof of auto insurance, your leasing agent's name. It's also a good ...

A Trusted Choice® survey shows that many homeowners lack basic financial protections to withstand unexpected disasters. As disaster season peaks, a new national consumer survey commissioned by Trusted Choice® and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”), reveals that many homeowners lack adequate insurance coverage, do not fully understand their homeowners policies and do not have enough savings to support their households in the event of a disaster. The August 2016 homeowner ...

Halloween can be scary but having the right insurance coverage can take some of the fright out of the night, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). “If you’re worried about Halloween partyers who may cause damage to your home, there’s probably little to fear,” said Michael Barry, vice president, Media Relations, I.I.I. “But do contact your insurance professional with questions or concerns about your homeowners or renters insurance policy.” Your insurance policies provide financial protection for a ...

Differentiating between an employee and an Independent Contractor can be complicated, but making an error can also be costly.  The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (MADUA) recently issued guidance to help clarify the requirements of an Independent Contractor as outlined in the 3-Prong ‘A-B-C test.’   Proper classification of workers, and subsequently paying applicable unemployment insurance, is at the forefront of maintaining the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Unemployment Insurance was implemented to stabilize the economy by ...

Don't risk financial losses because someone else isn’t covered Despite the legal requirements in 49 states, many drivers in the U.S. remain uninsured. Don't risk your financial health—make sure you're insured, and learn how to protect yourself in the event of an accident with an uninsured motorist. Uninsured motorists are relatively common With the exception of New Hampshire, every state in the U.S. has a minimum mandatory car insurance requirement. Despite that, about one out of every eight ...

 

The information provided in these articles are only general descriptions and should not be relied upon as complete, correct or accurate for your specific situation. All coverage informaiton is subject to policy provisions, endorsements and may be  subject to your meeting underwriting qualifications. Murphy Insurance Agency is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other noninsurance professional services. Consult an appropriate professional for advice regarding your own situation.