Six Tips for New Car Buying:

Winston-Salem, NC 1/20/2012

1. Check the safety ratings – The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) offers vehicle safety ratings. Its annual list of Top Safety Picks are based on how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash. They also compile a list of insurance losses by make and model. These insurance loss results generally are good predictors of the experience of current versions of the same vehicle models.

2. Go green – The Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Vehicle Guide can help you pick the cleanest and most fuel-efficient vehicle to meet your needs. It provides information about the environmental performance of vehicles and provides you with dynamic search and sort capabilities, including a side-by-side comparison of three vehicles.You can also view a list of the EPA’s most and least fuel-efficient vehicles.

3. Check your coverage – You should contact our agency about your insurance rates for your new vehicle. The vehicle make and model are among several factors that may affect the cost of your insurance policy. If you need to verify your insurance coverage during or after normal business hours and you can’t reach us, please leave us a voicemail and we will get back to as soon as possible.  You can also go to the website of the company that writes your current auto coverage for rate information and other details 

4. Update your auto policy – After acquiring your vehicle, contact your Agent the next business day to make the changes to your auto insurance policy to ensure you’re properly insured.

5. Add a new car endorsement to your auto insurance policy – New cars depreciate quickly; the compensation a standard auto insurance policy provides may only be enough to purchase a used car as a replacement. If you buy a new car, you are eligible to to add a Repair/Replace or New Car Replacement Endorsement through all of our Auto Insurance Companies. (An endorsement is simply a document used to amend your car insurance policy.) This endorsement includes:

  • Lease/loan security – Covers the difference if you owe more on your vehicle than its current value, and it is a total loss. Coverage applies to vehicles on lease or auto loan for up to five years.
  • Replacement cost – The company will pay to replace your car if it’s two years old or less and is a total loss. The Customer will receive a new car of the same make and model. If the model is no longer available, the insured will be offered a similar vehicle. (The replacement coverage is not available on leased vehicles.)
  • Repair coverage – The Company will pay to repair your vehicle, without a deduction for depreciation, if it is two years old or less and is not a total loss. 
6. Add road service coverage – No one of us likes to be stranded by a broken-down car. If your vehicle becomes disabled, this coverage from Erie Insurance pays for reasonable auto towing and required labor costs at the site of the vehicle breakdown. An additional premium or cost is required for this coverage. (Limitations apply in North Carolina.)
 
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Several months ago we had a flood in our home due to a defective valve in our guest bathroom. Needless to say we came home to a disaster. We immediately contacted our agent, Linda Welborn. Right on the spot she gave us the name and phone number of a company to call (Disaster One). They came out that evening (around 11:30pm) and worked through the following morning around 6:30am. They did an outstanding job! We were so impressed with their "sense of urgency" and "expertise" we assigned all of our repairs to their company. The insurance adjuster(Erie Insurance) cut no corners when it came to replacing damaged items. They issued repair orders on things we weren't even aware we needed to look for. They too did a great job in getting everything processed quickly. It's great to have such a Professional agent who treats us like we are her only customer. I have been so impressed with her outstanding customer service that I refer many people to your agency because of the great care and attention she gives to her customers. Thank you Linda for your outstanding service! We look forward to working with you in the years to come.
Linda Martinez, Merfin Systems, LLC

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