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Classic Car Insurance: FAQs

When you have a rare, classic vehicle, insurance is an absolute must. Insurance helps to protect valuable vehicles in the event of an accident or other hazard. Due to the fact that classic cars are far more specialized and valuable than the typical automobile, here are a few frequently asked vehicles that Colorado residents often ask us here at Integrity First Insurance.

What Exactly Is a Collector or Classic Car?

Every insurance company will have its own individual definition of a classic vehicle, but generally, vehicles that are a minimum of 10 years old are considered classic and vehicles that are a minimum of 25 years old are considered collectors. In addition, antique vehicles are usually those that are 50 years or older.

What Does It Cost to Insure Classic Vehicles?

Believe it or not, these insurance policies are quite affordable. The reason for this is due to the fact that they aren’t driven often. Because of this, there is less of a risk that they’ll be involved in an accident. As a result, this leads to a less expensive premium.

What Type of Obligations Do You Have as an Owner?

Your auto insurance company may limit the number of miles that you can drive throughout the year. In addition, you may need to provide your insurer with proof that your vehicle is consistently stored in a garage, that you have a daily driver, and that you have a solid driving record.

Do Classic Cars Need to Be Appraised?

In order for your vehicle to be valued accurately, it is recommended to be appraised by a professional. This ensures that you and your insurance company agree on a value prior to entering into a contract for insurance. When classic and collector vehicles are well maintained, depreciation is generally not something that needs to be taken into consideration, as these vehicles will instead increase in value over a period of time.

When you need insurance for your classic car in Colorado, reach out to the professional insurance agents at Integrity First Insurance who have the experience and expertise to protect your precious assets.

What Is Recreational Insurance?

If you love the outdoors, chances are that you’ve been interested in different types of recreational vehicles. These vehicles are often campers and other large vehicles along with off-road vehicles. If you have any kind of vehicle used for recreation, give us a call today at Integrity First Insurance in Colorado to get your recreational insurance. 

Why Get Recreational Insurance?

Your recreational vehicle or off-road vehicle may not be your usual vehicle, but it should be covered. Even if you don’t use your RV very often, it is still vulnerable to damage and other issues. You need coverage so that the right repairs, or a replacement, can be made. If you live in your RV full-time, it’s especially important to have this coverage. In this case, your RV would have much more time around other vehicles, giving it more risk. Without RV insurance, not only would you be in a terrible financial bind if there were an accident, but you would also face legal ramifications for not having the needed insurance policy. 

Recreational Insurance Choices

Because an RV is so unique, it needs a unique insurance policy that reflects your lifestyle as well as the vehicle itself. It is generally required for most RVs to have liability coverage for both property damage liability and bodily injury liability. These types of coverage will pay for someone else’s bills after an accident that you cause. If you cause the accident, it does not include anything to pay for your own property damage or to replace your RV. That’s where collision coverage comes in. It helps you to pay for the needed repairs, or replacement, after an accident. Comprehensive insurance covers a wide range of risks that happen off the road. 

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If you’re ready for a recreational insurance policy, call us at Integrity First Insurance in Colorado.

Why Renter’s Insurance Makes Sense for You

Renters insurance is one of the least understood coverage options on the market. We at Integrity First Insurance find that many Colorado renters don’t even buy a policy unless their landlord demands it. Is this a wise decision? Absolutely not! That’s because your policy can cover a surprising range of situations and help to keep you protected from the dangers that you may experience otherwise.

How Renters Insurance Helps You

Renters insurance is a lot like a home insurance policy but is designed for people who do not own the home. So whether you rent a house or an apartment, you can get protected. It typically works to protect your belongings, while the landlord’s home insurance policy covers the structure. Typically, it:

  • Protects from damage, like fire, water problems, failing items, and smoke issues
  • Insures you against snow, sleet, lightning, windstorms, hail, and even ice-related problems
  • Covers you against vandalism, riots, vehicle damage, and theft against your property
  • Pays relocation costs or living expenses while your home is being repaired
  • Helps to pay other related issues that may occur on your property

For more information about what renters insurance covers, read our blog Renters Insurance 101

You can also expand your policy to cover things like expensive coin collections, business elements contained within your property, credit cards, travelers’ checks, stamps, jewelry, furs, firearms, and much more. Your policy will cover what you want as long as you expand it to cover your needs.

Do You Have Enough Coverage For Your Belongings?

Don’t Let Your Property Get Damaged

If you’re worried about the potential dangers that could impact your rented home and need renters insurance, please contact us at Integrity First Insurance to get help. We serve Colorado and provide the kind of renters insurance that you need to stay on top of your financial situation.

What Exceptions are Common With Motorcycle Insurance

Motorcycle insurance should cover a broad range of troubles to ensure that you are safe. However, there are many exclusions that you’ll need to work around to get the long-term benefits necessary to pay for damage to your bike through insurance. Integrity First Insurance is available to help Colorado bike owners get the kind of coverage needed to manage these exclusions. 

Exclusions Vary Based on Coverage 

Typically, your motorcycle insurance will pay for most of the troubles that occur with your bike, depending on the comprehensive nature of your policy. Many people may find that some policies provide a more robust and more adaptable level of protection that goes above and beyond other options. Some may find themselves experiencing exclusions that are pretty frustrating, such as:

  • Collision damage caused by an accident 
  • Theft, vandalism, fire, and hail damage
  • Towing needs if your vehicle crashes 
  • Accessories added to the motorcycle 
  • Problems caused by drivers without insurance 

These exclusions may be very frustrating but can be covered if you understand how to add new elements to your policy. For example, collision options help cover the damage caused by crashes, while comprehensive policies will take care of much more. And uninsured policies will help you if the driver who hits you on the road has no insurance or a flawed policy that covers only a few concerns.

Understanding Your Options 

When you take the time to find the best policy for your needs, you shouldn’t run into exclusions that may frustrate you and cause complications with your payments. Thankfully, we at Integrity First Insurance serve Colorado residents and help you find the policy that works for your needs. In addition, our team will carefully examine what problems could impact you and work to minimize their development.

Types of Coverage From Umbrella Insurance

When you get an umbrella insurance policy, it protects you in many different ways. It adds extra liability insurance to your existing insurance policies so that you’re far better protected.

If you want to know more about umbrella insurance, call us at Integrity First Insurance in Colorado to discuss your insurance needs, or Request a Quote today. 

Coverage for Your Home

When you have an umbrella insurance policy, it offers more liability protection on top of the liability coverage from your home insurance policy. If someone were to get injured on your property, your home insurance policy would pay first.

However, the maximum payouts for home insurance are generally lower than what you can get on an umbrella policy. That would mean that you have to come up with the rest out of pocket if your home insurance didn’t cover all of the injuries.

With umbrella insurance, it kicks in after your home insurance has paid to its maximum. That way, you are well-covered for your home liability. 

Coverage for Your Vehicle

Your umbrella insurance also adds the same liability coverage to your auto insurance. It works the same way- first, the auto policy responds, then after it maxes out, your umbrella policy comes in to pay the overage.

This is an important protection for serious auto accidents that can cost a fortune in medical and damaged property bills. Personal Injury attorneys are constantly seeking cases in Colorado and if you cause an accident there’s a good chance you could get sued beyond your auto liability limits.

The maximum payout of an umbrella policy is quite high, keeping you well-protected if the worst should happen. 

Read more about how to protect yourself from Personal Injury attorneys in our blog 3 Ways You Can Protect Yourself From Personal Injury Attorneys.

Coverage for Other Policies

An umbrella policy can also extend over other policies you might have. If you own a boat, RV, motorcycle or snowmobile and have insurance on it, your umbrella can provide extra liability protection for those as well. 

Umbrella coverage is especially important if you own rental properties. The more property (or risks) you own, the higher the likelihood is that you will be involved in a liability claim. Additional liability protection can go a long way to protect your financial future. 

If you don’t want to come up with the overage due after your other policies max out, you need umbrella insurance to give you more liability protection. If you have a home and auto policy and want more coverage, give us a call at Integrity First Insurance in Colorado to talk to an agent about your liability needs.

Life insurance FAQs

If you think it is time to look into life insurance and have lots of questions, you are not alone. Taking a "How to choose life insurance" course would be great if such a thing existed. But since it doesn’t, you have to count on the internet or your local independent insurance agent. In Colorado, Integrity First Insurance has a team of knowledgeable agents who can help you make this critical decision. 

What type of life insurance should I purchase?

The type of life insurance you purchase depends on what you want from it. If you are looking at a long-term lifetime financial plan, then whole life is a good option. If you need a large amount of insurance for a period in your life, then term life insurance fits the bill. 

How much life insurance do I need?

You need enough life insurance to provide the protection for your loved ones they will require. This is a very personal decision and depends on many factors, including how much you can afford to pay. If you have small children, that increases the amount you will need to get them through to adulthood. 

Does being a smoker affect my ability to get life insurance?

Being a smoker won’t stop you from being able to get life insurance. However, it will affect your premium. The good news is, if you quit smoking, you can change the classification on your policy and likely lower your premium. 

What can cause my life insurance to be canceled?

The most common reason for life insurance policy cancelation is failure to pay the premium. If you are having financial difficulties, contact your carrier. They may be able to work with you to get you through a difficult time. If you put untruthful information on your application for life insurance, and it is discovered, your policy will be canceled. 

Contact Integrity First Insurance in Colorado for your life insurance needs. 

What is Condo Insurance and What Does it Cover?

One of the questions we receive at Integrity First Insurance is whether one needs condo insurance if they own a condo in Colorado. Purchasing a condo is the first step towards homeownership. The next step is to purchase condo insurance to protect your investment. Even if your condo comes with condo association (COA) insurance, covering common exterior damages like roofs and walls, you need an individual condo insurance policy (HO-6).

What to find out more about condo insurance? Please read on.

What does condo insurance cover?

When you purchase condo insurance from Integrity First Insurance, it will cover the below areas:

Interior coverage

Whether it’s your flooring, kitchen cabinets, fixtures, or drywall, your condo insurance should provide coverage in many case of damage from many possible causes. Ultimately, everything that is attached to your premises makes up interior coverage. It’s often referred to as “walls-in” coverage, because it covers everything from the walls inward.

Liability coverage

Whether somebody gets injured in your condo or damages someone’s property in the neighboring condos, liability insurance covers damages and medical expenses arising from these unfortunate events. Without liability coverage, you are left exposed to potential lawsuits and would be responsible for paying legal fees and judgements against you out-of-pocket. 

Personal property

Condo insurance protects your personal belongings from theft, fire, and other risks. If you opt for replacement cost protection, your insurance will have to indemnify you for goods replaced after theft or damage. Personal belongings covered by your policy include clothing, furniture, electronics, and jewelry. 

Loss assessment

It’s inexpensive yet commonly overlooked. When your COA has high deductibles on their master policy or when short of cash in their reserve account, COA places a loss assessment on each condo owner. 

Considering this optional, cost-friendly insurance could save you thousands of dollars in liability costs, medical costs, and property damage not covered by your COA master policy.

Colorado condo insurance

Do you own a condo and are unsure of the coverage you need? Please talk to Integrity First Insurance for more information. We have been serving condominium owners in Colorado and surrounding areas for many years. When you visit us, we will discuss your condo insurance needs and recommend a policy that you are comfortable with.

What Is An Auto Insurance Deductible?

Insurance 101: Deductibles

An auto insurance deductible is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing coverage for your vehicle. Because your deductible will impact your monthly premium as well as the amount you’ll pay for damages after making a claim, it’s critical you choose wisely.

So, what is a deductible and how does it work? Here are some points to consider when evaluating car insurance options to decide what will work for your needs.

What Is an Auto Insurance Deductible?

An auto insurance deductible is the fixed dollar amount you’re responsible for paying as the policy holder toward the financial loss from a covered car accident. If your damages exceed your deductible, the insurance company will cover the remaining balance up to your coverage amount. You choose your deductible amount and your coverage limits, and are required to pay up to the deductible amount before your insurance company steps in to cover the rest. For example, let’s say you choose an insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible. If you’re involved in an accident and the estimated damages are $2,000, you would be responsible to pay $1,000 of a covered loss before insurance kicks in.

There are two main types of car insurance coverages that typically include deductibles:

  • Collision: This coverage helps pay for damage to your vehicle if it hits another car or object, is hit by another car, or rolls over.
  • Comprehensive: This coverage helps pay for damages to your vehicle that are not caused by a collision. Examples include theft, vandalism, glass-only damage, hitting a deer or other animal, and storm damage.

After you’ve paid your applicable deductible, your insurance will cover the cost of the damages to your vehicle, up to the limits of your policy.

How Does a Car Insurance Deductible Work?

Unlike with health insurance, your deductible is paid for each accident that you have. For example, if you get into three separate accidents during a given policy period, and you have a $500 deductible, you will pay a $500 deductible for each accident. It’s also important to note that your insurance company may only cover the cost of damages that exceed the deductible amount.

For example, if you have a $500 deductible and the damages to your car total $450, you would pay the full $450. But if the damages to your car total $1,000, you would pay your $500 deductible, and the insurance company would cover the remaining $500.

When Do You Have to Pay A Deductible?

You only pay a deductible when there are covered damages to your vehicle, not when there are damages to another person’s car. That said, it can be difficult to understand every situation in which you’ll be required to pay a deductible. Here are a few scenarios to help you understand, but be sure to check with your insurance agent to verify what your specific coverages include.

  • Another driver hits your car. If another driver is determined to be at fault for the accident, typically, their insurance company will be responsible for paying for your repairs if you file a claim with the other company. If you choose to file your claim with your insurance company, you will owe your deductible, but your insurer will likely seek reimbursement of your deductible from the other driver’s insurance company. However, if a driver hits your vehicle and both you and the other driver are determined to be at fault, then you may be responsible for paying at least a portion of your deductible if you file a claim with your own insurance company.
  • You hit another driver’s car. If you strike someone else’s vehicle and in doing so, damage your car, your insurance company typically will pay for the damages to your car, and you will be responsible for paying the deductible.
  • Your car was damaged by something other than a collision. With comprehensive coverage, if your car is damaged in a storm, fire, flood or if you strike an animal, typically your insurance company will cover the damages and — depending on your policy — you are likely to have to pay your deductible.
  • Your windshield was damaged. Generally, comprehensive coverage covers glass damage. In this case, your insurance company would pay for the cost to repair or replace your windshield. Depending on your policy, you may have to pay a deductible. Again, check with your insurance agent to confirm what your coverage will do.
  • Your vehicle was damaged in a hit-and-run. If you have collision or uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage and someone hits your car and flees the scene, you likely will be responsible for paying your deductible. This type of claim would be worth a phone call to your insurance agent for guidance on your coverage and what you may owe.
  • Your vehicle is totaled. If your insurance company determines your car is a total loss (e.g., generally, the cost of the damages exceeds the value of the vehicle), then it will typically pay for the fair market value of your car before the accident, minus your deductible.

How Does A Deductible Impact Your Car Insurance Premium?

Your deductible has an impact on your car insurance premium, so you’ll need to decide this based on your budget and perhaps several other considerations. In general, the higher the deductible you choose, the lower the premium you’ll pay. Conversely, the lower the deductible you choose, the higher the premium you’ll pay.

For example, if your current policy has a $500 deductible and you decide to increase your deductible when your policy is up for renewal, your monthly premium will likely decrease (assuming all other factors remain the same).

Here are a couple other things to consider when choosing your car insurance deductible:

  • How much of a deductible could you afford to pay? If you’re in an accident, you may need to pay your full deductible, so it’s important that it’s an amount you can afford. Consider starting an emergency fund to save up some money in case you have an accident that requires you to pay your deductible. Also, some insurance companies have minimum deductible requirements, so keep this in mind when you discuss your policy details with your insurance agent so you will know what to expect if you have a mishap with your vehicle.
  • How much is your car worth? The value of your vehicle may make a difference in what deductible makes sense for you. For the most part, the more expensive your vehicle, the more it costs to insure. That can translate into greater savings if you choose a high deductible.

Several factors affect the cost of your car insurance policy, but your deductible will have an impact on your premiums as well as on how much you’ll pay out-of-pocket for damages to your car from an accident. Before you select a policy, consider your options for your deductible. Hopefully you may never face a situation where you’ll have to pay a deductible, but it’s important that you be careful to choose a policy with a deductible that you can afford to pay.

Who Is Covered By My Auto Policy

Everyone who owns a car relies on it for so much of the normal day-to-day activities they participate in. Most people would be lost without their vehicle, from work and school to shopping and socializing.

Generally speaking, anyone that lives in your household and has a driver’s license is required to be rated on your auto policy. Your car insurance can also extend to licensed drivers who you give permission to drive your vehicle.

Auto insurance makes sure your vehicle is protected, but it also protects you and your assets with liability coverage. Almost every state requires drivers to carry basic liability insurance, and Colorado is one of them. Liability coverage helps to pay medical bills for injured people due to an accident caused by the driver of your vehicle. This is something to consider before you allow someone to drive your car. Depending on the amount of coverage you have for liability, legal action against you could be very expensive.

Coverage for your vehicle itself is optional unless you have a lease or an auto loan. Then you’ll need to carry coverage for your vehicle in the form of collision and comprehensive. Collision coverage protects your vehicle itself in the event of an accident where the driver of your vehicle is at-fault. You’ll have to pay your deductible, which is also something to consider before allowing someone else to drive your vehicle. Comprehensive coverage protects your vehicle from things other than an accident. That can include fire, hail damage, theft, and more.

Integrity First Insurance has been doing business in Colorado since 2008. We are an independent agency with a focus on integrity and education. We want our clients to trust their insurance and we offer the residents of Colorado service beyond their expectation. Our agents will be there for them in the good times and the bad. Check out our website for more information about the products we offer.

Do You Need Home Insurance in Colorado if You Don’t Have a Mortgage?

Most mortgage lenders in Colorado these days require homeowners to carry home insurance as part of their contracts. But what if you’ve paid off your home in full and don’t have a mortgage? Do you still need home insurance?

Here’s the short answer: legally, you do not need home insurance in Colorado, but there are many reasons why you’ll probably still want a policy. At Integrity First Insurance, we’re here to answer all your questions!

What Does Home Insurance Do?

While mortgage lenders may refer to home insurance as protecting their financial investment, it’s really about protecting yours as well. After all, you’ve already put a lot of time (and funds) into your home, and this goes tenfold if you’ve paid it off in full and don’t have an active mortgage. A good home insurance policy prevents you from having to pay for many potential damages to your property out of your own pocket, therefore making sure your investment is not wasted.

Does it Matter if I Live in an Urban or Rural Area?

Colorado is a very geographically diverse state, and our beautiful land is home to both rural and urban communities. Homes in both areas face different kinds of risks, and they are both still in need of home insurance as a result. Fortunately, insurance providers recognize this and offer different ranges of coverage options as a result.

How Do I Get a Policy?

When you’re ready to learn more about your home insurance coverage options, give us a call at Integrity First Insurance. We’re homeowners in Colorado ourselves, and we understand there’s no “one size fits all” policy. We’ll get to know you and your property, as well as any specific needs you have for coverage. Then, we’ll be able to present you with the policy options that fit best. Don’t wait to protect everything you’ve already invested into your home — reach out to us today!

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