Mobile Oil Change Business and General Liability Insurance Considered

Not long ago, I got an email from a gentleman wishing to set up a mobile oil change business in Florida. He was concerned about what sort of insurance he might need and was under the impression that a 1 million dollar commercial liability policy was needed up and beyond his work truck vehicle commercial auto policy. Okay so, let’s talk about this; is he correct?

It turns out that he most definitely is, you see commercial auto is not the same as completed operations or the potential liability while working. For instance, if a car catches on fire that you are working on, your commercial auto policy isn’t going to cover it. Do you see that point? So, this is the advice I explained to him;

You will need most likely want to get a commercial insurance policy; $1 million aggregate, 300K per occurrence general liability, with a “garage keeper’s liability” notation, and there will be some customer who may demand more, and also demand to be additionally insured, not just a certificate of insurance on file.

Commercial Auto Insurance is another need, but most commercial business policies will write them together as one. Find a good “commercial insurance broker” and have them scout out their sources, usually the broker-agent knows the underwriters very well (as in speed-dial) and can get you a good rate and the underwriter will understand the difference between mobile and fixed costs. Generally the commercial liability insurance is partly based on your estimated gross income.

Don’t over estimate or you will pay too much, and don’t underestimate or you may get audited by the insurance company or they might simple decide you are not a viable risk. Believe it or not most commercial insurance policies do have a clause in their insurance contracts that they may audit you and by signing the policy you pre-agree to those audits. Thus, it’s unwise to falsify information or underestimate. If you find that you may have underestimated you need to call your agent-broker and explain that, sometimes they will add to the premium, sometimes up the next year’s estimates for gross sales.

Now then, Florida is a great market for mobile oil changes, however, let’s not forget there is some competition there, some long-standing 25+ years in fact and so, insurance is only one aspect or piece of information which one needs to consider before starting a business of this type. Please consider all this and think on it, and develop a strong business plan.

Is My Insurance Company Trying to Cheat Me?

Let’s be honest, anyone who has had an insurance claim has had this or a similar thought run through their head. For many years insurance companies have done things to earn a bad rep. I’ve been in the insurance restoration industry for the last 10 years, and during this time I can honestly say that I have rarely met an adjuster or contractor that wanted to skimp on the settlement. The few times I’ve seen this is when the policyholder has been extremely difficult to work with. Yes, bad estimates happen, however, most of the time the feeling of being “shorted or cheated” comes from not understanding your policy and how it pays out.

The biggest misunderstanding is most often the issue of matching. Insurance policies are specifically written with terminology and phrases to avoid matching. Homeowner’s coverage is to replace the damaged items with like kind and quality. While as a homeowner and contractor I often don’t agree with this and I will fight it to the best of my abilities. To explain this policy the easiest is to give you situations where you will most likely run into this situation. Let’s say you have a flood where the carpet has to be removed in the hallway. The same carpet runs throughout the home. The living room opens and connects directly to the hallway with the same carpet and you have 3 bedrooms directly off of the hallway and an office with french doors off of the living room. The carpet in the hallway and living room will be replaced but the carpet in the bedrooms and office will most likely not be replaced as most insurance policies are written to stop at doorways.

The other situation is most often with kitchen cabinetry. If water damages your lower kitchen cabinets (or a fire, your uppers) most insurance companies will allow replacing the run of damaged cabinets (meaning all of the lowers or all of the uppers). If you have specialty/custom cabinets you will most likely be given a custom price to rebuild that run of cabinets to match what was there. Very rarely is matching kitchen cabinets likely these days, however, it is not impossible. Over the past 25 years, there are hundreds of cabinet styles and specialty finishes, from dozens of manufacturers. Unless you recently replaced the kitchen, it will take countless hours of research to find the cabinet manufacturer that made your cabinets (a good place to locate the manufacturer is on the inside of the door. Let’s say you’ve managed to find the manufacturer, companies usually discontinue a line every 4-7 years, or they make considerable changes to it. On top of the possible discontinued issue, it is very likely that the elements have changed the finish on your cabinetry. Perhaps your contractor has pointed the issues out to your adjuster, depending on the difficulty they may add extra money to allow to get a close match, perhaps a custom cabinet.

This is where you have several options:

1) You can take your budget and get quotes from cabinet places on a less expensive cabinet to replace all of your cabinetry. Remember that by using less expensive items elsewhere in the reconstruction you will have that money to allocate towards your new cabinetry budget.

2) You can certainly create a unique custom kitchen by finding an opposite finish cabinet to replace your lowers or uppers with. It is very common today to mix cabinetry finishes to give a unique custom look to fit your style. For example, let’s say your cabinets are a stain cherry cabinet in a shaker style. You could go with a complementing stained or painted finish cabinetry, perhaps in antique white or black.

3) If the mix/match isn’t your style consider a paint treatment. My best example of this is a fire I did in Durham, NC in 2007; my client had a small grease fire that scorched the finish on 3 of her upper cabinets above her stove. The insurance company allowed for replacement of these upper cabinets. She was not happy with that. (Now to be fair, this was an extremely smart professor at Duke University and as soon as the fire happened she started dreaming of her new kitchen.) When I broke the estimate down into our budget for the cabinets she was highly disappointed. She wanted her new kitchen. I replaced the 3 damaged parts of the cabinets with unfinished stock pieces that matched in style and repainted all of her dated oak cabinetry to a new beautiful modern black. We added new hardware, repainted the walls and I was able to get new countertops for her, by choosing a less expensive replacement floor. Within 2 weeks she had a brand new remodeled kitchen with nothing more than her deductible out of pocket.

4) You could order the cabinets to match your existing cabinetry and if they don’t match well enough you can go back to your insurance company and have them come back out to assist you with another option. PLEASE NOTE: if you’re set on getting a kitchen completely different than what you had and you opt to try and match your existing cabinets and fail, the insurance company is not going to pay to replace the newly replaced cabinets again. Do not go out and get cabinets that clearly will not be a match to your cabinets and then call the insurance company and say “I tried to match the cabinets but they don’t match.” This is fraud and you can be charged.

The best advice I can give anyone is to understand your policy. Look at your declarations page thoroughly. Understand your coverage. If there are any changes in your home update your insurance as necessary, to protect your home, yourself and your family.

Understanding your claim can be both easy and confusing. It’s easy if you listen, take notes and ask questions (to both your insurance company and your contractor). I’ve seen homeowner become completely befuddled by a claim when they try to make sense of it without knowing enough or by trying to break down the estimate line item by line item and add up the totals to “checkup” on the contractor or adjuster. Just remember that life becomes unsettled when it’s least convenient. There is never a good time to have to file an insurance claim. However, life is unpredictable and it will slap you in the face when you have all your balls in the air. I recommend to all of my clients to get a spiral notebook or notepad the moment they have to file a claim. Write everything down because if you’re like everyone else as soon as you think of a question for you adjuster you’ll forget their name and lose their contact information and/or your claim number. Keep track of everything. Start collecting pictures of things you like that will have to be replaced, it’s good to dream but don’t be unrealistic. Don’t assume that because something got wet it will be replaced. Carpet is one of the most argued for items. Most homeowners assume that because the carpet was wet for several hours before it was discovered it will be claimed as unsalvageable. In a general Class 1/Category 1 (Clean water) loss most carpet can and will be saved. Restoration companies are HIGHLY trained to dry these items. Carpet is replaced as a last resort. It may need to have the pad replaced and be restretched/rekicked and cleaned but in rare situations does it require replacement. Delamination is a reason for replacement. Delamination is when the primary and secondary backing of the carpet separate. One of my favorite arguments for carpet replacement was from one of my homeowners in Virginia who said that her carpet wasn’t wet before and therefore should be replaced. I had to laugh on the inside when she said this because while I am confident that the 83 gallons of water which we removed from her living room were not present prior to the loss; the water did not damage her carpet. She argued her point (I think she was a law student) for nearly an hour and a half. She did not win. She argued that water damages fabric and since it was not wet prior to her loss it should be replaced to prior condition. I agree that water does damage some fabrics but her carpet was not made of silk or wool. It was average nylon carpet, and after checking the tags of 8-10 pieces of clothing (looking for nylon) that she normally wears and washes, she dropped that argument. She rebutted that the carpet color changed/darkened where the carpet was wet. Yes, it was darker where the water was, because it was still wet! Two days later upon completion of drying the carpet, the homeowner confirmed that the carpet color returned to its original shade. Nonetheless, her next argument was that by getting wet, the carpet’s structure was now damaged. She couldn’t really explain what she meant, but I was confident I knew where she was trying to go. When I explained to her that during the manufacturing process carpet is routinely exposed to several “water baths” in order to manufacture it. When she learned that water is used in the manufacturing process she had no further arguments. Feel free to use any of her argument should you want to try and get your non-damaged carpet replaced. If you’re carpet gets wet with clean water and isn’t found to be delaminated, look for staining from furniture feet. Staining IS a valid reason to replace carpet.

Drywall and trim are the other most commonly damaged items in a home during a water loss. Drywall patches are 100% acceptable in restoration. The insurance company does not owe to replace all of the drywall in a room because there was a section that had to be removed. Understand that drywall can usually be dried without any relating issues. If a section has to be removed a patch fit to the squared-up removed section is acceptable. Once properly taped and mudded that patch will not be noticeable, if it is than your contractor needs to have another drywall crew redo the repair. Yes, drywall is hung in 4×8 or 4×12 sheets but that does not mean that you need an entire new sheet of drywall “because it wasn’t previously patched.” Any new drywall will be sealed and painted to match.

Insurance companies/adjusters are starting to release the reins on painting of a room. It varies company to company- adjuster to adjuster- and on the clients’ attitude. For years the standard has been to apply two coats of paint to the new drywall and 1 coat to the remaining section of wall (corner to corner). The corner to corner theory is that when painting a room you can/typically stop in the corner once you have an entire wall painted. You never want to stop mid wall because that will be noticeable. Also with corner to corner if the paint shade is slightly off it won’t be visible as it stops in the corner and light casting shadows will affect the paint shade as well. Having been met with so many contractor arguments over painting the remaining walls, during the last 2 years we have seen the corner to corner rule relax. Typically now, if I have a 12×12 room and I patch one of the walls, I will apply two coats of paint on top of two coats of primer to the new drywall. I can usually get the adjuster to approve repainting the remaining walls, to match. This does not mean that you get to change your 12×12 powder blue dining room to Victorian red. This means that you get a fresh coat of powder blue paint in your dining room. However, if you’re nice to your contractor you can update that powder blue to a similar tonal value color such as a grey blue. Cultivating and fostering a good relationship with your contractor can only benefit you.

One of the other biggest items homeowners don’t understand that don’t get covered are the source repair costs. Example: the ring between your toilet tank and bowl rots, causing your toilet to leak. The insurance coverage will be to repair the damage that the toilet caused. It however, will not cover the cost of fixing or replacing that toilet, or your cost to hire the plumber to come out and shut off the water and remove the toilet. In short, your insurance company is not trying to “stick it to you”. It is important to note that any form of water damage should be cleaned in a timely manner. Water damage can spread to mold damage, and your insurance company is not likely to pay for a mold inspection if they feel that you aided the progression of the mold by delaying in drying the area. If something doesn’t make sense. Ask about it. If you don’t understand the answer or are having difficulty with your adjuster ask for their supervisor. If something raises a flag in the supervisors head they can and often will either send out another adjuster/field reinspector or come out and investigate. Don’t be afraid to ask if you truly feel that you’re not being treated fairly. Your insurance agent can also help to explain your policy to you.

Regardless of what you feel you’re owed, just because you’ve been paying into you policy for x number of years doesn’t mean you get everything and anything you want. Indemnity is a basic insurance principle that states that you, as an insured should not be allowed to profit from an insurance loss. This principle is important and helps to protect both the insurance company and you.

Gap Insurance – Back To Basics

Once you have insured your car, you are good to go. Right? The answer is no. You still need GAP insurance. What is GAP insurance? Let’s take an example. Suppose you have bought a car making a down payment. After a couple of months, you end up getting your car totaled or stolen. You will get payment from the insurance company based on the existing value of your car in the market. The actual price of the car won’t be considered. This type of insurance provides coverage in this type of scenario. Let’s know more.

Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP)

The term GAP is short for guaranteed asset protection. This insurance policy includes your motorcycles as well as cars. It’s a good idea to apply for insurance should you consider a finance deal in order to buy a motorcycle or car. Once you have sold your car or have paid its price, you can get a refund. You may want to keep in mind that this policy is not an alternative to motor insurance. This is just a type of additional insurance that you can consider to protect your car.

The importance of GAP insurance

The price of vehicles doesn’t remain constant. So, the insurance company will figure out your payout keeping the current value of your vehicle in mind. Not everyone has to get insurance. GAP insurance won’t be a requirement if you got a loan to make payment for the car. You can do with the regular car insurance.

However, if you take out a loan for a car, we suggest that you give a go to GAP insurance. The reason is that if your car is totaled or damaged, the rest of payment won’t be on you. Aside from this, it will be the responsibility of the insurance provider to get you a replacement car in addition to alleviate the loan you got to buy the car.

Types of GAP insurance

Typically, your car dealership can help you with insurance. Apart from this, you can go to licensed brokers as well. According to many experts, getting insurance from reliable brokers is better than car dealerships. The reason is that car dealership will cost you more.

GAP insurance is of many types. Each provider has different policies and the prices of the policy are different based on the car and the dealer/broker.

It’s important to note that some insurance packages, such as finance insurance is there to help you get funds for buying a car. Besides, you can consider a lease insurance policy that helps you handle the fees and costs incurred as a result of damage to a leased car. Another type of insurance plan was created in order to fund your new car purchase. At times, your insurance provider adds to your insurance package.

Long story short, you may want to make sure that you know what a GAP insurance policy has to offer before you get it. You can ask the broker for more information.

Explaining Insurance to the Motorcycle Industry and Customer

If you own, ride, or sell motorcycles, you will need to be informed about shielding insurance.

Manufacturers and dealers as well as the riders themselves must acquaint themselves with the associated risks and procure tailored coverage that protects them from the variables. This overview will simplify the basics of separate insurance class.

Motorcycle Insurance for the Owner and Rider

Generally, most standard auto and personal liability plans do not include motorcycle insurance. It is for this reason that insurance coverage intended explicitly for motorcycles, motor scooters, motor bikes and others like them is required for those that own and ride them. Coverage protects against liability of the owner or operator if bodily injury or property damage to a third party is sustained. In the majority of cases, insurance carriers that provide motorcycle insurance include physical damage coverage for fire, theft, comprehensive and collision policies. Associated quotes are typically established through measurements of cubic centimeters of the engine displacement.

Those companies that offer motorcycle insurance also recommend uninsured motorists coverage as supplementary coverage to the liability policy. There are those that present the option of medical payments as well as passenger liability coverage.

Motorcycle and Motor-Bike Custom Manufacturing and Fabricating Insurance

Due to the increased popularity of customizing motorcycles, many businesses deal with original details, frame modifications as well as engine variation. This, of course, lends itself to differing forms of liability exposure for the custom bike designers, manufacturers, fabricators and service or motorcycle fix-it shops.

Related policies incorporate the following coverages:

• General Liability Insurance

• Products and Completed Operations Coverage

• Garage-Keepers Legal Liability Insurance

• Commercial Personal Property Insurance – of which Theft Coverage is a part of

Motorcycle and Motor-Bike Dealers Insurance

This type of insurance is generally provided on an amended automobile dealers- liability form – a form that’s specifically adapted for the motorcycle dealer’s needs.

There are two differing coverages:

1. A policy that includes premises liability for sales operations in regard to the service or repair of customers’ motorcycles.

2. A policy that includes coverage protection for customers’ motorcycles for the time that they are stored in the dealers’ repair shop. This type of plan is similar to a garage keeper’s legal liability insurance policy.

The dealers’ supplementary physical damage insurance policy protects stored motorcycles that are waiting to be sold and it includes coverage for risks, such as fire, theft, collision, vandalism, riot, and other specified risk exposures.

Why You Need Life Insurance Money

Life is full of uncertainties and we have no idea what it has in place for us. From married couples with kids to childless couples to singles, no one is immune from the unwanted events of life. For this reason, life insurance is crucial for any sound financial plan. Life insurance guarantees you and your loved one’s financial stability and therefore should not be overlooked by any chance. There are different types of life insurance policies in the market today. With the many available options, it is certainly confusing to pick the best insurance however. My advice for you would be, choose a cheap life insurance plan that best suits your future goals.

Below are 5 important reasons why you need life insurance irrespective of your age.

1. To help service your debts.

Life insurance can be used to pay off your credit card debts, mortgages, tuition fee among other debts. Let’s face it, we have no control over the uncertainties of life or the unforeseen occurrences. Take for instance that you’ve secured yourself a study loan or a business loan to help you grow your business and unfortunately you die before repaying the debt. This may create more burdens for you family and loved ones who are already mourning your death and worst still, struggling to raise your funeral expenses. To avoid this extra burden therefore, you should consider buying an insurance plan early in life.

2. You get to leave some inheritance for your kids and spouse.

Buying a life insurance plan from a reputable and reliable insurance company ensures that your kids get to benefit from inheriting your lifetime savings. It will help you leave a legacy for making extra wealth for your loved ones. This inheritance can help to pay off your kids’ higher education tuition fee or paying off other emergency demands that may crop up as your family gets its financial footing.

3. You benefit from “accelerated benefits”.

Most couples have got each for support in case of financial crisis. For a single person however, it’s more likely that you have no other source of funding except from your own personal resources. This can greatly inconvenience you in case of a sudden major illness. Thanks to most insurance policies sold today, they have provisions that speed up a huge percentage of the death benefit in case you are diagnosed of a terminal condition. These acquired benefits can be used to pay for the expensive medications.

4. Provides financial security for your loved ones.

As a loving, caring and responsible parent, you need to make sure that your kids are well taken care of when left behind. Additional coverage is therefore paramount while you have kids at home. Definitely no amount of cash could replace someone, but it would bring you peace of mind knowing that you have left you kids with some cash to boost them. It is the last thing which you should help your kids with while you still can.

5. Charitable giving

In case you are single and have no debt or family obligations, your permanent life insurance can be used to fund charitable organizations. Look at it as your final good deed before your send off. You could touch a soul or change someone’s life for good with a cheap insurance plan from a certified insurance company and they will live to remember you even after you are gone.

Six Uncommon Policies Your Insurance Agency May Offer

You want your home and family to be protected in case of an accident. It is the best thing you can do. However, that protection can be a little fickle. Your insurance agency may reimburse you in the event of certain problems, but it might not provide funds for other issues. In fact, if you do not have some of these policies, you may be footing the bill yourself in the event of an accident.

Renter’s Policy

Everyone knows it’s a necessity to get an insurance agency to write a policy for a home, but many do not think about getting a policy when they are renting. Yes, your property owner has coverage for their property in the event of a fire or another incident. However, that policy does not cover your valuables. A typical policy only costs a few dollars a month and includes some liability coverage as well.

Pet Policies

Like your children, your four-legged family members need annual checkups and vaccinations in order to be in top health. In the event that they need an operation at some point, it can get expensive. You can check with your insurance agency to see if they offer coverage for your pet that will help offset some of their general care costs.

Antique Coverage

Having a homeowner or even a renter policy does not mean that your valuable antiques are protected. Some policies do not cover these items, as they can be costly to replace or restore. However, if you own valuable family heirlooms, you may check into additional coverage. In the event that something should happen to the property, you want to make sure you have full replacement value or restoration coverage.

Long-Term Care

Most employers offer some form of disability insurance. However, they do not always provide long-term care coverage. In the event you should need to go to a nursing home or require long-term home care, this type of policy can save you money in the end. If you purchase this policy when you are younger, you will not spend as much. However, they can be pricey if you are not careful. You may also only purchase one that pays for three to five years of service, as most holders need them for more than three years.

Longevity

Most people understand the need to put money back for their retirement. However, in some cases, even the best-laid plans can find you running out of money before you pass. By purchasing longevity plans from an insurance agency, you can help ensure you are not in a bind. This program allows you to receive a specified monthly amount beginning at age 85. For example, you purchase $50,000 indemnity at age 55. At age 85, you would begin receiving the same approximate amount yearly.

Wedding

Wedding plans are nominal in cost, but they can save you a lot of frustration. The average cost of the big day can be upwards of $24,000. If you have to postpone it due to inclement weather or the death of a family member, you could spend as much to get it back on track. Having something in place to help you in the event your big day doesn’t go as planned is a good idea.

What To Look For When Choosing Your Hotel Insurance Policy

Owning and running a hotel or any other type of accommodation is a challenge, especially during the current tough economic climate, but there is no excuse for not making sure that your business, staff and guests are covered by the correct level of insurance.

Hotel insurance is not just for hotels, because you can also find the correct type of insurance often bracketed into this insurance category for the following types of accommodation:

• Hotel

• Guest House

• Bed And Breakfast (B&B)

• Motel

• Hostel

• Guest Accommodation

Although there are many types of insurance policies when it comes to hotels and accommodation, some of the things that you really should look for in your cover include:

Buildings and Contents – As with any type of building that you own, you need to make sure that you insure both the building and the contents for the correct value, because should the worse happen, you need to make sure that your level of insurance is enough to cover the money you need to get the hotel back to its original position.

Liability Insurances – Public, employers and product liability are all types of insurances that could be vital when it comes to your hotel, guest house, B&B or other type of accommodation. Liability insurance can help protect you if a guest should fall and injure themselves, with employers liability helping to protect your staff should they be hurt or injured whilst working in or for your hotel.

Business Interruption – This type of insurance cover is sometimes overlooked but can really act as a business and life saver should your business be closed down for a short to medium term period. For example, if your hotel was flooded in June (it does happen) and you had to close down for three months to refurbish, having this type of insurance cover would offer you some income to keep your business going.

Legal Expenses / Protection – Running a hotel means that you will probably be employing staff and you will definitely be hosting guests and this type of insurance provides cover for any legal expenses which are incurred following any disputes with customers and also staff. For example, if a member of staff decided that they were going to try and sue you for a particular reason, this type of insurance cover can help to pay the bills if the case goes to court etc

Above all, you should always check that your insurance policy offers the correct level and type of coverage for your business.

Large Deductible Insurance – How to Cure the Collateral Blues

Large deductible insurance may look like a painless way to reduce your workers compensation or liability insurance costs. But appearances can be deceiving. The collateral your insurer needs to protect their credit risk can put a burden on your credit lines or credit rating. Here are three cures for this common problem.

Cure 1 – Surety Bond

A surety bond is a three party contact between you, your insurer and the surety. A surety bond is a promise that in return for the premium you pay, the surety will honor your financial obligations if you cannot. If you are unable to reimburse your insurer for payments falling within the deductible, the surety will make good on those payments.

Not all insurers will accept a surety bond as a substitute for either cash collateral or Letters of Credit. They may not get full credit for the bond under statutory accounting rules. Sureties may require collateral from you to issue the bond which will reduce some of the benefit of this approach.

Cure 2 – Trust Account

A trust account, which you fund with cash or high credit securities, can be substituted for Letters of Credit. The cost to maintain a trust account is usually less than the cost banks charge for LOC’s, which means you can save money each year on collateral costs, and not have to tap lines of credit.

The securities approved for a trust account may not provide an attractive return to you. The money you save on administrative costs could be offset by lower investment returns.

Cure 3 – Negotiate With Your Insurer

The collateral amount set by your insurer is calculated using several factors: your historical claims frequency and severity; your business credit rating; social and economic inflation factors. Their actuaries use these factors to predict the future amounts and timing of payments for claims falling within your deductible.

An improvement in your credit rating, a change in business activity, long term expectations for future business opportunities in your industry can all work to your advantage. Talk to your insurer about these changes. Hire your own actuary to analyze your losses. Do not assume your insurer’s collateral calculations are fixed in stone.

Bonus Cure – Loss Portfolio Transfer

If you have been in a large deductible insurance program for several years, you may be suffering from collateral “stacking”. This is the build up of collateral over a number of years to a point where you have substantial amounts of assets or credit tied up with your insurer.

A Loss Portfolio Transfer is a contract with an insurer or reinsurer to transfer your future claim liabilities in return for the payment of a premium. The premium for the LPT contract is determined by the anticipated timing and amount of your future claim payments, as well as the time value of money.

Many people think that a low interest environment would be unsuitable for LPT’s since the discount factor will be so small. But the release of letters of credit frees up your credit lines for other uses, and that alone may be worth buying it.

Looking for Farmers Market Insurance?

As soon as the warmer weather winks at us, it’s time for the Farmers Market, that open space where farmers and others eager to earn some income from selling garden-picked fresh produce, out-of-the-oven baked delicacies, prepared food selections, drinks, fresh meat and fish – and even craft-work are displayed for passers-by searching good deals.

While the assortment on display by the selling vendors is a varied sort, it is not a free-for-all decision. Prior to showing off their wares, sellers must meet the guidelines of the market board members as well as local regulations set down for the market selling and buying process.

Of course, the Farmers Market is vulnerable to exposure of all sorts of risks, be it theft, fire, storm-damage, liability and more.

Related insurance premiums are subject to a determination by the insurance companies in relation to the following:

• How many days a week or month of activity in the Farmers

• How many vendors, workers and customers at the marketplace

• The amount of insurance coverage that is purchased

Like any business venture, the Farmers Market owner, manager or vendor must make an honest analysis of goings-on and how they may relate to insurance protection.

Below are several forms of coverage that may pertain to any vendor or marketplace operator.

The Differing Forms of Insurance Coverage

1. Business Property

This coverage can shield the marketplace owner/operator, as well as the sellers. In the event of loss or damage to property or goods, it can reimburse up to the limits of any covered event.

2. Premises Liability

This covers legal fees and court verdicts decided against the insured in a lawsuit regarding injury, loss or damage liability to others.

3. Product Liability

This form of coverage protects the vendor in the event his or her product is the subject of a lawsuit associated with illness or injury.

4. Liquor Liability

This type of coverage shields the insured liquor provider from liability if someone purchases and imbues beer, wine or other type of alcoholic drink at the event and thereafter causes an accident or injury to another

5. Workers Compensation

Workers Comp ensures there will be funds for medical costs, lost wages for a worker who suffers injury or illness as a result of employment. It also protects the marketplace operator or vendor in the event of a related lawsuit.

You have just enjoyed a brief synopsis on the various forms of Farmers Market insurance coverage. For a more in-depth discussion about your particular situation and insurance needs, speak to a professional independent agent that can present you with a tailored policy at the most competitive quote.

Tips to Purchase Your Travel Insurance

Buying travel insurance is not as simple as you think. Firstly, it is way more different than buying an article you’ve long desired and wait for its price to drop soon. It’s even different from buying an airplane ticket where you go online and do a price comparison to look for the cheapest one.

People who are new to it often find it very hard to get their way around it. Firstly, they struggle with the idea of whether they really need to get it or not. Most travelers believe they don’t really need it and coverage is simply spending more money unnecessarily.

To solve your confusions, here is an ultimate guide to buying travel insurance.

1. Do You Need Insurance?

To begin with, there are many countries that won’t let you in if you don’t have it. But the chances are that you’ll get away with many destinations that allow you to get away without it.

So do you wonder why you still need that? You’re right in thinking so. But it’s mandatory to be traveling with valid travel insurance. You plan a vacation because you want to escape all the stresses of life and have the time of your life. That is great thinking, but might not always end up being how you’ve planned.

Accidents never come with an invitation and are never welcomed. But they can become very bitter if you’re not prepared to battle with them. This is where travel insurance comes extremely useful.

2. Buy it Early

We all refrain from buying travel insurance because it is expensive. One of the sensible ways of saving on your buy is to get your travel insurance early. You’d still be only paying for the time you’re traveling.

However, you would still be covered for that time free of any charge.

So if you choose to purchase your insurance three months prior to flying, any changes to your travel plans are likely to be covered by your insurance company. It’s better not to wait last minute for things to go wrong and get your insurance beforehand.

3. Purchase Online

Nearly all of us admire online purchasing simply because there are plenty of discounts available. This is why it may be a great option to buy your insurance cover online.

However, this is not as simple as it may sound. Online purchases are mostly done with a low price indicator. But when buying travel insurance, there’s way more than just looking at the price. Before making the purchase, it is a must to carefully examine your policy and ensure you’ve studied it in depth.