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Homeowner’s Coverage – The Things that Affect Your Premium

The cost of any insurance coverage is the result of a number of risk factors. In other words, the more likely you are to have a loss in the eyes of an underwriter, the more your coverage will typically cost. With auto coverage, as one example, you can control some of those risk factors by…

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Commercial Auto Premiums: Factors & Advice

As with any other insurance rates, your commercial auto premiums are based on a number of factors, beginning with a combination of potential risk factors (how much driving occurs, and in which areas) and loss history (actual record of accidents, judgements, etc.). That mix of the past and the future will largely determine your risk…

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Be Prepared for Roadside Emergencies

Expect the best and prepare for the worst, the saying goes. While vehicles overall are very reliable these days, breakdowns and accidents do happen, as do sudden changes in weather that could leave you stranded. Some auto insurance policies offer roadside assistance for a minimal annual cost – take advantage of this! In case you…

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REAL ID for Maryland – Update

If you or your family members need to renew a Maryland driver’s license, remember that you’ll now need additional documentation. The changes stem from the REAL ID Act, a federal law passed by Congress in the wake of September 11, 2001 attacks. The REAL ID Act establishes specific minimum federal standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID…

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Commercial Auto Insurance – Keeping Your Business on the Road

If you run a service company with a fleet of dozens of vehicles, you probably have a solid understanding of the importance of commercial auto insurance. But even businesses with only a few company vehicles will benefit from commercial auto coverage. Following is a brief rundown of the benefits you should expect from commercial auto…

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Coming in 2020: Changes to Your HSA & HDHP Limits

As is typical at this time of year, the IRS has announced changes to the limits for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) for calendar year 2020. Here’s what’s happening: The contribution limit for HSAs will increase by $50 for individuals, from $3,500 to $3,550. The family contribution limit will rise…

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Back to School – for Consolidated too!

Nearly 80% of the insurance-licensed staff here at Consolidated hold at least one insurance designation, and many hold more than one. From well-known certifications like CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor), ACSR (Accredited Customer Service Representative), CLCS (Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist), CAWC (Certified Authority on Workers’ Compensation), CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative), and AAI (Accredited Advisor in …

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Oh, Deer! Avoiding – and Dealing With – Animal Collisions

Of all the hazards we encounter in our daily driving, the behavior of deer and other wildlife might be the most unpredictable. Wild animals can move quickly and in seemingly random directions, and encounters with moving vehicles happen all too often. The good news is that collisions between vehicles and deer were down slightly nationwide…

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Voluntary Benefits: Educate Your Employees

In an era of record-low unemployment rates, many companies are struggling to attract and retain the best employees. Of course, a great way to set your firm apart from competitors is to offer a comprehensive benefits package, but many employers fail to consider the value of not only employer-provided benefits, but voluntary benefits as well.…

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Community Involvement – Consolidated Cares!

One of our guiding principles at Consolidated Insurance is our belief in being good partners in the communities we serve. Many companies do good work with their financial support of various charities, but at Consolidated we take that commitment a step further with regular and active participation in community events by our team. The Consolidated…

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