Car Insurance

Making Your Day Easier

At Consolidated Insurance, our belief has always been that we best serve our clients as not just a broker, but as a partner in helping their businesses better manage their risk. To that end, we’re proud to re-introduce MyWave Connect, a time-saving online resource that puts clients in control of customized compliance information and much…

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Taken for a Ride: What to Know as a Ride-Sharing Passenger

In a recent post we addressed the changing picture of liability coverage for those working as drivers for ride-sharing service like Uber and Lyft (if you missed it, read it here).  But what are the risks to passengers of these wildly popular services? The first thing to understand is that in many cases individual states…

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What You Need, When You Need It

It’s happened to every business … you’re working after hours, and you really need a certificate of insurance to wrap up the paperwork and bring in a new client. But your insurance broker is closed. Or an employee needs a new Auto ID card on a weekend, and all you can do is add it…

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Being Uber-Careful: Who’s Responsible?

Few businesses have had the widespread impact of the ride-sharing industry. Marrying the GPS and mapping function on every smartphone with a platform for payment, companies like Uber and Lyft are responsible for declines of up to 30 percent in taxi usage. Most agree that the convenience of ride-sharing has reduced incidences of driving while…

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Cellcontrol: An Easy Solution for a Serious Problem

You probably don’t need statistics to tell you that distracted driving is a huge problem. Take a glance at other drivers and you’ll almost always find someone looking down at his or her phone instead of watching the road. For many, “distracted driving” translates to “teens texting.” And while it is a huge problem with…

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Wait – that accident wasn’t my fault! Know your rights as a claimant.

If you have an auto accident where you are at fault, your insurer covers the damages under the terms of their contract with you, and that coverage is subject to the terms and conditions of that contract. However, what many people do not understand is how that scenario changes when the other driver’s insurance is…

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Go Canada: Does Your Insurance Cover You North of the Border?

If you’re planning to travel to Canada by car, you might wonder whether your standard auto policy will apply there. And if you’ve looked around on the internet for the answer, you might be even more confused by the outdated and contradictory information. Here are some answers. For the most part, a reciprocal arrangement between…

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Considering a New Car?

Beyond the sale price, insurance is one of the most important financial questions to consider before buying a new car. Most states require individuals to purchase insurance coverage to drive legally. Auto insurance can be divided into two basic coverage areas: liability and property damage. When shopping for auto insurance, premium quotations are a useful…

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Auto Premiums at a Premium

If you’ve noticed a hike in your premiums for auto insurance, you’re not alone. Industry rates for both commercial and personal policies have been on the upswing since April of 2016, when a hefty 6 percent jump accounted for the largest increase in more than a decade. The trends that are driving higher rates show…

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Do These Losses Make My Premium Look Big?

Presenting a more attractive profile to the personal lines marketplace Everyone wants to save money, and when those insurance bills show up in the mail we get really motivated to do some price-shopping. But just as with commercial lines insurance (covered in this blog post), constant shopping of your personal coverage can actually cost you…

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