If you live near New Caney, Texas, and are looking for auto insurance, Armstrong Insurance is here to assist you! We can take a look at of few types of coverages to choose from for your insurance needs:
As citizens of Texas, you are required to purchase a policy for auto liability, specifically to protect other drivers who share the roads with you. With this policy, your insurance will pay for any bodily injury and/or property damage for the other guy involved in an accident in which you are at fault. This may be all that you need if you are driving a beater that won’t be affected by dents and scratches. You will have to decide if your vehicle is worth the extra cost of a better policy, or if you would rather be putting some money aside for the day your beater finally bites the dust.
Let’s take a look at Craig, who just bought a used car from his elderly neighbor. Even though it is about ten years old, the car looks brand new inside and out. It was a pretty big investment for Craig, so buying a basic auto liability policy didn’t quite seem sufficient. He decided to add collision coverage which protects him from the costs incurred should he be involved in a collision with a vehicle or other object, rollover, or damage from potholes. This way, even if he is at fault in an accident, his insurance will reimburse him for the cost of repair or replacement, minus his deductible.
In another scenario, Nell went to a local car dealership to buy her first vehicle before leaving for college. She chose a sensible sedan with good gas mileage. Nell signed up for some affordable monthly payments to get her car paid off within 3 years, but one requirement was that she purchase a full-coverage policy. A full-coverage policy consists of both collision and comprehensive coverage. Comprehensive coverage protects the policyholder from having to pay for damage caused by collision with animals, damage from hail, fire, windstorms, fallen objects, vandalism, theft, and many more perils. By purchasing full coverage, the lender is assured that the vehicle is well protected against any possible hazards.
These are just a few of the most common auto insurance options. When you talk to an agent, you can ask about the other choices available to you. For example, if you are a business owner, you may want to consider commercial auto insurance. There is also coverage for uninsured and underinsured motorists, to protect you from having to pay when involved in an accident where the other driver does not have sufficient coverage.
Do you rent a house or apartment in the New Caney, Texas area? If so, Armstrong Insurance has renters insurance that can help give you peace of mind. Not everyone realizes that when they rent a home, their landlord’s homeowners insurance does not extend to the renter’s personal property or liability.
Buying a renters insurance policy could save you thousands of dollars or more if a calamity happens where you live.
Take for example a family who was renting an apartment in New Caney, Texas. Juan, his wife Giselle, and their two children woke up one morning to a flooded living room and bathroom. The upstairs neighbors had left their bathroom sink on, flooding both the upstairs and downstairs apartments. The water damage was quite extensive. One ceiling had partially collapsed, and Juan’s acoustic guitar collection that had been in the living room, as well as Giselle’s laptop and printer, were either ruined or damaged to the point of needing expensive repairs.
Juan had bought a renters insurance policy when they moved into their apartment, making sure that his guitars and their other belongings were sufficiently covered. One thing he hadn’t realized was that his renters insurance would also pay for his family’s stay at a local motel while repairs were made to the building. It even covered the extra food costs when the family needed to eat out, raising their weekly grocery bills.
On the other side of town, Blake rented a small house. He had recently adopted a medium-sized dog from a nearby shelter, making sure he had permission from his landlord. While entertaining some friends on a Friday night, Blake’s dog suddenly attacked and bit a young man who was looking for something to drink in the kitchen. The bite in his hand required surgery, thanks to a torn tendon. Unfortunately, Blake had never considered buying a renters insurance policy. He was surprised to find that he was required to pay for not only the surgery but also his friend’s lost wages due to the dog bite. If he had purchased renters insurance, the liability portion of his policy would have covered the costs he now faced out of pocket.
As you can see, buying renters insurance, which is very affordable considering the alternative costs should a catastrophe hit, can be a real lifesaver. Here are a few of the ways renters insurance can keep you covered:
If you have belongings that have a value above what your policy covers, you should talk to an agent about purchasing additional riders.
Armstrong Insurance has the coverage you need as a renter. Give us a call, and we can work together with you to find the right policy to fit your needs. With a good renters insurance policy, you can rest assured that your belongings are covered and your pocketbook is safe.
Log in Faster
During a typical day, how many separate websites do you have to log into? Taking the time to enter complex passwords over and over again can be quite tedious. You need passwords for your email, your social media accounts, your online banking and probably other important tools and services. Each website you visit has its own unique requirements for how long or how complicated your password must be and how often you must change it. With a password manager you can log in once at the beginning of your day or your browsing session and instantly have access to all of your online accounts…no extra typing required!
How many online accounts do you currently have? When was the last time you updated your important online passwords? You probably can’t recall. If you are required to change passwords for an account frequently it can be easy to mess up and type in an old password. Websites don’t like frequent log-in attempts and may choose to lock you out if you try too many combinations! All of this can create a huge headache when you are just trying to get through your day and accomplish simple tasks. Having a good password manager puts you back in control and provides one central place to verify and keep track of your online accounts. The number of passwords and usernames you can memorize has a limit, but a password manager can keep track of a huge number with no problem. Why not make your life easier?
Keep your accounts secure
Many people try to solve their password problems by using the same password on every website. This creates a huge (and unnecessary) security risk. If a hacker can uncover your username and your password on one site, what’s to stop them from trying that same password on another website you use? Think of how many websites you already have the same username for. This is why having diversity among your passwords is important. The more that you re-use the same password, the more likely it is that a hacker can “crack” that password on one small, poorly secured site and from there obtain access to all of your important online accounts.
How to Get Started?
Find a password manager that is recommended and reviewed by trustworthy sources. There are many to choose from. Make sure that you understand how the program works (is it online only? does it have an app for your phone?) and the specific benefits it provides. Check out these top password managers and start protecting yourself today: LastPass Dashlane 1Password RoboForm.
At Armstrong Insurance in Houston and Aldine, Texas, we want our neighbors and friends to be safe online and offline. If you have any questions about your insurance, call us today at (281) 449-0111.
(photo courtesy Jonas Löwgren)
Did you hear the one about the 9-volt battery that walked into a bar and said to the junk drawer, "c'mon baby light my fire?"
Failed attempt at humor 1, blogger 0.
But hey- pay attention
There is a hidden fire danger in that junk drawer where you throw all the stuff that you need to dispose of later.
Let's see what's in that drawer. You know the one. (We'll take a look at my drawer first so you aren't embarrassed to show us yours.) Let's see what could turn my "good day" into a "bad day."
Cherry cough drop stuck to the wrapper
Crumpled Kleenex that I'm not sure I've used
8 Keys that probably don't open any locks I have
Five business cards from folks I'm never going to call
Old reading glasses that make me look stupid
27 sheet rock screws from that project I never finished
Brochures from the PTA that I'm never going to read
A used 9-volt battery from the smoke alarm in the kitchen
Do you see the danger? No?
That 9-volt battery has two terminals that you didn't cover before throwing it in the drawer, lots of metal to complete a circuit (creating a spark), and lots of kindling to turn that spark into a fire.
Let's look at what could happen in a fictional play:
I jerk the junk drawer open in a hurry, looking to see if one of those orphaned keys opens the bicycle lock in the garage.
The stuff in the drawer all rattles around and changes places as I slam it shut.
I run out to the garage and get lost in all kinds of meaningless and distracting things.
Meanwhile, back in the drawer, the 9-volt battery has snuggled up to the remaining keys (in particular, that really good-looking key).
The positive and negative terminals (the two posts) on the 9-volt battery are connected by the good-looking key. Sparks fly. The Kleenex are waiting nearby to encourage this romance. Soon, the entire drawer is on fire. But not a good kind of fire. The End.
SIMPLE SAFETY TIP
Cover the posts (terminals) of your 9-volt batteries with duct tape or electrical tape before disposing of them.
Wow. That's simple. (Did you think it would be hard?)
And before you think this is an Urban Legend, and you "Snopes-Check" it; it's not an urban myth. Here are a couple of links to check out: Youtube video (3 minutes) reporting on a home fire caused by 9-volt batteries. And this safety brochure from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Be safe. Tape over those old 9-volt batteries.
Since we are your insurance agent in Aldine and your insurance agent in New Caney, your safety matters to us. And if we aren't your insurance agent yet, you know that we have the lowest rates on auto insurance anywhere, ever, at all times, right? (Ok, well, we try.)
Call us at (281) 449-0111 and let us try to save you some money.
(Copyright 2014. Photo courtesy Joe Haupt)
Car insurance is confusing.
That statement sounds sweeping doesn't it, but we'll add that very few of you are going to argue the point. Whether it's car insurance or homeowners insurance, reading between the lines and figuring out what the terms mean and what it will and will not cover is just confusing.
Take for example car insurance in Aldine Texas.
There are so many foreign sounding terms to learn that most of us don't bother. All we really need to know is that if we damage our car, or someone else does, that it's going to be covered. The question is, if your car is damaged "is it gonna be covered?" That depends--and to some extent it depends on whether you have comprehensive insurance or collision insurance.
What is the difference between comprehensive insurance and collision insurance and why does that matter to you?
You probably always thought that auto insurance is auto insurance and it keeps you covered in the event of a problem.
The fact is that the kind of money that your insurance company pays--or even whether they will pay-- depends on the kind of coverage that you bought.
What is Collision Insurance?
Collision coverage or collision car insurance means that your car is protected if it becomes involved in a crash. That includes a street light crash, a crash with another car or even another car hitting yours. It will cover what you need to get your car repairs done. That means when you are in control of the car and in circumstances where your car collides with something, you're well taken care of.
So isn't that kind of auto insurance the best that you can get? The answer is. . . yes, but it's not the whole story. While it's very good coverage, it doesn't take care of all of the circumstances that might arise.
What is Comprehensive Insurance?
Comprehensive insurance means that even if you're not driving, even if you're not in the car, even if something happens over which you have no control at all, your car will be fixed and the costs will be covered. For example, if a tree falls on your car or someone breaks a window to enter your vehicle, your comprehensive coverage will pay to fix the damage that took place.
In most cases, if you really want your car to be covered and you'd like to be certain that it is fixed regardless of how the damage takes place, your best option will be to have BOTH collision and comprehensive insurance. While you may pay slightly more for the coverage, the protection that you have will be well worth the money.
(Copyright 2014, photo courtesy uberto on flickr)
Is there such a thing as Halloween Insurance? What about Trick or Treat Insurance? Oh how we wish. We don't know about you, but we worry every year- what if we run out of candy?!
Sorry. There's no such thing as Halloween Insurance.
However, at the Armstrong Insurance Agency, we can insure some of the risks that you face on Halloween. Think about all those kinds and their moms and dads coming up your sidewalk and ringing your doorbell. What if one of them stumbles on a loose step or crack in the walk? Are you legally liable for those injuries?
We are ready to take your phone call and help reassure you that you have the proper amount of liability coverage on this American Night Out.
When you call, we will help you review your homeowners insurance coverage, including the amount of personal injury and liability coverage you have. We will also ask you about any improvements or updates to your home, such as renovations that make your home safer, the addition of security systems, or the updating or plumbing or electrical. All of these can help lower your homeowners insurance rates.
Have a Happy Trick or Treat night, whether you are on the giving or receiving end of the candy!
(Courtesy DWS, 2014. Photo courtesy lobo235 on flickr)