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BOAT & WATERCRAFT INSURANCE

Affordable Insurance can help make your time on the water relaxed and worry-free! We will find you comprehensive protection that protects you, your friends and family, your watercraft and your boating equipment. The average boat costs less than a dollar a day to insure. You’ll enjoy being on the water even more when you aren’t worried about your safety, the safety your passengers, or your investment.

Arkansas – Do you know what to look for in a watercraft insurance policy? Affordable Insurance can help you determine the right amount of coverage to meet your specific needs. Just give us a call today at 870-425-6079to get started. Here are some items you’ll need to consider when shopping for boat insurance in Arkansas.

  • Navigational Area:
    Know where you are covered in the water. Some companies, such as Safeco Insurance, offer protection that covers you up to 75 miles from the U.S. coastline; into Canadian coastal or inland waters; and into the Pacific coastal waters of Mexico. In California, Florida and Oregon, additional coverage area can be purchased.
  • Agreed Value Coverage:

Watercrafts depreciate just like automobiles. Actual cash value policies can make it difficult to replace a boat that’s been stolen or destroyed. This means that if your boat is a total loss you will get the value you insured it for, minus any deductible.

  • Liability

Like car insurance, personal liability coverage provides coverage to other boaters and boat owners in the event you are at-fault for an accident on the water. This coverage will pay to repair or replace the property of someone else as well as for their medical care, lost wages and other costs incurred as a result of a boating accident for which you are at-fault.

  • Medical Payments

Medical payments coverage will pay for the cost of needed care that is the result of a boating accident. This coverage is available from $500 to $10,000 and covers you, your passengers, and even your water skiers/tubers, regardless of who is at-fault.

  • Physical Damage Coverage

Physical damage coverage pays for the cost to repair or replace your watercraft, its motor, any permanently attached equipment, and your trailer, if it is stolen or damaged.

  • Uninsured/Underinsured Watercraft Bodily Injury

Since boat coverage is not always mandatory, many boaters choose not to get insurance. If you are hit by an uninsured or underinsured boater, and you are injured, this type of coverage pays for medical treatment, lost wages, and other costs associated with the accident.

  • Fuel Spill Liability and Wreckage Removal

Should your boat sink or be seriously damaged, there is a chance that it could leak oil or fuel into the water. As the boat’s owner you are required by law to have this cleaned up, which can be time consuming and expensive.

  • Personal Effects

Your policy can provide coverage for many personal effects, including clothing, jewelry, cell phones, scuba/snorkeling and other sporting equipment, and fishing equipment. Limits vary by state – check with

Affordable Insurance for information. Personal effects coverage does not include jewelry, watches or furs.

  • Unattached Equipment Coverage

This pays to repair or replace equipment that isn’t permanently attached to your boat or personal watercraft, but is designed for use primarily on a boat. This includes items like lifesaving equipment, water skis, anchors, oars, fire extinguishers, tarps etc.

  • Emergency Assistance

The Emergency Assistance Package provides coverage for towing, labor and delivery of gas, oil or loaned battery if the watercraft is disabled while on the water.

 

Every need is unique – contact Affordable Insurance today Call 870-425-6079 to find out how to get the best boat and watercraft insurance coverage for you.

How to Select the Best Homeowners Insurance Coverage. Call Affordable Insurance today 870-425-6079

How to Select the Best Homeowners Insurance Coverage Call Affordable Insurance 870-425-6079
Insurance Advice for New Homeowners

Buying a home is an exciting, new adventure. One of the many decisions you will make is how to insure your new home.

The Insurance Information Institute reports that one in 20 insured homes has a claim each year. While you never want to file a claim, having the right coverage is critical to your new investment.

Here’s how you can make sure you’re choosing the best homeowners insurance coverage for your home.

1. Understand What Homeowners Insurance Provides 

It’s important to understand homeowners insurance when selecting your coverages.

A simple definition of homeowners insurance: an agreement to repair or replace your home and put your life back to where it was after a disaster/covered loss in return for a premium/payment.

 

Most standard homeowners insurance policies cover:

  • The cost to rebuild your home after a disaster
  • Your contents inside the home in the event of a covered loss
  • Liability coverage to pay medical bills if somebody is injured on your property
  • Living expenses if you have to leave your home after a disaster

2. Explore Your Options

One of the important choices you will make when selecting a policy is your limit of insurance.

Your limit of insurance is the maximum your insurance company will pay you in the event of a covered loss.

New homeowners will often consider their home’s resale value when deciding their limits of insurance. However, you are not insuring your home’s resale value.

You want your insurance limit to cover the cost to completely rebuild your home after a covered loss.

Beyond choosing your limits, you will also have optional coverages you can add on to your policy. These may include:

  • Guaranteed Home Replacement Cost: Provides full replacement of your home in the event that your coverage limit is too low. This may occur due to unforeseen changes in construction material and labor costs.
  • Personal Property Replacement Cost: Pays you the cost to purchase new contents regardless of the resale value or age in the event of a covered loss. Alternatively, standard coverage will pay you the cash value of your contents at their depreciated value.
  • Equipment Breakdown Coverage: Covers the breakdown of all your important home systems and personal major appliances. For example, air-conditioning systems, furnaces, compressors, laptops, televisions, home appliances, and hot-water heaters

 Check out this interactive home tour to see Equipment Breakdown Coverage in action.

3. Choose the Right Insurance Company

Your next step is choosing the right insurance company.

When you search for the cheapest insurance option online, you are most likely missing important details and coverages. A low price doesn’t necessarily mean appropriate coverage.

Affordable Insurance represents many insurance companies. We can provide you with personalized quotes from any of them based on your needs.

Affordable Insurance will help you dig deeper and find out exactly what is and isn’t covered under each policy you consider. Our success is dependent on representing quality insurance companies. So, we very familiar with insurance companies known for superior customer service.

4. Bundle Your Insurance Policies for Extra Savings

Oftentimes, insurance companies offer multiple-policy discounts since they sell multiple types of insurance. If you buy more than one policy from the same insurance company you may qualify for policy discounts.

So, if you have the option to bundle your policies with one insurance company, it is usually a good idea.

5. Remember to Look Ahead

Lastly, remember your home insurance needs may change over time.

As your home and family change, let us know. This will help make sure you still have the best coverages for your home.

Examples of these changes may include:

  • Remodeling or renovating parts of your home
  • Changes to who is living in the home
  • Changes to how much time you spend in the home throughout the year
  • Upgrading the contents of your home
  • Adding a deck
  • Digging a pool
  • Finishing your basement

Another aspect of your home that may change over time is the contents inside. It’s a good idea to keep an up-to-date home inventory to document the items in your home. Several free apps can help you capture the information quickly.

Choosing the Best Homeowners Insurance for Your Home Doesn’t Have to be Hard

Purchasing your first house and homeowners insurance is not something to rush through. Give us a call today to ensure your home is covered properly.

Disclaimer: The analysis of coverage is in general terms and is superseded in all respects by the Insuring Agreements, Endorsements, Exclusions, Terms and Conditions of the Policy. Some of the coverage mentioned in this material may not be applicable in all states or may have to be modified to conform to applicable state law. Some coverages may have been eliminated or modified since the publishing of this material. Please check with your local Independent Auto-Owners Insurance Agent for details.