New Driving Law in AZ

Arizona is ringing in the new year with a ban on texting and driving. Starting January 1st, 2021, it will be illegal to use electronic devices while driving unless it is in a hands-free mode. This may include making phone calls, sending text messages, scrolling through social media, or even holding a device with your body. What about your tablets, portable music players, or gaming devices? If it is causing distraction and requires the use of your hands then yes, the same rules apply. However, this will not apply to making emergency 911 calls or using GPS navigation. You may be wondering how can this impact you the next time you get into your car?

The ban is a primary offense so you could be pulled over solely for having a phone in your hand. If you do get pulled over for violating the new law, you may not get lucky with a warning. Instead, you can receive a citation. Getting cited with a first time fine between $75-$149 is not a great way to help ease the toll on your wallet after all the shopping and spending from the holidays earlier. Not only is there a fine, but this may increase what you’ll pay for auto insurance! So, prevent the financial burden from fines or increased insurance rates and most importantly, keep yourself and others safe by following the new law.

After all, using your cellphone while driving is incredibly dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. And a lot can happen when you’re not paying attention in those 5 seconds. Texting and driving can cause serious and fatal car accidents. Speaking of dangers on the road, INW Insurance Solutions wants you to know that December is also National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.

Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, the holidays are the perfect time to have fun with your loved ones. However, the celebrations filled with fun and cheer also increase the dangerous risks on the road such as drunk drivers.

This is why auto insurance is essential. Accidents can happen at any time and have life changing consequences. Getting your auto insurance from INW Insurance Solutions means you get quality auto insurance coverage that helps protect you in the event of expensive lawsuits.

INW Insurance Solutions knows all about driving safely and auto insurance. If you have any questions about your current auto insurance plan, call INW Insurance Solutions so your agents can review your coverage and help you prepare for any upcoming changes. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family so they can be aware of the upcoming changes to driving in Arizona.

Save on Renters Insurance with Home Security & Protective Devices

Renting a house or apartment is a flexible, affordable option for many. Despite a large amount of people renting today, many renters are uninsured. Only 37% of renters had insurance, compared to 95% of homeowners who have home insurance. This statistic is a little troubling to your agents at INW Insurance Solutions because we know that renters insurance is meant to protect you and your items. Just because you’re renting your home doesn’t mean you’re safe from your valuable possessions being stolen in a burglary or damaged from severe weather. The other 63% of renters who do not have insurance are going to have to pay more when replacing their stolen or damaged valuables than they would have paid in buying insurance.

When You Need Renters Insurance

Renters insurance may not be required like most homeowners policies are, but they are extremely beneficial to have. Landlords may have insurance for the building, but this will not cover your personal belongings. Without renters insurance you would be responsible to replace your expensive electronics or clothing that have been stolen or damaged.

People may not realize how renters insurance works in a variety of situations to ensure you and your items are covered. It not just limited to protecting your items inside your home. Renters insurance can provide coverage for your items that are lost or damaged elsewhere such as in your car. Renters insurance could also provide coverage for additional living expenses in the event that your home is damaged in a covered loss. If someone is injured in your home or apartment and a lawsuit is thrown your way, renters insurance also offers liability coverage.

How to Save on Your Renters Policy

Renters insurance has a few extra perks, too. Live in a guarded or gated community? Have a fire extinguisher? Not only are these items essential for a safe home, they can end up saving you money, too! Our insurance carrier, Traveler’s, offers discounts for items you may already have installed in your house or apartment. If you have protective devices such as smoke detectors or alarms, interior sprinklers, or home security systems, you can save extra on your renters policy. Call INW Insurance Solutions today so we can go over your coverage and determine if your eligible for these discounts and more! As we review policies, we can also bundle other lines of insurance such as auto or umbrella to save you more on your renters insurance policy.

Keep your home safe with a great renters insurance policy from INW Insurance Solutions and protective devices. You don’t have to own the home you’re living in to have great protection for your possessions. And if your living situation changes or owning a home becomes a better option, INW Insurance Solutions also makes the transition from a renter’s insurance to a homeowner’s policy quick and easy! Call us today or visit our office in Mesa, AZ to discuss possible discounts on your renters insurance policy and more.

When Do You Need a Home Warranty?

Strange noises? Bad smells? Lights flickering on and off? Before you think your house is haunted, your independent agents at INW Insurance Solutions can assure you, it’s no ghost. The culprits behind these spooky occurrences could be anything from a leaky faucet, broken garbage disposal, a faulty electrical system, or any other aging household appliances and systems. You may be wondering, does your home insurance policy cover this? Or do you really need a home warranty?

While home insurance policies and home warranties are designed to protect your home, they are not the same thing. The key distinction between a home insurance policy and a home warranty depends on the circumstance. Home insurance will cover the damages and losses to appliances/systems from unexpected events such as accidents, weather, or theft. For example, if your laundry machine is destroyed in a fire, home insurance will provide coverage. Meanwhile, if your laundry machine stops working due to normal wear and tear, a home warranty may help repair or replace it.

We recommend having both since a home insurance policy and a home warranty protect your house in unique ways. Only having one does not cover against everything that can happen. For example, if trick or treaters get injured on your property, a home insurance policy could cover liability and protect you against possible lawsuits.

Your household appliances and systems are essential to your home. Even new, properly maintained appliances and systems can break or malfunction without any notice. It can be expensive to replace major appliances like refrigerators or repair air conditioning issues. For such instances, having a home warranty is vital because a home insurance plan will not cover the aging or wear of your home appliances and systems. Having a home warranty in addition to your home insurance can be extremely beneficial in protecting your home against the unexpected.

Who you gonna call? INW Insurance Solutions. (Sorry Ghostbusters). We’ll make insurance a little less scary this Halloween season by working hard to find a plan that protects your home. Call us today to discuss adding a home warranty plan to your home insurance policy today. Our carrier, Safeco, offers a $25 discount on a home warranty contract but we have many other options to choose from. Go ahead and watch a horror movie, we’ll be here dedicated to finding you a plan that gives you peace of mind this Halloween season.

What Small Business Owners Need to Know about Insurance

Small mistakes can cause huge problems for small businesses. Not having insurance puts your business at risk against lawsuits, accidents, and other damages. Our agents want you to know that we will help find a plan for you, regardless of the industry your business is in. So, what type of insurance do you need? INW Insurance Solutions can help you figure that out by helping you discover the necessary and additional insurances you can consider for your business. Additionally, many of our carriers don’t just insure individual needs—they can insure your business too!

Worker’s Compensation Insurance
If you have employees, most states may require your business to have some type of insurance such as worker’s compensation. Worker’s compensation does not eliminate the risk of accidental injuries when employees are working, but it does provide coverage for employees when they are injured from work related instances. For example, Markel Specialty’s policy can provide benefits for lost wages, medical care, rehabilitation services, legal representation, and funeral expenses. After all, your employees are valuable to your business, so it is important to protect them.

Commercial Property Insurance
Don’t let a damaged sign or broken window be the first impression customers get when visiting your business. Whether your business is located in an office, retail store, or even inside your home, we recommend having commercial property insurance for your business. In the event of fire, storm, or vandalism, having property insurance can help relieve some stress since it can aid in restoring or replacing items including documents, equipment, and fixtures that were lost or damaged.

General Liability Insurance
No industry is exempt from a lawsuit. And all it takes is one bad lawsuit to shut your business down. Therefore, having general liability insurance is important in case your business is found to be responsible for injury or damages. General liability can help cover the costs related to medical and legal expenses. You can consider adding additional endorsements such as liquor liability, product liability, or fire legal liability with Nationwide which can enhance your basic policy to be more specific to your business.

Additional Insurance
Insurance for your small business proves to be necessary when the unexpected happens. As your business continues to grow, it would be best to update your plans and add more coverage such as commercial umbrella insurance. You may want to consider commercial umbrella insurance if you believe your business may be more vulnerable to costly lawsuits and damages that exceed your policy limits.


You’ve put your dreams and passion into your business. But have you thought about the risks that could put your hard work out of business? With INW Insurance Solutions, you can focus on your business entirely instead of worrying about comparing multiple insurance carriers. We work to find you the best protection for your business. Our carriers such as Nationwide and Markel Insurance provide great plans for small businesses. Give us a call or visit our office where we can discuss the specific details of the small business you have and offer recommendations on the plans that best match your needs.

Why Cheap Insurance Isn’t Cheap

Picking the cheaper option always sounds enticing, especially when it comes to thinking about ways on how to save money. Our paychecks dwindle away from rent, bills, car payments, and errands but is cheaper the best way to go with something like insurance? At INW Insurance Solutions, there is a big difference when it comes to the protection you’ll get with a cheap insurance option and an affordable one.

No one ever wants to pay more than they have to. During this difficult time where many are facing reduced hours or major life changes, you may be considering switching your insurance to a cheaper plan. However, getting cheaper insurance could end up costing you more. Cheap policies mean less protection and if something happens, a bigger out of pocket expense you’ll have to take care of. Cheap insurance sounds like a good deal until you realize you are putting your valuables and hard-earned money at risk.

A great insurance policy that meets your needs doesn’t have to be expensive. With 14 carriers including Travelers, Safeco, Nationwide and more to compare and research, your agents at INW Insurance Solutions look into policy and pricing options for you to find affordable and cost-effective coverage. Additionally, many insurance carriers are offering flexible programs and assistance to clients. When we find the right insurance and plan, you’ll be protected without feeling a toll on your bank account.

INW Insurance Solutions is always looking for ways to save you money without sacrificing quality. We’re also sharing our favorite money saving tips:
• Establish a budget: Track and determine how much you make and how much you spend. By doing so, you’ll be able to see what expenses can be reduced and where you can direct savings towards. Establishing a budget for items such as groceries or gifts can help prevent overspending.
• Set a goal: Paying off debt, saving up for a vacation, or just wanting to be prepared for emergency expenses are examples of goals you can work towards. Setting a goal will help you feel motivated to set money aside and invest into your savings.
• Have a “No Spending Day” once or twice a week: As simple as it sounds! For the day, don’t spend money on unnecessary purchases. If you have an impulse purchase…wait out the day and see if you still want it the following day. Soon, you’ll notice those days add up to big savings!

If you have any questions or want to review your coverage to adjust to your needs, visit our office or give us a call today.

Why a Scheduled Personal Property Endorsement Matters

“Have you seen my ring? It was just here!” One moment you place your item down and the next it’s gone. We’ve all had those heart stopping instances (even here at INW Insurance Solutions). You turn the whole house upside down trying to find your prized possession. Finding it is the ultimate relief, but maybe next time you won’t be so lucky. It could get stolen, damaged, or lost forever which is why it is a good idea to consider an insurance policy for your items.

While your homeowners, condo, or renter’s policy may cover some items for certain situations, a scheduled personal property endorsement can provide total replacement for your specialty items. However, it’s not just for jewelry. It can cover other belongings such as collectibles and memorabilia, sporting equipment, firearms, musical instruments, fine art, and antiques. 

INW Insurance Solutions understands that your possessions are more than just items. Maybe they are gifts from a dear friend or something you worked hard to save up for. By getting a scheduled personal property endorsement, you’re not just protecting your belongings and assets, you’re protecting the valuable significance and cherished memories.  

Call INW Insurance Solutions today to talk us about which items you should endorse, the level of coverage you need, and see how we can help you.

Planning Ahead for Future Trips

With tight flying and traveling restrictions, summer plans have dramatically changed this year. Now many are taking to the road to get away from the house. But more drivers on the road could mean more risks like accidents and needing roadside assistance. INW Insurance recognizes that these circumstances can impact the current auto or RV insurance plans you want or need. We are here to help you with any questions or changes you have before you venture out onto the road.

And for future vacations, it is now more important than ever to consider all the possible scenarios that can ruin even the most established plans. INW Insurance offers travel insurance which can help cover you from unexpected events and losses like trip/flight cancellations and baggage theft.

The CDC and health experts continue to recommend staying home and practice social distancing but if you are planning to take a scenic road trip or escape into the woods with your RV, it is important to take extra precautions to protect yourself and others. In addition to the many road trip and travel essentials, consider:

  • Hotel, store, and dining closures
  • Packing hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and masks
  • Social distancing
  • Staying updated and following CDC and health department guidelines/ information

So, while the dream getaway vacation overseas may be postponed for now, INW Insurance can help protect your auto, RV, and travel needs. Before you plan your next vacation, give us a call to check and update your coverage.

Water Backup Coverage

One of the biggest nightmares a homeowner can go through is dealing with a drain backup or sump pump failure. Not only can this cause major damage to floors, walls, furniture, and electrical systems, but water backup can also cost you thousands of dollars to repair the damage and replace your belongings. In the unfortunate event of a drain overflow or broken sump pump, you don’t want to be left footing the bill. That’s where affordable water backup coverage from INW Insurance group can help.

Water backup occurs when water or water-borne materials back up into your home. This can come through sewers, drains, sump pumps, or related equipment. Water backup coverage can help your repair almost any damage from water moving from the ground up due to overflowing drains and sewers or broken sump pumps. Because coverage amounts vary, it’s important to consider electronics, furniture, and flooring materials that may need to be repaired or replaced while deciding on how much coverage you want.

How to Prevent Water Backups:

  • Don’t pour cooking oil or grease down your drains. Dispose of cooled grease in your garbage can instead.
  • Only flush toilet paper in your toilets.
  • Consider replacing your sewer line with plastic pipe to prevent shrub and tree roots from making their way into cracks.
  • Make sure your landscaping and irrigation systems are positioned so that water flows away from your home’s foundation.
  • Always maintain your home’s gutters and downspouts, clearing out leaves and debris as well as repairing places that may be sagging.
  • Consult a plumber to check your sump pump regularly and look for any pre-existing drainage system issues.
  • Install a backwater prevention valve to prevent sewer backups.
  • Buy a battery backup to keep your sump pump running when the power goes out, or buy a water-powered backup sump pump.

Water backup coverage doesn’t have to break the bank. Our team of knowledgeable agents at INW Insurance Group in Mesa, AZ, can provide you with more information about coverage costs, limits, and discounts. Give us a call at 480-626-0797 to receive a free quote and to learn more about water backup coverage and all the affordable ways we can help you protect your home, business, and personal property.

Insurance Discounts for Public Employees

At INW Insurance Group, we recognize the importance of public employees and are proud to offer quality insurance discounts exclusively to this special group of people. More than just insurance, we are committed to providing our educators, law enforcement, and firefighters with unique benefits and exceptional customer care. It’s just one way we thank you for the hard work you do everyday.

If you are a public employee, you may qualify for significant discounts including:

  • Law Enforcement Occupation Discount
  • Multi-Policy/Multi-Vehicle
  • New Home Credit
  • Neighborhood Crime Watch

To qualify for lower rates, benefits, and additional discounts, the named insured must be a current full-time public employee with a minimum of 30 hours per week on a permanent basis.

Educators and School Support Staff are defined as:

  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants/Aides
  • Professors
  • Principals
  • Other comparable positions whose duties are primarily the education of children and college students

Law Enforcement Officers are defined as:

  • Police Officers and Sheriffs
  • FBI Agents, Secret Service Agents, Officers of the Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol Enforcement Personnel
  • Prison Guards, Probation or Pretrial Services Officers
  • Other comparable positions whose duties are primarily the prevention or investigation of offenses against the criminal laws, apprehension or detention of individuals either suspected of, charged with, detained for, or convicted of offenses against the criminal law

Firefighters are defined as:

  • Firefighters
  • Fire Inspectors or Investigators
  • Fire Captains, Chiefs, or Lieutenants
  • Dispatchers
  • Other comparable positions whose duties are primarily responding to fire alarms, medical emergencies, and other calls to protect life and property

INW Insurance Group is proud to support those who support our Arizona communities. To request a no obligation quote or for more information about our insurance discounts for public employees, give us a call at 480-626-0797 or visit one of our insurance discount pages below.

Insurance Discounts for Educators

Insurance Discounts for Law Enforcement

Insurance Discounts for Firefighters

What to Do If You Back Into Your Garage Door

There are plenty of reasons why somebody might accidently back into their own garage door – early morning distractions, poor driving conditions, and inadequate lighting are just a few. While this is usually an embarrassing scenario, it happens more often than people think. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to remain calm and go through the proper steps to get your garage working properly and safely.

The first thing you should do after backing into your garage door is to assess the damage. If the damage looks minimal and your car is still inside, you can continue trying to move out. Just make sure to close the door manually without using too much force once your car is safely in the driveway. If it seems to catch and suddenly requires more force to close, stop and call a professional to make repairs.

Make sure to review at your insurance policies’ deductibles before calling your insurance company. It may not be worth opening a claim if you have to pay too much out of pocket. The average cost of a new steel garage door can range anywhere from $750 to $3500, with minor repairs costing only a few hundred. Because filing a claim often increases your policy rates, it’s often better to cover the damages on your own.

If your garage door is extremely damaged, it may be necessary to contact your homeowner’s insurance company. The same goes for calling your auto insurance company to cover damages to your vehicle. However, it is important to note that your auto insurance does not cover the damage done to the garage door, and vice versa.

When a problem like this arises for residents of Mesa, AZ, they know they can turn to the experienced team of agents at INW Insurance Group for fast and reliable service. Your garage door is essential to the function, appeal, and security of your home, so give us a call at 480-626-0797 for more information about getting it fixed or replaced as quickly as possible.