4 Benefits of a Customized RV Insurance Policy

From the angle of your rearview mirror to the way you position your seat for maximum comfort, your driving style is unique. Your RV insurance policy should be too. INW Insurance Group can customize your Mesa, AZ RV policy to more closely match your personal preferences, goals, and circumstances. These are just some of the ways a customized policy improves your daily experience.

  • Design your policy to support your personal financial goals. Choose a higher deductible to free up cash flow each month that can be funneled into your personal savings. If your emergency fund isn’t in the best shape, switch to a lower deductible plan to ensure an accident doesn’t dry up your small stash.
  • Make sure your coverage matches your adventure style. Luxury travelers who tote along outdoor cooking accessories, sports equipment, or pricey hobby tools like high-speed digital cameras can extend their policies to provide payment for the loss, theft, or covered the destruction of high-value personal items in your RV.
  • Find access to no-hassle emergency help when you’re on-the-road. Roadside assistance coverage can turn your RV accident from a tragedy to a small hiccup in your plan. Mechanically talented drivers still benefit from this coverage. When you’re stuck miles away from the nearest auto parts store, roadside assistance can quickly come to your rescue.
  • Make your policy fit the way you use your RV. Vacation-oriented RV owners can pause and restart their policies to match their travel plans. Full-timers can talk to their agent about increasing certain coverages to protect their home-on-wheels.

With INW Insurance Group, you don’t have to settle for one-size-fits-all RV insurance. Contact our representatives to talk about tailored coverage for your Mesa, AZ rig.

Things your boat insurance covers

For many people, owning a boat is a dream come true. It does, however, comes with some liability. Boat owners in Mesa, AZ can feel confident talking to the agents at INW Insurance Group to discuss what the ramifications of being a boat owner are and how best to protect themselves and their assets. While boat insurance is not required in Arizona, it may be required by your lender if you finance your boat or by a marina where you store your boat. 

Boat insurance has many of the same coverages that you would get with an auto policy collision damage to your boat, liability coverage, and non-collision damage. 

Liability coverage

Liability coverage protects you against any kind of litigation that may be filed against you whether for property damage or bodily injury. If someone is traveling with you in your boat or is a passenger in a vehicle you have a collision with and is injured, you may face being sued. This coverage also covers damage by you to other water vehicles and structures such as docks or piers. 

Collision coverage

Collision coverage protects your vehicle from damage that results from a collision. It also covers the motor and the trailer. You likely have a large investment in your boat and you would not want to lose that investment due to an accident. 

Comprehensive coverage

Not all damage is caused by a collision, weather can be very damaging to your boat. Vandalism and theft are also part of this important coverage. 

When you own a boat making sure that you have the correct insurance to protect you, your assets and others is vital. In Mesa, AZ the knowledgeable staff at INW Insurance Group has the information that you need to make the most informed decision. Give the office a call or stop by for a no-obligation quote.

Does My Motorcycle Need To Be Insured When It’s In Storage?

When the temperatures in Mesa, AZ begin to drop, most motorcycle riders start the season by topping off their bike’s tank, adding fuel stabilizer, and doing other steps that ready their bike for winter storage. That’s when some bike enthusiasts wonder if they can save a few dollars by temporarily canceling their motorcycle insurance. Should you cancel insurance on your motorcycle when it’s been retired to the garage? It may be tempting, but here’s why you’ll find it’s probably not the soundest practice. 

Why You Should Keep Yourself Protected While Your Motorcycle Is In Storage 

Is your bike definitely going to be in storage for the season? Even if Mesa experiences unseasonably warm winter weather, if you have canceled your INW Insurance Group policy, you’ll have to fight the urge to take your wheels out for a ride, or else you won’t be covered for any accident or another unfortunate event. 

Even when your bike is safe and sound in storage, you need to remember your bike still faces risks such as theft, vandalism, fire, and weather damage, If you cancel your insurance coverage, and something happens to your bike, you’ll have to pay any damages repair costs yourself. 

What You May Be Able To Do To Save 

One option you may consider is to raise your deductible while your bike is in storage, which usually results in a lower premium. Remember that you’ll need to have cash on hand to pay the higher deductible if something did happen to your motorcycle. Your driving record, how many miles you typically ride, and the location where you store your motorcycle are other possible factors that may impact your premium. 

So, give your INW Insurance Group agent a call today, or stop by our Mesa, AZ office to get answers to all your motorcycle insurance coverage questions. You may find that there are other opportunities to help reduce the cost of your motorcycle policy – that will not only help you out while your bike is in storage but year-round.  

Do You Have to Have RV insurance?

An RV is a fantastic thing to have and can bring tons of fun and joy into your life. Having it properly insured is a must and having a great RV policy is something that you certainly need to keep in mind. For those that live in the Mesa, AZ area, the agents with INW Insurance Group can help you to determine what sort of policy you need and what is going to work for you.

An RV can technically be insured on your auto policy for a bit more than you might insure a car. If you are planning on driving your RV on the road, you can certainly add it to your auto policy if you want insuring to be simple and easy. For those that have an RV that does not drive or that is not driven on the road, you may be able to have it insured on your home owner’s policy. This would not cover you if you were driving it but would cover you if you were  going to park it in a garage for instance or on your property.

For those that are driving your RV or own a specialty RV, you may want to look into specialty insurance policies that are specifically geared toward RVs. This type of policy is going to cover the RV itself, any special amenities it may have, and the contents as well. This is going to help you make sure you are going to be able to keep your RV taken good care of and that it is going to be covered should something happen to it. For those that live in the Mesa, AZ area, the agents with INW Insurance Group can help you find the policy that works for you and best protects your RV.

Are Towing Services Covered by My Boat Insurance Policy?

Owning a boat in the beautiful Mesa, AZ area can give your family a lot of wonderful memories of your time spent together out on the water. The team at INW Insurance Group is here to help you review your boat policy, or obtain your first one, and make sure that you are aware of all of the different options that are available. Families, especially those with young children or elderly members, may be apprehensive about going out on the water too far because of their concern for the young and old in their group.

No One Wants to Be Stranded On Their Boat!

Yes, it may be more exciting to travel further offshore, but if you are concerned about what may happen if your boat breaks down, it may not be worth it. Anyone who wants to enjoy their day out on the water without the additional worry about towing protection can add that coverage option to their basic policy. Towing services can get expensive, and having a hefty invoice on top of a ruined day out on the water can be enough to frustrate even the most patient person! Don’t let a mechanical problem cast a shadow over your overall boating experience, by making sure that your policy offers this important protection. While this is not an option that is offered on the most basic boating policies, it is one worth looking into!

If having the peace of mind that comes with knowing you will be covered in the event of a breakdown, it’s time to upgrade your boat insurance! Contact the Mesa, AZ team at INW Insurance Group today and make sure you have the protection that you want before you get out on the water again!

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

Do You Need Motorcycle Insurance?

If you enjoy the feel of the wind through your hair as you are driving your motorcycle, then motorcycle insurance is a must. It is required in the State of Arizona by law in order to keep yourself protected in the event that there is an accident. If you need insurance coverage in the Mesa, AZ area, the first thing you should do is research insurance companies in the area to see which ones will have the policy you need. Calling and speaking with a knowledgeable insurance representative, such as the staff at INW Insurance Group, may also help answer any questions you have and put your mind at ease. There are three types of coverage that are the most common for motorcycle owners, including:

  • Comprehensive Physical Damage: This type of insurance protects against adverse weather conditions, theft, vandalism, or other damage that was caused when it was not on the road.
  • Collision: Collision insurance will only pay for damage done to your motorcycle after an accident.
  • Bodily Injury Liability: Medical expenses for third parties will be paid after an accident with this type of insurance.

For those motorcycle owners who do have insurance, it is crucial that you do not let the policy expire. Without proof of updated insurance, the motorcycle registration and your driver’s license could be suspended. These rules only apply to those motorcycles that are on the road. It is perfectly acceptable to not update your insurance on a bike that is non-operational, such as being repaired or restored. 

If you enjoy riding your motorcycle and want to continue driving it, motorcycle insurance is necessary. INW Insurance Group works with clients in the Mesa, AZ area and would be happy to discuss any policy with you. Contact them to determine what policy is right for you.

 

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.

Attractive Nuisances

An attractive nuisance is an object on your property that is potentially dangerous while at the same time appealing to children. Pools, trampolines, play equipment – even dogs – are considered attractive nuisances and homeowners coverage can be iffy. With houseguests and partygoers in the mix, they become even more risky. Here’s a list of precautions you can take to reduce your accident liability.

The Nuisance: Swimming Pool

The Fix:

Swimming pools provide much needed relief from hot Arizona summers, however anyone who gets hurt in your pool can sue, even if they are trespassing. Ask your insurance provider if it’s covered, and if so, if the limits are high enough. You can minimize your rate by putting up safety precautions such as signs and fences. Remove all pool toys from the deck and pool area immediately after swimming and keep rescue items like life rings within reach.

The Nuisance: Trampoline

The Fix:

Trampolines are responsible for over 100,000 injuries each year. Ask your insurance provider about coverage – they’re often excluded. You should also thoroughly read the trampoline manual and always supervise use.

The Nuisance: Abandoned Cars

The Fix:

Even if you plan on restoring your classic car to its former glory, insurers often see it as an attractive nuisance. Children are curious by nature and it wouldn’t take much for them to get locked inside or otherwise injured. Always keep windows shut with the doors and trunk locked.

The Nuisance: Play Equipment

The Fix:

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most home playground injuries involve swings. To reduce the chance of accidents, the National Association of Home Inspectors recommends spacing swings at least 24 inches apart and at least 30 inches from the support frame. Ensure it’s installed securely on a safe surface and maintain regularly.

Attractive nuisances are some of the main items that increase homeowners insurance rates. By knowing some of the usual suspects that are considered attractive nuisances, you can plan ahead and make your home safer and wallet-friendly. Give INW Insurance Group a call to discuss what’s covered under your homeowners policy and what options you have to increase your protection.