Our Insurance Discounts for Bakersfield Teachers Just Got Better

Insurance companies have long recognized that certain occupations deserve lower insurance rates. Many companies including Safeco and Travelers Insurance have been offering large auto insurance discounts for teachers over the last decade.

The Bakersfield office of Crosby and Crosby Insurance helps numerous teachers, counselors and adminstrators with their home and auto insurance.

Our discounts have just got better! We can now offer an occupation discount on our homeowners insurance coverage in addition to the great discounts we have had on auto insurance.

These discounts are the best way to receive the best value for your insurance. Saving money is great and saving money while receiving the proper coverages is the way we have been selling insurance since 1963.

It is easy to get a quote. You can give us a call at 661-327-5531 or complete an instant online quote here.

 

Packaging Your Bakersfield Home and Auto Insurance The Easy Way

A large majority of potential clients we meet say they are looking for a better deal on their insurance. Many of those potential clients aren’t taking advantage of the easiest way to save, combining their auto and home insurance.

Combining your home and auto insurance is the simplest way to get a better value for your insurance.

Crosby and Crosby Insurance has been helping Bakersfield residents combine their policies since 1963. Our great companies like- Safeco, Travelers and Kemper Preferred offer savings up to 20% for combining your home and auto policies.

Some benefits of combining your home and auto insurance are:

  • Savings up to 20%
  • Increased and enhanced coverages
  • Our package policies with Kemper Preferred and Safeco provide a single policy for both home and auto
  • A knowledgeable local agent to help you choose the correct coverage options and assist you with claims

It is now easier than ever to get a quote for combining your home and auto insurance. You can try Crosby and Crosby’s online rater now for a great comparison quote 24 hrs/day. You can talk to us at 661-327-5531 or stop by our office at 111 “H” Street.

Travelers Insurance Expands Mobile Tools with Android Application

travelers2If you haven’t had a chance to visit Travelers Mobile Tools page take a look at their new Android application in addition to their existing iPhone, BlackBerry and mobile web applications.

The new Android and iPhone applications help you take the right steps and keep you calm if you are involved in an accident. You can even begin the claims process immediately.

Of course your Crosby and Crosby personal agent is always available to quickly help you with any claim at 661-327-5531 in California or 208-366-8366 in Idaho.

Why Most Insurance Quotes Are Boring

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We talk to people all day long who are shopping for new insurance. Most of them are reluctantly doing their insurance shopping because they were forced to by bad customer service and a lack of options with their current company or agency. In a daze they spit out the same information over and over again as they go from agency to agency being asked exactly the same questions in exactly the same way.

There is no reason getting an insurance quote should be boring! You are doing something that will help to protect your family and hopefully is going to help you get a better value along the way.

Why should you go through the repetitive task of comparing exactly the same coverage over and over and hoping you come across a good deal?

There is a better way to shop for insurance. It starts with having several options and companies to chose from and ends with building a relationship with a trusted agent that can help you to make the best decision on your insurance.

Whether you prefer to call us on the phone or complete your quote online with Crosby and Crosby you are going to get several quotes with different options to compare. You can save time and compare options from great companies like Travelers, Kemper Auto and Home and Safeco Insurance.

You can call and discuss your quote with one of our agents at 661-327-5531 or if you prefer you can quote online now.

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Should I Purchase Earthquake Insurance?

Should you purchase earthquake insurance for your home? That is a question that we hear often because homeowners insurance companies in California are required to offer

USGS Earthquake Map

USGS Earthquake Map

earthquake insurance to their policy holders. You will always receive an offer when you write  a new policy and at least every other year after that.

Should you take that offer?

You should make that decision based on the following 2- questions:

Could an earthquake destroy my house?

Would a earthquake destroying my home cause me to go bankrupt or have great financial pain?

Both of those answers are clearly; YES! If you live in the Western United States we are always waiting for the “big one” that would destroy our home in seconds. The damage or destruction of your home would cause the vast majority of us to go bankrupt or have great financial pain in trying to recover.

“Isn’t Earthquake Insurance very expensive”? Earthquake insurance rates have been falling in recent years and are quite affordable. Most homes in California can be insured for earthquake coverage for a few hundred dollars per year. Insurance Companies tend to have short memories and the Northridge Earthquake in 1994 was the last major earthquake event in California. In fact the Northridge Earthquake completely reshaped the California home insurance market with as much as $25,000,000,000 in damages.

“Isn’t Earthquake Insurance very limited in what it covers”? As rates have fallen, the coverage offerings have also improved. You can now purchase a policy with a lower 10% (as opposed to 15%) deductible, increased coverage for personal property, loss of use and building code upgrades.

“How do I purchase coverage”? Most earthquake insurance is required to be written through your homeowners insurance policy. Many companies allow you to purchase earthquake insurance at any time during your policy (prior to a loss of course). Some companies only allow you to start an earthquake policy when they offer it each or every other renewal.

“If I have a big loss and my home is destroyed I am sure the state or federal government will help me to rebuild”. It is actually a very common response when talking about earthquake insurance. We help our customers protect themselves and their families and it certainly is not prudent to “hope” that the government will step in to help when you need them.

If you have questions you can talk to us by phone 661-327-5531 or by email at agent@crosbyandcrosby.com. You can also complete an instant quote here.

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The $10-Spot, Great Insurance Coverage Enhancements That Cost You Less than $10 Bucks!

$10 doesn’t quite go as far as it once did. It can go surprisingly far to make sure that you have the proper insurance coverages. We wanted to put a list together of 5-coverage

$10 still goes far in insurance

$10 still goes far in insurance

enhancements that will cost you less than $10 per month!

Personal Umbrella Policy- There is no better bang for your buck than a personal umbrella policy. Like an umbrella, an “umbrella policy” protects over your underlying coverages such as home and auto. If you had a loss that exceeded the coverage of your home or auto liability your umbrella would kick in. Umbrella coverages start at $1,000,000 and up to $10,000,000 in coverage is available. With new multi-policy discounts most customers can add an umbrella policy for much less than $10/month.

Enhanced Home Policy-  All of our companies now offer multiple levels of coverage options. Benefits include personal property coverage for breakage, increased policy limits, identity theft protection and increased valuable items coverage. The cost? Less than $10/month.

Scheduled Valuable Items Coverage- Valuable items like jewelry, firearms, and silverware have limited coverage. You can purchase coverage for $5,000 in valuable items for less than$10/month.

Identity Theft Protection Coverage-  Your insurance policy is the best way to purchase Identity Theft Protection. Travelers and Kemper have both recently increased the coverages for their Identity Theft Protection. The increased coverage better protects you if you should become a victim of Identity Theft. In addition to coverage the policies also help you to recover and repair your Identity.

Repair/Replace Coverage- Available for newly purchased vehicles “repair/replace” coverage will replace your vehicle if you are involved in a collision. If the vehicle cannot be safely repaired your vehicle will be replaced with a brand new model year. For example if you have a 2009 model year vehicle and it is “totalled” in an accident in 2011, you will get a brand new 2011 model year vehicle. Cost varies between vehicles but it is less than $10/month.

There are lots of great ways to get valuable coverage without spending a lot of money. By taking advantage of multi-policy discounts many coverages cost much less than you would think.

Want to talk to us about other ideas? 661-327-5531 in California or 208-366-8366 in Idaho. You can email us at agent@crosbyandcrosby.com.

It’s Travelers Insurance Not Travellers Insurance and Yes They are Awesome!

Did you know that last month there were over 400,000 searches online for Travelers Insurance? Another 140,000 searched for “Travellers” insurance. We can tell you that it is a travelers2single “l” and Travelers is one of the companies we are very proud to represent.

 

Why are they great?

- Wrote the very first  auto insurance policy in 1897 (it cost $11.25 per year-wow)

- Rated A+ Best by AM Best

- Offer innovative coverages that fit you individual needs for home, auto and business insurance

- A member of the DOW Composite

- Multi-policy discounts up to 30%

- Superior claims service when you need them

Travelers also has some great commericals.

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To get a quote with Travelers Insurance through Crosby and Crosby Insurance in California, Idaho and Wisconsin visit our quote page, call us at 661-327-5531 or 208-366-8366 in Idaho. You can email us at agent@crosbyandcrosby.com or use our live assistant below to chat now.

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Update: Travelers Insurance Enhances Coverage for Identity Theft

In 2009, 11.1 million adults were victimized by Identity Fraud. In addition to the $25,000 in coverage offered Travelers has added additional coverage to meet insureds needs. Some of the coverage enhancements that have been added include the possible reimbursement of expenses such as:

  • expenses related to medical identity fraud,
  • expanded attorney fees for tax and employment fraud,
  • travel expenses up to $1000/week for up to 5 weeks when victims are required to travel to the jurisdiction in which the identity fraud took place,
  • expenses and fees associated with acquiring new identification cards, drivers licenses and passports.

In addition Travelers provides customers access to a consumer fraud specialist that can assist in the process of restoring their identity. Joe Reynolds, Identity Fraud Product Manager for Travelers said, “a survey of Travelers claims data show that most people fall victim to identity theft through old-fashioned tactics such as stealing someones license, passport or Social Security card and then committing complex frauds with the easily acquired information.”

Remember to keep your important documents secure- if you haven’t done so speak with us about Identity Theft Insurance. It is available for all Travelers homeowners, renters, and condo customers  for $25 per year. We also offer Identity Theft Protection for our customers insured with Kemper Auto and Home and Safeco.

Call us at 661-327-5531 in California, 208-366-8366 in Idaho

Come to see us in Bakersfield at 111 “H” Street

Or email us at agent@crosbyandcrosby.com

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More Reasons to Choose Travelers Insurance

There are 3 big reasons we simply love Travelers.

  1. They have tremendous financial stability and are rated “A+ Best” by A.M. Best.
  2. They have innovative coverages that help to meet each individuals needs.
  3. They have superior claims service to assist in getting your damage repaired fairly and efficiently.

Travelers continually strives to offer more, and better products for their customers. They have introduced several options this summer that make Travlers even more attractive.

  • Raised account discounts up to 20% on your auto and 30% on your home for combining your home and auto policies. Don’t forget, Travelers offers extended multi-policy discounts for; valuable items policies, umbrellas and boats.
  • Lowered the first installment to a single month down if you set-up automatic deductions from your checking account or credit card. Plus you will save $5 monthly on billing charges!

Don’t forget the great commercials Travelers is becoming well known for. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out view them here.

Can I transfer a Travelers home policy I wrote through Geico to you?

Yes! Geico does not write a homeowners policy so they are basically agents with Travelers. By writing a  Travelers home policy through Geico you miss out on one of the great things about Travelers… Multi-policy discounts! Travelers offers one of the best multi-policy discounts in the industry, up to 30%.

Since your auto is with Geico and home with Travelers you are missing out on that discount. Doesn’t saving 30% off of your home policy sound like a great idea? In addition you don’t even need to rewrite the policy. We can complete an “Agent of Record” change and simply appoint Crosby and Crosby as your new agent on the account. It is one page and takes less that a minute to complete. 30% in 1 minute? I think that is a better slogan.

Plus, we think it is pretty great to have a local agent you can trust to handle your account. We are a little better looking than a cave man and simply smarter than a gecko. But hey, we like cute commercials too!

Give us a call today 661-327-5531 or email us and we can talk more.

Got an insurance question? We would love to answer it here. Let us know. agent@crosbyandcrosby.com

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