Updated January 1, 1 . AmFam Team
Wondering how much the cost of car insurance will be for that beautiful new car you’ve been dreaming about? You’re not alone. And landing on that exact number can be difficult for a number of reasons because insurance rates can vary by car type and the age of the vehicle.
For the same car, costs can shift according to the zip code where you live. But other factors like your personal financial history and your family’s driving records can all influence the cost of your premium as well. To better understand what factors are in play, let’s take a look at what goes into calculating the cost of auto insurance and dig deep into the factors that sway your insurance costs.
Before you get to the dealership and sign on the dotted line, be sure to check in with your American Family Insurance agent (Opens in a new tab). Compare quotes on the various makes and models you’re considering as you shop for car insurance. You’ll have the information you need to review your budget and verify expenses before you buy. And you’ll also find real peace of mind knowing that you’ve got the protection you need when you’re out cruising in your new ride.
Having insurance is an easy decision. After all, it protects the things you work so hard for in life. Between your car, home and even your family's financial well-being, you have a lot to protect. Bundling insurance can make things simple by putting multiple types of coverages under one plan by one provider. It’s a good idea on paper, but is bundling insurance a good idea for your unique situation? Read on to learn how to make the smart choice.
You might not even be ready to ask, “Should I bundle home and auto insurance?” We should first answer a possibly more pressing question: “What is bundled insurance?” Simply put, bundling insurance means buying multiple types of insurance policies from one provider. The provider may offer to place some combination of your car, home, rental, umbrella, life, boat, RV, or other coverages under one plan.
With that crucial first question answered, you might now be asking: “Why bundle insurance?” There are plenty of benefits, and we’ll go over some of the more popular reasons below.
1. Bundling saves you time
With our multi-product discount, you can save on your premium. It could apply if you bundle motorcycle and renters insurance, life insurance and RV, or just about any insurance you have. For example, you can save up to 23% by bundling home and auto insurance policies.*
2. Bundling saves you time
Managing even a single insurance policy involves a great deal of responsibility. You must ensure you have the right amounts and types of coverage, track your renewal dates, and make payments. Now imagine trying to balance multiple policies with multiple providers. Bundling puts everything together under one provider, easing the burden.
We make it even easier with the MyAmFam app. It lets customers view their premiums, effective dates and policy info all in one spot. It’s quick and easy to manage your insurance and pay all your policies at once. You can even set up AutoPay and schedule payments within the app. That way, you’ll never have to worry about missing a payment. Download it and sign up for My Account.
3. Bundling makes the claims process easy
If a covered event causes damage to more than one of your belongings, you won’t have to call multiple numbers. You’ll have one number for one insurance company, which can begin the claims process for all your belongings that need restoration.
Filing claims is easier at American Family Insurance with the MyAmFam app or My Account. You can easily file your claim anywhere at any time and track its status across every step. Our 24/7 claims department is always ready to help you get your life back on track.
4. Your agent is your bundling expert
When you bundle, your agent gets to know you and your insurance needs. They’ll identify any gaps in your coverage and make recommendations, so you’ll be protected against the unexpected.
The benefits of bundling insurance can be a big deal. Even so, be careful about jumping right into it. “Is bundling insurance a good idea?” isn’t always an easy question to answer. Like anything involving coverage, it’s worth thinking about what is best for you. You should at least compare rates — which means more than seeing which price tag’s number is bigger.
More important is determining which one gives you more for your money. The coverages included in insurance bundles may be less than what you’d get from purchasing them individually. They might not even have the same insurance company underwriting and servicing your policies, which could mean an inconsistent level of service. Whatever your decision, make sure it’s an informed one based on the pros and cons of bundling your insurance.
When you have a lot to protect, it makes sense to bundle. Your American Family Insurance agent can help get you started. Connect with yours today and learn how much you can save bundling your home and auto insurance. You’ll get the protection you need and the peace of mind you deserve.
This article is for informational purposes only and includes information widely available through different sources.
*Customers who bundle auto and home insurance policies may save up to 23% on both policies together (as of July 2022). Discounts may vary by state, property, policy form and company underwriting the auto and/or home policy. Discounts may not apply to all coverages on an auto or property policy.
Umbrella coverage offers additional financial protection over and above the personal liability limits of other currently active insurance policies you have. Think of umbrella insurance as a powerful financial shield that can help protect your savings and future earnings under certain situations.
Whether you’re found at fault for a multi-vehicle crash on the interstate, or a guest slips and falls down the icy steps outside your home — the added coverage in an umbrella policy can kick in and help cover any remaining costs should the liability limits on your underlying car or homeowners max out.
And umbrella insurance coverage doesn’t stop there. Liability lawsuits can come in many forms and the hefty financial judgements that frequently accompany them can also drain your savings. Today, let’s take a closer look at umbrella insurance to help you understand how this coverage can help protect your financial dreams and everything you’ve worked so hard for.
You’ve probably heard the saying, “the early bird gets the worm.” But what does that mean for Americans who file their tax returns early?
To most of us, it usually means quicker refunds. But early filing could also mean significantly reducing your chances of falling victim to a growing trend in identity theft. It’s called tax return identity theft and it’s affecting Americans at an alarming rate. In fact, per the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), an independent organization within the IRS, 5.2 million tax returns were tagged as fraudulent in 2020. Not to fret! We’ll help you understand tax related identity theft, the signs to look out for, and what to do if it happens to you.
Tax return identity theft is the act of filing a return using a stolen identity and taking the victim’s refund.
Equipped with three simple ingredients — a name, birthdate and Social Security number — the thief can commit tax fraud resulting in delayed or stolen refunds. And while a swiped refund may seem like a worst-case scenario, thieves may also use your stolen identity to obtain employment, an act with even greater impact.
When an identity thief uses your SSN for employment, all the income they earn under your identity must be reported. Meaning that when you go to file your taxes and the earned income numbers don’t match, the IRS will flag your return as suspicious. This can have significant financial impacts if taxes on the unclaimed earnings are imposed and can lead to prolonged stress with a request to audit your taxes.
The victims of fraudulent tax return identity theft can face stressful obstacles on their path to recovering from a stolen tax return and identity theft. One of the most significant steps in protecting your financial future from being compromised is education and understanding how this type of theft occurs, and what to do if you find yourself in this situation.
Whether you raised him from a pup or adopted her later in life, you don’t just view your dog as a pet: you consider them a member of your family. According to a survey by the American Pet Products Association, almost 90 million dogs are owned as pets in the United States — and while your dog offers a whole lot of love and laughter, they can also be a potential liability. Luckily, we offer dog-friendly homeowners insurance.
At American Family Insurance, we love pets and understand that they’re part of your household. That’s why we want to make sure you understand exactly how your dog affects your homeowners insurance and ensure that you have the proper protection in place not only for your home, but for your dog, too.
Whether or not your dog is covered by your homeowners insurance depends on who you have as an insurance provider. With American Family, your home, renters, manufactured home or condo policy will provide dog liability coverage — a form of financial protection against liability claims, including lawsuits for accidental bodily injury or damage to someone’s property. This includes paying for medical expenses if your dog injures someone or helping cover costs if your dog destroys someone else’s property.
It's important to note that your homeowners insurance won’t cover damage done by your pets to your own home, such as if your dog chews a hole in your sofa or scratches your doors or woodwork. And, keep in mind, your homeowners policy doesn’t cover injuries to you and the residents of your household. It only pays for injuries to others.
Need insurance for your dog? Consider pet insurance from an American Family Insurance agent to help you care for your pet through all stages of its life.
We also offer a special add-on pet coverage that provides up to $1,000 for veterinarian services, final expenses (like burial or disposal fees) or the cost to replace your dog if death occurs. This coverage is applicable after a covered property loss.
Whether you’re walking your dog through the park or at home playing in the yard, the liability portion of your homeowners insurance policy will help cover you if your dog bites someone or if they bite another dog.
Remember, a dog can bite out of fear, to protect their territory, to correct another dog’s behavior or for several other reasons. Because dog bites occur for a variety of reasons, keep these tips in mind to prevent your favorite family pet from biting:
And it’s not just bites that cause liability incidents — if your overly excited pup jumps on someone, knocks them over and breaks their wrist, you’ll be able to cover their medical expenses with the help of your liability coverage.
Your homeowners policy has a liability “limit” that, in the event of a loss, will cover up to a certain dollar amount. Your liability limit is the amount available to cover anything from a dog bite to your neighbor slipping and falling on your icy steps. To understand your potential pet liability cost and the amount of coverage you need, think about the amount it may cost for medical expenses and if someone were to sue you. Sometimes this number is well into the six figures! For instance, if your liability amount is $300,000 but your dog bit someone and medical expenses and legal fees came to $500,000, you’ll be responsible to pay the remaining $200,000.
If you want to ensure you have adequate coverage in place, an umbrella policy is an added layer of protection which provides a much higher level of coverage to financially protect you from unexpected incidents with your dog.
Unfortunately, not all dogs will meet the criteria to be included under a policy. While most dog breeds won’t impact your eligibility for homeowners coverage, there are some breeds that require additional considerations, such as whether your yard is fully and securely fenced. You must also provide certain documentation to be considered eligible, like evidence of up-to-date annual vaccines and proof that your dog has been spayed or neutered.
It’s also important to note that, depending on your dog’s prior history (e.g. history of biting, if they were trained or used as an attack or guard dog), they might be subject to a dangerous dog liability limit that reduces their liability coverage for losses to $25,000.
Your American Family Insurance agent can help you determine the specific requirements for insurability based on the breed of your dog.
At American Family, we want to help protect all the things that matter most to you. Connect with your agent and gain peace of mind that you have the right coverage in place for your four-legged friend.
This article is for informational purposes only and includes information widely available through different sources.