Get Insured Before Making Your Motorcycle Road Trip

So, you love riding motorcycles? The sensation of the wind in your face is unbeatable, right?

Well, before you plan your next long-distance road trip, whether within PA or to another state, be sure to make arrangements to protect your financial well-being.

Too many cyclists fail to purchase adequate motorcycle insurance and then find themselves having to pay out-of-pocket expenses beyond their means. Accidents always happen when people least expect them.

Following are some of the top types of insurance coverage cyclists tend to like best. And, if you are interested in knowing more about specific rates, contact Saucon Insurance Agency, serving Bethlehem PA, for more information.

Basic Liability

This level of coverage is the minimum allowed.

In general, you can use basic liability insurance to handle costs arising from accidents in which you are at fault. Without liability coverage, you could face serious financial and legal problems.

Collision Insurance

Running into another vehicle is a constant concern for cyclists. In some cases, you may even need to purchase a new motorcycle, or other transport, for yourself or another party. Having collision insurance to help is essential.

Uninsured Driver Policy

Well, unfortunately, you cannot always assume everyone else on the road is fully insured.

Some motorists take the chance of driving without any coverage at all. If they cause an accident with your motorcycle, then you will need some additional insurance to pay for the damages.

Likewise, other drivers have only basic liability insurance, which, given the rising costs of repairs, can often fall short of the amount needed.

Get Informed Advice Today

Never take an extended motorcycle road trip without first speaking with an insurance agent.

For specific rate information, the professionals at Saucon Insurance Agency, serving Bethlehem, PA, have got you covered. Visit the website today or give a call.

 

What is Toy Insurance?

Toys are not just for kids! In fact, many adults love their expensive, large toys such as boats, all-terrain vehicles, RVs, and even golf carts. These toys are both fun and expensive and for this reason, it is a good idea to cover them with toy insurance in Bethlehem, PA. If anything were to happen to these expensive toys, your investment would be ruined if you do not have the right coverage – and replacing any of these toys would be more expensive than having them insured in the first place. At Saucon Insurance Agency we know how much you love your toys and we want to help you protect them by guiding you through the insurance coverage process that will keep them protected. 

Some of the most popular toys that are covered by individual insurance policies can be found here:

  • campers and trailers
  • boats and other watercraft
  • motorcycles
  • all-terrain vehicles
  • golf carts
  • dune buggies
  • antique cars
  • motor homes

While insurance policies offer general coverage for the above toys, the insurance coverage will vary depending on the toy. It’s a good idea to get in touch with Saucon Insurance Agency to see which policy or policies you can purchase for your individual toys. General coverage includes liability insurance, collision, comprehensive coverage, and uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. Many of these toys run at high speeds that can cause serious injury and damage in the event of an accident. 

To learn more about insurance coverage for your toys and what the state of Pennsylvania requires under the law, contact Saucon Insurance Agency today. We will take the time to find you the right policy for your particular toys. We serve the Bethlehem, PA area and are here to answer all of your questions about toy insurance. Contact us today at 610-868-1800. 

 

Can a Lender Require You to Purchase Flood Insurance?

Flood insurance is something that there are many questions floating around about. Some homeowners believe that their regular home insurance covers flooding, but unfortunately, it does not. Another question that some people have is whether a lender can require you to purchase flood insurance. Here at Saucon Insurance Agency, serving the greater Bethlehem, PA area, we want you to fully understand whether you can be required to purchase flood insurance. Here is what you need to know about this topic. 

Can a Lender Require You to Purchase Flood Insurance?

When you take out a loan for your home, the lender has to protect their interest in the home. After all, if you fail to make your payments, foreclosing on and selling your home is the lender’s way of recovering their money. As such, a lender can require you to purchase flood insurance. Many lenders require this for homes that are built on a flood plain or an area that is susceptible to flooding. 

How Do You Know if Your Lender Requires Flood Insurance?

If your lender requires flood insurance, it will be in your lending contract. You should carefully read over this contract before you close on your home to see what the lender requires of you, including, but not limited to, carry home insurance and carrying flood insurance. If the original lending contract does not list flood insurance as a requirement, the lender cannot require it of you unless you refinance your home or make changes to your existing mortgage. 

Is your lender requiring you to purchase flood insurance or are you simply interested in protecting your home? Then contact Saucon Insurance Agency. We can help to answer any additional questions you have about flood insurance in the greater Bethlehem, PA area, and help you find the flood insurance policy that is ideal for you. Call us now to get started. 

Three Myths About Boat Insurance

At Saucon Insurance Agency, serving the greater Bethlehem PA, we can help individuals obtain boat insurance. Unfortunately, though, we often find that people believe many myths related to boat insurance, and as such, don’t believe they need boat insurance or don’t have the right coverage for their needs. Here are three common myths related to boat insurance and the truth surrounding these myths. 

Home Insurance Covers Your Boat

One of the myths related to boat insurance is that it isn’t needed because home insurance covers a boat stored on your property. Some home insurance policies will cover a boat stored in your garage or backyard, but most are starting to exclude toys stored at your home, including boats and four wheelers. As such, it is important to have a separate boat insurance policy to cover your boat. 

Boat Insurance Covers You Wherever You Go Boating

Another common myth is that boat insurance covers you regardless of where you boat. This is not true. Some policies limit what types of bodies of water you can have your boat in, what states you can have your boat in or where you can travel in your boat. Always review your policy to ensure your boat is covered wherever you plan on using it. 

Boat Insurance is Not Required By Law

Lastly, some people believe boat insurance is not required by law. Most states, including Pennsylvania, require boat insurance in order to register and operate a boat. If you want to lawfully and legally use your boat, you need boat insurance. 

It may not be boating season, but boat insurance is still important. If you need boat insurance in the greater Bethlehem, PA area, contact Saucon Insurance Agency. Our trained professionals can help to answer any questions you may have or help you find the right policy for your needs. 

Is RV & Camper Insurance a Requirement?

An RV or camper can be a great recreational vehicle that can be used to tour the country. For those that are in the Bethlehem PA area and have an RV, making sure that it is covered properly by insurance is very important. There several situations in which having RV and camper insurance will be a requirement for you. 

State Requirements

If you plan on driving your RV in the state of Pennsylvania, you will be required by law to carry liability insurance on the RV. The minimum requirements including having liability coverage of at least $30,000 in property damage coverage plus an additional $30,000 in bodily injury coverage per person, with a $60,000 minimum cap per incident. It is important to remember that this type of coverage will only provide you with coverage for the other party’s vehicles in an accident in which you are at fault.

Lender Requirements

Since an RV or camper can be an expensive investment, you may need to take out a loan in order to finance the purchase of the RV. If you do take out a loan, there is a good chance that the lender will require that you have additional collision and comprehensive coverage in place as long as the loan is outstanding. This provides you with coverage for a wide variety of issues including theft or accidents. 

If you own an RV or camper in the Bethlehem, PA area, you should meet with the Saucon Insurance Agency to better understand your insurance needs. The Saucon Insurance Agency will be able to help you review your current situation to figure out what type of coverage that you need to have on your RV or camper. This will help to ensure you get the right level of coverage and stay in compliance with all regulations. 

Commercial Insurance for Personal Vehicles Used for Business Purposes

There have been many instances where a business owner was caught off-guard by the fact that there is a need to have commercial insurance for all vehicles used by a company or its employees for any business purposes. The problems come up when a business owner does not understand that the courts have interpreted “any business purpose” to have a very wide meaning. Your agent at Saucon Insurance Agency, serving Bethlehem, PA and the nearby communities, will conduct a thorough commercial insurance review to make sure your commercial vehicle insurance is adequate.

Here are some surprising examples of some vehicle use that courts considered a “business purpose”:

  • The boss lends his car to an employee to drive to the pizza store to pick up lunch ordered by the boss for the employees. The employee has an accident on the trip. Even though the personal car of the boss is involved in the accident, it was being used for a business purpose.
  • A company rewards employees who volunteer to use their personal vehicles to carpool other employees to work. The payment of a reward changes the use of the vehicle from personal use to business purpose.
  • A tractor is stolen and driven on the highway causing an accident. Even though the tractor use was not authorized, this was still within the wide definition of the business purpose of the tractor.
  • A salesperson drives a company car to go to meetings with clients and then gets in an accident while driving the company car to a vacation spot. Again, even an unauthorized use of the company vehicle is still is considered a business purpose.
  • The boss parks his brand new high-priced sports car in front of the company’s main retail store to attract attention. It attracts so much attention that this causes an accident. Even though this is a personal car, using it in this way is a business purpose.

Talk with your attorney as needed and then talk with your agent at Saucon Insurance Agency in Bethlehem, PA to make sure all vehicles used for any business purposes have commercial insurance coverage.

What Type of Insurance Should I Offer to My Employees?

Most employers want to provide their employees with the best possible insurance coverage at an affordable price. The agents of Saucon Insurance Agency are available to discuss the different types of policies and packages they offer to companies in Bethlehem, PA. They can help to identify specific risks that may impact the types of insurance needed for different industries. 

Types of Insurance

There are several different types of insurance that employers can offer to their employees. A few of the most common include:

  • Health insurance
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Long/short-term disability
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life

It’s important to know what types of insurance your employees are interested in having. Once you know what they want and the affordability of each, you can make a decision as to which ones you want to offer. You will also have to take into consideration the industry you work in and what is commonly offered by other companies with similar risks.

Different Packages

While Workers’ Compensation is mandatory, you can create packages that offer health, life, and long/short disability. If your employees are willing to pay a little more each week or you are willing to match what they pay, you may want to include dental and vision. The type of package you create for your employees will depend on their needs as well as how affordable the policies are. 

If you are interested in putting together an insurance package for your employees, call the Saucon Insurance Agency and ask for an evaluation. They are available to business owners in the Bethlehem, PA and the surrounding areas. Call today and get the information you need!

Is Lightning Damage Covered By My Home Insurance Policy?

Lighting strikes are probably a lot more common than you think, with over 20 million strikes reported each year in the United States. Luckily, most basic home insurance policies will cover the damage caused by both lightning strikes as well as power surges and other electrical incidents. At the Saucon Insurance Agency, we are here to provide such coverage to our clients in the greater Bethlehem, PA area. 

How Your Home Insurance Policy Can Protect You from Lightning Damage

If your home is struck by lightning it may become uninhabitable, especially if the strike causes a fire. While a basic home policy will cover the damage to your property, it may not provide reimbursement for expenses relating to your temporary relocation. Additionally, there may be valuable items in your home that exceed the maximum coverage amount of your policy. It is highly advisable that you have a regular policy review of your entire insurance portfolio to make sure that your home policy provides adequate coverage to protect you and your family in the event of a lightning strike or other natural disaster. Basic policies will cover some damage to your home but may not be adequate to protect your belongings and other ancillary expenses that can arise after a natural disaster. Make sure that you have the right coverage in place now before you need it!

Want to learn more about lightning coverage and other protection that a comprehensive home insurance policy can provide? Call or stop by the Saucon Insurance Agency today to meet with one of our helpful agents who can review your home insurance options for your residence in the greater Bethlehem, PA area. 

How to Research State Auto Insurance Requirements

When it comes to understanding auto insurance, there’s a good chance you have a lot of questions. What does the policy cover? Does it include rental car assistance? How about towing assistance? Can I use it if I’m stranded on the side of the road because I ran out of gas? All of these questions are good questions, and they definitely deserve to be answered. It’s also likely that you are wanting to know your state’s exact insurance requirements. By knowing what your state expects of you, it becomes easier to purchase a policy that keeps you in compliance with the law. Here at the Saucon Insurance Agency serving Bethlehem, PA, we’d like to share two tips for helping you understand your state auto insurance requirements. 

Use the Internet

First and foremost, you can always use the Internet to help you pinpoint your state’s insurance requirements. When using the Internet, though, it’s extremely important that you make sure you are researching sites that are reputable and legit. Ideally, you will want to visit a government website, one that ends in .gov, to ensure the information being shared with you is correct. 

Contact an Agent

You can also contact an agent at an insurance company to ask about state auto insurance requirements. Do keep in mind that some insurance companies only sell insurance in certain states, so when you call an agent, make sure he or she is experienced and knowledgeable of the insurance laws for the state you reside in. 

Lastly, you can always call an agent here at Saucon Insurance Agency serving the Bethlehem PA a,rea to learn more about the exact insurance requirements for PA. 

How to Know if You Need Flood Insurance

Pennsylvania might not be the nation’s capital for massive floods, but that doesn’t spare homes in the state from the occasional disaster. Floods are something we’d all usually rather not think about, but in the end, you want to make sure your home is protected. That’s why Saucon Insurance Agency is trying to help you assess the flood risk for your home in Bethlehem, PA.

The Bank Tells You

There’s a nice minimum safety net when it comes to owning a home and dealing with floods. If you get a mortgage, a bank is going to require you to purchase flood insurance if your house is in an area of high enough risk. You simply won’t be able to buy the house without it. Even if you don’t have a mortgage, if a bank would require flood insurance before giving someone a loan to buy your house, you can trust that you need it.

That said, this is not entirely foolproof. First, it offers no insight on rentals. Flood damage in a rented property can be very tricky, so it’s best to follow through on your research. The second problem is that banks won’t always demand flood insurance even when there is a notable risk involved.

Lower-Risk Flood Zones

That brings us to lower-risk flood zones. Known by many names, these are areas or neighborhoods that are in flood zones but aren’t at the highest levels of risk. These are areas where banks might let you buy a house without the extra coverage, but flood insurance is probably still a good idea. The easiest way to find these zones is to look at FEMA’s network of maps. They’ll help you assess risk and determine if you need specialized insurance. You can find those maps at msc.fema.gov/portal/search.

Once you check the floodplains in your Bethlehem, PA, neighborhood, you’ll have a clear idea if you need to be talking about flood insurance. When you’re ready for that conversation, your Saucon Insurance Agency representative will be ready to help.