Since 1916 Auto-Owners Insurance has helped people with their insurance needs. We are dedicated to the independent agency system, offering our products through over 6,000 independent agencies in 25 states. Auto-Owners products are brought to you through caring, knowledgeable professionals, who live and work right in your community.
Hastings Mutual Insurance
For well over 100 years, Hastings Mutual Insurance Company has built an outstanding reputation based on quality customer service and needed insurance products, backed by sound company finances. We are indeed proud of our past and look forward to a progressive future of serving you!
Wolverine Mutual Insurance
Wolverine Mutual Insurance Company has provided this outstanding insurance coverage and exceptional claims service since 1917. Now more than 45,000 policyholders in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin know they’ll hear “it’s protected” when the things they value are damaged or lost.
Protecting What Matters Since 1923, Safeco® is known for helping people protect the lives they’ve built, but they’re also known for nurturing community involvement. We also want to be known as your insurance company. Let’s protect the life you’ve built, together.
Insurance for your car, motorcycle, boat, or commercial auto along with competitive rates, advice from your local, dependable independent insurance agent, and superior claims service. Drive Insurance from Progressive is one of the leading companies in America.
Foremost Insurance Company
They offer a wide variety of home, life, specialty, commercial and auto insurance products and services across the United States.
Badger Mutual Insurance
They provide their policyholders with security and protection. In 1871, the year of the great Chicago fire, many insurance companies were forced to close because of heavy losses, forcing the remaining companies to be more strict about the risk they accepted. The ensuing restrictions and high rates prompted the formation of our company.
It’s all about passion. We have grown to be the global leader for collector car and boat insurance, but we’re still just a family business built on a love for the hobby. Our passion drives us to keep improving our product and to give our clients the best service imaginable.
Farmers Mutual Hail
Our mission is to perpetuate Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa on a sound financial basis for the mutual benefit of our policyholders, agents, and employees guided by the principles of integrity, excellence, and service.
Diversified Agrisurance is the largest insurer of mechanized irrigation equipment in the nation, with over 40 years of experience. Our policy covers most direct physical losses to covered property. Unlike most of our competitors, our policies do not depreciate the value of your equipment in the event of a loss. We pay the full cost to repair or replace, whichever is less, up to the coverage amount shown on the policy. Claims are handled quickly and fairly by our knowledgeable staff.
Our Company was founded in 1894 after a fire destroyed a number of businesses in West Bend, Wisconsin. Afterward, area business owners banded together to form a mutual insurance company to provide broad insurance coverage at reasonable rates. We’ve been insuring homes, autos, and businesses in the Midwest – and beyond – ever since.
Aegis Security Insurance Company is an “A- (excellent)” rated insurer by A.M. Best (Financial Size VII) and is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our principal focus is specialty Property and Casualty insurance, Surety and Accident and Health insurance. We distribute our products through a nationwide network of independent agencies. Our commitment to our Managing General Agent and independent agency partners is underscored by our 37-year history of profitable growth.
What is Auto Insurance?
Auto insurance is a policy purchased by vehicle owners to mitigate costs associated with getting into an auto accident. Instead of paying out of pocket for auto accidents, people pay annual premiums to an auto insurance company; the company then pays all or most of the costs associated with an auto accident or other vehicle damage.
BREAKING DOWN Auto Insurance
Auto insurance premiums vary depending on age, gender, years of driving experience, accident and moving violation history and other factors. Most states mandate that all vehicle owners purchase a minimum amount of auto insurance, but many people purchase additional insurance to further protect themselves.
A poor driving record or the desire for more complete coverage will lead to higher premiums. However, you can reduce your premiums by agreeing to take on more risk, which means increasing your deductible.
In exchange for paying a premium, the insurance company agrees to pay your losses as outlined in your policy. Coverages include:
- Property – damage to or theft of your car
- Liability – legal responsibility to others for bodily injury or property damage
- Medical – costs of treating injuries, rehabilitation and sometimes lost wages and funeral expenses
What is Property Insurance?
Property insurance is a broad term for a series of policies that provide either property protection coverage or liability coverage. Property insurance provides financial reimbursement to the owner or renter of a structure and its contents in case there is damage or theft, and to a person other than the owner or renter if that person is injured on the property.
Property insurance can include a number of policies, such as homeowners insurance, renters insurance, flood insurance, and earthquake insurance. Personal property is usually covered by a homeowners or renters policy. The exception is personal property that has very high value and is expensive—this is usually covered by purchasing an addition to the policy called a “scheduled item.” If there’s a claim, the property insurance policy will either reimburse the policyholder for the actual value of the damage or the replacement cost to fix the problem.
How Property Insurance Works
Perils covered by property insurance typically include select weather-related afflictions, including damage caused by fire, smoke, wind, hail, the impact of snow and ice, lightning, and more. Property insurance also protects against vandalism and theft, covering the structure and its contents. Property insurance also provides liability coverage in case someone other than the property owner or renter is injured while on the property and decides to sue.
Property insurance policies normally exclude damage that results from a variety of events, including tsunamis, floods, drain and sewer backups, seeping groundwater, standing water and a number of other sources of water. Mold is usually not covered, nor is the damage from an earthquake. In addition, most policies will not cover extreme circumstances, such as nuclear events, acts of war or terrorism.
BREAKING DOWN Property Insurance
There are three types of property insurance coverage: replacement cost, actual cash value, and extended replacement costs.
Replacement cost covers the cost of repairing or replacing property at the same or equal value. The coverage is based on replacement cost values rather than the cash value of items.
Actual cash value coverage pays the owner or renter the replacement cost minus depreciation.
Extended replacement costs will pay over the coverage limit if the costs for construction have gone up; however, this usually won’t exceed 25% of the limit. When you buy insurance, the limit is the maximum amount of benefit the insurance company will pay for a given situation or occurrence.
What is Commercial Lines Insurance?
Commercial lines insurance includes property and casualty insurance products for businesses. Commercial lines Insurance helps keep the economy running smoothly by protecting businesses from potential losses they couldn’t afford to cover on their own, which allows businesses to operate when it might otherwise be too risky to do so.
BREAKING DOWN Commercial Lines Insurance
Commercial lines insurance include products, such as farm insurance, commercial auto insurance, workers compensation insurance, contractors insurance, business owners insurance, and general liability insurance. Commercial lines protect businesses against potentially devastating financial losses caused by accidents, lawsuits, natural disasters and other adverse events. Available coverages and premium costs vary by business type, size, and location.
While all commercial lines share some similarities, each policy will be tailored for the type of business being covered and the client’s unique needs. Suppose a structural engineering firm needs professional liability insurance. An insurance policy could protect the company against claims of negligence in creating a building’s plans, performing inspections, and supervising construction, as well as against claims of a failure to render professional services. The firm could purchase general coverage as well as specific, additional coverage for each project, plus coverage for punitive damages.
Commercial lines aren’t just for large corporations. Even a small, home-based business might need one or more commercial lines because homeowners insurance provides limited or no insurance for business activities. For example, a home business might need commercial auto insurance for a company-owned delivery vehicle, workers compensation insurance for the employee who drives the vehicle, property insurance to cover business goods stolen from the home or vehicle and liability insurance to protect against claims by any client who claims they were harmed by the business’s product.
What is Life Insurance?
Life insurance is a contract between an insurer and a policyholder in which the insurer guarantees payment of a death benefit to named beneficiaries upon the death of the insured. The insurance company promises a death benefit in consideration of the payment of premium by the insured.
BREAKING DOWN Life Insurance
The purpose of life insurance is to provide financial protection to surviving dependents after the death of an insured. It is essential for applicants to analyze their financial situation and determine the standard of living needed for their surviving dependents before purchasing a life insurance policy. Life insurance agents or brokers are instrumental in assessing needs and establishing the type of life insurance most suitable to address those needs. Several life insurance channels are available including whole life, term life, and universal life. It is prudent to re-evaluate life insurance needs annually, or after significant life events like marriage, divorce, the birth or adoption of a child and major purchases, like a house.
How Life Insurance Works
There are three major components of a life insurance policy.
- Death Benefit is the amount of money the insurance company guarantees to the beneficiaries identified in the policy upon the death of the insured. The insured will choose their desired death benefit amount based on estimated future needs of surviving heirs. The insurance company will determine whether there is an insurable interest and if the insured qualifies for the coverage based on the company’s underwriting requirements.
- Premium payments are set using actuarially based statistics. The insurer will determine the cost of insurance (COI), or the amount required to cover mortality costs, administrative fees and other policy maintenance fees. Other factors that influence the premium are the insured’s age, medical history, occupational hazards and personal risk propensity. The insurer will remain obligated to pay the death benefit if premiums are submitted as required. With term policies, the premium amount includes the cost of insurance (COI). For permanent or universal policies, the premium amount consists of the COI and a cash value amount.
- Cash value of permanent or universal life insurance is a component which serves two purposes. It is a savings account, which can be used by the policyholder, during the life of the insured, with cash accumulated on a tax-deferred basis. Some policies may have restrictions on withdrawals depending on the use of the money withdrawn. The second purpose of the cash value is to offset the rising cost or to provide insurance as the insured ages.