New Car Replacement Coverage

Many auto insurers offer optional coverages for your new vehicle, and perhaps the best is new car replacement coverage.

Simply put this coverage pays to replace your vehicle with a brand new car of the same make and model—meaning no depreciation!

Are there restrictions? Of course. For starters your vehicle must be new. Some carriers will allow “newer” vehicles and the year cutoff depends on the company’s underwriting guidelines.

Our Family of Independent Agents represent multiple carriers, but I think the Premier New Car Replacement® coverage from Travelers Insurance is the headliner. While many insures offer coverage for the first two or three years, Travelers will cover up to five.

Below is some additional information on this offering from Travelers:

What Does Premier New Car Replacement Cover?

Premier New Car Replacement is a coverage package designed to replace your new vehicle with a brand new vehicle of the same make and model if yours is totaled in the first five years of ownership.

You must be the original owner and the vehicle must be the current or a future model year at the time you add this coverage.

This coverage includes:

New Car Replacement Coverage

This covers the cost of a new car of the same make and model, minus the applicable deductibles, if your car is totaled in a covered loss. Fire, theft, larceny and flood losses are excluded.

Loan/Lease Gap Coverage

This coverage protects you if your vehicle is financed or leased. If your vehicle is totaled, this coverage may pay the difference between the actual cash value of the vehicle and the unpaid balance of the loan or lease.

Glass Deductible

This is a lower deductible that can be applied in place of your comprehensive deductible for a glass-only loss involving your windshield, windows, and exterior lights or mirrors.

What’s the Least Amount of Auto Insurance Coverage Required?

Every states require drivers to carry a minimum level of auto insurance. However, those minimums vary from state to state.

Virginia’s State Minimums for Auto Insurance

Virginia’s state laws require all drivers to carry a minimum liability insurance policy of $25,000/$50,000/$20,000, unless a higher amount is specified by Virginia DMV (For example, if you need an FR-44).

The above amounts are read as bodily injury up to twenty-five thousand dollars a person and fifty thousand dollars per accident, whereas property damage coverage must be maintained at twenty thousand dollars per accident. Uninsured motorist coverage must include twenty-five thousand dollars per person and fifty thousand dollars per accident, and twenty thousand dollars per accident.

Higher Limits Are Available

While the minimum state requirements are just that—the minimum— it’s recommended to purchase higher limits to help protect your assets.

For example, if you’re a homeowner then you should purchase no less than $100,000/$300,000/$100,000 limits. If you have higher valued assets (such as rental homes, RVs, etc..) or have higher exposures, higher limits are generally recommended, perhaps combined with an umbrella policy.

MULTIPLE CARRIERS, MULTIPLE COVERAGE OPTIONS

Whether you need new coverage or have questions about your existing policy, we have answers.

  • Do you know how far your current coverage extends in the event of an accident?
  • Is your Bodily Injury Liability limit enough to protect your assets?
  • Do you currently have the right comprehensive & collision coverage for your vehicle?
  • How much do you pay out of pocket before a claim is covered?
  • Will your policy cover a glass claim?

Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability  This covers your legal liability for a covered accident that involves injury to another person or damage to someone’s property, up to the limit of liability you select.

Uninsured Motorist Coverage.   This provides protection against uninsured drivers and is available in form of uninsured bodily injury and property damage. It’s meant to compensate for the repair and replacement expenses from under/uninsured motorists.

Collision Coverage.   This takes care of all expenses incurred, minus the deductible, in the form of repair and replacement costs at the time of the accident.

Comprehensive Coverage.   Also known as Other Than Collision Coverage, this is meant to cover the damages that occur or might have occurred because of events other than accidents. These events could be a flood, fire, theft, vandalism, glass, collision with an animal, floods and other natural disasters.

Plus many options, and some unique to specific carriers, such as Towing and Roadside Assistance, Rental Car Coverage, Income Loss, New Car Replacement, Pet Injury and Medical Payments.

Discounts

Safe Drive, Accident Forgiveness, Diminishing Deductible, Multi-policy/Multi-car, Homeowner/Renter, Pay in Full, EFT/Paperless, New Car Replacement, Education, Employment, and much more!

We’re Here to Help

At Dove Insurance Agency, our family of Independent Agents are dedicated to serving your auto insurance needs. We will help educate you on available coverages, and how much you need for your vehicle.

No matter where you live in Virginia, we have an auto insurance policy to fit your situation.

Contact us today at 540-382-4277

Get Guaranteed Value for Your Classic Car, Boat, or Motorcycle

For over 50 years Dove Insurance Agency has served the Commonwealth of Virginia, helping individuals and families find proper coverage for their needs.

One of our favorite areas of available products is insurance coverage for your classic car or recreational vehicle. There’s an excitement with the owners of these machines, and getting to the know the story behind the investment is captivating.

When it comes to insurance, do not make the mistake of simply insuring these classics on your personal auto policy—especially if they’ve held their value. A stated amount policy means coverage is available up to that amount but will pay this amount or the ACV (actual cash value), whichever is less!

That’s why our family of Independent Agents have partnered with Hagerty® to provide first class coverage for your investment.

About Hagerty®

Over 30 years, Hagerty has grown to be the leading global provider of classic car and boat insurance, but they’re still just a family business built on love for classics. Their passion drives them to keep improving their product and to give their clients the best service imaginable.

Why Hagerty®?

At Hagerty, they’re as passionate about classics as their clients are. Their deep knowledge of classic vehicles and their owners allows them to offer better coverage for less. They offer:

  • Guaranteed Value™ coverage – They’ll agree up front on a fair value for your classic, and in the event of a covered total loss, you’ll receive that full amount, less any deductible or salvage value, if retained. Guaranteed.
  • Flexible usage – Classic and collector cars were made to be driven. Whether you’re going to a show or taking a cruise to an ice cream shop, you are protected.
  • Hagerty Drivers Club™ – Hagerty Drivers Club™ gives members specialty roadside service designed specifically for classics, automotive discounts, members-only events, subscription to Hagerty magazine and much more – all at an incredible value.
  • Expert claims handling – Their claims adjusters are trained in classic vehicle repair. In event of a claim, they offer stock original replacement parts and even have specialists on staff to hunt down rare and hard to find parts.
  • Low premiums – Because they only protect classics, they’re able to offer insurance at rates considerably lower than daily driver insurance.

What Hagerty Insures:

Hagerty is the world’s leading insurance provider for classic vehicles, offering coverage for classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, tractors and more. Hagerty also offers coverage for high-value collections, overseas shipping and touring, classic car-related businesses and club liability.

Guaranteed Value™

With Hagerty’s Guaranteed Value™ (agreed value) coverage, they’ll work with you to agree on a fair value for the classic, and in event of a covered total loss, they’ll pay that amount (minus any deductible or salvage value if you keep the vehicle).

To make sure your classic is properly protected, contact Dove Insurance Agency today to learn more about a Hagerty policy.

Insurance For New Motorcycle Riders

If you’re a new motorcycle rider congratulations! Not only are motorcycles a great way to enjoy the open roads of the Blue Ridge Mountains and view the scenery of Southwest Virginia, but they’re also a convenient and possible cost saving means of transportation.

Besides learning to ride, obtaining proper Motorcycle Insurance is a critical part of the process. Much like protective gear, insuring your bike can help keep your mind clear and focused on the road ahead. So what’s inside a motorcycle policy?

Take a look and familiarize yourself with these terms so you know what to look for:

Liability Coverage

Like an auto insurance policy, liability coverage covers you for personal injury and/or property damage that you’re liable for while operating your motorcycle. Virginia requires a minimum of $25,000 per person/$50,000 per accident/$20,000 property damage per accident. Higher limits are available and differ for each company.

This also covers guests/passengers that you’re liable for.

Uninsured Motorist Coverage and Uninsured Motorist Property Damage

This provides coverage for you if another party damages your bike or injures you in an accident and does not have insurance, carries too little insurance to cover your bills, or you’re involved in a hit or run. UM/UIM pay for damages to your motorcycle, your injuries/medical bills, and lost wages if you can’t work.

Note that available coverage is limited to no more than your liability coverage limits.

Comprehensive and Collision Coverage

Physical damage coverage for your bike. Motorcyclists take note that this also covers your bike if it’s stolen, vandalized, of if you tun the bike over. Deductibles are available in many options and some insurance providers offer a disappearing deductible.

Medical Payments

Pays for your medical bills (or your passengers’) if you’re in an accident, regardless of who is at fault. Do note that your medical insurance is primary.

Total Loss Coverage, Carried Contents Coverage, Enhanced Injury Protection, Transportation Expenses, Towing/Roadside, and More!

Motorcycle Insurance policies are personalized to your coverage needs. There are numerous carriers to choose from and each one looks at you and your bike in a different way. With the help of our Family of Independent Agents, we help you find a policy tailored to your needs at a competitive price. We represent many of the top Motorcycle Insurance companies in the country, and work for you, not them.

Let us help.

Progressive Home, Auto, and Motorcycle Insurance!

At Dove Insurance Agency our family of Independent Agents are dedicated to serving you and working with your lifestyle. We’ll educate you on the coverage you need to keep your property and family secure, no matter what the future brings.

Instead of working for one big company, our family of Independent Agents represent multiple insurance providers. This allows us to compare rates and coverages so you’ll get the best coverage-to-value policy available.

Progressive Insurance

One of the many carriers we represent is Progressive. Our family of Independent Agents can look at bundling your home and auto insurance with Progressive to maximize savings. In fact, these are all the insurance products Progressive offers that we can help you with to bundle and maximize your savings:

  • Auto
  • Home
  • Renters
  • Condo
  • Boat/PWC
  • Motorcycle
  • ATV
  • Dirt Bike
  • Moped/Scooter
  • Snowmobile
  • RV/Trailer
  • Umbrella
  • Golf Cart
  • Segway
  • Commercial Auto

Call to get start today (540) 382-4277 or TEXT US @ (540) 253-1253

Important Motorcycle Coverages To Know

If you’re looking to compare motorcycle coverages and rates then there’s a few coverage options you should know about.

The least expensive option will always be to purchase basic liability, but there are some optional coverages that may peak your interest.

Carried Contents Coverage. This pays for your owned personal property (such as cell phones, hunting gear or camping gear) that is damaged, destroyed or stolen while using the vehicle.

Custom Parts and Equipment (accessory). Either a separate coverage or included when both Other Than Collision and Collision coverage are purchased, this covers items such as custom paint, plating or exhausts; sidecars, electronic equipment, saddlebags, handlebars, wheels, chrome accessories, and more.

OEM Parts Coverage. Often included in packages such as guaranteed replacement value, this simply replaces damage with original equipment manufacturer parts (OEM). Think Harley parts on Harley bikes, Honda parts on Honda Bikes.

MULTIPLE CARRIERS, MULTIPLE COVERAGE OPTIONS

Coverage for most motorcycles, including cruisers, sport bikes, touring bikes, dirt bikes, mopeds, scooters, ATVs – even custom motorcycles and motorcycles more than 25 years old.

With multiple carriers, our family of Independent Agents can help find the policy for you.

Let us help | (540)-382-4277 | Joshua@Doveinsurance.com

Summer Home Safety Tips

Summer is the time Blacksburg, VA families and friends begin to gather for barbecues, pool parties and backyard get together’s. The team at Dove Insurance Agency wants to remind you that increased activity around the home can lead to increased risks or accidents, injury, or even illness. Here are some quick safety tips to minimize your risks this summer.

Be Cautious with Yard Equipment

Mowers, edgers, trimmers, and chain saws can cause serious injuries quickly. Make sure debris is picked up before mowing any yard, and wear eye protection when using power yard equipment. Avoid loose clothing and never use a tool for any other purpose than it was created. 

Grill Safely

Backyard grills are the centerpiece for many activities throughout the summer. They also can be the source of injuries, accidents and even illness. Only use long-handled tools. Never leave a lit grill unintended. Keep hot grills outside and away from structures and flammable objects. Thoroughly cook foods to recommended temperatures. Keep grills clean and don’t use marinades for meats as a basting sauce.

Look for Trip and Fall Hazards

Over the course of time, steps can become loose, sidewalks can crack or become uneven and holes can develop in your yard. Take a quick survey of your yard, looking for these trips hazards, and address them as quickly as possible. Make sure you have sufficient outdoor lighting for evening gatherings out of doors. 

Should harm come to someone on your property, you could be exposed to a liability claim. Sufficient homeowners’ insurance can protect you financially from such claims. From the associated legal costs to any settlements or judgments, liability coverage is a critical part of your home insurance. Would your Blacksburg, VA area home be covered? Contact Dove Insurance Agency for a no-obligation homeowners’ insurance review and quote and enjoy your home this summer with greater peace of mind. 

Telematics And The Future Of Auto Insurance

Whether you’re ready to embrace insurance telematic programs or not, they are here and here to stay.

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For starters, these discount programs are optional. And not participating won’t alter your auto insurance premium.

As technology in this field continues to evolve so too are the program options and discounts. Today most auto insurance telematic programs are app based and entirely accessible through a mobile app and e-mail.

What is looked at for discounts varies by each individual program and discount amounts are tiered differently as well. Below are some of the factors that insurance companies based their discounts on:

  • Miles Driven
  • Driving Duration
  • Time of Day
  • Hard Braking
  • Distracting Driving (In-hand phone use while driving, e.g.)

The simplest explanation for auto insurance telematic programs is this: You can save a lot, in some cases up to 30%, on your auto insurance by providing your insurance company access to your driving habits for a specified length of time.

There’s a lot in that definition to consider. And remember, these programs are 100% optional. So if the idea of a telematic program makes you uneasy don’t enroll.

These programs are just another way insurance carriers are trying to reward better drivers.

For more information on a specific program simply to talk to our Family of Independent Agents today.

Short On Time? Try An Online Insurance Quote

Keeping a schedule these past few weeks has gone out the window. Virginians are amid a global pandemic that ebbs and flows with the latest news and updates.

There’s optimism, and equal parts caution. And while the future isn’t 100% clear yet, life is slowly beginning to normalize.

Dove Insurance Agency, like a lot of Virginia businesses, is local. We’re part of the New River Valley community and have been for over 50 years. We’re family owned and operated, and try to keep insurance simple and personal.

Our office in Christiansburg, VA is still open normal business hours. If you prefer an in-person meeting simply stop by. No appointment needed.

If you’d like to give us a call, text, or e-mail we’re still able to provide full quoting and customer service (including payments over the phone).

If you’re a new customer or an existing one that needs a new insurance product, try our Online Quote Tool.

It’s simple to use and connects your insurance request with our Family of Independent Agents. You can quote personal lines, such as home and auto, or coverage for your Virginia business.

As always, we hope everyone stays safe this summer!

How much life insurance is enough?

Nobody likes to think about life insurance much less talk about it but it should be part of everyone’s long term financial planning. Life insurance is much more than just the death benefit. Knowing that you have enough to take care of any dependents that you may have for as long as they need it is important. At Dove Insurance Agency we have more than 50 years of insurance experience that we are happy to share with our customers.

How much life insurance you need is dependent on several things.

Do you have dependents? Dependents can be your children and spouse but there are others who may be dependent on your income. You may have parents who may need some help as they age, a sibling with a disability, or even a business partner.

How old are your dependents? How many years do you want to provide for them?  If you have young children the number of years may be as much as 20 or more considering they may want to go to college. For a dependent with a disability, it can be for their entire lifetime.

Do you have debt? Most people have some debt but it isn’t just about credit card debt or a car loan. If you have a home, likely you have a mortgage and if it is a recent purchase it can be quite large.

Have you taken care of your final arrangement? These days a funeral can cost upwards of $10,000 and even if you have no other life insurance, having enough to cover your last expenses can save your family trying to gather enough to pay.

Experts recommend that you have at least 8-10 years of your salary in life insurance. This is just a recommendation, your expectations may be much higher or lower. Only you can decide what is enough.

At Dove Insurance Agency in Christiansburg, VA we are here to help you to get the amount of life insurance that is right for you.  Give our office a call for a no-obligation quote or get an online quote instantly!