Common Life Insurance Misconceptions

Dove Insurance Agency assists the Blacksburg, VA community, as well as the surrounding areas by offering multiple types of insurance policies. As an independent agency, we have established successful partnerships with multiple insurance providers. This allows us to help our clients regardless of their needs.

Life Insurance

Life Insurance provides a safety net for you and your family once you pass away. Term life insurance covers you over a specified period of time. The most common length of policy is between 10 and 20 years. Whole life insurance covers you throughout your entire lifespan. As you are researching different policies, please try to avoid some of the common misconceptions about life insurance that people believe are facts.

I Can Just Rely On My Coverage Provided Through My Job

While your employer may provide you with substantial coverage, it may be a mistake to simply rely on that policy. Adding extra coverage provides an additional layer of protection so that you’ll be covered regardless of any circumstances that may arise.

Single people Don’t Need Coverage

While you may be single right now, you don’t know what the future holds. It’s important to think about where you might be five years from now. Life insurance ensures that regardless of what path you take in the future, you’ll still have protection.

Stay At Home Parents Don’t Need It

This is not true. As a stay at home parent, you provide an important service that is difficult to replace. Life insurance provides a layer of protection in the event that you pass.

I Can Easily Change My Policy

Research the language in your policy carefully, as you may have to fill out paperwork in order to change a term life policy into a whole life policy, for example.

Dove Insurance Agency Can Help You

If you are a Blacksburg, VA resident, and you’re looking for help discussing your life insurance policy options, please contact us.  

What Is Depreciation Holdback?

Standard Virginia Homeowners insurance policies are written on a replacement cost valuation. So why do insurance companies sometimes use deprecation when it comes to filing a homeowners claim?

When you file a homeowners claim your insurance carrier will make an initial assessment of the damage to determine how much it will cost to repair or replace the damaged property. Since this estimate is only an estimate, your carrier may withhold a portion of that claim settlement until the actual replacement cost has been determined. An insurer will never pay you more than you are owed for a loss and if damaged property is not repaired, you may only receive the actual cash value.

Sometimes your claim settlement depends on the type of loss that occurred. For example, your insurance carrier may not pay anything until all the work has been performed on your roof after it has been damaged and no payment may be made until the roofing contractor has completed their work.

In another example, after a lightning strike your insurance carrier may pay a portion of the claim settlement up front so you can begin to replace the damaged property. With appliances (like heat pumps), it can be difficult to determine the exact value of an item that is several years old, so carriers tend to withhold a greater amount of the settlement for depreciation (depreciation holdback). After submitting receipts showing the cost and installment of the new replaced items you will be reimbursed for the difference (minus any deductible).

Depreciation holdback does not happen in every instance, but is one of the ways your claim can be processed.

Serving the Commonwealth of Virginia For Over 50 Years!

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.

And the best part, we’re here for you when needs arise such as policy changes, billing questions, reporting claims, or questions regarding coverage. 

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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.

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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.