10 Common Insurance Myths Debunked

At Heller Kowitz Insurance Advisors we hear a lot of misconceptions about insurance and how it actually works. We wanted to help debunk some of those myths, so you can feel more confident in choosing the right policy for you, your family, or business in the future.

Insurance is necessary to protect you in today’s world, but it’s not always easy to understand. In fact, there are many misconceptions about insurance, whether it be auto, homeowners, life, or business. Here are some answers to a few common insurance myths. We hope this helps.

Auto Insurance

Myth: A brand new car will save me money on auto insurance.

Fact: Buying a brand new car does not automatically mean savings on an auto insurance policy. In fact, insurance premiums can be more expensive for new vehicles, even with a new vehicle discount applied.

Myth: If your car is totaled in an accident, you’re off the hook for car payments.

Fact: Actually a vehicles value depreciates quickly and your car can sometimes be worth less than what you owe on it regardless of worth.

Home Owners Insurance

Myth: All water losses to my home are covered.

Fact: If a pipe bursts in your kitchen or rain comes in through a wind-damaged roof, you are covered. Unfortunately, most policies exclude damage for flooding, sewer backups and below ground water.

Myth: If your old stuff is destroyed and you file a claim and you will recieve brand new replacements.

Fact: As it turns out, there is a real difference between Actual Cash Value and Replacement Cost Value when it comes to replacing contents during a claim.

For example, if your 10-year-old television is destroyed in a fire, you will need to have Replacement Cost coverage to actually be able to cover the cost of buying a new one.

Myth: Homeowner’s insurance only needs to cover the market value of your home.

Fact: Actually, that’s not the case. The cost to totally rebuild your home is usually much more than its market value. You’ll need to consider today’s construction and labor costs when thinking about homeowner’s insurance. With the current inflation on parts and labor prices it’s a good idea to have your policy updated.

Life Insurance

Myth: If you have health issues, you can’t get life insurance.

Fact: Although insurers typically use your health to calculate rates and coverage amounts, it doesn’t mean you can’t get life insurance with a pre-existing condition.

Myth: If you’re single and have no dependents, you don’t need life insurance.

Fact: Life insurance isn’t just for the breadwinners of the family. For example, if a parent or guardian co-signed on your student loan, a new car or your first mortgage, life insurance can help protect the co-signer from taking on the debt if you pass away.

General Insurance

Myth: You will always be paid the stated value for your “scheduled” items.

Fact: No, that’s not always the case. If you have a high-value personal property item (say jewelry) and “schedule” it with a stated value of $10k and it’s lost or stolen, you may only be covered for the current Replacement Cost Value up to the stated value. Think of the stated value as the limit instead of a guaranteed dollar figure.

Myth: I can negotiate my insurance rates

Fact: Insurance providers actually calculate your rate using a proprietary algorithm. Your data — including the vehicle you drive, your annual mileage and your driving history — is filtered through that algorithm. The rate at which a company arrives is the rate it can offer you. That being said, there are usually discounts that can be applied whether it be multiple policy, military, etc.

Myth: Working with a direct insurance company is always cheaper than going through a local agency such as Heller Kowitz Insurance Advisors?

Fact: Although direct insurance companies can save money on agent commission fees….that doesn’t necessarily mean they pass those savings on to you. Many direct auto insurance carriers put those savings back into marketing their products. In the meantime, agencies such as Heller Kowitz often have access to multiple carriers so they can shop the market on your behalf to not only get exceptional coverage but at the best price.

If you have any questions or concerns about your insurance policy, feel free to reach out to Heller Kowitz Insurance Advisors for a complimentary review at insurance@hellerkowitz.com


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