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Featured Client | An Under-Insured Vehicle Caught in Time

Posted by Brandy Enger

To illustrate the benefits of rebalancing an insurance program to strengthen wealth protection and better manage expenses, the following example presents a before-and-after comparison for one of our newest valued clients.

Jason and SuUnderinsured vehiclesan are a successful couple in their early 40’s, with two young children.  They have two autos and a new home in Colgate, WI.  They said they had a good relationship with their previous agent, however during a discussion with their wealth manager realized that they hadn’t had a coverage review in quite some time.  During our initial 30 minute meeting at Jason’s office, we discovered some major coverage deficiencies:  unfortunately a vehicle that had been traded in a few months ago and replaced with a newer vehicle was not accurately updated on their auto policy, leaving the vehicle uninsured.  While that issue was quickly remedied, we also significantly reduced their risk exposure while decreasing their total premium 20% by rebalancing their program as follows:

Savings Opportunities:

  • Incorporate an association discount related to Susan’s profession.
  • Correct an error on their prior policy related to an auto claim: they were being charged for an “at-fault” accident, despite being rear-ended two years ago.
  • Add a valuable discount for having a central alarm in their home.

Program Improvements:

  • Decrease their homeowner’s deductible – including wind/hail – from $4,000 to $1,000.
  • Add full value replacement cost on their home.
  • Add personal injury protection.
  • Despite having a recognizable name in the community, they did not have a personal umbrella. The cost to add $1 million of coverage was just $260 annually.  $5 million? Just $500 more.

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*Client names have been changed to maintain anonymity.

Topics: Featured Client, Private Client Group