Safety Tips for New Motorcycle Riders

Motorcycle riders enjoy a level of freedom that few get to experience. For new riders, however, the joy can be dulled by fear caused by lack of skill. The experts at Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc want you to get the most out of your motorcycle rides. These tips for new drivers will keep everyone safe during motorcycle rides in the Pismo Beach, CA area.

  • Keep your machine in top-notch condition with regular maintenance. Check the tires, mirrors, and brakes before every ride. For tires, ensure the proper inflation and pressure before setting out on the road. If you aren’t sure what the right pressure is for your machine, check your owner’s manual. Look closely at the treads for signs of uneven wear, holes, or objects lodged between the treads. Take your bike to a mechanic at least once a year for a thorough check-up.
  • Always wear your helmet. California law requires it. Opt for long sleeves and pants as well. These will protect your skin in case of a slide-out. The leather is a strong protective fabric. Many manufacturers create pieces that are lightweight while still providing the necessary coverage. Gloves and sunglasses are also recommended to reduce the risk of injury.
  • Take a training class. In addition to general safety, a training class gives you a chance to practice while being coached by a seasoned rider. The tips and pointers they are able to provide are invaluable and can reduce your risk of accident on-the-road. Check with your local DMV for information on classes in your area.
  • Don’t be afraid to look around. New drivers often focus too much on their own actions. Take the time to visually sweep your surroundings for potential problems. Constant vigilance gives you time to react.

Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc insures motorcycle enthusiasts in the Pismo Beach, CA area. Contact our agents to learn more.

When Is Flood Insurance Worth the Investment?

Did you know that living by the ocean has a lot of benefits? In fact, numerous studies have been conducted that reveal living by the ocean is actually good for your health. From reducing stress to providing you with great scenery when exercising outside, there is so much to enjoy when you live near the water. For now, though, let’s take a closer look at the benefits of living by the water as well as whether or not you should invest in flood insurance if you live by the ocean.

Benefits of Living By the Beach

Back in the 18th Century, it was not uncommon for doctors to prescribe trips to the ocean to clients who were suffering from certain ailments, including anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that when people are near the water, they are more relaxed. Data collected in England even found that those who live close to the coast are actually in better health than those who don’t. 

What About Vacationing on the Beach?

If you don’t own a home by the ocean, there is no need to fret. A simple vacation to the water is a great way to take advantage of the health benefits that coastal living can provide. Even better is that you can switch up your vacations from one destination to the next, giving you the option to check out several oceans. You can even travel overseas if you prefer. 

What About Flood Insurance?

If you have a home on the ocean, you will definitely want to protect it with flood insurance. Homes by the ocean are commonly affected by harsh weather, including hurricanes and tsunamis. With the right flood insurance, though, you can rest assured that your property will be protected even in the event of damage. 

Call Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc today serving the Pismo Beach, CA area to learn more about flood insurance. 

Understanding Your HOA: Important Considerations for Condo Owners

Whether you are a new or longtime condominium owner, you should familiarize yourself with the activities and governing documents for your unit’s homeowners association (HOA). California law specifies that HOAs operate according to bylaws that describe the organization’s structure and the way the HOA conducts its business. In addition to these governing bylaws, the association also will also have in place rules, covenants, and other documents that define common elements and outline permitted and prohibited activities.

As part of your regular review of condo insurance, you should keep abreast of any changes in HOA practices and policies that could have an impact on you. For example, if a member of your family or a guest in the condo violates association rules, how will you have liability? If someone claims that one of your visiting grandchildren damaged something near the swimming pool or in another common area, what steps must the HOA take to prove its case and what due process rights do you have as a member of the association?

As you most likely know, the insurance maintained by the HOA does not cover personal possessions within your unit. The HOA’s insurance covers “common elements,” but there may be a question about how the association defines these elements. Before purchasing a condo or renewing your policy, you should take an opportunity to review the HOA’s certificate of insurance to make sure that there are no discrepancies or unexpected surprises not covered in your condo policy.

A quick review of the HOA policy and asking questions about the rights and responsibilities of unit owners today may prevent problems tomorrow.

Serving Pismo Beach, CA, the professionals at Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc look forward to offering condo coverage that suits your needs. Please contact us today. 

Is Classic Car Insurance All Inclusive?

It is often hard to find a car insurance policy that covers everything that you want it to. Things like damage from storms, damage from accidents and more are all covered, but is this coverage enough for a classic car policy? For those in the Pismo Beach, CA area, the agents with Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc can help you find the perfect policy that covers all your classic car needs.

As far as classic cars go, most classic car policies are going to cover the price of replacing or repairing the car should it become damaged. It may also include things like liability but in most cases, your liability is going to lie with your normal car insurance policy. The classic car policy is more in place to make sure that you can replace or repair the car should something happen to it.

In the simplest of terms, no, your classic car policy is not going to be all-inclusive and is instead going to cover the cost of your car should you have to replace it. You are not going to be able to claim things like car accidents on your classic policy, you are not going to be able to use it to cover the medical bills of the passenger so the people you are riding with, and so on.

A classic policy is simply in place to protect the value of the car and to help you replace it should it become totaled or experience some major damage. This does not mean this type of policy is useless, just that it is not going to serve the same purpose as a typical car insurance policy and therefore should not be a replacement for your normal insurance.

For those in the Pismo Beach, CA area, the agents with Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc can help.

Extra Expense Coverage in Commercial Insurance

As you shop around for commercial insurance, one important aspect to consider is whether or not to add extra expense coverage. Extra expense coverage will finance expenses a business might incur in order to either avoid or minimize a business showdown following a physical loss or disaster. While not necessary for all styles of business, it can prove especially valuable for businesses that have any of the following characteristics:

  • Provide ongoing and continuous services that people depend upon every day of the week, such as a data center or airport shuttle service.
  • Provide services that are essential to the community, such as a nursing home, credit union, or medical clinic.
  • Ability to operate from a temporary location to prevent a complete shutdown.

What Extra Expense Insurance Covers and When

There are two ways extra expense coverage might step in:

1. If businesses are able to continue operations following a property loss or damages, then extra expense insurance will cover any relocation expenses necessary to operate at a temporary facility and any costs necessary to equip and operate normal operations at that temporary location or new replacement relocation.

For example, a data company that sustained fire damage is unable to continue work at its normal location but is able to reopen in a building across the street. Extra expense coverage would cover the costs associated with preparing that new commercial space as this will allow the data company to more quickly reopen business and generate income.

2. If operations cannot continue, then extra expense insurance will pay for any extra expenses needed to repair or replace property immediately to minimize the suspension period of that business.

For example, a commercial office building that incurred damage to its HVAC equipment is unable to heat the building during winter and thus cannot be occupied until the issue is resolved, but the part to repair the equipment cannot be ordered and received for eight weeks. Yet during this waiting period, the commercial office building loses out on its rental income. Extra expense coverage would pay for the expedited shipping of the necessary part and immediate repair in order to the avoid suspension of rental income.

For more information about extra expense insurance, contact our team at Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc. in Pismo Beach, CA today.

Factors to Consider When Buying Renters Insurance

Not every renters insurance policy is the same. As such, you need to consider certain factors to help you find the policy that best suits your needs. Here at Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc, serving the greater Pismo Beach, CA area, we are committed to helping everyone find the right insurance policy. Here are three of the factors we recommend you consider as you look to buy renters insurance. 

The Events the Policy Covers

One of the first factors to consider when you are looking to buy renters insurance is what events the policy covers. Different policies cover or exclude different events, including theft, fire damage and flood damage. Always make sure you understand what events are covered under your policy and which are excluded from your policy. 

The Fair Market Value of Your Belongings

The next factor you need to consider when buying a renters insurance policy is what the fair market value of your belongings are. Go around your home and make a list of everything you own, including clothing, electronics, dishes and furniture. Then figure out fair market value. Make sure your renters insurance policy covers the minimum value of your belongings. 

The Cost of an Emergency Rental in Your Area

Lastly, take the time to find out how much it would cost you to have to get a rental similar to yours for up to three months. Renters insurance will provide you with temporary rent coverage if you are forced to relocate while repairs are being made or due to unsafe living conditions. Always make sure the value that is offered in temporary rent provides you with enough money to live based on the rental market in your area. 

Finding the right renters insurance policy for you in the Pismo Beach CA area can be overwhelming. At Neff & Associated Insurance Services Inc, we can help make the process easier. Contact us today and let us guide you toward the policy that best meets your needs. 

How Much Motorcycle Insurance Coverage is Enough?

As a motorcycle driver in the state of California, you need to at least meet the minimum requirements as set up by the insurance laws in the state. While these may be enough in coverage for some people, there may be others that consider getting a bit more coverage for their motorcycle and themselves.  Here at Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc we know that you need to at least have the minimum coverage here in Pismo Beach, CA. 

What is the Minimum Motorcycle Insurance Requirement in CA?

For motorcycle insurance, the law is clear and outlines the specific type of coverage you need as well as how much. You need to have liability coverage on your motorcycle and the minimum coverage depends on the type. You need to have at least $15,000 in coverage for injury or death for one person. You also need to have at least $30,000 for total injury or death if there are multiple people that are hurt in the accident you caused. Lastly, you need to have at least $5,000 in coverage for damage to property. You may decide that you need more but as long as you have the minimum, you are compliant with the state laws.

If you do not have the minimum coverage for your motorcycle or you want to make sure that your policy meets the requirements, be sure to contact us at Neff & Associated Insurance Services Inc today. We are here to help those in the Pismo Beach, CA area ensure they are properly covered and will take a look at your current policy or get you a quote at no cost to you. We will also help you find a policy that fits in your budget so you do not have to sacrifice anything to remain compliant. 

Changing Weather Patterns and Flooding

The past twenty years have seen a huge influx of flooding and mudslides on the Californian coastline. Weather patterns have been shifting to more and more big storms, which has made flooding a possibility every storm season. 

In 2014, the entire coast was hit with one of the worst storms in centuries, causing massive damage to many cities. November 2017 had another terrible storm, causing millions of dollars in damage and nearly wiping out a few cities.

This is not something that will be changing anytime soon. This means that it is important to protect your Pismo Beach, CA home. Storms are forecasted fairly well in advanced, but flash flooding and mudslides are much harder to predict, so investing in emergency supplies is a good idea just in case. Things like flashlights, inflatable rafts, solar-powered weather radios and other equipment can save your life.

But the most important thing you can do to prepare for a flood is to invest in flood insurance. Flood insurance covers your home in ways that most homeowner’s insurance plans do not. Having this kind of coverage will help you get through the natural disaster, buy giving you a way to rebuild and repair without having to go into debt to do so.

Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc would like to help you prepare for flooding by providing you with flood insurance coverage. We have years of experience helping our customers choose the right coverage and help them understand what each coverage is for. We serve the Pismo Beach, CA area.

Contact Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc today and let us get you started on your path to flood insurance. 

Can Renters Buy Flood Insurance?

There are many misconceptions out there about renters and flood insurance. At Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc, serving the greater Pismo Beach, CA area, we want to help debunk these misconceptions. Here are three common misconceptions about flood insurance and renters and the truth surrounding these misconceptions. 

Renters Cannot Buy Flood Insurance

One of the biggest misconceptions in regards to flood insurance and renters is a renter ability to buy flood insurance. Many renters do not think that they can buy flood insurance. They think that this is something that only homeowners can buy to help protect their dwelling from a flood. But this is not true. Renters can buy flood insurance to help cover their belongings in the event that a flood occurs. 

Renters Are Covered By Homeowners Flood Insurance

Another common misconception in regards to flood insurance and renters is that many renters think that they are covered by a homeowners insurance policy. If the owner of the home carries flood insurance, their policy will not cover your belongings or cover the cost of housing you if you are displaced. You must purchase your own policy in order to be covered. 

Renters Insurance Covers Floods

The last misconception that is common in regards to flooding and renters is that renters insurance covers flooding. The majority of renters insurance policies do not cover most types of floods in a home. You must purchase a supplement flood policy in order to be covered from flooding as a renter. 

If you are renting a home and do not have a separate flood insurance policy, now is the perfect time to obtain one. Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc, serving the greater Pismo Beach, CA can help you obtain the insurance you need. Call us now for a quote. 

Can Someone Under the Age of 18 Have a Motorcycle Insurance Policy?

Motorcycle insurance is something that is essential for anyone that plans on driving a motorcycle. In most cases, those that do ride a motorcycle are going to be over the age of 18 which means that having a policy when under the age of 18 is not really an issue. For other riders, there may be some issues with obtaining a policy. For those that live in the Pismo Beach, CA area, the agents with Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc can help you find the policy that is going to work best for you.

 In most cases, you need to be over the age of 18 in order to have a policy on your own without the name of a parent or legal guardian on the policy. Insurance companies do this for a few different reasons. For starters, they require a policyholder over the age of 18 in order to make sure the policy is going to be paid, to make sure that if there is an accident there is someone that is over the age of 18 to hold accountable, and because it is not legal for anyone under the age of 18 to enter into a legal and binding contract which is what an insurance policy essentially is.

For those that are under the age of 18 and need a motorcycle policy, it is going to be the most beneficial to take out coverage on your parent’s policy so that you can be covered while on the road. You also want to make sure you have the right coverage and that you are going to have the right registration and the right permits to drive even though you are under 18.

For those in the Pismo Beach, CA area, the agents with Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc can help you to find the right policy for you.