Are you Prepared for a Hurricane in New Jersey?

The whole of the East Coast of the United States is vulnerable to storms that come in from the Atlantic Ocean, and homes in the densely populated states along the Atlantic seaboard are at risk of severe damage from wind storm. The home and contents portion of a standard New Jersey homeowners insurance policy may provide some financial against losses resulting from wind storm and other disasters.

New Jersey is one of the 18 states where special hurricane deductibles apply. These deductibles were established with the aim of making insurance coverage more accessible in high-risk areas without driving up premiums in areas that are less vulnerable to hurricane damage. Hurricane deductibles are usually expressed as a proportion (typically between 1 and 5 percent) of a home’s insured value. This means that a policy holder whose home is insured for $200,000 and has a 3% deductible pays for the first $6,000 of hurricane damage. 

Purchasing insurance protection for wind damage is a sensible precaution. Safety authorities recommend that residents of regions that are vulnerable to severe wind storms take steps to protect their properties from damage. Your home is better able to survive a wind storm if you have added a layer of protection to keep out wind and water, so consider installing storm shutters and reinforced garage doors.

Make sure that you understand how your percentage deductibles for wind storm damage in New Jersey differ from the dollar deductibles for other losses such as burglary and fire. Talk to your insurer or agency if you’re unsure how your New Jersey homeowners insurance policy protects you.

Bogle's Refer A Friend Returns

Announcing the Return of Bogle “Refer A Friend” Rewards

 

Refer a friend to our agency and get a complimentary gift card!

 

Here at the Bogle Agency, we’re looking for new business, and we are willing to pay you to help! 

 

If you refer a friend, who activates a new personal or commercial policy with us any time in November, we will send you a $25 Visa Gift Card as a reward. It’s that simple, but there will be a limit of one reward per household, and it must be on a new policy, not a renewal or existing policy. 

 

This is just our way of saying Thank You to the best clients in the business and we hope you’ll share that opinion with your family and friends.

 

To claim your reward, just make sure your friend mentions this program when they call the office for a quote at 201-939-1076 or 1-877-453-7358.  They can also e-mail us at: jrotonda@bogleagency.com or send us a message via Facebook on our Fan Page, and while you’re there, make sure to LIKE us too!

At Bogle, we strive to give our clients the best possible service at the best possible price.  That’s what we’re here for, and we hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you!

Don't Be Like Jerry! Don't Skimp On Your Insurance

Don’t Be Like Jerry!  Don’t Skimp On Your Insurance!

Saving 15 Minutes Isn’t Always The Right Way.

 

The lesson learned from Jerry’s story in the video above is one we don’t want you to learn the hard way! In these trying economic times, it may be tempting to cancel or reduce insurance coverage to save money, but it’s a disastrous idea.

At the Bogle Agency, our independent agents are specially trained to get you the best insurance coverage for the best price out there. That’s what we do! Whether it’s your New Jersey auto insurance, New Jersey homeowners insurance, or even health and life insurance, we are committed to keeping you safe and well protected through both good, and troubled times.

 

Homeowners:  Don’t cut your homeowners insurance thinking that because home values have dropped you don’t need as much coverage. What you’re paying for is the amount it would cost to rebuild your home and replace your belongings. If you need to save, boost your policy’s deductible. Raising it to $1,000 from $500 could shave 25 percent off the cost.

 

Health Insurance:  Some cuts are fine—generic drugs instead of name brand, for instance. But skipping doctor visits is a bad idea, and so is cancelling your insurance. “I’ve seen so many people go through horrendous financial nightmares and even bankruptcy because they don’t have health insurance. This is just not one you want to mess with,” said Jonni McCoy, author of Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Economy.

 

Life Insurance:  Today many families are struggling just to pay the bills – 22% say they have missed payments on bills in the past year. During these tough times, you may be tempted to skip or skimp on life insurance. However, this is one area where it’s best to stay up-to-date. Why? Consider what the sudden loss of a working parent could mean to your family’s financial future. Are you a single parent — or know someone who is? “Life insurance can be twice as important for a single parent.” Yet, 69% of single parents with children living in the house have no life insurance at all. If this applies to you or someone you know, the Bogle Agency can help!  Our licensed agents will help you become properly protected with low-cost term life insurance.

 

Auto Insurance:  With the recession keeping unemployment rates high, cash-strapped drivers are taking the risk of driving without insurance. The facts state that possibly one in seven drivers go without insurance. Driving without auto insurance is serious business. Violators face vehicle seizure, driver’s license suspension, fees and jail time. Also, drivers may be considered “high-risk” by insurance companies and charged hundreds more per year–or rejected outright–the next time they apply for auto insurance.

 

However, not all drivers cancel coverage altogether: some opt to reduce their coverage to the state-required minimum. But even this is risky. In the event of a major accident, the state minimum may not be enough to fully cover damages, and the driver will be responsible for paying the remainder out-of-pocket.

 

And remember: With more uninsured and underinsured drivers on the roadways, drivers should seriously consider adding uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to their policies.  If you have any questions about any of the coverages illustrated above, please contact us, via the web, e-mail or phone.  We’re ready to help!

Secure Your Mailbox and Protect Your Home With New Jersey Homeowners Insurance!

Your
New Jersey homeowners insurance policy may offer compensation when your
possessions are lost in a burglary, but your first line of defense
against thieves should always be good security. Installing a burglar
alarm and locks on windows and doors will help to protect your home from
the risk of burglary, but remember that if your mailbox is not secure, a
criminal could breach your security without even setting foot inside
your home.


Take
a minute or two to think about your mailbox. Is it lockable? Do you
always use the lock?  Next, consider whether the size of your mailbox is
adequate for the sort of mail that is delivered to your home. Is the
mailbox large enough to accommodate larger items such as catalogues and
large envelopes?


A
mailbox that is too small exposes your mail to the weather and allows
it to be easily accessible to any opportunistic passer-by on the lookout
for a chance to steal valuables or identification documents. Exposed
mail may also indicate that there is no-one at home and encourage
thieves to try their hand at breaking in.


Your mailbox may be a weak spot in your home’s security. A mailbox that
cannot contain your mail securely poses a risk of valuable or sensitive
items of mail falling into the wrong hands. Some home security measures
may reduce New Jersey home insurance costs, so if you’re considering
upgrading your home’s security by adding a security system or upgrading
locks on doors and windows, ask your agent or insurer about premium
discounts that may be available.


10 SIMPLE WAYS TO GET YOUR CAR READY FOR WINTER

10 SIMPLE WAYS TO GET YOUR CAR READY FOR WINTER

 

Even though we’re only a few days into the Fall season, it’s never too early to start thinking about winter driving safety.  Your first step in doing so is winterizing your vehicle.  The following tips literally could be life-saving, and at the very least, cost-saving. 

At the Bogle Agency, we can handle a problem if you need help with your New Jersey Auto Insurance, but we’d much rather you stay safe out there on the road, enjoying the changing season and falling leaves.

1. Get the right kind of oil change. Are you approaching the time for a 30,000-mile full service for your vehicle? If so, don’t procrastinate! Among other things, the service should include an oil change, and the oil used should have the right viscosity, or thickness, for your vehicle at this time of year. Oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, and if it’s too thick it won’t do the best job of keeping your engine lubricated. Check your owner’s manual for guidance about which oil to use in different climates and temperatures.

2. Make sure you can see. When’s the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? They usually work effectively for about one year, so be sure to invest in some new ones if you’re due. Here’s another important step to take before you find yourself struggling to see in a blinding storm: Fill up your windshield washer reservoir with windshield washer fluid. (Plain water won’t do the trick at this time of year because it freezes.) Also check to see that your heater and defroster are working properly so you can keep the windshield nice and clear.

3. Give your battery a little TLC. This is an ideal time of year to make sure your battery’s posts and connections are corrosion-free and that your battery has all the water it needs. If your battery is more than three years old, have a certified repair shop test its ability to hold a charge. Granted, you might be able to find a Good Samaritan to help you jump-start your vehicle in the middle of a blizzard — but wouldn’t you rather avoid such a scenario altogether?

4. Examine your belts and hoses. When you have that full service done on your vehicle, make sure the belts and hoses get checked for wear and tear — even if you’re driving a modern car. Cold weather can do a number on belts and hoses, so they deserve attention.

5. Check your tire pressure. Your tires must be properly inflated to ensure you’ll have the best possible traction as you drive along — and traction is often severely jeopardized in wet, snowy or icy conditions. The air pressure in your tires has likely dropped as the weather has gotten colder, so it’s important to see where things stand now. (You can generally expect that you’ll lose 1 pound per square inch whenever the temperature drops by 10 degrees Fahrenheit.) Again, your trusty owner’s manual will tell you what your target tire pressure should be.

6. Think about switching to snow tires. Do you live in a hilly place that gets its fair share of snow? Then you might want to improve traction even more by investing in winter tires and using them over the next few months instead of your usual all-season tires. When shopping around for snow tires, ask about all the fees that might come into play, such as fees for mounting and balancing. You can accomplish this easily and make accurate cost comparisons by asking each store for the “out the door charge.”

7. Do you have four-wheel drive? If so, it’s important to check the status of your four-wheel-drive system and be sure it’s working correctly — especially because most drivers don’t use their 4WD systems in the pleasant summer months. Be sure that the system engages and disengages easily, and that all drivers in your household know how and when to activate the system.

8. Get the antifreeze mixture just right. Aim for having a 50-50 mix of antifreeze (coolant) and water inside your radiator. This will prevent the mixture from freezing even at ridiculously cold temperatures. It’s easy to check the status of the mixture with an inexpensive antifreeze tester, which you can pick up at any auto parts store. If the mixture is off, your cooling system should be drained and refilled or flushed. Be sure you’re equipped to dispose of your old antifreeze properly if you do this job yourself. It can’t just be poured down the drain.

9. Prepare an emergency kit. Store this stuff in your trunk during the winter months, especially if a road trip is in your future:

  • a blanket
  • extra boots and gloves
  • an extra set of warm clothes
  • extra water and food, including hard candies
  • an ice scraper
  • a small shovel
  • a flashlight
  • windshield washer fluid
  • windshield wipers
  • flares
  • jumper cables
  • a tool kit
  • tire chains
  • a tire gauge
  • a spare tire with air in it
  • tire-changing equipment
  • a first-aid kit
  • paper towels
  • a bag of abrasive material such as sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter, which can provide additional traction if a tire gets stuck in snow.
  • Also, keep the gas tank as full as you can to prevent the gas lines from freezing.

10. Know what to do if you get stranded. Don’t wander away from your car unless you’re completely sure about where you are and how far away help is. Light two flares and situate them at each end of your vehicle to call attention to your plight. Put on the extra clothes and use the blanket to stay warm. If you have enough gas in the tank, run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes for each hour you’re waiting for help. Leave at least one window open a little bit so that snow and ice don’t seal the car shut. Suck on a hard candy to prevent your mouth from getting too dry.

And lastly, remember to keep your auto insurance information and agent’s phone number on hand at all times while driving.  Should you need to contact us, we’ll be happy to help you sort through any claims or questions you might have.

 

Happy driving!!

 

LIFE INSURANCE

LIFE INSURANCE: 

Why you need it, and how to get it!

Get your New Jersey life insurance quote today from the Bogle Agency.

Do your eyes start to glaze over whenever anyone starts to talk about life insurance? Term life, whole life, universal life, what does it all mean? And the chances of you ever needing to use it are so low, why bother learning all the jargon?

Think again. Life insurance is a crucial planning tool for the people you love. Whether it’s making sure that your kids can go to college, your spouse is taken care of or just leaving some extra money behind to your heirs, you can’t ignore life insurance. So let us make understanding it a little easier.

There are three major types of insurance we offer: term, whole and universal. All are great policies with different purposes. Let’s break it down:

Term Life is life insurance that you purchase for a specific period of time, in increments of 10, 15, 20 or 30 years. Maybe you want to have a policy as long as the kids are still in school, or until your mortgage is paid off. Term life lets you make sure there’s enough money for all of these things without a lifetime commitment.

Whole Life lets you adjust how you use your life insurance policy as your needs change. While you’ll always receive death benefits, a whole life policy also includes a cash value that you can draw upon. Maybe it’s to pay medical bills or to help out with retirement—it’s there for you to use as you need, and to adapt over time.

Universal Life is a balanced plan offering you a strong death benefit protection as well as plenty of opportunities for investing and growth on a tax-deferred basis.

Here are the top five reasons you need life insurance:
1. You’ll protect your family’s future
2. Benefits are paid immediately.
3. No federal income tax on benefits.
4. Stays with you, even if your employer doesn’t.
5. Peace of mind.

Bogle Agency Offers You:
1. Affordable Rates
2. High Quality Coverage
3. Customized Quotes
4. Expert Advice
5. Savings up to 70%

It’s more affordable than you think. Get your life insurance quote today from Bogle Agency Insurance.

Still confused? Call us at the Bogle Agency at 201-939-1076, or 1-877-453-7358, or visit our website, and ask us which of these kinds of insurance fits your needs, today and in the future. Don’t leave things to chance: protect your family.

Bogle Agency Receives Best Practices For 8th Year In A Row

BOGLE RECEIVES BEST PRACTICES AWARD

Bogle Agency Insurance is proud to announce that once again it is the recipient of the Best Practices Award!

Reagan Consulting (Advisors to The Insurance & Financial Services Industries) from Atlanta, GA and the IIABA (Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America) sponsor the Best Practices Award to recognize the top outstanding insurance agencies in the USA. Insurance Agencies from across the USA are nominated to submit their financial and operational data; Reagan Consulting reviews the financial and operational data of over 1,000 insurance agencies and then selects the top 5% to receive the Best Practices Award for their outstanding achievement.

Bogle Agency Insurance has been the proud recipient of this award for the past 8 years!

“I would like to thank our employees, customers, business associates & company partners that help us to achieve this award,” said Philip R. Bogle. “While we may not be the largest, we are one of the best and I welcome you to contact us to see how we can make a difference in your insurance.”

Thank you,

Philip R. Bogle,

President

 

Fighting Back From Hurricane Irene

Fighting Back From Hurricane Irene

 

The entire Bogle Agency staff is at your disposal and ready to assist!

 

Today’s burning question for many folks is:  “What will you have to toss?”

Although some residents of New Jersey’s trouble spots are still struggling with flooding caused by Hurricane Irene, for most in the state the water is receding. As the flooding subsides, a tremendous mess of water-damaged property is uncovered. Hurricane-weary homeowners from Jersey City to Manville are filling dumpsters and lining curbs with their garbage.

As some of you return to your homes for the first time, or regain power, please remember that all of us at the Bogle Agency are ready to help!  Our office in Lyndhurst is OPEN and ready to serve you with claims assistance, or if you just have questions with your coverage. We can be reached at either of the following telephone numbers, 201-939-1076, or toll free at 1-877-453-7358.  You can also visit us at our website:  www.bogleagency.com.

Here are our tips to you to assist with your recovery.  Check out some of the links below for more information.

Check this out from our friends at Trusted Choice. http://www.trustedchoice.com/Content/Articles/cleaning-up-the-mess.aspx.  They offer many good tips on helping you to recover.

Here’s a radio link from Moneywatch.com on expediting your claim processing:  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tips-on-expediting-your-post-storm-insurance-claim-2011-08-30?link=MW_home_latest_news

As you clean up, do keep in mind official advice to keep detailed records and photographs of Hurricane Irene damage for possible reimbursement later by FEMA.  More information can be obtained from the Official FEMA disaster website at:  http://www.fema.gov/news/disasters.fema 

Local authorities suggest watching this site, and have your application ready when, and if, our area is labeled a disaster area.  http://www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm

We also urge you to remember that three months remain in Atlantic hurricane season!

The Atlantic hurricane season is defined as the time frame from June 1 through Nov. 30 when most tropical cyclones, such as Irene, are expected to develop across the Atlantic Ocean.

“No one can predict what’s going to happen the rest of the season, hurricane-wise,” said state Climatologist David Robinson. “It’s been an active season thus far. We’re making our way through the alphabet, which is the practice of naming storms in alphabetical order.”

Irene was the first hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. since 2008 and the first to make landfall in New Jersey since April 1903 [which did not cause the level of flooding seen in October 1903 or this week in North Jersey.]

“The belief is that it’s going to remain an active season for the next month or so, but that’s for the entire Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean and the Gulf,” said Robinson. “As to whether any storm makes its way up the East Coast again, it’s uncertain. Yes, the potential’s there, but there is nothing that says that because we had this storm, we can’t have another; but there’s also nothing that says because we had this storm we will have another.”

“We can’t really project if another storm will come up the East Coast,” Robinson continued. “The steering currents that pushed Irene up the East Coast are gone at the moment, but they may be back in a week. or a month. We don’t know.”

 When possible, ready yourself and your family for the next time something like this might happen.

Are You Ready For Back-To-School?

Time for a Back-to-School Insurance Review

It’s back-to-school time, and while you’re probably thinking more about homework than New Jersey home insurance, the new school year is a great time to review your insurance needs. A child’s new grade level, driver’s license, or move to a college dorm could mean new insurance needs for your family. Keep your children safe in the new school year— review your New Jersey auto, home and health insurance coverage this fall.

Car Insurance

Will your teen be getting his her driver’s license this year? Teen drivers can be costly to insure, but there are ways you can save on teen car insurance. See if your car insurance provider offers a good student discount. Your teen will usually have to maintain a grade-point average of B or better to get the discount, so make him/her hit the books. Many car insurance providers also have driver safety discounts. If your teen takes a safety course you may qualify for reduced car insurance rates, so check with your provider. Your current provider may not always have the best teen car insurance rates so give us a call at the Bogle Agency to find out.

Home Insurance

If your teen is heading away to college, a lot of expensive stuff is going too! A laptop, stereo, TV, bike, other electronics, etc. If your child will be staying in the college dorms, belongings are most likely covered by your home insurance policy. There are usually limits on how much is covered away from the home, so talk to us about exactly what and how much is covered by your home insurance policy.

Health Insurance

As children head back into classrooms, so will their germs. Colds, flu, ear infections—kids catch all sorts of things once the school year starts. The best thing for parents to do is keep their kids as healthy as possible, and make sure they are covered with a good health insurance policy. Health insurance can be affordable for you and your kids. You could raise your deductable to save on monthly premiums, or consider adding your children to your employer-sponsored health care.

If your child is going to college, you have a couple of health insurance options. Older children are usually allowed to stay on parents’ health insurance policies if they are full-time students, but check with us to make sure. There is also the option of college health insurance. Many colleges and universities have their own on-campus health care, and it may or may not be more affordable for your child to take advantage of campus health care. We can help with that, giving you an overall review of what is available.

Back-to-school is more than a simple return to academia, it is the perfect time to review your car, home, and health insurance needs, and at the Bogle Agency, that’s what we’re all about!  Let us help you today! 

 

Refer A Friend Rewards

Bogle “Refer A Friend” Rewards

 

Refer a friend to our agency and get a complimentary gas card!

 

Here at the Bogle Agency, we’re looking for new business, and we’re willing to pay you to help! 

 

If you refer a friend, who activates a new personal or commercial policy with us any time in August, we will send you a $20 Gas Card as a reward. It’s that simple, but there will be a limit of one reward per household, and it must be on a new policy, not a renewal or existing policy. 

 

This is just our way of saying Thank You to the best clients in the business and we hope you’ll share that opinion with your family and friends.

 

To claim your reward, just make sure your friend mentions this program when they call the office for a quote at 201-939-1076 or 1-877-453-7358.  They can also e-mail us at: jrotonda@bogleagency.com or send us a message via Facebook on our Fan Page, and while you’re there, make sure to LIKE us too!

At Bogle, we strive to give our clients the best possible service at the best possible price.  That’s what we’re here for, and we hope to hear from you soon.