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Westchester County Auto Insurance: Cutting Car-Buying Process in Half

Westchester County Auto Insurance: Cutting Car-Buying Process in Half Buying a car can be a long, lengthy process. It takes time, research, test driving, and a significant amount of haggling to get that shiny new pair of keys. Now however, car showrooms are looking to cut the time you spend negotiating a deal. Shoppers are going online and conducting extensive research before they even enter the showroom. According to J.D. Power and Associates, 80 percent of buyers spend an average of 18 hours online researching models and prices. However, despite that, new car buyers spend 12.5 percent more time negotiating at showrooms last year than in 2010 negotiating the deal, hammering out financing, and training on the vehicle’s technology. Even though car buyers enter the show rooms more educated on what they are looking for, it still takes a significant amount of time. To combat that, vehicle showrooms are utilizing a new range of tools from mobile devices that can calculate a car’s trade-in value to expanded call centers to handle the increased traffic from smartphone shoppers. AutoNation Inc. is rolling out a new pricing strategy that bases selling prices on current market data, rather than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. In addition, new software allows them to present a menu of financing or leasing options. The goal of these transactions is to cut transaction times in half. It’s a learning curve- dealers are still testing policies that benefit a new generation of digitally savvy customers. For example, more dealers are moving away from writing price offers on paper and using digital software systems instead. The new systems allow salespeople to use an iPad to adjust variables such as the trade-in value of a used care or down payment. The information can also be sent directly to a sales manager, so the salesperson doesn’t have to run back and forth. You and your vehicles deserve quality coverage from a responsive, community-based agency that always goes beyond just the policy. We invite you to request a courtesy quote by calling (888) 639-4560, or if you prefer email us or return the form on this page for more information about our Westchester County Insurance including Harrison car insurance. Source: Wall Street Journal

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Harrison Auto Insurance: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Harrison Auto Insurance: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month Westchester County  has declared April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Across the United States, ff concerned parents, states, organizations, and driving safety advocates are calling for increased awareness on the dangers of distracted driving and its potentially lethal consequences. Distracted driving is defined by AAA as “the act of operating a vehicle without your full attention focused on the driving task.” Multitasking is a skill many admire. But on the road, it can be deadly. Nationwide, distracted driving is estimated to be responsible for nearly 400,000 injuries and over 3,000 deaths per year. And it’s happening to a huge number of teenagers. Forty percent of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. Drivers face hundreds of distractions on the road each day. Passing billboards, other cars, pedestrians, animals, the view outside their window. There are also distractions inside the car, such as other passengers, music, smartphones, entertainment systems, and food and drinks. Driving distractions fall into three categories- visual distractions, manual distractions, and cognitive or mental distractions. Cell phone use is by far one of the most dangerous because it involves all three categories; it visually requires you take your eyes away from the road, you have to hold it to type or talk, taking your hands off the wheel, and you must mentally focus on what you’re typing or saying, taking your cognitive attention away from the road. You and your vehicles deserve quality coverage from a responsive, community-based agency that always goes beyond just the policy. We invite you to request a courtesy quote by calling (888) 639-4560, or if you prefer email us or return the form on this page for more information about our Westchester County Insurance including Harrison car insurance.

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New Rochelle Flood Insurance: Key Facts About Flood Insurance

New Rochelle Flood Insurance: Key Facts About Flood Insurance Since Hurricane Sandy, the Westchester County area has struggled to restore the damage done. In the aftermath of destruction, one tragic trend has emerged- too many property owners are either unprepared or underinsured against financial damages they could suffer in the event of a catastrophic flood. It’s a common mistake that most people assume their New Rochelle County homeowners insurance policy would cover them in case of a natural disaster, but that is not always the case. Certain areas along the eastern coast may be located in hurricane-prone areas, in which wind damage could be the main threat. Other New Rochelle homeowners may be situated in a flood-prone area, which in the case of a flood, would cause unimaginable damages. This was the case with Hurricane Sandy- this super storm ended up being a threat for flood damage as opposed for wind damage that is typically associated with hurricanes. Property Casualty 360 discovered that a minimum of 25% of properties damaged had no flood insurance coverage. Yet, there are plenty of reasons why New Rochelle Flood Insurance is a crucial guard against damages caused by floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. Obtaining the right New Rochelle flood insurance policy is designed to help protect your Westchester home and property against losses due to heavy rains, flood surges, storm drain backups, etc.. In assessing the risks, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), placed more than 20,000 communities in the U.S. into a flood zone category. The Westchester County community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program. This government backed program is designed to assist property owners to purchase insurance protection against losses from flooding. We not only can provide insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), but also have critical access to alternative markets, which in many cases are better suited for the areas we serve where flooding is prevalent. As your insurance agent, we will consult federal flood maps to find your flood zone, which will affect the cost of your insurance, the type of coverage you need, and the limits of coverage for areas of your home that lie below the lowest elevated floor, such as basements and crawlspaces. Contact us today for more information about our New Rochelle Flood Insurance programs.  1 (888) 639-4560

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What You Need to Know About Westchester County Yacht Insurance

What You Need to Know About Westchester County Yacht Insurance While it may still be a crisp 40 degrees here in Mamaroneck, nonetheless it’s spring! With the promise of warmer weather, it’s time to start thinking about your sunny vacation plans. Boat sales have risen ten percent this year, in the first significant boost since the recession, and yachts are a large part of that picture. But owning a yacht also exposes you to some unique exposures. Here are some tips to watch out for to make sure you have the proper coverage for your vessel. Consequential damage. This applies when a yacht is disabled due to engine failure and suffers resulting hull damage. Although it is covered in most policies as a result of a storm or other event, it may not be if it is a “consequence” of mechanical failure. Parts Depreciation. As your boat ages, the parts can lose value, and most insurers will cover only the depreciated value of the part, not the full cost of replacing it. Navigation zone restrictions. Where you are, or where you plan on boating could affect your policy. Many policies are written based on navigation zones. They may be as narrow as the Florida Keys. And it may mean that a boater insured for the Bay Area in California may not be covered for damage that occurs in Mexico’s Pacific coast. So, as a boater, it is wise to check out any geographic limitations ahead of time. Experience. Of course, as a boat owner, experience always matters. Where you travel, how many years you’ve been boating for, and your type of boat can all affect your Westchester County Yacht Insurance policy. Whether you are docked in the marina at Stamford, garaged at your house in Rye, or cruising the Long Island Sound, your boat needs its own special type of insurance. A.J. Benet, Inc. knows that not all boat owners and their requirements are the same. Our staff strives to learn your particular habits and help you find insurance that addresses your personal risks. Contact us today for more information about our Westchester County Yacht Insurance coverage. Source: P&C 360

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Fine Jewelry Insurance: Make Sure You’re Covered

Fine Jewelry Insurance: Make Sure You’re Covered Your jewelry collection is extremely precious to you. Whether you’ve amassed a family collection of heirlooms or some personal, highly valued gifts, you want to make sure you are protected. But misunderstandings of what exactly is covered in a homeowner’s policy could leave you high and dry if your jewelry is lost or stolen. At the essence of an issue is often a communication divide. There is a common disparity between perceived value and the actual value. An owner might have sentimental value, or overinflate the value of their jewelry, and have an estimate that conflicts with an expert opinion. Or, they might assume it is covered under their homeowner’s insurance when it really is much more valuable than that. Most homeowner’s policies do cover jewelry items. However, when the actual loss of an entire jewelry collection does occur, it is extremely rare that the owner receives a settlement that comes close to the true value of the missing items. To avoid that position, homeowners must have a firm understanding of the exact value of their possessions and base their insurance coverage accordingly. If you have a high end jewelry collection, you want to take the time to make sure every item is covered and properly insured for its current value. The key is documenting in detail, comprehensive information on each piece you own. Many jewelry appraisals conducted at local stoops- and their certificate of authority relies on simple sales techniques that may not adequately assess the value of a piece. It is essential that the value may have changed over time. The price of gold has increased significantly in the past 20 years; if you have an antique piece of gold jewelry; it is most likely worth significantly more today. High-value items need better protection than a standard homeowner’s policy. A.J. Benet offers sound, well-priced coverage for these valuable items either with a floater added onto your Westchester homeowners insurance policy or a stand-along policy . Contact us today for more information (888) 639-4560

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Westchester County Auto Insurance: A Guide to Car Insurance

Westchester County Auto Insurance: A Guide to Car Insurance Insurance is as complex as it is confusing, especially when it comes to Auto Insurance. Knowing which coverages you need is crucial to you & your family. Everyone who has ever purchased an insurance plan knows how overwhelming it can be to take in this much information, which is why we created this insurance friendly, simplified cheat sheet on the basics of Westchester County Auto Insurance. Once you read this over, give us a call and let us help you determine the right amount of coverage for you, at the right price. All descriptions below are simplified descriptions of common auto insurance coverages. All auto insurance coverages are subject to the individual limits, terms and conditions of the auto insurance actual policy that you purchase. Bodily injury liability coverage – In general, bodily injury liability can pay for damages to the driver and passengers of the other car when you are responsible for an accident. Another benefit of this coverage is that it can provide coverage to help defend you if you are sued. Property damage liability coverage – Property damage liability coverage is designed to help pay for property damage of the other parties involved when you are responsible for the accident. This coverage can also assist you to defend yourself in court if you are sued because of an accident. Medical payments coverage – Medical payments coverage generally covers you and your passengers for medical expenses from injuries sustained in an accident. Uninsured or underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage – Uninsured or underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage is designed to assist in payment of damages for bodily injury to you and your passengers when caused by another in an accident. and the person legally responsible either has inadequate or no insurance. Collision coverage – Collision coverage generally pays for damage to your automobile in the instance that you hit another car or object. Comprehensive coverage – Comprehensive Coverage pays for damage to your car if it is stolen or damaged by certain causes other than collision. Some examples of this is claims such as hail, vandalism, or theft. The right protection is the protection that matches your needs. You and your vehicles deserve quality coverage from a responsive, community-based agency that always goes beyond just the policy. We invite…
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How to Cope with Stress at Home

How to Cope with Stress at Home Our jobs are stressful. With endless amounts of paper work, harrowing deadlines, overbearing bosses and coworker spats, the daily grind can be pretty stressful. Without a doubt, work is one of the number one causes of stress. But what about when you head home? Home is our escape, our sanctuary. But, home life can be just as stressful as work. Job losses, economic difficulties, and conflicts with spouses or children can make a home incredibly tense. Stress at home can disrupt your daily routine and affect your mood and relationships with others around you. While it is unavoidable, there are tactics you can take in the home to manage stress. Declutter. Twice a year, schedule a time to go through everything that has accumulated in your home. Throw out clothes the kids have outgrown, file away that stack of papers. You will feel much better walking into a clean, de-cluttered space. Don’t let the small things build up. Every night, take the time to pick up that book you were reading or clean the plates in the sink. If you take care of small, menial chores little by little, it won’t pile up and overwhelm you. Let the light in. Natural light is an instant mood booster. Open the windows wide, and take away the blackout curtains so you get the maximum amount of natural light. Healthy snacks. A healthy diet can help reduce stress. Not to mention you feel better and have more energy to tackle those daily tasks. Designate a calm space. Find one room, or spare corner to call your own. Decorate it with personal mementos and things that make you happy. Disconnect. Turn off smartphones, tablets, iPads, iPods, the television, laptops, and every other technology gadget you have in your possession. Designate quiet time for you and your family. No email, no television, no texts. Even if it’s just during dinnertime, shutting out technology for an hour gives you a break, not to mention providing invaluable family time. The experts at A.J. Benet know how hard you work to protect your family year long. A package policy allows you to take advantage of benefits by consolidating multiple policies, such as  home insurance, with one insurance company. A.J. Benet offers Westchester County Home Insurance policies from top-tier insurance companies that are designed to insure…
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Flood Insurance Facts of New York

Flood Insurance Facts of New York Flood insurance is an essential component to ensuring your home and business is protected. However, flood insurance does not come standard in most homeowners policies, a fact many are unaware of until it is too late. Flood insurance remains a somewhat murky concept. How much flood protection insurance do I need? Do I really need it if I don’t live in a flood-prone area? Does my homeowner’s insurance cover any part? Here are some facts about flood insurance that you made not have known: There is no such thing as a flood-free zone. Some low-lying areas, near water, or downstream near a damn are at a higher risk- FEMA updates flood maps periodically identifying low, moderate, and high risk flood areas. In a high risk area, your home is more than twice as likely to be damaged by flood than by fire. Even low-risk areas account for 20 percent of NFIP claims, and receive one-third of disaster assistance. Even a small amount of water can be a serious disaster. According to the Flood Cost Calculator Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. It takes 30 days after purchase for a policy to take effect, so it is important to buy it sooner rather than later. The average annual U.S. flood losses in the past 10 years were over 2.9 billion. Two feet of water is enough to float a vehicle. New land development can increase flood risk, especially if the construction alters natural runoff paths. Over 5.5 million people currently hold flood insurance policies across the United States. In the event of a flood, there are numerous resources in New York that can aid you, in providing information and updates. The New York City Office of Emergency Management has a list of government organizations, including federal, state, and local, that help residents with flood related issues, ranging from temporary homes for displaced residents to general information. The Tri-State region has seen a significant increase in flooding. Flood and Excess Flood insurance is a crucial component of your insurance package to make sure you and your family are protected. At A.J. Benet, we have the expertise to help you secure a comprehensive Westchester County flood insurance plan. Depending on your needs and your home’s value, we will determine how much coverage you need…
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Mamaroneck Flood Insurance: How to Prepare for a Flood

Mamaroneck Flood Insurance: How to Prepare for a Flood When you live in areas like New York, you are frequently exposed to natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods. Although many are not as devastating as some, it is always beneficial to be prepared. Part of that includes investing in Mamaroneck Flood Insurance. Call us today for a free quote. (888) 639-4560 Earlier this year, the Huff Post addressed Westchester County’s (New York metro) vulnerability to severe flood disasters. New Jersey based non-profit news and research organization, Climate Central, states that there are several factors that contribute to Westchester County’s susceptibility to flood. As sea levels are rising and New York’s susceptibility to flood have increased dramatically, global warming has tripled the chance of New York state’s exposure to an extreme flood disaster. Fortunately, this knowledge has spread all over the globe and has motivated individuals and groups to create flood control plans. Here are several tips on how to prepare for floods in Mamaroneck Flood Insurance Tip #1 – Be knowledgeable and do some research. There are several websites that estimate your region’s susceptibility to floods. Websites like, Surging Seas, calculate your zip code’s flood risk through its sea level rise, storm surge, and tide. Flood Insurance Tip #2 – Prepare an emergency plan. Most communities have already devised fixed emergency plans, warnings signals, and evacuation routes—take advantage and learn it. Take this a step further and practice a flood evacuation route with your family. Flood Insurance Tip #3 – Create an emergency supply bag.  The essential things to store in this bag are non-perishable food, can opener, first aid kit, prescription medicines, blankets, large containers of water, extra clothes, and sturdy shoes. Flood Insurance Tip #2 – Identify potential hazards in and around your home. Learn how to secure and protect them in the event that a flood does occur. You may even want to have an electrician raise any circuit breakers, switches, and socket. As your insurance agent, we will consult federal flood maps to find your flood zone, which will affect the cost of your insurance, the type of coverage you need, and the limits of coverage for areas of your home that lie below the lowest elevated floor, such as basements and crawlspaces. Since 1964, A.J. Benet has provided Mamaroneck flood insurance to residents in…
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Mamaroneck Auto Insurance: How to Help Prevent Parking Lot Accidents

Mamaroneck Auto Insurance: Prevent Parking Lot Accidents You know the drill. As summer months wind to a close, and the kids head back to school that also means the Mamaroneck holiday rush around is close to beginning. The fall and Halloween decorations are out; it’s followed closely by Thanksgiving, and before you know it the full holiday cycle is in swing. This post is provided by A.J. Benet’s Mamaroneck Auto Insurance programs. Call us today for a free quote. (888) 639-4560 With the festivities, this also means that the malls, outlets, and grocery stores will be severely overcrowded.  During the holidays, the frequency of parking lot accidents increases by approximately 20 percent according to a study by a national insurer. To help protect  your car from dings and dents, follow these parking lot tips: Watch your speed. It is easier to avoid potential accidents if you have time to brake. You can avoid cars that are speeding, cut in front of you, or that pull out unexpectedly from their parking space. Check your mirrors…twice. Use your eyes and mirrors to make sure that you have a clear path before backing out (or pulling in) front of a space. Take the scenic route. Park your vehicle farther from store entrances. It is generally less crowded, and  your car is less likely to get dings or scratches on it. Despite your best efforts, if you do happen to get into a parking accident, report it to the police and your insurer immediately. Even if it seems minor, reporting it makes sure you’re protected in case the other party doesn’t have insurance or files a claim. Whether crossing the George Washington Bridge, driving home on the Hutch or making your way up Interstate 684, Alan J. Benet, Inc. provides Mamaroneck Auto Insurance for drivers from New York City to Westchester County and nearby Connecticut and New Jersey with personal Mamaroneck Auto Insurance plans to protect against unforeseen damages and injuries. Contact us today for more information about our Mamaroneck Auto Insurance Alternative Source: Fatalities & Injuries in Motor Vehicle Backing Crashes

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