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Filling an insurance claim isn’t always so cut and dry. Some cases require careful consideration and possibly the help of a third-party professional. One major question we’ve often heard is “But what do I do if I cause damage to my own property?” and even more often, “who will cover the cost of the damage?” These are both excellent questions. Generally when you file a claim, it’s against somebody else. But what do you if you have to file a claim against yourself? One of the most common incidents like these occurs when a driver backs into their own garage door. You might laugh, but we here at MBS Insurance Brokers Ltd know just how common it is to have to file a claim against your own auto or home insurance in Edmonton.

Who pays for the damage?

In an accident like this, there is no second party. So the question becomes: which of my policies is responsible for covering the cost? Let’s begin by gaining a basic understanding of your general insurance policies.

Car insurance

There are three basic types of car insurance in Canada: comprehensive, liability and collision.

  1. Comprehensive: this type covers any and all incidents that are unrelated to the driver of the vehicle (theft, vandalism, etc.).
  2. Liability: liability insurance is reserved for coverage related to any bodily harm that might have been sustained by the other party involved.
  3. Collision: collision insurance covers damage done to the car by an impact to another vehicle or object.

So based on these three, collision insurance will cover the damage sustained by your vehicle, but who covers the cost of the garage door?

Homeowners insurance

Your car insurance will in no way cover the damage sustained by your garage door, but fortunately, you also have homeowners insurance! This will cover the damage caused to your house.

What steps do I take next?

Next you would need to follow the basic steps to filling any insurance claim (even though it’s against yourself):

  • Contact the insurance companies: A benefit of having both your home and auto insurance with the same brokerage is that often it will be the same company for both home and auto insurance.
  • Document the damages: take pictures and carefully inspect all the damage.
  • Have your claim reviewed by the insurance company: your provider will investigate the claim and make sure it’s valid.
  • Reimbursement: if your insurance company determines that the claim is valid, it will reimburse you for the amount of the damages.

If you need help filling a claim, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at MBS Insurance Brokers Ltd. We’ll make sure the process is as pain free as possible. For more information regarding the lowest rates on your auto and home insurance, visit our website today.

How an Insurance Broker Saves You Time and Money

Do you know the benefits of an insurance broker?

Suppose you’re looking for the best insurance coverage at the best rates in Edmonton. In that case, you’ll first want to understand the benefits of an insurance broker and how they can help protect you in all sorts of different situations – whether it be saving you money, time or giving you simple peace of mind.

What Are the Benefits of an Insurance Broker?

Here are some of the many benefits of an insurance broker.

 

1. Saves Time

An insurance broker does all the work for you, so you don’t have to spend your valuable time shopping around for insurance. Instead, you simply provide your broker with information about your needs, and they shop the markets on your behalf.

 

2. Saves Money

Insurance brokers work with many different partners to find the best deals on the insurance that works for you. They take all your needs into account and make recommendations that are in your best interest. They have relationships with many insurance partners and can negotiate competitive rates and discounts, saving you money in the long run.

3. Expert Knowledge and Advice

An insurance broker provides you with the support and expertise you need to find coverage that suits your needs. They work with various products and services to find the coverage that best suits you. In addition, they can draw from an extensive knowledge base and experience to advise you on the best options. 

Insurance Brokers provide expert and unbiased advice. A wealth of knowledge about coverage and market rates combined with expert risk assessment ensures your possessions and business are adequately protected. Whether you are looking into auto insurance rates, tenant insurance, or home insurance rates, your insurance broker can help you every step of the way.

You can utilize their expertise to quickly identify your options and rely on their unbiased advice to help you make the best-informed decision for your situation.

 

4. Working For Your Best Interests

Since insurance brokers do not work with one particular company, they have nothing to gain from recommending a specific product. The insurance company also pays them a standard commission. Thus, there is no financial incentive to choose one insurer over another.

Insurance brokers have your best interests in mind. You can count on them to find you the best rate possible, which can give you the peace of mind you need. You can rest assured knowing that if you ever need to file a claim, one of our brokers will be there by your side to guide you every step of the way. They act as an advisor on insurance-related matters. They will shop the market for the best coverage and rates for you. Since fulfilling your needs is their only priority, they will provide independent, unbiased advice on the right coverage for your situation.

5. Privileged access and rates

Insurance Brokers have access to a wide selection of the best insurance companies in the country. These insurance companies are only accessible by Insurance Brokers. They do not deal with the public directly or with Direct Writers. Brokers enjoy long-standing relationships with these insurance companies. Still, they do not have an affiliation with any specific insurer, enabling brokers to provide you with a broader range of options at competitive rates.

 

6. Transparency

Insurance brokers must give full disclosure about their compensation and its effect on your insurance premium.  They are also required to declare any financial links with specific companies that may be a conflict of interest, enabling you to make the best-informed decision.

 

7. Risk and Advocacy Experience

Extensive experience dealing with different clients and claim situations equips insurance brokers with a broader perspective on how to reduce your risk. Also, in the event of a claim, you can count on your broker to act as your advocate with the insurance company and handle your claim fairly and promptly.

Speak to MBS Insurance in Edmonton about your Coverage

Reach out to MBS Insurance today to determine your home, auto, and commercial coverage options. Over the past 45 years, our experienced team of insurance brokers in Edmonton has earned the trust and loyalty of our clients by delivering superior products and services. We understand your needs and provide you with the best protection and rates.

There are many benefits of an insurance broker. We can help you understand the intricacies of your insurance plan while saving you money at the same time. We are a trusted insurance provider in Edmonton and provide personal and commercial insurance policies to people living in Alberta. We offer the best rates on recreational, auto, property, commercial, and group insurance policies. 

Contact us online for a free quote or by phone at 780-436-7880.

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This article was originally published on October 7, 2016, and updated for 2021.