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What is Florida Auto Insurance?

It is a contract between you and your insurer in which you pay the b a certain amount of money and, in return, the company will protect you from major financial losses due to an auto accident for a given period of time.

Whether you currently own an automobile or are a prospective buyer in Clearwater, you can get a Free Auto Insurance quote today. 

Simply call 727-441-9080 or complete our online quote request form. A GreatFlorida Auto Insurance Agent will help you find the best deal for you in Clearwater.

Why Do You Need Auto Insurance?

Insurance is your protection against economic disaster should you cause an accident that results in property damage or injuries to other people. It can help cover repairs to your vehicle and related medical costs.

What does auto insurance cover?

  • Bodily injury liability coverage – Pays for bodily injury or death resulting from an accident for which you are at fault and provides you with a legal defense.

  • Property damage liability coverage – Provides you with protection if your car accidentally damages another person's property. It also provides you with a legal defense.

  • Medical payments, no-fault or personal injury coverage – Usually pays for the medical expenses of the driver and passengers in your car incurred as a result of a covered accident regardless of fault.

  • Uninsured motorist coverage – Pays for your injuries and, in some circumstances, certain property damage caused by an uninsured or a hit-and-run driver. In some cases, underinsured motorist coverage is also included. This is for cases in which the at-fault driver has insufficient insurance.

  • Comprehensive physical damage coverage – Pays for damage to your car from theft, vandalism, flood, fire, and other covered perils.

  • Collision coverage – Pays for damage to your car when it hits or is hit by another object.

Can I get coverage with speeding tickets on my record? What about accidents or a DUI?

Yes. GreatFlorida Auto Insurance Agency owners understand that not everyone has a perfect driving record. They represent insurance carriers specializing in your unique situation.

What is a deductible on my auto policy?

In the event of a claim, this is the amount you will have to pay before your policy pays.

What's the difference between comprehensive and collision?

Collision is the part of the policy that covers your vehicle against damage caused in an accident. Comprehensive covers your car for damages not caused by a collision. It also covers against named perils such as hurricane damage and theft.

What are the Florida state required limits for auto insurance?

Florida requires a minimum of $10,000 coverage for property damage and $10,000 coverage for Personal Injury Protection.

What is uninsured motorist coverage?

Coverage designed to provide protection should you be involved in an accident with a motorist who is at fault and has either no insurance or not enough to cover your medical expenses. Uninsured motorist coverage does NOT cover damage to your vehicle.

I just moved to Florida. Is coverage the same from state to state?

No. Each state has unique rules and regulations for auto insurance. It’s important to be aware of the differences here in Florida.

Do I have to turn in my out of state tags and get new ones from Florida?

Yes. Upon moving to Florida a driver has 30 days get a new registration on the vehicle.

What is the Florida Financial Responsibility Law?

The law that requires owners or operators of autos to provide evidence that they have the funds to pay for automobile losses for which they might become liable. Auto Insurance is the usual method for providing this evidence to the state.

What is the Florida No-Fault Law?

The Florida No-Fault law requires PIP (personal injury protection) be carried by owners of motor vehicles and imposes penalties for failing to do so.

Why should I buy my auto insurance from GreatFlorida?

  • Most customers save money because we offer some of the most competitive rates around.
  • You can reach us any time, day or night, any day of the year.
  • You deal directly with a local GreatFlorida Agent in Clearwater.
  • We help you settle your claims quickly and fairly.

Simply call 727-441-9080 or complete our online quote request form. A GreatFlorida Auto Insurance Agent in Clearwater will help you find the best deal for you.

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About Auto Insurance in Clearwater, FL

In the event of an accident, Auto insurance provides protection against monetary losses due to a car crash, as well as damages from a natural disaster or vandalism.

Clearwater, FL drivers are required to have a minimum of property damage coverage and personal injury protection. Mike Lazanis at GreatFlorida Insurance Clearwater, FL, can familiarize you with legal requirements, additional coverage options such as bodily injury liability, collision, no-fault, uninsured motorist, comprehensive coverage and deductibles.

Mike Lazanis at GreatFlorida Insurance in Clearwater, FL shops all the major carriers to find the best policy and the best rate. Easy, Low-Cost and Worry Free. That's the GreatFlorida Insurance promise.

Simply call 727-441-9080 or complete our online quote request form.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
3/20/2019

Maintaining your car can require a lot of time and money. “Regular maintenance of your car can save you bigger car problems in the future” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s biggest independent car insurance agency.

In fact, AAA reports that most roadside trouble is a result of neglect from car owners failing to perform basic maintenance tasks. While some jobs are better left to the professionals, listed below are some simple and affordable tasks you can handle on your own.

Jump start your car

It can happen when you are on your way out, your battery is drained because you left on the lights. Simply jumping your car can get you back on the road.  It’s quick and easy. All you need is another vehicle and jumper cables. To start, turn off the engine on both cars. Grab jumper cables. Connect the positive (red) clamps to the positive terminal, one on each car battery. Throughout this process, do not let the jumper leads come into contact. Attach one negative (black) clamp to the negative terminal of the working car. Attach the other black clamp to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the battery. Start the engine of the working car and wait five minutes. Then start your car. Do not turn off your engine.

Replace windshield wiper blades

Wipers should be replaced every six to eight months. You can pick them up at an auto parts store, online or a big box store. The store should have a manual telling you the type of wipers you need based on your car model and make. It is as easy as sliding them off and on, directions are included.

Checking car fluids

Fluids such as engine oil, brake fluid, wiper fluid and radiator coolant are essential to your vehicle’s function. Consult your owner’s manual to know how often to check your fluids. Park your car on a flat level surface and set the parking brake. Remember, always allow time for the engine to cool off before opening the hood. Many fluid levels can be checked using the dipstick included or checking the fluid reservoir.

Check tire pressure

Maintaining proper tire pressure gives your tires greater longevity, quicker steering response, a smoother ride and better fuel efficiency. Tiremaker, Bridgestone has the following recommendations for checking your tires. Gather the following items, a tire pressure gauge and air compressor. You can use an air compressor found at most gas stations. Check your car manual to find the recommended PSI (pounds per square inch of pressure). Check the tire pressure with your gauge. You can do that by removing the valve cap from your tire. Then place the pressure gauge on the valve stem and press down hard enough so the hiss sounds disappears, and your gauge provides a reading. With a standard gauge, the air pressure will push a small bar out from the bottom of the gauge. Measurement units are etched into the bar. A digital gauge will show you a reading on the screen. After checking each tire, fill to the correct PSI and repeat every month.

“For peace of mind, GreatFlorida Insurance can always sign you up for Emergency Roadside Service with your car insurance,” says Ellsworth Buck.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
3/13/2019

Recently in Pasco County, some inmates helped rescue a baby locked inside a vehicle. The parents of the child accidentally locked her in the car, leaving their keys on the front seat. A Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Inmate supervisor and five low-risk offenders repairing a parking lot meridian nearby offered to help. With a coat hanger and a special, “skill set” the inmates were able to open the door and retrieve the child.

“Thankfully the parents realized immediately the baby was in the car,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent car insurance agency.

While it seems unfathomable, people leave their children behind in the car several times a year. In 2018, over 50 children died in hot cars according to safety advocacy website, Kidsandcars.org.

The website highlights University of South Florida Psychology Professor, David Diamond’s work on why people forget and leave a child behind in a car. He explains it has to do with the complex functions of the brain. He states that the problem is the failure of prospective memory, the process by which the brain remembers to do something in the future. Professor Diamond says, “The brain memory systems that fail when people forget children in cars are the same as those systems that cause us to forget to shut off the headlights when we arrive at a destination.”

Several brain processes are involved with leaving a child in the car. Many factors can disrupt these processes such as stress, interruptions, multitasking, and sleep deprivation. Also, Professor Diamond points out, the lack of visual or verbal reminders increase the chance of a child being left in the car.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports heatstroke is one of the leading causes of non-crash-related fatalities among children. When a child is left in a hot car, their temperature can rise quickly.

“Children suffer heatstroke even if they are left in the car for a few minutes,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent car insurance agency.

Children are vulnerable to heatstroke. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the following are some facts about kids and heatstroke.

Kids aren’t built for heat: A child’s body temperatures rises 3-5 times faster than an adult.

Every minute counts: The temperature of a car can climb 20 degrees in 20 minutes.

It doesn’t have to be hot: Heatstroke can occur in the shade, with the windows down, and even at temperatures as low as 57 degrees.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
2/27/2019

Longing for an adventure- to get away from the grind? A place with great views, all within your budget. It might be closer than you think.

The RV Industry Association(RVIA) saw record sales for 2017.  More than 10.5 million households own at least one RV. In fact, half of all new sales were to Americans 45 and under.

“This alters the profile of RV travelers being older, retired couples,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s biggest independent RV insurance agency.

The appeal of traveling in an RV includes, the convenience of traveling with kids and pets, unplugging, the outdoors and affordability. Do not think you have to surrender creature comforts because you are camping. RV’s come equipped with satellite TV, hardwood floors, a dishwasher,  a washer and dryer, even a fireplace.

Full-time RV living

Living in an RV is not everyone’s idea of an epic adventure. However, a growing number of Americans are ditching their mortgages for life on the open road. “It might seem crazy to trade your home for an RV but many find it inspiring,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent RV insurance provider.

RVIA reports a million Americans live full-time in RVs. Some RVers choose this lifestyle for financial reasons. However, many are looking for a change. They give reasons that range from spending more time together as a family, or wanting a more simplistic way of living, while they all want to explore the country. Going from place to place and living on the road seems isolating. But many report forming a network of friends within the RV community.

So, how do these  constant travelers make money? Many full-time RVers have jobs that allow them to work from the road. Some are living off their retirement savings and Social Security. The Washington Post reports a variety of options to fund  travels by cleaning campsites, harvesting on farms or vineyards, or filling in as security guards. Also, people find work through word of mouth, on Workapmer News or Facebook groups such as Workampers. Amazon and J.C. Penny are among the companies with programs specifically designed to recruit RVers to help at warehouses during peak holiday season.

If you decide to join the millions who own ad RV, contact GreatFlorida Insurance  for auto insurance and RV insurance.

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
2/13/2019

“If you are in the market for a new car this year, you may want to do some research before hitting the car lots,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent car insurance agency.

Consulting expert car critics is helpful. However, car lists while beneficial, are subjective. So, listed below are a couple of different lists to give you a more comprehensive idea of the kind of car you may want to dive home.

U.S. News and World Report Best Cars 2019

The experts at U.S. News and World Report looked at performance, interior, critic’s rating, safety and reliability. Below are the 2019 models they feel are the best.

Best Car: Toyota Camry and Honda Accord- tie

Best Luxury Car: BMW 5 Series

Best SUV: Ford Expedition

Best Luxury SUV: Lincoln Navigator

While newer cars are an investment, used cars can have some drawbacks. “Cars seem to get more powerful, comfortable and fuel efficient every year,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent car insurance agency.

2019 cars are equipped with the latest automotive technology. For some, this technology translates into safety features such as automatic steering avoidance. In other cars it is seen in updated conveniences, such as features to alleviate fatigue in drivers.

If you are looking for something more than just basic transportation, the next list is for you. The people at Car and Driver have selected their best 2019 cars that are fun to drive and full of personality. These cars make a statement.

Car and Driver 2019 Best Cars

BMW M2 Competition

Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Ford Mustang GT

Genesis G70

Honda Accord

Honda Civic Sport Hatchback

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Porsche 718 Boxter/Cayman

Volkswagen Golf

Whether your car is new or old, reliable transportation or a showpiece, GreatFlorida Insurance has reliable car insurance for you, contact us today.

 

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
2/6/2019

Tax season is upon us. In fact, the Internal Revenue Service has begun receiving 2018 federal tax returns.

“With the recent tax cut and Jobs Act of 2017, people can expect a lot of changes,” says Ellsworth Buck of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

You can file for free electronically through the IRS website or download paper forms. Also, tax preparation companies such as Turbo Tax and H&R Block are filing tax returns to the IRS on behalf of their customers.

What’s new

According to U.S. News & World Report, the most significant changes this year are, tax rate changes, the doubling of the child tax credit, estate tax changes, business income, alimony payments and charitable and medical deductions. Also, the standard deduction nearly doubled to $12,000 for single tax filers and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly.

“Everyone has a different tax situation, some will come out better with the new changes while some, worse,” says Ellsworth Buck of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance agency.

How to Prepare:

Print a tax checklist from the IRS, Turbo Tax or H&R Block. Collect and file necessary tax documents such as W-2s from your employers and 1099s from your bank. Do not forget to gather charitable contribution receipts.

Pull out old returns to remind yourself of the credits and deductions you claimed the previous year.

Common life events that could affect your taxes include, marriage, divorce, growing your family, educational expenses, buying or selling a home, retirement, accepting a promotion, receiving an inheritance and dealing with a death.

Deadlines

You have until April, 15 to file your 2018 taxes electronically or postmark your paper taxes. Tax returns for LLCs and S-corporations are due, March 15.

If you are looking for reliable homeowners insurance and trustworthy agents to guide you through the insurance buying process, contact GreatFlorida Insurance today.

 

 

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
1/30/2019

This Sunday, millions of viewers plan to watch the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams as they meet up for the Super Bowl. In the U.S., 72 percent of adults plan to watch the game, while 44 million people plan to host a Super Bowl party according to an annual survey released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insight and Analytics.

Hosting a house full of guests can have you playing defense. However, never fear, you have solid back up. Homeowners insurance will keep you protected.

“If you regularly host parties checking into an umbrella policy is a good idea. These policies help curb liability expenses that can happen during a party,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

Below are possible scenarios you could experience on Super Bowl Sunday. Also, is an explanation on how your home insurance keeps you covered.

 

Man down

As a homeowner, you are responsible for keeping your property safe. If someone trips over a rug on the way to the bathroom and is injured, you could be held financially responsible. Fortunately, a standard home insurance policy includes $1,000 in medical coverage for injuries to guests, per person. Liability coverage is also included if you are sued for injuries.

Fired up

Super Bowl Sunday is a big grilling day. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), reports Super Bowl Sunday as the second largest food consumption day in America.

Understandably, if you get distracted by the game and a mishap with the grill or a kitchen fire occurs, don’t worry you are covered. Dwelling coverage pays for the cost of damage or destruction to your home. If you plan to use a fryer, follow the following safety tips:

Keep the fryer at least 10 feet away from your home and never cook in the garage or on a wood deck.

Place the fryer on a level surface.

Keep children at a safe distance from the fryer.

Don’t use too much oil and over fill the fryer.

Monitor the temperature and use caution when touching the fryer, the lid and handles can be very hot.

Keep a fire extinguisher close by.

Illegal use of hands

To be on the safe side, consider hiding away your treasures that could be easily pocketed.

Keep an updated picture of your valuables for insurance inventory,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance.

While you don’t expect your friends to steal your stuff, you don’t always know everyone who comes over on game day. If something of yours goes missing, your personal property coverage pays to replace stolen items.

Stay protected in your home with dependable home insurance Contact a GreatFlorida Insurance agent today at 1-888-478-7801 or complete our free online quote request form at www.greatflorida.com.

 

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
1/23/2019

“The top deadliest cities in the U.S. for pedestrians are found in Florida,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President for GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent car insurance agency.

Smart Growth American and the National Complete Streets Coalition have published their report, “Dangerous by Design 2019,” detailing the nation’s most deadly streets for pedestrians.

Data reveals, between 2008 and 2017 the number of annual pedestrian deaths in the U.S. increased by 35 percent. While walking has increased slightly during that time and driving has only increased eight percent. A total of 49,340 died over the ten-year period, more than 13 people killed a day.

The most dangerous cities to walk in the U.S. are ranked below

  1. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford
  2. Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond Beach
  3. Melbourne-Palm Bay-Titusville
  4. Sarasota-Bradenton
  5. Lakeland-Winterhaven
  6. Jacksonville
  7. Bakersfield, CA
  8. Cape Coral-Ft. Myers
  9. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater

14.Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-West Palm Beach

“Over the ten-year period, the Orlando area saw 656 pedestrian deaths,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President for GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent car insurance agency.

The report exposes dangerous road design is to blame for deaths. Modern streets are wide with higher speed limits and longer blocks. The coalition is calling on congress to make changes such as, lowering speeds limits in areas with heavy foot traffic. They would also like to see more crosswalks with plenty of time to cross the street.

“Our federal policies, standards and funding mechanisms that have been in place for decades produce dangerous roads that prioritize high speeds for cars over safety for all people. These federal policies have continued to influence state and local policies as street design practices,” the report states.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds pedestrians, when crossing the street- always obey signs and signals, keep alert at all times and do not assume a driver sees you.

GreatFlorida Insurance has knowledgeable agents across Florida who are committed to finding you the most affordable car insurance to fit your needs. Call 888-478-7801 or online at www.greatflorida.com for a free quote today.

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