Small business owners are the heart of the American economy. Maybe you are not big enough to be listed on the Dow Jones Index, but your enterprise is what drives Main Street in towns across Maine. However, you should not get complacent. Small businesses are susceptible to lawsuits, workers compensation claims and other situations that they cannot handle as readily as large corporations. It is imperative that you have protection for these times.
To keep your business safe in times of adversity, you should consider comprehensive commercial insurance. Contact us at Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance to speak with one of our agents today.
Following are examples of commercial insurance that many small businesses in the Portland, ME region find beneficial, along with some factors used to decide which, and how much, insurance to purchase.
These policies can protect you when held liable for harm done to another.
A customer or supplier who comes into contact with your business may get injured or sick for example. You will then need funds to take care of medical bills or legal fees. Liability policies can help defray certain of these costs.
If your business uses vehicles to transport things or people, then you will probably need some commercial auto insurance.
It is best not to rely on your personal auto insurance, even if you do use your everyday car for these purposes. Commercial auto insurance policies usually cover situations that your personal auto insurance will not.
Errors and Omissions
It is imperative that professionals, such as lawyers, accountants, and others who work independently, have error and omissions insurance. These policies help individuals who provide services and dispense advice when they are charged with negligence.
As you never know when a client may be dissatisfied with your work, it is best to have adequate errors and omissions insurance in place at all times.
Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Policy:
Number of employees
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Contact Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance today to learn more about specific commercial insurance policies in the Portland, ME area and beyond.
Many cities and towns struggle to balance short term rental with affordable housing. Advocates for short term rental say it encourages property improvements and neighborhood revitalization. They believe private property owners use should be free from government intervention.
Short term rental opponents say owner occupancy and long term leases foster community. They argue that short term rental erodes that community. They also contend that STR contributes to high housing prices. By removing inventory from the market, STR reduces long term housing supply.
Portland, South Portland and Cape Elizabeth Maine are not immune to short term rental controversy. Both passed STR ordinances in 2018 after contentious debate. These laws restrict the time, place and type of short term rental activity. You can find recaps of Portland, South Portland and Cape Elizabeth STR regulations at the bottom of the page.
Insurance for Short Term Rentals in Maine
Thinking of renting your Maine property on AirBnb, HomeAway, VRBO or another short term rental platform? Check with your insurance agent. You may need special insurance to protect yourself. STR platforms also include insurance for hosts. Most of this insurance is supplemental. It’s not intended to replace your primary insurance policy.
If you need insurance for your short term rental property in the Portland Maine area, contact Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance in South Portland at 207-799-5541. If you meet Portland or South Portland’s STR laws, we may help you choose the best insurance value. We’re independent and committed to you.
Portland Maine Short Term Rental Law
This information is current as of 12/1/18 (Code of Ordinances Sec 6-150 et seq.)
Short-term rental operators must register yearly and pay a fee.
Maximum of 400 unhosted units allowed on mainland.
Property owners may register up to 5 STR units combined.
Up to 5 units within primary residence (bedrooms, separate spaces, etc.)
Non-owner-occupied single-family homes and condominium units may not be rented out short term.
Only homes or apartments used as a primary residence can be registered as owner-occupied.
No more than two short-term rental guests are allowed per bedroom. Two more may use other areas for sleeping.
multi-unit buildings have their own rules (below)
South Portland Maine Short Term Rental Law
Current as of 1/1/2019 (Ordinance #22-17/18)
Unhosted non-owner-occupied short-term rentals prohibited in residential zones (single-family home owners may rent their primary homes up to 14 days per year).
Owner-occupied short-term rentals allowed under certain conditions in residential zones.
Requires city-issued registration number in STR advertisement
Short-term rental operators must register yearly and pay a fee.
Short-term rental operators must also be inspected, insured, and licensed by the city and collect Maine sales tax.
No more than two short-term rental guests are allowed per bedroom and six total per occupancy.
Cape Elizabeth Maine Short Term Rental Law
Current as of 1/1/2019 (Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 19)
Apply to Town Code Enforcement Officer for a STR permit.
No permit required for < 14 days per year
For non-owner occupied properties,
No more than 12 tenants at a time from May 1 to October 31
No more than 2 tenants per bedroom.
No more than 8 tenants at a time.
No more than 2 weeks rental per month
7 day minimum rental period
Maine Sales Tax on Short Term Rentals
The State of Maine requires owners of “casual rental” property to pay 9% sales tax. Properties rented fewer than 15 days per year are exempt. For more information about sales tax on short term rental, see Maine Revenue Services Bulletin 32.
When buying car insurance, choosing proper coverage limits is very important. Uninsured motorist and liability insurance limits are the most important of all.
Understanding Insurance Policy Liability Limits
Auto insurance policies cover bodily injury (BI) and property damage (PD) liability in an at-fault accident. BI reimburses others for medical treatment, missed work, pain & suffering and related expenses. PD pays to fix or replace autos, structures and other property that you damage.
In Maine, uninsured and underinsured motoristbodily injury (UMBI) is important coverage. It protects YOU and people in your household or vehicle. What if you’re in a crash where someone else is at fault? They have little or no insurance. UM pays your medical bills, lost wages, pain & suffering and more. In Maine, UM limits match BI liability limits except in very rare cases.
Split Liability Limits
Split limit liability policies are easy to identify. They have separate limits for bodily injury and property damage. They also slice BI coverage into a limit per person and per incident.
If your policy limits are 100/300/100, you have a split limits policy. In an at-fault crash, your policy will pay $100,000 max per person. It will pay $300,000 max for all injuries you cause. You have the same limits for injuries uninsured people cause to you. A 100/300/100 policy also pays $100,000 max to fix vehicles, buildings and other property you damage.
The Most Common Insurance Shopping Mistake
Many insurance shoppers think 100/300 UM limits give them $300,000 of protection. They actually have about 1/3 of that. Here’s why: most vehicles on the road have 1 person in them. If you crash into another vehicle injuring a single occupant, your policy pays only up to $100,000.
That sounds like a lot. It’s not. A few days in ICU with surgeries, CAT scans and other tests can easily cost more than $100,000. Accident victims often collect pain and suffering settlements, too. What happens if your insurance isn’t enough to pay for the injuries you’re responsible for? Your personal assets are at stake.
Remember that your UM limits are the same as your liability limits. If you’re hit by an uninsured driver an you have 100/300 limits, your medical bills may exceed your insurance.
Auto Property Damage Limits
Don’t forget that third number: 100/300/100 means you have $100,000 max of property damage coverage. That could include:
Vehicles (including commercial or public vehicles)
Street signs, telephone poles and other roadside items
With the cost of vehicles, it’s easy to imagine causing more than than $100,000 damage in a multi-car accident. The cost of driving into the front of a building can easily top that.
Combined Single Limit to the Rescue
Combined single liability (CSL) is just what it sounds like. There are no sub-limits for bodily injury per person and per accident and property damage. Just a big, round number. If you buy a $300,000 combined single limit policy, you have a pool of $300,000 to pay for all the damages you cause. It’s all available for property damage if no one’s injured. It can pay for one seriously injured person.
Even more important, $300,000 of UM coverage pays up to that amount of YOUR medical bills following a crash with an uninsured at-fault party.
Which is Cheaper: Combined Single Limit or Split Limits Auto Liability?
Most discount insurers sell split limit policies. Because they have “gotcha” sub-limits, the insurance company can charge lower premiums. They know that they are unlikely to pay the high “per accident” limit on the policy.
In the real world, most split limits policies have MUCH less coverage than a combined single limit policy. Very rarely, you see generous split limits like 500/500/250. A policy like that would be even better than a $300,000 CSL policy. Most split limits policies have MUCH lower limits. Unsuspecting buyers, lulled into complacency by the “per accident” limit, think they’re fine.
A Good Insurance Agent Can Help
If you’re shopping for Maine car insurance and confused by all the options, contact Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance in South Portland. We offer a choice of Maine’s top insurance companies. We can compare price and coverage to find the best value. Best of all, we provide personalized professional advice, at no extra charge! Call us at 207-799-5541. We’re independent and committed to you.
Car insurance is expensive for teenagers in Maine and everywhere else. Parents worry about their kids’ driving. So do insurance companies. For good reason.
Statistics show that new drivers are the most likely to have an accident. Experience matters. Newly licensed teenagers often need more driving time to learn to anticipate and avoid hazards. Even after they gain experience, teens judge risk differently than adults.
Will my teenager be a good driver?
Some drivers are better than others. It’s hard to predict. Even responsible teens and honor roll students can be terrible drivers. We all know that being tentative on the road can be almost as dangerous as aggressive driving.
We know these factors increase the likelihood of crashes for all drivers:
distracted or tired driving;
alcohol or drug use;
late night driving;
traveling in unfamiliar areas;
quick stops and starts.
How much will it cost to insure my teen driver?
Modern auto insurance pricing is sophisticated and secretive. You and your neighbor may be the same age. You may drive identical vehicles. Have similar commutes and accident records. You could still pay very different prices for car insurance. How much insurance you buy obviously affects the price you pay.
how long you’ve been a customer of that insurance company;
how long you’ve lived in your home;
whether you bundle your home and auto insurance.
Rate complexity makes it almost impossible to predict exactly how much your new driver will add to your insurance costs. Years ago, agents could easily do “what if” quotes. No longer. Today, they need detailed information about each driver and vehicle. Your agent may be able to estimate the cost close to the time you’re adding a new driver.
How can I tell if my teenager is driving safely?
A generation ago, parents relied on neighbors and friends to report if their teen drove recklessly around town. Now, mobile apps can track where, when and how your teen drives.
Your teen probably won’t be pleased to know that you monitor them. But driving data can also bring peace of mind to teens and parents. Because they track location, mobile apps can request roadside assistance or direct tow trucks or first responders.
Many telematics apps feature a scorecard so teens can compare their driving to their peers and improve. Some parents use these scorecards to coach their teens.
Can I assign drivers to certain vehicles on my car insurance?
Some insurance companies consider your teen to be a principal operator if you have a vehicle for every driver. If you have more drivers than cars, many insurers allow you to name one driver as an occasional operator. Principal drivers cost more than occasional ones. Makes sense.
Some insurance companies let you assign drivers to vehicles. Others use a “blended rate” method. In a blended rate scenario, you can’t assign your 2018 Mercedes to you and your 2000 Honda to your child.
Whether your insurance company uses blended rates or not, more vehicles mean higher premiums.
Recently, a top Maine insurer introduced a new way for parents to save money on teenage car insurance. They let you designate vehicles that your child never drives. You pay a lower rate to insure those vehicles. But, if your child does drive one, you’ll pay a big deductible in case of a crash.
How can I reduce the cost of insuring my teenage driver?
Check with your agent. Each insurance company files their own rates with the Maine Bureau of Insurance. Some insurers charge more than others for young drivers. Some use blended rates, others assign vehicles.
Discounts vary by insurer, too. Maine auto insurance companies commonly offer discounts for:
Honor roll or dean’s list students
Driver training classes
Students living away at school without a vehicle.
Monitoring via mobile app
Specialized online driving courses for teen drivers
Get Auto Insurance Quotes for Your Teenage Driver in Maine
Are you looking for a commercial lease for your Maine business? Moving your business from home or a co-working space to your first real office? Expanding your retail footprint from Portland to Westbrook or Scarborough? Just looking for new space? Either way, negotiating and signing a lease is a big move. It’s also a big commitment. And a legal contract.
A new location is an exciting opportunity for your Maine business. It’s tempting to lock in a great location by quickly signing a lease. Be a smart business person. Review it with your attorney, accountant and insurance agent first. It can save you trouble during the term of your business lease.
Why a Written Lease is Important
It’s good to have a written lease. It’s a legal contract that you can refer to whenever you have questions about your space. It’s also in black-and-white, which reduces misunderstanding when conflicts arise. And, a written lease is easy to review with your trusted advisors.
Review Your Lease with Your Advisors – Before You Sign It
If you have an attorney, make sure they review your lease. They know what clauses are standard, and which are unusual in the Southern Maine market. They can help you negotiate with your potential landlord. Likewise, your accountant can determine tax implications of your lease. They can set you up to properly record your lease expenditures.
Don’t forget to review your lease with your Maine business insurance agent. Your lease requires property and liability business insurance. Your agent can help make sure you meet your lease obligations. They can also keep your property and other assets protected. Finally, they can help you build an insurance budget for your new location.
Insurance Implications of Your Commercial Lease
Depending on your operations and your lease agreement, you may need to update your business insurance. Here are a few examples.
BUSINESS PROPERTY INSURANCE AND YOUR LEASE
Insuring building items and improvements. Your new space may need a build-out. Who pays for that? Who insures it after it’s done? And who owns it, and when? A well-written lease addresses those issues.
A good Maine business insurance agent can help you determine whether you need to insure improvements. If you do, they can also tell you how much it will cost. Triple net leases require a tenant to assume many expenses of the building, including insurance. Your agent can help you budget for that.
Insuring Your Contents and Inventory Your new place may be larger, or be an additional location for your business. If so, increase your insurance to make sure that your assets are properly protected. Don’t forget to insurer new signage, awnings, etc.
In Case of Emergency What does your lease say about damage to the property? What if the property is damaged to the point where you can’t operate your business for some time? A well-crafted lease outlines the extent of damage and the time limit that triggers the clause.
It’s one thing for your lease to allow you to move somewhere else in case of damage to the property. It’s another thing to be able to afford to move, and to let your customers know about it. An astute Maine business insurance agent can help you buy insurance to pay for business interruption and extra expenses.
BUSINESS LIABILITY INSURANCE AND YOUR LEASE
Your lease may require a certain amount of business liability insurance protection. That may be more insurance than you currently have. You might even need business umbrella insurance to satisfy the lease requirements. Your commercial insurance agent can provide figures to build into your pro-forma for the new location.
Who’s Responsible for What? Your lease should outline what areas you are responsible for vs. the landlord. It may address issues such as maintenance and snow removal. Make sure that you know what your lease commits you to. Share that with your business insurance agent.
Hold Harmless Clause / Mutual Waiver of Subrogation Many commercial leases have a “hold harmless” clause. This prevents a landlord from suing a tenant or vice versa, except in cases of extreme negligence. These clauses help to maintain good relations between the parties. Instead of pointing fingers at each other, the landlord and tenant simply pay for damage to the property they’re responsible for in the lease. Many leases also have a “mutual waiver of subrogation.” This prevents the landlord and tenants’ insurance companies from collecting from an other at-fault party after they pay a claim. It’s important to share your lease with your insurance agent so they can make sure your insurance is properly set up.
Additional Insureds and Certificates of Insurance Many leases require tenants to make the landlord an Additional Insured under their policy. Insurance companies are generally willing to do this when required in a lease. Some insurance companies charge extra for Additional Insureds. Check with your business insurance agent to build your budget.
Does your new location have an exterior sign or outdoor seating area? The city or town may require a certificate of liability insurance showing them as an Additional Insured. Hanging signs and outdoor seating are popular in areas like the Old Port and downtown Westbrook, Biddeford and Saco. The city wants to make sure that if your sign injures someone, your insurance will pay. Overhead signs are also common in suburban strip retail areas, such as Scarborough, South Portland and Falmouth.
Are you looking for a commercial lease for your southern Maine business? Call Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance in South Portland at 207-799-5541. We offer a choice of many of Maine’s best business insurance companies. We can help make sure your insurance meets your lease requirements. We can also help you build your insurance budget for this location. We’re independent and committed to you.
Running your small Portland, ME business can be a rewarding and satisfying endeavor. However, without the right liability insurance coverage, running your small business open you up to lawsuits. Here is a brief description from Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance of the most common business liability insurance.
Worker’s compensation insurance is required in Maine for any business with employees. As a business owner, you need to stay up to date on your state’s requirements concerning worker’s compensation insurance. Worker’s compensation insurance protects your employees when they are injured on the job. This also protects you as the employer from liability for said injuries.
General liability is one of the most important types of insurance for the small business owner to have. Liability can come in many forms. Individuals can get injured on your property or by your product. Something could go wrong with a service you provided resulting in damage or injury. Liability insurance will protect you in these situations and ensure that your company is not required to pay out of pocket for these types of liability claims.
If your company owns vehicles in order to provide services or deliveries, then you need business auto insurance. Commercial vehicle insurance can cover your drivers and your vehicles in the event of an accident. If your company uses vehicles, then you will no doubt have invested a good deal of money into those vehicles. This will protect that investment.
Commercial umbrella insurance policies help small business cover all their bases in one simple policy. Umbrella policies provide high limits of liabilty over your general liability and business auto policies. To learn more about small businesses, contact our friendly staff at Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance serving Portland, ME at 207-799-5541. We offer a choice of Maine’s best business insurance companies, so we can help you find the best value. We’re independent and committed to you.
Today’s forecast calls for winds up to 60 mph. Forecasters tell us to expect power outages and downed trees and limbs. It’s a day many homeowners and business owners will discover that their insurance policy has a wind deductible.
Windstorm insurance deductibles have been common in the Southern US for years. In Maine, they’re more commonly found on insurance policies for coastal or island properties.
Not every insurance policy in Maine has a separate wind deductible. If your policy doesn’t list one, then your regular property deductible applies to wind damage.
“Percentage Deductibles” vs. Flat Deductibles
Most homeowners and business property policies have a flat deductible that applies to all causes of loss. These are fixed dollar deductibles, for example $1,000. Whether you have a break-in, fire or water damage, your property insurance deductible is $1,000.
Most wind deductibles are “percentage deductibles”. The deductible is a percentage of the insurance amount, NOT the actual loss. For example, if your home is insured for $500,000 and has a 1% windstorm deductible, a $5,000 deductible applies to wind damage, and your flat deductible applies to other causes of loss.
Common Types of Windstorm Damage in Maine
Wind blows a tree onto property, damaging it.
Wind damages roof shingles or siding.
Wind-driven rain lifts shingles and siding, allowing water into the building.
Three Types of Windstorm Insurance Deductibles in Maine
“Named Storm” deductibles
Hurricane Insurance Deductible
A hurricane deductible only applies if your wind damage was caused by an actual hurricane. If your property is damaged by wind during any other kind of storm, the deductible doesn’t apply. Insurance policies define when a hurricane deductible applies. Usually it’s during the time and place that a hurricane watch or warning is in effect.
“Named Storm” Insurance Deductible
“Named storms” include tropical storms and depressions, as well as hurricanes. These occur more frequently, so “named storm” insurance deductibles are more likely to be applied. A homeowner would rather have a hurricane deductible.
Historically, “named storms” were limited to tropical cyclones. But in recent years, the National Weather Service has begun naming winter storms. Does wind damage that occurs in one of these named winter storms cause the “named storm deductible” to apply? That’s unclear. In our South Portland Maine insurance agency, we haven’t heard of an insurance company invoking that. But, it could happen.
Wind Damage Insurance Deductible
Wind deductibles apply to all kinds of wind damage, including those caused by hurricanes, named storms, or other wind. Even moderate winds can cause damage to property. A homeowner or business owner would prefer a hurricane deductible or a named storm deductible to a wind deductible. That’s because windy days happen much more frequently than hurricanes.
Which Insurance Companies Use Wind Deductibles?
Some use only hurricane deductibles. Others use Named Storm deductibles. Still more use wind deductibles. And some don’t use wind deductibles at all.
Each insurance company has its own guidelines. Some large national insurers use a wind deductible for any property within 1 or 2 miles of the coast. That’s a lot of homes in Maine. Many use special deductibles for properties within 1000′ of the coast.
The geography of Maine’s coast varies greatly. South of Portland, much of the coast is low-lying beaches open to the Atlantic. This allows ocean windstorms to affect properties farther from the shore. North of Portland, the coast is more rocky and rugged. Many elevated peninsulas create leeward inlets and protected harbors.
Some insurance companies that understand Maine underwrite these coastal areas differently. They may require a special deductible for properties more exposed to wind, and not for others.
Does Your Insurance Policy Have a Windstorm Deductible?
If your policy has a separate windstorm deductible, contact Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance in South Portland at 207-799-5541. We offer a choice of many of Maine’s preferred home and business insurance companies. Depending on the location of your home, we may find an insurer willing to insure your property with a flat deductible. This could save you thousands of dollars in case of windstorm damage.
The Portland Maine Water District offers HomeServe service agreement products. There are three options: exterior water lines, exterior sewer lines, and interior plumbing.
Does a water district plan duplicate coverage you already have under your homeowners?
Can you buy water or sewer line coverage from an insurance company?
Is it cheaper to buy water line coverage from an insurance company, or the water district?
We’ve created a spreadsheet comparing what’s covered by the water district plans with what insurance products cover. We’ve also outlined the cost and benefits of each. This 11 minute video reviews it in detail:
If you prefer to look at the spreadsheet yourself, here it is:
Some of the key differences between the plans:
Not every insurance company offers service line coverage yet. It’s getting more popular all the time.
Insurance coverage limits are generally higher than the water district plan.
The water district plan is actually a service agreement, not an insurance policy.
Insurance has deductibles. The water district service agreements don’t.
No waiting period for insurance. 30 day wait for service agreements.
Insurance allows you to choose your own contractor. The water district plan requires you to use theirs.
Pre-paid water district service agreements cover the cost to clear blocked pipes. Insurance does not cover maintenance issues like this.
Insurance covers costs to live elsewhere during repairs after a plumbing or sewer disaster. The water district plans do not.
Insurance costs 66% to 90% less than water district plans.
Choose a Water District Plan If: – you prefer to pay more for the security of no surprises. – you don’t want to pick your own contractor.
Choose Insurance If: – you can handle a $500 or $1,000 deductible for a much lower cost. – you want to use insurance for “the big stuff” like crushed lines, not smaller plumbing issues.
If you have questions about Greater Portland Maine property insurance, contact a Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance agent in South Portland. We offer a choice of many of Maine’s best insurance companies. We can help find the best fit and value for you. We’re independent and committed to you.
Most insurance companies in Maine surcharge insurance rates
after you’ve had an at-fault accident. That’s because people who’ve had one accident
are statistically more likely to have another. So should you pay for auto damage
after a small crash yourself, instead of making an insurance claim? Here are
some things to consider before you decide.
Is My Auto Accident
In Maine, unless another party is 100% at fault you may share
some fault in the crash. Some examples of 100% at fault could be:
running a red light or stop sign;
hitting you while your car was legally parked
changing into your lane and sideswiping you.
“At fault” doesn’t have to mean 100% at fault. Even if the
other party is mostly at fault for the crash, you are still partially responsible.
If your insurance company pays to fix your vehicle, and isn’t reimbursed by another
insurer, they may charge you for an “at fault accident”.
Is My Accident Damage
Below the Insurance Company’s Threshold?
Some insurers don’t charge for minor at-fault accidents with
no injuries. Common thresholds are $1,000 and $1,500 of total damage to all
vehicles. If your damage is below that amount, they’ll simply pay your claim
and not surcharge your future rates.
Do I Have Accident
Several insurers allow you to avoid a surcharge for your
first accident. Most charge extra for that option. Every
insurer uses different rules and calls this coverage something different. It’s
commonly known as “accident forgiveness”. Some insurers only forgive the
accident if you have no violations in the last several years. Interested in
accident forgiveness? Ask your agent to compare their offerings. There are no
How Much Will My
Insurance Increase After an Accident?
your accident is:
above the company’s threshold
and not subject to accident forgiveness
your rates will increase at your next auto
much? That depends on:
How much you’re already paying. Surcharges are
usually a percentage of premium. So, they more you’re paying, the higher your
surcharge would be.
How many other accidents you’ve had. Most
insurers charge a higher percentage for each accident within the 5 year
experience period. If this is your second, it will cost more than the first did.
How long the insurance company surcharges for
accidents. Many surcharge for 3 or 5 years. Some charge more the first year and
decrease the surcharge each year until it’s gone.
Based upon what we see, following an accident, your insurance
rates can increase anywhere from 7% to 20%.
Transparency in Insurance Rates
Insurance companies used to provide rate manuals to their
agents. The manuals showed accident surcharge factors and told us how they were
applied. Most insurers no longer provide this information. To agents, or even
to their underwriters. Rating has also become much more complex.
Insurance companies now calculate custom rates for each
person, instead of grouping similar people. Your agent can no longer predict
the exact effect an accident will have on your future insurance costs. Even the
insurance company underwriters are in the dark. They can’t answer questions any
better than agents can. It’s far from ideal.
We’re Here to Help
At Noyes Hall & Allen, we recommend that our clients buy
accident forgiveness if they want maximum stability. This helps keep insurance
costs predictable. Most good drivers appreciate that. For answers to your Maine
auto insurance questions, contact a Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance agent in
South Portland at 207-799-5541. We offer a choice of several insurance
companies, so we can help you find the best fit. We’re independent and
committed to you.
No one wants to wake up or walk out to a parking lot after shopping and discover their car has been stolen. Unfortunately, this is a situation hundreds of thousands of people find themselves in each year. If your car has been stolen, you may find yourself wondering what to do, or what order to do things in. Here is some information from Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance, serving the greater Portland, ME area.
File a Police Report
After your car has been stolen, the first thing you will want to do is file a police report. This ensures your vehicle is listed as stolen, which may help the police to locate it faster. It also helps to protect you in case the individuals who took your car causes damage to other vehicles or property with your car.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Once your car has been reported stolen with the police, you will want to contact your insurance company. Let them know that your vehicle has been reported stolen to the property authorities, and if you have it, provide them with the police or case number. The insurance company requires you to wait a period of time before they will pay out on a stolen car claim, so starting the clock as soon as possible is essential.
Unfortunately, not every insurance policy covers your car if it is stolen. If you are looking to learn more about auto insurance, find out what coverage you have, or increase your coverage in the greater Portland, ME area, let Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance help you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your auto insurance coverage.