Monthly Archives: July 2015

Petschauer Joins The Marcum Workplace Challenge

10thAnniversaryLogoPetschauer Insurance is proud to be participating in this years’ Marcum Workplace ChallengeThe 3.5 mile run/walk is celebrating its 10th year anniversary on Tuesday, July 28th. All the proceeds from the event will go towards four amazing beneficiaries: Long Island Cares, Long Island Children’s MuseumChildren’s Medical Fund of New York, and Nassau County SPCA.

Last year, there were over 9,300 participants and 215 corporate teams involved! This will be our first year participating in the run, and are really excited to join the large community of companies that annually do the challenge.

Rumor has it that our president and vice president have high expectations of running to win a medal.  Hmmmm… you might want to come and see the fun for yourself.  Our staff is hard at work putting the final details together to set up our tent, food, games, and prizes!

You can still join the Petschauer team for the challenge, and participate in all of the activities. If you are already part of a team, come and find our tent (we will post its location as soon as we find out on our social media pages).

Register:

https://secure.marathonguide.com/register/MKWorkplaceChallenge/TeamAdditions.cfm?Code=3004fOML&EID=1043&RID=5373

If you can’t make the challenge, and would like to donate to the cause, just visit the link below.

Donate:

https://secure.marathonguide.com/register/mkworkplacechallenge/donations.cfm#Form1

We hope to see you there! And we can’t wait to share our experience with everyone!

 – Petschauer Team

Does My Auto Policy Cover A Rental Vehicle?

Question: Does my personal auto policy cover a rental vehicle?1144830_477b253d

Answer: Maybe.  Don’t you just hate answers like that?  Let us try and simplify this complicated question which our clients ask frequently.

First, it depends on what state you live in so always contact your insurance agent for advice before renting a vehicle.

If you were our client and lived in New York here would be our answer to you:

Yes, if you had a personal automobile policy and were renting a private passenger vehicle for pleasure use, then your policy would afford you coverage up to your liability limits for a maximum of 30 days.  STOP – KEEP READING…. THERE IS MORE….

Your policy may afford you coverage; however,  you will need to have ALL the facts about this coverage before renting a vehicle and declining the rental car insurance.  Please read carefully:

  • If you or the rental company puts a claim in for any damages to a rental vehicle, regardless of fault, your insurance company will apply an accident surcharge on your next renewal. There is also that possibility that instead of the surcharge, you will get Non-Renewed.
  • The rental car company can charge additional fees such as loss of rental income, diminished value of the rental vehicle, towing and storage charges and loss/damage of the GPS that your policy may not cover
  • Without the rental insurance the rental car company can automatically charge your credit card for the damages and fees for the rental vehicle. And if they repaired their vehicle before your insurance company is aware of the claim they could deny any reimbursement to you for the charges to your credit card.

So OUR RECOMMENDATION would be to:

  1. Check with your credit card company  as some of them still provide at least some coverage, if not all, for damage to a rental vehicle
  2. Do not hesitate: purchase the insurance every time you want or need to rent a car. It will be less stressful and less costly than your options above.