Dallas Autorama 2015

The car show season really kicks off with a bang at Autorama here in Dallas in February – we get to see all of the fiends that have been holed up for the winter, check out their new projects, and get to meet plenty of new folks. Here is the first gallery of photos from the 2015 Autoarama.

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What is Liability Insurance?

Sure, most of us buy insurance to protect our stuff. Obviously, you must have nice stuff to protect  – why else would you be reading a blog about insurance? Yes, a big part of what we sell is property insurance, but what about the other part of insurance  – the one that protects you above and beyond the specific dollar value of one piece of property That, dear reader, is called “liability insurance”.  Most personal policies that you pay for already have liability insurance, so isince you are already paying for it, you may as well understand how it works.

Generally, the largest amount of liability coverage most people have is attached to their home insurance policy. In our agency, we generally try to steer our clients to buy the most liability insurance that they can on their home; not because it raises the premium, but for the amount of value per dollar spent. The difference in premium between the minimum liability amount of $100,000 and $500,000 is generally in the range of $100 a year. This is an incredible way to invest your insurance dollars – where else can you buy $400,000 extra worth of anything for $100? Nowhere but insurance.

Liability coverage, at its core, protects you from lawsuits that may be filed against you. Yes, if your negligence causes injury like if the tile you keep meaning to fix finally breaks and your neighbor breaks his leg. However, the big value in liability insurance is in your legal defense. Talk trash about your neighbor and get sued? Liability coverage to the rescue. The standard amount of liability insurance on most policies is $100,000, but if you have priced a lawyer lately, you understand how much more coverage you really need. It’s the cheapest part of your home insurance, pound for pound, so you should bump it has high as you can. You never know when you will need it – or exactly how much trash your wife talks about the neighbors.

Auto liability is the liability coverage most people are familiar with – and like home insurance, it really shouldn’t be skimped on. Auto liability coverage is generally divided into three numbers – ex. 100/300/50. These three numbers represent $100,000 bodily injury per person/ $300,000 bodily injury per accident/ and $50,000 in property damage to others per accident. State generally set a minimum amount of coverage that is acceptable; in Texas it’s 30/60/25. Should you ever “rock the minimum”? No, for two main reasons.

1. It’s too low. If you are in a major accident and are left short, the damages you cause still have to be paid. If you total one Mercedes, or even a brand new Ford F150, you will come up well short on property damage. That money still needs to be paid. Guess who is responsible?

2. Higher limits of liability can actually save you money in the long run. Even if you are never in an accident, carrying high liability limits shows insurance companies that you are a concerned driver. One of our main functions here at The Phoenix Insurance is to shop your insurance for you when (not if, but when) your insurance premiums go up. It’s easier to get a better deal if you carry higher liability limits. Insurance companies like to insure responsible drivers, and nothing says “responsible” to an insurance company like high auto liability limits.

Remember up there where I said that home insurance is “generally” where people carry most of their liability insurance? I said generally because some (sadly not all) people carry an excess liability or “umbrella” policy. An Umbrella policy generally covers you for $1 million in excess of the liability coverage on your home and auto insurance. If you have been picking up what I have been laying down in the rest of this blog, you are starting to realize that higher liability limits are always better. With higher limits your assets are better protected. Yes, I said assets. While liability insurance does not specifically cover a specific piece of property for a certain value, it is there to prevent you from having to sell that piece of property off in order to defend yourself in court. You are already paying for liability insurance. Is it enough? An umbrella policy on top of whatever you have is generally cheap – usually under $300. Isn’t your peace of mind worth at least that much? Even if you choose not to get an umbrella policy, make sure you carry high enough limits on both your home and auto insurance at least. Call one of our agents today and continue the discussion about liability coverage.

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2015 Phoenix Insurance Charity Championship First Round Recap.

Thank you for joining us again on TPN for our coverage of The Phoenix Insurance Charity Championship.  I am your host, Lance Cannon. We had a lot of great matchups in the first round so lets get right to the action. Cody’s Friends just ganged up on City House of Plano. They will move on to the second round facing off against Doctors Without Borders. Really there is no limit to what they can do in this competition. 2nd Chance Farm absolutely trampled the competition; they’ll move on to the second round and face off against iKandy Foundation. Score of that game – 41-2. Rockwall Pets absolutely mauled Volunteer Center of North Texas. They’ll move on to the second round and hope to take a bite out of CMA Youth. Out West we had a great defensive battle as the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program put up an objection to Dare to Dream. Lets see if they can sustain this motion in the second round against Snowball Express.  I tell you nobody – not one bracket had Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program moving on to the second round, but here they are. Let’s see if they can keep it up. Service Packs made a difference in their first round game, overcoming Make a Difference 8-2. They’ll move on to the next round where Guns N Hoses are waiting, hoping to extinguish their fire. We had a great local matchup as the OU Club of Dallas faced off against the Russ Martin Foundation and the OU Club proved that they do in fact know how to use computers in Oklahoma. They’ll move on to the next round and face off against Throwaway Ponies. We’ve got some great matchups coming up. Stay tuned as we’ll come back and explain the East side of the bracket on TPN.

The DIVCO Lightning Profiled on eGarage

Did you get a chance to read the article about our DIVCO Lightning? We met up with Jordan Cole to get some photos taken of the DIVCO Lightning for promotional purposes, and after seeing the incredible pictures he took, eGarage asked if they could do a profile of our truck on their website. We were more than happy to oblige.

Take a peek at the article HERE.

The DIVCO Lightning in downtown Dallas.
The DIVCO Lightning in downtown Dallas. Courtesy Jordan Cole Photography

The Phoenix Insurance 2015 Charity Championship Second Round Schedule

The first round of the Phoenix Insurance 2015 Charity Championship is over, and it was a great group of games. We played four games a day for a week, and have now gotten down to the meat of the contest, and have started to see what charities are really contenders in this thing. For round two, we will do one game a day, starting on February 27.

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Here is the schedule for the first games in the “March Madness” part of the 2015 Charity Championship.

2/27 – Doctors Without Borders VS Cody’s Friends .

2/28 Dallas Furniture Bank VS The Stew Pot

3/1 iKandy Foundation VS Second Chance Farm

3/2  Rockwall Pets VS CMA Youth

3/3 Snowball Express VS Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program

3/4 Wounded Warriors VS Dallas Foster Parent Association

3/5 Guns N Hoses VS Service Packs

03/6 The Ou Club of Dallas VS Throwaway Ponies

03/07 Custom Canines VS Ninja Paws

03/08 Loving Garland Green VS ASPCA

03/09 Juvenile Diabetes Research VS My Possibilities

03/10 Community Partners of Dallas VS Child Advocacy Center

03/11 Make a Wish Foundation VS Trinity Kids

03/12 Operation Kindness VS Habitat for Humanity Garland

03/13 St Jude Children’s Research Hospital VS Jewish Family Services of Dallas

03/14 The Family Place VS All Saints Catholic School

As in the first round, the contests will be won by voting on our Facebook page – just click HERE to participate. Congratulations to everyone who made it through the first round, and good luck to everyone playing in these next games.