Your Choice Auto – Affordable Car Insurance by Allstate

Your Choice Auto Car Insurance

Your Choice Auto Car Insurance

Looking for a great car insurance policy that can be tailored to fit your needs in Port Angeles, Sequim or anywhere in Washington State? Give the Elwood Benefits Allstate Agency a call. We offer Allstate’s Your Choice Auto with great features such as Safe Driving Bonus, Accident Forgiveness and Deductible Rewards.

Safe Driving Bonus

How would you like to get a check back from Allstate for being a safe driver? With our Platinum Protection Package, this gives you the opportunity to earn up to a 5% credit that can be applied to your next renewal premium. This is in addition to any other discounts you may already qualify for.

Accident Forgiveness

Accidents happen, but with Accident Forgiveness by Allstate, your car insurance rates won’t go up just because of it. Some policies make you earn this feature over time, but with Your Choice Auto, this feature is available on day one. In our Gold program, this feature can be applied to one accident every three years. In our Platinum program, multiple accidents are forgiven.

Deductible Rewards

The longer you are with an insurance company, the better your rates should be. With Allstate’s Deductible Rewards, you receive an immediate $100 off your collision deductible. Each year you go without a collision accident, another $100 will be subtracted with a maximum $500 reward off your collision deductible. It pays to be with Allstate.

Allstate Value Plan

Are you on a budget, but still want quality car insurance at an affordable rate? The Allstate Value Plan is just that with strait forward coverage and the convenience of Allstate’s Easy Pay Plan. Bundle the Allstate Value Plan with your homeowners insurance and save even more.

Ready to get a quote or learn more? Contact us at 360-452-9200 or visit www.allstate.com/mattelwood for more information.

 

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Drivewise By Allstate Insurance

Are you a safe driver? Would you like to save more money on your car insurance? Sign up for Allstate Drivewise and get 10% off your premium just for enrolling, save up to 30% at renewal and view your driving performance online.

Drivewise
Drivewise

How Does Drivewise Work?

1. Sign up. Get an immediate 10% off your premium just for enrolling. 2. Plug in. Allstate will send you a small device that easily plus into your car’s OBD-II port under your dashboard. 3. Drive Safely. 4. Save. Drivewise collects your car’s driving data. You can track your data and savings online.

Safety Pays

The Drivewise device collects data on four driving behaviors to determine your performance discount at renewal of up to 30%.

1. Low Mileage – Drivers who average around 35-40 miles per day or les are more likely to save. 2. Safe Speed – Performance is improved by avoiding high speeds. 3. Safe Hours – Avoid driving on weekdays between 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. and weekends 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. 4. Safe Stops – Save even more by maintaining a safe distance from the car in front of you and avoiding hard stops.

More Details

Existing customers can enroll at renewal. You have to have an active email address and be in Allstate’s AFCIC auto policy, which is our most current policy as of this writing. Not all cars are eligible. If your vehicle is a hybrid, electric, diesel, or if you use the On-Star monthly performance review, you would not be able to install this device. Your performance rating and discount, if any, will apply per vehicle, rather than by driver. Even if your driving performance doesn’t help you earn a discount, the data we collect will not increase your premium.

Want to learn more? Watch our Drivewise installation video.

If you have questions or would like to enroll, please contact us at 360-452-9200.

Want more information? Please visit Matt Elwood - Allstate Insurance to get more information on the Allstate products and services I can offer in Port Angeles, Sequim or anywhere Washington State. 

 

Financial Procrastination

Financial Procrastination
Financial Procrastination

It is human nature to procrastinate. I even procrastinated writing this month’s newsletter! It is so much easier to put off for tomorrow that which needs to be done today. After all, does it really make a difference if I clean my room now or tomorrow? Probably not, but when it comes to financial procrastination putting things off until tomorrow can have a dramatic impact. The problem is that tomorrow never comes. Days turn in to weeks, weeks into months and months into years. Financial speaking, you may miss out on years of compounding interest, pay higher insurance premiums or miss out on years of savings as a result of procrastinating. Whatever your situation may be, here is a list of common items I see clients delaying action on:

Bundling Your Insurance

By bundling your auto, home and life insurance with Allstate, you save more on each policy. Depending on your situation, you could be save 30-40% with multiple policy discounts.

Rolling Over An Old 401K

Have you changed employers in the past 5 years or longer? If so, you may have a 401K sitting at an old employer that is not actively being managed for your benefit. You have the option to roll that 401K into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), often with lower fees and more investment options.

Buying Life Insurance

A lot of people consider life insurance a luxury. I consider it a necessity, especially if you have people that depend on you financially. Allstate just came out with a new term life insurance policy that requires no exam, ages 18-45. With the convenience of doing the application over the phone and signing via email, now is a great time to get that policy your family needs.

Exploring LTC Insurance

There are over 10,000 people turning age 65 everyday is this country. The cost of health care is constantly increasing. If you have ever had an experience with a loved one that needed Long Term Care, you know that it can cost on average $6,000/mo. For a fraction of that cost you can get an LTC policy that will provide care if needed and protect your retirement nest egg at the same time.

There Is No Time Like The Present

These are just a few of the many financial topics that people tend to put off. Did any of them resonate with you? Did you think of something not mentioned here? If there is something on your financial to-do list that you would like me to help you check off, please reply to this email or give me a call at the agency 360-452-9200.

Want more information? Please visit Matt Elwood - Allstate Insurance to get more information on the Allstate products and services I can offer in Port Angeles, Sequim or anywhere Washington State. 

 

 

Why You Need Two Umbrellas Living In Port Angeles

Two Umbrellas
Two Umbrellas

It has been said that summer doesn’t start around here until after July 4th. Too bad it only lasts through Labor Day! Living on the Olympic Peninsula, the need for a good umbrella to shield you from the rain is almost year-round. However, the need for a Personal Umbrella Policy (PUP) to shield you from lawsuits is constant.

Your nightmare

Here is the worst case scenario: It is raining out, your car skids and side-swipes an on-coming car causing an accident with a doctor and his wife aboard. The wife is killed and the doctor is hurt so badly that he will never be able to work again. A jury awards him millions of dollars and you are liable. Even though you have great limits of liability on your auto and homeowners policy of $500,000, the lawyers continue to go after your home, life savings and even garnish your future income until the full amount is paid. To protect you from one of these lawsuits, we recommend a PUP. A PUP is excess liability coverage over your current car and home policies. PUPs take care of the liability for the lawsuits and medical bills of the auto accident victim or any other situation where you become legally obligated to pay. The great thing is that PUPs also pay for the cost of lawyers and other legal expenses. Whether lawsuits are valid or not, you wind up having to defend yourself against them. In situations like these, it is great to have Allstate on your side with a Personal Umbrella Policy. There are countless examples of claims we see that reach the liability thresholds of traditional auto and homeowners insurance policies. No one is immune to these types of situations and they could happen at any time. Don’t leave yourself financially exposed.

Your Solution

Allstate offers a range of coverage amounts from $1 million increments up to a maximum limit of $5 million. They cost as low as $15 per month and that is truly money well spent. Call us today at 360-452-9200 to see if this policy might be right for you.

Want more information? Please visit Matt Elwood - Allstate Insurance to get more information on the Allstate products and services I can offer in Port Angeles, Sequim or anywhere Washington State. 

No Exam Life Insurance from Allstate

Now it’s quick and easy to take life insurance off your to-do list. Allstate has recently come out with a new life insurance policy called Basic Term.  The great thing for you is that they have taken the hassles with getting life insurance away!

Simplified Underwriting

Woman Buying Life Insurance Online

Basic term is a simplified issue product that requires no exam. That’s right, no nurse coming to your home to prick you with a needle or make you pee in a cup. The policy is issued depending on answers to health questions on the application. What’s even cooler is that this can be completed over the phone and signed via email. This saves time, energy and money. In addition, there are three simple database checks used to determine eligibility.  These are the Medical Information Bureau (MIB), the Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) and the Prescription Database Check. The approval or decline decision is given within days instead of weeks.

There are four Basic Term underwriting classes with two Tobacco and two Non-tobacco classes. The issue ages for this product are 18-45. This is great news for young families who are too busy to sit down and go through the traditional life insurance application process.

Product Specifics

All Basic Term policies are issued as 15-year level term, with the option to convert to a permanent policy at a later date.  Allstate offers three different face amounts to choose from: $50,000, $100,000 and $150,000. Your premium will remain the same and will not increase for the term of your policy. If your situation requires more insurance or for a longer period of time, you can still qualify for those products with a traditional life insurance exam.

Spread The Word

We are very excited to announce this product in conjunction with our Auto/Life Discount. For more information or to get a quote, please contact Matt at 360-452-9200.

Want more information? Please visit Matt Elwood - Allstate Insurance to get more information on the Allstate products and services I can offer in Port Angeles, Sequim or anywhere Washington State. 

How To Pay Your Allstate Insurance Bill In Port Angeles

Matt Elwood Allstate Insurance
Matt Elwood Allstate Insurance

Paying bills is a chore than no one likes doing, but at Allstate we have several different options that can make life a little easier for you.

Local Agency

This is probably obvious, but are you aware that we take several different types of payments including cash, check and credit card? We even accept American Express. The great thing about paying your bill in the agency is that the payment gets applied immediately and we give you a receipt if you want one. In addition, you can make your payment at any Allstate agency if a different location is more convenient. Our normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. However, if you stop by during non-business hours, we have a payment slot that you can drop your payment in and it will be applied to your account the next business day. We will also call you to let you know we received your payment.

Telephone

We can accept payments over the phone several different ways. Most people like to use their debit or credit cards, which are a great way to pay your bill because you get an immediate confirmation number. We can also take payment with an Electronic Check or E-check. All we need is your routing and checking account numbers to process the payment. Our agency phone number is (360) 452-9200 or toll free (866) 452-9200

Computer

I know nights and weekends can be the best times to get things done. You can visit Allstate.com/mattelwood 24/7 and sign up for My Account via the customer log-in. Just follow the three simple steps to set up your account. You can access your account immediately upon completing registration. Not only can you pay your bill there, but also view your policy information, sign up for paperless billing, file or check the status of claim and much more.

Easy Pay

This isn’t for everyone, but some people like to put things on auto-pilot. We can set up your account on easy pay so the payment comes out of your checking account automatically every month or on recurring credit card. You will still get notification via email from Allstate as a helpful reminder before the draft occurs each month. I use this option myself and I really like it.

Please keep all these options in mind next time you are paying bills and most importantly, thank you for being an Allstate customer!

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