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Travelers insurance won't cover 'Assault Rifles'

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Joe Link, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    In an effort to save money, I called my AAA insurance agent today to see how much money I'd save on by switching from State Farm renters insurance (which I shopped for and purchased independently) to Travelers (who I have my auto insurance with, purchased through AAA). I was telling them about my situation, coverages and deductibles, etc. when the topic of firearms came up and I explained that I'll need extra coverage for my collection. The agent asked me about the type of firearms, specifically if I owned any "pistols, shotguns, or assault rifles". I knew right away there was going to be a problem :angry:

    I told her all of the above and gave her an estimate of the value, then waited for her to call back with confirmation of whether or not they have a policy against insuring 'assault rifles'. As I was on the phone with a client she called and left a message saying that Travelers will not insure 'assault weapons'. At this point I was rather upset, and decided to confirm this with Travelers themselves.

    I called Travelers and spoke with an agent.

    Now I'm not only shopping for renters insurance, but auto insurance as well. If any of you have Travelers or do business with any other company that chooses to discriminate against us for our lawful activities, I urge you to vote with your dollars and find alternatives.
     
  2. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    Does State Farm cover 'assault rifles'? I'd be interested to know. I'm not fortunate enough to own any of those evil:angry: gun YET. But someday.....:devil:
     
  3. Dan-Dee Sales Inc

    Dan-Dee Sales Inc Sweet Home, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    I smell poop. And a lot of it. We were denied insurance on our store because we sold Coleman propane. I think that people have no idea what they are doing except following a piece of paper.
     
  4. TonsOfOregonBrass

    TonsOfOregonBrass Sandy, OR Active Member

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    I have insurance through state farm. They didn't care what i type of gun i was insuring, or what type of motorcycle. this was a couple years ago though. so things could have changed.
     
  5. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    When you purchase insurance, I reccommend that you get EVERYTHING in writing. One agent may say one thing and another say that they are not bound by it. MAKE MINE IN WRITING!
     
  6. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    When I got the added State Farm coverage they didn't ask me any specifics except estimated value of the collection. I sure wish their auto insurance was cheaper for me :(
     
  7. s_ribs

    s_ribs Tigard, OR Member

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    Try getting full renters or home owners insurance if you own an APBT. :rolleyes:

    After dating a girl in the insurance industry for a short time I was further impressed by how little thinking is involved with setting up policies, and how many absurd rules they have set in place. It's a mind boggling system that I do not understand the reasons behind at all.
     
  8. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    What do you pay for your auto? I've found SF to be reasonable. My wife and I have home, auto and life insurance through them. Maybe I'm getting ripped off but at least I feel good about it:D
     
  9. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    After we moved from West Linn to Happy Valley my auto for just me went from $68 to $96 :(

    I'm going to give SF a call Monday and see what they can do for me. Last time I got a quote from them, about a year ago, it was like $115 per month. Their renters insurance is dirt cheap though, $15/mo. for $30k + $5k of firearm coverage.
     
  10. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    That's a pretty sizable 'penalty' for a smart move away from West Linn:) That does seem cheap for renters insurance though.
     
  11. el gringo loco

    el gringo loco PDX Member

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    I had a similar experience when, after 2 years, and out of nowhere metlife cancelled my homeowners after asking to do an inspection and learning I had knob and tube wiring. The house was built in 1923--of course it had that kind of wiring. My mortage company had kittens. Anyhow, I went with Farmers for everything. I could probably pay a smidge less elsewhere, but they are no hassle. I was sued and they took care of everything. 2 wrecks-no problems. They did want a 3rd party appraisal on my guns which was a pain, but they have no problems insuring them.

    I have heard state farm is great for service too.
     
  12. isher

    isher Clallam County Member

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    In my experience (25 plus years)

    State Farm is the best at covering everything

    "Hair, feathers, guts and all"

    And telling you the limits for weird things

    Like earthquake coverage in the Pacific Northwest.

    That being said, I'm gonna read through my policies again.

    isher
     
  13. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    I just checked out some of the various Home and auto coverages available. Some big variations out there, you'll find. I found (and I didn't know they existed) G.M.A.C. Auto insurance to be the most reasonable and they have a partner, Homestead Insurance, that will offer the combined discount deal for homeowners (don't know about renters). In terms of contents you can specify your coverage and many other details, too.
    They are online for quotes.
    Oh, I checked Allstate, SF, Farmers, Metlife,Travelers, Geico,Safeco; till I was tired of it.
    Not even close.
     
  14. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    This will help. If you are NRA member that insure guns at $1.60 per thousand and State Farm has an personal protection policy that insures at $1.42 per thousand. There is a catch with the State Farm policy in my eyes though you have to give all the serial numbers of the guns you want insured. To me that is ok I don't mind but I know a lot of people like to keep stuff like that quiet. Hope that helps.
     
  15. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    don't be too quick to talk bad about an insurance agent for not knowing what an "assault weapon" is just look at the threads here using the term and refering to semi aout weapons.
     
  16. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    GMAC is about the same as I'm paying now, but I just checked State Farm and they're around $80/mo. ($16/mo. cheaper) for better coverage, and that's before the multiple policy discount :D
     
  17. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    I guess you guys are figuring out who OWNS this country!
    Until lawmakers are willing to stand up to the insurance industry, we will continue to pay outrageous prices for everything from Dr.'s visits to homeowners/renters insurance.
    People talk about the various lobbies and their power in congress. No other even comes close to the insurance lobby.
     
  18. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Clackamas County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I second the recommendation to insure your firearms thru the NRA's program. It is available only to Members. You are a member, right?

    You do not have to provide serial numbers, etc., although for higher value items, (what they term "classified") there is a provision that you disclose some specifics about the firearm. You can get all the details by speaking with an NRA rep. Get the Policy and read the Fine Print.

    Personally, I do not care to deal with mainstream insurance companies in this regard. Let them insure my car, my stereo, my furniture, my clothes and my lawnmower. Let them do what their socially responsible conscience permits them to do in good faith.

    For firearms, I will Only deal with a firearms-supportive company. I refuse to mickey-mouse around with the kind dipsticks you have been speaking with. It is simply a losing proposition. Not everyone thinks the way we do and corporate entities are free to do as they wish, including making and enforcing an anti-gun corporate policy.

    If your are guns stolen, you will appreciate the service of the NRA sponsored vendor. And yes, you will have to pay more than you want to for that kind of piece of mind. And only you can decide if it is worth it to you.

    Thanks for alerting us to this particular company and their ignorant prejudices.
     
  19. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    Gotta love the multiline discount. It's almost like extra deductions at tax time. Isn't it nice to get a little 'break':thumbup:
     
  20. smithmax

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    That's pretty ridiculous that Travelers won't insure "assault rifles". I guess I need to dig out our renters insurance and make sure my guns are covered.

    We get a great rate through Progressive. State Farm wanted to charge me 133% of what my progressive policy is.