Industry News


Mar 1, 2016 Insuring a Vehicle with a Salvaged Title

Most personal insurance carriers will not allow a vehicle previously deemed totaled or with a salvaged title to be insured for full coverage. At times it can be hard to insure a vehicle with a salvaged title for liability only coverage, depending on the carrier.…


Feb 16, 2016 What Is Umbrella Liability?

What Is Umbrella Liability?   Why do I need to pay for this coverage?  These are common questions agents receive from clients as you quote policies or do account reviews.   Instead of stumbling over the explanation, think of using this quick synopsis of Umbrella coverage…


Jan 19, 2016 Drones

Today is the LAST day free registration of drones is available with the federal government.  Starting December 21, 2015, the FAA made it mandatory that all owners of small drones register their machines with the federal government so that authorities will be able to more…


Dec 15, 2015 FAA Unveils Drone Registry Rules

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has unveiled its registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS), or small drones used for hobby or recreation.  The registration requirement applies to UAS weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds including payloads such as…


Nov 30, 2015 Insuring Uber & Lyft Drivers

Ride-hailing services like Uber have grown rapidly and signed up thousands of drivers. These new businesses make it possible for individuals to work flexible schedules and to enter the transportation business without a big initial investment. If you’re one of those thinking about driving for…

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Sep 14, 2015 VIAA expands Illinois Territory

St. Louis-based Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, a family of nearly 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Southern Illinois, recently doubled its Illinois membership territory by adding 47 counties in Central and Southern Illinois. The expansion includes the cities of Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Peoria and…

Inner Circle Award

Jul 14, 2015 VIAA Maintains Inner Circle Status

St. Louis, Mo : Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA), a cohesive family of nearly 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Southern Illinois, was recently named to State Auto Insurance Companies’ Inner Circle.  This elite group achievement demonstrates outstanding sales, professional service and business management. This…


Mar 5, 2014 7 Ways to Close the “Value Gap” on Customer Service

By Tom Barrett, CIC, AAI February 25, 2014 The trends that began in 2013, with carriers tightening appointment criteria, looking at profitability first and foremost, requiring us to sell multiple lines of coverage (e.g., auto with home), and reductions in commission continue into the second…


Jan 31, 2014 Great Homeowners Article

Consumer Reports Copyright © 2007-2013 Consumers Union of U.S.   You spend a lot of money on insurance to protect your home, so don’t get caught short because you misunderstand how your policy works. The big mistake to avoid here is failing to supplement your…