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Rental Car Coverage Q&A

Posted by Scott Stueber on Aug 14, 2018 11:11:03 AM

One frequently-asked question we receive from our policyholders and agents is: Are rented vehicles covered by the personal auto policy?

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Insurance tips for new college graduates

Posted by Scott Stueber on May 1, 2018 10:00:00 AM

In just a few short weeks, college students will put on their caps and gowns and celebrate graduation. For many, graduation will be exciting and scary. Some graduates will start their new jobs right away while others will continue looking for their dream jobs.

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Getting an insurance quote doesn’t have to be overwhelming

Posted by Scott Stueber on Mar 6, 2018 9:04:18 AM

Having worked in the insurance industry for most of my career, I’ve talked to many people about the benefits of a West Bend insurance policy. While many people were interested in learning more, I often heard that getting a quote is confusing and time consuming.

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Tips on when to review your insurance policy

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Each year in November, I receive my home and auto insurance renewal policy. In my house, my wife looks at how the premium changed and then leaves it on the counter or nightstand for me to review. Because I have been in the industry for over 20 years, I do take a peek.

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New car safety features may lead to insurance discounts

Posted by Scott Stueber on Sep 19, 2017 10:46:36 AM

Do you like the new car smell or the shine of new paint? Buying a car can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Negotiations and paperwork can lead to many hours spent at a car dealership. Learning about the new technology and safety features available on cars today may require even more time at the dealership.

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Don’t get trapped by these common insurance mistakes

Posted by Scott Stueber on Sep 5, 2017 1:00:00 PM

In today’s world, everybody is looking for a good deal. Whether it’s on groceries, a new car, or insurance, we always feel better about our purchase if there’s cost savings involved.

However, remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” There are many reasons why pricing differs between insurance carriers and their policies. Ignoring recommended coverages made by your agent or reducing coverage can have devastating consequences for you and your family.

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Why do I need auto insurance if I don’t own a car?

Posted by Scott Stueber on Aug 15, 2017 4:14:44 PM

A growing number of individuals today, especially Millennials, choose not to own an automobile. Auto loans and the costs of maintaining a vehicle aren't appealing to them. With a number of alternative modes of transportation, like trains, buses, and bicycles, owning a vehicle isn't always necessary. Commuters can easily get to their destinations using popular ride-sharing programs, such as Uber and Lyft. 

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Will your vehicle sink or swim if it falls through the ice?

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jan 3, 2017 1:26:23 PM

This is the time of year when ponds and lakes are frozen. Soon you’ll be getting ready to get your vehicle out on the open, frozen water to enjoy the great outdoors. But what would you do if the unthinkable – but sinkable – happens and your vehicle breaks through the ice?

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Car Choices, Home Choices, Insurance Choices

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 8, 2016 9:53:39 AM


When it comes to making a purchase, there are typically many items to choose from which leads to making decisions and choices. Sue Gerlach, West Bend senior personal lines underwriter, explains that insurance is no different.

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Good student discounts can reduce auto insurance premiums

Posted by Scott Stueber on Sep 27, 2016 1:34:41 PM

It’s that time of year ... kids are back in school! It’s the perfect time to review the correct status of your youthful drivers with your insurance agent.

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