Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-02-2016, 01:00 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Virginia
Posts: 12
Insurance agent in VA

I'm the agent that Dapplecreek posted the contact information for. I also helped a skoolie get a policy last week.

Our agency is licensed in multiple states and we have options.

I don't mind questions or what if scenarios, so have at it! There will be times that I won't answer a question on the forum, but will via email or phone.

- Ricky Burgess, Manager @ M.L. Sutphin Insurance Agency, Inc.
sutphinins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 04:01 PM   #2
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 6,459
Year: 1992
Coachwork: Ward/AmTran
Chassis: International
Engine: dt466
Rated Cap: 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by sutphinins View Post
I'm the agent that Dapplecreek posted the contact information for. I also helped a skoolie get a policy last week.

Our agency is licensed in multiple states and we have options.

I don't mind questions or what if scenarios, so have at it! There will be times that I won't answer a question on the forum, but will via email or phone.

- Ricky Burgess, Manager @ M.L. Sutphin Insurance Agency, Inc.
You do any business in FL?
__________________
.
Roll Your Own Build Thread
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 09:12 AM   #3
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Virginia
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by EastCoastCB View Post
You do any business in FL?
We have access to Safeco in FL, but at least in VA they would not cover a bus. We also have Safeco in AK & NY, but for states outside of our immediate area I'd suggest an independent agent in that state. Every state is different as far as vehicle rules and insurance.

I consider our immediate area VA, WV, NC & MD. We're not licensed for TN.

If you haven't, check out Trusted Choice. They are a network for finding independent agents.
sutphinins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 09:25 AM   #4
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 6,459
Year: 1992
Coachwork: Ward/AmTran
Chassis: International
Engine: dt466
Rated Cap: 78
Sorry to thread jack. Its just always worth checking. I'd love to save some $$.
__________________
.
Roll Your Own Build Thread
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 09:42 AM   #5
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Virginia
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by EastCoastCB View Post
Sorry to thread jack. Its just always worth checking. I'd love to save some $$.
No problem, don't mind answering questions. It's the point of the thread after all!
sutphinins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 09:59 AM   #6
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: MD near DC
Posts: 315
Quote:
Originally Posted by sutphinins View Post
We have access to Safeco in FL, but at least in VA they would not cover a bus. We also have Safeco in AK & NY, but for states outside of our immediate area I'd suggest an independent agent in that state. Every state is different as far as vehicle rules and insurance.

I consider our immediate area VA, WV, NC & MD. We're not licensed for TN.

If you haven't, check out Trusted Choice. They are a network for finding independent agents.
MD? That's the magic word! You will be hearing from me when the time comes.

On a related topic, that white prison bus fell through. I'd be happy to give out contact info for the owner; just PM me. Can't recommend him for his communications ability. Also, the mechanic I (unsuccessfully) attempted to retain for an inspection told the owner that the bus "would not make a long journey" and I happened to be cc:ed on that. So take it with a grain of salt.
dan-fox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 10:15 AM   #7
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Virginia
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by dan-fox View Post
MD? That's the magic word! You will be hearing from me when the time comes.

On a related topic, that white prison bus fell through. I'd be happy to give out contact info for the owner; just PM me. Can't recommend him for his communications ability. Also, the mechanic I (unsuccessfully) attempted to retain for an inspection told the owner that the bus "would not make a long journey" and I happened to be cc:ed on that. So take it with a grain of salt.
Unless we get National General in MD, I won't be much help right now.

However I have reached out to Natgen to see what other states we can get set up in. I've also sent requests out to see what other options are open to me, in VA and elsewhere.
sutphinins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 10:50 AM   #8
Bus Nut
 
2kool4skool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Spring Valley AZ
Posts: 530
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Bluebird
Engine: 5.9 Cummins
Rated Cap: 2 elderly children
Ricky, thanks for this. Big help! I hope other ins. folks step up and help.

After I got my bus home and found out my current carrier wouldn't touch it and (like most) I went on a frantic search for ins.

I am in AZ and I did contact AIS and they did refer me to a few and AZ Farm Bureau got my business.
__________________
Don and Mary
2kool4skool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 11:48 AM   #9
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Virginia
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2kool4skool View Post
Ricky, thanks for this. Big help! I hope other ins. folks step up and help.

After I got my bus home and found out my current carrier wouldn't touch it and (like most) I went on a frantic search for ins.

I am in AZ and I did contact AIS and they did refer me to a few and AZ Farm Bureau got my business.
From what I'm hearing lots of people have a problem finding insurance for these. Most of what I heard from the companies was no unless it's a professional conversion. I like getting quotes like these, and I like helping people, so this works great.

So did the AZ FB do liability only or give you some property coverage too? For me, National General has said, only in VA so far, liability only. I have to have photos and they will approve/deny based on photos and other information.

In the course of quoting one last week I found out one my companies will not do a school bus conversion, but will consider a greyhound on a case-by-case basis. I'm thinking it's because they come from the factory with the electrical and plumbing, but the rep I spoke with didn't have any insight as to why. That's the thing to remember, we the agents talk to customer service reps and underwriters, none of whom wrote the actual rules. Some of them have the ability and discretion to accept things that are different, others don't have that ability.
sutphinins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 11:59 AM   #10
Bus Nut
 
Dapplecreek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: near Christiansburg VA
Posts: 428
My experience dealing with this guy: I've been quite impressed with Mr. Burgess' professionalism and warmth - a good trick to be able to do both at the same time! He's been very patient with my questions and 'please call me backs'. He found a company that looks to save me well over a hundred a year for the same auto coverage. He also brought to light that I was waaaay underinsured for my home, and his rates (adjusted to allow for comparison with my current coverage) are perhaps twenty percent less than I'm paying now. So I'll be going with him for auto and home, for less than I'm paying now, for a WHOLE lot more coverage. And I'll hit him up for bus coverage when the time comes.
Dapplecreek is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.