What are the odds of a big one?
The odds of a really big one, as in a magnitude 9 event similar to the megathrust earthquake and tsunami near Japan in 2011, was estimated by a BC auditor general’s report to be one-in-10 over the next half-century. The last big quake in BC was in 1700.
Why would I buy earthquake insurance if my deductible is so high?
Primarily, to be covered for catastrophic events that result in losses that your business cannot afford. The financial impact of an earthquake to a business can be devastating.
With that in mind, earthquake insurance can mean the difference between financial survival or not, and a 10-20% earthquake deductible can present serious financial challenges for any company. Commercial property insurance earthquake deductibles vary depending on factors such as insurer capacity, building age, building construction, and location. With Metro Vancouver’s cost of real estate, the stakes are high.
Do I qualify for earthquake deductible buydown coverage?
- Most businesses qualify for coverage as long as you carry earthquake coverage on your primary policy.
- Each contract can only cover one location therefore if you own multiple locations, you may need to purchase multiple contracts.
Reduce your deductibles
An example: if you had a $10,000,000 building with a 20% earthquake deductible, you’re responsible for $2,000,000 as your deductible. If you bought the deductible down to 5%, you would only be liable for $500,000 and the buy-down coverage would pay the difference of $1,500,000 in the event of an earthquake claim.
There’s a solution for that and it’s earthquake deductible buy down insurance. With this product, you can buy your deductible down to as low as 3%. Cost-effective options are available for reducing your earthquake deductible to 10%, 5% or 3% to help protect your financial security and survival..
Reliance offers a risk analysis
Take stock of your risk ratio before buying earthquake insurance. Review with your Reliance Insurance Advisor what your property policy covers. Be aware that damage that occurs after an earthquake such as a fire from broken gas lines may be covered by the standard property policy.
We will help you:
- Size up your risk.
- Assess the damage or replacement cost.
- Mitigate the damage before the big one.
- Read the fine print.
Call your commercial insurance advisors to learn more about Commercial Earthquake Buydown at 604-255.4616.
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