SPRING START-UP: TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR CLASSIC BACK ON THE ROAD

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For classic car owners in northern climes, the long wait for spring can be excruciating. The good news is, it’s here. C.L. Hollis with our trusted partners at Hagerty have put together the following spring start-up checklist. Start prepping your car for its first drive. You’ll both be better for it.

  1. Start with your battery. If it’s been on a trickle charger all winter, disconnect it from the charger and reconnect the battery. If you simply removed the battery and stored it in a warmer spot for the winter, time to charge it up.
  2. Check your fluids. Start with a walk around and examine the floor beneath the car. Drips are common and expected; puddles are not. A fresh oil change is recommended since water or other fluids may have found their way in your crankcase. While you’re at it, replace the oil filter. Also check your other fluids – brakes, coolant, transmission, windshield washer. Do they look dirty? Are they at the recommended level? Smell your transmission fluid. If it smells burnt, change it. Generally speaking, if you can’t remember the last time you drained and flushed any particular fluid, it’s probably time to do it again.
  3. As for gasoline, your car should be good to go if you put STA-BIL in the gas tank before storing your car. If not, you might consider adding a water-absorbing product or – if you’re really worried about it – drain the tank.
  4. Check your belts and hoses for cracks and decay. Since rubber breaks down over time, examine the condition of your tires. Make sure they’re inflated to the correct air pressure, and remember the spare.
  5. In addition to potentially damaging your engine, water can cause brake problems as well. If your car has been sitting for a while, consider bleeding your brakes. They should feel firm when you push the pedal.
  6. By this point, you should already know if any mice spent a comfortable winter in or around your engine. Also check inside the passenger compartment, especially under the seats and in the glove box.
  7. And one last thing – check the headlights, turn signals and brake lights. Yes, this requires a friend’s help.

It’s finally time to start your car. If you’re just testing the engine, make sure an exit door is open enough to allow exhaust fumes to escape. If the weather allows for a drive, make that first one fairly short – a half hour or so should put the car through its proper paces. And before you take drive No. 2, do the ol’ walk-around again. No major leaks? Tires look good? Let ’er rip, and have a great summer.

C.L. Hollis has been helping people with their Classic Car Insurance for 29 years.

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Wedding Insurance Why You Need It!

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Wedding Insurance Why You Need It!

From organizing seating arrangements to creating music playlists to keeping in-laws and family members happy, planning for your wedding involves dozens of decisions made under tight deadlines with tons of pressure. For many, a wedding can also mean a significant investment as couples and their families plan full wedding weekends complete with a rehearsal dinner, the wedding event itself and a celebratory send-off brunch. Knowing what a huge time and financial commitment your special day is, are you sure you are doing everything possible to help protect your wedding

Although couples may hesitate to spend even a cent more than necessary on an event that can get pretty pricey in the first place, wedding insurance policies usually don’t cost more than $100—and can save you  thousands if anything goes wrong.

Top Wedding Claims

A look at the past five years of Travelers wedding claims data reveals that some of the most common claims include bankrupt venues, injury or illness, and disruptive weather. If a vendor goes out of business unexpectedly or does not show up, the policy covers lost deposits as well as additional expenses necessary to finding a replacement vendor.

The insurance also covers lost deposits due to cancellation or postponement of the wedding if one or both members of the wedding party are unexpectedly deployed for military duty.

Even if a vendor has insurance, its policy protects its own interest. Shouldn’t you protect yours?

Together with our trusted partner Travelers Insurance Company

C.L. Hollis Insurance has been helping families like yours for over 28 years. Contact us today!

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2017 Future Collectible Cars C.L. Hollis Insurance

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The age of driverless vehicles isn’t here yet, so which new 2017 vehicles are expected to one day join the ranks of fully drivable classic collectibles? According to the valuation experts at our trusted partners Hagerty, here are 3 such examples of production run vehicels by major worldwide automakers that stand out as the likeliest to grow in value and appeal to classic car enthusiasts. More to come….

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

  1. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ($61,140) – The Camaro has seen many generations and performance upgrades, and this is the most important one yet. The 2017 Camaro ZL1 has a stat sheet that would make last year’s Corvette nervous, and comes to the table ready to race. The legend continues to inspire today just as it did 50 years ago, as the Camaro reaches a whole new audience with this instant collector’s item.

    2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

    2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

  2. . Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio ($72,000) – Packing 505 horsepower, the Giulia Quadrifoglio can reach 60 mph in 3.8 seconds from a complete standstill via a bi-turbo V6 engine. Beating every other car in its class around the Nurburgring, the Giulia Quadrifoglio takes the crown in its segment.

    Ford F-150 Raptor

    The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor features six terrain modes designed to handle the most demanding terrains. From off-road rock crawling and desert running to on-road sport mode, Raptor is ready for any type of driving.

  3. . Ford Raptor ($49,520) – The original Ford Raptor defined a new production truck segment when it debuted in 2009. The first-generation special edition F-150 made it through the economic collapse, fuel crisis and the Baja 1000 and – due to conservative production decisions – is already becoming a collector favorite. For 2017, the Raptor is back with bigger muscles and a makeover, featuring additional horsepower and weighing 500 pounds less.

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Rick Hollis

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Not all catastrophes are an act of nature.

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When a catastrophic event comes to mind, we automatically think about things like earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes. But the truth is, not all catastrophes that can affect your business or home are created by Mother Nature. In today’s litigious environment, some of the most devastating losses your business or family may face are man-made.

If the worst-case scenario happens, will you be ready?

 

SALON FALLOUT

A local hair salon is buzzing with activity. As an older client is walking from the wash chair to the styling chair, one of the stylists pulls at the cord of a hair dryer, causing the client to trip. She takes a bad fall and fractures her hip. In spite of surgery and rehabilitation, the client’s movement never fully recovers, and she is awarded nearly $2 million in damages. The salon owner’s general liability policy only provides $1 million in liability coverage. An umbrella policy could have provided additional liability limits to close the gap.

From our trusted partners the Travelers.

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My Dog Would Never Bite?

dogI can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone say “My dog would never bite anyone!” I actually think I have said this myself once or twice.So would your Homeowners or Renters Insurance protect you from Litigation? Maybe, did you know that many breeds of dogs are not eligible for Home Insurance Policies including renters policies. see a partial list that many Insurance Companies follow.

Risks with the “fighting” or “guard” type dog breeds are not eligible for coverage. These dogs include, but are not limited to the following breeds and/or mixes of these breeds:

  • Pit Bulls,
  • Bull Terrier,
  • American Pit Bull Terrier,
  • Rottweilers,
  • German Shepherds,
  • Akitas,
  • Dobermans,
  • Wolf-hybrids,
  • Chows,
  • Bull Mastiffs,
  • American Bully,
  • American Staffordshire Terrier,
  • Presa Canario,
  • Shar-Pei.
Registered/trained service animals are acceptable with appropriate certification documents.

There are options to all of these Dogs contact us for more information. We would like to help you with all your insurance questions.

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PROTECTING THE CARS PEOPLE LOVE!

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Seasons change so do classic car values

There’s never been a better time to review your cars value; many classics are rising in value. It’s easy to make sure your classic is insured to valued.

These increases reflect changes in 2016

  • 1992 Pontiac Firebird SLP Firehawk – Up 70%
  • 1963 Ford Thunderbird – Up 33%
  • 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL – Up 33%
  • 1983 Datsun 280ZX – Up 26%
  • 1969 Porsche 912 – Up 24%
  • 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible – Up 18%

Would you like to know if your classic car is insured to value?

Contact me at rick@insurehollis.com

Rick Hollis

C.L. Hollis Insurance

Canton, MA 781.344.8578 Wareham, MA 508.295.9500

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Celebrate midlife. It’s not crisis time, it’s cruising time

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C.L. Hollis Insurance and our friends at Hagerty® like to celebrate the midlife crisis: It’s just another excuse to buy a car. Here are their top four cars to consider:

Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

Chevrolet Corvette: The Corvette is arguably the car that put American automotive prowess on the map, and with roles in films like “Corvette Summer” and “Animal House,” it was frequently featured during many mid-lifers’ formative years. And what better way to recapture youth than with two seats and a big V-8? Check out a 1990 ZR-1, the year that Chevy introduced its most potent production C4. Its Lotus-designed 32-valve V-8 LT5 was built by Mercury Marine and spurs it to a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds. It’s tough to get more performance bang for your buck: The Hagerty Price Guide puts a ZR-1 in No. 3, or good, condition at $23,200.

Shelby GT500

Ford Mustang: The equally ubiquitous Mustang comes in next on the list. If you grew up in the ‘60s or ‘70s, chances are good that you owned one, had a friend who owned one, or simply lusted after one because you saw Bullitt so many times. For brute strength, go with a 2012-14 Shelby GT500, the most powerful stock Mustang yet. The 2014 example is rated at 662hp and 631 ft.-lbs. of torque, and boasts a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds. Make no mistake: This car is a beast. Mash the gas pedal and the 5.8-liter V-8’s rumble may let you relive some of your more foolhardy memories. Just shy of 6,000 were built, and a quick eBay search yields many low-mileage examples for $40k-$50k.

Porsche 911SC

Porsche 911: A Porsche print campaign summed it up this way: “Honestly now, did you spend your youth dreaming about someday owning a Nissan or a Mitsubishi?” Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make that dream a reality. While a base ‘60s-era car will set you back anywhere from $66,500 for a 1968 coupe to $242,000 for a 1964, submodels like the 172-hp 1983 Porsche 911 SC can still be had for under $30k, according to the Hagerty Price Guide. And if you can live with only 150 hp, you can find a fuel-crisis neutered 1974-’77 911 for under $20k.

Dodge Viper

Dodge Viper: The Viper is the perfect car for those who crave attention, and that is precisely what you’ll receive. (“Sorry, Officer!”) Not only does its sleek body suggest a jungle cat ready to pounce, but the V-10’s snarl rattles windows and nerves alike. If you’re

looking for a road-going car, we’d recommend a 2001-2002 GTS with anti-lock brakes, the first year for that option (Hagerty Price Guide average value: $32,200). If performance is your No. 1 priority, look for a 460-hp American Club Racing (ACR) coupe featuring smooth air intake tubes (not ribbed), 50 fewer pounds and a stiffer racing suspension. The trick is finding one that has never been wrung out on the track.

C.L. Hollis Insurance has been insuring your classics for over 28 years.

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