18May 2017
National Transportation Week


National Transportation Week

Not sure, but I don’t think Hallmark has a card for this (yet).  America, by Presidential proclamation, does celebrate National Transportation Week (#NationalTransportationWeek).  For trivia buffs, look up the launch of the Interstate Highway system under President Eisenhower.  Do you know why this was a Defense project?  Be careful in construction areas.  Slow down and give plenty of room for the workers and be prepared for sudden stops.  And stop to assess your Auto Insurance protection as well.  Give us a call for a no-obligation review!

11May 2017

Full-time college, technical school and similar education costs real money! In addition to tuiltion, there is also the expense for room and board. In many cases, it is not practical or allowable for the student to take a car to school. So Erie Insurance offers the College Student Discount…substantial savings. Talk to us about the details!


10May 2017
Camping Insurance


How many folks hike into the wood with nothing more than a backpack, sleeping bag, and small tent?  Camping trailers and comfortable home-away-from home equipment now costs thousands…even tens of thousands.  Does your Insurance cover it?  It can make a difference whether you leave your “personal camp” at a campsite for the season or if you bring everything home after each get-away.  Let’s make sure you are protected at the lowest possible cost. Give Us a CALL.

21Apr 2017
Boating Insurance, Are you covered?

Spring is here!  That means boating will soon begin in NW PA.  Are you “covered”?  Maybe.  Check your Homeowners policy and you will likely find automatic extensions of protection.  But be sure to read the fine printLiability coverage, legal protection in case you injure someone or damage their property, is a common extension.  But it typically does NOT apply to boats over certain lengths or horsepower.

You may also see coverage for the boat itself, but that may be limited to $1,000-$2,500.  And it may basically apply at home.  So this amounts to “driveway coverage”, not “highway coverage” or  “waterway coverage”.

Talk to us.  We’ll help you understand the details and your options.

20May 2016

Rave Awards

The RAVE awards dinner took place April 19, 2016. The Junior League of Erie and Get Connected should be commended for this first-class event – Recognizing Achieving Volunteers in Erie (RAVE). Sean Lafferty, WJET-TV news anchor, served as emcee. John Rushe, on of our agency principals, was nominated as an outstanding volunteer in the Adult Class for his work with (a.) the Erie Together anti-poverty movement; and (b.) St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Congrats to the Adult Class winner – Beth Racine, a 30-year volunteer at TREC, the Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Center!


05Apr 2016

We have re-designed our websites! Check out www.wrins.com. This was a collaborative effort of Papa Advertising Inc. and Computer Solutions, both of Erie PA. We hope you find our full website easier to navigate.  And we feel certain you will enjoy our “new look” featuring scenes from Presque Isle State Park.

Our mobile website, as you might expect, makes it possible to easily connect on-the-go. But we made a special effort to envision using it in front of a damaged home; at a roadside dealing with a disabled vehicle; or at the scene of an auto accident.  This includes an Emergency Services button.  After all, we need to be at our best when your circumstances are at their worst.  This re-do also enables us to show off the new 24/7 dispatch feature for Road Service from Erie Insurance.

Please take a look and tell us what you think!

12Mar 2016

Spring is around the corner. What needs repaired, replaced, or updated at your home?  Get some creative ideas at the Erie Home & Garden Show, Thursday March 17th through Sunday March 20th.   This event will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center overlooking Presque Isle Bay.

Home Insurance may need a “Spring Tune-Up” as well. Did you finish previously unfinished space; erect an addition; add a deck or porch; or make some other significant improvement?  Do you have enough coverage to rebuild your improved home?

Erie Insurance will be sponsoring a booth at the Erie Home & Garden Show. Our agency will be staffing it part of the day on Sunday, March 20th.  Stop by and say hello!

10Mar 2016

Your car/truck/SUV came with a hitch/receiver. Or you had one installed.  Your vehicle is covered under your Personal Auto Insurance policy?  But what about that “toy”?

In general, a trailer attached to a vehicle is considered to be an extension of the vehicle…but ask your agent to be certain. You might misjudge and damage someone else’s property or injure another person.  Under this extension concept, it is as if you caused the accident with the car itself.

But the trailer, boat, and contents of the trailer are not automatically covered for damage under most Personal Auto policies. Coverage can be explored, covering trailers while parked or towed.  Boats, motorcycles and ATVs can also be covered in use or transit.

Some hitches are also anchor points for racks that carry bikes, canoes, kayaks and more. Again, we can explore coverage while in use, storage or transit.

If you have questions, visit our website (www.wrins.com), or contact us.

05Feb 2016

The “new car bug” has infected Erie PA! Seriously, the 2016 Auto Show is being held through Sunday at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center.

So what does this have to do with insurance? We know we are just one piece of the car-buying puzzle.  But we want you to be an informed consumer.

Please copy a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the vehicle you wish to purchase. We can use that to accurately project the premium impact of those new wheels.  It may surprise you that tow similar cars (price, size, standard features) may have very different insurance costs.

And here is a fun fact. We can’t tell the color of your car.  So if you really want the Bright Red one, go ahead!  The color won’t increase the cost of your insurance.

08Jan 2016

People think about calling their Auto Insurance carrier when an accident occurs. But what if your vehicle is simply disabled, unrelated to an accident?

Many policies have Road Service coverage. And Erie Insurance just enhanced that protection to offer 24/7 dispatch service.  Simply call 1-800-367-3743.  They can find a local service provider and the invoice (limits apply) will go directly to Erie Insurance.  This is “emergency” service such as a jump-start; fuel delivery if out of gas; tire change; key lock-out; winch-out from a roadside ditch; and towing to the closest qualified repair facility.

If you have questions, visit our website (www.wrins.com), or contact us.

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