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Thursday, April 27 2017 @ 06:52 AM EDT

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Panama Auto policy must be kept in your vehicle!

Automobile Insurance Based on article 236-A of the Panama traffic regulations, from April 3, 2017 the ATTT has warned that if you do not have your insurance policy in the vehicle and are involved in an accident, they will impose the fine of 100 dollars. For a routine traffic stop, failure to produce a current policy can result in a fine of 50 dollars. Both infractions may result in removal of the vehicle. Please check that you have a current automobile policy in your vehicle!

Lately, I have experienced delays receiving policies from various insurance companies. Please check the renewal date and call your broker to obtain a current copy of your automobile policy. My cel = 6674-1063
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Panama Auto Insurance

Automobile InsuranceIn Panama Auto policies, the "Liability" or "Responsabilidad Civil" portion protects you for damage that your car does to others…damage for which you are legally liable. This coverage pays for bodily injury that you may cause to other persons, as well as, legal defense, cost of bail bonds, and emergency first aid to others.

RC also pays for property damage that you may cause to other vehicles, structures (light post, fences, houses etc.) up to the limits of coverage.

I recommend that my clients carry minimum limits of $25,000 per person that you may injure, $50,000 per accident (you may cause injury to several people) and $25,000 property damage (try not to hit a BMW, Audi or Mercedes) = $25/$50/$25.

My auto limits are $100,000/$300,000/$100,000 limits.

Generally, there are no deductibles associated with "liability" claims.


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Are you driving illegally in Panama? Do you lend your vehicle to friends or family?

Automobile InsuranceSeveral insurance clients have communicated to me that the Panama Transito police have stopped them for an infraction or at one of the frequent roadblocks and asked them to provide various documents. In some cases, such as failure to produce a "valid" drivers license, the vehicle was impounded!

Are you driving with a "valid drivers license?

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Auto Accident in Panama?

Automobile InsuranceStanding in the middle of the road under the blazing sun or in pouring rain, horns beeping, traffic backing up.......all because you have just had a collision on the streets of Panama! BE PREPARED!

Here the basic procedures to follow after an automobile accident in the Republic of Panama. Based on my experience, interviews with Transito Police and Insurance Company Claims Adjusters, I would like to pass on the following suggestions.

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Texting while Driving Killing More teenagers than DUI

Automobile InsuranceAccording to Angel Reyes, III, of RB&R:

Texting while driving now kills more teenagers than driving while intoxicated. Over 3,000 teens died in 2013 while they tried to send a text message when they were behind the wheel of a car. Approximately 2,700 teenagers died as the result of driving while intoxicated.

The Centers for Disease Control recently conducted a study, in which almost half of teenagers admitted to texting while driving.

Teens who admitted to sending and receiving text messages while behind the wheel also reported engaging in other risky behaviors as well. This includes driving under the influence of alcohol. Teenagers who texted while driving were five times more likely than others to drive after drinking. Young people engaging in the risky behavior were also found to be more likely to not wear seat belts.

In 2011, at least 23 percent of automobile accidents involved cell phones, totaling 1.3 million auto accidents over the course of a single year.

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Panama "Roadside Assistance" Stickers!

Automobile InsuranceMost every company issuing auto insurance in Panama offers emergency roadside attention for accidents and breakdowns.

The purpose of this article is to remind everyone who drives in our very "special" traffic to put the Roadside Assistance stickers on their windshields. If you suffer a mechanical breakdown, flat tire or collision. With the emergency Tel number easily in view, a call to your insurance company's "asistencia vial" service will bring help. Be sure to keep a copy of your auto policy in the vehicle, the company operator will ask for the policy number.

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Panama Auto Ins. How to Apply?

Automobile InsuranceWe can cover your new car before you put the key in the ignition! In order to issue an automobile insurance policy, we will need the following information:

1. Year, make, model and $$$ value of vehicle-if you wish full coverage (Proforma Invoice helps).
2. Name of insured (Owner) and additional drivers? Is the policy to be issued in your name or that of a Corp. or Foundation?
3. Car registration, Copy of Passport, Ced, Divers license and residence address.
4. Tel #, Cel#, email address?
5. Vehicle inspection (at our office or ins. company), if it is a used auto. No inspection necessary if vehicle is new.

¨Persona Natural¨ form (if property is in your name) or Persona Juridica form (completed by legal rep. of Corp.). This is an "anti money laundering" form required for every Panama policy with over $300 premium (more bureaucratic BS that must be kept on file in our office) Fill in the sections identified as ¨Datos Generales¨ and ¨Datos Ocupacionales¨ and sign where it says ¨Firma del Cliente¨. We will be glad to help you complete in the form.

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Quoting Panama Auto Insurance

Automobile InsuranceIn order to obtain a TENTATIVE quote for automobile insurance here in Panama, we will need the following information:

Make, model, year, current $$$ value of the vehicle, name, passport/cedula number, date of birth of the owner.
Do any of the driver's have a Panamanian driver's license? NEW CAR? If you have a proforma invoice....we can cover before you put the key in the ignition!

From this basic information, we should be able to send a quote by email or telephone. Carmen 322-1605 cdunkley@ducruet.com

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Panama Auto Title Change!

Automobile InsuranceFrom my good friend, Bob Askew............

The auto title change process in Pma is a 3-step process:

Step 1 is a trip (buyer and seller go) to one of the Municipio offices (it's not DMV). The Municipio office in Balboa (old CZ) next to the Niko's Cafeteria is usually convenient and opens early (7 a.m. I think)

Take identity documents (passport if foreigner, or cedula if Panamanian) and (to be safe) 3 copies of each.

Also have the original title doc (Registro Unico de Propiedad Vehicular) and a few copies. Buyer and seller will need to sign the back of old title doc.

Best bring the whole car file of docs. Another document to find is the current vehicle inspection doc (the Revisado) and copies.

There's a copy shop right next to the Balboa Municipio that opens at 8 a.m.

At the Municipio office, take a ticket and wait for your number to be called for their required checks & processing.

Yes, if you care to, you can ask the Municipio guard if he knows a runner to do the whole processing for you ($).

On the documents produced at the Municipio, make sure the buyer's name & ID document number are exactly correct.

The seller's not really needed for step 2 & 3 but the buyer needs to how to get a hold of the seller if there's issues (like unpaid traffic tickets).

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The Most Dangerous States to Drive In

Automobile InsuranceInteresting article detailing fatalities by state, work lost and medical costs as a result of auto accidents:

http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/05/25/most-dangerous-states-to-drive-in/