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FEATURE: Markel Garage: The Garage Specialists Are Open for Business

BY Annie George

Posted on 18 Jan 2012

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This week we’re featuring our storefront, Markel Garage, an underwriting unit of Markel Corporation. Markel is an international property and casualty insurance holding company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia that markets and underwrites specialty insurance products and programs to a variety of niche markets. Markel’s specialty product focus and niche market strategy enables them to develop expertise and specialized market knowledge, differentiating themselves from the competition through their expertise, service, continuity, and other value-based considerations.

We spoke with LuAnne Patak, Managing Director of Markel Garage, who is responsible for all U.S. garage products written by Markel. LuAnne has 35 years of experience in the Property/Casualty market, with a majority of her focus on the specific details and nuances as they relate to the Garage policy and its coverages.

Markel Garage underwrites a broad selection of garage risks and offers both admitted and non-admitted products to wholesalers and experienced retail agents throughout the country,” said LuAnne. “We offer specialized programs that include the following industries: used car dealers, repair/service centers, body shops, gas stations, detail shops, convenience stores, car washes, tire dealers, valet service operations, and many more.”

Markel Garage policies provide the following key coverages: General Liability, Garage Liability, Auto Liability, Umbrella, Property, Crime, Inland marine, Auto, and Physical Damage.

“Markel Garage has been providing insurance solutions for the specific needs of the garage industry since 2000,” said LuAnne. “Our underwriting staff, with an average of over 20 years of insurance experience, delivers the comprehensive knowledge needed to successfully manage these specialized programs.”

Markel Garage’s strong relationships with agencies that have a book of garage business helps bring in a flow of consistent garage business. “We’re always looking for more agencies and producers who have a garage book,” said LuAnne, “and we’re confident we can provide a program that is both comprehensive and competitive.”

To find out more about Markel Garage and its specialty programs, please call LuAnne Patak at 800-290-2338, ext. 41007 or email