Business Auto

Ensuring your coverage is correct before a claim occurs.

The Business Auto policy is often considered fairly straightforward. However, it does present some challenges of its own. Perhaps the most common mistake that clients and insurance agents make with their Business Auto insurance is an understanding of how this insurance operates. It is particularly important to understand that the structure of the policy intends to provide coverage for the Named Insured for covered autos while being operated by permissible drivers.

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Coverage Types

Commercial Auto Insurance Streetsboro & Uniontown, Ohio
Auto Pollution Liability
Many more businesses than you realize are prone to losses to pollution liability resulting from the use of their vehicles. Contractors will often have a tank mounted on their pickup truck to fuel  their off-road equipment. Fuel spills from the tank of this vehicle will need appropriate pollution coverage.  Auto Pollution Liability provides coverage for any cost or expense arising from:

  1. Any request, demand or order; or
  2. Any claim or suit by or on behalf of a governmental authority demanding the insured or others test for, monitor, clean up, remove, contain, treat, detoxify or neutralize or in any way respond to, or assess the effects of pollutants.

The loss or damage must result from the upset, overturn or damage as a result of the maintenance or use of a covered auto. The discharge, dispersal, seepage, migration, release or escape of the pollutants must be  caused directly by such upset, overturn or damage.
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Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability
Liability protects you for your legal responsibility, and resulting lawsuits, caused by an automobile accident. The protection afforded by this coverage includes bodily injuries to another person or persons and/or damage to property.

The importance of selecting the right amount of coverage cannot be understated. The law requires the responsible party to make restitution for damages in the form of cash payments. If you do not have enough insurance to pay for the judgment against you, you will be personally responsible to pay the excess amount out of your own pocket. If you are unable to do that from your current earnings then a judgment against your future earnings may be assessed.
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Collision
Collision coverage pays for damage to your vehicle caused by the colliding of two or more objects. The basic policy pays up to the actual cash value of the insured vehicle at the time of loss.
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Coverage for Injury to Leased Workers
This endorsement redefines the definition of employee in the general liability coverage form to include coverage for leased workers.
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Drive Other Car
Everyone needs the benefits that flow from a Personal Auto Insurance Policy. These valuable benefits include coverage individuals while operating non-owned vehicles, coverage for Medical Payments and Uninsured and Underinsured Benefits for the specified individuals. Drive Other Car coverage modifies the commercial auto policy to provide for limited personal auto coverage as an extension of the Business Auto policy, even if no private passenger type autos exist in the policy. Covered persons include the specified individual and spouse, if members of the same household.
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Employee as Lessor
Perhaps the most common mistake business owners and insurance agents make relates to personally titled vehicles being added to a corporation’s insurance policy, or a policy that is not held by the title holder. Dangerous coverage gaps are created when this occurs that can leave the individual owner of that personally titled vehicle without coverage. Drive Other Car may be added, providing liability protection for an employee of yours, who leases an insured auto to you. Additionally, the insured auto will be considered an auto you own, and not a covered auto you hire, borrow or lease.Speak with a Rep Get a Quote
Employee Hired Autos
Does your business have employees who travel out of town and rent a vehicle in their personal name for business use? The Personal Auto Policy will most likely exclude coverage for the damage of the rented vehicle, as well as the liability that would results from that accident. Employee Hired Autos will provides both liability and physical damage protection for an auto rented in an employee’s name while used in the course of company business.Speak with a Rep Get a Quote
Employees as Insureds
Includes in the definition of “Who Is An Insured” an employee who drives their personal auto during the course of company business.
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Fellow Employee Coverage
This provides liability protection for an employee suit brought against a fellow employee out of and in the course of employment.
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Hired and Non-owned Auto Liability
Nearly every business has the potential for losses arising out of its use of rented vehicles (Hired Autos) and vehicles it does not own (Non-owned Autos). Consider, for example, a general contractor that utilizes subcontractors. If that subcontractor were involved in an accident on the job site, the likelihood is great that the general contractor will be brought into a lawsuit on the basis of its vicarious liability. Also, what about the business owner who sends its employees to run errands in the employee’s vehicle? Hired and Non-owned Auto Liability provides valuable protection for the business from these types of lawsuits.
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Hired Auto Physical Damage
Does your business rent vehicles? If so, Hired Auto Physical Damage coverage is the answer to providing coverage for damage of the rented vehicle. Coverage may provide for Collision and Other Than Collision.
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Lease/Loan Gap
While the standard insurance policy pays for the actual cash value of the vehicle, at the time of loss, there are instances where you may owe more than the standard insurance covers. A lease of a vehicle, or sometimes even a loan, will result in a contractual obligation that requires payment of more than the vehicle’s actual cash value, thereby leaving a shortage between what the insurance pays and what the bank requires you to pay. Lease/Loan Gap Coverage provides payment for this difference so that you are not obligated to pay this out of your own pocket.
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Medical Payments
Medical Payments provides an amount of money to pay for automobile related injuries to you or passengers of your insured vehicle.
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Other than Collision (Comprehensive)
This coverage provides payment for damage to your insured vehicle caused by a Comprehensive loss, sometimes termed Other-Than-Collision. Typical examples of claims falling into this category include fire, theft, vandalism, malicious mischief and breakage of a windshield. Collision with a bird or animal is also included as Comprehensive. The basic policy pays up to the actual cash value of the insured vehicle at the time of loss.
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Rental Reimbursement
Rental Reimbursement provides for payment of a rental car due to a covered loss to your insured vehicle. Hired Auto Physical Damage may be purchased which will provide coverage for the physical damage of the rental auto.
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Towing and Labor
Pays towing costs, and necessary labor expenses, completed at the scene of the disablement. This includes expenses such as roadside fueling of your car, a jump start or battery replacement, and changing a tire.
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Trailer Coverage
Trailer coverage may be added to provide for physical loss to trailers. Coverage may also be endorsed to provide liability coverage for trailers in excess of 2,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight, whether attached or detached from the power unit. Liability protection is provided automatically for trailers under 2,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight.
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Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists provides payment for bodily injury to you or passengers involved in an auto accident and caused by a driver with either no insurance (uninsured motorists) or not enough insurance (underinsured motorists). This coverage may also apply to bodily injury to an insured household member, caused by an uninsured or underinsured motorist while riding in a non-household vehicle, walking, or riding a bike.
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Uninsured Motorist Property Damage
Uninsured Motorist Property Damage pays for damage to your vehicle when it is hit by a positively identified underinsured motorist. If you insure your vehicle for full coverage then the collision coverage will pay for your vehicles. If you do not carry collision coverage, or you carry high deductibles, then Uninsured Motorist Property Damage is a good option to protect your vehicle from damage caused by a driver with no insurance. This coverage is subject to a $250 deductible.
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Our Customers

McMichael has been an excellent value added resource to us. THey have taken the time to learn about our business. Reviewing contracts, bonding, and getting involved with sub contractors has been very helpful.
kurt kluznik
kurt kluznik
18:35 11 Jul 24
We are so far very happy with McMichael Insurance. They quickly got us a quote that had better coverage at a lower cost, for both our autos and homeowners insurance. They were very friendly and worked to provide what we needed in a timely fashion.
jennifer brasileiro
jennifer brasileiro
11:37 09 Jul 24
Very easy to work with. Made sure I understood all about the insurance products they had to offer, even included videos. 100% recommend.
C Herritt
C Herritt
16:15 26 Jun 24
Dennis McMichael is in a class of his own! Extremely professional and responsive, I have him for my personal and business insurance, he covers my extended family and I refer all of my clients!
Mike Bernhart
Mike Bernhart
18:49 24 Jun 24
I have interacted with many of the fine staff at the McMichael Agency staring way back with Dennis, many years ago. But Faith Recchion, Client Retention Advocate, has most impressed with her follow up, research, speed of addressing issues and patience. She is a shining star and a true asset to the McMichael office and the insurance industry. Thanks again Faith! PT & Gayle
AOLFolders Feb2023
AOLFolders Feb2023
14:09 24 Jun 24
McMichael's did an amazing job with reducing my insurance cost by almost double. Same coverages I was getting with my current insurance company. I'm very pleased with how easy and professional they treated us in the transition to our new insurance policy. Thanks Mark.
John Crawford
John Crawford
21:16 11 Jun 24
Very easy to work with and very helpful!!!
Doug
Doug
09:53 10 Jun 24
We are delighted to be a client of McMichael Insurance. It is a pleasure to work with Brian Wolf, Dennis McMichael, Mark McMichael and their team. They fulfilled our needs quickly and efficiently They provided detailed care with professionalism, accuracy, and genuine friendliness. They truly are Client Experience Managers. McMichael Insurance is the Right Agency with the Right Price, Right Coverage and First-Class Service.
Joe Thomas
Joe Thomas
15:33 05 Jun 24
I was simply blown away with the price I received for both my home and autos. Dennis provides great service and doing all this through email and even signing digital was a great help in my busy life. I should have done this year ago and even better yet, supporting our local business is a win win. Thank you from the Lampas
mike lampa
mike lampa
13:46 03 Jun 24
Saved money on car insurance!
Robert Wallerstein
Robert Wallerstein
13:42 14 May 24
Sherry Barnes was great and super helpful. Very informative and professional and answered all questions.
Diana Lopez
Diana Lopez
13:39 30 Apr 24
Great customer service!
Roberrt C
Roberrt C
22:00 18 Apr 24
I have been with McMichael Insurance for many years. Great service. Faith Recchion is my go to agent.
Cheryl DeCavitch
Cheryl DeCavitch
18:30 17 Apr 24
Sherry has been wonderful in finding me the best and most affordable insurance coverage! Terrific company!
Donnamarie
Donnamarie
14:01 17 Apr 24
We received great service.
Dave T
Dave T
13:58 17 Apr 24
Dennis McMichael is expert in the field of insurance; he knows the details and applies them to the best interest of our family: understanding our needs and applying solutions is a skill set he has and I don't. This seems like a simple problem but its not. One has got to TRUST the judgement of one's agent: fully and completely. In this regard Dennis, and the McMichael team are the best in the business in crafting packages to meet needs. In our case it is a package of home, auto, health, and umbrella policies which interact to provide an effective shield against disaster and improve day-to-day living. Over time the team has helped us make changes to improve our evolving coverage requirements. The McMichael team are always ready to answer questions and provide suggestions; mostl importantly, we are never alone.
Thomas Mlinar
Thomas Mlinar
14:28 16 Apr 24
Great Experience with Dennis. Was able to save us a significant amount on our insurance. We were also able to increase our coverage, and still have savings versus what our current insurance company was charging. Will definitely be referring business to them.
Mary Bezzeg
Mary Bezzeg
13:51 16 Apr 24
I have been dealing with Faith Recchion at McMichael Insurance. Her communication has been very professional and response to all inquiries has been in a timely fashion. Found me the best rates for home and car year after year.
Greg Pastor
Greg Pastor
22:01 02 Apr 24
Best insurance experience I have had!I love that they send you a video of their proposal and explain everything!Not too bad that they found me the best rates as well!
Tony L Orth
Tony L Orth
23:43 01 Apr 24
Have been a client for decades. Never will choose another company.
Tara Centea
Tara Centea
20:44 28 Mar 24
Dennis was incredibly helpful and efficient in helping me get in contact with my insurance adjuster. He responded immediately to my concerns and was friendly and understanding of my frustration. He went to bat on my behalf and got results immediately. Thanks Dennis!
Sarah Jeppesen
Sarah Jeppesen
03:10 28 Mar 24
I really appreciate their help and orientation, they take the time to answer all your questions and overall, it's a great option to get your insurance from!!
Juan Rivera
Juan Rivera
19:21 23 Mar 24
Great attention and willingness to help find the best option for me!
Antonio Rivera
Antonio Rivera
18:16 13 Mar 24
Wonderful to work with! I would highly recommend!
Ashley Hendricks
Ashley Hendricks
17:55 12 Mar 24
My customer needs have always been exceeded in working with Dennis McMichael. His experience is such a plus and I always feel protected with the best possible insurance solutions to needs. He is prompt and follows up on everything. At the same time, I have always saved money in working with his business relations! Dennis McMichael is old school and truly believes in follow up.
Terry Stilla
Terry Stilla
12:01 12 Mar 24
Sherry is absolutely amazing! She went through all of my policies and found the best matches for my needs and saved me money! She was very thorough, knowledgeable and got back to me quickly. 10/10 recommend!
Tiffany Yanulaitis
Tiffany Yanulaitis
13:56 07 Mar 24
McMichael Insurance works hard for their clients. Any and every time I called with a question or statement, they answered it promptly. They all were very helpful. The office staff was interested in in the client as a person as well. My wife and I are very pleased with McMichael Insurance.
Dan and Lisa Fouser
Dan and Lisa Fouser
21:35 01 Mar 24
Working with Kathryn and Brian made the switch to McMichael simple and flawless. They took the time to explain things we didn't understand and to make sure we had the coverage we need. My favorite part about working with McMichael Insurance is the additional benefits like online training, tips, tools and webinars that ensure my staff is up to date on current policies and trends that could affect our small nonprofit in Columbiana County.
Chaney Nezbeth
Chaney Nezbeth
13:37 01 Mar 24
Faith was wonderful! Found me the best deal on the market. Thanks!
Marcus Still
Marcus Still
18:46 28 Feb 24
always very helpful at answering questions and resolving issues on telephone the first time.
Harold Redman
Harold Redman
16:41 19 Feb 24
The service and expertise Sherry provided was amazing. She really worked hard to find us/get us the best quote! Really pleased to change carriers and to now work with McMichaels.
Joshua Ralston
Joshua Ralston
18:28 15 Feb 24
Dennis was so helpful and patient! He took time to answer all my questions and made sure I understand all the coverage changes I wanted to make. I appreciate all of his help and going out of his way to assist me in setting up my new insurance! So thankful for a caring company!
Alyssa Nagy
Alyssa Nagy
16:41 15 Feb 24
Dealt with Debbie, Brian and Dennis on multiple policies. Excellent service. Subject matter experts in the field. Difference between them other past agents, was that they asked questions on things I didn't even know to ask to ensure I was properly insured with proper amounts. Understood my needs. Having been through the Hurricane experience, I understand the importance of good policy/companies. Many INSUR companies will take your money but won't pay out or support you when times comes. Fortunately, in FL, I had great INSUR company. My point? Definitely want educated agents who are experts and honest. Hands down, best service I ever had, and I was with USAA for 27 yrs. Thank you and appreciate excellent customer service. Definitely recommending them to my family and friends.
Sonny Veteran1
Sonny Veteran1
15:55 15 Feb 24
the coverage they found me was apples to apples to the former company i had at half the cost. A 50% savings a year is a great help pushing retirement years. Thanks again McMichael Insurance.
John Gerard
John Gerard
14:53 13 Feb 24
Sherry was great to work with and very knowledgeable about the products and recommendations. I highly recommend her and McMichael Insurance if you are looking to get the best service and price.
john brown
john brown
14:20 12 Feb 24
Sherry is a very knowledgeable and pleasant person. I could not have asked for a better resource for my insurance needs. Thanks.
Rod Reamer
Rod Reamer
13:03 09 Feb 24
Absolutely best company around!
Ashley Teeple
Ashley Teeple
19:33 07 Feb 24
They make things easy
Pat Minotti
Pat Minotti
14:38 07 Feb 24
Agents are always pleasant and helpful and are available to answer questions. There were no issues with my most recent claim experience. I would recommend McMichael Insurance for all your insurance needs.
April Woodland
April Woodland
21:21 04 Feb 24
I needed to get some new quotes and Faith at Mcmichaels went above and beyond at getting me what I needed for insurance. She listened to me and it was a pleasure to work with her.
John Seaburn
John Seaburn
22:42 01 Feb 24
McMichael Insurance has helped me with my insurance needs for home, auto and watercraft for many years. Whenever I need assistance, I always find them to be kind, professional and thoroughly knowledgeable. They communicate well and follow through with their commitments. I greatly appreciate the partnership we’ve built over the years.
Scott & Jeri Clark
Scott & Jeri Clark
14:59 01 Feb 24
I've used McMichael for about 20 years now. They have always gone above and beyond to make sure my questions are answered, and I have the appropriate coverage.
Dan Kort
Dan Kort
02:49 01 Feb 24
Sherry is great to work with. Patient and very knowledgeable.
YOUR DENTAL HYGIENIST
YOUR DENTAL HYGIENIST
14:38 29 Jan 24
Sherry was very helpful through the process and helped us secure insurance for our investment property on such short notice. Thank you
One Family One Home
One Family One Home
15:43 24 Jan 24
Can't thank enough to Mark for helping me with the perfect home insurance which is cost effective and covers everything I was looking for.Thanks.
Samir Hasan
Samir Hasan
14:54 22 Jan 24
We have held our insurance (home, auto and life) through McMichael Insurance for quite a few years upon recommendation from our financial advisor. They are not only honest and helpful but empathic and relatable. Over the years I have had various insurance questions and concerns, and never once have I hesitated to call them. I never feel rushed or leave the conversation feeling like I didn't have my question answered. They are patient as well as reliable. Most recently I have had to file a claim and Dennis was more than willing to take the time to walk me through the process as well as offer personalized advice on the details of how to handle things going forward. I even received a follow up phone call today checking to make sure the process was going smoothly. I couldn't ask for any better service and would highly recommend McMichael Insurance.
hon350
hon350
00:56 19 Jan 24
Excellent communication and response
James Scoby
James Scoby
14:14 18 Jan 24
They got me a great policy with a wonderful price!
TROY TOMCZAK
TROY TOMCZAK
22:29 17 Jan 24
A wonderful experience, wish it were free . . .
William
William
15:22 11 Jan 24
I feel that Dennis did a wonderful job he was able to negotiate me a really good price on my insurance.
Rochelle Ford
Rochelle Ford
14:27 09 Jan 24
Sherry was so nice! Fantastic! Highly recommend.
Kelly Ward
Kelly Ward
14:31 08 Jan 24
Sherry was wonderful at finding me the best rate with the most coverage. She was very friendly and prompt with the contract. I highly recommend McMichael.
Renee Davidson
Renee Davidson
14:15 27 Dec 23
Dennis McMichael and Melissa Carr are exceptional. They helped me to navigate through all of my changes. When I left a message I was promptly called back. Great Company & Great people.
John Mcmahon
John Mcmahon
17:42 21 Dec 23
Best insurance! They were able to provide me good home insurance. Recommend Sherry Barnes
Sohee Moon
Sohee Moon
20:15 18 Dec 23
The most amazing service and staff!!!
Michael Mariana II
Michael Mariana II
14:54 12 Dec 23
Sherry Barnes at McMichael Insurance was most helpful in finding home and auto insurance that met our needs and budget. She not only found much better coverage than our previous policies but premiums that are substantially less than what we have been paying. We are glad we contacted McMichael Insurance.
Chip Lago
Chip Lago
18:26 11 Dec 23
Great to work with Sherry!
Kirk Manton
Kirk Manton
14:48 07 Dec 23
Dennis McMichael is an excellent insurance agent that works exclusively to help his clients save money and receive the best coverage available.
Don Garrini
Don Garrini
20:58 06 Dec 23
Dennis and the staff were very thorough and professional and they seemed genuinely interested in my satisfaction. I would highly recommend them for all your insurance needs.
Tom Scudiere
Tom Scudiere
19:23 28 Nov 23
I have been with McMichael for many years now and they have always taken care of my needs. Debbie Craft is amazing to work with. I spent over an hour on the phone with her asking question after question and she never tired. She never gave the sense that it was time to move on to the next customer. She followed up when she said she would and delivered just as she said she would. She saved me over $1,000/year. Extremely pleased customer here.
Don Giddens
Don Giddens
16:58 26 Nov 23
My insurance agent was unavailable-so glad Debbie Craft took my call!. After hearing that my hail damage claim was rejected, she immediatly put me through to her superviser who came to my home to discuss the claim. Thanks to Debbie's initial intervention, I ended up receiving a substantial sum. She also got me a fantastic deal on insurance for my antique car. In both cases her actions were imediate-effeciency should be her middle name!
stew langenbeck
stew langenbeck
17:44 21 Nov 23
We have had insurance with them since the 1990's.
Janice Miller
Janice Miller
14:35 21 Nov 23
Thank you for staying on top of my policies and your easy professionalism.
Robin L. Brower
Robin L. Brower
15:07 17 Nov 23
Dennis and Dawn are amazing to work with. One hopes to never need to file an insurance claim but when it is necessary, I would not want to have to navigate the situations without an advocate! For example, on one occasion, I was rear-ended on the freeway in Columbus during rush hour. When I called the police, I was told that since the vehicles were drivable, no officer would be dispatched. Not knowing what to do, I called my insurance agent, Dennis. Dennis talked with both the other driver and me to document all the necessary information to file the claim. Who does that?? Well, MY insurance agent does that!!And Dawn is a problem solver! When our mortgage was sold to another company, there was a lot of confusion between the banks and our insurance premiums were paid to the wrong bank. Dawn spent a lot of time working through those details to clean up a mess that wasn't of her doing!People will often tell me that they like buying insurance directly without using an agent. For me, that's not an avenue I wish to take. I want the benefit of knowing I have a group of people ready to intervene when (not "if") life happens!
Kim McNamara
Kim McNamara
21:30 16 Nov 23
Sherry Barnes at McMichael Insurance is just superb. She’s attentive, knowledgeable and very friendly. Im now paying HALF of what I was paying for home and auto insurance!
Stunt Cat
Stunt Cat
15:02 16 Nov 23
worked with Sherry. after several phone calls/emails, I ended up buying new policies via her. Saved some $ vs. auto renewal with another mainstream insurance company.
David Chen
David Chen
15:32 15 Nov 23
Very responsive
Jeremy Rentz
Jeremy Rentz
14:14 15 Nov 23
I'm a new customer with McMichael Insurance, transferring from a long-standing relationship with another agent. Making the switch to McMichael's was difficult because of my prior relationship with my tried-and-true agent, but had to be done due to shifts in the market and our needs. Dennis worked with me so thoroughly and with such empathy and patience that I felt I was moving from one caring agency to another. I felt understood and held very competently by Dennis and his team. A big thanks for helping us on this new journey!!
Dave Schrader
Dave Schrader
17:14 14 Nov 23
Professional service . Excellent!!
Benoy Michael
Benoy Michael
15:58 13 Nov 23
Brian was very attentive, delivered exactly what we were looking for!
joel orellana
joel orellana
14:24 13 Nov 23
New client. JimGreat experience!
Greg Theirl
Greg Theirl
14:28 10 Nov 23
It is always a pleasant experience working with the McMichaels. They explain everything thoroughly and there is never any pressure.
Ginny Curran
Ginny Curran
21:13 09 Nov 23
Sherry is very friendly and extremely helpful and knowledgeable.
Martin Carlton
Martin Carlton
17:21 08 Nov 23
All my questions are answered quickly and expertly. Their advice has always proved to be trustworthy. They are kind and eager to be helpful.
Sheryl Buckley
Sheryl Buckley
21:26 02 Nov 23
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