With Alfonso Castro

ABOUT GA INSURANCES

GA INSURANCES provide a friendly, professional and reliable service to suit all your insurance needs. Located in Santara Resort in Gran Alacant, they offer competitive free quotes to clients throughout the entire Spanish Costa, inland and islands.

BACKGROUND OF GA INSURANCES

Alfonso Castro started in the insurance world as a free agent in 1987 when he was only 20 years old. Alfonso reminisces, “The Gran Vista and Sierra Mar Urbanizations were being built next to the already existing Panorama and Gran Alacant buildings. This meant the arrival of many international buyers, mostly Scandinavian and German at that time. There was high demand for an insurance service and at that time, speaking languages was not very common, so I helped international clients and specialised working in this area.

I have fond memories of those days sitting on clients’ terraces. Many of our clients have become our friends over the years.

I also worked for Sun Alliance and Asssa Health for a number of years and in 2016 we opened the office in Gran Alacant that my son Marvin and I are delighted to run today.”

WHAT DO YOU SPECIALISE IN

“Everything from home, car, health, life, loan insurance to business insurance.”

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE

“I was born and raised in the southwest of Germany, near the border with France and Switzerland. My Galician father and Valencian mother were very young when they emigrated to this country after getting a job. They had been contracted by a German factory which meant a work contract and accommodation in this country.

I finished my studies in Germany at 18, after my high school degree, and decided to come to Alicante where we used to spend our summer holidays as a family.

My first jobs here were in the shoe industry in Elche and also teaching German at a language academy to shoe factory owners and their employees.”

BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB

“Our clients. We are fortunate to meet many great people, which adds to the pleasure of our job and to our motivation to do a great job.

Meeting and getting to know people, learning about their different cultures and hearing their stories is a gift.

Working alongside my son Marvin and training him up in the business has also been a great pleasure for me. I am very proud of the man he has become.“

CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR JOB

“It is unfortunate when a claim is not covered by insurance. Thankfully, this is in the minority of cases we deal with but it remains to be the saddest part of the job.”

THE MAJORITY OF CLAIMS

“The majority of the claims we deal with involve broken underground pipes in homes. This problem usually comes with a loss of water consumption and an excess water bill. In some cases, we have seen water bills reaching five figures after a prolonged absence of the owner.

We therefore advise owners, especially second homeowners, to close the shut-off taps both inside and outside their property and check whether their home insurance includes these damages.

To a lesser extent, we have records of thefts. We have the occasional car accident claim; however, I am glad to say we have
a clientele of magnificent and prudent drivers. Interestingly, after 30 years, we have not recorded any case of illegal occupation in all the areas we operate.”

STRANGEST THING CLAIMED FOR

“We had a case where a man tried to claim for his false teeth which he had left in a glass on a shelf. Above the shelf was a tin of paint, which fell on his teeth, rendering them useless! Unfortunately, insurance does not pay for this type of claim here in Spain.”

HOBBIES/SPARE TIME

“I enjoy spending quality time with my family and travelling. I also love playing basketball and play guitar and bass with a group of friends.”

THE FUTURE OF GA INSURANCES

“Honesty and trust respect form a big part of what we do. We will continue to act ethically and professionally and treat people respectfully the way we would expect to be treated. Our aim is to continue providing excellent service for many years to come.”


GA-HOMEFINDERS | THE GRAN ALACANT PROPERTY SPECIALISTS

www.ga-homefinders.com
+34 966 390 830
info@granalacantinsurances.com
C. Monte de Sta. Pola, Gran Alacant, Santa Pola, Alicante, 03130

GA INSURANCES
Based in Santara Resort working with leading insurance companies offering policies designed for Expats living in Spain to protect your health, life, properties, business or investments.

EXPERTISE
We specialise in home, car, health, life, loan and business insurance.

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