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Business Beat: 'Red Dragon' Daytona prototype car on display Nov. 9 at Creps Insurance Agency
The “Red Dragon” Daytona prototype two-time championship winner race car will be on display Nov. 9 at John Creps Insurance Agency in Flagstaff. Submitted photo
The “Red Dragon” Daytona prototype two-time championship winner race car will be on display Nov. 9 at John Creps Insurance Agency in Flagstaff. Submitted photo
Navajo-Hopi Observer

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - On Nov. 9, the John Creps Insurance Agency will sponsor an event that brings the Daytona prototype two-time championship winner of the Grand Am Rolex sports car series called "The Red Dragon" to Flagstaff.

The car is sponsored by Gainsco auto insurance in partnership with Gainsco racing, Rolex and Chevrolet.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2717 North Steves Blvd. #4, Flagstaff, Ariz. where there will be free photos, food and more.

John Creps said it is a big deal that Gainsco auto insurance is bringing the car here.

"It's really an honor for (my) agency," Creps said. "We provide quality business."

And making a good amount of money for Gainsco over the last 10 years didn't hurt when Gainsco was deciding where to bring the car.

Creps said Gainsco knows that there is a difference between a high producer and a quality producer. The company knows John Creps Insurance Agency which has been in business since 2001 is a quality producer.

Creps explained that as a rural agent who has a small staff of three including Creps, they select each policy very carefully. The agency works with a lot of Native Americans and immigrants and it recognizes that these two groups who are underserved and isolated are usually taken advantage of. Creps said the agency's aim is to provide honest, trustworthy, correct coverage at the best value.

"We specialize in customer service, all of our clients are referrals," Creps said. "Bigger is not better. Relationship is better."

He said he sees people from the reservation bring in policies from non-standard carriers and that his agency tries to get them with good quality standard carriers.

"We find that people are really being taken advantage of with high premiums and low coverage. And we try to fix it," Creps said. "A client would never have a problem with us where we didn't do what we were supposed to do because that is what we built this on."

Creps said he is not your typical insurance agent. He is an ordained pastor with a degree in sociology and that background informs his sense of what is right and wrong in his profession.

"I am a people person so when I see some injustice, I try to do something about it," Creps said. "I get very concerned when someone comes in with a brand new truck that they paid $100 for and now their payments are $600 a month and they didn't realize their insurance is now $300 a month because they are 19 years old."

He wants those people to come to him first and to know that his agency is not taking advantage of them as others have done.

"I highly value the opportunity to be professional in this industry," Creps said. "There's an awful lot of sales people in the insurance industry. We try to listen to a problem and we try to help people understand how we can transfer their risk from their exposure to an insurance carrier, with the limitations and exclusions included in the product."

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