Many auto insurance companies today don’t sell their policies through agents but directly from the company online or over the phone. It might seem that having an agent to help you purchase auto insurance is a thing of the past but don’t discount the auto insurance agent just yet. There are excellent reasons to consider using an insurance agent for your auto policy purchase.
Agents Know Their Products
Many of the customer service representatives who handle the phones at large insurance companies know the basics of auto insurance policies enough to help you select and purchase one. But insurance agents, especially those who have been around for a while, understand more about coverage and policy limits. They can share with you a wealth of knowledge that will ensure you get the right policy, the best rate, and a good understanding of what you are paying for. An agent will help you select the best coverage limits to fit your needs.
Agents Are On Your Side
If the day comes when you need to file a claim, it’s always good to have someone who is genuinely on your side. Especially in a complicated claim, your agent can walk you through the process and be there to answer all your questions. An agent is also there to step in when there are disagreements with the insurance company’s adjuster or other involved parties. Because your agent knows all about the policy and how the claims process works, they can better negotiate and discuss claims issues with your adjuster.
Agents Keep Your Policy Accurate
A good agent will take the time to review your policy regularly and make sure that everything is accurate and that you are still carrying the coverage you need. An agent knows when changes in your life might affect your insurance coverage needs, such as a marriage or a child reaching driving age. Large insurance companies can’t provide that level of personal attention.
Are Agents More Expensive?
Generally, an insurance policy purchased through an agent will cost more than one bought directly. That isn’t necessarily true. The best rate for you may be one from an agency, so don’t discount quotes from agents when shopping for car insurance. You might get the best rate and the service an agent can provide.
You might not feel that you need an agent for your auto insurance, but there are certainly some excellent reasons to take the time to meet with a few and see if it turns out to be right for you.
Don Westerfeld has been active in the field of Insurance and Financial Planning since 1997. Don grew up in Indiana later moving to Lakeland Florida where he continues to reside with his wife and children. When he’s not in the office you can find him enjoying the great outdoors. He has served on several charitable business and non-profit organizations and continues to provide guidance, advice and support to local charities.
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