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Insurance shopping should not be a difficult process.
For the most part you know what you need, regardless if you
know the actual terminology used in the industry.
This is an important point to make.
You are a smart and savvy buyer, and you want to ensure
you are getting the right protection and coverage for your lifestyle.
The bottom line in any insurance comparison process is you!
You are the most important factor to this equation.
Do yourself a favor before you start calling around
for quotes or use online insurance comparison tools.
Do your homework!
This homework begins with you writing down the
top 3 things you looking for.
No matter if you need car insurance or insurance
for a commercial property, list the top 3 thing you expect from the process.
Starting with your expectations always helps the sales and quoting process.
This will give you an accurate financial gauge of your insurance needs.
If you are searching for the cheapest insurance down possible,
your expectations may not be full insurance protection.
This is OK if you do fall into this category.
Everyone has different reasons and needs, it’s important the
insurance agent on the other end understands this first.
Goals to Achieve
Once your insurance agent or broker understands your short term
and long term goals, they will compare insurance rates in that profile.
The more information you provide them, the better
and accurate your quote will be.
Just like an accountant takes down your spending
habits and lifestyle behavior to asses your tax planning,
the same concept applies in the insurance arena.
A good insurance adviser will grasp your immediate goals
and fulfill the long term relationship with useful information.
This information can help bridge any gaps you may have
in your current policy or current insurance situation.
Remember, even if you are in an insurance contract at this
moment, you are not locked in.
Power to the People
You as the policy holder, have the last say. You can fire
your current insurance company at any time.
The power is in your hands.
Even though the ultimate decision lies in your court,
make sure you are not cancelling out of frustration.
Frustration of service, claims handling and so many
other reasons, are not good enough reason to cancel
mid way through your monthly cycle if you just made
an installment payment.
Don’t Cancel your Policy out of Spite
For example, if you just made your auto insurance payment
for the month, do not cancel the policy to start a new one, even if it’s cheaper.
The reason being, your not going to get your monies back right away.
Like with everything in life, there is a process.
This process can take up to 30 days.
Think it Through – What’s best for your Bottom Line
So, if you just made a payment on your car insurance,
found another carrier with lower rates, and cancelled the next day, your out money.
This means not only to do you have to wait up to 30 days to
get any unearned premium back, but now you put
out money for a new insurance policy.
This does not make sense mathematically.
Sometimes we as humans let our emotions override our financial sense.
This can be a costly mistake. If you feel frustrated
over service or a handling, just give a review if you
need to get it out of your system.
But, don’t shoot yourself in the foot, which is only costing
you more money out of pocket.
Save your Money
The whole point of saving money, is keeping it in
your bank account and not an insurance company.
So, before you make a final decision on your current
insurance policy, make sure the ultimate decision is based on sound reasons.
The best way to ensure logic is injected into this process, jot down
some reasons on paper, why you are shopping around.
It could mean a lot of different reasons to a lot different people.
This is good however. Just write these reasons down.
It will help you through the process.
You will understand the trigger points to you comparing rates.
Even if you are a new driver, new to the whole car insurance
or insurance buying world, it is still beneficial to write down
what you want in an insurance provider.
Be realistic in your expectations however.
For example, if you are 19 teen years old, living in LA, bought
a brand new 2017 BMW 7 series and expect to pay less then 100 dollars a
month for full coverage, reality has not set in for you yet.
You may have to call around or get online insurance quotes to
understand your price budget.
There are many rating factors that go into your insurance quote.
So, if you are 20 years old, do not expect to pay the same as your
parents who have clean driving records and 20 years of driving experience.
These rating factors apply to every insurance niche, but
for illustration purposes, auto insurance rating factors were used.
However, if we were to discuss commercial insurance
quotes for truckers the same would apply.
As an example, if you are a new trucking venture needing
the same coverage types and limits as your buddy in
the trucking business for over 30 years.
So, the bottom line is to write down a few points before
you start your online search.
These are some questions you will want to answer and write down.
What are you expecting to pay. Be realistic with this answer,
as we have used examples of above to show rate variations.
What is your short term goal. For example, immediate
auto registration, SR-22 Insurance filling or drivers license reinstatement.
What is your long term goal. Protection and future security as an example.
Again, you can answer other questions you may have in your mind.
You may want to deal with an independent insurance agent
for example versus a direct insurance carrier. Or vice versa.
The reasons can be countless, but try to stay focus on concrete
reasons why to switch coverage.
Like we mentioned, it’s all about you. It’s about getting
the right protection and security so, you can go back to enjoying your life.
Who wants to worry about insurance protection.
Most of us just want to find a great rate and put it on
auto pay, and forget about it.
There is nothing wrong with this attitude actually.
It helps free the mind up for other life factors, like family time.
Buy for the Right Reasons
Just make sure you are buying for the right reasons,
and doing your homework before you even start the process.
These extra minutes can save you so much more time in the long run.
Imagine if you knew exactly what you wanted before
you even started calling around or going online.
You would be a keen shopper. You couldn’t be talked
into anything you didn’t need, and you would get exactly
what you wanted. That doesn’t sound bad now, does it?
This is how insurance buying should be. This is not the
case most of the time for most people.
You see it all the time. You and your agent are not on the same page.
The reasons and motivation can be many, but the
frustration and headache linger.
Do yourself a favor right from the beginning. If you have a DUI,
need fillings, for example, let the agent know right away.
This way you are both on the same page when discussing your needs.
The agent can find a market that specializes in that specific case.
Less Miles, More Savings
Racking up minor driving offenses and traffic tickets can cost you money
when it’s time to pay your car insurance premiums.
Once these negative marks expire and are removed from your record,
your insurance rate will be reduced. When your driving record is
clean again, you may want to get some updated
quotes from insurance companies.
Asking questions and being open, can not only save you
on car insurance and other insurance products, but save you from future hassles.
We make insurance buying simple and easy.
Remember, we all pay the same thing for insurance, it’s a
matter of who will sale it to you for the lowest amount down possible.