Once you have successfully obtained a number of different insurance quotes online from a variety of companies, the next step is to now make the decision about which insurance company you will purchase a policy from.
As you can see from the results of your search for an insurance quote online, there are several insurance companies from which to choose. In order to make the decision easy for you, keep the following in mind when selecting an insurance company:
Financial Stability: As earlier mentioned, financial stability in an insurance company is key when shopping for insurance policies. The reason you buy insurance is to protect you financially and provide you with peace of mind. There are five independent agencies that rate the financial strength of insurance companies. Each agency has its own rating scale and set of rating standards; its own population of rated companies, and its own distribution of companies across its scale. Numbers, or plus and minus symbols are used by each agency to indicate minor variations in rating from another rating class.
Often times, the agencies disagree on ratings. Therefore, it is wise to consider a company’s rating from two or more of the agencies before deciding to buy or keep a policy from that company. Additionally, do not rely solely on what the actual insurance companies will say about their ratings from these agencies. This is because the insurance companies are likely to highlight a higher rating from one agency, and disregard a lower one from another agency.
Proper Licensing: When searching for an insurance quote online, you will find that not every insurance company is licensed to operate in each state. It is highly recommended that you buy from a company that is licensed in your state. This way, you can then rely on your state insurance department to help if there is any kind of problem. You can contact your state insurance department for a listing of which insurance companies are licensed in your state.
Price: Perhaps the most important factor of all to some, price is what many people use as their basis for decision when receiving an insurance quote online or through an agent. There are several companies out there who sell insurance policies, and prices can vary greatly from one to another. Therefore, it really pays to shop around. Get at least three insurance quotes online, from the company directly, or from a local agent. Again, contact your state insurance department to see if they have a published guide that shows what insurers charge for different policies in various parts of your state.
Top Notch Service: As with all products, you want a company that stands behind what they sell with excellent customer service. The insurance company and its representatives should answer your questions and handle claims effectively, efficiently, and quickly. They should be fair and friendly as well. In order to get a feel for a company’s service standards, you may want to talk to other customers who have used this particular company or agent. Also, you can check a national claims database to see what complaint information, if any, it has on an insurance company. Once again, your state insurance department can also tell you if the insurance company you are considering doing business with had consumer complaints in regards to its service and the number of policies it sold.
Reassurance: Lastly, you should feel especially reassured by the insurance company you choose and their product. Whether you obtain the insurance through an insurance quote online, through an agent, or directly from the company over the phone, it is important that you feel comfortable with the purchase. After all, you are expecting a certain peace of mind when it comes to buying insurance. Always make sure that the agent or insurance company will be easy to reach should you have a question, or need to file a claim.