Selecting the right insurance carrier and coverage can be a difficult process. With so many carriers — many of which spend millions of dollars on memorably quirky ad campaigns — just picking one and then going online to buy a policy can be appealing.
After all, who has the time to actually research each carrier and find the coverage that truly makes the most sense for your situation?
However, independent agents have extensive experience in the industry and a wealth of resources at their fingertips. They can save you time and money when searching for an insurance policy. People who buy their insurance from an independent agent have the benefit of choosing from many of the most trusted companies in the world, rather than being restricted to just one company’s rates and options. Independent agents actively shop around and will usually provide you with several quotes to choose from.
Another advantage of working with a local independent insurance agent is having a local person to call when you need help filing a claim or with any other insurance question or matter, instead of only having a toll-free number to call.
Independent agents also work for their clients year-round, not just at renewal time. Carriers are regularly updating their coverages and evaluating their rates. Independent agents stay on top of these changes so that you don’t have to, and they will let you know when switching to a new carrier or coverage might make sense. It’s all about what best serves the client, not what best serves any particular insurance company.
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