The Insurance Agent You Choose Matters
Insurance agents are all pretty much the same, right? You get an insurance quote, you
sign the paperwork and your home, condo, car or other vehicle is covered against future risk (if you pay the premiums on time).
In fact, there are real differences between independent insurance agents and other agents, and knowing the differences can have a real impact on your policy choices, insurance discounts you receive and ultimately on your insurance protection.
Independent Insurance Agents Shop around for You
Large, nationally known insurance providers
often employ the agents who sell their products. This means they only offer insurance plans marketed by their employer. That marketing can take the form of expensive advertising campaigns, which are paid for with your premium dollars.
Independent insurance agents, on the other hand, are small-business
owners whose top
priority is finding the right plan for clients, no matter which company it is from.
Independent agents have the flexibility to work with many insurance companies to help
clients the best coverage at the right price.
This allows customers
to compare and
contrast a variety of plans to find the one that’s right for them.
Agents who are employed by large companies may be limited in their ability to offer the specific
type of insurance protection best suited to their client’s exact needs.
For example, if the potential policyholder has had traffic citations or a DUI,
some insurance companies won’t do business with them. Some insurance companies are not willing to
take on some types of
swimming pool at your home.
Independent agents are not limited by one company’s limitations of risk
or a customer’s driving record.
They can shop a range of insurance providers for their clients to access the right policy at an affordable price.
Local Business Owner or Large National Company?
All insurance agents are not the same. Most independent insurance agents are small
business owners or work at small independent agencies. They are, for the most part, members of the community in which you live.
When you call an independent insurance agent with a question or with a claim, you will not get a telephone team, which can be the case with an agent working for a large insurance provider. It can feel more personal, working with an independent. These agents give you their cell phone numbers and respond to your phone calls promptly.
customer service is a core component of what makes their business successful.