What Makes a Great Insurance Agent?

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What Makes a Great Insurance Agent?

When you are shopping for any type of insurance, you are going to want the help and advice of someone who understands the insurance business and who is truly interested in helping you protect yourself rather than making the most money. Unfortunately some insurance agents are in the business for their own benefit and will not tell you when you are paying too much or are buying insurance that you simply don't need. I am a former insurance agent, and I have seen the best and worst. This blog is about noticing red flags when it comes to sneaky insurance sales people and about finding the signs of a truly good agent.


3 Things You Should Do When Taking Out Auto Insurance

While driving is a necessity for many people, there are few risks involved. These risks are why having auto insurance is vital. If there's an accident, you want to make sure that you and your vehicle are protected. When it comes to auto insurance, there are a variety of policies to choose from. There's no one-size-fits-all insurance for all drivers. You'll need to do some research. There are three things to consider when choosing an auto insurance policy.

Consider What Coverage Is Adequate

It's important to know that there are different coverage levels to choose from when it comes to auto insurance. While it is tempting to get as much coverage as possible, that's not always going to be affordable. If you have an expensive vehicle, are still paying off your car, or don't have much health insurance you will want to go with a higher coverage level, such as comprehensive and collision insurance. However, if you have an older vehicle and it's paid off, you may want to go with a lower coverage level and save on your premiums. Whatever you choose, make sure it is adequate for your needs.  

Comparison Shop

Comparison shopping is another thing you should do when choosing auto insurance. There are many kinds of insurers out there, ranging from local to national insurance companies. Factors such as your age, where you live, your driving record, how you use your vehicle, and whether you are single or married impact how much you pay for your policy. Insurance companies weigh these factors differently, leading to a big difference and rates from one company to another. By shopping around, you increase your odds of finding an affordable policy suitable for your needs.

Ask About Discounts

When taking out an auto insurance policy, it's in your best interest to ask an insurer about discounts. It would be best if you did this while you are shopping around since some discounts can make a big difference in your premiums. Many insurers offer discounts for safe driving, being in the military, being a veteran, and having certain safety features in your vehicle. Many insurance companies also provide low-mileage and bundling discounts. You can save hundreds each year by taking advantage of discounts, but you have to ask about them. 

There are a few things that you need to do when taking out an auto insurance policy. Knowing how much coverage is adequate for your needs is essential. Too much coverage for your needs can be unnecessary and expensive. You'll also want to comparison shop. You may be surprised by how policies can differ from one insurer to the next. Also, before you make a decision, make sure you ask about discounts. Reach out to local companies to learn more about auto insurance