Tips to Choose Insurance Company that Suits You
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On the whole, all insurance companies are similar. They insure you and your possession in a similar manner and they each work in a same way. However, the needs of each person vary depending on the condition and situation. This means that some companies may suit for one person while other companies may not. The question is how do we know which insurance company that suitable for us? Follow these tips in order to help you determine the best company that match with your needs.
1. Focus on what you need
Before you start looking at insurance companies, first of all you should determine your needs. If you are looking for an automobile insurance, you will need to decide if you need full coverage insurance or liability only. If you only need liability, you have to determine whether the state minimum is enough for the area that you will be driving in or if you may need to up the amount of liability coverage. If you own a house, you may want to consider having your home and cars insured under the same company. Some companies offer discounts when you do this.
2. Look for potential companies
Good decision comes from knowledge of facts. If you want to choose a company that suits you, you will need to know the facts about the companies that appeal you. While insurance companies work on the same basic premise, the rates and services vary among them. Check each company to make sure they offer the services that you need. Read their policy information to make sure that what you think is covered is really covered and how much they will cover it. Use this information to narrow down your choices to those who offer what you need.
3. Ask quotes for consideration
Once you have narrowed your list of insurance companies, check their rates. Contact each of the companies and discuss your needs. Ask the agent for a quote for each item that you want to insure. Compare the rates of each company in your list. You will likely find that some of the companies are cheaper than others for your specific needs.
4. Talk to people
Once you are confident with the best company that has the best rates for your needs, talk to people who are using the company service or they who have already used it in the past. Ask them about their experiences with the company. You will undoubtedly get good and even bad opinions, but you will get a feel on how the company operates and hopefully you will be able to decide whether the company is suitable for you or not.
5. Remember these two main factors: financial stability and quality of service
These two important factors will determine an insurance company's value to the consumer and these factors are fairly easy for the average person to research.
The first factor is choosing a company with good financial status. This is number one consideration when choosing an insurance company. Its financial strength. Buying insurance is a long-term proposition and consumers need to be sure the company they choose will be around when they need it, and also be able to pay their claims. How to determine the financial stability of an insurance company? You can use a publication called Best's Insurance Reports to identify an insurance company's financial stability. It was published since 1905 by A.M. Best Company of Oldwick, New Jersey. The report can be purchased for about $200 or it can be viewed for free at many public libraries.
The best rates insurance companies either A+, A, B+, B C+ or C. Clever consumers should only choose insurance companies with an A+ rating. To be extra safe, consumers can check the insurance company's past ratings as well as their current rating. Since ratings can change in a relatively short time, it's a good idea to get a recent report..
When using A.M. Best's recommendations, it's important to know their “code.” Insurance companies with the strongest recommendations are described by Best as having “most substantial margins for contingencies” and “most favorable operating results.” If the insurance company's description qualifier is “very” instead of “most” this means that the company is weaker than other companies with a “most” rating. If there is no qualifier at all, the company is weaker still.
The second key factor is how good the customer service department in the company. Although financial stability is important, it's not an indicator on how fast an insurance company pays claims or how well they serve their customer. Unfortunately, there is no universal ranking for customer service, but an insurance company's complaint ratio is a good indicator of their service. To find an insurance company's complaint ratio, consumers can go to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners website and type in the insurance company's name and the consumer's resident state to generate the complaint ratio score. Compare the insurance company's score to the national median score. If the insurance company's complaint score is higher than the national median score, that's a red flag and the consumer should look elsewhere for insurance.
Choosing the best insurance company is an important financial decision. Consumers should be sure to research the insurance company of their choosing to insure that their insurance policy purchase is a sound investment.