>> Thursday, 5 March 2009
Insurance was traditionally sold by agents who worked for insurers and had a vested interest in selling you their specific policies. Now, there are more consumer-friendly options for acquiring insurance coverage. Independent agents can sell policies from several different companies, allowing them to be more objective about your personal needs. These individuals may even be able to provide a complete review of your insurance needs, something you should do on a regular basis to keep your policies up to date with your current financial situation. The web has also become an excellent resource for shopping for and even purchasing insurance.
It is important to research any company that you are considering to identify the quality providers. When choosing an insurance company, it is important to find one with a good independent rating from Standard & Poor's or another leading rating service. This will tell you whether the company is likely to be able to pay off claims even in the event of a disaster that leads to an abundance of payouts. Recommendations from individuals and consumer information publication in print and on the web may be able to provide additional information related to the quality of service. These considerations may include likelihood of a claim being paid, speed of payout, customer service and other services available from the company.
Purchasing more than one policy from a single insurer can save you money in the form of discounts. Therefore, it may be in your best interest to single out companies that will provide quality coverage in all of the areas that you are interested in, instead of piecing together your coverage from many different insurers. (investorguide.com)