You know about the auto insurance companies that boast about their low premiums on national television, radio and social media. They really want you to internalize their messages.
The truth of the matter, though, is that there may be a misconception about what they mean.
“Replace your current coverage with ours,” they proclaim, “and you’ll find savings on your auto insurance!” Or “Allow us ten minutes and we will present you with a cheaper rate than others.”
The real facts indicate that most vehicle drivers will not get any savings with a policy switch to a direct insurance company. This is because no dependent company has the wherewithal to offer any other coverage than their own. The shimmer of a cheap quote can actually be the mask covering an increased insurance deductible and less liability coverage.
In order to underscore this important lesson, we bring you this actual narrative involving someone who decided to go with an independent agency’s ability to locate tailored car insurance for him.
A motorist who had previously been insured through one of these highly advertised dependent companies that promote ‘cheaper rates’ decided to go with an independent agency known for their impeccable customer service.
Following a review of this man’s ‘cheap’ auto policy, the insurance specialist discovered some serious gaps in coverage. Understanding this could cause serious problems if the insured should ever be involved in a car accident, she went to work, looking through the many policies offered through her company’s network of providers. She pinpointed an excellent plan that covered the gaps and had an attached competitive low rate.
The customer was satisfied with the find and left with a fresh peace of mind due to his newly acquired policy.
As fate would have it, it was not long afterwards that this insured was involved in a car crash that left his vehicle in a totaled condition. Because the other driver was at fault in this collision, it was assumed that the other driver’s insurance company would pay for the damages.
But there was one major snag to this. The other insurance company offered to pay an amount that was far below the totaled car’s worth.
It was then that the new policyholder whose car had been totaled decided to call his new company. The insurance company gave him no hassle, no problems. Instead, they mailed him a check made out to the amount that genuinely represented the worth of his car, three thousand dollars above what the at fault driver’s insurance company offered!
Guaranteed: the happy ending to this true-to-life story would have been very different if that ‘cheap premium’ policy with gaps in coverage would have been in place.
Now, you be the judge, is that ‘cheap’ policy really ‘cheap’?