If you’re looking to buy car insurance, picking a good Alaska insurance agent is harder than just using the same insurance agency as your neighbor. Consumers need a professional licensed agent, but also need the best price on car insurance.
There is such a variety of insurance agents to buy insurance from, and though it is a good thing to have a selection, it can be more challenging to compare company pricing.
Best way to find Homer agents
Educated insurance agents are trained to spot inefficiencies and help submit paperwork. One of the best bonuses of comparing insurance prices online is that you can obtain the best rates but also keep your business local.
To make it easy to find an agent, after completing this short form, the quote information is submitted to insurance agents in Homer who will return price quotes for your insurance coverage. You won’t need to even leave your home because quoted prices will be sent immediately to your email address. How cool is that?!
Picking a car insurance agent shouldn’t rely on just a low price. Some important questions to ask are:
- If your car is in the repair shop, do you have coverage for a rental car?
- Which insurance companies are they affiliated with?
- How long has their agency been open in Homer?
- Will their companies depreciate repairs to your car based on the mileage?
- What insurance company do they write the most business with?
- Can they provide you with a list of referrals?
- Is their price quote a firm figure or are their hidden costs?
Choose the right car insurance agent
When searching for a reliable agent, you must know there are a couple types of agencies that differ in how they can insure your vehicles. Homer agents are either captive or independent (non-captive). While both can properly insure your vehicles, but it’s worth learning how they differ since it can impact the selection process.
Captive Insurance Agents
Captive agencies write business for a single company and examples are American Family, State Farm and Allstate. They usually cannot compare other company’s rates so it’s a take it or leave it situation. They are usually quite knowledgeable on their company’s products which helps them sell insurance even at higher premiums. Consumers often buy from captive agents mainly due to the prominence of the brand and the convenience of having all coverages with one company.
Independent Insurance Agents
Independent agents are not employed by any specific company so they can insure your vehicles with many different companies and potentially find a lower price. To move your coverage to a new company, your agent can switch companies and you don’t have to find a new agent.
When comparing rates, you should always contact multiple independent agents for maximum quote selection.Many can place coverage with different regional companies which can be an advantage.
Below is a list of independent insurance agencies in Homer that can give you price quotes.
- Homer Insurance Ctr – 509 Sterling Hwy # 201 – Homer, AK 99603 – (907) 235-3881
For a complete listing of car insurance agents in Homer, view this link.
Upon getting reasonable responses to any questions you have in addition to an acceptable price estimate, most likely you have located an auto insurance agent that will properly service your car insurance policy.
Buying auto insurance direct is an option
Insurance agencies are perfect for certain consumers, but Alaska drivers can also buy directly from online companies. Some car insurance companies that are more known for using agents, also let you buy direct on their websites, so this should also be taken into consideration to possibly find a better rate.
If you’re uneasy about not getting proper coverage, that is quite common when buying online the first time. Online car insurance companies have customer service departments for customer questions.
Will buying online save you money? It’s difficult to provide an answer due to the large number of individual components that determine your policy premium. Many people think that buying directly from the company saves the commission normally paid to an agent. But the fact is, there are very high advertising costs so the lack of a commission may be a wash.
What is YOUR best insurance company?
Budget-conscious car insurance can be found both online and with local Homer insurance agents, and you should compare price quotes from both to have the best chance of lowering rates. Some insurance providers do not offer online price quotes and usually these regional insurance providers provide coverage only through local independent agents.
Insureds who switch companies do it for a number of reasons such as denial of a claim, lack of trust in their agent, not issuing a premium refund or even extreme rates for teen drivers. Whatever your reason, choosing a new company is easier than you think.
Consumer car insurance information in Alaska
Even more information can be read at the Alaska Division of Insurance website. Alaska drivers can read consumer alerts, report car insurance fraud, and download brochures.
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