People typically purchase insurance because they have to, not because they want to. For the most part, consumers are happy to obtain the minimum required insurance coverage at the lowest price they can find. That is, until a claim comes along. Only then do they discover that buying the cheapest insurance available wasn’t such a bargain after all.

The quality versus cost argument is nothing new especially when it comes to insurance. Consumers who pay less tend to get less, whether in the form of coverages, limits or financial security. And, when people choose cost over quality, it usually means they are uninformed about what they really need.

As a full-service independent insurance agency, it is our job to help our clients understand their insurance needs. We evaluate, compare and quote various options from multiple insurance companies so that our clients have the right information before making a decision. Though many still choose cost over quality, it is important that they understand what they may be sacrificing.

Low Premiums

Would you rather have automobile insurance that protects you from damage caused by someone who is uninsured or underinsured? Uninsured Motorist Coverage is commonly excluded from a policy to reduce the premium. Rejecting GAP coverage or electing non-stacked coverage are other ways to save money. But these choices come with a risk. When shopping for insurance it’s better to determine what coverage is desired, see how much that coverage would cost, and work with an independent insurance agent to help get the coverage you need at a cost you can afford.

Financial Stability

Although cost is important, the financial strength of an insurance company may be more important. Financially weak insurance companies are more likely to become insolvent or go bankrupt, which means that their policyholders are less likely to get their claims paid. Though purchasing insurance from a financially weak company may be cheaper, how valuable is the money saved on premium if there is no money to pay a claim? An independent insurance agent can help you evaluate the financial stability of the insurance companies you are considering.

Customer Service

Insurance companies don’t typically assign an agent to their customers. Each time you call you speak to a different person which means you have to explain your situation over and over. Look for an agent that offers personalized service. Those are the agents who are willing to go the extra mile to get you what you need. For example, at Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk, our commercial clients enjoy complimentary access to our risk management services to help them manage the risks associated with owning a business.

A solid understanding of your insurance needs is the key to overcoming the quality versus cost argument. An experienced and reputable independent insurance agent can help you purchase insurance that is both economical and effective.

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