One of the most standard phrases in business these days is “Let the buyer beware” and this is exactly what you need with cheap insurance quotes. It used to be that you would have to physically go to each insurance company and sit down with an agent to get an insurance quote, but today you can do it online or over the phone and you need to use caution when looking at cheap insurance quotes. Don’t get caught up with a quote for a low monthly payment because, unless you are careful, it can end up costing you big time down the road.
As with most businesses these days, competition in the insurance business is tough and you need to be on the lookout for companies and agents that are using dishonest tactics to get your money. You need to know that the company providing you coverage and the company selling you a policy may not be one and the same. This is not a ‘buy here , pay here’ business, so the people you have to deal with once you sign a policy may be completely different than the agent who sold it to you. It is always a good idea to investigate all the companies who service your potential insurance policy with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for complaints.
Everyone is not out to steal your money any way they can, and there are plenty of good, honest people out there that will do their best to make sure that you have the coverage you need at the price you can afford. But there are people who will do just about anything to get your money and one way they draw you in is with the low ball insurance quote. They will do this by applying every discount in the book regardless of whether or not you can get it, just so the quote will be appealing. One you agree and they write the policy, of course are not eligible for most of the discounts, but now all of a sudden it is your fault for not qualifying for the discounts. It does sound ridiculous, but it works or they wouldn’t do it, so beware and know it is out there.
They are counting on the fact that when you sign and your old insurance policy is canceled that they will not want to take you back or will charge an arm and a leg to reinstate your old policy. In order for you to keep your insurance coverage continuous, you just go ahead and stay with them, even though you are pay a whole lot more than the quote you were originally given. It is dishonest, and it is unethical, and when you see it written out here, you are wondering how anyone could fall for that, but it works, so look very carefully at any quotes you get in the future.
The old phrase about if it looks too good, it probably is, goes right along with the old Latin phrase Caveat Emptor or ‘buyer beware. Look for things like an unrealistically high deductible and discounts or exceptions that don’t apply to you. Some examples are a multiple discount in a quote for a single policy, or a good driver discount and you still haven’t paid off that speeding ticket from last month. These are warning signs and if you see them you should run, not walk, but run somewhere else to get insurance because dealing with someone like that will cost you plenty. Knowing what to look for is the first step to avoiding losing your money, so be sure to look very carefully at cheap insurance quotes.