While shopping online for insurance is fast and convenient, there are a few dirty little secrets that might end up making it cost more than you realize. Find out why using an agent beats shopping online for insurance.

Only advertisers: Online insurance quotes compare only the rates of companies that advertise on their website. Although it can be convenient to shop online for insurance, online insurance websites make money by selling advertising space. Insurance providers that don’t participate won’t show up in search results. Since agents make money only when they sell policies – not when they sell advertising space – you can be sure to obtain the most competitive rates the agent has available.

No spam or solicitation: Not only do online insurance quote sites sell advertising space but many collect personal information for re-sale to other agents or companies. Carefully read the terms of use for the website prior to supplying personal information; in most instances you will discover the website requires users to “opt in” or release information in order to obtain a quote. Avoid spam and telephone solicitation by using an agent who provides an instant quote at your convenience rather than a website that makes money by selling contact information.

Personal service: Insurance is complex, so it should come as no surprise that terminology and other contractual situations can be confusing. Work with an agent who is able to inform you about available options that could impact your coverage or cost.

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