Five Reasons to Use an Independent Insurance Agent
- Captive agents are committed to one insurance company such as State Farm Insurance, Farmers Insurance Group, or Allstate Insurance, and are limited to selling their company’s insurance products. Captive agents put their company ahead of the insured when they don’t shop around for the best value. Independent broker-agents are able to offer their clients multiple sources of insurance protection which allows them to find the best protection at the most competitive price. In short, independent broker-agents put their clients first.
- Independent broker-agents will shop for you so you don’t have to spend your time obtaining proposals. Captive agents will not obtain competitive proposals for you. They give you one choice – their company.
- Independent agents provide claims services. Unlike most captive agents, your independent insurance agent will assist you in completing your claims forms and will advocate for you instead of the insurance company.
- Independent agents provide their clients with annual reviews to make certain their clients are always receiving the best value for their money. The insurance market changes from time to time making the annual review process a valuable service.
- There is no extra cost for the services provided. Independent agents are paid by each insurance company. Clients pay the same price for a policy regardless of whether they are represented by an independent agent or buy directly from the company.