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UPDATED: Oct 1, 2021

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MetLife recently began a campaign centered on their “GrandProtect® Insurance Package.” It’s described as a unique insurance product designed to protect your property and casualty needs. Instead of having one auto policy, a homeowners policy, a boat policy, and other policies, GrandProtect® rolls it all into one.

The older you get, the more things you collect. This is even more true when you get married and combine your belongings with someone else or have children. Suddenly your single auto becomes two. Your small apartment grows to a multi-room condo or house. Adding boat, umbrella, and other policies in the MetLife Auto & Home network makes sense.

Of course, you can also combine policies with multi-policy discounts. Just about every insurance company offers discounts if you buy multiple policies from them. You can even line the premiums to be paid at once in many cases. A product like GrandProtect just ties it all together formally.

What should consumers know about GrandProtect®?

Simply put, it’s a comprehensive personal lines insurance package policy.

MetLife is offering an all-in-one insurance policy that is designed to insure your home, valuable items, cars, boat and RV (if you’re lucky enough to have all of these toys).

The goal here is to protect your assets with better coverage than what is offered on individual policies, while also making your life a little easier. Keep in mind, MetLife Insurance is not the only company offering this type of product. Depending on the the customer, it can offer better coverage and lower prices overall, especially if it also includes umbrella coverage to boost the other sections.

These policies are frequently sold on an annual basis, and they do still list separate costs on your declarations. So if your rates increase, you’ll know which side it’s coming from. Generally, the idea is that even if you’re technically paying more for the auto or home portions, you’re paying less overall.

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What are the pros of the GrandProtect® insurance package?

1. MetLife Auto & Home offers increased umbrella insurance liability limits, excess uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, and “special” coverage for RVs and valuables.

Tip: Most home insurance policies have sub-limits on personal valuables. MetLife simply includes them automatically.

2. MetLife also provides worldwide liability auto insurance coverage, along with rewards for claim-free driving, enhanced rental car damage coverage, and replacement cost for losses.

3. For homeowner’s insurance, MetLife Auto & Home provides a blanket property limit, replacement cost coverage, and identity theft protection. There’s also special landlord and personal property coverage.

[Why is landlords insurance more expensive than homeowners?]

4. You also only pay one insurance deductible for any one loss. For example, if your car, boat and home were all damaged by the same hailstorm, you would only be responsible for one deductible (the higher of any one piece of property…usually your home deductible).

In this example, you would not have to pay the car and boat deductible as part of your insurance claim payment. This would save you money on any larger covered incident.

5. One bill arrives at the house each month. Having multiple insurance policies, even with the same insurer, can result in two or more separate monthly bills to keep track of, which can lead to trouble.

What are the potential cons of the GrandProtect® insurance package?

1. While it may be convenient to have all of your insurance on one policy with one insurer, you may be missing out on hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in savings each year by splitting them up.

MetLife may have the lowest home insurance rates in your state, but the highest auto insurance rates. The net result could be that you’re overpaying for all your insurance coverage.

2. Nobody likes to be non-renewed on an insurance policy. Perhaps you or your teen driver has had a few too many tickets or accidents and MetLife has decided to non-renew your auto coverage as a result.

Now what? Well, now you’re back to square one with your insurance coverage and may be searching for as many as four new policies. This may be a major headache, even though it’s not terribly common.

3. If you just want to shop one part of the policy, it could lead to key changes in the financial strength and price of your policy. So let’s say you call customer service because you want to take your auto insurance somewhere else, but you still want to keep your home, boat, and umbrella with MetLife GrandProtect®. There’s no guarantee it will not negatively impact your savings making it harder to save by switching your auto.

Why does MetLife want you in the GrandProtect® package?

Insurers are always looking for new ways to attract, and more importantly, retain business. It is common industry knowledge that an insured that has more than one insurance policy with a single company has a much smaller chance of moving to a different insurer.

As discussed above, we all know it can be time consuming and cumbersome to switch insurers. If switching one policy means you have to restructure all of them at once, you’re more likely to keep renewing. Even getting quotes for new policies to check prices against Metlife Auto & Home becomes a bigger burden than many are willing to take on.

With GrandProtect, MetLife has got you lock, stock and barrel into their program. The longer they retain your business, the more money they make.

Make no mistake; insurance companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year studying our shopping and buying behaviors, then advertising accordingly. But it costs them less to keep current customers than it would to bring in new customers to replace them.

[How much do insurers spend on advertising each year?]

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Is MetLife GrandProtect® right for you?

Always do your research. Get insurance quotes both online and offline, and sit down with an independent insurance agent to determine if you’re getting the best deal available for the coverage you need.

While receiving one bill in the mail is great, it may not be worth the convenience if it comes with an inflated price tag. Of course, you can compare similar programs from different insurance companies along with separate policies that come with multi policy or other discounts.

Before you make any decision, make sure you have at least three options in front of you. This way, you can see beyond things like advertising on financial strength or customer service and see which plan actually works best for you.