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Will 15 Minutes Really Save Me 15% on Insurance?

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Joel Ohman
Founder, CFP®

UPDATED: Mar 13, 2020

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These days, it’s cliché to see or hear a commercial about how much you can save by switching insurance companies.

You might be asking yourself how it’s possible that every insurance company in America can save you $400 by switching. Why not just keep moving from insurer to insurer until you’re paying nothing?

And heck, how can we tell which company is overcharging us if they all claim to save us money on our insurance premium?

Not Every Company Can Save You $400

If you read the fine print or listen with a cynical ear you may notice each commercial states, “of those consumers who switched.” These are the ones who saved the money.

Unfortunately, for the consumer, it means just those who switched saved money. There may have been thousands of people who got quotes hoping to save, and maybe only a few of them actually saved dime one.

This could mean they offered 500,000 insurance quotes, and 1 guy in Tuskegee, Iowa saved $500.

The other 499,999 people who received a quote might have been offered a rate that was double what they are paying with their current insurer.

Have you heard statistics that say how many switched versus how many were quoted? I bet the answer is a resounding “No.”

Who Can Save Money?

Auto insurance companies all have different targeted risks they are willing to insure.

As discussed above, insurers want to provide quotes to as many people as possible, then hand pick the drivers they actually want to insure.

The people who may ACTUALLY benefit from getting quotes are those who have not gotten into any accidents or received tickets in the past two or more years.

Insurers change their rates all the time. And for the past several years, many insurers have been reducing their car insurance rates for the drivers they want…typically those with good insurance scores and no tickets or accidents.

[Credit scores and car insurance rates.]

Bottom line; if you fit the characteristics outlined above, you could probably save some serious money by getting quotes and switching insurers.

The lesson here is to take every advertisement with a huge grain of salt…especially when dealing with insurance. They spend a lot of money on advertising each year.

If you think you may save, even after reading this article, the best way to truly comparison shop and ensure you’re getting great coverage at the best possible rate is to contact an independent insurance agent and have them quote you with multiple companies (as opposed to a captive agent,who can provide just one quote).

This might save you money over what you pay now and will certainly save you time at the very least.

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