With hundreds of auto insurance companies and a constant stream of online advertising, it would seem that getting a good quote on insurance is not all that difficult. However, if you put your information into the wrong hands, you may start receiving phone calls from different insurance agencies, which could continue for weeks. Here are a few ways to keep your information safe while shopping for a car insurance quote.
1. Focus On Reputable Sites. There are literally thousands of sites out there who claim to have all the right connections in order to give you the cheapest quotes available. The simple truth is that many of these sites gather your information and then sell it to insurance agencies and desperate agents. Once your information has been sold, curious shoppers are often bombarded with phone calls for weeks afterwards from agencies and agents who are really not calling with the individual's best interest at hand. Chances are that if you end up on a website that you have never heard of, you are wandering into the land of cold calls. Wise shoppers stick to reputable insurance agencies.
2. Call Insurance Agents Directly When Possible. Another way to avoid scam calls and leaked information is to speak to real people when on the hunt for car insurance. While many sites will offer you a quote, try (when at all possible) to simply call an agent directly. This will avoid the middleman and potentially offer deals that are not offered online. In addition to good deals, calling an agent directly will eliminate bad options more quickly than internet searches. Speaking with a real person will help you quickly establish if an agency is a good fit or not.
3. Shop Locally. When in doubt that you are actually getting a good deal, go to an insurance agency in person. Some individuals may fear that they are not computer savvy enough to make sure that they are not being cheated online. Chances are that there are several insurance agents in your neighborhood who would be more than happy to go over your needs and insurance options with you. In addition, good agents usually have a few deals up their sleeve, which they save for sealing a sale. Speaking to a real person one-on-one is probably the safest way to make sure that you are getting an insurance policy that will cover all of your needs.