In case of car accident, it is nice to have a safety net. Of course it is standard that once you buy a car, you must also purchase auto insurance. But what if the company where you buy your auto insurance policy is taking too long to process your claim? And what if the company does not recognize your claim at all? You see, having an auto insurance policy is not enough, not to mention, useless if you disregard the possibility that the insurance company you have chosen is unreliable.
With this, it is only proper to discuss the factors that need to consider when choosing an auto insurance company.
The first thing you should do before signing up for a purchase is to know if the insurance company is reliable or not. Auto insurance company can be considered reliable if it is paying the correct claim with the correct amount at the fastest time possible. To know this, you can check on the website of your state’s department of insurance. Posted in this website are the complaints of costumers with respect to the number of claims filed in a year.
One particular site that would certainly help you in selecting the best auto insurance is the J.D. Power and Associates website. This organization collects data from policyholders across the country. The J.D. Power and Associates also asks from these policyholders the grade-rating of their insurance company in terms of claims, handing, price, satisfaction with the representatives, coverage options, and the overall experience with the company.
The company’s grade-rating from costumers are very important factor to consider since you will never know when you will have to file a claim at the same time, get a result as soon as possible. It does not mean though that once a company receives complain, you are already gambling your money if you decide to purchase an insurance policy from them. The thing is, all companies can get complaints once in a while but consider those with the least number of complaints and the highest rating from their costumers. Also, consider the insurance company that ranks the highest in all aspects.
Then, you need to know the financial strength of the auto insurance company. As a reference, take of the Standard & Poor’s ratings and the A.M. Best. These two companies publish the financial strength rating of every insurance company in the United States. What is the importance of this? The financial strength of your possible auto insurance company determines if it has the capacity to settle or to pay for claims. Thus high financial strength rating means a wiser choice.
Consider also the price of the premium they offer and the choices of policy they have. Premiums matter much whether or not you are a frugal costumer.
The next thing you should consider in selecting your auto insurance company is the number of accredited body shops that is recommended by the particular company. Consider the distance of them from your place. This could be a minor consideration but once you are in the situation where you need your car to be repaired, then location is significant. Also, make sure that these body shops have the right equipment and expertise that will effectively answer any future need of your car.
Now that you know these things, you are ready to choose your auto insurance company.