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Joshua Adamson

Joshua is a copywriter at Obrella who for more than 10 years has been creating content about insurance, health care, and more. He helps companies explain complex insurance subjects in simple ways so that customers can make smart buying decisions. He spends way too much time binge-watching Netflix, loves the outdoors and has a cat who tolerates him.

UPDATED: Dec 11, 2023

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Insurance Agent vs. Online: Where Should You Go to Shop for Coverage?

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According to the FBI, there are more than 7,000 insurance companies operating in the U.S., and that’s one reason why buying insurance can feel like a daunting task.

In an effort to simplify the process, many consumers have moved away from buying insurance from an agent, and instead purchase their insurance online. Having all of your options presented to you in an unbiased and simple manner seems a whole lot better than sitting in an insurance agents office and listening to a sales pitch.

Benefits of Buying Insurance Online

In today’s world you can buy almost anything online. If you are considering buying your insurance online, these are some of the most sought after benefits.

  • Fast and Convenient
    As our lives become more hurried and hectic, many consumers enjoy the convenience that buying insurance online affords. Simply go online day or night, and in just minutes you’ll get an insurance quote. Thanks to the Internet, it’s also easy to compare quotes from various insurance companies to find the one that offers you the best value.
  • Potential Savings
    When you purchase insurance online, you can easily compare a variety of insurance policies. Our insurance agents take time to compare the insurance policies that make the most sense for you, to ensure you are not overpaying.

Advantages of Buying Insurance Through an Agent

  • Local Agent Insights
    Your local insurance agent is a member of your community, so he’s easy to get in touch with and can relate to you and your lifestyle. Plus, when it comes time to file a claim he can suggest a reputable body shop, home repair business or other service you’re in need of.
  • Access to Multiple Companies
    “Captive agents” sell insurance through just one insurance company, but “independent agents” sell insurance through multiple companies. Working with an independent agent gives you access to a wide variety of policies, and that could mean you’ll get a more competitive rate.
  • Personalized Service
    Just as some consumers appreciate the independence of buying insurance online, many still prefer the comfort of meeting with an agent face to face. One reason why is the personal service insurance agents are known for.

    As your life changes, so do your insurance needs. Working with the same agent over time enables him to suggest insurance products that make certain your family and possessions are protected at every stage of life.

Buying insurance online is fast and convenient, plus it makes comparing quotes from several insurance companies relatively easy. Our insurance agents are able to provide customers with many of the benefits of working with an agent in person while also providing the ease of access that comes from buying insurance online. 

Give us a call today, and we can help you explore the insurance options that are going to be the best fit for you.

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