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Auto Insurance Can Be Cheap

Todays Date: November 17, 2018

You’ve probably seen all the commercials on television for direct auto insurance ranging from talking lizards to being in good hands. They make it sound like the best thing since sliced bread. It may be a no-brainer for the DIY crowd, since, you’ll be negotiating the insurance path without an personal agent. But rest assured, as they say, even a caveman can do it!

The business model is called ‘direct’ because the customer deals directly with the company without the intervention of an agent. The customer gives up the security of personal, on-going contact with the same human in exchange for lower rates. Like all insurance, the trade-off is a gamble. If your claims are straight forward, you may well be happy to deal with a direct auto insurance firm.

Many direct auto insurance companies confine their reach to states or localities that mandate some variation on a no-fault insurance system for all drivers. Under no fault programs, the need for insurance agents is greatly reduced. Under no-fault legislation, insurance companies compensate their insured drivers (and the driver’s passengers) for their losses in an accident without the need for an assignment of blame.

Which party pays the cost for damages and losses incurred in a traffic accident is determined by a finding of fault provinces and states without no-fault legislation. As of spring, 2009, there are twelve states in the US with some form of no fault auto insurance; Massachusetts, Minnesota, Utah, California, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, New Jersey, Hawaii, Florida, Kansas, New York, and Michigan.

The intention behind no-fault insurance is to ensure people aren’t left without recourse after an accident while insurance companies fight over which driver was at fault. In case where criminal charges have been laid, insurance settlements sit on a until the person charged has their day in court. By going no-fault, a jurisdiction attempts to streamline and speed-up the settlement process.

If there is an area in which one is vulnerable under direct auto insurance, it is in claims that are complicated by physical injury. The affects of a physical injury can continue throughout a person’s life. With an agent, the consumer has someone who is familiar with their case and can navigate the insurance process on their behalf. And the agent is available to do that at the start of the injury, when the consumer needs the help the most. It simply is not possible for a call center to take the place of face-to-face contact.

Caution and thinking things out thoroughly must be advised when making the decision to forego the insurance agent in favor of the discounts direct auto insurance companies offer. But if you’re willing to handle some of your own paperwork, then dealing with a direct insurer may be the way to go. Keep in mind that as the industry evolves, the more consumer friendly companies will be the ones to outlast even the best insurance agency in the neighborhood.

Buying car insurance direct is never going to be as cheap as getting it at a thanksgiving sale but you will be able to get a good price. If you go looking for a way to spend the money you save you will wait for the Sales.

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