Using the Internet to Find a Life Insurance PolicyJanuary 13th, 2012
The traditional method of securing a life insurance policy is to call up a number of different firms and have lengthy conversations with agents representing the various products available. In many cases, this requires lengthy sessions of playing “telephone tag” since agents will often need to call back at a more convenient time – only to miss you and leave a brief message. When you call back in turn, the cycle begins all over again.
In the old days, following through on such a process required a great deal of time and dedication, plus more than a little dose of patience. Even after all the information had been gathered, consumers in those days still faced the arduous task of trying to assemble it into a coherent format so that they can make reasoned comparisons between different life insurance companies and even between different life insurance policies available from the same insurance company. This is easier said than done since the relevant information is not always presented in a format that is parallel and easy to compare.
Thankfully, however, those days are long gone. Now, there is a much more efficient way of collecting life insurance information – a way so efficient, in fact, that all consumers need to do is go online and visit a life insurance comparison website and obtain multiple insurance quotes from several carriers. Such websites work closely with insurance companies both large and small so that the hard work of collecting information is already done for you. Indeed, such websites collect far more information than the ordinary consumer would ever be able to do, since they are aware of smaller insurance companies operating in the various states. These smaller companies often fly “under the radar” and have a hard time getting their message out to consumers, but they are represented on comparison websites
In this way, consumers are able to access data that would otherwise be unavailable to them. What is even more powerful about online insurance comparison websites for life insurance is the fact that such an approach to shopping requires consumers to submit their relevant information only once, usually on one simple short form. This is highly preferable to the traditional means of obtaining life insurance, which means disclosing your age and other kinds of data over and over to each agent with whom you speak.
Different Kinds of Life Insurance Websites
Consumers should be aware when they go online that there are various kinds of life insurance websites, and not all of them will efficiently allow them to easily and quickly compare rate quotes. Some sites may seem to be about life insurance in general when they are actually company sites that will promote the products of only a single life insurance provider. This is no way to look for the best rate. Indeed, such sites may feel that they have a “captive audience” in the people who visit, and this kind of situation can mean that they do not present their own best rates, let alone rates that are competitive against those of other companies.