The World Wide Web came into being in the mid 1990s. Since this time there has been a rapid growth in on-line services. Now almost anything, from sending messages, ordering food, searching for holiday resorts to mortgages, can be found by connecting to the Internet. Almost any information you can think of is there at the click of a mouse and a few taps on your keyboard. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the 21st Century.
One particular area that is now fully catered for on-line is automobile insurance. It was not so long ago that if you wanted to insure your vehicle, you would perhaps ask friends which company they use, maybe check in the phone directory for listings of local agents. Then you would spend hours on the phone or trekking to agencies, going through your personal driving history time and time again, until you found a deal that suited you, and was, most importantly, within your budget!
Enter the World Wide Web! There are several ways that the Internet can help you get the best deal, and quickly. One of these is using a search engine. Simply type in a few keywords (for example: auto insurance) and within seconds you will have a list of company websites. Another way to search is to use a comparison site. You enter your details once, including information such as age of driver, accident history, and the site automatically searches a wide range of companies for you. These are presented in a list, usually displaying a quote, with the option to click through to the various company sites. The information that would have taken you hours to gather and compare, is presented to you within minutes! As it is so simple to search and buy on-line, people can change companies more often to make sure they are getting the best deal.
If you are someone that feels you are easily persuaded by sales people using technical language, the Internet is a perfect opportunity for you to take your time, making sure you understand all the terms and conditions before agreeing to purchase the insurance, and look up any technical terms you don’t know. If you would rather speak to a real person than buy on-line, you can still use the Internet to get quotes or an idea of what is available before committing to a company. Another useful advantage of looking on-line is that you can read reviews from hundreds of other customers. Find comments from people who may be complaining about a company’s customer service, or others that may be praising a company’s rapid response and professionalism in dealing with their claim.
The Internet has made comparing auto insurances quotes so easy. Most importantly for me, I can spend as much or as little time as I like looking for the best deal, and all from the comfort of my own home!