If you drive a car in Illinois, you almost certainly know that you need to carry car insurance. What you might not know is where to find the most affordable car insurance. While one of your options when you are seeking to buy an auto insurance policy is to go to a nationally known insurance provider, it may not result in your getting the most affordable auto insurance.
Instead of going to a national insurance chain that has a home office a thousand miles away from where you live, your better choice might be to buy your car insurance from a small, local insurance company. Consider some of the benefits.
While all insurance companies rely on statistics to help determine the premium that they will charge you, a local insurance company is right there in your community. They understand the insurance needs of the community much better than any national insurance chain could ever understand.
Local insurance companies can tailor their business to meet the needs of the community. If you live in a county where the median family income is well below the state or national average, an insurance company with local roots will be more likely to provide affordable car insurance than would a national insurance chain. You pay for national advertising and marketing in your premium.
On a national level, a big insurance company may be able to see that you live in a rural area of Illinois, but probably would not know that there are only two street lights in your town. They might not know that the community is very conservative and the vast majority of residents go to church and don’t go to bars. Knowing more about the people who need auto insurance can make it easier to assess risk and offer more affordable auto insurance.
Chances are that the president of a local insurance company and all of the employees are your neighbors and friends. They know if people are struggling and are likely to be more sympathetic to the community’s needs. The local insurance company may be willing to let you spread out your premium payments over the year, without jacking up the premium (or not giving you a discount) as almost every national insurance chain does.
When you use a small, local insurance company to buy car insurance, not only do you get affordable car insurance, but you also help by keeping the money you spend within your local community. A local insurance company, that has been part of the community for many years, can be trusted to treat you fairly. When you visit your local insurance company, you are sure to be greeted with a friendly hello and get the affordable auto insurance you want.
This article has been written by Steve Whiley, a blogger in the auto insurance industry and a writer for American Auto Insurance.