Top Tips to Find an Auto Insurance Agent in Westminster

When shopping for car insurance, selecting the best Westminster insurance agent for your needs takes more work than just using the same insurance agency as your neighbor. For the sake of this article, we’ll assume that not only do you want a friendly agent, but also the lowest possible price.

With insurance companies like independent agents, Allstate and State Farm having local Westminster offices, it’s difficult to determine which provider will give you the best rates, service and coverage. To help decide, consumers can get online quotes in order to build a list of insurance agencies and thier coverage prices.

Your insurance agent down the street

Insurance agents can help determine the best coverages and help you file claims. The best thing about price shopping on the web is the fact that you can find the best rates but still work with a licensed agent. Buying from local agencies is especially important in Westminster.

By using this form (opens in new window), your information is immediately sent to participating agents in Westminster who will return price quotes for your business. There is no need to even leave your home as quotes are delivered immediately to your email address. Now that’s easy!

Captive agents vs. Independent agents

When searching for a reputable insurance agent or broker, there are two types of agencies that differ in how they can insure your vehicles. Agents are classified as either captive or independent. Both types can properly insure your vehicles, but it’s good to learn the differences since it can impact the type of agent you choose

Independent Insurance Agents

These agents do not work for one specific company so they have the ability to put coverage amongst many companies enabling the ability to shop coverage around. To move your coverage to a new company, your agent can switch companies and that require little work on your part.

When searching for an agent, we recommend you include price quotes from multiple independent agents to have the most options to choose from.Many can place coverage with smaller regional carriers who may have lower rates.

Shown below are Westminster independent insurance agencies that are able to give competitive price quotes.

  • A King Agency – 5005 W 81st Pl # 400 – Westminster, CO 80031 – (720) 542-0720
  • Mark Platek Agency Inc – 8791 Wolff Ct # 200 – Westminster, CO 80031 – (303) 457-1232
  • Vista Insurance Group – 8418 Federal Blvd – Westminster, CO 80031 – (303) 427-2233
  • Terry Miller Agency – 8690 Wolff Ct # 110 – Westminster, CO 80031 – (303) 425-4659
  • Kurchak Insurance – 7145 Lowell Blvd – Westminster, CO 80030 – (303) 426-1336
Agency Captives

These agents are contracted to one company like American Family, State Farm and Allstate. They generally cannot compare other company’s rates so they have to upsell other benefits. Captives are very knowledgeable on their company’s products which can be an advantage. Consumers frequently choose to use a captive agent partially due to loyalty to the company and strong financial ratings.

Below are Westminster captive insurance agencies who can help you get price quote information.

  • State Farm Insurance – 3520 W 92nd Ave # 102 – Westminster, CO 80031 – (303) 421-6888
  • American Family Insurance – 8020 Federal Blvd # 2 – Westminster, CO 80031 – (303) 426-9500
  • Farmers Insurance Group – 7390 Lowell Blvd – Westminster, CO 80030 – (303) 427-0355
  • Allstate Insurance – 9101 Harlan St # 105 – Westminster, CO 80031 – (303) 487-0168
  • Shelter Insurance – 4810 W 80th Ave # L102 – Westminster, CO 80030 – (303) 430-1163

For a complete listing of captive agents in Westminster, please go to this site.

Choosing an auto insurance agent should depend on more than just the price. Some important questions to ask are:

  • Are glass claims handled on-site or do you have to take your vehicle to a repair shop?
  • Do the coverages you’re quoting properly cover your vehicle?
  • How long have they worked with personal auto insurance coverage?
  • Do the companies they represent have a solid financial rating?
  • Does the agency have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau?

After getting satisfactory answers to these questions and a low price estimate, chances are good that you have found an insurance agency that will service your policy.

Are online companies an option?

Licensed agents can be invaluable at times, but Colorado consumers also have the option to buy direct over the internet. Some car insurance companies like Allstate and State Farm who employ agents also give you the ability to buy direct on their websites, and online price comparisons are easy and can also potentially find you lower rates.

If you’re uneasy about not having an agent to talk to when buying online, this is a normal reaction for first-time shoppers. Auto insurance companies provide phone numbers and online resources to answer any questions you may have.

Can you save money buying online? It’s difficult to say for sure because there are many components that impact your final bill. Many people think that buying online lowers rates due to not having any agent compensation. But in most cases, advertising and marketing take a lot of money and this tends to eat up any savings.

One last thing about your coverage

Insureds who switch companies do it for many reasons like unfair underwriting practices, an unsatisfactory settlement offer, policy non-renewal or even high prices. Regardless of your reason for switching companies, finding a great new company is not as hard as you think.

The cheapest car insurance can be bought both online and also from your neighborhood Westminster agents, so you should be comparing quotes from both so you have a total pricing picture. There are still a few companies who may not provide you the ability to get quotes online and usually these regional insurance providers provide coverage only through local independent agents.

Additional information can be read on the Colorado DORA Division of Insurance website. Click here for link. Colorado consumers can view agent and company licensing information, read state legal mandates and laws, download brochures, and file complaints about an insurance agent or broker.

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