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Tips For Switching Providers

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van insuranceTips For Switching Commercial Van Insurance Providers

Especially if you’ve been with a single provider for a while, the idea of switching may start growing attractive. Perhaps you’ve reached a point in your business where you think you deserve a break because you have a fleet, not just one or two vans.

Or maybe you’re tired of your original insurer not giving you a price break, despite your longstanding good customer status and history of always paying your bills on time.

If you’re thinking about switching commercial van insurance, here are some things to consider in order to get the best possible rate.

1. Let your current company know that you are considering switching, and that you’ve already started casting about for a better deal. Often, just the idea that a good customer is getting ready to switch to a different insurance carrier is enough to get your old company to give you a better deal.

If you’re satisfied with what they offer, no need to switch. If you don’t care for the deal they offer, go ahead and move forward with your search – and let them know.

2. Don’t just look at one or two companies, and don’t just look online. You’ll find a lot of carriers online, and you’ll find a lot of discounting online. You won’t, however, necessarily find rock-bottom prices online. If you’re switching commercial insurance, talk to an actual agent as well as looking online, and preferably an independent agent who can look at several different companies and give you the best overall deal between them.

An independent agent, because he works on commission and knows how to play different companies against one another, is often able to give you a better deal than even the best online portal.

3. Try to get a good deal from an insurer who already covers your home or business when switching. If you already have a good independent insurance agent providing cover for your business or home, he or she is the best possible person to discuss switching commercial van insurance with.

Why? Because they are already making a profit from you, and they already know all your needs and concerns. They may also be able to get you good package deals, with one company covering all your different needs for a much better price.

4. Look for every possible discount before switching. Investigate this before asking questions of agents: commercial driving licences, good driving records, proper safety equipment of all sorts, and other often-overlooked details may be able to improve your price drastically.

5. Bring any new deals back to your original company to let them counter-offer prior to switching commercial van insurance. Even if they were less than impressed when you first let them know that you were considering a different company for commercial van insurance, your original insurer may change his tune when you show him the better deals for van cover you’ve discovered.

If you show them that you can get the same cover cheaper from a different company, you may not have to change provider; instead, your current company may get wise and offer you a better deal.

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