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Why You Should Purchase Insurance From a Local Agency

for Bradenton, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and Beyond

Apr 06, 2016

It’s time for you to shop for insurance but you’re not sure where to look first. In general, you have 3 options: you can purchase it through a national insurance company, an online company, or a local, independent insurance agency.

While you can get insurance through any of the 3 avenues, getting insurance with a local insurance agency offers the most advantages. It might not seem like the obvious choice, but in reality it is, you ultimately get the best of all worlds:

  • Getting rates that are just as competitive as national companies but with added value
  • Receiving a policy that is customized to your personal needs and situation
  • Consistent one-on-one service with your representative over the phone and in person
  • A personal advocate when you file a claim
  • A company that values our community

Along with these benefits, you’ll also be supporting small businesses in the community and contributing to our local economy. It’s a win-win relationship for everyone!

Competitive Pricing

You may think that purchasing insurance through a nationwide or online agency will save you money, but that isn’t necessarily true, especially when you factor in the value of the other included benefits. Independent insurance agencies quote with numerous insurance companies so you aren’t depending on just one company for the best rate. It's simple, whenever you have multiple companies quoting your policies you’re guaranteed to get the best combination of price and coverage. This is what an independent insurance agency specializes in because everyone is different, therefore no one company can be best for everyone, even if their multi-million dollar marketing budgets say so.

Customized Policies

Local insurance agencies, like Bradenton Insurance, are licensed to sell many different insurance products, which means that whatever your need, a policy can be written specifically for you. Your advisor will likely know all about your location/community and its potential risks and hazards.

Writing a policy can be complicated due to the many legal terms and stipulations that go into them.  Sometimes when a customer makes a claim, they find out they don’t have the coverage they thought they had. This ends up being a costly mistake. When you get a policy written through a relationship, you will have someone who can explain the coverages and answer any questions you might have.

One-On-One Service

Local agencies are personally invested in their customers and strive to exceed expectations, especially regarding customer service. Bradenton Insurance will offer the same conveniences as national and online companies, but with extra attention to customer service options, including:

  • Pay your bill online
  • Request Certificates of Insurance online
  • Order ID cards
  • Update your contact information
  • Start the claim process

What you won’t get with a local agency like ours is an automated answering system or a random call center representative when you call. You will get a live person on the other end of the phone and you’ll also be able to work with the same advisor every time.

Your local insurance agency also has a convenient office where you can sit down face-to-face to discuss your coverage and get your questions answered – we’re right in downtown Bradenton and have been for 62 years! Online insurance agencies don’t offer these one-on-one services.

Personal Advocacy

One of the biggest advantages to purchasing insurance through a local agency is having a specific person working for you. From the very beginning of writing your policy, all the way to the resolution of a claim should you need to file one, you’ll have the same personal advocate working in your best interest.

Having an agent on your side handling phone calls and paperwork and getting you the payout you’re entitled to is a priceless benefit to purchasing insurance locally.

Community Support

Because we have been in business serving this area for many decades, we know the ins and outs of everyday life here. Living and working in the same community as you, your local insurance advisors at Bradenton Insurance have your best interest at heart and, in return, you’re supporting small businesses in your local economy. It’s a win-win relationship!

Whether you are a first-time insurance purchaser or are looking at renewing your current policies, Bradenton Insurance is here to get you the coverage you need and at the right price. Serving the Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch area since 1954, we look forward to working with you. Visit or call us today!

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