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Car Insurance Comparison Comparing The Comparers
Car Insurance Comparison Comparing The Comparers
Car insurance comparison sites exist to help consumers make informed choices when shopping for automobile cover. But how do you know which comparison site to use? How do you know which site will serve you the best? And, are there comparison sites that specialize in your specific concerns? By comparing the comparers, you can see for yourself how each comparison company stacks up beside the competition, and gain a feel for which comparison sites might serve you the most effectively.
So without further ado, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start checking out the competition.
Car Insurance UK Supermarket – The comparison site that’s a mouthful to say, and encumbered with a klunky acronym as well, CIUKS nevertheless pulls quotes from over 110 different insurance companies with only a single page form filled out to get the process started. Use the Buyer’s Guide link at the bottom of the CIUKS webpage to gain tips on how to fill out that form for optimal results. You’ll also find a number of helpful insurance shopping tips on the CIUKS home page that can come in handy regardless of which comparison site you use to shop for automobile insurance. 1
Cheap Car Insurance – Well, that’s rather straightforward–the name pretty much says it all. If you’re after quotes for cheap car insurance obtained from more than 120 brokers and insurance companies, delivered to you in under three minutes, then go see the guy with the goggles. This site offers exclusive discounts when you request a quote through its service. 2
Confused – The intent of this site is to help those who are confused about the plethora of car insurance rates (so, in essence: everyone). The UK’s first comparison site, Confused guarantees its prices, so there’s no fear of bait and switch. It searches the rates of up to 136 companies and filters down the results to a personalized list of best matches for your situation. 3
Honda – Not an insurance comparison site itself, but a means by which you can compare insurance prices for Honda vehicles against other sites that provide insurance for Hondas. Sometimes, great deals can be struck directly with a dealer or manufacturer. Even if it’s not mentioned on the company’s website, it doesn’t hurt to ask. 4
Honest John – Not exactly a site to compare insurance quotes, but a place where users can look up their vehicles to find an insurance rating that is assigned to their automobile. While insurance companies are not beholden to stick precisely to the ratings, the numbers at least give an indication of the type of class each car falls into, and thereby extends some interpretation as to the kind of pricing one might expect for insuring specific cars. 5
Tiger – This independent insurance comparison site has no financial ties to any insurance companies, so you can rest assured that your searches here will not result in any kickbacks to the company. Tiger seeks out rates from over 150 companies, from the big names down to the little guys, so you get the benefit of a very wide range of choices. The company’s own survey reports that more than 90% of its users found the site faster and simpler to use than other insurance comparison sites, and more than 30% of its customers save at least 300 on their renewal charges. 6
Q4 Insure – Fill out a simplified, two-page quote form, and in minutes, you’ll get quotes from over 100 sources, including car insurance brokerage firms and direct car insurance companies. 7
Which? – Which? presents a listing of car insurance companies for consumers to review on their own for comparison shopping purposes. Its list highlights “recommended providers,” defined as highly rated with good customer service, available to the general public and is regulated by the Financial Services Authority. 8
Believe it or not, there are yet more comparison sites than those listed above, but this collection should keep you busy for a while.
Combing through car insurance comparison sites is not unlike visiting the optometrist who asks you, “Which is better; lens one or lens two?” While the process may bring up more questions than providing answers at first, as you venture through the waters of insurance comparison, you’ll begin to see that without these helpful sites, your journey may have been much longer, indeed.
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