Should you use a car insurance broker?

by ChooseMyCar Staff Writer

Looking for car insurance? You have a few options: You could use a comparison site. They're quick and simple, but you won't see every deal available. You could ring around each insurer and see what they can offer - but that'll take a lot of time and effort. Or you could use an insurance broker. In theory, it's the best of both...

Should you use a car insurance broker?

What is a broker?

A broker is essentially the middle man between you and insurance providers. They'll find you a deal based on your specific requirements, and charge you commission.

Why should I use one?

Brokers are experts, usually specialising in a single field; a car insurance broker is a car insurance expert. And they can offer you expert advice and guidance.

They'll walk you through the process of finding cost-effective car insurance - but they'll do all the legwork for you.

Brokers usually have relationships with a small number of insurance providers. And they can use these relationships to secure a better deal for you.

They'll also be on hand if you ever need to make a claim. Or if you need specialist car insurance, like for a classic car.

Any downsides?

The key consideration is cost. Even if a broker finds a great car insurance deal, their fee could mean you pay more overall. 

You could use a comparison site instead - they offer a similar service, without charging you any extra. Brokers used to be popular because they saved time and effort; in many cases, comparison sites have taken over.

Interested in using a broker? Don't get mixed up with an insurance agent. Agents work for individual insurers, and they work on their behalf. So while they might get you a good deal with a specific provider, they won't look anywhere else. Brokers work on your behalf to get you the best deal, weighing up what different providers can offer.

Make sure a broker is authorised and regulated by the FCA before you work with them.

So, should I use a car insurance broker?

It depends on how much work you want to put in...

Convenience over cost?

If you want a hassle-free route to car insurance - and you're happy to pay a bit more for it - a broker could be a good option for you.

But if saving money is the key...

If you want to save money, avoid a broker.

Use a comparison site to compare deals instead. Then call insurers yourself - a lot of them have deals reserved for direct customers. And you can often negotiate for an even better price - all without the added broker's fee.

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ChooseMyCar Staff Writer

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