OKLAHOMA – Choosing an insurance agent that will meet your specific needs can sometimes be overwhelming. Many policyholders find they’re faced with more questions than answers when researching the many options available in today’s marketplace. However, there are a few common concerns that can be addressed before starting the search to help ease the stress.
“When searching for an insurance agent, always remember you’re not alone – if you have a question, there’s a good chance lots of other Oklahomans have had the same question, too,” said Gary Buckner, executive vice president and general manager of Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Affiliated Companies. “No matter who you choose, the important thing is that you ally with someone you trust who can be a true partner in planning for your family’s future.”
Following these steps can help Oklahomans answer some of the most common questions when it comes to identifying the insurance agent that best fits their needs:
Above all, value trust. Talk with family and friends to learn from their experience and see if they have any referrals. Personal recommendations tend to be more reliable because people are often more likely to refer agents with whom they have had a positive experience.
Assess your personal needs. Take inventory of what you have, whether you own or rent your home, have a vehicle, need life insurance, own a farm, etc. Identify an agent that specializes in your needs that way they can tailor your coverage. A knowledgeable agent will give suggestions on ways you can adjust your coverage to take advantage of discounts that insurers give for packaged policies.
Consult independent resources. All states have an entity that regulates insurance practices. In Oklahoma, consult experts with the Oklahoma Insurance Department or visit their website for access to unbiased consumer resources. Your local Better Business Bureau can also be a helpful third-party resource in identifying reputable companies and agencies.
Do a little background research. Before you decide on an agent, do some background research first. Be sure to search for a potential agent online, read reviews and follow them on social media. Don’t be afraid to reach out for an initial call or meeting just to see if working with that agent would be a good fit for your family before committing.
About Oklahoma Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Companies
Since 1946, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Companies has worked to maintain the position as the leading Oklahoma-based insurance company for Oklahomans from all walks of life. The company protects Oklahomans in all 77 counties from the risks they face every day, and because each agent lives and works in Oklahoma, they are present when needed most. Oklahoma Farm Bureau is committed to helping the more than 140,000 member families to ensure Oklahoma’s financial strength today and in the future.
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