It is of prime importance for boat owners to be able to conduct business with a certain amount of trust with the boat insurance company of their choice; however, it so happens that many insurance selling agents are just the wheeler-dealer types offload a policy you many not need or one that doesn’t quite cover your needs properly.
This is only a smart ploy made out by boat insurance company agents to achieve their monthly sales target and perhaps get the ill-informed customer to pay up for additional coverage down the line. To avoid this kind of cheating, you as a boat owner need to know the kinds of insurance coverage you need as well as those policies that are available in the market and how they hold up against each other.
This process of evaluating your boat insurance needs, the available policies, the features offered by each and comparing coverage offered by your company and that offered by other firms, is the best way to ensure you are on the right path to finding the best option for your boat insurance. Do not shy away from asking questions – after all, it’s your money that is funding the policy; also remember to go by the manner in which the insurance company agent handles claim and treats customers to know how you will be treated in future.
You may want to reconsider your present choice of boat insurance company in lieu of the above factors once you get to evaluating them closely.
Allow the boat insurance company a fair amount of time (say, a year or so) to prove themselves worthy of the premium you pay them and see if they are sufficiently familiar with various aspects of your boat and have given satisfactory customer service responses to your queries put forth during this time; quick, valuable and informed responses from the agents is a way to determine their sincerity and the company’s ethical values, so pick wisely.
Another popular way to pick a boat insurance company that many boat owners follow is to compare different quotations given on the premium value and come up with the one that offers a low, but adequate coverage of upkeep, transporting, servicing, change of parts, accidentals, etc. At times, a good agent will help you analyze all these elements of a valuable policy in a day’s times, so do consult your chosen one soon.
Experts are quick to add though, that going on cost of the policy alone is not enough to judge its worth by, so checking for level of coverage offered by different companies after a year is over, may be a good idea to switch to a reduced premium policy after consulting an agent at the insurance company. Owners typically consider switching insurance companies when a claim filed by them has been poorly handled it poorly or if they’ve been diddled out of good money with a worthless policy or instances of the company raising the amount of premium the customer pays.
Slackness on part of the agent in not completing the paperwork in a timely manner, delaying a customer’s information request or giving half-baked information are all signs of poor customer service and a good enough reason to encourage a policy holder to look elsewhere for their boat insurance company needs. Friends and family members who are boat-owners too, are usually good guides and minimize the time you’d otherwise spend in scouting a reliable boat insurance company of repute, so ask around.