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Old 01-28-2005, 01:52 PM   #1
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Auto and home insurance...

what is everyone's thoughts on:

a. being insured by Amica, who is rated as the best auto and home insurer by both Consumer Reports and JD Power, and paying the premium to be covered by them

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b. being insured by (___), who is cheaper, and saving/investing the difference saved?

I hope I never have to file a claim, I haven't yet, but I also feel that being with Amica may help me sleep better at night.

Inputs are appreciated.
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Old 01-28-2005, 03:48 PM   #2
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Re: Auto and home insurance...

I've gone with the cheaper coverage and never had claims (knock on wood now that I said that). But since I want umbrella coverage, I need to put both my auto and homeowners insurance with the same company.

So I'll probably be moving my coverage. My auto is stuck with my current carrier because I have 2 teenage boys under 19 on my policy. Either companies wouldn't take me or the premium was so much higher than I pay now.

I'm interested in other responses, I want the security too.
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Old 01-28-2005, 04:04 PM   #3
 
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I never heard of "Amica" and wouldn't care how they
were rated. I just go with the cheapest coverage I can
find and pray I don't have a claim. The best auto coverage I ever had was with GMAC, hands down.
I'm not with them now, but only because I found I could
save big time on the premiums, which is how I came to
be with GMAC in the first place.

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I think there are two considerations: safety and service. Safety is easily assessable by looking up an insurer's credit rating with Moody's or S&P. You want an insurer that will remain solvent in case of a claim, especially if something hit a large area. Service is harder to judge. Consumers may be helpful, as is reputation, and some state regulators publish complaints per thousand insureds.

Personally, I will go with the cheapest company as long as they are rated A2 or better and have at least tolerable service. For life insurance, I would have different standards.

IMO, you could do a lot worse than Amica.
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Both Moody's and S&P's websites appear to be subscription-based.

Anywhere else where I can look up various insurance companies' ratings?

TIA!
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Both Moody's and S&P's websites appear to be subscription-based.

Anywhere else where I can look up various insurance companies' ratings?

TIA!
I you can look up ratings on S&P's site for sure. For Moody's, I think you have to call them but they will tell you the rating for free. Most insurers also post their ratings on their own website as well.
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