In 2008, The Department of Insurance of the State of New York released a report showing the 40 P & C insurance companies that had the most complaints. We did an article about this previous. We showed the ten worst companies, the ones that got the most complaints. But we did not feature the ones that got the least number of complaints in New York, a tough insurance market.
Here is the list of New York's best P & C insurance companies as determined by the least number of complaints, higher number of complaints as you go down the list:
1. Long Island Insurance
2. Infinity Property & Casualty
3. Interboro Mutual
4. Tri-State Consumer Ins. Group
5. American International Group (AIG)
6. Safeco Insurance Group
7. Countrywide Insurance
8. White Mountains Group, OneBeacon, Esurance, Auto One Ins.
9. State Wide Insurance
10. Hannover RE Group, Clarendon National (no longer writing business)
You may find that some of these companies are only local or regional and that you can not do business with them where you live. But notice that AIG, Safeco, OneBeacon and Esurance are national companies that got fewer complaints.
It's not as easy to list a Top Ten Best P & C Insurance companies for America. We would have to contact all 50 state Departments of Insurance and find out which insurers had the least complaints. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) currently does not have any such report. In addition, complaints are not the only criteria that should be used to evaluate an insurance company.
Think about this statement, my friends.
The only thing that truly matters about your insurance is what happens when you submit a claim. It does not matter how good your agent is … or if the company sends you a calendar every year … or buys you dinner. It really does not matter if you pay a low premium or a higher premium. Claims handling is EVERYTHING !! Claims are about KEEPING PROMISES. When the insurance companies do not keep their promises, the complaints pile up!
Lowest premiums are not the only criteria you should use, either. Shopping for insurance is confusing and complicated. Determining if your quotes are “apples and apples” comparisons taking strict attention to detail.
You may need the help of a dedicated, experienced agent to determine your insurance needs and buy the right policy. Still, my recommendation is to shop broadly for your insurance needs. Get quotes from captive agents (who only write for one company) and independent agents (who write for multiple companies).
Getting quotes on the internet makes shopping for insurance very easy these days. But look for an insurance quote service that can give you competitive quotes PLUS strategies on submitting insurance claims that will help you collect thousands of dollars more in your claim settlements.
So, which insurance company should you do business with?
1. Choose a company that has an A + or A rating from the insurance rating services like AM Best.
2. Get multiple insurance quotes at least every two years, then choose the company which policies give you the most coverage for the least money. Do not worry about company loyalty. The companies do not care and neither should you.
If you are one of the unfortunate people who experience a loss of any kind, you'll need to know how to handle your insurance claim so that you maximize your recovery. You will need to know how to take control of your insurance claim, and add hundreds or even thousands more dollars to your claim settlement. For more information, check out the website shown below in the Resource Box.
You can win the insurance game if you have the right information. So go and win!