Bargaining on the Policy Price
Once you've selected a company or agent that you'd like to go with, you may
want to see what you can do about reducing the price you've been quoted. Here
are a few tactics that you can employ to get the price down:
- If it's not stated in the proposal, see if you can find out how much
profit is built into the quote and see if you can bargain to cut that down.
It's tough to get people to give you straight information on this touchy
area, but it's also an area where the agent/company has room to maneuver.
- Check the cost of each coverage. Perhaps raising the copayment on a given
service can shave some dollars off the cost.
- See if the agent is willing to extend the term of the policy to two years.
Sometimes the underwriters will give you a break if they can keep your
business for a longer period of time.
- Try extending waiting periods for new employees. Going from 30 days to 60
days or to six months can trim the costs slightly in some cases.
- As a last resort, try eliminating coverage that you think will not be used
These tactics may be more effective with businesses with more than a few
employees under the policy. If you only have two or three employees, you may not
have much choice but to pay what is quoted.
If you get a really good proposal from a company that offers
coverage that's competitive with other plans you've looked at
but the price is way below what others have quoted you
for the same coverage, you may be getting
Low-balling is a tactic used by some insurance companies and
agents to get your business. They will give you an artificially
low price just to get your business. It may sound like a good
deal, but when you go to renew the policy next year, the price
will soar, possibly forcing you to go through the whole process
of finding a vendor all over again. Or, in order to avoid that,
you may end up paying a lot more than you would have, had you
not taken the low bid in the first place.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.