I May Change Car Insurance Agents

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    Feb 27, 2012 5:09 PM GMT
    I dropped into our car insurance agency this morning to get some new proof-of-insurance cards printed, we seem to have misplaced our previous ones. We were assigned this agent when our previous one closed his agency to work at their corporate headquarters.

    So first thing I see as I arrive is a big tricked-out 4-door pickup sitting in the handicapped space, without any disabled parking permit on it. So I found another space for myself (I do have a handicapped permit).

    I checked the license plate for a wheelchair icon, and saw that it's a vanity plate, issued on the FAMILY VALUES edition. Florida now has something like 100 different tag designs, and while the Republicans in the State Capitol will gladly create special plates that tout anti-abortion pro-life themes, and other right-wing sentiments, they won't approve tags reflecting opposing viewpoints. And the additional fees these plates raise go to special interest groups that promote causes like anti-abortion efforts.

    Inside the receptionist told me the truck belonged to the agent himself, who indeed is not handicapped. I guess he figures that since that space is in front of his building, the $250 fine doesn't apply to him. Some values this guy has. I think we can do better with our insurance.

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    Feb 27, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    Art, I've never addressed you directly, but I have read a lot of your posts and I know that you are very liberal. I'm not trying to attack you or your politics by asking this, but what's the relevance of mention of the "republicans" in this situation? It seems to me that this guy is just a douchebag and his politics wasn't necessarily an issue/known.

    I only ask because, regardless of a person's politics, it is a massive pet peeve of mine when people attempt to insert a political argument or justification into every situation.
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    Feb 27, 2012 10:09 PM GMT
    I agree the Republican wolfpack taking over the out great nations and diminishing our civil rights. You did a brave thing by changing your insurance company. Please tell me more in detail how you came to such an astonishing conclusion.
  • rnch

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    Feb 27, 2012 10:12 PM GMT
    Time To Move On to another agent.
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    Feb 27, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    As if I needed another reason to dislike Florida!
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    Feb 27, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    Well I will say this much... Don't get gieco... They don't do shit for you & allstate is just as bad if not worse. I think I saw progressive as being one of companies that has a great rating from HRC.
  • a303guy

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    Feb 27, 2012 11:11 PM GMT
    agreed - dump the agent...AND the company. (and after finding a new one....write a letter to the old company, with a copy sent to the agent!)
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    Feb 27, 2012 11:21 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI dropped into our car insurance agency this morning to get some new proof-of-insurance cards printed, we seem to have misplaced our previous ones. We were assigned this agent when our previous one closed his agency to work at their corporate headquarters.

    So first thing I see as I arrive is a big tricked-out 4-door pickup sitting in the handicapped space, without any disabled parking permit on it. So I found another space for myself (I do have a handicapped permit).

    ............................blah blah blah.............Republican hate this Rupublican hate that.....................blah blah blah..............................

    Inside the receptionist told me the truck belonged to the agent himself, who indeed is not handicapped. I guess he figures that since that space is in front of his building, the $250 fine doesn't apply to him. Some values this guy has. I think we can do better with our insurance.

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    Hope you informed your insurance agent that your seizures are NOT controlled? Maybe your insurance company shoud be dropping you?

  • commoncoll

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    Feb 28, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    RYkid saidI agree the Republican wolfpack taking over the out great nations and diminishing our civil rights. You did a brave thing by changing your insurance company. Please tell me more in detail how you came to such an astonishing conclusion.

    Ha ha

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    Feb 28, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    This is a good plate for South Florida. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Feb 28, 2012 2:07 AM GMT
    Young_Sir saidArt, I've never addressed you directly, but I have read a lot of your posts and I know that you are very liberal. I'm not trying to attack you or your politics by asking this, but what's the relevance of mention of the "republicans" in this situation? It seems to me that this guy is just a douchebag and his politics wasn't necessarily an issue/known.

    I only ask because, regardless of a person's politics, it is a massive pet peeve of mine when people attempt to insert a political argument or justification into every situation.

    If you saw more of his posts, you would know that he believes Republicans and Conservatives are responsible for all evil in the world. He believes they are trying to subvert the Real Jock site. He is a self-appointed committee of one to deal with the problem and when he discusses it, he always refers to himself in the first person plural. Very entertaining.
  • JP85257

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    Feb 28, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    socalfitness said
    Young_Sir saidArt, I've never addressed you directly, but I have read a lot of your posts and I know that you are very liberal. I'm not trying to attack you or your politics by asking this, but what's the relevance of mention of the "republicans" in this situation? It seems to me that this guy is just a douchebag and his politics wasn't necessarily an issue/known.

    I only ask because, regardless of a person's politics, it is a massive pet peeve of mine when people attempt to insert a political argument or justification into every situation.

    If you saw more of his posts, you would know that he believes Republicans and Conservatives are responsible for all evil in the world. He believes they are trying to subvert the Real Jock site. He is a self-appointed committee of one to deal with the problem and when he discusses it, he always refers to himself in the first person plural. Very entertaining.

    My plates support the Police Union. So whats your fucking point, old man? Christ......Change agents, get a pace maker. I swear to God youre sensitive over someone not wanting to kill children. We get it.

    The guys is a complete and utter douche for parking in a handicap spot if he is not....I agree there but fuck off about the rest of it.
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    Feb 28, 2012 2:32 AM GMT
    Hi Art,
    I'm an insurance agent in NC and I firmly believe people should do their homework before picking an insurance company. Firstly, if you select any company that advertises constantly on tv, you've probably made a poor selection. You're probably paying too much and getting mediocre service.
    Check out 3 consumer based organizations, i.e., Consumer Reports, JD Power, or Wards Top 50. Be sure to check out their financial ratings as well, i.e. A.M. Best, etc. Then select an agent based on a recommendation from an online organization such as Yelp or even a personal recommendation from someone with claims experience. You still can't be guaranteed that the agent will be a Democrat or a Republican...lol.. but hopefully you'll get more bang for your insurance buck.
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    Feb 28, 2012 2:36 AM GMT
    Why do you pay an intermediary (i.e. an 'agent') to handle your insurance needs. You're paying more than you need to and allowing the agent to make money off of you. It's bad enough to have to pay insurance company rates without having to subsidize the agents that sell it. Sorry... it's way too easy to go directly to the insurance companies to get quotes. Save yourself some money.
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    Feb 28, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    WHO THE FUCK CARES, JUST DO IT MAN
  • JP85257

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    Feb 28, 2012 2:39 AM GMT
    So according to your logic I should change my insurance because I disagree with the political leanings of the CEO or Progressive?

    No. I am paying 55 bucks a month for full coverage insurance with 2 DUI's on my record. I will just continue to disagree.
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:11 AM GMT
    I agree with anyone who says that political views of your agent should not be a factor.
  • thadjock

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    Feb 28, 2012 3:23 AM GMT
    JP85257 saidSo according to your logic I should change my insurance because I disagree with the political leanings of the CEO or Progressive?

    No. I am paying 55 bucks a month for full coverage insurance with 2 DUI's on my record. I will just continue to disagree.


    i hope u got some help for your drinking problem dude. as someone who has lost a friend to the hands of a drunk driver i have ZERO tolerance for that BS. 1st offense should be manditory license suspension, 2nd offense should be major prison time, no loopholes.

    it's good u can still get insurance though, at least the family of the people u kill can sue ur ass, ur $55/mo better buy u a high limit policy.
  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 28, 2012 3:27 AM GMT
    It's totally fine to choose an agent while considering their political leanings. It's good to have a few things in common with your agent, gay, liberal, member of the same chorus, etc. That's the free market for ya.
  • JP85257

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    Feb 28, 2012 3:41 AM GMT
    thadjock said
    JP85257 saidSo according to your logic I should change my insurance because I disagree with the political leanings of the CEO or Progressive?

    No. I am paying 55 bucks a month for full coverage insurance with 2 DUI's on my record. I will just continue to disagree.


    i hope u got some help for your drinking problem dude. as someone who has lost a friend to the hands of a drunk driver i have ZERO tolerance for that BS. 1st offense should be manditory license suspension, 2nd offense should be major prison time, no loopholes.

    it's good u can still get insurance though, at least the family of the people u kill can sue ur ass, ur $55/mo better buy u a high limit policy.

    Thanks for your input. This issue is over 4 years old and lessons have been learned. Thanks tho. I really appreciate the lecture from another total stranger.

    Im sorry for being honest. Christ.
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    funbud8 saidHi Art,
    I'm an insurance agent in NC and I firmly believe people should do their homework before picking an insurance company. Firstly, if you select any company that advertises constantly on tv, you've probably made a poor selection. You're probably paying too much and getting mediocre service.
    Check out 3 consumer based organizations, i.e., Consumer Reports, JD Power, or Wards Top 50. Be sure to check out their financial ratings as well, i.e. A.M. Best, etc. Then select an agent based on a recommendation from an online organization such as Yelp or even a personal recommendation from someone with claims experience. You still can't be guaranteed that the agent will be a Democrat or a Republican...lol.. but hopefully you'll get more bang for your insurance buck.

    My partner has been with this insurance company for about 16 years, and so he gets some discounts that way. I looked at alternatives in the past, and despite the TV hype, nobody was cheaper.

    He had this previous agent, knew him and liked him. So fine, after my partner & I got together and I began paying for the car insurance I kept his previous arrangement in place. Then that agent closed his business and moved to corporate management. The insurance company reassigned us to another agent, as I explained above.

    It wasn't until today that I learned the current agent is a right-winger opposed to women's reproductive rights. The topper was that he had the gall to park illegally in a handicapped space.

    I'm not sure if this company offers online policy service that omits local agents. I never looked into it, had just kept the status quo that pleased my partner. And I also like the idea of a real office I can visit locally if I need. But I may consider your advice and learn whether we can eliminate having an insurance agent. If it really saves money that would be appealing. I already discussed this with my partner and he agrees that he doesn't want anything more to do with this agent, whom we've never really known.
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    Why is Art Deco driving when his seizures are not controlled?

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    adam228 saidIts difficult to say why you passed out.

    Not really. It's entirely possible I had a seizure, since I'm epileptic. I have partial complex seizure disorder, so finding myself on the floor is not unusual for me. Since I currently have little bladder control I wet myself while unconscious, the urine containing a fair amount of blood from the prostate, as it does at times. (It was 24/7 until last weekend, now less often)

    Still I'm not happy with how I'm being treated, what I'm being told (which is virtually nothing). The doctors were very friendly when they were first establishing my treatment routine, but increasingly they're remote and non- communicative. That change alone concerns me, plus other indications I got from my initial cancer studies.


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    Feb 28, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    mrspanishboy saidWHO THE FUCK CARES, JUST DO IT MAN
    LMAO
  • JP85257

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    Feb 28, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    Thats real mature that you want nothing to do with this agent because he doesnt relate to you on a political level. Total bullshit reason and I think you were looking for one.

    Would you rather his plate say "CHOOSE ABORTION"?

    You make no sense.
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
    JP85257 saidThats real mature that you want nothing to do with this agent because he doesnt relate to you on a political level. Total bullshit reason and I think you were looking for one.

    Would you rather his plate say "CHOOSE ABORTION"?

    You make no sense.

    I would rather his plate not say anything in opposition to women's reproductive rights, and contributes to something that sends money to anti-abortion groups. And that's my choice, and my partner's.

    And it's the agents choice to put a polarizing political issue on his truck. It's obvious he wants to be known for his political views, so we get to reject him as our agent for having those political views. After all, don't you right-wingers conduct boycotts against businesses that are thought to be too gay-friendly? Seems if you righties can do that, then we liberals can do the same on our issues, yes?