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Insurance Zebra, Ratekick Reviews : Which Websites Provide Accurate Auto Insurance Quotes from Multiple Companies in the USA?

Its hardly news to point out the Internet has revolutionized business in the 21st century. Thanks to the Web, consumers have more information than ever to make smarter buying decisions. Websites like Travelocity, Expedia, Priceline and Kayak have changed the travel business, and put many travel agents out of business. But where is the Kayak of auto insurance, helping consumers find the best deals and lowest rates to insure their cars & trucks?

At least two websites are attempting to provide consumers with auto insurance quotes online from multiple companies, without the consumer having to disclose specific personal information, like names, social security numbers or vehicle identification numbers. I’ve looked at both Insurance Zebra and Ratekick, and although I’m impressed with each site’s design and ease of use, it’s not possible for them to give even approximately accurate auto insurance quotes to consumers anonymously through their websites.

The best way to get auto insurance quotes online is to go to each auto insurance company’s website (and include an online independent insurance agency operating in your state, if available) and provide your personal information as requested. This blog post will review Insurance Zebra and Ratekick, and explain why they are a far cry from being the Expedia of auto insurance.

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Visit my site to get price quotes, complaint statistics, and customer service & claims satisfaction ratings for all the leading auto & home insurance companies in the USA. How is your insurance company rated? Does it have a lot of customer complaints? Find out at my home page and CLICK HERE!
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First, let me start with this caveat:

Be careful choosing a website before providing personal information for an auto insurance quote.

The majority of Websites, other than insurance company or insurance agency sites, offering auto insurance quotes from multiple insurance companies, collect your information and sell it to insurance companies and agents. The agents & companies purchasing your information will contact you to quote your auto insurance. This is not necessarily a bad way to start shopping, since you save time by providing your basic information once, and having leading insurance companies contact you (Keep in mind, some very good auto insurance companies, like Amica & USAA, are not likely to purchase your information, so be sure to review my information on the major auto insurance companies in each state, to find the best company and rates for you) to quote you accurately. However, you don’t want to use more than one of these sites, to avoid having the same companies contact you more than once.

The downside of using one or more of these sites, is they may sell your information to other marketing companies, and you may find yourself contacted frequently to get auto insurance quotes for years to come. I prefer to get auto insurance quotes, or find a local agent to contact, from each insurance company’s website. This approach is more time-consuming, but insurance companies aren’t likely to sell your information, comply with do-not-call requests, and you won’t be constantly solicited.

Before you provide any specific personal information (Name, address, SSN, DOB, VIN for your car, etc.) for an auto insurance quote from any website, read their terms of use, privacy & security, & “about us” sections of the site. You should be able to confirm insurance company & agency websites by their physical address and licensing with your state’s department of insurance. Most of the marketing companies wanting to sell your information do not deceive you about it, but there are some deceptive websites out there. When in doubt, don’t use it!

There are two websites, Insurance Zebra & Ratekick, quoting multiple companies online, without getting your specific personal information:

Insurance Zebra review

Insurance Zebra recently started providing auto insurance quotes for people living in Texas & California. I’m in Oregon, but the site offered to show me the rates for my old car if I lived in Beverly Hills, CA. After I put in my type of car, and the default of the Beverly Hills zip code, 90210, the site showed me prices for 15 companies. You have to update the driver, vehicle, & discounts section with the information applicable to you (For example, your age & marital status). You really have to hunt for the “select coverage” in the upper right hand corner of the screen, where you have some coverage package options, but the specific coverage you are being quoted is hard to read. Other than that, the site is very simple and easy to use. However, I doubt the accuracy of its quotes, or its ability to show you which companies will have the best rates for you.

In most states, its impossible to quote you accurately without specific personal information like your social security number, since credit is used in development of the rates. Your credit is blended with other factors, like your driving record, and current liability limits, to develop an “insurance score.” Some companies have more than 16 different levels of insurance scores, so an insurance company needs your specific information, beyond whether you have excellent, good, average, or poor credit, to quote you accurately. The good thing about California is the state does not allow the use of credit in determining auto insurance rates, but I still have little confidence any website can come close to approximating the correct price accurately, even in California, without your specific information.

Before auto insurance companies could instantly check your Motor Vehicle Report, Claims history report, and Insurance history report while quoting you, it was common for auto insurance policies to be issued at hundreds of dollars more than they were quoted, due to incorrect assumptions made by the agent or customer. It took an experienced agent to ask probing questions of the customer, to make sure the customer received the lowest and most accurate quote. Expecting customers to accurately quote themselves using anonymous general information, most of which is defaulted to answers not applicable to the customer, is highly improbable in California, and impossible in other states.

Ratekick review

Ratekick quotes auto insurance nationwide, so I was able to get multiple auto insurance quotes for my car. Ratekick asked for my year, make, and model of my car, my age, sex, and martial status, my zip code and current insurance company, and gave me quotes for 9 companies. Being familiar with what these auto insurance companies would charge me, I know the price quotes were nowhere close to being accurate, although the default coverage was very close to my actual coverage. I pay low auto insurance rates, but there is no way anyone is paying $97 every 6 months with Safeco, $74 every 6 months with Country Insurance, or even the slightly more realistic $285 with Allstate every 6 months. $285 would be half of what I was quoted with Allstate the last time Allstate quoted me.

There can be big a difference in the price for the same coverage among auto insurance companies, and over time, a company with a high rate for you in the past might now have much lower rates for you. But knowing the many factors, some specific to the individual, used to rate auto insurance policies, which are ignored or assumed by Ratekick, I have no confidence in the accuracy of the rates I was quoted, or Ratekick’s ability to determine the companies with the best rates for me.

Summary: Sites like Ratekick & Insurance Zebra will not be beneficial or accurate until they start collecting personal information and checking reports, like a consumer’s MVR & credit report. Progressive does this when it quotes other companies, and I was surprised how accurate those quotes were for me, given the complexity of most auto insurance companies’ rating plans. When shopping for the best rates, there is no substitute for talking with an experienced agent or company representative, with expert knowledge of their company’s rating plan. When I was quoting auto insurance, I could often review quotes and find significant additional savings.

Many people pay too much for their insurance because they never shop for better rates, or if they do shop, they don’t check the rates of enough companies. For a lot of people, the best insurance company is the one with the lowest rates. The ad below will take you to links to get online quotes from leading Home, Auto, Health, & Life insurance companies in your area. Choose the type of insurance, put in your zip, and start shopping now!

The Zebra Reviews

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21 Employee Reviews

“Good place to work”

I have been working at The Zebra full-time (Less than a year)

* Colleagues, boss, and CTO are good people to work with/for
* Good perks – free latte/espresso/whatever every morning, reimbursed for housekeeping services, no vacation policy
* Company is investing in its own growth
* Lots of room for growth in the business
* Not a lot of meetings

* Not profitable yet
* Not enough meeting rooms

Advice to Management

Make us all rich

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“Sales Manager”

I have been working at The Zebra full-time (More than 3 years)

Absolute great place to work. One of the best work environments I have been apart of. Employees all respect each other and treat each other with a level of professionalism. I love coming into work everyday for The Zebra. Upper management is very transparent with all the employees and truly care. Culture is a huge priority for The Zebra and they do a great job of making sure of putting all their employees in a position where they can succeed. It is very exciting times for The Zebra and I cant wait to see us continue to grow and develop.

No current Cons, Zebra checks all the boxes that I am looking for from an employer.

Advice to Management

Keep doing what your doing. The Zebra has come a very long way under great management and I only expect that to grow to the next level.

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“Great place to work!”

I have been working at The Zebra part-time

The Zebra culture is inviting for all types of people. They’re flexible, well managed, and have a company culture that definitely deserved one of the best places to work!

Have to walk to parking garage, but who doesn’t need a bit of walking time in their busy life?

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“Great place for growth”

I have been working at The Zebra full-time (More than 3 years)

The leadership at The Zebra does a great job of taking feedback from their employees. The team they have built makes me look forward to each workday. I truly feel valued here.

It’s a fast-paced environment and not for everyone.

Advice to Management

Keep up the great work!

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The Zebra Response

“Fantastic Employer with Big Upside Opportunity”

I have been working at The Zebra full-time

I’ve had a few different gigs at start ups, but Zebra is definitely unlike the rest. The entire team is friendly and passionate about their work. The CEO and CMO are probably the smartest I’ve ever worked for, and without the ego that often comes from above. The company is still at a size where you can immediately see the impact that you make, and the possibilities are massive simply because of the sheer size of the insurance industry. Benefits are good, altho not necessarily the best that I’ve seen. All in all, I’m excited for the growth here.

The company is growing really quickly, so it can be confusing where to go for what at times. The office is getting to feel quite small with all of the new people. Downtown parking adds more time to your daily commute.

Advice to Management

Keep the momentum and focus on the team dynamics as we expand so fast.

Auto, Home, Life Insurance Reviews & Shopping Tips

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Insurance Zebra, Ratekick Reviews : Which Websites Provide Accurate Auto Insurance Quotes from Multiple Companies in the USA?

Its hardly news to point out the Internet has revolutionized business in the 21st century. Thanks to the Web, consumers have more information than ever to make smarter buying decisions. Websites like Travelocity, Expedia, Priceline and Kayak have changed the travel business, and put many travel agents out of business. But where is the Kayak of auto insurance, helping consumers find the best deals and lowest rates to insure their cars & trucks?

At least two websites are attempting to provide consumers with auto insurance quotes online from multiple companies, without the consumer having to disclose specific personal information, like names, social security numbers or vehicle identification numbers. I’ve looked at both Insurance Zebra and Ratekick, and although I’m impressed with each site’s design and ease of use, it’s not possible for them to give even approximately accurate auto insurance quotes to consumers anonymously through their websites.

The best way to get auto insurance quotes online is to go to each auto insurance company’s website (and include an online independent insurance agency operating in your state, if available) and provide your personal information as requested. This blog post will review Insurance Zebra and Ratekick, and explain why they are a far cry from being the Expedia of auto insurance.

_____________________________________________________________________
Visit my site to get price quotes, complaint statistics, and customer service & claims satisfaction ratings for all the leading auto & home insurance companies in the USA. How is your insurance company rated? Does it have a lot of customer complaints? Find out at my home page and CLICK HERE!
_____________________________________________________________________

First, let me start with this caveat:

Be careful choosing a website before providing personal information for an auto insurance quote.

The majority of Websites, other than insurance company or insurance agency sites, offering auto insurance quotes from multiple insurance companies, collect your information and sell it to insurance companies and agents. The agents & companies purchasing your information will contact you to quote your auto insurance. This is not necessarily a bad way to start shopping, since you save time by providing your basic information once, and having leading insurance companies contact you (Keep in mind, some very good auto insurance companies, like Amica & USAA, are not likely to purchase your information, so be sure to review my information on the major auto insurance companies in each state, to find the best company and rates for you) to quote you accurately. However, you don’t want to use more than one of these sites, to avoid having the same companies contact you more than once.

The downside of using one or more of these sites, is they may sell your information to other marketing companies, and you may find yourself contacted frequently to get auto insurance quotes for years to come. I prefer to get auto insurance quotes, or find a local agent to contact, from each insurance company’s website. This approach is more time-consuming, but insurance companies aren’t likely to sell your information, comply with do-not-call requests, and you won’t be constantly solicited.

Before you provide any specific personal information (Name, address, SSN, DOB, VIN for your car, etc.) for an auto insurance quote from any website, read their terms of use, privacy & security, & “about us” sections of the site. You should be able to confirm insurance company & agency websites by their physical address and licensing with your state’s department of insurance. Most of the marketing companies wanting to sell your information do not deceive you about it, but there are some deceptive websites out there. When in doubt, don’t use it!

There are two websites, Insurance Zebra & Ratekick, quoting multiple companies online, without getting your specific personal information:

Insurance Zebra review

Insurance Zebra recently started providing auto insurance quotes for people living in Texas & California. I’m in Oregon, but the site offered to show me the rates for my old car if I lived in Beverly Hills, CA. After I put in my type of car, and the default of the Beverly Hills zip code, 90210, the site showed me prices for 15 companies. You have to update the driver, vehicle, & discounts section with the information applicable to you (For example, your age & marital status). You really have to hunt for the “select coverage” in the upper right hand corner of the screen, where you have some coverage package options, but the specific coverage you are being quoted is hard to read. Other than that, the site is very simple and easy to use. However, I doubt the accuracy of its quotes, or its ability to show you which companies will have the best rates for you.

In most states, its impossible to quote you accurately without specific personal information like your social security number, since credit is used in development of the rates. Your credit is blended with other factors, like your driving record, and current liability limits, to develop an “insurance score.” Some companies have more than 16 different levels of insurance scores, so an insurance company needs your specific information, beyond whether you have excellent, good, average, or poor credit, to quote you accurately. The good thing about California is the state does not allow the use of credit in determining auto insurance rates, but I still have little confidence any website can come close to approximating the correct price accurately, even in California, without your specific information.

Before auto insurance companies could instantly check your Motor Vehicle Report, Claims history report, and Insurance history report while quoting you, it was common for auto insurance policies to be issued at hundreds of dollars more than they were quoted, due to incorrect assumptions made by the agent or customer. It took an experienced agent to ask probing questions of the customer, to make sure the customer received the lowest and most accurate quote. Expecting customers to accurately quote themselves using anonymous general information, most of which is defaulted to answers not applicable to the customer, is highly improbable in California, and impossible in other states.

Ratekick review

Ratekick quotes auto insurance nationwide, so I was able to get multiple auto insurance quotes for my car. Ratekick asked for my year, make, and model of my car, my age, sex, and martial status, my zip code and current insurance company, and gave me quotes for 9 companies. Being familiar with what these auto insurance companies would charge me, I know the price quotes were nowhere close to being accurate, although the default coverage was very close to my actual coverage. I pay low auto insurance rates, but there is no way anyone is paying $97 every 6 months with Safeco, $74 every 6 months with Country Insurance, or even the slightly more realistic $285 with Allstate every 6 months. $285 would be half of what I was quoted with Allstate the last time Allstate quoted me.

There can be big a difference in the price for the same coverage among auto insurance companies, and over time, a company with a high rate for you in the past might now have much lower rates for you. But knowing the many factors, some specific to the individual, used to rate auto insurance policies, which are ignored or assumed by Ratekick, I have no confidence in the accuracy of the rates I was quoted, or Ratekick’s ability to determine the companies with the best rates for me.

Summary: Sites like Ratekick & Insurance Zebra will not be beneficial or accurate until they start collecting personal information and checking reports, like a consumer’s MVR & credit report. Progressive does this when it quotes other companies, and I was surprised how accurate those quotes were for me, given the complexity of most auto insurance companies’ rating plans. When shopping for the best rates, there is no substitute for talking with an experienced agent or company representative, with expert knowledge of their company’s rating plan. When I was quoting auto insurance, I could often review quotes and find significant additional savings.

Many people pay too much for their insurance because they never shop for better rates, or if they do shop, they don’t check the rates of enough companies. For a lot of people, the best insurance company is the one with the lowest rates. The ad below will take you to links to get online quotes from leading Home, Auto, Health, & Life insurance companies in your area. Choose the type of insurance, put in your zip, and start shopping now!

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