What's the difference between a car insurance agent and broker?

I'm requesting quotes to switch car insurance providers. I've spoken with an agent for Travelers, but I've also been in touch with a broker. Does it matter who I get my insurance through?

Answer
“The difference between a car insurance agent and a broker is:
  • A car insurance agent works for an insurance company. They represent the company when selling insurance to you.
  • A car insurance broker works for you. They represent you when selling you insurance and are independent from any insurance companies. This means that a broker can look into various carriers to find the best rate as they aren’t tied to one company.
As a consumer, you can get insurance through a broker like Jerry or an agent. However, shopping through a broker may provide more options and rates than captive insurance agents may offer. This may result in a choice that fits your expectations, needs, and budget.”
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Emily Maracle
Answered on Jul 28, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
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