Many of us buy things online these days. There are advantages of buying insurance online, but there are disadvantages as well.
Buying insurance online can tend to be cheaper. Some companies offer a discount if you apply online and even if it is just a small amount, it is still a saving and saving everything that you can, may make a big difference. You can also go through cash back websites in order to make even more savings as you may be able to get some money back if you choose certain policies.
Most companies offer all of their policies online and so you will not miss out by buying it this way. You will also be able to take your time to browse the various options, look at what each has to offer and compare the costs. It can be a lot easier doing this at home, as you can easily make notes and gather the information together.
If you do this on the high street, it can be a little harder as you have to walk from place to place and you will have to carry something with you to note down all of the information so that you remember it. It does have its advantages though as you can discuss the policies with members of staff from the branch and therefore get your questions answered easily. If you are doing things online, you have to telephone customer services to get information,which is something that some people do not like doing. It is also something that can take quite a lot of time and patience sometimes. Having a local branch to discuss things can also be useful if you want to make a claim or have any problems as it can be easier to sort things out face to face.
Of course, there is nothing to stop you applying online and then dealing with someone in a branch if necessary, as long as you have a local branch. You will need to watch out though as sometimes accounts can be limited to being online only, although this is rare with insurance.
So which you choose is obviously up to you and will depend on whether you want a personal service, prefer working with a branch or can find a cheaper or better deal online. There are quite a few factors in the decision.