Online insurance marketplaces
you're ready to buy a policy or simply want to do some comparison shopping,
these sites can help.
This publicly traded company provides instant quotes from more than 40 highly
rated carriers. Cool feature: You can save your input data for future searches
and migrate it to search across insurance types. Quotes available on auto, health,
home, home warranties, renters, recreational vehicles, term life and watercraft
Started in 1989, NetQuote provides a maximum of five quotes from a pool of 5,000
participating agents and 100 insurance companies. Selected carriers then quote
you directly via e-mail, fax or phone. Offers quotes on auto, business, health,
home and life insurance.
Founded in 1995 and purchased four years later by Dutch-owned ING, QuickQuote
offers comparable instant quotes from highly rated carriers. Cool features:
a staff case manager oversees your application through processing and licensed
agents are available via a toll-free number between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific
Time. Offers quotes on auto, dental, health, term life, travel and vision coverage.
Acquired in 2003 by auto marketplace ComparisonMarket, Insurance.com provides
quotes on 11 insurance categories from a select group of insurance carriers
and strategic partners. You can purchase a policy through Insurance.com's toll-free
number. Offers quotes on auto, dental, home, home warranty, health, life, long-term
care, pet, recreational vehicles, travel and watercraft insurance.
Insure.com Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Quotesmith.com Inc. Founded
in 1984, Quotesmith is a publicly traded company that offers instant quotes
from more than 300 insurers. Use the company's toll-free number to buy directly.
Quotes available on auto, dental, health, home, life, rental and travel coverage.
Founded in 1996 and partially owned by First American Financial, iLeads offers
insurance quotes to consumers and sells consumer leads to insurance agents.
Cool feature: An extensive online library covering the gamut of insurance issues.
Offers quotes on auto, disability, health, home and life policies.
This online insurance agency offers quotes on its core product, term life. It
partners with carriers to quote coverage for auto, disability, health, home
and long-term care insurance.
Founded in 1997, eHealthInsurance is the online king of health-related coverage,
offering quotes and side-by-side comparison on policies from more than 140 carriers.
Cool feature: Licensed help available via toll-free number, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Quotes Insurance: All Quotes Insurance plays matchmaker between your
criteria and hundreds of prescreened insurers. Quotes are delivered via fax
or e-mail within 24 hours. Cool feature: One-stop comparison shopping for hard-to-quote
business policies. Offers quotes on auto, business, disability, health, home
and life insurance.
Monster: More of a marketplace of marketplaces than an actual quote
site, Quote Monster steers you to a short list of quote generators where you
can hunt for the best terms and rates. Offers quotes on auto, health, home and
Jay MacDonald is a contributing editor based
-- Updated: Oct. 18, 2004