Today, the internet is filled with all sorts of fraudsters who are always on the look out to snatch money from unsuspecting browsers. And with people looking to the internet for all their auto insurance needs, it is becoming more important by the day to know how to not get swindled while looking for a good auto insurance quote.
The first step to take when wanting to get cheap auto insurance is to look for it online. There are a number of websites that offer free auto insurance quotes. The official insurance company websites offer free quotes, but you can get only one quote per website. And you will not be able to conduct a comparative analysis. You need to visit many different websites in order to get a decent number of quotes. And even while browsing official looking websites, you need to take care that you are on a genuine site. Make sure you are on a secure site by looking for the lock symbol at the bottom right corner of your screen. Only after finding this sign should you put your personal information on the website.
There are other third party websites that offer a number of quotes on the same website. You can put your personal information just once and get all your quotes at the same time. You do not have to enter your personal information multiple times. It saves time and also is less risky as you are entering it only once on a single website. And you can also conduct a comparative analysis by getting a number of quotes on the same website.
But care should be taken to ensure that the website you are referring to is genuine. There are multiple problems when you end up on a fake website. One, they might be just trying to maximize their hits and the quote that you get might not be accurate. Thus you will end up wasting your time and also your money if you decide to register for a particular policy that you noticed on that website.
Another sort of problem is even more serious. You might end up being swindled of all your money and worse your identity might be stolen. When you request for an auto insurance quote, you will be asked to give your name, contact number, and address. Sometimes, you will also be asked for other more personal information like your driving license number, your social security number and also your vehicle identification number of VIN.
In such cases, you need to be doubly sure that you are on a genuine website. It any criminal were to get his hands on such information, you can be rest assured that you will be taken to the cleaners. Your social security number is all that is required to wipe you out. And also it can be sold on the international market. The customers could include everyone from illegal immigrants wanting to make a living in America to religiously motivated terrorist radicals who might want to bomb your country. Hence there is a need to safeguard your personal information.
Make sure you are on a safe website when divulging your information. Look for a contact number and make the call to be doubly sure. And better still; look for web portals that do not require critical personal information to give out a quote.