To help us better serve your trucking insurance needs, please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text us: 1.877.201.2019 with following information with current (if applicable) insurance declarations page/policy and loss run report:
- Operation / Business Name
- Business Address / Garaging Address
- Tax ID / EIN#
- Owner Name / Owner’s DOB / Contact Name (if Different)
- Contact Email / Phone Number
- Description of Business / Operation / What type of cargo do you haul?
- Radius of Operation
- USDOT # / MC #
- All Driver Informations: Driver Name, DOB, Married, License Number, License State, Year CDL Issued, Past 3 Years Any Moving Violation?, Past 3 Years Any Accidents?
- Vehicle Information: Vehicle Year, Make, Model, Vehicle Type, GVW, Vehicle VIN Numbers
Once we receive your operation information, we will contact you within 24-48 hours to discuss your insurance needs.
Reasons Why BetterBind Should Be Your Truck Insurance Advisor
- We believe in integrity, honesty and long-term business relationships. We think they are important to you as well – after all, we collect your premium dollars and you count on us in a time of need. We pledge to give you honest, straightforward answers to your questions.
- Our staff makes the difference – people don’t do business with companies, they do business with people. We are real people that live and work in the community just like you. We are not a faceless corporation or an online trucking insurance agency found on the internet.
- Our advisors return calls and e-mails. It is inexcusable for anyone in the trucking insurance business not to return phone calls or e-mails. We provide streamlined trucking insurance to enable you to manage your business quickly and efficiently. No wasted time, no BS.
- We provide fast access to your certificate of insurance. We will be there when you need us.
- Safety services – your safety scores are directly related to the price you pay for your trucking insurance. If you are looking to save money – let us help you. We can show you how to improve your safety scores and address the root cause of your safety issues whether it is accident prevention, log books, vehicle maintenance or driver files.
- We give you firm prices and clear terms in our truck insurance policies. If we have made an error, we will try resolve it quickly and in your favor. We only ask that you are honest and straightforward with us about your operation.
- We know price is important to you – we bring value to your insurance program by marketing your renewal with our 100+ national insurance providers. No one else comes close to our access to truck insurance markets! In the event that you find a lower rate from another company, we will review it and give you our fair opinion even if it means that we will lose your business.
- We are here to answer your trucking insurance questions. Trucking is a complex and highly regulated business. Have a question about a driver MVR? Need $250,000 in cargo coverage for one trip? Just call or e-mail us. We don’t have all the answers, but we’ll try our best to find out.
- Small business is big business for us. We are a small, family-owned business just like you. We understand your problems and concerns. Small trucking fleets make up the majority of our business. We’ll work just as hard to cover the owner-operator as we will for the 30-unit fleet.
Why You Will Never Benefit from Having Multiple Agents Bid for Your Insurance
We receive numerous calls every day from truckers looking to discuss their insurance programs. Most of our conversations are from truckers looking for ways to reduce their annual premium. And, most times we discover they’ve also spoken with a handful of other insurance agents as well. It’s a common misconception among truckers that having multiple insurance agents work on a quote, the better (and lower) your insurance premium will be. After all, isn’t competition healthy? Well, yes … but mostly, no. Few businesses depend so vitally on their insurance programs as the trucking industry. So, while we understand the cost of insurance can be high, focusing your efforts on this one factor should not always be the end result.
Just Give Me Your Best Price
In their effort to reduce insurance costs, motor carriers think that bidding their insurance policies with multiple competing agents will deliver the cheapest insurance premium. However, as we’ll explain, this is rarely the wisest thing to do.
The Traditional Way
Unfortunately, here is how a lot of trucking companies handle their renewal: they will go on the Internet and find 3-4 trucking agents to quote their renewal. They submit all the required information and wait. Weeks pass with no response. A few weeks before the policy expiration, an agent calls and says that he is “blocked” from accessing markets due to a prior submission from another agent. You sign an Agent of Record letter, however, the insurance carrier cannot release the quote because there are differences between both agent’s submissions. The agent emails or calls you for additional information. And then you wait again.
A few days before your policy expires, you miraculously receive multiple quotes. Now you need to decipher and compare each quote to be sure you’re getting the coverage you asked for at the beginning on this process. In the end, after a nerve-wracking bidding frenzy, you get coverage 2 days before your renewal. The kicker – your renewal rate is higher than what was promised to you! Sound familiar?
Details Make A Difference
Trucking companies make a common mistake, they look at insurance as a commodity. They try to compare prices of what appears to be the same policies. Multiple agents competing on an account implies that buying insurance coverages can be comparable to buying office furniture. It can’t.
Securing coverage for a trucking fleet is a complex process. There is no such thing as exactly the same insurance policy and there is no “magical” coverage that pleases everybody. For example, if two underwriters quote “cargo”, though the word is the same, there may be significant differences in coverages. One policy may exclude certain commodities and have major coverage limitations, while the other policy may broaden coverage with custom endorsements.
Less Competition May Not Mean Better Choices
You may not notice it, but the number of the trucking insurance carriers who write trucking accounts is getting smaller every year. In the past two years, five major truck writers pulled out from the marketplace. Nowadays you might not find enough insurance companies to support multiple agents competing for one account.
The Nature of the Insurance Market
There is also a hidden risk when multiple agents are bidding for your insurance policy. Insurance companies can refuse to provide a quotation for either agent or it can offer a “weak” quotation. The insurance market, just like you, is busy and underwriters are reluctant to participate in “practice quoting”. Choose your agent wisely and allocate or assign markets, whenever necessary.
If you are not satisfied with the way your current agent is handling your program, don’t give them a chance to quote your renewal. Do your due diligence and find, at most, two qualified agents specializing in trucking insurance to present your business to assigned insurance companies.
When you use the services of multiple competing agents you increase the amount of work on your end and tend to lose more time than necessary. You need to contact each agent and submit all the necessary documentation. You need to make sure that both brokers receive exactly the same information in the form of questions and answers.
When you receive multiple quotations, you need to take the time to review each quote and try to decide which one is a better fit for your company. As insurance professionals, this is our job and we, at times, find it extremely difficult to compare quotations. There’s too much at stake, don’t go it alone.
If the pricing differs substantially, you need to find out why. If one policy is a lot cheaper, it may exclude some coverage you were unaware of. It may also be a quoting mistake and rated incorrectly. If a policy is rated incorrectly, the error may only become apparent if you have a claim and the insurance company declines coverage.
If you are completely satisfied with your current insurance provider, trust them to handle your renewal. Do not engage other agents – you will be hurting your chances to get good renewal terms. If you are not happy with your current provider and decide to “bid your insurance”, do your due diligence and prequalify the prospective agents you want to work with. Ask questions about their relationships with underwriters, trucking experience, safety service offerings, and customer service standards. It is in your best interest to have no more than 2 competing agents for your renewal.
We recommend that you market your insurance renewal every three years. In the event of dramatic changes in your company’s operations or size, you can shorten this timeframe.
If you’re interested in talking with us about your upcoming insurance renewal, please contact us. We are one of a handful of agents nationwide who only can truly call themselves “truck specialists”.