For obvious reasons, we get asked this question a lot. So I thought it would be appropriate to revisit the subject again. As many know, Paul Paschall (PIG Agency Owner) began his career as a Farm Bureau Agent and then an Allstate Agent before finally becoming an Independent Insurance Agent.
Paul spent the first half of his insurance career being a "Captive" Agent, meaning Paul represented only one insurance company. A captive agent is restricted in their ability to truly keep the clients best interest in mind. As a captive agent you have to make every prospect that walks through your door fit into one category, regardless of their insurance needs. By representing a single insurance company you are not given the freedom to exercise different options to find the best fit for your client. Also, when the market changes as it often does in the insurance industry, you have to re-sell your company back to the client, even though it may not be the best option available to them. Paul quickly learned that as a captive agent he was only representing the insurance company and not his clients. Because of this reason, Paul decided many years ago to pursue the independent world of insurance. By becoming an Independent Agent, Paul is now able to do as he had always desired, fully represent his clients and their best interests and no longer the interests of the insurance company.
Let's break it down a little further. As an Independent Agency, Paschall Insurance Group is contracted with multiple A+ rated insurance companies. Through these companies we are able to offer a wide variety of products and services. This allows our agency the option to offer an array of choices at a much larger savings to our clients. We review multiple options for our clients and cross reference each to find the right mix of companies, coverages and rates that best meet that individual or families insurance needs. As an Independent Agency, we allow you the freedom to shop around (we even do the shopping for you) with competing insurance carriers and capture the absolute best price available in the market. So rather than you spending hours gathering quotes from various insurance companies, you can get it done with a simple phone call or visit to our office.
Paul loves working as an Independent Insurance Agent, he takes comfort in knowing he has the ability to 100% represent his clients in the best way possible, regardless of market changes or any other unforeseen obstacles that may arise. This gives him ultimate satisfaction and complete peace of mind.
Paschall Insurance Group continuously strives to provide the absolute best coverage, price and service available in the insurance industry!
Nationwide Insurance ran into some social media backlash to its Super Bowl Commercial entitled, "The Boy Who Couldn't Grow Up." The company says the ad was intended to spark a "fierce conversation" about preventing childhood deaths.
The ad depicted a little boy talking about how he will never kiss a girl, ride a bike, travel the globe, or marry. Why? Because he died from a preventable household accident.
The company was promoting its "Make Safe Happen" program about ways to increase safety at home. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, preventable injuries are the number one cause of death among children.
Judging from social media complaints, childhood death is not a conversation people want during Super Bowl parties. Bloomberg reported that about 64 percent of the social media buzz was negative, the worst of any advertising in the Super Bowl.
The "Make Safe Happen" program is a good program and will hopefully bring more awareness to these tragic but preventable household accidents. I don't believe the Super Bowl was the right setting to roll the campaign out, the ad was way too dark for such a fun, energetic, light-hearted environment. Although look at the attention it is getting, I doubt I would be blogging about the ad if I saw it on normal air time. Maybe the Ad Executives over at Nationwide are smarter than we think!
So, you've made the decision to buy a used car. You've researched makes and models and settled on a few options. Or, you may have your perfect used vehicle in mind and are just deciding how to go about purchasing it. Wherever you stand in your process of purchasing a new car, paying the right price is important. Being able to negotiate (or haggle) is an important tactic to employ while shopping for a used car. You don't want to pay too much, and you don't want to buy a car that will break down after rolling off the car lot. Below are a few tips to help with the negotiation process.
1. Know Your Car Values: Whether you’re looking for an SUV, truck or car, it’s vital to know the value of the car you’re looking at before attempting to haggle on a price. There are many websites to visit in order to get a reliable used car price. The Kelley Blue Book, NADA and Edmunds are just a few of the sites that offer car-value tools.
2. Know Your Dealership: While knowing how much the car you’re looking at should sell for, what may be even more important is finding an honest dealership to buy it from. If you personally do not know a dealership, try calling local repair shops and asking for used car dealer recommendations.
3. Start Out Low, But Make It Count: When trying to negotiate or haggle over a used car price, many people are scared of insulting the car dealership. Offering too low a price may garner you the label of “tire kicker,” while offering too much can make the dealership see you as naive. Decide what you are going to offer before you venture onto the lot. Also, have the values you’ve researched printed out for reference. If the price of the used car is $10,000 but you’ve seen them selling for $9,000 on eBay or Craigslist, offer $8,500 to $9,000. Additionally, since you’ve already determined financing for the vehicle, make it clear that you’re willing to write a check for the car today. Here's how to get a car salesperson's attention: Say, "If you're willing to haggle with me on price, I'll write you a check today."
4. Get a Pre-Buy Inspection: This is a little-known secret that can save you from sinking money into a ticking time bomb or can give you a leg up on negotiating a used car price. While many people believe that you can get pre-buy inspections from private sellers, you can get pre-buy inspections on vehicles from used car lots, as well. Call your mechanic, and make an appointment for a vehicle inspection. These usually take an hour for a general check, but you can also pay extra for a more detailed inspection.
5. Be Willing To Walk: You’ve found the car. However, you and the salespeople can’t come to an agreement. Instead of spending more than you’re comfortable with or leaving the dealership feeling cheated, just walk away. Car salespersons are good at their jobs, and they want to make you think that unless you buy the vehicle then, it will be gone and there won’t be another. Just keep reminding yourself that there are always other cars and other dealerships.
6. Insurance Is Non-Negotiable: While you can't really haggle for insurance coverage, you can definitely find a good deal. Most importantly, you can find auto insurance that can cover you no matter what kind of car you drive, and no matter how you drive it. Independent agents are particularly good at comparison shopping and helping you save because they don't work with a single insurer. Because they have access to multiple companies, you can get several quotes to compare before you buy.
From our offices in Weatherford, Texas, we serve clients anywhere in the State of Texas, though the following areas are geographically closest to us: the counties of Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Wise, Johnson, Parker and Hood and the cities of Arlington, Bedford, Brock, Burleson, Cleburne, Colleyville, Coppell, Dallas, Decatur, Euless, Fort Worth, Frisco, Granbury, Grapevine, Hurst, Keller, Mansfield, Millsap, Mineral Wells, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Watauga, Weatherford, and White Settlement.