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I really don't know why anyone doesn't use these price comparison websites.
Compare the market is one of a handful I use, all of them are good. Of course, we all know this particular site because of its loveable little meerkat mascots Alexandr and Sergey!
I find Compare the Market super easy to use. All you do is fill in your details and away you go. It takes around fifteen minutes to get quotes for Car insurance, and if you create an account a lot of these details are saved, which saves a lot of time.
Compare the Meerkat compares hundreds of different providers and lists the options for you in price order. There is also a handy comparison on insurance features such as legal cover, windscreen cover, break down cover etc. You can easily see what is included in each quote - so it makes comparison so simple.
You can then click through directly to the insurers websites to process your quote, or you can call them up to change things or ask more questions. It really couldn't be easier, and using these sites is always far cheaper than going with your renewal claim.
In fact, I find that by arming myself with a few quotes from comparison sites I am often able to make my insurance company offer me a cheaper renewal quote. It's well worth doing.
Another reason I really like Compare the Meerkat is that they are currently doing an offer where you can get buy one get one free cinema tickets if you buy through their site. This has saved us a further £50 or so this year. It's been great!
The only downside to compare the market is the incessant marketing emails that you get once you've used it. However, set your junk mail filter up right, and these won't bother you at all. Simples!
I know patience is a godsend and all that, but seriously folks mine is just starting to run thin. Not only do we have to contend with adverts with Alexander, and co (Meerkats of royalty standard) no less, but now we have to put up with a raving queen prancing around in a smoking jacket condescendingly stating to his butler that there is no confusion as the two words are completely different. Duuuh I think we established that on the first run through with the beeping meerkats.
Now I know this makes you look at their website and they do give helpful advice with Car, House, Mortgages, Health and so forth but give me a break. When will the silliness stop!
I for one have used this Compare the market.com frequently in the past and found what I was looking for pretty much all of the time in fact I have just recently used them to buy house contents insurance via their search engine and found it top notch. Very helpful with a backup call from some lovely people on the other end of the phone making sure I got what I was after.
Lovely! Not a problem there then. I don't have a problem with the little meerkat creatures either but please not the weird fellow with the smoking jacket dancing around in his undies I just can't take anymore.
What ever happened to sensible advertising is it a thing of the past?
I have used this website before and will most likely use it again as the service is pretty damn good let us focus on that and not the silly ad's hm mm.
The website seemed quick and returned a good range of quotes, but, and it's a big but, the quotes for travel insurance didn't include the excess, the policy summary didn't say what the excess was, the 'key facts' didn't mention the excess amount. In fact I could find no details on the excess amount payable anywhere. Was it £50, £250, £1000, information that you really can't do without when comparing quotes. Also, no 'contact us' details on the home page. I think is a warning! In the end I managed to find an email address and have asked the same question regarding excess. If I get an answer, I'll update this review.
I used this earlier in the year to shop around for my car insurance.
The site is very easy to navigate around and isn't too slow. Filling in the forms is fairly easy, there are links to click if you get stuck but in general there isn't anything you should have a problem with, after all it's all about you. It took a while to load the insurance quotes at the end but this is understandable, as they have to send the data to all the insurance companies individually and receive the quote in return then order them from cheapest to dearest. REMEMBER TO LOOK FOR THE BOX ABOUT THIRD PARTY CONTACT.
I found that a lot of the quotes were inaccurate as I clicked though a few and after filling in their forms, the data doesn't transfer automatically, you are given a higher quote, not much in some cases but a lot more in others so beware it may not be the cheapest option.
They didn't find me the cheapest quote, my local broker did. I didn't notice the box that you tick or untick the box about contact from third parties so since then I've been receiving too many emails and phone calls to count on a regular basis, trying to sell me thing. Not a good service at all.
i had just passed my driving test and chose to use compare the market to find what i thought would be top market insurance brokers,
i found EXPRESS INSURANCE to seem to have all i was looking for so,i called them to go thought the details as this was my first policy i was pressurised into taking out £500 voluntary excess and pay a further £30 for excess protect so i at least thought i wouldn't have any problems if a claim arose this was in april 2009
all was well until my car was stolen in jan 2010 that's when there attitudes changes my car remained unrecovered during the process i fully cooperated with them i agreed a settlement after 3 long months of daily phone calls i had my excess deducted but was assured i wouldn't have any problems as i had excess protect,so i waited for my check at this time i was still paying £80 a month for a car i wasn't driving 2 weeks later no check the insurance CHAUCER assured it had been sent,i was also awaiting the letter saying my excess had been deducted so i would claim it back i phoned broker EXPRESS INSURANCE to get a very rude woman telling me they had my cheque an i wasn't getting it as i had moved a payment dates forward a week as i was struggling paying insurance and bus fares she told me we want the money if we send you this cheque how do we know were gonna get our money,
i was stunned they owed me a further £500 after that cheque,i was forced to pay the additional £80 then given the cheque with no letter to claim back my excess,
another week of phone calls i got the letter sent it off,during this time i was getting letters every other day telling me if i didn't get a car by the end of the week they were canceling my policy
,i was finally told my excess was in the post when it arrived it was £100 short and i was given till the end of the day to buy a car otherwise they wanted my policy to be paid in full,in the end i got my policy cancelled as i wasnt being forced to buy a car in a day they didn't even give me enough time to cash the cheque or pay me my whole amount they are rude disgraceful back street brokers steer clear,they are now demanding a further £94 plus cancellation fees, the pure cheek after what they have put me through hope this help anybody choosing compare the market LOOK CAREFULLY FOR REVIEWS ABOUT THE BROKER YOU CHOOSE
Comparethemarket.com was first introduced to me by a posh Aleksandr Orlov who is a meerkat from Moscow. He explained to me (dressed in his red velor robe) that many people have been going to him asking for cheap deals on car insurance - people looking for comparetheMARKET.com not comparetheMEERKAT.com. I have to say it was love at first sight.
Aleksandr Orlov and I have a secret love affair - I sneak onto the computer and log into his home page, where he leaves me secret love messages. He often vents his frustrations to me and I feel that he can really open up to me.
Sillyness aside. Comparethemarket.com have struck gold with their advertising. I don't know who thought up the idea of having a Meerkat as their mascot, or who pitched the idea of Aleksandr Orlov having jacuzzi baths in the adverts as he explains the confusion between comparethemarket.com and comparethemeerkat.com but seriously, it's an amazing idea. It certainly has me going to comparethemarket.com for car insurance.
It's a no nonsense site, on the main page you can go straight to getting a quote for your insurance OR if you want to have a little look around, you can read what THEY have to say about their company and the benefits from comparing insurance with them.
Comparethemarket.com will compare quotes for:
Home Insurance and
Buildings & Contents Insurance
Worldwide Travel Insurance
Public Liability Insurance
Broadband Price Comparison
0% Credit Cards
You can also compare energy prices! They claim that if you switch energy suppliers through their site, you will get up to £622 savings on your bills per annum.
When you recieve a quote, it will be either by phone, text or email. If you do not wish to be bombarded with text messages or nagging phone calls (and frankly who does?) then just put EMAIL as your preferred contact - and if you're really worried about hoards of emails coming your way, set up a JUNK MAIL email account. I wouldn't worry too much though, Comparethemarket.com only send out important emails.
Along with your quote, you will recieve a reference number. This means you can go back onto the site and instead of having to go through the process of comparing quotes again, simply fill out your email address, reference number and date of birth and voila! You're quote is there again. This is especially handy if you are musing quotes at work or you simply haven't decided where to go yet.
Comparethemarket.com has provided me with a fair savings on my car insurance - and not because I went through them! I found a quote that was almost half the price of my current insurance...told my insurer and they matched that price! Fantastic!
I wouldn't go anywhere else! They provide cheap insurance and have a great advertising campaign...!
The compare the market.com website was infact very useful. They only thing that me and other friends have found that if you use the website that you then become a slave to the phone! They sell your information to leadx ltd. You then have to answer your phone every 30 minuets becasue they try their hardest for you to have a direct quote form a insurer. Why do we use the website if their not accurate as Leadx explains. All Leadx want to do is transfer you to an insurer which i found are dreadfully bad at giving a quote so that they gain profit from passing you through. I think this is very irresponsible of compare the maket.com that they would have Leadx ltd as one of their trusted partners when they know that people just get abused by them. Don't use the website! You've all been warned!! It takes away all your privacy to be badly spoken to by a bunch of teenagers that don't really care about you and are reading a script. Its a complete waste of time. Even if it does take aproximatly 10 minuests for a quote, i never get that time back for a crap quote!!!!
If I'm totally honest this really isn't the kind of sight I'd normally be browsing. My car insurance and house insurance is sorted and I'm thinking confidently I got a pretty good deal, not that home and car insurance are the only options for you to compare on comparethemarket.com. Both my son and I who were interested in their current advertising campaign instigated my initial visit.
For those unfamiliar with this campaign I shall just briefly run over the general idea, which I find to be very clever marketing indeed. Basically we are confronted by a talking meerkat who is somewhat frustrated at the fact that people are visiting his sight to get insurance quotes and comparisons. Frustrated because his website address is comparethemeerkat.com. He points out the surfer's error and directs them to comparethemarket.com. On further investigation my son and I discovered that comparethemeerkat.com is and actual sight pretty much identical to the proper site, differing only in the fact that all you can compare here is meerkats. We just laughed at the cleverness of the idea and the fact that there were indeed several meerkats to compare.
Any way this lead me to visit the site in question and see what all the fuss and hype was about. I found the website to be very well laid out in a bright blue and green colour scheme. Along to top of the page is a menu system whereby you can go to the specific subject you wish to compare, be it car insurance home, business of life insurance, in fact pretty much any insurance you are liable to require.
From here the entry is via the get a quote link and the entry of a few personal details will get you a list of quotes. There is a substantial amount of info available on the site apart from just the getting a quote option. Once you have been given a quote you can save it and retrieve it at a later date. There are a fair few similar type-sites out there on this wonderful Internet, but I have found this to be the easiest to navigate and actually find the information you are seeking. Clicking on a subject will open a new page, which has the same colour scheme. The only thing I found annoying was that the bottom half of those other screens were simply links to different insurances or mortgages from your current choice. I guess on reflection that that is fair enough considering those companies who are giving quotes are most probably funding the site with advertising. This in no way affects the quotes that are totally no biased, and are genuine quotes from various reputable companies.
I can see how this sight might be of benefit for those who have the need for quite a few policies of insurance, but for the average Joe like myself, I don't think this kind of site is going to make that much of a difference. Many say they have saved tons of dosh using such sights, but shopping around will usually save you a fair bit, and there is always the option of haggling with an insurer saying you been given a cheaper quote.......most will reduce their quote in turn. I quite like the haggling and phoning part of getting insurance so this site wasn't particularly for me, but don't let me put you off, it is a very useful site with lots of useful info and links, and I have no doubt if you use it you will inevitably save some cash.
In all fairness had if it had not been for the comparethemeerkat site I probably would never even have glanced at this site even though I have seen their adverts previous to the meerkat campaign. If you do visit and get quotes I hope they are both beneficial to you and save you a few quid.
I'm generally sceptical about price comparison sites, but have been quite favourably impressed recently with 'Compare the Market' (dot.com) - that internet company that advertises on TV with a ridiculously catchy jingle (and, for some reason, a Russian-accented smoking-jacket-wearing meerkat).
While looking for cheaper car insurance earlier this month, I 'compared the market' by checking prices at both 'compare the market' and 'confused.com'. They both offer similar services - in each, you enter the usual details of yourself, your vehicle and other drivers to be named on the policy, then opt in or out of a number of 'specials' relating to the policy (e.g. free breakdown cover; amount of 'voluntary' excess; protected no claims discount etc.) after which the site throws out a list of insurance quotes from different companies - all tabulated in a very user-friendly format (showing against each feature green ticks for 'included' or red crosses for 'not included') that lets you compare features across the different policies. All the quotes can be saved for later viewing with a reference number. If you wish to change features of the policy (e.g. there was some doubt as to whether we wanted to use the car for 'business' as well as 'personal' use) or correct any mis-typings, this is also possible - although the site had a tendency to seize up when I was trying to amend these types of details, the original quotes could easily be retrieved using the reference number, and from that point it seemed easier to make corrections.
I had a look at perhaps the first half dozen quotes (the cheapest options) that the comparethemarket.com generator threw out for me; there were many more expensive ones that I didn't consider further down the page, so the site does provide a good range and number of options. Quite a few companies offered similarly priced car insurance but some of the company names were more recognizable to me than others - including insurance companies that I'd consider 'big names' such as Churchill; I went for someone I had previously heard of. The only difference I found between the two price comparison sites I looked at recently was a slight difference in price (not more than about £5) but it happened that comparethemarket offered the best (cheapest) quote that day, so we went with them. As the woman on the TV ad says, the price comparison site saved me about £100 on car insurance, this year.
Compared with entering your personal and vehicle details over and over again into the individual online quote pages of different companies, this one-stop exercise was a much easier option - and, as effective in terms of finding cheaper insurance than searching individual companies, which is what I've tried in previous years.
The slight but potentially serious drawback with comparethemarket.com I found was in the 'small print'. Once you've decided which policy to buy, you are directed from the comparison site to the particular insurance company's website to complete the transaction. At this point, there is a message on screen informing you something along the lines that the quote you've just been given "has been provided on the basis of certain assumptions; these must be checked with the insurer to ensure that the policy is adequate for your needs."
Basically this means that you have to then phone the insurance company to check these 'assumptions' / details. In my case this involved going through the whole quote, from start to finish, giving all my information over the phone again to a customer service operative, which was a bit time-consuming - and, he tried very hard to sell me various add-ons to the policy (free courtesy car in the case of a write-off, etc.) that I really wasn't that interested in - though this in itself wasn't such a problem. More worryingly, I was however told that one of the numerous 'assumptions' that my quote had been based upon was that I didn't have any children who would be travelling in the car - whereas I do in fact have such a child. The operator worried that this would greatly affect the price of my policy - actually, he was surprised when as it turned out it didn't - but if it had done, the whole exercise would've been a waste of time as I would have had to start looking for a new quote.
Incidentally, the other price comparison company I checked (confused.com) did consider as part of their initial questionnaire whether or not children would be travelling in the insured vehicle. It seems a bit foolish for comparethemarket to make this kind of assumption, I think, and I've knocked one star off the rating I've given the company as a result.
If, however, you're very about careful double checking the details of the apparently competitive quote they've given you - which will entail a call to the insurance company your quote comes from - the service can work all right.