3 Must-Have Insurance Apps For 2015

While the agent is still a highly valued part of the insurance buying process, more customers are getting tech-savvy thanks to a plethora of mobile apps that are now on the market which help in everything from taking inventory over one’s possessions to finding the right car. In 2014, many insurers made great strides in giving users apps that could fully supplement the user experience. Here are some of our favorites.

 

State Farm CarCapture

You’re in the market for a new vehicle. Maybe you’ve even been car shopping for a while. And one day, you come across a vehicle that grabs your attention.

With CarCapture, it’s easy to learn more.

Just take a picture, and the CarCapture vehicle recognition app shows you info that includes vehicle features, specs, Edmunds True Market Value® and more. Powered by Edmunds.com®, the trusted car shopping website.

App features:

  • Identify a vehicle through a photo
  • Look through features and safety specs
  • Find the Edmunds True Market Value®
  • Read consumer reviews
  • View additional vehicle photos
  • Locate nearby dealerships
  • Get a State Farm® auto insurance quote
  • Find information on vehicle financing from State Farm Bank®
  • Available for both Google Play and iTunes

 

IAA Buyer Salvage Insurance Auctions

Manage your Watchlist, Pre-bid, or bid live using I-bid LIVE while on the go. Find vehicles by searching through the app’s extensive inventory or preview specific auction lists. Set notifications to stay informed on what is happening with your vehicles and get branch contact information when you need it.

Don’t have an account with IAA? Set one up at www.iaai.com and register as a guest or a buyer. Guest Accounts are free and allow you to manage a Watchlist and view live auctions. Buyer Accounts enable you to bid. Vehicles available to Public and Licensed Business buyers vary by state and branch. Full details are available at the site.

Features:

  • ‘Dashboard’ provides an overview of your account and is a direct link to your vehicles.
  • ‘Vehicles’ allows you to search for specific vehicles or certain types of vehicles.
  • ‘Auctions’ allows you to browse through a auction run lists and access the mobile version of I-bid LIVE.
  • ‘Locations’ is your link to branch location and contact information, including directions.
  • ‘Settings’ gives you the option to set notifications and create a PIN for quick access to the app.
  • Available for both Google Play and iTunes

 

Evernote

There aren’t many things that you can’t do with Evernote. In fact, you could write an article about the best writing apps or best bill-paying apps or best [insert form of productivity here] apps, and this would probably make all those lists as well. From the insurance perspective, it’s great because you can snap photos of your things and tag them as “Home Inventory” or another memorable tag of your choosing. From there you can access your photos from every device or your computer so that you always have the information you need to file a claim, track insurance-related expenses, etc.

Here’s a partial list of the ways that Evernote can help you with your insurance needs:

  • Write notes of all types, from short lists to lengthy research, and access them on any device.
  • Collect web articles, handwritten notes, and photos to keep all the details in one place.
  • Find your work quickly with Evernote’s powerful search.
  • Take notes: write in a clean, distraction-free workspace.
  • Get organized: create notebooks and add tags to wrangle projects.
  • Access anywhere: keep your work in sync across devices.
  • Find anything fast: text in notes, photos, and PDFs is searchable.
  • Share ideas and resources: create a workspace for collaboration with shared notebooks.
  • Keep up with to-do’s: make to-do lists and check items off as you go.
  • Manage expenses: organize receipts, bills, and invoices to keep expense reports in check.

 

In Summary

One last note: many insurance companies are moving to their own suite of mobile apps, so it might be worth a customer’s time to connect and see what your company has available. Some of the more tech-savvy insurers make it possible to manage and purchase policies and handle all of the inventory/auto needs that could arise throughout the year. If you’re an agent who has not had a chance to look at what his company is doing in the mobile department, give the currently available offerings a look and see what is available that might make your clients’, and potential insurance leads‘, lives much easier in the year ahead.

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