Getting a car can be a really big deal, especially if it’s your first car. With a first car comes a lot of responsibility including making sure your car is insured. Car insurance isn’t always easy and it’s not always quick either. The new app, MagicQuote, is looking to make this process better especially for younger drivers.
With MagicQuote, it’s possible to get a quote for car insurance in just three minutes. This app primarily targets millennials, as they tend to be tech-savvy and enjoy the convenience of doing things quickly from the comfort of their phones.
The app has multiple features, but most notable is its ability to scan a user’s license to obtain their information. By scanning their driver’s license, a user can pre-fill out applications rather than manually filling out new applications each time. The app searches several insurance companies in order to find the best prices for its users.
MagicQuote also monitors rates and options continuously, so the process doesn’t just stop once you get a good quote. It monitors things like change of age or address and can alert you if a better quote becomes available. It also provides quick access to any information you might need, such as your policy information and vehicle identification numbers.
How it Started
The idea for the app came from founder, John Ansell’s 21-year-old nephew, who graduated college and got his first car. The process to get quotes from insurance companies was a long one, and it was filled with filling out the same information on applications over and over. Hearing back from the companies also took days or weeks, and sometimes he and his nephew would be bombarded by calls and emails from insurance companies.
Ansell decided that in today’s technology-filled society where everything else has been made quick and efficient, insurance quotes could be made better too.
MagicQuote was created as part of Richmond, Virginia-based company, Merlinio Technologies. Merlinio Technologies is an independent insurance agency available in all 50 states. They aim to bring insurance to a digital platform, and to be the “Next-Gen Insurance Broker for the Millennial Generation.”
John Ansell is the CEO of Merlinio Technologies and the founder of the app. He wanted to create an alternative to the insurance buying process, which he found to be daunting and inefficient. Ansell has experience with both insurance and running businesses. He even helped co-found and run Allianz Global Assistance, one of the largest companies for travel insurance in the United States. He is also a CEO and co-founder of Fusion Company, which works with companies to help increase their revenue using data analytics.
Jammy Li works as the chief operating officer for Merlinio Technologies, and he has over 25 years of experience in working with and leading companies including those involved with insurance.
Getting the App
The app is available for free for Android and Apple users. All you need to do is download the app, create an account and scan your license in order to start. You may need to fill out a bit more information too, but it is a short process.
Once you have your profile completed, it will only be a three-minute process until you can look at the best car insurance quotes available to you.
MagicQuote doesn’t just want to help its users, it also wants to help the planet.
Cars may not be the most environmentally-friendly invention in the world, and while MagicQuote aims to get more people’s cars ready-to-drive, it doesn’t want to harm the environment while doing so.
On its website, MagicQuote states “You save time and money. We all save the planet together.” They believe that the environment is important, and they want to work to offset their carbon footprint.
The company has partnered with One Tree Planted, which is a Vermont-based nonprofit that wants to fight deforestation. In April 2018, the app celebrated Earth Day by planting a tree each time the app was downloaded. Currently, a tree is planted any time a policy is purchased with the app.
Whether you’re looking for car insurance or know someone else who is, MagicQuote can be a good start. Even if it doesn’t work out, it only takes a few minutes of your time.