Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with Zander Insurance. We are a direct competitor and this article is our review of Zander Life Insurance. If you’re having trouble finding 3rd party reviews of Zander Insurance, our update at the bottom of this article will explain why.
Before I get into my Zander Life Insurance review, let me clarify that I respect Dave Ramsey and think he’s a great advocate of debt-free strategies. However, I disagree with his recommendation of Zander Insurance.
The first thing every consumer should understand is:
Zander Insurance sponsors the Dave Ramsey Show.
In other words, Dave Ramsey receives some sort of compensation to recommend Zander. Perhaps that’s the reason why Zander received the endorsement? (see a comment below this article from a Zander Insurance employee who explains it goes much further than the endorsement)
Beyond this paid endorsement from Dave Ramsey, here is what we’ll cover in this article (click in the table below to go directly to that section):
Zander Insurance Selection of Life Insurance Carriers
Zander Life Insurance offers fewer carriers than a life insurance agency like ours and many other online agencies on the net. There are several highly rated and competitive carriers they should be offering which most independent life insurance agencies represent.
If we have access to over 40 life insurance companies to find the lowest rates, there’s no reason Zander Insurance shouldn’t. It baffles us why they wouldn’t offer more companies that are very competitive for certain risks. We can only speculate that the carriers Zander Insurance Company represents pay them more commissions. Similar to how Zander pays Dave Ramsey.
The most important thing to understand when it comes to the selection of life insurance carriers is that each one looks at your risk differently. It’s up to your agent to find a carrier that looks favorably at YOUR unique risk – especially if you have any health concerns.
Zander Insurance Offers Blanket Advice
Above Zander Insurance’s Quote Engine, they feature a quote by Dave Ramsey that states:
“…most people with families need 10 times their income in coverage and I recommend 15, 20 and 30 year guaranteed level plans depending on your age…”
It’s this sort of blanket advice that will result in being over or under insured. Everyone’s situation is different and every family has unique needs. Some families only need coverage to cover final expenses – maybe $10,000 – $25,000. Other families with special needs family members or who have young children may need more than 10x your income. There are a lot of variables to each and every situation.
Dave Ramsey also says to “buy term and invest difference”. Again, this is blanket advice. While appropriate for most situations, it’s not appropriate for everyone. Some families may need permanent coverage for estate planning purposes.
We however do agree with Dave Ramsey that you should stay away from “Return of Premium” life insurance. At the end of the day, the extra premium you pay will do almost as good as a strong savings account AND you have the access to the cash. Not to mention you may not need the life insurance policy for the full term.
All it takes is a few minutes to listen to what you are trying to accomplish and make a recommendation. Life insurance is not “one size fits all”.
Why Am I Writing This Review?
I decided to write this Zander Insurance Review because I had a consumer (now a client) call me who was declined from Zander with one of their major life insurance companies.
The reason for the decline was his PSA’s were rising over the past 2 years so they told my client no other life insurance companies would cover him until he got his PSA’s under control, since he was a high risk to the company. However, his PSA’s have actually come down over the last 5 years and for a 70 year old they are within normal range. I secured this gentleman a Preferred Plus rating (the highest rating possible) with Prudential, even with his prostate cancer history. A top rated life insurance carrier that Zander Insurance wouldn’t offer at that time. This client would have gone without protecting his family had he not shopped around. And that’s all I’m asking you to do – shop around. There are even options out there such as no exam life insurance, which may be the best fit for your needs, regardless, we are here to help!
This isn’t an isolated case study either. We have many more instances where we’ve replaced Zander Insurance policies with more affordable options. In order to be fair, there are many instances where Zander term life insurance recommendations were spot on in our competitive analysis. If you’re shopping for a Zander Insurance quote, simply compare their offering to an independent life insurance agency like ours.
If Dave Ramsey really cared about the debt-free strategies he preaches (which includes saving his followers money on their life insurance) he would recommend using a different agency.
Yes, we are a direct competitor to Zander Insurance and we write this article as a warning to consumers.
There are many agencies and agents out there that actually practice what Dave Ramsey preaches and will find the lowest cost life insurance on the market for their clients. We recommend contacting an independent life insurance agency.
A good litmus test is asking your agent how many companies they represent. If it’s over 25, chances are they are independent and work on behalf of you and not a single company. Again, we mean no disrespect to Dave Ramsey. We just believe you should know that he gets paid to recommend Zander Insurance and it’s likely you can find better life insurance rates.
Getting Affordable Life Insurance
Zander (commonly mis-spelled at Xander Insurance) may or may not be the most affordable option for you, but we do have some suggestions on getting a great rate with Zander. There are a few changes that you can make that will save you hundreds of dollars, even thousands in some cases.
The first thing that you should do when you’re trying to get lower premiums, is kick the cigarettes. If you’re listed as a smoker when you apply for life insurance, then you should expect to pay much higher premiums for your insurance coverage. On average we have found the rates of tobacco users to be around double the amount that a standard non tobacco rate would be. Let this be your excuse to stop smoking!
Another aspect of life you can change to save money is improving your health. When you undergo the medical exam they’ll test your blood, blood pressure, and weight. These things need to be under control so you can get that preferred rate. If you want to save money, you need to get better results from the medical exam. Making a few simple changes can save you hundreds of dollars every year.
The two main ways that you can do this is by hitting the gym and switching up your diet. Both of these can have wonderful impacts on your health by helping you lose weight, lower your cholesterol, and reduce your risks of being diagnosed with health complications, like diabetes or cardiovascular problems. Being in an overweight category could cause your premiums to go up by 50% or more. If you want to save money, you’ll need to shed those extra pounds.
Another simple way to get lower insurance premiums is to compare dozens of quotes before you decide which one is going to work best for you. As independent insurance agents we have a leg up on the competition. Our flexibility allows us to offer you quotes from over 50 life insurance carriers, making sure we put you in a policy that will benefit you the best.
Why Zander Insurance Review Articles Don’t Exist
Zander Insurance has sent us “cease and desist” letters and complained to the Department of Insurance in all 50 states about this article complaining of unfair advertising. They’ve done this to other websites’ “Review” articles as well who in response decided to remove theirs. This is why you don’t see many reviews of Zander online – they have their attorneys all over us and most choose to remove the article.
I’ve decided to defend my 1st amendment right to free speech and hire an attorney to fend off their demands and I’d like everyone to know our stance until Zander stops their harassment of our agency.
Here’s a snippet on our stance in defense of Zander Insurance’s Complaints:
The content on my clients’ websites is not designed to create a negative image by a reader or to degrade the reputation of a competitor. Rather, the content is designed and intended to help consumers make informed insurance purchasing decisions. My clients’ reviews of Zander Insurance Agency’s (“Zander”) website and Zander’s paid advertising relationship with Dave Ramsey helps explain to consumers that they might not find the absolute best rates with Zander and should shop and compare. “Comparative advertising” is loosely defined as advertising where “the advertised brand is explicitly compared with one or more competing brands and the comparison is oblivious to the audience.” Specifically, my clients’ comparative advertising helps consumers to make informed purchasing decisions and not assume that Zander provides the best solutions. The content of my client’s website constitutes truthful, non-misleading speech protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Such clearly identified, truthful and non-deceptive “comparative advertising” has routinely been protected by courts as free speech.
We won’t back down to a big corporation like Zander Insurance. I wish other agencies would follow suit, but margins are so thin that in most cases it’s not worth the legal fight.
That’s why you don’t see many Zander Insurance Agency review articles on the new.
For any media inquiries, please contact Jeff Root directly at jeff (@) rootfin.com.
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