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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)

Before you make your final life insurance purchase decision, we recommend looking into some other company reviews, such as our reviews on Primerica Life Insurance and United Home.

Selection of Life Insurance Carriers

Zander Insurance offers fewer carriers than a life insurance agency like ours and dozens of other online agencies. There are several highly rated and competitive carriers they should be offering which most independent life insurance agents represent. If we have access to over 50 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.

Zander Insurance Offers Blanket Advice

Above Zander Insurance’s Quote Engine, they feature a quote by Dave Ramsey that states:

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“…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.   

Dave Ramsey also says to "buy term and invest difference".  Again, this is blanket advice. While appropriate for many situations, it's not appropriate for everyone.  Some people need permanent coverage.

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 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!

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.  

Bottom Line

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 any life insurance 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 may not be the most affordable option for you, but there are several ways that you can get affordable life insurance, regardless of which company that you go with. 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. In fact, smokers are going to pay around twice as much for life insurance versus what a non-smoker is going to pay. If you want to save money on your life insurance, then you’ll need to kick that bad habit to the curb.

The next thing that you should do is improve your overall health. Unless you buy a no medical exam, the insurance company is going to require that you take a medical exam. The results of the exam are going to play a major role in how much you pay every month for your protection. 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. Every insurance company is different, and all of them are going to offer you varying rates depending on their medical underwriting and rating system. You could get drastically different rates depending on which company that you get the quote from. If Zander doesn’t offer you the best insurance rates, then we can help you find a company that will.

Unlike traditional insurance agents, we are independent brokers. Which means that we work with dozens of highly rated companies across the nation and we can bring all of the best insurance plans directly to you. Contact one of our agents and we can get the process started today.

Update:

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.

For any media inquiries, please contact Jeff Root directly at jeff (@) rootfin.com.

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About Jeff Root

is the owner of rootfin.com. He's an independent life insurance agent who has helped 1,000's of consumers purchase life insurance online and over the phone.

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4 Comments

Zander Employee

Hi, Jeff!
As a five-year employee of Zander Insurance, I’d like to take this opportunity to provide a rebuttal, of sorts.
First, our relationship with Dave goes far beyond being a paying sponsor of the Dave Ramsey show. Dave has a long-standing relationship with the Zander family, and carries his own policies through us. He also respects the fact that we are a debt-free company; a badge of honor that not many other brokers can boast of.
Contrary to your piece above, Zander quotes with more than just ten companies. However, the same 7-10 companies could show up in the quotes of many clients, simply by offering the lowest rates at the time. Also, keep in mind that we are a broker. While an Underwriter may decline a client based on his or her medical history, if we are aware of the history before submitting the application, we can get a preliminary quote with other companies to avoid a potential decline.
I respect your position, as well as your stance on addressing the competition. The reason that clients come to Zander Insurance is our friendly and knowledgeable staff, our commitment to outstanding service, and our ability to customize a quote to very specific needs.

October 17, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Mr. Root, thank you for having the courage to speak up and tell the truth. Like you, I do respect what Mr. Ramsey has created in the way of a business and his effective marketing to have such a “following”. But at the same time, some of his technical analysis seems rigid and one-sided. Upon learning of his association with A.L. Williams (Primerica), it shed light on and told me enough to understand his financial bent. Just like many of our overly “charismatic” Christian pastors, who are on TV and rise to almost cult of personalities, Mr. Ramsey’s fans mirror this similar type of passion for his teachings. Some of which are bona fide and helpful. The truth is one can certainly do far worse than following his “snowball” debt system. Personally, I also like it when he speaks about his own life experiences (bankruptcy, etc.). To me, it makes him more human. However, his advice on some of the other more technical matters scare me because those listening take it as the gospel. And yet, it is not. Many more qualified professional and quantitative academics, disagree than agree with his investment tactics. For instance, I was shocked to read his belief that one can spend down 8% of their portfolio a year in retirement. I actually did my due diligence to check several sources to ensure that he actually believes that 8% is the number, as far off and high as it may seem. Yes, he does. Never mind that all the best minds in finance and in academia recommend a more conservative, safe withdrawal rate between 3-5%, typically 4%. In my estimation, 8% is not a safe withdrawal rate. Also, Mr. Ramsey also claims that he believes it is reasonable for a person to expect a 12% ROI (return on investments). It’s his basis for advising his followers to take out 8% of their savings annually after they’ve retired. Who knows the exact number? Whether the 4% rule is too rigid a guideline for a long term rate of spending during retirement may be up for analysis, but 8%, Mr. Ramsey? Please.

February 29, 2016 at 5:09 am
Nancy Rutledge

I appreciate your restrained, courteous, and
thoughtful mail regarding insurance costs. Do you have an opinion concerning ID protection service?

October 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm
    Jeff Root

    Hi Nancy,

    I don’t know anything about that product unfortunately. Best of luck.

    December 18, 2016 at 2:49 pm
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