Compare Insurance Rates on NerdWallet

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Do you think nerdy types are the ones with all the financial answers you may need? Well, so do the owners of NerdWallet, a website that offers financial advice, insurance comparison tools and more. The website founders, Tim Chen and Jacob Gibson, wanted consumers to have a place to go for all their financial needs and so they founded NerdWallet in 2009. Their goal was to give consumers straight talk and unbiased financial information.

It all started when Chen was searching for a credit card and ended up creating a spreadsheet with over 1,000 credit cards. The current chief operating officer of NerdWallet as of 2014 is Dan Yoo coming over as the former Vice President of social media site, LinkedIn. Although the business was started in Tim Chen’s apartment, it now operates out of a San Francisco, CA office.

Ratings and Awards

Although only a few years old, NerdWallet has racked up its share of awards and top ratings and has become a mainstay for those searching for financial advice and comparison tools. Here are a few reasons why NerdWallet is a great choice when searching for financial advice:

  • Better Business Bureau: A+ Rating. NerdWallet is a BBB accredited business and it does not have any negative ratings or complaints listed with the Better Business Bureau.
  • CNN Money: Top 20 Best Money Sites for 2010
  • Recommendations from top news organizations including The Wall Street Journal

Features and Tools

Featured tools on NerdWallet include free financial advice and comparison tools for financial products and insurance. You can find help with your financial questions for the following categories:

  • Finance: Credit Cards, Bank Accounts, Mortgages, Car Insurance, Ask an Advisor, Cost of Living
  • Investing: Brokerages
  • Education: FAFSA Guide, Scholarships, Compare Colleges, Job Search Guide
  • Shopping: DealFinder, Coupons, Reward Mall
  • Health: Best Hospitals, Health Insurance, Medical Bill Help
  • Find Credit Cards: Best Credit Cards, Rewards Credit Cards, Cash Back Cards, Travel, Low-Interest Credit Cards, Balance Transfer Credit Cards, Gas Credit Cards, 0% Credit Cards, Student Credit Cards

There is also a chat feature where you can receive personalized answers from what the site fondly refers to as its “expert nerds.” These nerds include experts in insurance, investing retirement, personal finance, small business, and taxes.

Insurance Comparison Tool

You can compare Auto insurance quotes through NerdWallet’s top insurance provider partners including Allstate, 21st Century, Liberty Mutual and USAA. To start the search for a health insurance plan by entering your zip code on the website. Then you will be directed to answer a few questions online regarding what specific type of health insurance coverage you need and who needs the coverage.

The insurance comparison tool on NerdWallet allows you to find information and insurance quotes for these types of insurance:

  • Car Insurance
  • Classic Car Insurance
  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Boat Insurance
  • Whole Life Insurance
  • Term Life Insurance
  • Universal Life Insurance
  • Variable Life Insurance
  • Homeowners Insurance
  • Flood Insurance
  • Earthquake Insurance
  • Renters Insurance
  • Appliance Insurance
  • Loss/Theft of Personal Property
  • Liability Insurance (Umbrella)

The Bottom Line

According to the website owners, its resources are meant for people who have money, spend money or want more money. I believe this demographic pretty much includes everyone. The financial expert advisors are all experts in their respective fields and the company has an “A+” rating with the Better Business Bureau with no complaints filed.

For this reason and more, I think the “nerdy” financial advice you receive at NerdWallet may be well worth listening to and the helpful comparison tools will arm you with information to make an informed financial decision in your personal and business life. After all, what could be better than free financial advice that you can actually trust? It is just one more tool you can use when comparison shopping and trying to find the best value in insurance.

Contact Information

To use NerdWallet’s financial comparison tools or to get an insurance quote, you can visit the NerdWallet website. You can also provide feedback by emailing For technical issues, you can email For further information about website operation, you can read the company’s disclaimer and advertiser disclosure found at the bottom of the home page.