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Since 1946, we've proudly served a vast array of business and personal insurance products to organizations and residents throughout Durham Region and across Ontario.
As one of the top insurance brokers in Canada, we've been providing individuals and businesses with the "best buy" for their insurance dollars since 1946.
Not only do we have the experience that comes with being around for over half a century, but our highly qualified licensed brokers offer a level of experience and expertise you won't find with many other insurance companies. They've got the degrees, awards and industry accolades to prove it, too!
You'll find our people on numerous boards, industry and government committees. But it's our commitment to providing outstanding value and service that keeps our customers coming back. In fact, almost all of our customers came to us through referrals from other satisfied customers- many of whom have been with us for generations!
Our business was first started by Wilfred N. Van Kempen, who formed W.N. Van Kempen Ltd. The company remained in the family, as Wilfred was later succeeded by his son William R. Van Kempen. In 1985, Van Kempen Insurance Associates Ltd. was formed by Kip Van Kempen. Best Buy Insurance was established in 2005 and the following year, the Witty Insurance office was purchased.
Now, decades later, Kip's daughter Gillian Van Kempen is the fourth generation to embrace the industry, and to lead the organization. Best Buy Insurance Brokers represents a vast range of insurance companies in Canada and around the world, providing competitively priced insurance for individuals, families and businesses.
For us, it’s all about making sure our customers get the best products at the best possible price – even if it means going outside of Canada to find them. It’s this high standard of service that makes us a leader in the insurance industry. (There’s a reason why “best buy” is part of our company name!)To put it simply, we’re the insurance experts so you don’t have to be – and we’re always looking for new ways to serve you better. Whether it’s getting trained on the latest products and industry changes, or bringing certified risk managers on staff for our commercial clients, we strive to go above and beyond to service your insurance coverage needs.
What is a registered insurance broker?
A registered insurance broker is an independent insurance professional. In Ontario, they’re governed by the Registered Insurance Brokers Act of Ontario. Brokers sell general insurance including coverage for home, business, automobile, farm, boat, ATV, life, etc. They’re well-versed on the various insurance products available, and can offer several choices from a variety of insurance providers. Unlike an insurance agent, brokers aren’t affiliated with any insurance companies or financial institutions – which means you’ll benefit from independent, unbiased advice. Your broker represents your best interests when negotiating a contract with an insurance provider.
Why an independent broker?
Shopping around for insurance coverage not only takes up a lot of time, it can also be pretty daunting if you’re not sure what kind of coverage (or how much) you need. Your broker will take the time to assess your specific insurance needs and help you find the solution that best meets your requirements. And because an independent broker maintains relationships with several insurance companies, he or she can do all of the leg work for you to locate the best product and negotiate the best price on your behalf.
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