About Us

The Nelson Clan: Carl A, Jon, Carl, Todd, and Mark


Why choosing Carl Nelson Insurance Agency is a no-brainer.

At Carl Nelson Insurance Agency, we make buying the right insurance as easy and painless as possible. We’ll tell you simply, plainly, and honestly what we recommend for your insurance needs. Yes, we’re happy to sell you insurance, but we’ll feel like we failed if you don’t understand what you’re buying and why. With us, there are no stupid questions. Here’s how we work …

We Get to Know You

Once you become a customer, your licensed insurance specialist will remember you and, most likely, your kids and your pets … well, maybe not your pets. Unlike online providers, your dedicated insurance specialist not only knows you — he or she knows your situation. You don’t have to re-explain things every time you phone in.

What We Cover

As a full-service insurance agency we offer coverage for homeowners, auto, vehicles, boats, motor homes, contractors, agriculture, commercial, life, health, and more.

Local Insurance Agency

Carl Nelson Insurance has more flexibility than traditional insurance companies, like Allstate, Farmers, AAA, or State Farm. They sell just one brand. As a local independent insurance agency, we work with over 50 underwriting insurance companies, all with A ratings with A.M. Best Rating Service. We maintain agreements with them to get the best packages. Plus you don’t have to shop around — we do that for you.

Product Knowledge

Because we work with over 50 underwriting insurance companies, our product knowledge is vastly superior to most other agencies. And our knowledge is significantly superior to name-brand insurance companies, like Allstate, Farmers, or State Farm. Their agents don’t have the time or staffing to learn about the numerous offerings of all the other insurance companies.

High-Value Coverage. Lower Prices.

Our aim is to match your unique insurance needs with first-rate coverage at a lower price. Remember, you don’t want to be caught under-insured with an off-the-shelf online insurance purchase. With our state-of-the-art technology, we can compare your coverage options for needs like home and auto in just a few minutes over the phone or even by email. Often we can save you 15% on what you are currently paying, while improving your coverage!

Personal Assistance When You Need It

If you have any questions, your licensed insurance specialist will know you and be responsive to you personally. The rest of the CNI staff will back up your specialist, always ready to serve you when you need it.

Locally Owned and Operated

Carl Nelson Insurance has offices in Hanford and Visalia, California. We set our own policies on how to best serve you. That means we don’t have to answer to “corporate” like name-brand insurance companies. Plus it’s easy for you to drop by and talk to us one-on-one.

25+ Employees. Well-Trained!

We are large enough that someone is always available to help you. And there is always someone who has experience with your particular needs. Yet, we’re small enough to give you personal service. Our insurance specialists are rigorously trained and licensed. Ongoing training to keep updated on changes in the insurance industry is compulsory.

Phones Are Answered by a Human Being.

During office hours, our phone is answered by someone eager to serve you — not a call center.

Claims Assistance

Inevitably, life will throw bad stuff your way, and you will need to make a claim. To make it as easy as possible for you, Carl Nelson Insurance Agency provides 24/7 claims service directly with the insurance company we’ve placed you with. We also have a dedicated in-house claims department to answer your questions and to resolve any issues with the least amount of worry.

Since 1977

Our longevity and history demonstrates our strength and stability. We’ll tell you simply, plainly, and honestly what we recommend for your insurance needs.

Insuring Californians

Although we primarily serve the insurance needs of residents of Hanford, Visalia, Tulare, Fresno, Lemoore, Bakersfield, Kingsburg, and Selma, we can bind and issue coverage via fax, email, or with electronic signature.

A+ Better Business Bureau rating

We are pleased to have achieved an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. The BBB standards for businesses are high and embody the principles of trust, integrity, and honesty.

Listed: Top 5 Local Insurance Agencies

At Carl Nelson Insurance Agency we’ve never had to change our business principles because we’ve been doing it right since the beginning. That’s why we’ve grown and grown. According to the Fresno Business Journal, we are the 5th largest independent insurance agency in the Central Valley. We have to be doing something right.

Final Thoughts

Carl Nelson Insurance Agency knows that customers come first in every business transaction. That is why so many of our clients and their families have been with us for over 40 years — we earned and keep their loyalty by doing excellent work for them every single day.

We work with more than 50 underwriting insurance companies.

All Top-Rated

That means we have more flexibility than a traditional insurance agency, like Allstate, Farmers, AAA, or State Farm. They try to sell their brand. We don’t. We simply aim to get you the right coverage, with the right insurance company, for the right price.

Giving Back

Our insurance specialists don't just sell. They help our community.

Our team of insurance specialists proudly joins with these organizations to help our community become an even better place to live. We’re in the business of helping our customers get their lives back on track when there’s a life incident.

Listed below are some of the organizations we proudly support.

  • Hanford Carnegie Museum
  • Hanford FFA
  • Hanford High Baseball
  • Happy Hearts
  • Kern County Autism
  • Kings County Board of Realtors
  • Kings County Homecoming Committee
  • Kings Dance Center
  • Kings Fair
  • Kings Guild
  • Kiwanis Club of Lemoore
  • Laton High School Football
  • Laton Lions Club
  • Links for Life
  • Rotary Club of Hanford
  • Sunset Rotary of Hanford
  • West Hills College

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