You simply cannot get through life, without purchasing insurance at some point. However painful this truth is, when you must buy insurance, you do yourself a disservice if you do it without learning the ropes first. A few little tips can save you a lot of money and get you better coverage.
When selecting a company that sells travel insurance, always go with a third-party company. While many airlines and cruises sell travel insurance, it is most likely designed to protect the company offering the trip, not the consumer. Travel insurance is a great investment, but only if it works for you.
Consolidating all of your insurance policies under one roof can help you save a bundle on your premiums. Insurance companies commonly give big discounts to people who have multiple policies. Talk to your insurance company and ask for a quote on other forms of insurance to see how much money you could save.
When you think about insurance, think hard about how much of your available income you want to spend on insurance versus investments. This is because, of course, each of us has a finite amount of money to spend on anything, so we have to make smart decisions about it. For example, if you are in good health and can save a lot on your insurance budget by buying low-cost term insurance, that will free up income you can use to invest in either long-term care insurance or actual income investments.
If you have filed a claim for a major loss, remember it’s the insurance company’s job to minimize that claim, but it’s your job to get back what you lost. You may be fortunate to work with a trustworthy, principled company, but you should understand that you and the company are effectively at cross purposes and that you need to be an advocate for recovering your own loss.
In order to get good rates on insurance and the best way to save money, is to shop around for different rates. Different companies use different kinds of formulas in calculating insurance rates and therefore, will have different rates depending on the individual’s specifications. By shopping around, lots of money can be saved.
Although they may be covered under your policy, don’t file small claims. Even if the claim amount is small, it can have a big effect on your insurance premiums. There are also many insurers that offer customers discounts and rewards based on the number of years they have spent without filing a claim. Your full coverage will still be there for use if there’s a significant incident.
Having good credit will also mean getting lower insurance premiums. Your insurance premiums are partly based on your credit. Customers who have poor credit or are considered high risk will be viewed as such by insurers, and therefore charged higher premiums.
Check your pet’s insurance policy for information on the company requirements. Some policies require you to take your pet to the vet for a yearly check up, and pay out of pocket for it. Yearly physical exams are a great idea for pet care, but make sure the insurance company isn’t forcing you to pay for it.
Keep in mind what items could cause an increase in your renter’s insurance. Many insurance companies will raise your premiums if you have certain breeds of dogs or if you own a waterbed. Don’t make split decisions on purchasing certain items without checking to see if it will affect your coverage and your premiums.
Do not forget to check with internet only insurance companies, when searching for quotes. Many insurance companies have popped up online offering great savings over traditional insurance companies. These companies can afford to offer substantial discounts due to their lower overhead costs. Without having to pay agents, commissions, as well as, not having to deal with volumes of paperwork, they save lots of money, which is then passed on to you.
The best time to switch insurance providers is when your policy is up for renewal. Canceling a policy at the end of it’s term means you won’t have to pay a cancellation fee, which saves you money. You also can let your current insurer know that you plan on canceling and moving to another insurance company and they may offer you a discount to match the new company’s offer, or even better it.
When purchasing an insurance policy of any kind, do try to pay the premium on an annual basis. While the smaller monthly payment option may be easier to budget for, many insurance companies charge an additional fee for this convenience and add it to your premium. This fee can add an additional 10 to 15% to your annual cost.
When any insurance policy has been purchased, take some time to sit down and read the fine print. Do not automatically assume that the policy is exactly as the seller presented it to you. There may be details in the terms and conditions that were not mentioned and discourage you from keeping the product. All policies have a short cancellation period after the date of purchase just in case it is needed.
Many people don’t realize this but you can consolidate your insurance policies, such as your car and homeowner’s insurance to the same company. Most insurance companies will give you a discount on both policies for doing this and you can save anywhere from 5% to 20% on your insurance just by doing this.
Ask questions you feel should be answered. If you aren’t asking the questions you think should be answered, you aren’t really getting the help you need. You could end up getting into a policy that isn’t appropriate to meet your needs, or one that has coverage that isn’t needed by your or your family.
Your insurance experience will be better if you employ just a few of these ideas. The more you learn, the better you will be at finding great deals and avoiding nasty pitfalls. Everyone needs to buy insurance, but not everyone learns how to do it right. Educating yourself translates directly into better insurance for less money.