Purchasing insurance can be one of the most headache-causing tasks that any one person can ever do. Unfortunately, it has to be done. Whether you are in the market for life, health, or car insurance, you must always research all options and then, only get the coverage you can afford.
If you are looking to save money on insurance, research into group rates in associations you may already be a part of. Organizations like AAA, AARP, and university alumni associations sometimes offer great insurance rates for their members. This can help you both save money and utilize the benefits of the organization that you are a part of.
When you choose insurance for your car, qualify your insurer first. Besides evaluating coverage, it is also in your best interest to look for reviews on their customer service, claim responsiveness and even rate increases. Knowing who you are dealing with ahead of time can help you set expectations with your insurer.
When considering travel insurance for an upcoming trip, be sure to not automatically purchase insurance through either your cruise line or travel agent. First, check with your own home or auto insurer to see how their rates compare. Often times you will obtain cheaper and better coverage with companies that you already have a relationship with.
If you want insurance companies to deal fairly with you, then you must do the same for them. You might be tempted to pump up your claim or say you lost more than you did, but if you do this, you will add fuel to their concerns about claimant fraud and they are less likely to deal with you in an honest way. It’s the Golden Rule, once again: report your loss fairly and honestly, with all the details needed, and accept what appears to be fair value (if in fact that is what you’re offered).
The wise consumer will take their own loyalty into account when comparing insurance companies. An insurer that has provided years of effective, reliable and trouble-free service should not be abandoned the instant a slightly cheaper alternative becomes available. It is quite likely that an insurance company that offers rock-bottom prices is cutting corners somewhere in the service they provide their clients.
Look at the pluses and minuses of different ways of the different methods of buying insurance and decide what works for you. You can buy insurance through a direct agent, direct through the company, or through a financial planner. They all have their own reasons for choosing them, make the choice that works best for you.
If you have a home and a car, insure them through the same company to get major savings. Most insurance companies offer multi-policy discounts, meaning the more different policies you have registered with their company, the less you will pay for them overall. It is also more efficient to pay your bill.
Now that you have done your research, it’s time to apply for the coverage you have chosen. Remember, your ultimate goal is to have the best possible insurance you need for the least possible amount out of your pocket. Also, do not forget to enter this into your budget.