There are many risks that we face in our everyday lives and in order to protect ourselves against these risks, we turn to insurance policies. Insurance, like any complex financial instrument, can be difficult to navigate, if you don’t know what you are doing. These tips will help simplify insurance concepts and make them understandable.
Lately, insurance companies have begun to check your credit score when calculating your insurance premium. If you maintain a good, clean credit score, you don’t have to worry about them tacking on unneeded fees and raising your premium. A good credit score seems to make you less of a liability to them.
Insurance is like any profession: it uses a lot of specialized words (indemnification, liability, etc.) So if you don’t understand something about a policy you’re about to buy, STOP. Ask the insurance professional you’re talking with to back up and explain in terms that you can understand. If you still don’t get it, make them explain it again. Nothing is worse than signing on for a policy that either costs too much or doesn’t cover enough, because you didn’t feel comfortable asking questions about it beforehand.
You’ve probably heard the phrase about 15 minutes can save you 15%, but you might find that by spending just a couple of minutes on the phone with your current insurance provider can also save you money. When your insurance coverage is nearing the expiration date, call your insurance provider and ask them for a re-quote on your policy. They will have the incentive to give you the most favorable pricing in order to retain your business. Since they already have all your information, it probably won’t take 15 minutes and you can save time and money.
With the myriad of insurance policies available, it can sometimes be difficult for ordinary consumers to keep up with everything they need to know to make the best of their insurance products. By putting the above tips into practice, you can become a smart consumer and maximize the benefits insurance offers, without wasting money.