Do you know about all the different kinds of insurance? Do you know how to find the best policies? The world of insurance is so complex that it is sometimes hard to know what you are really dealing with. Start by reading these tips to better understand how you can safely insure your possessions.
New insurance companies may come calling all the time. But before you make the leap, be sure to scruitinize the fine print carefully. What looks like a good deal on the surface may be the real thing. However, there may be many small but important differences between your current policy and the one you are considering (premiums, deductibles, coverage limits, etc.) So be sure you know what that next boat looks like before you jump ship.
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).
Find out if your state government has information available about insurance companies. This will give you a better idea of the going rates for insurance in your region. Knowing the general price range will give you the ability to find the best insurance rate possible.
Keep your credit scores up to avoid paying higher insurance premiums. Insurance companies base their premiums partly on your credit history. Bad credit can often result in higher premiums.
Use the internet to your advantage when doing research on what type of insurance to purchase. The internet has a wealth of resources on the pros and cons of different types of plans and great advice on what you should get at different points and times in your life. Use the information available so that you are as educated on the process as your agent.
Once you paid for your insurance policy or made the first payment, be sure that the paperwork is forwarded from the broker or agent to the company. Insist on getting a receipt which references your policy number. You should receive a written policy from the insurance company, 30 to 60 days after purchase.
Check with the company that you get your other insurances from, like rental insurance and life, to see if they offer a policy for car insurance. Most companies will offer you a discount for purchasing multiple policies from them. It may not be the cheapest option so you still need to get quotes from elsewhere to be sure.
It is now time to go over your current insurance policies, and perhaps to apply for new types of insurance. For your own peace of mind and financial security, you should have some sort of coverage on the things that matter to you. If you apply these tips, you should be able to insure what needs insuring.