Buying or selling insurance can be very intimidating. It can easily lead to a bit of information overload because of all of the resources available to anyone not experienced. Below are some tips to assist you in getting all of this information organized to where you can start buying or selling insurance smarter.
When settling a claim with your insurance company, know how and when you will receive your payout. Many insurance policies are designed on an “actual cash value” basis, meaning that your claim may only be paid once repairs are completed or replacement items are purchased. If you needed cash to fund those purchases in the first place, you may be out of luck.
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.
When running a business, it is important to be sure that you are properly insured. Speak with your insurance agent about the coverage provided by business insurance, and consider adding additional insurance or policy riders for specific additional coverage for your unique situation and needs.
When applying for insurance, the insurance companies take many factors into account to determine your rates, or whether they’ll cover you at all. Keep an eye on your credit score, as this is one of the newer factors insurers are looking at when determining your risk factors. You can get a free credit report online annually.
If you have determined you need more than your current coverage, consider getting a rider to your current policy instead of shopping for something new. Adding on a rider will generally be less expensive than a new policy and easier to manage. If you are in good health and still young, however, it may be worth it to shop around.
If you don’t need towing, cancel that piece of your policy. You can get your car towed for a hundred dollar but might end up paying more in premiums. In addition, there is possibly already coverage for towing if an accident occurs, so an additional coverage feature can be entirely unnecessary.
Check with your insurance company to see if you can save money by bundling different types of insurance together. Lots of insurance companies give discounts on their policies, but they are more inclined to give a greater discount if you bundle everything into one policy.
Hopefully, these tips have provided you with some very valuable information, as well as given you a way to organize all of the information you may have already had on buying or selling insurance. Keeping these tips in mind can help you become an expert about insurance policies.