If you’re like most of us, the world of insurance can often seem frustrating, overwhelming, and just plain confusing. A basic understanding of insurance, however, is vital for today’s world. So what can you do to lessen the confusion that surrounds insurance? You’ve already gotten a good start by reading this article.
Save money on your insurance premiums by raising your deductible. You can save $100 or more on your auto insurance premium by raising your deductible from $250 to $500. Likewise, if you increase your homeowner’s deductible from $500 to $1,000, you could save even more. Even increasing your health insurance deductible helps you save money on premiums.
It may go without saying, but someone needs to put it out there. When it comes to insurance, just tell the truth! I heard a story about a guy who had his windshield shattered who did not report it to his insurance company for two weeks. In that two weeks he changed his policy to include zero deductible comprehensive so it wouldn’t cost him anything to fix it. Lo and behold the insurance found out! Can you guess where he is now?
You may be able to save a good deal of money by shopping around for insurance. Changing insurance companies may be a headache, but you need to be on the lookout to see if you are overpaying. If you find something better, you can always see if your current company will match it. It is worth spending your time while shopping around when it comes down to saving hundreds monthly.
Ask for several quotes before you commit to any company or policy. Check out insurance brokers or websites providing comparison insurance shopping. Don’t just sign up with the first company that quotes you a premium you can somehow afford. You might get a cheaper premium or more services for the same price from a different company.
You need a will. Seventy percent of Americans don’t have one, and many families suffer because of it. A will can help to protect your assets in the event of your death. It keeps your family safe from probate court and lets everyone know what your intentions are. This might be one of the most important legal documents you can have.
When looking for insurance, there are many different types to choose from. There is medical, dental, home, car, vision and life. Before just going out and buying any insurance, make sure you know what it is that you need to insure, then you can go and get quotes and find what is the best fit for you.
Remember that the cheapest plan is not always the best plan. Make sure to understand exactly what you will be paying before signing on the dotted line. If you have a very low cost plan, check on what the deductible amounts are. It may be better for you to pay more per month than to have to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket before your insurance kicks in.
Many people are confused by insurance, and with very good cause! We hope that, after reading this article, you are now in a much better place to understand some of the basics about insurance, and have some tips and strategies that you can quickly put into practice in your own life.