No matter what kind of insurance you need, getting good insurance quotes is the first step to ensure you have the right coverage and that you are not over paying. You can either actively or passively find insurance quotes. You can get passive insurance quotes by opening a cellphone contract and applying for a house, car or personal loan and waiting for unsolicited phone calls. This reactive way of getting quotes will only waste about half an hour each time someone calls to promise the lowest rate. Unfortunately, this may or may not result in lower premiums or better cover. On the other hand, actively finding insurance quotes will ensure you do it right the first time, here’s what you need to know.
Only buy what you need
There are many types of personal insurance coverage you can buy, such as car insurance, home contents or life insurance to name just a few. Before you are able to get an accurate insurance quote, you should determine what you need and assess the value of the coverage you require. Take a look at the different policies and identify the coverage that is suitable for you. Ask yourself, is there something I don’t need? Or do I feel comfortable paying a large excess out of my pocket?
Use a calculator
Once you have established the coverage required, the best way to start your insurance quote search is to use an online calculator. These are not completely accurate but by plugging in the basics you can get a rough idea of the costs involved. In addition, if you are passively searching for insurance quotes some calculators will link your details to a database for, yes you guessed it, unsolicited phone calls.
Do the research
Now that you have an idea of what insurance should be costing you each month, it’s time to get insurance quotes from providers. This can be done in several ways. The yellow pages list many insurers and the internet has numerous insurance directories. Online insurance quote engines have become a popular choice, especially those linked to multiple insurance companies. It is quick and easy because you enter your information once to get multiple quotes.
Alternatively, speak to a broker. Many broker companies focus on full financial planning, offering investments, stocks, insurance, trusts, will & testaments, and related products. The advantage of having everything under one roof is you can easily keep tabs on your portfolio of financial products. In addition, a trusted broker will look after your interests and ensure you get the good advice and coverage at the best price.
Understand the policy before you sign
By their nature insurance policies are designed to prevent abuse and fraud. Therefore it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities as the policy holder. You also have an obligation to question things you don’t understand and change clauses you are not satisfied with.