So we pay our premiums, which the insurance companies invest in the stock market to make more money for the company and to handle any insurance claims made by their clientel.
To tell the truth, insurance companies are primarily concerned with the former. You’ve probably seen the bad press and it has been fairly representative of what’s been going on in the industry. Armed with this knowledge, we can deal with the insurance companies on more even ground.
Best Way to Buy Insurance
The Internet is the best way to shop for insurance. If you look online, you will soon discover that the insurance companies’ sites give you virtually everything you need to get going with a policy. Let’s look at what you can do on the Internet to get a better deal.
The Dreaded Credit Score Check – Before you even start shopping, get your free credit score. If you can, completely pay off any settlements. Concurrently, make sure you keep up with payments to creditors.
A good goal to aim for is 650 or above. Your credit score demonstrates responsibility (or the lack thereof) and lets the insurance company know how you handle your money. If your credit score is pretty good, you will often get a break on your insurance premium.
Use One of the Known Companies – Your first inclination may be to use the least expensive insurance you can find, but you may regret it down the road. When you have to file a claim with one of these small companies, you may find out that you’ve made a big mistake.
Check All the Companies’ Sites – Check out the sites of all the insurance companies with which you are familiar. If you can bring them to mind with little thought, check them out and then compare auto insurance quotes. Read some reviews as well and then pick the one that has good reviews and meets your financial needs.
Stick to the Facts – Always tell your insurance provider the truth when signing up for a policy. You don’t want to get charged with insurance fraud or not be covered when you need it because of some falsehoods.
“Group” Policies – Unless you get insurance through your employer, your various policies can usually be lumped together for a discount. You can also have multiple vehicles on one policy to save some dough.
Remember: It’s Your Choice
Of course, only you can make the final decision as to what sort of insurance suits you, your family, and fits within your budget. Hopefully, however, you can take the tips provided here to make that decision easier and a better one for all involved. It’s a fine balance between good insurance and cheap insurance, so make sure you ask a lot of pertinent questions and don’t simply go with the flow.