If you are looking to save money on insurance, research into group rates in associations you may already be a part of. Organizations like AAA, AARP, and university alumni associations sometimes offer great insurance rates for their members. This can help you both save money and utilize the benefits of the organization that you are a part of.
Buy traveler’s insurance. The last thing you want to do is get to your destination and find out things have gone horribly awry. However, with traveler’s insurance, you can have something to fall back on and cushion the financial difficulties. Let’s face it, traveling doesn’t always go as we expect. It’s best to be prepared.
When involved in an insurance claim, do not wait for the insurance company to make all the moves. This will ensure that you get what you are owed, and in a timely manner. Be sure to provide any evidence that will be required and be persistent in asking for information directly related to your claim.
When involved in an insurance claim, always be as professional as possible. The people you are working with are people too, and you will see much more positive results if you are positive and professional. Your insurance company only wants to know the facts, not the emotions. Proofread all written material sent to them.
Be wary of any non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements presented to you during an insurance claim. You may unknowingly sign away your maximum benefits allowed to you. Be sure to consult with a lawyer first to ensure that what you are signing is legitimate and fair for all parties.
If you are moving, be sure to check with your moving company to see what kind of insurance they carry. Most moving companies just have a “per-pound” policy on all contents. This might be alright if you just have fairly ordinary, large furnishings; however, if you have very expensive furniture, artwork, lots of electronics or other items that may not weigh much but are valuable, you should ask your insurance agent about supplemental moving insurance.
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.
Whatever kind of insurance you are buying, remember it is little different than any other service you purchase. Comparison shopping will help you find the best insurance deal. Just remember that insurance policies come with different and idiosyncratic terms of service. A policy that looks cheap at first glance might prove to be a bad deal after careful examination.
Check with your current insurance company for discounts before you consider switching insurers. You can even be upfront about the reason for your inquiry. If you have been a good customer you may be surprised what sort of deals your insurer may offer you. Good customers are valuable assets to insurance companies, and they will take steps to hang onto them.
If you are running a small business, you should make sure that all of your insurance options are covered. Most policies cover you for a wide range of risks but if you have a certain type of risk that is not covered in that policy, you should look elsewhere or consider adding on another insurance policy that covers that specifically.
If you want your insurance to respond quickly to your claim, explain as clearly as possible what happened. Take pictures of the damages. Do not make up a story and worsen the damages in an attempt to make more money: you could get in serious trouble for this and not get paid at all.