Insurance is slowly and steadily becoming a necessity in the modern world. Individuals, corporate and even governments need insurance. The question arises; why do we need insurance? Before answering it, let us see what exactly insurance is. To put in simple words, Insurance is the prepayment of a small fixed amount of money called 'premium' to shield against a bigger unpredictable expense called 'loss or claim'. In this way, the risk is shifted from you to the insurance company.
The necessity for insurance springs up out of the dangers we all run throughout our daily lives. Our lives are continuously in danger through illness or accident; our assets may be subject to damage or loss, while losses suffered by others may involve us, in one way or another. There is also the risk of causing injury to other individuals or damage to their property at a subsequent heavy cost to ourselves, in case we are sued for compensation.
Thus, there is a constant need for protection, for some way of wiping out the risk; diluting it or transporting it to someone. This is where insurance comes into the picture.
It is commonly seen that majority of the people are overpaying for insurance. Any type of insurance, whether it is life, auto, home, travel, or medical insurance, presents a challenge to even the most seasoned customer. Getting the best insurance policy is not an impossible task; we just need to research all possibilities.
Since choosing insurance is a bit dicey, here are a few tips:
Before buying insurance, take your time to research and be sure to choose the right policy for your needs.
Do not let an insurance agent confuse you with insurance terminology. Ask him or her to explain all the points in a plain and simple language.
Get quotes from different companies and compare them for price and features. You may find a low-priced policy with better coverage.
Always ask for a discount. Most companies give discounts, but they are not forthcoming about it. Make enquiries and be prepared to bargain.
Ask about the fines and penalties for lapse and charges for renewing.
Purchasing insurance can be a wearisome experience. You need to speak to many companies or their agents, then fix appointments and compare all the policies physically. It is much faster and easier to do these chores online. Checking for insurance online gives you many advantages.
First, there are many websites from where you can get a quote on any kind of insurance policy you may need. Second, you have all the data and comparisons in front of you. You can check it in detail and really get all the information. No hiding and misinformation on the agent's part and no surprises for you in the future.
Regarding the rules, it doesn't matter whether you are doing your insurance shopping online or offline; these would always be the same. Be patient, don't rush, ask for the discounts, don't get confused with terminology, always compare the policies and be mindful of the fines and penalties.
Last but not least.....always remember that a knowledgeable and educated buyer is a happy buyer.