Insurance is often referred to as a grudge purchase because although most people do not want to pay for insurance, they need to in order to live a comfortable risk free life. Even though most of us need insurance we definitely do not need to overpay for it. There are four essential guidelines for keeping your insurance costs to a minimum.
No one likes shopping around for insurance. If insurance were like a pair of shoes or electronic gadget we would all spend hours if not days searching for the perfect insurance product. While it is not fun shopping around for insurance, it is essential for securing the lowest premiums and best cover. There are various options for shopping around. You can make a list of insurance companies and call each one to get a quote. This can be very time consuming and might result in you giving up and settling for one of the first few companies that you call. A better option is to use one of the many insurance comparison sites available on the internet. Most of the good ones supply instant online quotes for you to compare. The drawback of going this route is that if you are unfamiliar with insurance terminology and clauses you might end up choosing the cheapest product instead of the product that best suits your needs. If you are an insurance novice it might be better to use an insurance broker. A good broker will find quotes for you and advise you on which product best meets your risk profile. The drawback of using a broker is that they are usually affiliated to certain insurance companies and tend to be biased.
If you have money put away in a savings account, you could consider increasing your deductible. A deductible is the amount of money you need to pay for an insurance claim before your insurance company starts paying. By raising your deductible you will decrease your monthly premium. If you are able to cover the deductible from your savings instead of paying for a lower deductible, you could save a lot of money. However if you are bad at saving money then this might not be a good option for you.
By bundling multiple insurance policies into one you could save a sizeable chunk of money. This is definitely an option for people with multiple vehicles and who are home owners. Instead of having a separate policy for your car, your home and maybe your weekend warrior motorcycle, take out a policy that covers all of these items as this will bring down your premiums considerably.
Reducing your risk is a sensible way of saving money and for keeping you and your family safe. By installing a fire alarm in your house you could reduce your home insurance premium and at the same time ensure that your family is safe in case a fire breaks out in your home. Many insurers provide discounted premiums for car owners who install theft prevention devices like satellite tracking and car alarms. Speak to your insurer and find out what you can do to reduce your risk and your premiums.
By following these four guidelines you will keep your insurance premiums down and ensure that you and your family are safe.