When you’re looking to buy personal insurance, it’s important to get multiple quotes. But comparing the cost of different policies from various companies is only part of the equation.
In the case of health, income, and mortgage protection, there are substantial variations in how a policy pays out and what it will pay out for.
When you’re trying to compare quotes for personal insurance policies, there are three primary factors you should take into account.
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While cheaper policies may be tempting, it’s important to compare not just the price but what the policy covers. A more expensive policy may have better coverage and benefits, so it’s worth looking into. In general, you get what you pay for with insurance like any other product or service.
Insurance differs from other financial products in that it is not a one-time payment. Personal insurance provides you with a series of regular payments to safeguard you in the event of a claim over several years. Be cautious about any discounts given during the first year since the price may rise significantly in the second year. Every year, an insurance provider can increase their rates based on market conditions; this could result in your policy costing less for your age group becoming the most expensive in ten or 15 years’ time.
Before you purchase an insurance policy, consider the company’s reputation and financial strength. Although subjective, these attributes can give you peace of mind knowing that you will be taken care of in the event you need to file a claim.
Not all claims are so clear-cut; there will sometimes be situations when the insurance company’s discretion determines whether or not a successful claim is paid. The way in which a firm interprets their policy wording may make the difference between receiving payment for a claim and losing money, therefore how they deal with claims is very important.
All New Zealand insurance firms must disclose their financial strength rating to existing and potential customers, as well as submit reports to the Reserve Bank. Alphabetical ratings represent a company’s financial stability, with ‘AA’ indicating a stronger risk of default than ‘C’. (A higher possibility of default implies a lower letter grade e.g., ‘AA’ rather than ‘C’).
Although no one wants to spend a lot of their money on insurance, it is still important to find an insurance policy that covers what you need and who will actually follow through with their promise to pay. There is more to getting the best deal than just getting a few quotes–you need take into account what a policy offers and compare that against other policies available.