Understanding the importance of insurance of any kind, be it life, auto, household, medical etc is the fundamental step in selecting a product that suits your need. The range of products is mind-boggling and with thousands of companies claiming to give you the best deal, it can be a harrowing and confusing experience for the customer who is shopping for a new product or to renew his insurance plans.
The internet being the most convenient place to shop around, most prospective customers begin their search here. It is convenient, can be pursued from the comfort of a chair and serves as a one shop stop for most needs. This however is simpler said than done. There are multitudes of websites claiming to keep the customer’s gain in mind and offering them the best deals. With a little homework, it may prove to be as convenient and beneficial to the customer as claimed by these companies.
Shop around: always obtain quotes from multiple websites. Since getting a quote online is a very simple procedure that involves filling an online form with some basic information, obtain quotes from atleast 3-4 sites. This will give you and opportunity to compare their prices and more importantly their features and choose one that best suits your needs.
Focus on your need: it is very easy to get attracted to the thousands of offers and special packages and freebies thrown in that are all the marketing tools of online sellers. With the market being so competitive, no stone is left unturned to attract the customer. Often, the main intention behind buying insurance is lost when mixed with these offers. Focus on what your specific needs are. What are you trying to protect. Anything offered free with what you intend to purchase must only serve to enhance your insurance goals and not dilute them. Clubbed offers may sound and look attractive, but ensure you validate them with what you are looking for from an insurance policy.
Compare coverage as well as premiums: going for the cheapest premium may often not be the best decision. While it means saving money, it may not provide the best coverage for you. Often paying a marginally higher premium will give you better risk coverage.
Keep it simple: Make sure the information provided to you by the online vendor is simple and easy to understand. Often what looks simple is seldom that. If you are unable to make sense of the information the website provides, it may be worthwhile to correspond with them asking for simpler information, someone or some literature to understand their offer.
Call them: Make use of their contact centre to get answers to your questions. A real person on the other end of the line maybe able to allay your doubts and answer all your questions better
Privacy clause: make sure before you give any information online that the website offers to keep all details private. This will ensure you do not get spammed with information or get annoying calls. Also it is essential to ensure that the information you have provided will not be used in an unauthorized manner.
Correct information: insurance is calculated on based various aspects of information regarding your lifestyle, age gender etc. ensure that you give provide information in order to obtain the right quote. Providing incorrect information will result in an incorrect assessment of your need, which will impact the premiums paid and the features you are offered. Medical records, lifestyle habits such as smoking, alcohol consumption, age, gender, marital status etc are all important information. The insurance company can even withdraw its offer if it finds that any of the information that was provided was incorrect.
Read the small print: make sure you scan every sentence of the offer before buying insurance. A simple erroneous or intentional missing of a sentence can mean that you chose the wrong offer and stand to lose everything that you set out to insure in the first place. Do not skip this part for it is the most important aspect of buying insurance online.
To ensure that you get the best online quotes for insurance, follow the simple rules of first clearly establishing your insurance goals, shopping around and comparing the prices and the features of the insurance offered, ensure the website maintains security of the information you have provided and read and re-read the fine print.