For many people, insurance can be difficult to understand. Most people know that insurance is needed, but often they do not fully understand what they are buying or if they are properly covered. That is why it is important to have an insurance agent on your side. A good agent will help you determine what your insurance needs are, educate you about your options, and help you understand the specifics of the insurance you are buying.
Here are five things that you need to know as you consider your insurance options.
We have all read fake news stories. We especially liked the one about the 200-pound cat that went on a diet! There are also many fake news stories out there about insurance. Some of these news articles claim that it is supposedly easier and better to buy personal insurance online. These articles go so far as to claim you can get better coverage if you do it yourself. Unfortunately, many of these articles are part of the “fake news” trend and many unsuspecting consumers have been hurt by decisions they have made because of them. We do not want anyone to make a poor decision because of fake insurance news.
Here are the facts; these are not fake news stories
Over the years, we have seen well-intentioned insurance and risk products buyers make decisions that, while they may appear to help the organization, actually hurt it in the end. Here is a list of top mistakes that uninformed insurance buyers often make. We provide it to you in the hope that you can learn from the errors of others.
Top mistakes made by uninformed insurance buyers:
“Bidding-Out My Insurance Is the Best Way to Get the Best Program.”
False. Most insurance buyers have the false belief that getting three bids from three different agents is the best way to make sure they are getting the best “deal.” This is like asking a builder to provide a bid without seeing the building plans. When talking to your agent about your insurance issues, give the agent the full set of “plans,” including losses and premiums, financial data, and policies. Utilizing the services of one agent whom you can trust will lead to reducing short term and long-term costs. Comparing multiple factors, including terms, conditions, and premiums is crucial, as even the best-priced policy can fall short in areas.
“Two Agents Are Better Than One.”
False. Your agent can provide valuable services including educating you about what coverage you need and may not need. Your agent can search the market for the best possible combination of coverage, price, and service. Having two agents can create gaps or coverage issues. It is best to allow one agent to understand your business thoroughly and then design a business insurance program specifically for you.
“I Don’t Need to Have a Relationship With My Agent.”
False. Many buyers have a false belief that the agent’s only function is to place coverage and administer insurance. Your broker/agent should be offering much more than that. Your broker should be a trusted adviser who helps you identify risk factors, and develops solutions that help you to manage these issues.
“My Policy Covers All Losses.”
False. Your business insurance policy is intended to cover unexpected losses and accidents subject to the policy terms. There are limitations and exclusions in every policy.
“I Don’t Need to Consider Different Kinds of Coverage.”
Every business should consider the following kinds of business insurance products.
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