The Most Searched For Insurance Questions Answered
Unlike almost every other product you buy, you don’t feel the benefit of insurance until something happens and you need to claim. And while insurance in a modern world is almost a necessity, we buy it hoping we don’t have to use it.
When something happens, the majority of people start to examine their cover. We would hope that our clients would automatically contact us first if they have any questions or worries regarding their policy. However, some people start by searching on the internet. So here we look at the most Googled insurance questions and answer them for you.
Why is my car insurance so high?
Like any insurance, your car insurance is based on risk. If you drive long-distance, drive often, have a new or expensive car, have had accidents in the past or have a history of claims, insurers will see you as a higher risk to need to make a claim again. But these are not always the case. Your insurance can also depend on age, gender, where you store the car, the car itself, and the type of cover you require.
For some, their insurance may be high due to over insurance. This is where they are unknowingly paying for policy features which either don’t apply to them or that they will never use. It’s essential that you understand what you don’t need, just as much as what you do.
Does car insurance cover the car or the driver?
Car insurance generally refers to damage to your vehicle either due to your fault or when somebody else has crashed into you. However, most car insurance policies also include medical expenses as standard, which protects you and any other passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident. The level of cover and what’s included in medical expenses varies, though, and you should weigh up the importance of this in your decision.
Do credit scores affect your premium?
Not usually. A credit search in insurance terms is normally a ‘soft search’. This means you can see the search on your credit file, but others won’t be able to. This type of search is usually used simply to verify you are who you say you are.
However, if you have a bad credit rating and want to pay for your premium monthly, lenders may be put off by your history and only offer an annual premium.
Is inherited jewellery included in my home and contents cover?
We have many clients with expensive or luxurious possessions but what about those whose relative left a piece of jewellery or item which you don’t know the value of? Well, a standard home and contents insurance policy has a cap on how much you are covered for. These vary so it’s worth checking your existing policy, but it’s unlikely it will cover too much. We can arrange valuations for you where you can have jewellery and other inherited possessions valued by a professional. Specialist items require specialist insurance. It doesn’t make sense risking something so precious, does it!
What is not included in home insurance?
Together with high-value goods, there are other things not covered which might surprise you. For instance, if pests such as rats enter your home and damage appliances, you may not be covered since you could have prevented the pests from entering your home. General wear and tear isn’t usually covered, nor is a build-up of mould.
Some policies also exclude things like floods, burst pipes, poor workmanship. If you are a business working from home and don’t have the right home business insurance, standard home insurance won’t cover injury or damage to your goods, either. It’s essential you are proactive in protecting your home.
Will I lose my No Claims Discount if I hit somebody?
When you hit another driver, liability or fault comes into play. If it’s agreed you were at fault and your insurer pays out, both your premium and your No Claims Discount (NCD) may be affected. If it’s agreed you were not at fault for the accident, your insurer will look for the other driver’s insurer to pay out and your NCD may not be affected. If fault cannot be agreed upon, both driver’s insurers usually look to split the cost, and both driver’s NCD may be affected. However, you can get NCD protection and it’s definitely worth speaking to us about if you haven’t made a claim in a long time.
Do you have a question not answered here? Pick up the phone, we’ll be happy to answer it for you. We may also be able to get you a policy that’s cheaper and better than an existing policy. Call us today on 0121 355 4625 or email email@example.com