Tips to buy most essential insurance policies

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August 09, 2021 6:10 PM

For taking care of any untimely death that can leave one's family stranded for funds, buying life insurance preferably through a term insurance plan is highly recommended.

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Most investors begin to save for their long-term goals including that of becoming a crorepati, without taking care of the risks. Even as you start saving a single penny, you need to take care of the risks before venturing out on your investing journey.

For taking care of any untimely death that can leave one’s family stranded for funds, buying life insurance preferably through a term insurance plan is highly recommended. For meeting hospital bills, without having to dip into savings, is the health insurance policy. Similarly, there are other risks that need to be protected so that you don’t risk losing your savings mid-way before reaching your goals. Here they go:

Term Insurance

If you have financial dependents and not enough net worth to take care of your family members in your absence, buy a term insurance plan without fail. Term insurance plan is a low-cost, high cover plan and is the purest form of life insurance. The policyholder pays premium for a specific term, and doesn’t get anything on surviving the term but the family gets the life cover if death occurs within the term.

Tips to buy term insurance plan

  • Choose tenure or term of policy to match your retirement age
  • Explore 3-4 preferred insurers and then decide from whom to buy, based on premium
  • Opt for online purchase for lower premium
  • Keep the nominees informed

Health Insurance

Medical inflation is rising fast and you need adequate coverage for self and even for all family members. If you have a young family with kids, opt for Family Floater else go with individual health covers. Do not bank on employer provided group cover unless you have a government job.

Tips to buy health insurance plan

  • Explore 3-4 preferred insurers and then decide based on premium
  • Stick with plain-vanilla plans.
  • Keep an eye on exclusions and inclusions in the policy
  • Disclose all medical information while buying

Personal accident insurance

Accidents may result in disability impacting one’s earning capacity or may result in death of the individual. There are accident insurance plans covering these risks. Some of them could be standalone personal accident insurance policies available with general insurance companies or they may be available as an optional rider with a life insurance policy.

Disability coverage includes four contingencies that may arise from an accident – death, permanent total disability, permanent partial disability, and temporary total disability.

Tips to buy personal accident insurance

  • Choose your preferred insurer as premiums are largely the same across insurers
  • Pay the premium based on risk category depending on your income, profession
  • Opt for comprehensive cover to include four contingencies

Motor Insurance

Even though only the third party coverage is mandatory, it pays to get a comprehensive cover for your vehicle. Together with 3rd party cover and the ‘own-damage’ cover, a comprehensive policy can help you save money when there is damage to your own vehicle. Nowadays, there are ‘add-ons’ that can provide extra coverage in your policy.

Always remember, to transfer your no-claim bonus to the new car, if you are replacing your old one. This way, you would be able to save 20-50 per cent on the first premium of your new car.

Tips to buy motor insurance

  • Explore 3-4 preferred insurers and then compare premium
  • There are discounts available – speak to the insures, brokers
  • Note if cover note has excluded any key benefit to quite a lower premium
  • To bring premium lower, opt for copayment or deductible
  • Make sure benefit of no-claim bonus is utilised

Home Insurance

Your home building and the contents too need coverage. You can either opt for a standalone fire insurance policy that protects the building of your house against fire and allied perils like earthquake, lightning, storm, floods and riots or a more inclusive householder package policy which covers the contents of the house against burglary and mechanical or electronic breakdown, in addition to covering the building and contents against fire and other perils.

The premium is less than 1 per cent of the cost of the contents or structure covered. There are two choices to cover your home or contents – cover against the present market value and against the reinstatement value, or the value at the time of the claim.

Tips to buy home insurance

  • Choose your preferred insurer as premium is largely the same across insurers
  • Keep a list of belongings handy along with purchase bills of high value items
  • Opt for personal accident cover or other add-ons

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