What is the need of Credit Insurance?
Talking about the optional insurances, it is quite important to note that these might become a must for certain categories of people and within certain circumstances. For instance, credit insurance protects the insured against unforeseen events which could make him/her unable to meet certain financial obligations. By paying the insured’s credit card bills, the insurance company helps him in preventing a bad credit rating and his/her becoming bankrupt.
There are many credit insurance types designed to provide financial help in hard situations, but they are not always the appropriate products to be purchased. In order to decide whether they are worth to be bought, people need to review their credit card bills.
For those having large debts, getting a credit insurance might be a good idea as it is quite easily to become insolvent, by losing one’s job for instance. And nobody wants to go bankrupt and go through an inconvenient legal procedure.
Many companies offer Credit Insurance, but the simplest way to purchase it seems to be directly from the credit-card company. However, this particular protection scheme should be compared with others offered by independent insurers, as sometimes these latter may provide a more advantageous insurance. The costs of Credit insurance are calculated based on one’s credit card debt. In order to have an idea about the costs as well as about the terms and conditions of the credit insurance in general, it is useful to review some online sources. Online applications may also be possible, but people need to make sure they are not overpaying for a certain coverage-type.
It is also good to know that those whose debt is not too large might not need credit insurance, as they can end up paying for it an amount of money that is higher than the value of the actual coverage. If it seems that credit insurance is necessary, comparing as many options as possible before making up one’s mind can be very cost-saving.
In order to choose the right credit insurance, people need to have a basic knowledge of its types. The first one, the so-called “Decreasing Term Coverage” is designed for close-ended (fixed) credit-payments, principally used for mortgage, car, personal, as well as educational lending. Ordinary Term Coverage is created for single-payment loans for which people make the repayment in a single large amount. Finally, Varying Amount Insurance Coverage is for those situations when the credit-amount differs from one month to the other. This latter is used for protecting people’s credit card loans. If this categorization seems to be too complex, people may ask the help of an insurance specialist.
It is of equal importance to be aware of the events that are covered by any kind of Credit Insurance. First of all, this insurance provides coverage if the loan-borrower dies, by paying the lender or creditor in full. Second, claims due to disability are also payable, but it may happen that there is a certain waiting-period before the actual payout happens. Therefore it is useful to study the policy’s terms and conditions carefully, to be aware of such details. A third factor that can act as a reason for claims is unemployment. If the borrower loses his/her job, he/she can be sure of being safe from the financial point of view. The benefit is paid in case of lay-off, strike, or labour-disputes. However, situations such as tendering one’s resignation, retirement, or illness are not covered most of the times.
Finally, the coverage also known as payment protection is a popular insurance product due to the credit culture’s emphatic domination today. It protects people against such events as disability, unemployment or death which could cause insured individuals not to be able to repay their loans. This is beneficial both for borrowers who become insured as well as for their families who become financially protected. Although this obvious benefit, one needs a careful reconsideration whether credit insurance is the right insurance-product in their case.