Why, when and how must you change your Car Insurance Company?

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Why, when and how must you change your Car Insurance Company?
Car insurance is not temporary and the policy needs to be renewed every year. At the time of renewal though, a lot of people are concerned about the kind of policy they want. Whether to continue with the existing policy or to go for a fresh policy from a different insurance company becomes a big dilemma. And while a large number of people actually stick to their existing policy, it is definitely advisable for everyone to review their car insurance policy at the time of renewal and if required change it. There are a few pointers that would surely tell you to change the policy and the insurer. Take a look at the points mentioned below to know why, when and how you must change your car insurance.

WHY you must change your car insurance company

The most common reason behind changing an insurer is finding a cheaper alternative. This is why comparing the various policies becomes so important. If while comparing you find a suitable insurance policy at a lower cost, you must most definitely switch your insurance provider. Then, if you find that you are paying for features that you don't use, you may want to look at the other options. For example, let us say your existing policy is charging for a personal accident coverage. However your life insurance or health insurance policy has enough provisions for the same. In such a case, you must stop paying for it right away. Finally, if you have had a bad experience with your insurance company, you may want to check out the other options. Bad after sales service, unhelpful staff and lengthy claim processes are some of the main reasons why people change their car insurance company.

WHEN you must change your car insurance policy

Most commonly a car insurance policy is changed at the time of renewal. This means that the average policyholder continues with a policy for at least one year before changing it. However, there may be cases when you will be required to change your car insurance policy half way through the policy period. For example, if you meet with an accident and find that the insurance company isn't paying enough for the damages to the car, you may consider changing your policy right away. After all, you must have a policy that covers your requirements at every step.

HOW you must change your car insurance policy

Changing a car insurance policy may seem like an easy job, but you need to complete the procedure properly so as to get the maximum out of it. First and foremost, you need to cancel your old car insurance policy. Do not make the mistake of leaving it as it is and thinking it will lapse on its own.

Then, remember to cancel your existing policy only after you get the new policy documents in hand. It is both illegal and foolish to drive your car without insurance even for one day! Finally, do not forget to do ample amounts of research before you buy a new car insurance policy. The reason you're buying a new policy is that you were unhappy with the previous one. So if do not research properly, you may end up with a frustratingly incompetent policy once again!


Do not stick to your existing car insurance policy if it is not delivering. In the modern day world, we are blessed with many technical aids that make comparing and buying insurance tremendously simple. Make use of these facilities and own an insurance policy that will cover suitably as well as cost less. Change your existing policy right away if you feel it isn't delivering.
Written By: Deepak Yohannan
The author is the CEO of MyInsuranceClub.com, an online insurance price & features comparison portal

For more articles by Deepak Yohannan, please visit MyInsuranceClub.com
You may contact him directly on Twitter: @dyohannan

Story first published: Thursday, February 27, 2014, 9:00 [IST]
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