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Learn What Credit Insurance Can Do For You

Dec 12, 2007
Almost every time you make major or smaller purchases you apply for some type of credit. No matter if you are buying a house or a car, or you just go and buy some appliances or electronics for your home you'll use some type of credit. And more or less every time you use a form of loan there are big chances that you'll be asked to also buy some form of insurance for your credit. Before proceeding with buying any kind of insurance you should know what you're paying for. Credit insurance is a type of insurance made on a debtor in favor of a lender and it is intended to pay off a loan or the remaining balance if the insured dies or is unable to make any more payments. The insurance for credits comes in various forms; the typical form includes credit life, credit property insurance, credit disability and involuntary unemployment. Usually all these coverages come all together with the same credit insurance. Some of them will have a value for you and some may not have. You can opt for which one of them you want to pay with one small exception: credit disability and life coverage cannot be sold separately.

Credit life coverage is actually a type of life insurance that pays off the loan or the remaining balance in case you die. The payment of the life credit insurance on this type of insurance for the credit always goes to the lender as he is the beneficiary of your policy. The credit disability insurance is the type of insurance that makes your monthly credit payments during a certain fixed period of documented medical disability. While this type of insurance can help you keep a good credit report and history, it will not make the monthly payment forever and will not, for sure, pay off all your balance. In such situations it is best to try to get back on your feet and pay by yourself the loan because, as the time passes, interest and insurance charges continue to add up to your already existing balance and you'll end up paying more than your original credit.

The other two types of credit insurance are: involuntary unemployment insurance and credit property insurance. The involuntary unemployment insurance is very much similar to the disability insurance: the insurance makes the monthly minimum payments for a certain period of time while you are involuntary unemployed. Like we said before is better to not let this situation go on for a long period of time. The credit property insurance is different than all the other insurances in the way that it cancels the debt you owe for the items purchased if the property purchased is destroyed by certain specified risks like: fire, flood, accident, earthquake, etc.

No matter for which one of the above credit insurance you opt, it is most important to read and know the full details of the coverage. This way you'll be able to know which one of them best suites your needs and select that particular one or maybe a combination of two or more of them. Also, you should consider your financial status before purchasing insurance for the credit. Or maybe you're considering making several purchases from different places and each one of them asks for insurance. But this cannot be so cost effective. If you have more accounts and intend to insure all off them maybe you should think of buying a traditional insurance; an insurance agent or broker can be of big help in such a situation. He will help you make the necessary comparisons and finally with choosing the right insurance type for you.

Last but not least you have to make sure you qualify for the credit insurance you're going to buy. These types of insurances are sold without any screening to anyone that makes a purchase on credit. Often, many people do not qualify for the insurance they are buying but the company that is selling you the insurance will not bother asking you if you think you qualify or not. So, it is you, the borrower and the buyer of the insures, that has to carefully read and understand how the insurance works and be fully aware of any special claim procedures or limitation clauses included into the insurance. It is only your responsibility.
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