Purchasing insurance is a milestone on the path to adulthood for most people. Despite that so many auto, home, life, or other type of insurance policies are sold, many consumers don’t understand why companies make certain decisions and restrictions. However, many procedures are implemented to lower costs for the company as well as lower premiums for their customers, but these are just the top three.
Carefully Choose Risks
Whether it is an auto policy excluding certain drivers with poor records or refusing to write for a homeowner who has had too many claims, insurance companies cover the risks they feel will be profitable. Insurers will examine past history as a way to exclude the predictably poor risks, thus keeping money paid out predictably lower than premiums received.
Selectively Exclude Losses
Besides choosing who to insure, insurance companies also exclude perils that would be too costly and too unpredictable to properly charge for in premiums. Events like war or terrorism are cripplingly catastrophic, so many policies exclude them outright or offer expensive specialty policies to cover them.
Quickly Settle Claims
Litigation is costly the insurance company, so many insurers have hammer insurance clause provisions to compel insureds to settle quickly. Even if the plaintiff doesn’t have a valid claim against the company, it is often cheaper to pay a settlement than engage in a lengthy court battle to prove it.
Insurance companies have many procedures to keep costs low. Customers should realize they’re beneficial to both the insured and the insurer.