Despite the bad publicity surrounding loan protection insurance it is still worthwhile considering whether a policy would be in your best interests. The cover has come under fire but it is not the actual product that should be the cause for concern but rather those who sell it with very little experience.
The majority of policies that are mis-sold are bought alongside loans at the time of taking out the borrowing and high profits have been put ahead of the consumers’ best interests. This is not surprising when you consider that high street lenders bring in profits of over £4 billion each year when selling payment protection insurance policies alongside loans and mortgages. Cover bought alongside loans often comes with the highest premiums and by choosing to take out the cover independently you can make huge savings on the cover along with getting the information needed to make an informed decision.
It is the exclusions which have caused the majority of problems – or rather the lack of knowledge about them at the time of being sold the policy. Exclusions which are common to the majority of loan insurance policies include being in part time employment, suffering a pre-existing medical condition, being of retirement age or working only part time. There can be others set out by the provider so it is essential that when you compare quotes for the cover you also compare the exclusions. The exclusions can be found in the small print of the policy and a specialist provider will always offer this information before you buy the cover.
Providing loan protection insurance is suitable for your circumstances then it can give you a tax free income with which to pay your monthly loan repayments and so keep out of debt. If you were to come out of work through suffering an accident, illness or through such as unemployment then you would still have to continue repaying your loan or credit card each month. Without a lifeline you could find yourself getting into debt or worse.
Cover could begin to payout from between the 31st and 90th day of being continually out of work and would then last for between 12 and 24 months depending on the provider. This means that you would not be struggling where to find the money each month and have peace of mind until you got back on your feet and back to work.
Sticking with an independent specialist provider you can be sure that you will get the information needed to be sure that a policy would be suitable for your needs. Along with this you will get the cheapest quotes possible for the cover which will be based on your age at the time of taking out the policy and the amount your loan repayments are each month. Always avoid taking out the cover alongside your loan and make sure that you check the cover has not been included in with the cost of the loan or credit card as some lenders will give you a quote for the loan with loan protection insurance already included.