Ever been refused a payout by an insurance company? Millions have and it's getting worse!
As the global financial slow-down starts to really bite the only way that insurance companies can keep their heads above water is to increase premiums and decrease pay outs.
I've just cancelled my home & contents insurance, it was costing me €43 per month and I've never made a claim. Being a builder, if there's a problem I fix it, we have 5 dogs, so if we're burgled I'll scrape the offender up and discreetly dispose of the remains, we have the latest consumer unit on our electrics, along with new wiring, which I installed so I know it's OK.
My main reason for cancelling the insurance is that a few friends of mine have been 'burned' by their insurance companies not paying out for genuine claims; one friend claimed that a pipe had burst and the water damage included a ceiling coming down, the insurance company refused to pay up as they claimed that 'the boiler had not been serviced for over one year'!
A client of mine was refused a payout for burst pipes as they 'hadn't drained down for the winter' regardless of the fact that they were here all winter, that one is strongly being contended at this very moment!
I'm also 'downgrading' the health top-up insurance. I'm covered for glasses(that I can buy in the UK far cheaper than here, even with the cover), I'm covered for dental work, but if you read the small print most of the work anyone needs doing is excluded, I'm covered for maternity!!!! I get my prescriptions free, but I haven't had the need for one for several years, and I'm covered for hospital stays & surgery, which I've never had. I have been paying €1500 a year for the wife & I, the downgrade will cost €700 but I won't be covered for loads of stuff I don't need.
I've discovered a French comparison web-site www.assurland.com and it really has opened my eyes to the rip-off prices of high Street companies like Generali, who have quoted me €550 to insure my Peugeot 607 Fully Comp whilst I can get it for €342 on the assurland website.
Tip for the day: Make sure you're not over-insured & check out the competition. I've saved myself over €1400 a year by sorting it out now.