Notwithstanding the growth of technology which seems to threaten the aged long role of insurance brokers, it cannot be easily dismissed that insurance brokers play a crucial role in advancing the insurance industry. In discussing this crucial role, let us use travel insurance as a guide. Travel insurance brokers act as an intermediary between the policy buyer and the insurance company providing the travel insurance. Most buyers of insurance do not go through the brokers, preferring to rather deal directly with the insurance company. There are others who realize their important role and transact business through them. But what ever may be the reason for or against insurance brokers, the reality of it is that it is a case of different strokes for different folks. But is working with a travel insurance broker right for you?
According to Mr. Adewole Oluwole, managing director of Fair Deal Brokers, it is very important to go through the broker because he understands the insurance companies more than outsiders. The broker, for instance knows the likely traps that the insured usually fall prey to as well as the insurance companies who have a tradition of excellence or failure as the case may be. “In buying travel insurance, it is the brokers' job to know which companies are the best and what the details of the policies offered represent to their clients. They are trained to know the right questions to ask in order to steer the prospective buyer to the right travel insurance policy that will sooth his taste and needs” The broker, he said can help to evaluate the various options towards taking the right decision on a particular policy. A broker is also in a better position to handle the claims for you when the need arises to file a claim. He explained that the brokers have access to information on how best to process the relevant paperwork because they have vast experience and also know how the system works and how to exploit it to maximum advantage.
In many cases working with a broker will provide one with some degree of protection against financial loss in case something goes wrong during the claims process. This, of course, assumes that the broker you are working with is the one that knows his onions. In this regard, it is advisable to ensure that you know who the broker is before committing any money to him or her. It is easy to become the victim of fraud, especially in this clime where there are fraudsters who specialized in faking documents and this is a common occurrence.
While it of great advantage to use the brokers, those who shun them are quick to point out that it is rather expensive to go through brokers. Since they are in business, they charge extra fees than the ones offered by the insurance companies. So aside from the possibility of working with someone who is less than scrupulous, the first drawback in dealing with a broker is cost. That means that coverage purchased through a broker will likely be more expensive than that purchased directly. Expert opinion is that one can receive good value for the extra fee so charged. But if on the other hand, one is looking for rock bottom prices then chances are that going for travel insurance directly may work better for you. Buying directly normally ensures that you pay as little as possible while at the same time getting a good policy and good customer service. For many buyers, buying travel insurance from a direct provider appears to the best of all possible options. In this regards, the middle man’s role is cut off while still keeping the costs low and having a professional backup behind the sales.
The question that arises therefore is how do you decide if working with a travel insurance broker is right for you? If you prefer high touch to high tech then you should consider turning to a broker for your insurance needs. The only prize one would pay is a higher prize. If, on the other hand, one is relatively self-sufficient and willing to do detailed homework, then such a person may be a good do it yourself candidate. However if you decide to do it yourself, it is recommended that necessary consultations are made with expert so that you are better guided to achieve the needed results.