Businesses price their products to cover the costs of production as well as their labor, sales marketing, and other major expenses. Prices also reflect some post-sales costs such as handling repairs or replacements under warranty. At one time, many industries used a pricing strategy for their products that failed to reflect their true costs. A once-popular assumption was that lower prices would promote increased sales, and the higher sales volume would make up the cost difference. The strategy wasn’t successful. It hasn’t worked for the auto industry, the computer industry, or the insurance industry.
The problems of the insurance industry became apparent within the turn of the century and were drastically exasperated by several natural and financial catastrophes. Events such as terrorist attacks, hurricanes, housing market and banking meltdowns all substantially affected the insurance industry. The insurance industry’s attempts to gradually correct their pricing had to be sped up; substantially!
For much of the 21st Century, insurance companies have had to handle an increasing number of claims being presented many years after their policies have expired. In the case of pollution, asbestos, and employment practices, the industry is being asked to handle losses that policies weren’t designed to cover.
Well, what can a business owner do to minimize their high insurance cost? Before considering sacrificing the amount of protection a business carries just to save money, consider the following strategies:
Review your coverage:
- Take a close look at your insurance. Could you increase the deductibles to lower your premium?
- Are you carrying physical damage coverage on commercial vehicles that due to age, wear, or other characteristics, it is no longer makes financial sense to do?
- Is there items you could replace out of pocket? What pieces of equipment are insured when they could be replaced from operating funds without submitting a claim?
Review your exposures:
- Could you reduce the premium by installing an alarm system or a fire protection system? Would these premium savings offset the cost of the system?
- Could you implement safety programs that would reduce the cost or make the insurance company more interested in providing coverage? For example, driver safety programs, back to work programs, safety training in the proper use of equipment and job functions.
Identify your insurance goals:
- Do you need an insurance company that can provide loss control services?
- Can they provide claim-handling services for your Workers Compensation insurance?
- Will they allow you to make payments by phone or online 24/7?
- Is there local claims support?
Shopping and price are not the only issues in insurance. What you don’t know can cost you more in the long run than you could ever save in premiums. Discuss your situation with a Hertvik Insurance Group professional and make the choice that works for you.