Payment protection insurance, as the name itself suggests, is a type of insurance that is designed to cover payments. Mainly, it is supposed to pay for your loan, debt and credit dues the moment that you could not handle the responsibility yourself. This happens when you, as the policy holder, lose your job which is your main source of income. The insurance will cover your monthly payables until you get a new job or up to the time that is indicated in the policy agreement. With this description, it is safe to assume that PPI is actually a good concept. However, it has been caught amidst negative publicity and issues lately which had made it look and seem notorious. Is it really good or bad? This article will help you understand PPI more and the reality behind the issues that it has been immersed with.
The issue in which payment protection insurance has been involved with is the misselling of PPI policies. Basically, any mistake, whether intended or not could make a sold PPI policy be considered as missold. There are various instances that could qualify a PPI policy as missold. For one, if an individual who is basically unqualified to acquire a policy was able to get one, then the taken out policy is automatically missold. Below are the individuals who are not supposed to get a PPI policy:
- Individuals who are either unemployed or retired from the employment service at the time of sale.
- Individuals who have significant health record and history which make them expected to suddenly stop working.
- Self-employed individuals.
- Individuals employed in a part-time, contractual and project basis.
- Self-supporting, working students.
Those included in this list but were still able to acquire a payment protection insurance policy for their loans, debts and credits, have undoubtedly taken a missold PPI policy.
Faults during the selling process of the PPI policy could also make it missold. These mistakes are mostly done by the insurance agent or loan officers themselves. However, it could also be that they did not mean or they did not know that what they have done or not done is wrong. Consumers who have acquired a loan, debt or credit card in the past few years should try to recall the day when they have acquired the said financial assistance, because it is most likely that you might have a missold PPI policy. Below are the situations which could have happened during the take out of a PPI policy.
- If the agents failed to mention that a payment protection insurance policy is already bundled with the loan, debt or credit card.
- If the agents were not able to clarify that there are other options, when there were.
- If the agents did not mention that the consumer can choose not to take out the policy.
- If the agents in any way implied that your loan application would not be processed immediately if you do not take out the policy.
- If the agents pressured you to take out the policy.
- If the agents did not perform an appropriate background check prior to selling the PPI policy.
If you can recall any of these situations during the time when you have acquired a loan, debt, or credit, then you could most probably have a missold payment protection insurance policy under your name.
To learn more about missold payment protection insurance policies and what is best to do about it, you can consult a ppi claims expert or specialist. Over the Internet, there are various claims agencies which could help you claim back your PPI. Claiming back PPI is the act of filing for a refund of the payments and premiums that have already been paid for by the innocent policy holder.