How can not pre-paying for a service affect your credit score? Your assumption is wrong. Non-renewal of a service will not impact your credit score. It will result in the OP not having dental coverage…that’s about it.
An insurance policy is still a binding contract. If you don’t make a payment when it is due, then you’re a non-performing debtor, even though the insurance company will take it as grounds to suspend coverage rather than collect the overdue payment.
If you no longer want insurance, then you can terminate the policy, giving as much notice as your contract requires you to give. Then you’re done; this is exactly what I recommended the OP to do. If you don’t terminate the policy, then the contract will continue to run, and not making a premium payment when it is due means you’re not performing a financial obligation.
I can call my broker and ask him to sign me up for dental insurance, auto insurance, life insurance and never pay a dime. I have no requirement to pay. The insurance provider also has no obligation to provide any type of coverage, until I pay a premium. That is when the contract is made.
And as far a the GQ forum comment, yes I’m giving factual answers on how insurance works, not some sort of suggestion on what might be a good idea.
That’s an insurance company, an answer page that disavows any accuracy in their answers, and another message board. Hardly a reason to believe your credit would be affected by non-payment of insurance. Every state has different insurance regulations but it sounds incredible that you can be obligated to an insurance company to continue an insurance policy. Anything can be written into a contract but that doesn’t make it enforceable.
They are not demanding that you sell them a moon rocket for a dollar. They are demanding (and as a matter of fact most insurers don’t) that you honor a contract that is written for a period certain, which is generally going to be a year. Such a provision is certainly enforceable.
In any event, insurancequote.com is an insurance broker, not an insurer. It makes no difference at all to them if you pay or not.
No, you’re making things up. The contract is formed when you sign the policy. The insurance provider’s obligations frequently begin once an offer of coverage has been extended and accepted regardless of whether payment is made - though this differs between jurisdiction and policy types. In any case, the OP is not “calling a broker”. The OP is (apparently) in the middle of an existing policy. The fact that it is payable in installments do not mean that either party’s obligations are limited to the installment period. Your cellphone bill is also payable in installments, but that doesn’t mean you can stop paying and tell them to fuck off at the end of any given month.
ETA: It looks like people are still discussing the credit score issue. It is absolutely untrue that your credit score will be affected by insurance payments because insurance is not purchased on credit and payment histories are not reported by insurers.
I have purchased 7 homes, 12 cars, insuring each; obtained term life insurance, health insurance, dental insurance, multiple times in my lifetime. I have never signed a policy. In each instance, I spoke with my broker, discussed deductibles, coverages, etc. They sent me a premium notice and I normally paid it. On the times when I changed my mind, I didn’t pay the premium and the policy never went into effect.
ETA: I have also audited hazard insurance companies, and been responsible for corporate hazard coverages in billion $ companies; I have also served in health benefit committees.
If you want to call me a liar, I would suggest that you take it to the pit.