If you're not sure what sort of life insurance policy is best for you, or how much cover you need, it's worth speaking to an independent financial adviser (IFA). Specialist IFAs such as Lifesearch and Lifeassureonline are good places to start. However, if you decide to buy a policy online, our tips below can help you save cash.
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If you decide you need advice, make sure you consult an independent life insurance broker.
Which? Financial Services can refer you to an impartial, no-obligation third-party advice service to provide you with the best life insurance or mortgage insurance policy tailored to your individual needs.
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Shop around for life insurance
It's not just banks, building societies and insurers that sell life insurance nowadays. High street retailers and supermarkets are also worth considering. Quite often, one company sells another's life insurance policies - for example, Nationwide Building Society sells Legal & General life insurance policies, while Virgin Money sells Friends Provident policies. The price you'll pay will vary depending where you buy it, even where the underlying product is identical and provided by the same insurer.
Online life insurance brokers
Online insurance brokers, such as Godirect.co.uk can often offer cheaper prices as they pay back to you some or all of the commission they receive from insurers.
It's also worth getting quotes from Cavendish Online – it works on a different basis to other brokers, offering a choice of paying by commission or through an upfront £25 fee when you take out a policy. In the latter case, the company rebates you all the commission throughout the term, reducing the ongoing premium. It's worth checking the overall cost of both options.
When we've tested online brokers and price comparison sites in the past, they've both provided very competitive quotes.
Price comparison sites
One of the best ways to compare different life insurance providers is to use a price comparison website like Moneysupermarket.com, Comparethemarket.com or Confused.com. Make sure you visit a selection of sites as no individual site covers the whole market, and the same insurer may offer a better deal through one comparison site compared with the others.
- For more, read the Which? guide to Price comparison sites
Cash back websites
If you buy life insurance online, cash back sites such as Quidco and Topcashback can help you get an even better deal. You're not buying the insurance policy from the cash back site but rather accessing the insurer's own website through the cash back site. The cash back site rebates to you some of the commission it receives from the company selling the insurance.
Voucher and cash back deals only work if the initial quote itself is at or near the top of the table. For example, a policy charging a premium of £50 a month for 10 years and offering £100 cash back will still cost you much more over the policy term than a similar policy costing £40 a month with no initial cashback deal.
It's also worth checking a selection of cash back websites as cash back offers vary widely. For example, the same insurer might offer £20 cash back through site A, £40 through site B and a £50 high street voucher through site C.
- Read the Which? guide to cash back websites
Want to buy life insurance direct?
The next page of this guide rounds up the best deals if you want to buy life insurance directly from the provider.