Credit Life Insurance
- Credit life insurance is a form of term life insurance.
- The pro of credit life insurance is if the borrower dies the loan is paid.
- The cons to credit life insurance concern its value.
Is There an Age Limit For Credit Life Insurance on a Car Loan?
Is there a limit on the age that you cannot get credit life insurance on a car loan?
Credit life insurance is a form of term life insurance. Credit life insurance can be purchased when getting a loan for a vehicle (such as a car or truck), mortgage, or unsecured debt including credit card debt.
As the balance of the loan decreases, the amount of the credit life insurance decreases. If the borrower dies during the term, the lender is the beneficiary of the insurance contract. The pro of credit life insurance is if the borrower dies the loan is paid and the estate of the deceased receives an asset free and clear. The item is therefore an asset, as opposed to an asset encumbered by a liability that may exceed the value of the asset.
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The cons to credit life insurance concern its value. Life insurance tied to a loan can be a poor value. The borrower buying term insurance on the open market will almost always find greater coverage for the same cost, or the same coverage for less by comparison shopping term life policies. Life insurance is a poor value if the borrower has no dependents and does not wish to leave assets to his or her estate. Some credit life insurance policies do not pay if the borrower dies from a pre-existing condition.
Generally, a lender may not require a borrower to buy credit life insurance as a condition for being approved for a loan. If the finance person writing the loan insists this is the case, check with the insurance commissioner in your state before agreeing to buy credit life insurance. In most states, you may cancel credit life insurance during the term of the contract.
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You asked about the age of the borrower. There is no universal rule concerning age limitations on credit life insurance contracts. Some policies end when the borrower reaches the age of 70. However, this is not a hard-and-fast rule. Review the credit life insurance policy terms and conditions carefully before signing the agreement. In particular, watch for limitations on pre-existing conditions and the maximum age covered.
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my husband had life coverage on a vechile loan which expired in June, but he passed in Sept. Will they deny my claim?
Please accept my condolences for your loss, Peggy.
I can't give you any legal advice, as I am not a lawyer. I can share my opinion with you. Unfortunately, it is my opinion that once the policy expired, coverage no longer existed. This means that you have no legitimate claim to assert.
What to do? File an accurate and complete claim. In other words, do not hide the fact the other borrower is alive. If the insurance benefit accrues when one borrower passes away, then it was worth your while to file a claim.
How long do you have to have credit life insurance on a home before it will pay? Example: I buy a house in December, first payment is February and I died or became disabled in January will it pay.
Thank you for reaching out. Please, do not take my answer to be legal advice as I am not an attorney. Only attorneys can offer legal advice.
Typically, Credit Life insurance covers you if you died or became disabled. Essentially can no longer earn income.
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