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Importance of Car Insurance in India

'Nimbu Mirchi' can only protect you from 'buri nazar' even if you're a fabulous driver. Insurance was created to protect you from unexpected and unlikely events. Here are some scenarios where a car insurance can act as a life saver.

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A lower IDV demands a lower premium to be paid. (But compute wisely, since IDV is the utmost value the insurer can compensate you with).
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Install Security Devices

Automative Research Association of India (ARAI) approved anti-theft devices can fetch you up-to 2.5% discount on your car insurance premium!
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Membership of the Automobile Association of India, an organisation powered by IRDAI, secures you a concession on own-damage premium.

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Car Insurance Renewal Checklist

While renewing your car insurance policy online, leave no scope for ‘blind spots’.

  • Apt Coverage: If you only have third-party plan, then you need to consider getting a comprehensive policy. This will cover you against heavy expenses of repairing your car in case of an accident.

  • Check IDV: You need to get suitably compensated in case of theft/loss. Depending on your car's age, re-evaluate your car's Insured Declared Value against premiums. By this, you'd know if you have got the best price.

  • Claims Check: This makes a huge different. If you haven’t checked the claims ratio of your previous insurer, don’t skip verifying it now.

  • Check Cashless Garages: Take sure you look for the cashless garages near your area that would provide, repair services for your car.

  • Ideal Add-ons: If you were not aware how add-ons can help you during claims, this is the time. If your car’s age is less than 5 years, consider covers like Zero Depreciation or Engine Protector or Return to Invoice.

  • Deductibles & Discounts: Check if you’ve got all discounts that you are eligible for. A deductible indicates the amount you will have to pay every time before claim. If your policy includes it, ensure that it fits your budget.

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Things you must Know about car insurance

What are the documents required to buy car insurance online?

With the availability of online platform, buying insurance is a very simple and hassle-free procedure. However, if the insurance company demands, you would need to keep the following documents handy.

  • The copy of your Registration Certificate (RC) of your vehicle
  • The invoice copy for a new car
  • Previous insurance policy
  • No claim bonus reserving letter, whenever required

What are the documents required to register a claim?

The sole purpose of buying insurance for your car is to get adequately compensated for any damages and losses. To ensure that you raise a successful claim, it’s necessary to keep all the relevant documents at hand. While insurance companies try their best to avoid pesky paperwork, here is a list of documents you need to have on you:

  • The copy of the Registration Certificate and Tax Receipt of your car
  • The proof of valid insurance document
  • Copy of your Car Driving License
  • Repair Bills and Payment Receipts in case of reimbursement
  • Copy of FIR/Panchanama in case of Theft or Third Party damage/death/bodily injury For more details on different types of claim process, read motor insurance.

How do you compare car insurance plans before choosing one?

We all know that too many options usually implies too much confusion. That is why, before choosing, one must compare plans on the basis of:

  • Car Insurance Company: Check the company’s past records for the number of claims settled and the time taken to settle them.
  • Premium and Coverage: Balance between the premium you are willing to pay and the coverage that you will actually end up needing. Also, don't forget to include add-ons accordingly.
  • Cashless Garage Network: Be sure about the insurer’s network garages in your area. You must remember that you can avail cashless services only at these garages, so that's always tricky.

How is the premium for expired car insurance determined?

A car insurance policy will be valid for a particular period. After this period, the insurance policy lapses. It is advisable to renew it in time so as to benefit from the No Claim Bonus (NCB). If policy lapses and you renew it within 90 days you may still benefit from the NCB. Post 90 days, you need to initiate the process by filling details all over again and getting your car inspected by the surveyor. Also, as the NCB is lost it would result to higher premiums.

Is online car insurance only for new car?

No, online car insurance is not only for new car. You can also renew your existing policies online.

Why car insurance policy is so important in India?

We all know that cars have become a need in today's times. One of the most convenient and favored ways to commute to work is driving the car you own. Most drivers are aware that buying car insurance is mandatory as per Indian law. They also know that driving carefully would lower the car insurance premium and driving carelessly would increase the insurance premium. Also, being a new driver would again raise the insurance premium.

But, driving a car minus a valid car insurance results in you paying a hefty fine according to the Indian law. This makes it mandatory for every car owner to get car insurance for every car they own.

Car insurance is the actual reason why our cars run on the roads hassle free. Life becomes really relaxed and stress free when you have car insurance.

Getting car insurance is not only mandatory but is important for your well-being too. There are numerous reasons as to why this insurance is needed. There are certain things that are never in your control. For example, your car getting harmed in an accident is not in your control. It’s not necessary, it would be the driver’s fault always. Freak accidents cannot be predicted in advance and hence cannot be controlled.

If you buy a car insurance, you do not have to worry about spending money for getting it repaired in case of an accident. Apart from this, car insurance also provides coverage in case the car gets stolen. There are other coverage benefits too but those vary on the type of coverage you opt for.

Car insurance is mainly categorized into 2 categories i.e. third party car insurance and the comprehensive car insurance policy. But what will surprise you (if you don’t really know) is that only the third-party insurance is compulsory by law. And therefore, buying comprehensive car insurance still becomes a matter of choice.

  1. Third party insurance for your car is nothing but the coverage guaranteed to the third party only .i.e. damage to another person’s vehicle or property, bodily injuries and permanent disability during an accident by your car and is mandatory by law.

  2. A comprehensive car insurance is a complete coverage for any damages done to your car due to any dents caused by any other vehicle during a road accident. Or say, the windshield of the car getting damaged or broken or may be your prized possession getting stolen.

Below are the damages/injuries, specifically taken care by the comprehensive car insurance policy:

  • Theft
  • Fire
  • Vandalism
  • Natural disasters
  • Civil Disturbances
  • Damage was done to your car by animals or wildlife
  • Road accidents

You may be thinking that it is useless to insure a car standing idle in the parking lot. But, you actually fail to understand that an unused car is more prone to damages. It really makes sense to go for an insurance cover for such a car than paying hefty amounts in repairing the damages.

Even if your car is lying unused, buying a car insurance would not only get you the peace of mind but also take care of all the unforeseen situations. So, even if you do not drive, do not avoid to buy a car insurance policy.

What is Personal Accident Add-on Cover?

The Personal Accident cover available with the mandatory Third Party Insurance is up to Rs 1 lakh. However, one can increase this cover with the help of the optional Personal Accident add-on cover that is available on the payment of an additional premium. This rider offers a coverage for temporary or permanent disability and death caused because of an accident. Most car insurance providers advise opting for this cover as it takes care of your financial burden in case of unforeseen situations.

Is there any add-on cover for car accessories?

Yes, there is an add-on cover for car accessories. Add-on cover for car accessories is an attractive benefit offered by a number of car insurance providers that gives additional coverage for your car accessories. On the payment of an additional premium, you can ensure that you are covered of the cost incurred on your car accessories that most car insurance policies do not cover. Hence, this is beneficial and a cost-effective advantage for car owners.

How to renew car insurance online?

You can visit the insurer's website and enter your previous year car insurance policy details. In case you didn't lodge any claim during the policy period, you are entitled to No Claim Bonus (NCB) benefit, which is a discount on your car insurance premium.

You can check different car insurance policies offered by various insurers and compare to pick up the best car insurance policy that best suits your needs before buying on online web-aggregators site. The renewal process is the same on most online web-aggregators.

What parameters should I keep in mind while comparing car insurance quotes?

While doing a car insurance comparison, you need to consider the amount you are willing to pay as premium with respect to the best coverage options available. Depending on the car model, engine type, and your area of residence, you need to understand your requirements and limitations.

A little background research is required on the insurance companies. Compare car insurance premium breakup by different insurance companies. Check if the Insured Declared Value (IDV) is optimum enough to save you from total losses of your car in the event of an accident or theft.

Choose add-on covers, like zero-depreciation cover, as per your requirement. Apply discounts (like No-claim Bonus on own-damage premium) and then compare to see if the insurance quote provides value for money.

How does Coverfox.com assist me with car insurance comparison?

When you compare car insurance quotes on Coverfox.com, you get customized quotes for your car from different insurers available. In case you do not understand the plan that you choose or any other aspect of the plan that you wish to buy, then our expert advisors are available to guide you through the process.

Can I expect the quotes to change if I compare now and then try again after few hours?

It won't change in few hours. However, it may change after every 15 days only if insurance companies update their insurance prices. In such cases, the insurance quotes may increase or decrease. However, note that each year, IRDAI revises the third-party rates, so you would find a change in quotes annually due to revision in third-party part of the premium.

If I have viewed quotes for comparison and want to save them so that I can review them later, is it possible to save quotes?

For this, you can bookmark the URL and then view the quotes as per your convenience.

Another option that you have on Coverfox.com is to view your quote and click on the button ‘shares these quotes’ and then copy paste the link and save it somewhere. Perhaps if you want to show these quotes to your dad or a friend, you could do so easily via the share button.

Will my premium be cheapest if I stick to the same insurer every year?

No.

It is not necessary that your premium will get cheaper if you stay with the same insurer. Insurers usually don’t offer retention discounts online. They may have their own discounts to offer – Example: Occupation discount, etc.

If at all your premium decreases it could be because your IDV has reduced. Or perhaps, you had a claim-free year so you can ask for NCB discount. Or perhaps you chose to discontinue certain add-on covers. For example, you may have had a zero-depreciation add-on but that would be valid only till the 5th year. From the 6th year onwards, since the add-on is discontinued, your premium is lowered by default.

Your premium could also increase, if you may have added few more add-ons such as personal accident cover add-on or accessories cover add-on. Sometimes, due to increase in taxes, the premiums can increase.

How do I make any changes in my existing car insurance policy?

Following changes are allowed in the policy:

1.Name rectification

  • Please reach out to the customer support team with your policy details. You would be provided with a request number and the changes would be done.

  • You can also visit the nearest branch of your car insurance provider with the requested documents.

2. Registration number/ Engine/ Chassis number rectification:

  • Contact your car insurance provider by sending an e-mail with the policy details and a scanned copy of your RC. You would be provided with a request number and the changes would be done.
  • You can also visit the nearest branch of your car insurance provider with the requested documents.

3. Address Rectification:

  • Send your policy details via e-mail and the correct address details to your car insurance provider. You would be provided with a request number and the changes would be done.
  • You can also upload the scanned copy of your address proof on the official website of the car insurance provider.
  • You can also visit the company’s nearest branch with a request letter for address rectification.

4. Address change:

  • Contact your insurance provider through the official website via an e-mail with the policy details and the correct address details. You would then be provided with a request number and the changes would be done.
  • You can put in a request online and upload a scanned copy of your address proof.
  • You can also visit the company’s nearest branch with a request letter for address change.

5. Change in model/vehicle:

  • Please visit the nearest branch of your car insurance provider with a copy of your RC book, request letter and policy documents. These changes might affect the premium charged, so you must carry a cheque along.

6. Name transfer (Transfer of ownership):

  • If you transfer your vehicle on some other person’s name, the insurance policy also needs to be transferred on the new owner’s name. Your car insurance provider can help you with the same.

7. Addition of LPG/ CNG kit/ Electrical/ Non-electrical accessories:

For addition of LPG/ CNG kit or any other accessories, you can visit the nearest branch of the company with the following documents-

  • Invoice copy of the CNG kit/ Electrical/ Non-electrical accessories and endorsed RC (with LPG/ CNG) or letter with the declaration value
  • Request letter
  • Cheque for paying the required premium

8. Addition of Anti-theft device:

In case you want to add an anti-theft device, please visit the nearest branch with the following documents:

  • Invoice copy of fitted device (ARAI approved) or letter with the declaration value
  • Request letter

9. Change in RTO/ Registration:

Please visit the nearest branch with the following documents:

  • Copy of your updated endorsed Registration Certificate (RC)
  • These changes might affect the premium charged, so please carry a cheque along

10. NCB Recovery/ Change:

Contact the nearest branch with the following documents:

  • Request letter from Insured
  • Original NCB reserving letter from Previous Insurer
  • Proof of sale of old vehicle

11. Addition of Hypothecation:

  • For addition of hypothecation, you can send an e-mail with the policy details, a scanned copy of your request letter, your sanction letter from the financial institution and the endorsed copy of your Registration Certificate (RC) to your car insurance provider. You would be provided with a request number and the changes would be done.

  • You can click here to place a request and upload the scanned copy of request letter, your sanction letter from the financial institution and the endorsed copy of Registration Certificate (RC).

  • You can also visit the car insurance provider’s nearest branch with these documents.

12. Change of Hypothecation:

  • Please send an e-mail with the policy details, a scanned copy of Request Letter, your sanction letter from the new financial institution, NOC from the previous financial institution and the endorsed copy of Registration Certificate (RC) to your insurance provider. You would be provided with a request number and the changes would be done.

  • You can place your request and upload the scanned copy of Request letter, your sanction letter from the new financial institution, NOC from the previous financial institution and the endorsed copy of RC on the website.

  • You can also visit the company’s nearest branch with these documents.

13. Cancellation of hypothecation:

Reach out to your insurance provider by sending them an email with the policy details and a scanned copy of Request letter, your NOC letter from the financial institution, documents and the endorsed copy of Registration Certificate (RC) on their official email address.

  • You can also upload the scanned copy of Request letter, your NOC letter from the financial institution documents and the endorsed copy of RC.

  • You can also visit the nearest branch with these documents.

How many times can I claim for Road Side Assistance during Car Insurance policy period?

A maximum of 4 times can be opted by the insured related to any of the services under this add-on. The insured would be able to claim only for the services opted for by him at the time of policy issuance.

Which documents are required to cancel your car insurance policy?

The documents required to cancel the policy by the customers are as follows:

  • Customer Request Letter
  • Alternate policy proof (TP / Comprehensive)
  • Original Policy Copy
  • Sale proof of the vehicle or Sale Deed/Form 29&30 along with RTO acknowledgement. (in case of vehicle being sold)
  • NOC from financer.

If I lodge a claim after the expiry of my Car Insurance Policy for an event that occurred during the policy period, will it still be valid?

Yes, you will be eligible for the claim even after the expiry of the policy date. This is possible because the event happened during the policy period.

In Car Insurance Policy, does the insured have to pay the difference if the actual expenses are more than the cover?

Yes. For example, if the insured has a cover of Rs.10,000 and incurs an expense of Rs.15,000, then the insured will have to pay Rs.5,000.

Can I renew my car policy online?

Yes, there are multiple insurance providers that help you renew your policy online. This is possible starting 60 days before the expiry of your existing policy. In case your vehicle insurance policy has already expired, an authorised surveyor will inspect the vehicle before reissuing the policy. The policy would only be issued subject to a satisfactory inspection and submission of required documents.

What is the meaning of ARAI in Car Insurance Policy?

ARAI is the short form of Automotive Research Association of India. If you have installed an ARAI approved anti-theft device in your vehicle, whose installation is dully certified by the agency, you are eligible for getting a discount of 2.5% on the Own Damage (OD) premium subject to maximum of Rs. 500.

If I install an Anti-theft alarm and locking system, is there any discount available in Car Insurance Policy?

Yes, in case your vehicle is fitted with anti-theft devices, which are approved by the Automobile Research Association of India (ARAI), a discount on Own Damage (OD) premium is provided by the insurer.

What is meant by endorsement in Car Insurance Policy?

A written evidence of an agreed change in the policy is called an endorsement. It is a document that incorporates changes in terms of the policy. As applicable, an additional premium is charged.

What does one mean by premium bearing endorsement in car insurance policy?

A premium bearing endorsement is a kind of endorsement for which additional premium is charged. To cite an example, transfer of ownership, addition of LPG/ CNG kit, change of RTO location, etc. are premium bearing endorsements.

What is Constructive Total Loss in Car Insurance Policy?

Constructive Total Loss refers to accidental loss/ damage to your vehicle where the aggregate cost of retrieval and/ or repairs amounts to be more than 75% of the Insured Declared Value (IDV) on your policy.

I want to make changes in my existing policy. What is the procedure for recording the same?

If there are any changes in the existing policy, such as change of address or modifications to the vehicle or its use, it can be done by an endorsement by the insurance company. All you have to do is submit a letter to the insurer with proof for the required changes, and obtain the endorsement. Some endorsements may require you to pay an additional premium. Hence, you must check the correctness of the endorsement before submitting the same.

What premium rate is applied, if I use my car in a particular city?

For the purpose of applying premium rate, the place where the vehicle is registered is taken into consideration, instead of the place where the vehicle is used. If your vehicle has been registered in Mumbai, the rate applicable for Zone A is charged. Even when you shift to a different city, the same premium rate will be applicable for your vehicle. Similarly, if a vehicle is registered in a town or a tier 2 city, it attracts Zone B premium rate. Subsequently even if the owner shifts to a metro, he will continue to be charged the Zone B rate.

Is there a list of documents that must be kept in the vehicle while plying in public places?

The following documents are needed while plying in public places-

  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Xerox copy of Registration Certificate
  • Pollution under Control Certificate
  • Photocopy of Driving Licence of person who is driving the vehicle

Is it possible to transfer my insurance to the purchaser of my vehicle?

Yes, there is a possibility to transfer the insurance in the name of the buyer of the vehicle, provided the seller informs of such transfer in writing, to the insurance company. A fresh proposal form has to be filled in this case. There is a nominal fee charged for transfer of insurance with pro-rata recovery of NCB. This is charged from the date of transfer till the policy expires. Please note that transfer of ownership in comprehensive/package policies has to be recorded within 14 days from date of transfer. If the policyholder fails to do so, no claim will be payable for own damage to the vehicle.

How is car insurance calculated?

A valid car Insurance is mandatory by law for all cars running on Indian roads. There are mainly two types of car insurance in India offered by general insurance companies in India. They are- third party insurance and comprehensive insurance.

Third party insurance covers for damage and liabilities of the third party only arising out of a collision. It is the most basic and cheapest form of car insurance to get. Comprehensive insurance covers for damages for the insured vehicle and also the liability of the third party arising from the accident.

Car insurance premium calculation is done primarily on the basis of Insured Declared Value (IDV) of the specific model. The IDV is calculated on the ex-showroom price of the car and it changes annually as per the depreciation rate of a certain model. The other factors affecting car insurance premium include no claim bonus which is rewarded to the insured for not making any claims during the policy term. No Claim Bonus(NCB) can be accumulated to a staggering 50% on the premium amount. Discount on car insurance can be availed if the car owner has installed an anti-theft device approved by ARAI (Automobile Research Association of India) or opts for a voluntary deductible.

All the above factors affect the final calculation of the car insurance premium payable.

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