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With so many insurance companies in India offering the best two wheeler insurance policies, it is difficult to buy the right type of insurance policy. This is where Coverfox comes into the picture.
Coverfox provides a smooth and easy to use comparison platform. All you have to do is just enter your two wheeler details such as make, model, variant, RTO location, and the year of purchase. Once all these details are entered and you click Get Quotes, you can see the insurance policies offered by the top insurers. You can easily compare all the features, details, and the premium quoted. With Coverfox, two wheeler insurance comparison is instant and simple.
Having a bike insurance plan is a great way of taking care of the expenses you could suffer in case of damages incurred to or by your bike, which you would otherwise pay from your pocket.
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A multi-year two-wheeler insurance policy allows two-wheelers to be insured up to three years consecutively at one time. You don't have to renew the insurance each year. This is because you receive a single policy that is valid for three years.
As per the directive by the Supreme Court, passed in July 2018, five-year upfront cover has become compulsory on two wheeler insurance policies. This new regulation has been implemented since 1st September 2018 and is applicable for all two wheeler purchased on and after 1st September. This implies that every new two wheeler owner would have to shell out a lump sum towards their bike insurance policy on the purchase of a vehicle. However, one benefit of this regulation is that it saves two wheeler owners from the burden of annual renewals.
The primary reason behind this move is to improve the penetration of third party liability only covers for two wheelers that have been on the roads for a few years. It has been observed that once a two wheeler ages and it has been a few years since its purchase, owners often tend to skip renewing their two wheeler insurance annually, or buy one that is not sufficient to cover risks. This new regulation will not only ensure that newly purchased two wheelers in India are sufficiently covered against risks, but also safeguard third party vehicles and pedestrians from injuries and accidental death caused by new two wheelers.
Own Damage Two-Wheeler Insurance helps you stay covered against damage caused to your own bike and not the third party who was involved in the accident. In case of an accident, Own Damage Two-Wheeler Insurance cover compensates you for the expenses incurred to repair or replace parts of your two wheeler damaged in the accident.
A bike insurance policy can be of three kinds.
Third Party Cover: This is a mandatory cover. It is compulsory by law (Indian Motor Vehicles Act, 1988) as Third Party Insurance provides cover against damage to a person or property by your insured vehicle. However, TP Insurance does not cover expenses and hospitalization bills borne by you.
Own Damage Cover: Own Damage cover reimburses the expenses in case your bike is damaged due to any natural events such as earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, etc. or due to an accident or man-made disasters.
Comprehensive Cover: This is like a 360 degree plan as it provides complete cover for damages against your vehicle, third party vehicle and third person and property.
In addition to the various types mentioned above, there are rider options or add-ons available. Rider options are additional features which enhance the advantages of a two wheeler bike insurance plan. You can add a rider to a policy at the cost of additional premium. You can add multiple riders. Each rider will either enhance an existing feature of your current policy, or bring an additional feature.
Why two wheeler insurance policy is mandatory in India?
As per the Indian Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, all vehicles plying on the Indian roads must have a third party liability cover. The liability bike insurance policy is mandatory to ensure that in case of a road accident, the person being injured or property being damaged by your vehicle is compensated.
How two wheeler insurance premium is calculated?
The premium of liability insurance cover is calculated on the vehicle's engine capacity (cc). The premium of comprehensive cover is calculated on the vehicle’s make, model, variant, RTO location, and the age of your vehicle.
Who decides the two wheeler insurance premium?
The third party liability insurance cover premium for your two wheeler is decided by the IRDAI. The premium for liability cover changes every year. Whereas, the premium for comprehensive two wheeler insurance is decided by the insurance company from whom you are purchasing the insurance policy.
How to save money on bike insurance premium?
You can save a lot of money on premium by buying and renewing insurance on time. Apart from that, the following would help you to save money on insurance premium:
What is the difference between the third party liability cover and comprehensive insurance policy?
The third party liability cover does not cover vehicle's own damage either by natural or man-made perils and vehicle theft. A comprehensive insurance policy provides financial protection against both third party liability cover and own damages incurred on the two wheeler due to natural or man-made perils and bike theft.
I stay in Mumbai, does two wheeler insurance cover damages due to floods?
A comprehensive two wheeler insurance policy covers damages incurred due to all natural and man-made perils including floods. However, damages to the vehicle's engine or engine parts is not covered under a comprehensive policy. The same can be covered by an engine protection add-on cover.
What is No Claim Bonus (NCB)?
A No Claim Bonus is a discount on the own damage premium under the comprehensive policy given by the insurance company on renewal if there were no claims lodged in the previous year by the policyholder. For instance, this is the second year from the date of your bike purchase and you renew your two wheeler comprehensive policy. If you have not lodged any claims in the first/previous year, you get a 20% of discount on your own damage premium as a reward for riding safely.
How to increase NCB?
A No Claim Bonus increases with every claim-free year. NCB is cumulative in nature, so it means you can increase the percentage of discount for every claim-free year.
The below table shows the increase in the percentage of discount:
|No. Of Claim free Years||Discount|
|One claim free year||20%|
|Two consecutive claim free years||25%|
|Three consecutive claim free years||35%|
|Four consecutive claim free years||45%|
|Five consecutive claim free years||50%|
To gain the maximum benefit of NCB, it is advisable not to claim for minor damages or dents.
Is No Claim Bonus transferable?
Yes, as the NCB belongs to the rider and is not attached to the vehicle, No Claim Bonus is transferable on the name of the owner of the vehicle even after the buying a new or old two wheeler and even if you change to a new insurance provider. So, on renewal, if there’s an accumulated NCB, the owner can avail the discounts.
How to transfer No Claim Bonus?
First, you need to ensure the old insurance policy is cancelled. When you cancel the old insurance policy, you will receive an NCB retention letter. To avail the bonus on the insurance policy, you need to submit the NCB retention letter to the new two wheeler insurer.
Is there a personal accident cover in bike insurance?
When you buy a liability cover, a personal accident cover is provided for the rider-owner on a premium amount of Rs.50 for a sum insured of Rs.1 lakh. There are many insurance companies that provide optional personal accident cover of higher sum insured on paying an additional premium. Moreover, there’s an optional pillion rider personal accident cover, which can be opted by paying an extra premium.
What is a personal accident cover in a two wheeler insurance policy?
When you buy a mandatory third-party two wheeler insurance, you get a personal accident cover of up to Rs.1 lakh for a premium of Rs.50. A pillion rider/passenger accident cover is optional and can be opted by paying an additional premium.
In case of an accident and unfortunate events the coverage is payable by the insurance company in the following ways:
|Accidental Event||% of Sum Insured|
|Dismemberment of both limbs or loss of sight of both eyes or one limb and one eye||100%|
|Dismemberment of one limb or loss of sight of one eye||50%|
|Permanent and Total Disability||100%|
What happens if I ride without a two wheeler insurance?
A third party liability cover is mandatory as per the Indian Motor Vehicles Acts, 1988 for all the vehicles plying on the Indian roads. If you are riding a bike without two wheeler insurance you would be charged a fine of Rs.2000, and/or be imprisoned for 3 months. It is therefore suggested not to ride your vehicle without an insurance policy.
How to buy second-hand bike?
It is easy to buy a second-hand bike with the right kind of knowledge. To know how to buy second-hand bike read – Buying Second-hand Two Wheeler.
What is cashless two wheeler insurance policy?
At the time of claims with a cashless two wheeler insurance policy, you can opt for cashless garage service through any of the authorised network garage of your insurer where you can get your two wheeler repaired without paying any cash.
How to buy a long-term insurance policy online?
You can simply check the list of the companies offering long-term two wheeler insurance using Coverfox’s insurance premium calculator. Once the list of the insurance companies is displayed, from the drop down menu below each company, you can select the number of years for which you want insurance policy. You can select 1, 2, or 3 years and accordingly the premium amount will be charged.
What is the effect of GST on bike insurance?
Prior to the implementation of GST, service tax and cess was 15% tax on the two wheeler insurance, but after GST, you will have to pay 18% tax on the two wheeler insurance policy purchase.
How to renew a 2 wheeler insurance policy for a vehicle that does not belong to you?
If you are buying a 2 wheeler insurance for someone else, all you need to do is to enter the bike details to get quotes online, once you finalize the insurance company, while filling the policy document, kindly enter the details of the bike owner so to ensure the policy is in the name of the vehicle owner.
What is Total Constructive Loss (TCL)?
When the vehicle has suffered damage that is beyond repair (more than 75% of the IDV) is called Total Constructive Loss.
What happens in case bike theft or TCL?
In case of bike theft, the insurance company pays full IDV to the policyholder. The policyholder needs to submit the original and duplicate keys with “No Trace Report” from police.
In case of TCL, the insurance company pays the IDV less salvage value to the policyholder.
What happens to your two wheeler insurance policy if you change your job or residence to another city?
On relocating to another city, the policyholder will need to communicate the new address to the insurance provider. After the individual has obtained a local registration number for the two-wheeler, the same will need to be informed to the insurer so that his or her records can be updated. The premiums may or may not be affected depending on cities.
For instance, Mr. Ajay moved from Mumbai to Kolhapur, his two wheeler insurance was still valid, however, his renewal premium decreased since Kolhapur was classified as a lower-risk city than Mumbai.
What to do if you lose your two wheeler insurance?
If you have purchased online, you can simply login to the account and download a copy to take a print of it. Or check your registered email id. If you haven’t purchased online, request your insurance provider with your bike details and engine chassis number to reissue the policy.
How to apply for a driving license to ride a two wheeler?
You need to visit the nearest RTO in your city and give a test. After passing the test you will receive the driving license.
How the RTO location or vehicle registration does effects the two wheeler insurance premium?
Depending on the registration zone (RTO location) of the bike, the premium varies. In India, RTO zones are categorised as Zone A and Zone B.
Zone A: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, and Ahmedabad
Zone B: Rest of India
Depending on whether the two wheeler is registered under the Zone A and Zone B, the premium varies for the same bike model and variant. The two wheeler insurance for a bike registered under Zone A will be charged more than the same bike registered under Zone B.
What is zero depreciation add-on cover in two wheeler insurance?
A zero depreciation is an add-on cover, which you can attach to your comprehensive insurance policy. If you lodge a claim in case of an accident under a comprehensive two wheeler insurance, the repair cost associated to the repair or replacement of the bike’s depreciable parts are not covered. The costs of repairing or replacing depreciable parts must be borne by the owner of the vehicle (policyholder). But, if you have a zero depreciation add-on cover, these costs are covered and paid by the insurance company.
What is not covered in bike insurance?
Under the third party liability cover bike’s own damage is not covered.
Under the comprehensive liability cover and own damage cover, but following things are not covered:
Keep such exclusions in your mind to ensure your claims are legit and approved without any hassle.
How to renew two-wheeler insurance?
You can easily compare and renew your two-wheeler insurance policy online. You have to enter your two wheeler’s detail to check the premium quotes. Enter your make, model, variant, RTO location or just enter the number of your vehicle, once the premium quotes from the top insurers are fetched you can choose the best policy for your vehicle.
How to renew expired two-wheeler insurance policy?
You can now renew your expired two-wheeler insurance policy without any hassle. No need of inspection or any paper work, just enter your two wheeler’s details as you would have done it with your active policy.
Is inspection two wheeler compulsory to renew two wheeler insurance?
No, you can renew your two wheeler insurance policy without any inspection also.
Is my old bike insurance valid for my new bike?
No, your old bike insurance is not valid for your new bike as the engine capacity, engine chassis number, age of the vehicle varies. You need to buy new two wheeler insurance policy for your new bike with the details of your new bike.
Why should I renew two wheeler insurance?
Without a valid insurance policy, you would be charged a fine of Rs.2000, and/or be imprisoned for 3 months. Besides, without a valid policy, any unfortunate incident that would cause damages to or by your bike would be borne by you.
Can I change my current two wheeler insurance provider?
Yes, you can change your current two wheeler insurance provider and buy a policy from another insurance company.
What is pillion rider cover?
Any person sitting behind the rider on the bike can be covered under pillion rider cover. This cover provides financial protection to the pillion passenger.
What is voluntary deductible in two wheeler insurance?
Voluntary Deductible, in a two wheeler insurance, is the volunteered amount that a bike owner agrees to pay at the time of claim repairs and against this gets a discount on the own damage premium. You agree to pay only in case you lodge claim, however, you get a discount based on the amount you agree to pay.
The below table shows the percentage of discount you get on own damage premium
|Voluntary Deductible (Rs.)||Discount|
|500||5% on the OD premium of the vehicle, subject to a maximum of Rs 50/-|
|750||10% on the OD premium of the vehicle, subject to a maximum of Rs 75/-|
|1000||15% on the OD premium of the vehicle, subject to a maximum of Rs 125/-|
|1500||20% on the OD premium of the vehicle, subject to a maximum of Rs 200/-|
What is compulsory deductible in two wheeler insurance?
The compulsory deductible amount is the mandatory amount the policyholder pays on the approval of claim. This is not dependent on the garage repair bill. It is dependent on the engine capacity (cc).
Compulsory Deductible in two wheeler insurance:
What if you have purchased a wrong two-wheeler insurance policy?
If you have purchased a wrong two-wheeler insurance policy, for instance, the vehicle model is not the same as you own, then you need to cancel the policy.
If you cancel after the start of the risk date – policy start date, the refund would be on pro rata basis. It is advisable to cancel the policy before the policy start date.
How much is the coverage for the property loss in case of the third party liability?
In case of the third party property loss, the insurance company will cover up to Rs.7.5 lakh.
How to check for cashless network facility?
You can trace the authorised cashless garage network facility in the location you would prefer with the help of information posted on the insurers’ website. Or check the list of network garages listed by the insurance company you wish to buy insurance from.
What are the penalty charges for riding bike without a valid bike insurance policy?
You would be charged a fine of Rs.2000, and/or be imprisoned for 3 months. It is advisable not to ride your bike without an insurance policy.
How to buy two wheeler insurance for a second hand bike?
Buying a second hand two wheeler insurance can be a tricky thing. However, we have written an article so that you can avoid all the possible mistakes. Read - Buying Bike Insurance: Mistakes you Will Never Make Again
How do I claim insurance for my bike or two-wheeler?
To file a claim with a two-wheeler insurance company, first get in touch with Insurer’s claim team representatives via call or email. The representative will inform you about the various documents that need to be submitted to get the claim process moving. The kinds of documents required along with the filled-up claim form will differ depending on the type of claim filed. A FIR will have to be filed in case of damage or loss of vehicle. A surveyor will be appointed to come and inspect the vehicle. If the claim filed is genuine, the insurance company will make the necessary claim payment.
How much time does it take for my insurance policy copy to arrive?
Policy copies are generally emailed across to the policyholder on the day of purchase. A copy of the same is also sent by post to the residential address of the vehicle owner.
Can I transfer ownership of my policy to someone else? What is the procedure?
Yes, you can. To transfer two-wheeler insurance, it is necessary that the ownership of the vehicle is successfully transferred to the new owner. Once the transfer is complete, the entity can initiate the process to transfer two-wheeler insurance. The insurance company will begin the policy transfer after the necessary documents and forms are submitted and appropriate fee is paid.
What happens if my two-wheeler insurance expires and I want to make a claim?
If your two-wheeler insurance has lapsed, then there is no way to file a claim. To ensure this does not happen, always make sure to renew your two-wheeler insurance on time.
Can I pay two-wheeler insurance premium in instalments?
No, the full premium of the two-wheeler insurance policy has to be paid before the policy coverage can commence.
What is Insured Declared Value or IDV in two-wheeler insurance and why is it important?
IDV, or Insured Declared Value, is the maximum sum assured that an insurance company would offer against a two-wheeler in the event of theft or major damage, or total loss of the insured vehicle due to an accident. This sum assured is usually equivalent to the prevailing market value of the two-wheeler, at the time of its purchase.
It is advisable that you bargain for a sum assured that is closest to the current market value of your two-wheeler. This will enable him/her to claim a fair amount of compensation in the event of theft or severe damages. At times, insurance companies may offer to lower the IDV by about 5% to 10%, as per the discretion of the applicant, when the applicant wishes to pay a lower premium amount and vice versa. When a policyholder files a claim, insurance companies usually consider the age of the insured two-wheeler.
Is it possible to renew bike insurance online?
Yes, most leading insurance companies offer their policyholders the convenience of renewing their two-wheeler insurance policy online. You can renew your bike insurance online through either of the following options:
Your existing insurer’s official website: You can visit the official website of your insurance company and follow the online insurance renewal procedure. Remember that you must mention the required details accurately. These details include your two-wheeler registration number, your existing policy details, your contact number and email id, etc. Next, you can proceed to the online payment method. The accepted online payment options usually are debit/credit card and net banking.
Third-party websites: If you want to change your existing insurance company, you can compare the premium rates being offered on two-wheeler insurance policies from other insurers. After you have made your choice, you can fill up the online form of your chosen insurer with accurate details, and then pay online.
What is first, second and third party insurance?
In an insurance policy, the insured or the policyholder is referred to as the first party. The first party is eligible to receive the pre-determined sum assured from his/her insurance company, which is known as the second party, in the case of a loss, injury or accident that may be caused by you to any another entity is known as the third party.
How many years of third party insurance is compulsory for new bike owners?
According to the July 2018 directive by the Supreme Court, five-year upfront third-party liability cover has been made mandatory on all two wheeler insurance policies. This regulation is applicable for all newly purchased two wheelers bought on and after 1st September 2018.
What are the documents required for a Two wheeler Insurance claim?
While they are mentioned in your policy document, some of the common ones that you would require are:
What about making claims in case my two wheeler is stolen?
In case of theft, you need to first file an FIR with the police (apart from having the other documents mentioned above). Submit a copy of the same to your insurance company along with a non-traceable certificate and the keys of your bike. That’s all!
What determines the premium in case of new bike?
Like always, there are multiple factors that determine the premium for your new bike.
What determines the premium in case my bike insurance policy has expired?
Generally, your premium won’t be affected majorly. But, if you have a No Claim Bonus that has not yet been availed 90 days before the expiry of policy, you could still lose the benefit. Also, you would have to have your bike inspected by the survey team all over again!
What is policy period in a two wheeler insurance policy?
Right from the day your policy starts to the day it expires, this entire duration is called as policy period. So always make sure you renew your two wheeler insurance policy before the due date; because even a day’s lapse can change everything!
Can I cancel my bike’s insurance anytime?
Yes, you can. But then, claims should not be raised subject to 30 days prior to the expiry date of the policy. Then, even a refund cannot be raised. In fact, a nominal cancellation fee might also be charged in such a case. So always take care!
Will the premium for my two-wheeler increase after a claim?
Once you make a claim for your two-wheeler, you lose out on NCB (No Claim Bonus). Hadn’t you raised a claim, you could have availed NCB, thus reducing your premium in the next policy year. But if you did, sadly, the premium automatically increases the following year.
Do insurance companies pay for drunk driving accidents?
Driving while intoxicated is a criminal offense in India. If you are responsible for a drunk driving accident then under the bike insurance policy, the insurance provider is not legally bound to meet your own damage claims since the damage was the result of an illegal action.
Many two-wheeler insurance companies reject the own damage claims outright. Some may be willing to consider making payment if the driver’s blood alcohol content was not high enough to regard the individual as drunk. The payout result will differ, depending on the situation of the accident and the extent of damage.
Can I get bike insurance details from the registration number?
Yes, you can visit the official website of the Government of India – Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (https://parivahan.gov.in/parivahan/) Enter your registration number; you will be able to verify the status of your bike insurance policy. It shows till when the insurance is valid. It also gives all the details of your bike like engine number, makes and model, year of registration, registration city, etc.
The web portal of Insurance Information Bureau (created by IRDAI) has comprehensive data of all the insurance policies linked to every registered vehicle in our country. Go to the website (https://iib.gov.in/), under the head “Vehicle Insurance Status Search” you will get the detailed information regarding your two-wheeler insurance policy by your registration number. Note: The above answer has been compiled by gathering inputs from Royal Sundaram General Insurance official website (https://www.royalsundaram.in/two-wheeler-insurance/tips/how-to-find-bike-insurance-details-by-registration-number)