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Know Your Two Wheeler's IDV

Meeta Sabnis Meeta Sabnis 01 March 2016

Multiple technical jargons such as IDV of the two wheeler can confuse you and hinder your two wheeler insurance buying experience. Find out what IDV really is and how it affects your coverage.

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What is IDV in Two Wheeler Insurance?

IDV or Insured Declared Value is the maximum Sum Assured fixed by the insurer that is provided on theft or total loss of two wheeler in the event of an accident. IDV in a lay man’s language is the current market value of the two wheeler. In case your two wheeler suffers a total loss in an accident, or is stolen, IDV is the compensation that the insurer will provide to the policyholder.

Calculation of IDV

The IDV of the two wheeler is calculated on the basis of manufacturer’s listed selling price of the two wheeler proposed for insurance at the commencement of insurance/renewal and adjusted for depreciation (as per the schedule given below). However, the registration and insurance costs are not included in the IDV. The IDV of the accessories which are not factory fitted are calculated separately at an extra cost if insurance is required for them.

Depreciation Schedule of a Two Wheeler is as follows:

Age Of The Vehicle % Of Depreciation For Fixing IDV of The Two-Wheeler
Not exceeding 6 months 5%
Exceeding 6 months but not exceeding 1 year 15%
Exceeding 1 year but not exceeding 2 years 20%
Exceeding 2 years but not exceeding 3 years 30%
Exceeding 3 years but not exceeding 4 years40%
Exceeding 4 years but not exceeding 5 years 50%

However, if for depreciation beyond five years, a two wheeler’s IDV is determined on the basis of its serviceable condition and the state of its body parts. For various components of different materials, the IDV is adjusted accordingly and an overall average determines the two wheeler’s IDV. The IDV for a two wheeler older than 5 years and an obsolete manufacturer's model of a two wheeler may be determined by mutual agreement between the insurer and the insured. Some companies have a practice of referring to surveyors for arriving at IDV, which leads to additional cost borne by the insured.

Importance of IDV

As IDV is the amount that the two wheeler insurance policy holder is compensated in case the two wheeler suffers damages beyond repairs or if it is stolen, it's extremely important to settle on a rational value. Ideally, it should be close to the market value of your two wheeler so that in situations of theft or damages, you get compensated accordingly. Insurers may offer to reduce IDV by about 5% to 10% which could be chosen by customer.

IDV and Two Wheeler Insurance Premium

IDV is one of the most important factor which determines your two wheeler insurance premium. A lower IDV would attract a lower rate of premium and vice-versa. Thus, while comparing quotes from different insurers for your two wheeler ensure that you maintain a constant IDV value this will help you choose the right policy.

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Meeta Sabnis
Written by Meeta Sabnis
Her mantra in life is to dream, and dream until you turn them into reality. A neurotic Kajol fan, Meeta loves spending time with her gorgeous twins, ensuring a childhood they’ll be proud of. Bargain hunting, crazy dancing and romancing alphabets are some of her other cravings. She’s currently a Content Writer at Coverfox.