What is Motor Insurance?
Motor insurance policy is mandatory for vehicle owners as per Indian Motor Vehicles Act 1988. This Plan is designed to give coverage for losses which insured might incur in case his vehicle gets stolen or damaged. The amount of motor insurance premium is decided based on the Insured Declared Value of a car. The premium will increase, if you raise the IDV limit and vice versa.
Why do I need to ensure my vehicle?
Motor insurance is mandatory for all vehicles that ply on roads-like car, trucks, etc. The prime objective of this type of insurance is to provide complete protection & coverage on physical damage or loss from man-made & natural disasters. According to Indian Motor Act 1988, an motor insurance policy is mandatory for every automobile owner in the country. Hence, purchasing an motor insurance is not just a necessity, it is mandatory by law.
Key Features of Motor Insurance
1) Policy protection against loss or damage to the covered vehicle
2) Coverage against financial liability caused due to injury or death of a third party or damage to the property.
3) Personal Accident Coverage.
4) Motor Insurance protects you for the below mentioned damages, should they occur:-
- Transit by Rail, Road, Air & Elevator
- Riot & Strikes and / or Malicious Acts
- Cyclone Inundation
Types of Motor Insurance
1) Car Insurance
This insurance gives coverage against accidental damage or losses to the holder’s vehicle or third party. The amount of premium depends upon the make of the car, manufacturing year, value & state of registration.
2)Two Wheeler Insurance
This type of insurance is for scooters, bikes & features are similar to that of four-wheeler insurance.
3) Comprehensive Coverage
This type of coverage offers complete package policy wherein any damages to the vehicle will be covered up to the Insured Declared Value. Any third party property damage or third party injury/death can be covered. Policyholders feel less stressful as it gives end-to-end coverage.
4) Third Party Liability Coverage
Under the Motor Vehicles Act, third party liability coverage is legally mandatory. This type of motor insurance offers coverage against all legal liabilities to a third party caused when insured vehicle owner is at-fault. It insures injury/damage caused by policyholder to third person/property
5) Collision Coverage
It financially protects the policyholder against damage of insured’s own car. Collision coverage pays the policyholder for damage caused because collision which generally occurs due to an accident.
Add-on riders doesn’t take the depreciation value of the parts & allows you to receive the entire claim amount. It is generally available for cars under five years & allows eligibility to claim full amount for replacing/changing any damaged parts of your vehicle.
Exclusions from Motor Insurance
1) General ageing, wear and tear
2) Damage by a person driving without a valid driving license
3) Mechanical or electrical breakdown, failure
4) Damage by a person driving under the influence of Liquor/Alcohol/Drugs
5) Depreciation, any consequential loss
6) Loss /Damage attributable to War /Mutiny /Nuclear risks
7) Damage to tyres and tubes are excluded unless the vehicle is damaged at the same time. In such circumstance, the liability of the company shall be limited to 50% of the cost which includes replacement Loss /Damage
Important points to remember in the event of an accident
These documents must always be in your vehicle:-
1) Copy of policy/cover note
2) Car Registration Copy (RC Book)
3) Driving License Copy
To Initiate The Claim Process
1) Get in touch with the contact centre & inquire for the network garage nearby. And in case, should you visit a non-networked garage, the bills will be settled after ascertaining the damages caused.
2) FIR may be asked by the Insurer based on the claim estimation.