Some basic checks while choosing car policy

An unfortunate incidence can occur anytime and anywhere, even an experienced driver cannot avoid the risk factor while driving in spite of not being at fault.  In today’s time of rising inflation costs, even a minor accident or a slight bump can result in huge repair costs. The only way to be prepared for such circumstances would own a suitable auto insurance cover.

Car insurance covers you against losses that might occur due to theft, damage due to accidents, natural incidences like fire, earthquake, storm, etc. or vandalism and theft. You will have to pay a certain amount as premium costs to the insurance company and you get an assured sum when you’re in dire needs.

Owning car insurance is mandatory if you wish to drive your vehicle on roads. It could be tricky if you’re unable to choose the right cover and the right insurer. Here are some basic checks while choosing your car insurance policy:

Assess

Before you buy an insurance policy, it’s essential to understand the types of covers available in India. There are two types of cover third-party liability and comprehensive cover. It would be wise to analyze and decide the amount of cover you need. No need to unnecessary adds-on on your policy.

While deciding on your coverage needs, ensure you choose amount equivalents to the total value of your car. While it’s not good paying unnecessarily high premiums but it’s also unsafe to be underinsured as you will have to shell money out of your pockets.

Compare

It would be the next wise step to compare the quotes before purchasing an insurance policy as it will help you save hefty amount and provide better coverage options as well. Comparison platform allows you to do a detailed comparison between insurance companies on the basis of their financial track, claim settlement, reputation, market value, etc. You can visit online forum sites to check customer review, talk to friends or family members on company performance. This comparison will help you save around 30% to 40% on the premium costs.

Look for Discounts

You should constantly be on a hunt for a discount that can reduce your premium and make it easier on your pockets. Factors like good driving records, anti-theft system, paying from particular credit/debit card, festive offers can fetch you good discounts. Make sure you explore all the available options about your car before buying the insurance policy. Don’t go for additional purchase and increase unnecessary costs on your premium.

Add-ons

Add-ons help to customize your car insurance cover as per your need and requirements. Insurance provides you with tailored solutions that specifically suit your needs based on details like the age of your vehicle, make and model, registration, and other factors. Experts say invest a small amount of money for additional benefits like zero depreciation, roadside assistance, engine cover, and personal cover. It may increase your premium to a slight extent but offer wider coverage both to you and your car.

Don’t Undervalue

Premiums of your car insurance are decided on the based on Insured Declared Value (IDV) of your vehicle. You can increase or decrease the IDV of your vehicle as per your premium needs. But expert say don’t undervalue your car as it can create issues during a claim. It will give low coverage amount.  So, compare policies online and buy the best insurance deal for your motor vehicle!

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