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A Comprehensive Car Insurance Covers You Against Natural Disasters

Natural disasters like flood, fire, earthquakes, storms, hurricanes, and others can have devastating effects on our lives and our properties. However, a natural disaster is one of the last things that comes to our minds when we buy a car insurance policy. A car is one of the most precious assets that we possess and it can be a huge loss if it gets damaged or destroyed due to a natural disaster. This is why, apart from ensuring that your car insurance policy covers you sufficiently, you must also seriously look into the natural disaster aspect of your policy. It is better to be prepared for such incidents in advance so that you do not have to pay for the heavy damages from your own pocket.

In India, a third-party motor insurance policy is the basic form of coverage mandated by the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. This policy covers an owner of the vehicle against any legal liabilities arising out of loss or damage caused to a third party or their properties. A third-party car insurance policy offers a limited coverage. On the other hand, a comprehensive insurance policy can be a better option as it covers a wide range of incidents including natural disasters and offers us a greater scope of protection.

A comprehensive car insurance policy can cover your vehicle against losses and damages arising out of almost all natural disasters. Some insurers also cover the collateral damages and losses that happen as a result of natural disasters. Few examples could be theft, vandalism, and damages caused by animals. Especially if you live in a disaster-prone area that witnesses frequent heavy rains, floods, or earthquakes, it is pertinent to ensure that your policy covers you sufficiently against all such tragedies.

Without a comprehensive insurance policy, a person is on their own in case of a natural disaster. A comprehensive car insurance policy can be costlier than a third-party insurance policy, but the scope of coverage that it offers is worth spending on. If you do have comprehensive insurance coverage, here are the steps to follow while filing an insurance claim in case of a damage or loss caused to your car as a result of a natural calamity.

  • Gather Evidence: A natural disaster can be devastating. Once you ensure your own safety and things come back to normal, the first thing to do is to document evidence pertaining to the damages caused to your car due to an earthquake, flood, fire, or any other event covered in your policy. Take pictures of both the interior and exterior of your car from different angles including the engine compartment and the trunk of the car. You should ensure that the damage caused to the vehicle is clearly visible in the pictures. Before you clean up your car or alter anything, you must document all the evidences that have to be submitted to the insurance company.
  • Evaluate the Damage: To know if you are fairly compensated by your insurance company, it is always advised to evaluate the damage occurred to the vehicle in advance. You may also ask your local mechanic to help you evaluate the damages and contact your car’s service centre to know the total cost required to bring your vehicle back to normal.
  • Contact Your Insurance Company Immediately: In case of a natural disaster, you may not be the only person wanting to file an insurance claim. Insurance companies face a sudden increase in the number of insurance claims in such cases and filing a claim as soon as possible can save you significant time and efforts.
  • Be Persistent: Insurance companies witness a huge number of claims after a natural disaster. Thus, it is important to constantly follow up with them and know the status of your claim.
  • Settlement of Claim: If you feel that the settlement offer is lower than what you should actually receive, do not hesitate to bring this up with your insurer and approach the upper-level management if necessary.

As discussed above, a comprehensive car insurance policy can be instrumental in backing you financially against damages caused to the vehicle during a natural disaster. However, there may be certain things that your policy may not provide the coverage for. At the time of purchasing a car insurance policy, you must carefully understand the exclusions of the policy as well.

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Car Insurance Reviews

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  • New India Car Insurance
    "Good in claim settlement"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Last year I met with an accident, they done it very well. My car front bumper and radiator was damaged, I got the cash less garages the just taken one week of time to reflect the issue. I paid the premium of 11,000 for zero depreciation plan its fully covered.
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    , ghaziabad
    Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard
    ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Premium should be reduced"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I took car policy from ICICI Lombard, the policy cost is bit higher compared to others. I paid premium around Rs. 18,000 for one year comprehensive plan. It would be great if they reduced the cost of the premium so that many customer can avail their service.
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    , noida
    Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019
  • New India Car Insurance
    "Needs improvement on the claim process"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I had chosen New India Assurance for my car insurance because I know a employee so I get some waiver off on the premium. I had claims on my previous car and the experience was not good. They need to improve on the benefits because I need to pay first for the cliam process then they send a cheque after 1 or 1.5 months that too after analyzing. I get 80% and sometimes 85% of the claim.
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    , gurgaon
    Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019
  • New India Car Insurance
    "Good Experience"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I purchased zero depreciation car insurance with New India Assurance, the cost is reasonable. Last year I paid the premium of Rs. 14,000 for one year policy its for four years old car. They got tie up with many service centers, the service is good I can reach at any time.
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    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • Royal Sundaram Car Insurance
    "Useful Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My agency people where i took the car, they have proposed the policy from Royal Sundaram. I paid the premium amount of Rs. 13K nearly. My claim experience is very good and they have processed the claim within 1 day and its a 100% covered policy and i didn't pay anything from my pocket.
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    , coimbatore
    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019
  • United India Car Insurance
    "For new car, don't go for it"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    The amount they are charging is less thats the reason i opted the car insurance policy from united India. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 2500. This is a third party insurance policy. Through consultancy, i used to renew my policy. I have not applied for any claim so far.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
    "Whichever policy, Go for Zero dept"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My car insurance policy was with HDFC ergo because it was recommended by my dealer. I had claim experience and it was cashless and good. I did not pay anything from my pocket within 3 days, they have processed the claim and handed over my vehicle. It was a zero depreciation policy.
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    , greater noida
    Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Good policy "
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    Every time, i used to visit their showroom to renew my car insurance policy. I'm receiving the no claim bonus. This is a bumper to bumper covered policy. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 10000 and I'm not sure about the IDV value. They are providing the hard copy of the documents immediately. I do not have any claim experience.
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    , greater noida
    Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    HDFC ERGO GENERAL INSURANCE is the company where I have taken the car insurance policy for life time policy, the premium amount is nominal I use to yearly basis. I use to do payment through an online. Their service is good. They used to process the claim as soon as possible and they will take care of the claim.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jul 13, 2019
  • Royal Sundaram Car Insurance
    "Should be transparent"
    0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
    I met with an accident, I had to get it claim because I have Royal Sundaram car policy it was bumper to bumper at the time of enrollment they said its fully covered. But when I went for the claim, the insurer said car engine was not covered. Then I fought with Royal sundaram Insurance company. They quoted 1.40 lakh claim value and they made me to pay Rs. 70,000 from my end. However the additional cost of engine protection is just around Rs. 400 but I paid the premium of Rs. 20,000. I am very disappointed with them because they are not transparent. So I suggest to all, before going policy make sure whether its fully covered.
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jul 13, 2019
  • Royal Sundaram Car Insurance
    "Policy not up to the mark"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    The policy was overall good but end of the day i was not satisfied with the policy. When i purchase the policy, they said its a zero depreciation policy and its nil dept. But when i applied the claim, they have given me a claim only for 50%. In that, my car steering was not covered, Some engine parts and bumper was not covered.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jul 13, 2019
  • New India Car Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have bee using the car insurance policy with NEW INDIA ASSURANCE where the customer support is prompt by giving the information regrading the policy expiry date. I had no claim also the IDV value is good provided with the insurance policy.
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    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have purchased the two wheeler insurance policy with the ICICI LOMBARD GENERAL INSURANCE where i had no claim experience with the policy. The premium paid was nominal also the IDV value is good with the policy. The service is good with the policy.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019
  • National Insurance Car Insurance
    "Good Claim Experience"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I believe the premium is lesser for National Insurance car policy and they have good claim ratio when compared to private sector but the service needs to be improved. I done a claim there a small damage within a week time they came and took the details and within 15 days I got the reimbursement. I paid last premium of Rs. 10,461 for my Maruthi Baleno car.
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    , pune
    Reviewed on Jul 09, 2019
  • Oriental Insurance Car Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I am using the policy since from last 2 years with ORIENTAL INSURANCE where they have given coverage is for bumper to bumper. The premium paid was nominal and the IDV value was good also there was a road side assistance. No claim bonus is there with the policy.
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    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jul 08, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
    "Good policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    When i purchased my new car, i have bought the car insurance from Bajaj Allianz. I have made th premium amount of Rs. 33000 for the coverage amount of Rs. 9 lakhs. I do not applied for any claim till now. For the premium amount has taken along with the loan amount.
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    , kochi
    Reviewed on Jul 06, 2019
  • New India Car Insurance
    "Need to improve the service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Taken my car insurance from New India. My dealer has given the policy with them and I'm continuing with the same company. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 16000 for the coverage amount of Rs. 7.50 lakhs. I haven't got my no claim bonus. When i informed about the same, they were not ready to provide proper response.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , kochi
    Reviewed on Jul 06, 2019
  • National Insurance Car Insurance
    "Excellent car insurance policy"
    0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
    I went to the dealer and he had a tie up with the National Insurance company hence i have chosen them. I paid the premium amount of Rs. 22000. They have provided me a coverage amount of Rs. 4 lakhs. They have provided me a hard copy of the documents. Its a zero depreciation policy. I get a facilities of no claim bonus, roadside assistance.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , rewari
    Reviewed on Jul 05, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    HDFC ERGO GENERAL INSURANCE is the company where i am using the car insurance policy since from last 6 months also the premium paid was nominal added on that the IDV value is nominal with the policy. The policy coverage is for bumper to bumper with the policy.
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    , jamnagar
    Reviewed on Jul 05, 2019
  • review Car Insurance
    "EXCELLENT"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have been using the car insurance policy with the BHARTI AXA GENERAL INSURANCE where i have no claim experience also the premium paid was nominal also the IDV value was good with the policy. The policy coverage is for full also it is a good policy.
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    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jul 05, 2019
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