Why It Is Important To Be Honest With Your Insurer

Most car owners are of the opinion that insurance providers always look for ways to avoid paying out car insurance claims. However, this is far from the truth. In fact, insurance companies are willing to pay every claimant as long as valid claims are raised. The insurer would never want to upset a customer who has had a long-term relationship with them. Hence, just like all financial products, it is very important that you are honest and upfront with your car insurance provider.

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Full Disclosure Versus Partial Disclosure:

One of the most common causes of dispute between car insurance customers and insurers is non-disclosure or partial disclosure of information from the side of the policyholder. The issue crops up at the time of a claim. This could even lead to the rejection of the claim.

  • When an individual buys a car insurance policy the insurer assesses his/her risk based on the information provided. The insurance coverage is offered at a premium that corresponds to this risk. So if the customer had not made a full disclosure at the time of policy purchase, his/her risk assessment would not have been accurate. If the insurance company identifies this in the event of a claim, the claim can be rejected.

Let us take the example of a family in which the father is offered a lower insurance premium than his teenage son. In order to get a lower rate on car insurance, the father claims that he is the regular driver of the vehicle. However, if the car was involved in an accident and as part of the insurer’s investigation it was found that the regular driver is not the father as disclosed, the claim can be rejected. The father may also face higher premiums for insuring the vehicle in the future. In some instances, there may be car insurance cancellation for non-disclosure or partial disclosure. Following this, the car can even become uninsurable with the same insurance provider!

  • If the insurance company asks for information about your driving history, you should be very honest in this matter.
  • If you have a vehicle that will be used for commercial purposes, it is important that you inform the insurer of the same and buy an appropriate motor insurance policy. This way, the claims process in the future will be quicker and will conclude easily.

Car Insurance Fraud:

If your car is stolen, you should raise a claim under your insurance policy. You also need to file an FIR so that the police can locate your missing vehicle. When you are reporting the incident to the insurance company, it is crucial that you reveal the truth. You should be honest with details such as the following:

  • The location where the vehicle was parked
  • The details of the driver
  • The use of the car (whether private or commercial)
  • The Insured Declared Value (IDV) of the vehicle
  • The authenticity of the theft claim

You should bear in mind that honesty is, in fact, the best policy in the realm of car insurance as well. Fraudulent claims are viewed very seriously in the industry. Being dishonest with the insurance provider may affect your future premiums and even pose issues when you apply for insurance from another provider!

Dishonesty while reporting a loss to a car insurance company is one of the main reasons for claim rejection. If you want to save money on car insurance, do not lie to the insurer; instead research the companies that offer best rates for extensive coverage. The aim of insurance is to help you financially at the time of an unprecedented event that resulted in losses. Being honest with your insurance company will ensure that your claim will be paid out without any hassles.

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    "GOOD"
    0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
    I had no claim experience with NATIONAL INSURANCE and using from last more than 8-9 years. The premium paying was nominal than others when compared also the IDV value was nominal. The policy coverage is for bumper to bumper and also they are no claim, road side assistance is there.
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    Iffco Tokio Car Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
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  • review Car Insurance
    "Nice price"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    They have provided me a good IDV value for the less premium amount. The Policybazaar people has taken the initiative they have assisting the policy while i purchasing the policy. I have paid the premium amount of Rs. 4500 for the IDV value of Rs. 3.5 lakhs. Its a comprehensive policy. They are provided me a no claim bonus and i do not have any claim experience till now.
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  • United India Car Insurance
    "Recommendable policy"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    Since my friend is working in United India hence i have chosen the car insurance policy from them. Since the car is 5 years old, they won't provide the zero depreciation policy and its a third party policy. I have paid the premium amount of Rs. 1800 and the premium is very less and the coverage amount is less than lakhs. I have got my no claim bonus and i don't have any claim experience with them. They have sent the hard copy of the documents to the customer's address without any request.
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  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I had a claim experience with the card insurance policy holding with the ICICI LOMBARD GENERAL INSURANCE where the claim i got was 100%, the customer support is good. The premium paying through online it was higher. IDV value is good. Coverage is for zero dep. There was road side assistance is available.
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    , hyderabad
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    "Value for money"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I took my car insurance through an online channel from Kotak General. I chose this insurance company because of the premium is cheaper than others. I paid the premium around Rs. 17,000 for one year. I have a comprehensive plan as it covers my entire car parts and also it has a accidental cover. But the support team need improvement, however I got the IDV value around 8 lakhs for honda citi car.
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  • National Insurance Car Insurance
    "Value for money"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I availed car insurance with National Insurance company for that I paid the premium around Rs. 8000 for one year. I took comprehensive plan which cover for me and the vehicle. They do have road side assistance, 24 hours service. Whenever I go for the renewal they are providing no claim features its good.
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  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Reliable policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I had a claim experience twice with ICICI lombard which is good and its a 100% cashless claim. They have processed the claim immediately. In my policy, i got a no claim bonus, road side assistance and its zero depreciation policy. I have been paying the premium amount of Rs. 15000 and the policy got expired last month and they have sent me a reminder alert and calls.
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    , hyderabad
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  • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
    "Good claim experience"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
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    , ahmedabad
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    "Good Policy"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
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    "Excellent"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
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    "Good Policy to use"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
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    "Very Good Policy"
    0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
    Actually its a company lease car, hence with their interest, they have provided me a policy with Reliance. This is a first party and third party covered policy. Since the company is paying the premium, I'm not sure about the premium amount and coverage amount. I do not have any claim experience
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    , bangalore
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    "GOOD"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
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    , bangalore
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  • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
    "Good claim experience"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
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    "Good for money"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have Santro car it was manufactured in 2015, I took comprehensive plan its fully covered. I believe last time I paid Rs. 5500 of premium, however is no claim but they have road side assistance, 24 hours service with other benefits like no claim feature.
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    , kochi
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    "GOOD"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
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    "Policy is very good"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Bought my car insurance from Kotak Mahindra Insurance. Not any particular reason for choosing the company. I have a claim experience. The given IDV value is Rs. 4.60 lakhs and i am satisfied with it. I have paid the premium amount of Rs. 12000. They are providing a no claim bonus, road side assistance and its a zero depreciation.
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    , noida
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  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have been using the car insurance policy with the ICICI LOMBARD GENERAL INSURANCE where i have been using it since from last 1-2 years and i had no claim experience with this policy. The premium paid was nominal also the IDV value is good with this policy. There is a no claim bonus coverage also the bumper to bumper coverage is applicable.
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    , chennai
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  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Smart Protection"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I insured my car with ICICI Lombard I paid the cost of Rs. 14,000 it has the term of two years. I have zero depreciation cover, I got my policy paper on time. The insurer quoted the value of 80% from the total value. I have swift dezire car it was 2017 model.
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    , hyderabad
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