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New Car Insurance vs. Used Car Insurance

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At the time of a car purchase, cost is definitely one of the factors that you would consider before exploring the different options in the market. You would have a budget in mind for the purchase and you would be looking to get the best value for your money. You should also consider the cost of car insurance, as this is one of the most significant expenses that you would have to bear as a car owner.

With the growth in the used car market in India, it has become possible for people to procure the vehicle of their choice at a fraction of the cost. The procedure for buying a used car and its insurance is also hassle-free. You should know that there is a distinct difference in the cost of insuring a used vehicle and a new car.

Car Insurance Premium For New Vehicles:

You may be of the opinion that the cost of insurance for new cars are higher than that of old cars. This would seem logical, as new cars have higher market value. Some of the new vehicles may also be more expensive to repair due to the lack of availability of spare parts. However, the insurance cost of new cars are not always higher than that of old cars. There are several factors that are taken into consideration when the insurance company performs the underwriting. These factors may result in car insurance premiums that differ significantly from the base rates.

Car Insurance Premium For Used Vehicles:

If you stay in a theft-prone area, your car insurance rates will be higher. If your car has the latest security devices, your insurance premium amount will be lower. The fact that new cars are equipped with ample safety features drives down the insurance premium for these vehicles. When buying a car, you should pay special attention to the make and model, as some types of cars are highly prone to theft. This applies for the same model of used vehicles as well.

You should keep in mind that new vehicles are not targeted by thieves very often as they have a robust security system. Also, it is easier for thieves to disassemble older cars and sell the parts for profit. So, if you are planning to buy a used car, ensure that you equip it with a comprehensive car insurance policy for extensive protection.

So, here is a summary of the points discussed above:

New car insurance Used car insurance
New cars have a higher Insured Declared Value (IDV). So, the part of the premium corresponding to IDV is higher than that of used cars. Since the IDV of used cars is lower, the premium corresponding to this component is lower.
New cars will have the latest safety devices. So, these vehicles pose low risk with respect to theft. The component of the insurance premium corresponding to this factor will be lower. Used cars are targeted by thieves more often as these vehicles do not have a robust security system.
Repair of new vehicles cost more. So, insurance charges could be slightly higher. It is cheaper to repair used cars.
New cars are not prone to breakdowns and other such unexpected events that result in heavy expenses. This contributes to a lower insurance premium. Old cars are highly prone to breakdowns and total loss situations. This implies that the premium could be higher.

How Much Coverage Is Too Much?

At the time of purchase of a new car, you should ensure that you buy only the necessary coverage. This will help you in keeping the insurance rates to a minimum. The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, mandates that all cars are insured with a third-party liability insurance policy. So, you cannot avoid buying this coverage. However, when you buy a comprehensive car insurance policy, make sure that the insurance company has not attached any add-on covers to the base plan without your consent.

Add-on covers should be bought to avail coverage against specific events, as per your requirements. So, you should opt for a rider only if you see a significant benefit from the purchase.

Car Insurance For Vintage Cars:

Choosing a motor insurance policy for an antique car is different from the process of buying one for an ordinary used car. This is primarily because a vintage car is worth more money. Insurance companies offer lower rates on the insurance premium of cars that are recognised by the Vintage and Classic Cars Club of India. Overall, the premium for the insurance of a vintage car depends on the following factors:

  • The age of the vehicle
  • The current state of the car
  • The anticipated costs that arise from repairs
  • The availability of spare parts and cost of the same
  • The total distance the car has already covered

Owners of vintage and classic cars usually buy third-party insurance coverage for these vehicles, as it is too expensive to protect them with a comprehensive insurance plan. Insurers like New India Assurance Co. Ltd. and National Insurance Company Ltd. offer insurance plans for antique cars.

How To Get The Best Insurance Policy For Our Car?

Irrespective of whether you have opted to buy a new car or a used one, it is a great idea to compare policies online. This way, you will be able to get hold of the most optimum policy that offers maximum coverage at a fixed cost. Also, remember to get sufficient coverage for your vehicle so that you do not end up in a financial crisis in the future.

GST Update: GST of 18% is applicable on car insurance effective from the 1st of July, 2017

Car Insurance Reviews

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  • Tata AIG Car Insurance
    "Excellent Service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    It has been a good insurance policy and the premium has been paying annually. The premium amount has been nominal and the payment method has been easy. I had not yet made any claims so far and there has been cashless garages available as well....
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018
  • Universal Sompo Car Insurance
    " Good protection for four wheeler"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    All policies with Unviersal sompo, whenever I call they respond well on the toll free helpline. The policy covers fully my car compared to other insurer, the beginning it was zero depreciation plan, they gave me the insured declared value.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018
  • L and T Car Insurance
    "Its Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    The dealer gave me L & T general insurance policy for my car the premium amount is nominal for the tenure of one year, I have old Tokyo Innova, hence I took comprehensive and third party cover, they do have road side assistance and 24 hours services on time.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Good protection for four wheeler"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    From ICICI lombard I have taken car insurance for Hyundai I20, first time when I paid the around Rs. 25,000 when it was new car, now recently I paid is around Rs. 17,000 now its been 2.5 years old. The plan is called zero depreciation, with road side assistance, 24 hours services.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018
  • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
    "Low premium with better benefits"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    One more policy taken for my another car its Maruthi dezire I paid the premium around Rs. 4000 its a old car, around 6 to 7 years, I have comprehensive plan its not zero depreciation plan. The customer service is good the premium is low and the max cover is nice.
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    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018
  • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
    "Low premium with better benefits"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My both the polices are insured with Bajaj Allianz, I have taken one policy for my Maruthi Ciaz car, I paid the premium was around Rs. 8000, I have taken the comprehensive it covers for the loss, damage, other natural disaster, hence I am fine with them.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018
  • Tata AIG Car Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I hold a car insurance with TATA AIG general insurance from last 10 months, a premium of Rs 16000 has to be paid for this insurance policy. There was no claim experience so far with this insurance and this policy has full coverage with 0% depreciation.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018
  • Tata AIG Car Insurance
    "Complete protection with Tata Aig"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I approached Tata Aig through their agent, he have taken initiative to generate the policy on time, I have received the policy document on time, the premium amt around Rs. 11k for one year, I have road side assistance with engine protection, tier cover with best insured value.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , keonjhar
    Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018
  • Royal Sundaram Car Insurance
    "Good Product"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    For my Maruthi car I took Royal sundaram general insurance through dealer I have approached the premium is reasonable, I don't think its a comprehensive plan. Once I had claim I met with the accident, there was a car damage, they gave 70% of claim, remaining I paid from my end.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 07, 2018
  • Reliance General Car Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    RELIANCE GENERAL INSURANCE is the insurer where i have taken my car insurance and the premium i paid which is nominal added on that the IDV value is also sufficient with this policy. The policy coverage is for bumper to bumper for this policy.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Dec 07, 2018
  • SBI General Car Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I had a claim of 44k with the SBI GENERAL INSURANCE where i have taken the card insurance and the claim is of reimbursement and i got within the one day. The premium is nominal and the IDV is nominal. The coverage is for bumper to bumper. The process is good with this policy.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Dec 07, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Good Protection for four wheeler"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    The car policy with ICICI lombard is good and they are economical on the cost wise, I took policy for one year I took 100% its zero depreciation. They gave me best insured value based on the age of vehicle, they have ncb features and they many service centers too.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , gurgaon
    Reviewed on Dec 05, 2018
  • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
    "Good claim process with fast service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    The premium amt is good in Bajaj Allianz and economical too, I paid Rs. 25k for one year. I have Hyundai I ton card its 3 years old, they gave me best insured declared amount, I got the papers on time, my claim exp is good, car got damaged and replaced and gave it on time, even they have lined with many service centers.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 05, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Quick policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have been renewing the policy for 4 years with ICICI Lombard. The policy was given by dealer when i purchase the policy and i'm continuing the policy without any reason. The claim experience was fine. I have got the coverage amount of Rs. 9 lakhs and i have got the claim amount of RS. 40000. This policy covered with bumper to bumper facility. I have got the claim within 5 days.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Dec 05, 2018
  • Universal Sompo Car Insurance
    "Good Car Insurance policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My car insurance policy was taken 2 years ago with Universal Sompo. I have been renewing the policy with the same company. I have paid the premium amount of Rs. 4000. This policy has been covered for 100%. They have given me a car value of Rs. 1.90 lakhs.They have offered me a facilities of road side assistance and bumper to bumper. I have no claim experience so far.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Dec 03, 2018
  • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
    "Its Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Cost of the car policy is good in Bajaj Allianz. I have Maruthi card they best insured value based on the age. I don't have any claim experience. The insurance company gave me Rs. 2.5 lakhs for one year, third party cover and personal accidental cover is good.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 03, 2018
  • New India Car Insurance
    "Good Experience"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    In 10 years of experience I didn't face any claim. I have wagon R, the premium cost was economical, I paid around Rs. 5000 for one year, they gave me the comprehensive 100% protection plan, they got tie up with the dealer and they do have ncb features.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Dec 03, 2018
  • United India Car Insurance
    "Good car insurance policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Since its a new car, they have given me a a zero depreciation policy. The dealer has recommended me about this car insurance policy when i purchase my car. I have paid the premium amount of Rs. 28000. They have not given me a road side assistance facility but bumper to bumper facility is available. More garages are available in my location.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Dec 03, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Better"
    0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
    My car insurance was taken with ICICI Lombard and it was offered by the showroom. They are giving zero depreciation and don't know about the other offers. The premium is included in the car price. The customer service is good. They have sent the insurance papers on time.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Dec 02, 2018
  • review Car Insurance
    "Value of money"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    4 years back, i have bought my car insurance policy with Bharti Axa. Somebody suggested me about this car insurance policy. The premium amount is less comparatively less when i compared with other companies. I'm happy about the coverage value they have provided to me. I have not claimed anything in this policy.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Dec 02, 2018
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