Simple Ways To Help You Save On Motor Insurance Premium

As hard working individuals, all of us understand the significance which money holds in our life. Given the rising cost of living, the phrase, ‘a penny saved, is a penny earned’ definitely holds greater meaning than ever before in the common man’s life now. On a routine basis, an average person has to take care of a number of expenses like groceries, commuting, utility bills, children’s school fees, loan repayments, insurance premiums, etc.

Speaking of conveyance, car insurance premiums, like any other insurance premium, can really put a dent in your monthly budget. However, it is also something which is necessary in order to ensure the safety of you and our vehicle in case the unforeseen happens. The good news is that there are ways in which you can save on motor insurance premiums, in a few simple ways.

Compare Insurance Premiums Before Purchasing

Before you settle for a particular insurer, do your homework. Go online and compare premiums set by different motor insurance companies. Insurance premiums may differ with different types of motor insurance policies and also with the extent of cover they provide. Usually, a no-frills insurance policy comes out to be the cheapest. However, as features and covers get added to the policy, the premium amount automatically goes up. Also, make sure that you read the fine print of the policy carefully before deciding upon it as it may have details about any hidden charges or the like.

Evaluate Voluntary Deductions

In insurance jargon, voluntary deduction is basically the sum one is required to pay in case there is an accident. In case your voluntary deduction is nil, then you shall receive the entire claim amount in case of an accident. However, if your policy specifies a certain amount towards voluntary deduction, then, that is the amount you’ll have to pay, while the insurer pays the balance amount, in case of an accident. The way it works is, that the higher your voluntary deduction, the lower the car insurance premium amount shall be. However, when it comes to voluntary deductions, one must be careful and evaluate all the possibilities.

Anti-Theft Devices May Help Lower Premium

Anti-theft devices serve a dual purpose when it comes to motor vehicle usage. First, they protect you and your vehicle from theft and second, they help bring down your insurance premium amounts. The presence of safety features like air-bags, etc, can positively affect your insurance premium determination by insurers.

Forego Claims On Small Expenses

As is customary, if a person doesn’t make any claims on their motor vehicle insurance policy during a policy year, that entitles them to a No Claim Bonus (NCB). The NCB amounts roughly around 20%. This means that in case you avail a No Claim Bonus after one policy year, then you are eligible to a 20% (or any percentage corresponding to that of the NCB) premium for the next year. However, if you make claims for any small charges, like minor repairs, from your insurer, then you shall stand to lose that NCB. In the end, you must weigh the amount of the NCB which you are likely to earn as opposed to the cost of repairs that you wish to make a claim for. Also, it is helpful to know that the No Claim Bonus shall only increase with every passing year, which means that the longer you go without making a claim, the more you will saving on insurance premiums.

Do Not Let Your Policy Lapse

A policy lapse means that you shall no longer be eligible for a No Claim Bonus. Therefore, it is helpful to either put a reminder for your policy’s expiration date or you could opt to receive a reminder sent by your insurance company itself.

Installation of Expensive Gadgets Could Up Your Premium

Installation of any costly gadget to your vehicle could very well hike the premium amount. Also, any modifications made to the vehicle by way of alloy wheels, rear spoilers, exterior modifications, etc., are likely to affect the premium. The reason for this being that, the insurer may evaluate your driving style based on the modifications done to the vehicle and the result may not be entirely favorable, especially with regard to setting the premium amount.

Consider Joining Road Safety Organizations

Membership of organizations like Automobile Association of India, which promote road safety, is also quite advantageous when it comes to auto insurance premiums. Besides other benefits, you can also get a concession on your car insurance premium amount.

Given the hazardous driving conditions prevailing nowadays, motor insurance has been made mandatory for all vehicles. Not only does it ensure your safety but also that of your vehicle and any other party involved in case of an accident. After all, each life is as invaluable as the next.

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Simple Ways To Help You Save On Motor Insurance Premium Reviews

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  • Universal Sompo Car Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have applied car insurance from Universal Sompo through online, my company has provided me this insurance. One time payment i made Rs.23,000 and still there is a no claim and also i 'm getting a no claim bonus for this car insurance. I have given all my documents and they given document also.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020
  • New India
    New India Car Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken a car insurance from New India because when I taken my car, they have provided the policy from this company and I have been renewing with the same one. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 7,000 and they are giving me a IDV value up to Rs. 5L. I used to renew the policy in their branch office and the response was good. They don't sent any notification regarding the policy expiry.
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    , pune
    Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020
  • review Car Insurance
    "Worst exeperience"
    0.5 0.5/5 "Unacceptable"
    1.Fraud company 2.No Transparancy 3.For one accident surveyor asked to intimate 2 claim for zero dept policy 4.disgusting service 5.Customer care doesn't know about the product and dont know the process 6.Making fool to customers by not saying the hidden charges 7.surveyor is non professional 8.Tries to profit the service center by changing unwanted items and forcing customer to pay more than the insurance amount
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    , pune
    Reviewed on Mar 06, 2020
  • Reliance General Car Insurance
    "Excellent policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I chosen my car insurance from Reliance because the car where I have purchased those guys deal with the Reliance. If something happened I should not be in a trouble so I agree with them. They are providing a good IDV value for my car. They are sending me a notification through the call and SMS. I used to renew the policy at home because the agent use to come to my place for renewing the policy.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , jammu
    Reviewed on Mar 05, 2020
  • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    By online randomly I have chosen the car insurance from HDFC Ergo. Their claim ratio is really good. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 19,000 on a year and they are giving me IDV value of Rs. 1.70L. This is a comprehensive policy which covers for 100%. I have a claim experience which is good but I need to pay the claim fee of Rs. 1000.
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    , rajkot
    Reviewed on Mar 05, 2020
  • Magma HDI Car Insurance
    "CHEAP AND BASTERS MAGMA MOTOR INSURANCE "
    0.5 0.5/5 "Unacceptable"
    They are very cheap, kamine type people.They talk with customer very rudely.And they play a trick with customer after accident or during claim.Firstly they not visit.And after one week they visit and hold all work .After two week they will ask that MAGMA want to visit the accident site with customer.Till that time customer become frustrate becs their motive is also to frustrate the customer so that customer deny to take the claim.And one importent thing they will say if customer could not visit accident site with MAGMA then no claim will approved becs their motive is do same. SO NOT TAKE ANY INSURANCE FORM MAGMA.KAMINE LOG HAI GHATIYA KISM KE .
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    , gurgaon
    Reviewed on Mar 04, 2020
  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    From ICICI Lombard, i have selected my car insurance because its collaborated with Maruti Suzuki showroom hence its easy to claim the insurance. My claim experience is good and they have sanctioned the claim in 3 days. This is a comprehensive insurance plan. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 12000.
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    , ludhiana
    Reviewed on Mar 03, 2020
  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Good "
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    My car insurance was taken from TATA AIG because i am holding the policy with the same company for almost seven months and i have not done any claim so far. Paying the premium amount of Rs. 90000 for the tenure of three years for the car insurance.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Mar 02, 2020
  • United India Car Insurance
    "Good Service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My company has provided me a car insurance from United India. The agent who work with us as a colleague provided me this policy. The premium amount is coming around Rs. 16000. They are giving a coverage amount of Rs. 12 lakh. This is a first party comprehensive plan. I'm getting a no claim bonus and road side assistance as well.
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    , mangalore
    Reviewed on Mar 01, 2020
  • New India Car Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My car insurance was taken from New India because i am holding the policy with the same company for almost 30 years and i have done the claim twice so far. My claim experience is really good because they have done a cashless claim upto 90%. I have been paying the premium amount of Rs. 8500 per year and they are giving a IDV value of Rs. 3 lakhs.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , jamshedpur
    Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020
  • Universal Sompo Car Insurance
    "Good Insurance"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Taken my car insurance from Universal Sompo because the premium is less when i compared to other insurance provider, they have provided me a IDV value of Rs. 4 lakh. When i have done the cashless claim, they have sanctioned in 2 days. I'm getting renewal message in prior when the policy is getting lapsed. This is a first party insurance policy.
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020
  • Reliance General Car Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My friend has referred me about the car insurance from Reliance. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 10,200 for this policy. This is a third party insurance. My friend is working as a agent and he will renew the policy. I have not approached them for any kind of claim. They use to send the reminders to renew the policy.
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    , tirupur
    Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020
  • Oriental Insurance Car Insurance
    "One of the best policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My car insurance was selected from Oriental insurance since the branch office is located to nearby my office. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 6000 for that they are providing me a IDV value of Rs. 2.8 lakhs. This is a first party insurance. Even though i don't have any claim experience, they have not provided me any no claim bonus.
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    , guwahati
    Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020
  • National Insurance Car Insurance
    "Good policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    For the economical and low premium purpose, i have chosen the two wheeler insurance from National. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 7000 every year and they are giving the IDV value of Rs. 4 lakh. I used to renew the policy in the branch nearby located to my place. I have no claim experience till now.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020
  • National Insurance Car Insurance
    "Excellent policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    TATA AIG car insurance is pretty awesome policy. So I have taken my car insurance from this company because they are providing me a bumper to bumper offer, comprehensive policy even if the car is 7 years old and this is the only company who provides this facility. To apply the claim is very easy in a single call. They have provided me 100% claim.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020
  • United India Car Insurance
    "Secure and fast claim"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My car insurance was purchased from United India and i have been renewing the policy with the same company for last 5 years. My claim experience is very fast and there is no struggle in getting the claim. The person will come to the spot by the next day once we applied the claim. I got the claim upto 90%. I have been receiving the no claim bonus also.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , kochi
    Reviewed on Jan 22, 2020
  • Royal Sundaram Car Insurance
    "Money waste policy"
    0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
    I have taken my car insurance from Royal Sundaram at earlier but I'm not satisfied with their services. When i applied for my claim, they have taken most of the part and they didn't provide the cashless claim in their garages. Quality of service is not that much good. I bought the policy through online. They didn't promised their word.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020
  • Oriental Insurance Car Insurance
    "Need to improve the service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    ORIENTAL INSURANE has provided a car insurance and they have provided me a better offer with the better quotation including the bumper to bumper offer so that i took the same and till now i never spoke with the customer care also. I have not approached for them for any claim. They have offered me a coverage value of Rs. 3.5L. I have renewed the policy in online.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020
  • United India Car Insurance
    "Service is good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Took my car insurance from United India based on the agent suggestion. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 3600 its because of the no claim bonus and some extra discounts. I have not applied any claim till now. From 7 years, i have been renewing the policy with the same company. They will give reminder call and I'm getting SMS from United India before the policy expiry.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , jaipur
    Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020
  • New India Car Insurance
    "Good policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Chosen my car insurance from New India since its a government sector company and i have a known person over there. There is no cashless claim i had because there is a delay in that and it takes almost 1 week. They are giving claim upto 70% since my vehicle is old one. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 12500 on every year. They said they are providing a road side assistance and no claim bonus facility.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , coimbatore
    Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020
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