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What is Physical Damage Coverage in Auto Insurance?

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Car insurance was made mandatory by the Government under the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. If you own a vehicle, private or commercial, four-wheeler or two-wheeler, by law, you must take a third-party liability policy. This will insure you against paying for any third party damages. So legally, you can use your vehicle on the roads if you have a simply liability-only policy. But most of the time, this insurance does not provide enough protection as it will not cover any damages incurred to your own vehicle or yourself. This is where the Full Coverage policies come in. For additional premium, one can avail of a policy that will cover damages incurred to the car and self. There are two important types of physical damage cover:

  • Collision Cover
  • Comprehensive Cover

What is Covered Under Physical Damage Cover?

Under collision cover, you will be insured for any damages incurred on your own vehicle in the event that you collide with another vehicle, or property. You could even collide with a tree or a wall, and the insurance company will pay for the damages. This policy will include a deductible which is an amount you will be required to pay for the damages incurred. The balance will be paid by the company.

Under the comprehensive plans, companies will insure you and your vehicle against a variety of risks. The risks that are included under these plans are listed below:

  • Theft or burglary
  • Vandalism
  • Fire, Self-Ignition and Explosion
  • Riots and Strikes
  • Floods, Hailstorms, Windstorms, Inundation, Cyclones
  • Explosions
  • Earthquakes
  • Damage caused by an animal or bird
  • Transit by Road, Rail, Air or Elevator
  • Terrorism

What is Not Covered Under Physical Damage Cover ?

All insurance plans will have their limitations. For collision cover and comprehensive plans, certain situations or damages are excluded from the policy.

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Driving without a valid driving license.
  • Gross negligence in case of theft.
  • Using the vehicle for purposes other than specified under “Limitations of use”.
  • Loss due to mechanical failure or electrical breakdown.
  • Depreciation.
  • Consequential loss.
  • Damage incurred outside of the geographical zone.
  • Loss or damage incurred due to war, nuclear risk, or mutiny.
  • Organized racing, reliability tests, pacemaking, speed testing.
  • Using the car for any purpose in connection with motor trade.

Why Opt for Physical Damage Car Insurance?

Though it is not mandatory to have physical damage cover, in case of an accident, big or small, you will be covered against expenses you would otherwise incur on repairs and injuries.

  • If you choose to finance the purchase of your car with a car loan, the bank or financial institution will usually require that you take a comprehensive car insurance plan. Banks will not approve your loan if you do not take a comprehensive plan.
  • In case your car is stolen, you will receive your insurance amount and will be able to replace your vehicle.
  • In case of natural calamities, any damages incurred will be covered.
  • Insurance policies also cover mad-made anti-social activities that include terrorism, riots strikes, vandalism and any other malicious acts.

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What is Physical Damage Coverage in Auto Insurance Reviews

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  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Better than better"
    0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
    I have taken a car insurance in ICICI Lombard and till now have not compared but at the time of purchasing it was good. I have not gone for claim and there is no requirement for the customer service. I have received the insurance paper. The policy coverage is one year. It is a zero dep plan.
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    , faridabad
    Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019
  • Iffco Tokio Car Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have a car insurance with IFFCO TOKYO from more than 1 year. I paid a premium of Rs 17000-18000 for first year and Rs 13000 for second year. This policy has full coverage with 0% depreciation and i have no claim experience so far.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019
  • Royal Sundaram Car Insurance
    "Good service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    For the past three years i am using the royal sundaram Car insurance , i had not gone for any claim till now and there is no issue in my vehicle . I feel okay with the royal sundaram client service .
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019
  • Oriental Insurance Car Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I hold a car insurance with Oriental insurance from last 1 year, a premium of Rs 5000 has to be paid for this insurance policy. There was no claim experience taken so far with this insurance. This policy has 50% coverage and i am satisfied with it.
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    , ahmednagar
    Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
    "I have bought my two wheeler insurance policy from Bajaj All"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    There is no reason for choosing the car insurance from Bajaj Insurance. Till now i' have not claimed anything from them. Around 3 years I've renewing the policy with the same company. I'm not sure about the premium amount i paid. I never spoke with the customer care service so far.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Very Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I had taken this insurance policy a long time back and i have been paying the premium on an annual basis. The premium amount has not been too high and the payment method is pretty simple which is done online. I had made some claims two to three times and the services where quite good.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , pune
    Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019
  • Oriental Insurance Car Insurance
    "Good Car insurance"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have bought my car insurance from Oriental company. Based on the lower premium and claim ratio, i have chosen this company. I never interacted with their customer care. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 10000. This car covered with the bumper to bumper facility.
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    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Feb 17, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Best Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I got Car insurance from Icici Lombard general insurance through As The premium amount is nominal one am satisfied with it , as it has low premium amount with cashless garages comprehensive cover with bumper to bumper coverage .Customer service and response is good . I pay it annually through online banking
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Feb 15, 2019
  • Royal Sundaram Car Insurance
    "Not satisfied with the service"
    0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
    I had taken this insurance policy a while back and the experience with them has not been that good. For making the claim it had taken almost 20 days which was not good and it was not convenient. The services of then has to be improved and their customer care has to be improved and the staffs should be more responsible.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
    "Excellent Policy"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    I had taken this insurance policy a long time back and i had been paying the premium on an annual basis. The premium amount was around 30,000 and the payment method has been simple. There has been a single claim which i had made so far and the services where very good and there has not been any difficulty faced.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019
  • Royal Sundaram Car Insurance
    "Satisfactory"
    0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
    I have chosen Royal Sundaram for car insurance and done a online comparison. I have received the insurance paper. The premium was reasonable and the policy period is one year. They have good garages and also they are giving me n-number of claims can be done in a year. It is a comprehensive plan.
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    , ghaziabad
    Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019
  • review Car Insurance
    "Average "
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I took my car insurance in Kotak General Insurance because I have account with them. The premium was reasonable. The claim experience was bit tough and it was not beneficiary. The customer service was good but need to improve the garages for cashless. The policy coverage was good but my experience was not satisfactory.
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    , ghaziabad
    Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019
  • Shriram Car Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I took my car insurance in Shriram General Insurance before 3 years. Its not purchased based on the premium because one of my relative is working here. The customer service was good. The policy coverage is also good. It is a one year policy and first party insurance.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019
  • Reliance General Car Insurance
    "GOOD POLICY"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken the car insurance policy with the RELIANCE GENERAL INSURANCE where the premium is nominal when compared to the others also the IDV value is good with this policy. They have provided the policy coverage of bumper to bumper with this policy.
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    , namakkal
    Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019
  • United India Car Insurance
    "GOOD"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken the car insurance policy with the UNITED INDIA INSURANCE where i have no claim experience with this insurance policy. I am using it since from last 3 years where the premium is lower compared to the others along with that they offers good IDV value.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019
  • review Car Insurance
    "Smart protection"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My showroom guy issued car policy from Bharati Axa, I didn't compare the cost of the policy. Its zero depreciation plan, bumper to bumper protection is there. They give 24 hours service, road side assistance its all standard. With best IDV on my Honda I20 car.
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    , thane
    Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019
  • New India Car Insurance
    "Best policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I took car insurance with New India Assurance for 1 year, a premium of Rs 5000 has to be paid for this insurance policy. There was no claim experience so far with this insurance. This policy has full coverage and the customer service is very good.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , nasik
    Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
    "Its Good but they need to provide less claim settlement"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Bajaj Allianz cost of the car policy is reasonable, last year I paid the amount of Rs. 9000, now I need to pay Rs. 10,000 it has the benefits of zero dep and two times I have claimed it, first time my front mirror got damaged then second time back bumper got damaged. Only I paid the fine of Rs. 1000. Remaining they have taken care but claim settlement value is less, it should be 100%.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have purchased car insurance with ICICI Lombard. The premium was less when compared to others. I am using the service for one year. It is a third party insurance and it has bumper to bumper offer with zero dep and road side assistance. I have no claim and the hard copy have not received. I paid 13K through online to purchase the policy.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Feb 09, 2019
  • Iffco Tokio Car Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    I am having a car insurance with Iffco Tokio. There is no claim experience. I have paid almost 10K for an insurance. My car is 3 to 4 years old, I think road side assistance is available. It is a first party insurance. The online payment is okay and very tedious.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , gurgaon
    Reviewed on Feb 09, 2019
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