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    Only you know the value of your bike, the real value. It is your blood and sweat. A thing of pride. The basic third party insurance that the law requires you to buy is just not enough when it comes to your hard earned vehicle. What you need is a comprehensive coverage that will protect it completely; to compensate for any third party damages that you may cause but will also cover your vehicle’s damages.

    1. How Does IDV Impact Bike Insurance Policy 2. Choosing Different IDV Than The Market Value 3. IDV Calculation For Two Wheeler Insurance 4. IDV During Policy Renewal
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    A comprehensive insurance policy contains two parts: own damage (OD) and third-party. OD is the cover you will receive for damages/loss of your own vehicle (including accidental damages, man-made calamities and natural calamities). Third-party cover takes care of the liability the insured will have to face to compensate for damages to other people. This includes accidental damages which results in the death of a person or serious/permanent injury of a person. This also covers damages to the surrounding property that you have caused. The premium of your bike is calculated by the insurance company using the “Insured Declared Value” (IDV). The third party premium is calculated according to the vehicle category. This is unrelated to the IDV of the vehicle.

    Premiums tend to escalate because of the inflation rates. So what can you do to save on your bike insurance premium . One possibility is to buy anti-theft devices and take advantage of a premium discount. If you have been lucky throughout the year and did not meet with any accidents, you will be eligible for no claim bonus benefits. No claim bonus can come in the form of discount in premium rates or additional coverage. One of the common mistakes that customers tend to do is accept unfavorable means. It is important that you know the IDV value of your vehicle because it is the crucial deciding value for the insurance premium of your vehicle.

    How Does IDV Impact A Two Wheeler Insurance Policy:

    The insured declared value plays a vital role in the determination of your premium amount and the amount you receive on your insurance claims. The greater the IDV of your motorcycle is, the greater will be the premium to be paid. The IDV is the basis for determination of premium.

    Choosing A Different IDV Than The Market Value:

    You can adjust the IDV in two ways. Either you can choose a higher IDV than the market value of your bike or you can choose a lower IDV. Both the scenarios will have a different impact on your premium and claim amount.

    • Choosing A Lower IDV:

      If the IDV chosen by you is lower than the market value of your bike, the premium to be paid on your insurance too will be less as it is directly proportional to the IDV. A lower IDV can help you save some premium cost but in case you ever make a claim, the compensated amount too will be less and you might have to make high expenses from your pocket.

    • Choosing A Higher IDV:

      IDV is the maximum sum assured by an insurer in case of a complete loss of your vehicle. If you choose a higher IDV, you will get a higher compensation in case of claims, but you will also be required to pay a higher premium on your insurance policy. It is also to be noted that a higher IDV will not help you sell your vehicle at a higher price than the market value of the same.

      Thus, it is the most feasible to choose an IDV which is close to the market value of your two-wheeler. This way you can pay the reasonable amount of premium on your policy and claim the right compensation at the time of claims.

    Calculation of IDV For Two Wheeler Insurance

    IDV is the highest amount that an insurer is liable to pay in case of a complete loss of your bike or scooter. The IDV of your motorcycle depends on the listed selling price of the bike model you own by the manufacturer. It also takes into account the depreciation that the vehicle has gone through based on the age of the vehicle.

    Check The IDV During Policy Renewal

    At the time of insurance renewal, do check whether the premium you are paying on your two-wheeler insurance is justifiable as per the IDV of the vehicle. If you are dissatisfied with the IDV offered by your insurer or the premium amount to be paid, you may always negotiate with the insurer and get the coverage you are looking for.

    What do you know about the IDV of your two wheeler? Here is a basic explanation for those who are in the woods about IDV: IDV is the sum insured and is decided upon at the beginning of each policy period of the insured vehicle. IDV is calculated based on the manufacturer’s listed selling price of the model and brand. Then, the standard deprecation rates as per Indian Motor Tariff is then used to come up with the final value of the bike. IDV, in other words, is the maximum amount that your insurance company will pay when you make a claim. This is the maximum that you will be paid if your vehicle has undergone total loss, vehicle is stolen, constructive total loss and/or repair of the vehicle is greater than 75% of IDV. You must keep in mind that the rate of depreciation escalates with the age of the car. That means, if you make a claim for a new car, you will be given the maximum IDV. However, as the vehicle ages, the rate of depreciation keeps increasing. The age of the vehicle is the standard metric which decides the rate of depreciation. Thus the older the vehicle, the less the value. If your two wheeler is more than 4 years old/or is an obsolete model, you cannot expect much from the insurer.

    When the IDV is calculated (at first purchase or while you do policy renewal), the price at the time of purchase of the vehicle is not considered but the current selling price of the model and brand is considered. You should be careful not to declare a lower IDV than the rational market value. If you happen to do so, and you happen to make a claim for total loss, the amount you receive will not be what you should be getting since the IDV declared was lower. Further, you can save on the long run if you declare the right amount, and not try to save a little on the premium by declaring a lower IDV. Making sure that you make the right IDV declaration will make sure that you get the maximum amount in the event of your vehicle being stolen or if you make a large claim.

    If you think that you can cheat the insurer by simply declaring a high IDV, and thus be able to claim a higher amount, you will be mistaken. The same applies if you think that you will be able to get a high amount while selling the vehicle. This is because when the claim is processed, the age of the vehicle will be considered by the insurer. Thus the depreciation before finalizing the claim will depend on this. Consequently, you will end up receiving a low claim despite of the high IDV that you declared. In conclusion, make sure that when you declare the IDV for your vehicle, it is in sync with the model and age of the vehicle.

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