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Guide To Getting Two-Wheeler Insurance For Old Vehicles

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Two-wheeler insurance is mandatory in India, and you could buy either a third party liability insurance or a comprehensive insurance policy that also covers damage to the your vehicle and yourself. Most policies have to be renewed annually, but of late insurance companies are also offering 3-year policies that need to be renewed only at the end of the policy period.

Here are some points to be kept in mind about two-wheeler insurance:

No grace period:

Two-wheeler insurance policies do not get any grace period for renewal, which means that if your policy is expiring on August 10, 2016, and you try to pay the renewal premium on August 11, the policy will be considered lapsed and you can renew it only after a physical inspection of the vehicle. In order to keep the insurance protection ongoing, it is important to ensure that you renew the policy regularly – annually or once in 3 years as per your policy period. If you meet with an accident on a day when the insurance is not in force, you will lose lakhs of rupees in vehicle damage, compensation for the other party in case of a collision, and personal injury.

Depreciating IDV:

The older a vehicle is, the lesser its Insured Declared Value (IDV) would be. IDV is the maximum sum assured on theft or complete loss of a two-wheeler, fixed by the insurance company based on the current market value of the vehicle. It is calculated by subtracting value depreciation from the vehicle maker’s selling price. If the vehicle has any fittings that did not come with it from the makers, the price and depreciation of that is calculated and added to the IDV separately. So if you bought a motorcycle at Rs. 75,000 in July 2016, then the IDV of the vehicle would be almost equivalent to the purchase price because it is a new vehicle at the moment. But as time passes, depreciation is factored in and the sum assured goes down.

The estimated depreciation calculated on vehicles as per their age is as given below:

Age of vehicle Depreciation
Not more than 6 months 5%
Between 6 months and 1 year 15%
Between 1 and 2 years 20%
Between 2 and 3 years 30%
Between 3 and 4 years 40%
Between 4 and 5 years 50%

[Tab1.Estimated Depreciation]

Beyond 5 years, the IDV of a vehicle is calculated based on a mutual agreement between you and the insurance company, and not based on value depreciation. The insurance company appoints a surveyor to conduct an evaluation of the two-wheeler’s condition and determine its price.

Lower premium:

You may think that the premium of a two-wheeler insurance would go up as the vehicle ages. However, it is the converse that is true. As the IDV of a vehicle goes down, the premium also decreases. But this does not mean that you should try to show a lower IDV in order to pay less premium. Because a lower IDV means that in case of an accident, you cannot claim more than the IDV even if the actual cost of your vehicle is higher than that. So it is important that you declare the right age of the vehicle and adjust the IDV accordingly.

Check for add-on options:

At a slightly higher premium, you could add covers such as total cover where you get road tax, registration amount, insurance premium and the sum assured on a claim are available for vehicles up to 15 years old. Check with your policy provider on the most beneficial options that can be availed on older vehicles .

Guide To Getting Two-Wheeler Insurance For Old Vehicles Reviews

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  • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Cost effective policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Recently i have been renewing the policy for quite number of year. The premium amount was Rs. 1800 per year. Due to low premium amount, i have selected this HDFC Ergo. I have not faced with this policy and currently no claim experience with this policy
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018
  • United India Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My two wheeler is insured with United India insurance from last 1 year, a premium of Rs 1600 has to be paid for this insurance policy. There was no claim experience so far from this insurance policy. I am happy with the plan benefits and policy coverage of this insurance.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Smart Protection for bike"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have Access 125 bike for that I took policy in ICICI lombard, the premium amount is around Rs. 1800 its 2 years model. They gave me good insured value with third party cover, in Hyderabad the insurer got tie up with many service centers even they are providing no claim bonus.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Smart Protection for bike"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    For my Yamha zs bike, I have taken the bike insurance policy from ICICI Lombard. By paying the premium around Rs.1600 and they gave me the insured value around 32,000. It has the third party cover even it include for the loss , damage and other things.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018
  • L and T Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Its Good"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    L&T GENERAL INSURANCE gives me more benefits on the bike policy, the premium which I paid around Rs. 3500 for bike policy they gave me the IDV value around Rs.1.16 lakh. I have Yahama bike, there is no claim experience. I have been using this policy from the day one.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018
  • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have been using Two wheeler insurance with BAJAJ ALLIANZ GENERAL INSURANCE for long time, the agent had explain me about there policy coverage,there benefits clearly, till now i have not use claim experience, there premium amount they have charged me was nominal, i am happy with there overall service.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018
  • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Best Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken two wheeler insurance from BAJAJ INSURANCE insurance for this. I made the payment for 1 year through the on-line banking . Customer service and response is average as they have explained the benefits of the policy . It has good policy coverage with good policy benefits.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018
  • National Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Two wheeler insurance policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My two wheeler insurance policy was taken with National. When i purchase the bike, the dealer has provided the policy with National and I've been continuing the policy continuously for 9 years. I used to pay the premium amount of Rs. 1800 and they used to charge according to the bike model and year. I have not checked the coverage value.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018
  • New India Two Wheeler Insurance
    " Satisfactory policy for my bike"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have friend working with New India Assurance, they generated the policy, they done things easier way, the premium is less than others, I have three years of policy the IDV value remains same. I have taken third party liability plan for my bike.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018
  • New India Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Its Affordable"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I believe New India assurance two wheeler policy premium is nominal for one year policy, but I don't have any claim. I have no much paper work hence I have taken the bike policy through dealer. They gave third party cover liability its good for me.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , ludhiana
    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have my two wheeler insured with HDFC ERGO from last 1 year, a premium of Rs 1000 has to be paid every year for this insurance policy. I have no claim experience so far with this insurance policy. I am happy with the plan benefits and policy coverage of this insurance.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018
  • Reliance General Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I am having a two wheeler insurance with Reliance general from last 1 year, i am not aware of the premium amount for this insurance policy. I did not claim anything so far with this insurance policy and the coverage value is good in this insurance.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My dealer has provided me a two wheeler insurance policy with ICICI Lombard when i purchase my bike. I have paid the premium amount of Rs. 2500. They have given me a 100% coverage and it covers for all the parts of the vehicle. Since the premium was high i was not continued with the same company and i had no claim experience with this policy.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Dec 12, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Fine and Good"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have purchased a two wheeler insurance with HDFC ergo. I have renewed the policy last month. Since the premium amount is very low, i have selected this HDFC Ergo. I have paid the premium amount of Rs. 2200. They have offered me a coverage value of Rs. 2 lakhs. The vehicle has covered upto 80%.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Dec 12, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have not connected with the ICICI customer care service. I bought the policy in 2017. The dealer has provided me this policy when i purchase my bike. I have paid the premium amount of Rs. 5000. This policy has a coverage value of Rs. 50000. I have not claimed anything from this policy.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , jodhpur
    Reviewed on Dec 12, 2018
  • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good policy for vehicle"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Within a second they have renewed the policy from Bajaj Allianz. There is no particular reason for choosing a bajaj Allianz and the branch is nearby my location. The premium amount of Rs. 2070 per year. I have not claimed anything in this policy. I never interacted with their customer care also.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018
  • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Insurance for two wheeler protection"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    The two wheeler services with the Bajaj Allianz is good, the premium amount is nominal, I have paid the cost around Rs. 1900 for one year, I have first party insurance and personal accidental cover. But there is no claim bonus available with this insurer.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , gurgaon
    Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have my two wheeler insured with ICICI LOMBARD from last 1 year, a premium of Rs 3000 has to be paid for this insurance policy every year. There was no claim experience so far with this insurance policy. I am happy with the policy benefits and plan coverage of this policy.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My two wheeler is insured with ICICI Lombard from last 1year and it is a good policy to use. I am happy with the policy benefits and plan coverage of this insurance. Rs 4000 has to be paid as an an insurance premium and i have no claim experience.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , lucknow
    Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My two wheeler insurance is with ICICI LOMBARD from last 3 years, a premium of Rs 1900 has to be paid as an insurance policy. There was no claim experience so far with this insurance and the coverage value is good in this car insurance.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018
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