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Tips To Reduce The Premium On Your Two Wheeler Insurance

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A two-wheeler is one of the most economical and convenient mode of transport for most people in India. Reasoned to the same, two-wheelers are also exposed to a higher amount of risk and are involved in the maximum number of road accidents in India. This fact makes it really pertinent for two-wheeler owners to get their vehicles insured and have a financial cover for any misfortune that may occur.

Many people in India have a perception that a two wheeler insurance is a futile expense as they never had the opportunity to take advantage of the same. They pay insurance premium every year and never get to utilise it. What they largely fail to understand is that an insurance is a contingency plan and an unfortunate event could happen without any notice. An insurance can be of great help during such times.

There are different ways people can save on the cost of their insurance premium. But before you read them, it’s important for you to understand the factors that affect the premium of your insurance policy.

  • Type Of Insurance Policy: The kind of insurance policy you opt for is a major determinant factor of your insurance premium. The premium for a basic third-party is lower than that of a comprehensive insurance policy. This also because a third-party insurance policy offers a limited protection as compared to a comprehensive insurance policy.
  • Type Of Two Wheeler: The premium amount of your insurance policy depends on the type of your vehicle to a large extent. The make and model of the vehicle, the city where the vehicle is registered, and the accessories installed are all taken into account while determining the premium amount. The Cubic Capacity (CC) of your vehicle also affects your premium amount. The premium for premium sports bikes with higher power are charged high on premium than the commuter motorcycles.
  • Add-On Covers Opted: You may opt for different add-on covers to enhance the scope of your policy. Some examples are zero-depreciation cover, co-passenger accident cover, cover for accessories and more. These add-on covers can be opted for a certain extra amount of premium and hence increases the cost of insurance.
  • No Claim Bonus: No Claim Bonus in simple words is a reward that insurance companies offer policyholders for not making any claims on their policy during the preceding year. It is a kind of incentive for adopting safe riding practices. A No Claim Bonus reduces your insurance premium up to 50% based on the number of claim free years.
  • Voluntary Excess: In case of a damage or loss caused to the vehicle due to any unfortunate event, there is a certain percentage of claim that the policyholder has to pay from their own pocket. If the policyholder chooses to increase their contribution voluntarily, their premium cost will come down.
  • Other Discounts: Due to the increased competition in the insurance sector, the insurance companies these days are offering various kinds of discounts. For instance, you may avail discounts and benefits on buying a long-term insurance policy for a period up to 3 years.

Tips To Reduce Premium Cost on Your Two-Wheeler Insurance

  • Selection Of Bike: The basic factor influencing the premium of your two-wheeler insurance is the kind of two-wheeler your purchase. The premium cost for superbikes and sports bikes is usually higher than that of the normal commuter motor vehicles. Higher the engine displacement and power, higher will be the premium cost. This is primarily because the expensive sports bikes need greater maintenance as compared to a normal commuter bike. So choose your vehicle wisely depending on your requirement.
  • Opt For A Basic Third-Party Insurance: As per the Indian Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, a basic third party insurance is legally enforceable and is a must. This is the cheapest form of insurance and covers any financial liabilities arising out of loss or damage caused to a third-party or their properties while riding your vehicle. It also covers the owner of the vehicle. Though the premium on this insurance policy is low, it offers a limited protection against unfortunate events.
  • Go For A Multi-Year Insurance Policy: If you go for a long-term policy for a period of up to 3 years instead of an annual insurance policy, you may avail a certain percentage of discount and get rid of the hassles of yearly policy renewals. This way you can reduce the premium cost on your insurance.
  • Avoid Making Petty Claims: A dent or scratch should be ignored and taken care by the owner of the vehicle. Making claims for such petty damages will restrict policyholders from availing ‘No Claim Bonus (NCB)’ which is awarded to the insured for having made no claims on their policy in the preceding years. An NCB can essentially reduce the premium cost of your insurance up to 50% depending on the number of claim free years.
  • Compare And Buy: The best way to buy a two-wheeler insurance is to compare the available alternatives online and then make a purchase. There are various neutral insurance portals where you can go and compare motor insurance policies based on the coverage, benefits and premium.
  • Install An Anti-Theft Device To Your Two-Wheeler: The other way to reduce the premium on your two-wheeler is to install an anti-theft device to your vehicle which will minimise the risk of theft. Consequently, you can avail a concession on your two-wheeler insurance cost.
  • Selection Of Add-Ons: Every add-on cover you choose adds to the cost of premium. Therefore, it is important to choose only those additional covers which you really need and avoid the unnecessary ones.
  • Get Membership Of A Recognised Motor Riding Organisation: Some insurance companies offer special concessions and discounts if you are a member of a recognised automobile, touring or riding association.
  • Choose A Higher Deductible: In case of damage or loss caused to the vehicle, the insurance company does not provide for the entire expenses on the repairs and retrieval of the vehicle. There is a certain percentage of the expenses that has to be borne by the policyholder. This amount is known as deductible. If a policyholder voluntarily chooses to increase their deductible, they will need to pay lower premium on their insurance.
  • A Word Of Advice: Though you might want to save on the premium cost of insurance, it is advisable not to compromise on the coverage that the policy offers. Therefore, do not let premium be the only determinant factor while buying an insurance policy.

Two Wheeler Insurance Reviews

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  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Better Policy"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    My two wheeler insurance policy was taken from ICICI Lombard. The dealer has provided this policy hence i'm not aware of the premium amount. They have given me a IDV value of Rs. 70000 which covered for 100%. I had no claim experience with this policy.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My two wheeler policy was bought from 2014. There is no reason for choosing this policy. I am paying the premium amount of Rs. 2100. They have offered me a coverage amount of Rs. 31000. I will make the payment through cheque and i renew the policy by own.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Claim Experience"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have invested my splendor bike with Bajaj Allianz, it was stolen in 2014. Then I applied for claim, within 2.5 months they have settled the money through account transfer, the customer support is very prompt they understood and cleared the issue.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Smart Protection"
    0.5 2.5/5 "Just OK"
    I don't have any claim with ICICI Lombard, they are doing good job in terms of insured declared value. The representative issued the policy on time . I have scooter jupitar its around two years old. For that bike I took first party insurance is good.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019
  • National Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have a two wheeler insurance with National insurance from last 1 year. A premium of Rs 2000 has to be paid for this insurance policy. I have not claimed anything so far with this insurance policy. I am happy with the plan benefits and policy coverage of this insurance.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , indore
    Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Average Policy"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have my two wheeler insured with Bajaj Allianz from last 1 year, a premium of Rs 2600 has to be paid for this insurance policy. I have 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? 0
    , hojai
    Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019
  • 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 1200-1500 has to be paid for this insurance policy. There was no claim experience so far with this insurance policy. I am happy with the plan benefits and policy coverage for this insurance.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , rewari
    Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019
  • Reliance General Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Yet to experience the policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I am holding my two wheeler insurance from Reliance. I have not claimed anything from this policy. I pay the premium amount which is bit high compared to last year. I have chosen the reliance because the insurance is located nearby my place. They have given me a nominal IDV value. The service is prompt when i went for the renewal.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019
  • National Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Insurance Company"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have Hero glamer bike, I think I paid the premium around Rs. 3000 to 4000 to National insurance. My vehicle is around one year, its a first insurance I took through showroom. On time I got the paper from the insurer, they got tie up 3 to 4 service centers in Bhubaneswar.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bhubaneshwar
    Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Trusted Insurer"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    ICICI lombard its a nice insurance company, I am holding bike policy with them around one year. I have invested pulsar bike by taking comprehensive plan. The customer care is good on time they have generated the policy. I have 80% of cover based on the vehicle age.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Best Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken two wheeler insurance from Hdfc General insurance . I made the payment for 1 years through online banking . Customer service and responce is average as thye have explained the benefits of the policy .This policy covers with road side assistance and bumper to bumper coverage and the premium amount which am making for this is pretty economy .
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 20, 2019
  • Royal Sundaram Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Low Premium with Higher IDV value"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My two wheeler insurance purchased from Royal Sundaram. They are giving the higher IDV value hence i have chosen this company. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 1000. They have given me a IDV value of Rs. 24000. I have renewed the policy through online.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 20, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Protection with HDFC Ergo"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My Activa Honda got insured with HDFC Ergo, I have been with them around two years, total term of my two wheeler policy is around three years. The premium amount is lesser based on the vehicle age. I took first party insurance its good and satisfactory.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 19, 2019
  • Liberty Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I currently have the two wheeler policy with Liberty General. The services are good. There was a issues with the third party from whom I took the policy through. It got sorted out but it took time like four months. The premium cost is also nominal.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 19, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good features"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken a two wheeler insurance earlier from Bajaj Allianz. The process was good to get the policy. The premium is economical and there are good benefits as well. The policy coverage is also satisfactory. Fortunately I have not used the policy.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 19, 2019
  • United India Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Smart Protection"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My friend's relative working with United India Insurance, If I have any issues in the vehicle they will take care of it. There was no claim experience. I have insured honda activa scooter, the premium amount is reasonable I took comprehensive cover comes under third party, own damage include.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 19, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Need to reduce the premium"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My two wheeler insurance is with Bajaj Allianz because mine is Bajaj bike so it will be easier for claim and also lot of showrooms included. I got the insurance paper. The claim process was average, the amount was not fully refunded. Also the process was lengthy. I have paid the premium of Rs.2000 for one year. It is a first party insurance. I felt the premium is quite high.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Average"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I took my two wheeler insurance from Bajaj Allianz last year. It was suggested by my friend because he is working. I have paid approx 1000 rupees to purchase the policy. I never had a customer service experience and no claim. The benefits are good and its a third party insurance.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , pune
    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Not recommendable policy"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    My two wheeler insurance was taken from ICICI Lombard. I have applied the claim from with ICICI Lombard but they have not given proper response. They have not processed the claim also. Since because of the lowest premium, i have opted this policy. The service is not upto the mark.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
  • Bharti Axa Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Excellent Service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I had taken this insurance policy a long back and the premium has been paying annually. The premium amount has not been too high and the payment method has also been convenient. I had not made any claims so far and it has been a good policy for others as well.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , navi mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
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