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What Has Changed For Two Wheeler Insurance Post The GST Implementation?

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Commonly referred to as the GST, the Central Goods and Services Act of 2017 is one of the biggest tax reforms since India got independence. The act will have a magnitude of implications on different industries including the two wheeler insurance industry. The move will result in a significant change in the central and state tax structure. Prior to the GST implementation, a product would include several kinds of taxes that we are not even aware of. GST would cut down multiple taxes and would simplify the taxation system of the whole country. Read on to know how GST implementation has affected the insurance industry.

Impact Of GST On Motor Insurance

For the insurance sector, the tax rate has been set at 18% by the GST council. This has been a 3% higher than the previous 15% tax rate. Eventually, this will be passed down to the customer who will have to pay a higher premium on insurance.

A motor insurance policy falls under the general insurance category. While a third-party liability cover is the basic form of insurance mandated by the law, a comprehensive insurance cover gives the insured a greater scope of protection and includes third-party liability cover as well. However, the premium to be paid for a comprehensive insurance policy is higher than a basic third-party liability cover. GST on two wheeler insurance premium has been set at a flat 18%, 3% more than the previous rate of 15%. This will make bike insurance more expensive than it previously was. The same would be the effect on all other general insurance products such as health insurance,

However, if we look at the positive side, the GST implementation is going to trigger a competition between the insurance providers and we may see competitive pricing as well as greater benefits offered by the insurers in the days to come. The GST will affect our lives in significant ways and will definitely influence the way we plan our finances.

How Should You Purchase A Two Wheeler Insurance?

If you are looking to buy a bike insurance policy online, the premium paid by you will be higher than what you would have paid last year after applying a GST of 18%. While you look for a policy, do not go only by the lesser premium, do check the kind of coverage offered by the insurer. You might go to different third-party neutral insurance websites and compare the available policies based on the extent of coverage and the premium.

GST Rates On Two-Wheeler Insurance Before & After GST

Product Pre-GST Rate Post GST Rate Applicability
Premium For Two-Wheeler Insurance 15 18 Applicable on entire premium

GST: After Effects

A two-wheeler is one of the important necessities for many people in India. Getting your two-wheeler insured too is a necessity as you never know when an unfortunate event knocks you down. In any such incident, a bike insurance policy acts as a financial backup and backs you during tough times. An increase of 3% in the tax rate for two-wheeler insurance will not make as much impact as it will make in case of a car insurance. And this minor increase in the premium cost should not be a reason for avoiding the insurance. The benefits that a motorcycle insurance will offer you are surely far worthy than any percentage of tax.

Whenever you buy a two-wheeler insurance policy, there are several things that you must look out for. A lesser premium is not always the best thing. Your policy should be able to cover you sufficiently during a variety of unfortunate events. You must carefully understand the scope of the policy, the sum assured, its benefits and features, terms and conditions, and the exceptions to it. So even if you have to pay a little more GST, don’t compromise on the core coverage that your policy provides you.

Certainly, due to rise in the premium cost, there has been a rise in the competition in the insurance market and insurers are in a race to improve their products and offer more to customers. While this could be a good thing for insurance seekers like us, we must not get carried away by their promotions and logically analyse the products offered by them in comparison to other products available in the market. This can be easily done using various neutral third party insurance and finance websites.

A Word Of Advice

Well we cannot deny that insurance has become expensive post GST implementation, but it is not a reason enough to do away from getting our two-wheelers insured. If you are looking to get your vehicle insured, don’t let the premium alone be the deciding factor and look for the overall coverage that the policy offers you along with the add-ons and the exceptions.

What Has Changed For Two Wheeler Insurance Post The GST Implementation? Reviews

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  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Need a reminder call"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I took my two wheeler insurance with ICICI Lombard. I have been with them for around 7 years and the services are good. I have no claim experience. The premium is reasonable. The benefits are less compared to others. There was no reminder call from the customer support during the policy renewal, it would be great if they do it.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • Iffco Tokio Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good exper"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My two wheeler insurance is with Iffco Tokio. The premium is good and I have no claim. I spoke to the customer service and it was a good experience. I have chosen first party insurance. I have received the insurance paper. I have paid Rs.1300 approx through card to purchase one year policy.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good "
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I took my two wheeler insurance from ICICI Lombard and its been 2 years. I have purchased a new bike so the insurance was offered by the showroom. Every year premium varies by the Government and its reasonable.I got the insurance paper. Am not sure about the benefits. It is a first party insurance.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken two wheeler insurance policy with ICICI Lombard for 3 years. A premium of Rs 2000-3000 has to be paid for this insurance policy. I have no claim experience so far with this insurance and the policy benefits are good in this insurance.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , jaipur
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • Reliance General Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken two wheeler insurance from Reliance for 5 years and i am having this insurance from last 3 months. A premium of Rs 4200 has to be paid for this insurance policy. I do not have claim experience so far with this insurance.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , surat
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • 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, there was no claim experience so far with this insurance policy and i pay a premium of Rs 850 for this insurance. I am happy with the plan benefits and plan coverage of this policy
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , pune
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • Reliance General Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have two wheeler insurance with Reliance general from last 1 year. A premium of Rs 1800 has to be paid for this insurance policy every year. 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
    , pune
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • 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? 2
    , 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? 1
    , 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? 1
    , 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? 1
    , 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
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