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Car insurance policy is a type of insurance policy required to provide protection to your vehicle against any damage which might result into a financial loss. As per the Motor Vehicle Act 1988, it is mandatory to buy a liability only policy without which one cannot use the vehicle on road. In order to secure your car against uncertain events like accident , you must get it covered under car insurance, you can buy car insurance online and save on time and unnecessary hassles of paperwork required.

Types of Car Insurance

Car Insurance policy is available in three types

  • Third Party Liability

  • Standalone Car Insurance Plan

  • Comprehensive Car Insurance Plan

Why Should I Buy Car Insurance?

Just as every little thing that you own is nurtured and protected, your car also needs to be safeguarded against the effects of accidents, natural calamities, theft, and malicious damage. Imagine, in a world where minor repairs and maintenance costs you a lot, what would be the stretch of expenses that you may have to make if your vehicle is stolen or gets damaged totally? Your finances go for a toss as you will have to bear the expenses for repairing it. To avoid such a financial loss and stay protected, it’s advisable to buy a car Insurance policy. Also under Motor Vehicle Act 1988, it is mandatory that all the motorists to have a valid motor insurance for their vehicle at all times.

Car Insurance Plans

1 Year Comprehensive Insurance Plan
Car Insurance - 1 Year Comprehensive Plan

This car Insurance plan provides complete coverage for your car against damages, third party liabilities, and personal accident for 1 year.

Standalone Own Damage Plan
Car Insurance Plan - Standalone Own Damage

With this plan you can now insure your car against natural calamities like floods, earthquake etc and man made events like riots,arson.

Long Term Comprehensive Car Insurance
Car Insurance - Long Term Comprehensive Car Insurance

This car Insurance plan provides complete coverage for your car up to 3 years for damages resulting from natural calamities, man made events and third party liabilities.

Third Party Insurance
Car Insurance Plan - Third Party Liability

The car insurance plan offers cover for all the damages caused by your car to a third party in the event of an accident. It is a mandatory cover!

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Car Insurance for Accidental Damage   
Car Insurance for Theft   
Car Insurance for Damage due to fire   
Car Insurance for Damage due to natural disaster   
Personal Accident cover under Car Insurance   
Damage to a third-party vehicle   
Injury to a third-party person   
Zero Depreciation under Car InsuranceOptional Add-onOptional Add-on 
Emergency assistance cover under car InsuranceOptional Add-onOptional Add-on 
No claim bonus protection under car insuranceOptional Add-onOptional Add-on 
Return to invoice cover under car insuranceOptional Add-onOptional Add-on 
Engine & Gear Box Protector under car insuranceOptional Add-onOptional Add-on 
Key Replacement cover under car insuranceOptional Add-onOptional Add-on 
Cost of Consumable Items under car insuranceOptional Add-onOptional Add-on 
Loss of Use - Downtime Protection under car insuranceOptional Add-onOptional Add-on 

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To drive your car on Indian roads, it is mandatory to purchase a car insurance policy. A comprehensive car insurance policy and personal accident policy would help in safeguarding you from the financial obligations and risks associated with road accidents. Even though documents like driving license and RC would be needed for your car insurance application, you can still claim without them. Let’s understand how. Read More

What is IDV under Car Insurance?

The Insured Declared Value (IDV) of your car, is the sum insured coverage provided under your car insurance plan. It is fixed at the commencement of each policy period for each insured vehicle.

IDV under any car insurance plan is fixed on the basis of the manufacturer’s listed selling price of the brand and the model of the car proposed for insurance at the commencement of insurance /renewal and adjusted for depreciation (as per schedule specified below).

The IDV of the car(s) and / or accessories, if any, fitted to it but not included in the manufacturer’s listed selling price of the vehicle is also likewise to be fixed.

How does IDV affect Car Insurance.. What are the factors deciding IDV?

IDV is the current market value of your car. It is the amount that is paid by the car insurance company to the policyholder at the time of settlement of claim. IDV is calculates as the manufacturers listing price minus the depreciation but doesn not include registration and the insurance cost. The depreciation charged to calculate the IDV of your car is presented below.

Not exceeding 6 months 5%
Exceeding 6 months but not exceeding 1 year 15%
Exceeding 1 year but not exceeding 2 years 20%
Exceeding 2 years but not exceeding 3 years 30%
Exceeding 3 years but not exceeding 4 years 40%
Exceeding 4 years but not exceeding 5 years 50%

Car Insurance Policy: Add-On Covers 

Zero Depreciation Cover

Get the Entire Amount With Zero Depreciation Cover!

Usually, your car insurance policy will only pay you the claim amount after deducting the depreciation amount. Your car insurance policy wordings will contain the details of depreciation. So, what can you do to get the entire amount? There is a way out! The zero-depreciation cover! With zero depreciation, there are no depreciation cuts, and you get the entire amount in your hands !

How does it Work? If you car is damaged and the claim amount is Rs 15,000, out of which the car insurance company says that you may have to pay 7000 as depreciation amount excluding policy excess/deductible. If you buy this add on cover then, the insurance company will pay the entire assessed amount. However, policy excess/deductible needs to be paid by the customer, which is quite nominal.

No Claim Bonus Protection

There’s a way you could protect your NCB

In case of claim for damage caused due to external impact, flood, fire etc to a parked vehicle or damage to windshield glass, this add on cover not only protects your No Claim Bonus earned so far, but also takes it to next NCB slab .

How does it work? Consider a situation wherein your parked car gets damaged due to collision or any other calamity, No Claim bonus protection shall keep your NCB of 20% protected for the same year and take it smoothly to the next year slab of 25%. This cover can be availed upto 3 claims during the entire policy duration.

Emergency Assistance Cover

We’ve got you covered!

We are here to offer you round-the-clock assistance to deal with any technical or mechanical breakdown issues of your car! The emergency assistance cover in a car insurance policy includes minor repairs on site, lost key assistance, duplicate key issue, tyre changes, battery jump starts, fuel tank emptying and towing charges! 

How does it work? Under this car insurance policy add-on, there are multiple benefits which can be availed by you. For instance, If you are driving your car and there is damage, it needs to be towed to a garage. With this add on cover, you may call the car insurer and they will get your vehicle towed to the nearest possible garage upto 100 kms from your declared registered address.

Return to Invoice

Offers the differential amount between the IDV and the Invoice value of the vehicle

What could be more devastating than discovering one fine day that your car has been stolen or faced a total damage? Your policy will always pay you the IDV (Insured Declared Value) of your car. The IDV is equal to the current market price of the vehicle. But, with a return to invoice add-on, you get the difference between invoice value and IDV as well! You have to ensure that an FIR has been filed and the car was not recovered within 90 days after the incident .

How does it Work? If you have purchased a vehicle in 2007 and the purchase invoice was Rs 7.5 lakhs. After two years, the Insured Declared Value (IDV) would be Rs 5.5 lakhs and is damaged beyond reapir or is stolen then, you will get the original purchase invoice Rs 7.5 lakhs. In addition to this, you will get registration charges & applicable taxes as well. Excess/dectucible as per the car insurance policy schedule will have to be borne by you.

Engine & Gear Box Protector

Protects your car engine damage when water enters the engine during rains or flood

Be it the downpour of rains or the rushing flood waves, your cars gearbox and the engine remains wrapped in the protective coverage of engine and gearbox protection cover! It pays for the replacement or repair of all the child parts or internal parts. Moreover, it further covers the labor costs, cost of compression tests, machine charges and engine cylinder re-boring.

How does it Work? Imagine on a rainy day due to accident, if there is damage to the engine/gear box and chances are that engine oil will start leaking. In such a situation, if you continue to drive the vehicle, engine will get seized. Such damage is a result of a consequential loss which is not covered under the standard motor insurance policy. With this Add-on cover your car’s internal parts of engine and gearbox remains protected.

Key Replacement cover

Lost/stolen keys? The key replacement cover helps you!

Did your keys get stolen or lost? This add-on will help you get the replacement keys as soon as possible!

How does it work? If you have lost or misplaced your car keys this add-on cover will act as a saviour.

Cost of Consumable Items

Here is a consumable items coverage that covers all the consumables used in your car! Yes! You need this right now! It pays for all the non reusable consumables such as nuts, bolts....

How does it work? If your car faces an accident and needs repairs, under such a scenario the non-reusable consumables may have to be bought again to fix your car. Parts such as  washers, screws, lubricants, other oils, bearings, water, gaskets, sealants, filters, and much more are not covered under the motor insurance cover & the cost is to be borne by the insured. With this add on cover we pay for the cost of such consumables and let you take it easy.

Loss of Use - Downtime Protection

Paid the Cabs While Your Car Was On Repair? Downtime Protection Is Here! Provides a cash allowance benefit incurred by the customer for use of other means of transport for daily conveyance .

How does it work? So, your vehicle got involved in an accident, and it is given for repair works! Sadly, you are left without a vehicle to travel and end up paying the cabs more! But, did you know that the loss of use-downtime protection can cover all the expenses made on cabs? Yes! It will as mentioned on the policy schedule!

Factors affecting Car Insurance Premium

  • Scope of Coverage: When you opt for comprehensive car insurance instead of just buying third party, you need to pay additional premium but the benefits far outweigh the costs as the risks covered is more than the third party coverage.

  • Fuel Type: Insurance premium for cars that run on Diesel and CNG is more than the premium for cars running on petrol.

  • Value of the Car: Insured Declared Value (IDV) is the one of the main component in determining the premium IDV is basically the current market value of car. If the current market value of the car is higher, the premium for its insurance will be more.

  • Security Systems: If you have installed components that increases the security of your car, then the insurer could take a postive view of the change and provide a reduction in the premium amount.

  • Age of the Car: Car is one of the assets whose value decrease with time, depreciation is charged which reduces the market value of car, higher the age of car, the less its market value.

Know what the expert speaks about our car insurance plans

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Mukesh Kumar| Motor Insurance Expert | 30+ years of insurance industry experience
I recommend getting your car insured from HDFC ERGO, a brand serving more than 1 crore+ customers. With overnight repair services and more than 6,800+ network garages, you can be assured of help in event of any damage to your vehicle. Also one should insure his/her vehicle and avoid getting heavily fined under the recently enacted Motor Vehicle Amendment Act 2019.

Insurance for Various Car Models

What is covered in car insurance policy?

Accident Cover

Accidents are uncertain. Did your car get damaged due to an accident? Don’t panic! We cover it!

Car Insurance fire cover
Fire & Explosion

Boom! Fire may hamper your car partially or totally, whatsoever be the loss due to Incidents of fire and explosion. Do not worry we can handle it.

Theft Coverage

You have taken all precautions but still  your dream car got stolen? It can be a heart shattering experience.. Wait!! Before you fret over it, let us inform you that we will secure it.

natural calamities covered

Havoc due to earthquake, landslide, floods, riots, terrorism etc. may take a toll over your favourite car. Read More...

personal accident cover
Personal Accident

In case of injuries due to car accidents, we cover all your treatments and make sure you are healthy and Read More...

third party insurance
Third Party Liability

In case your vehicle accidentally caused injuries or damages to the properties of a third person, we offer complete coverages to Read More...

Order of IRDAI on Premium Rates for Motor Third Party Liability Insurance Cover for the Financial year 2019-20 effective from 16th June, 2019

What is not covered in car insurance policy?

Depreciation not covered

We do not cover depreciation in the value of the car

electrical  & mechanical breakdown
Electrical & Mechanical Breakdown

Any electrical or mechanical breakdowns remain uncovered under our car insurance policy

Illegal Driving
Illegal Driving

Your car insurance goes out of action if you do not possess a valid driving license. Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol Read More...

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Frequently asked questions on Car Insurance

Car Insurance provides insurance coverage for your car from unforeseen risks which may cause damage to your car or may subject you to claims from third party in event of accident. In India it is mandatory under law for all car drivers to have a valid car insurance at all times. As per the Supreme Court Order, all cars bought after September 1, 2018 should have a long term third liability coverage with a tenure of 3 years. Although the purchasing new car can be exciting, one should also consider potential accidents that can cause damage to your vehicle. Car insurance policy can come in handy as it will significantly lower the costs incurred on repairing the vehicle or replacing its parts
A comprehensive insurance policy provides protection to your vehicle due to any impact damage, fire, theft, earthquake etc. In addition to this, it provides cover against any third party liability in terms of death, bodily injury and third party property damage.
There are two type of car insurance policies - comprehensive and liability only policy.
As per the Supreme Court directive, with effect from 1st Sept, 2018, every brand new car owner has to buy a long term policy. You may choose from the following long term policies for your prized possession:
  1. Liability only policy for 3 years policy duration
  2. Package policy for 3 years policy duration
  3. Bundled policy with 3 years liability cover and 1 year cover for own damage
Yes, the Motor Vehicle Act states that every motor vehicle plying on the road has to be insured with a Liability Only policy at the very least.
Zero depreciation is an add-on cover and has to be purchased by paying additional premium. It offers complete coverage to your vehicle without factoring into depreciation. For instance, if your vehicle is badly damaged, then you don’t need to pay for any depreciation amount and will be eligible for full claim amount subject to terms and conditions of the policy. Any excess or deductible as per the policy document has to be borne by you.
Emergency assistance is an add-on cover and has to be purchased by paying additional premium. It has multiple benefits like assistance in case of breakdown, tyre replacement, towing, fuel replacement etc which can be availed during the policy duration. Customers need to call up at the customer care number mentioned on the policy document for availing these benefits.
Quite simply, it's a discount in the Own Damage premium payable when renewing your policy after a claim-free year. It is an incentive for driving carefully and avoiding accidents.
All types of Vehicles% of Discount on Own Damage premium
No claim made or pending during the preceding full year of insurance20%
No claim made or pending during the preceding 2 consecutive years of insurance25%
No claim made or pending during the preceding 3 consecutive years of insurance35%
No claim made or pending during the preceding 4 consecutive years of insurance45%
No claim made or pending during the preceding 5 consecutive years of insurance50%
You can easily renew your expired policy online. You need to download HDFC ERGO Self Inspection application and upload the documents, once the documents are approved by HDFC ERGO, a payment link would be sent and you may make the payment to renew the policy. Once the payment is made, you will receive the policy copy.
No Claim Bonus is valid upto 90 days from the previous policy expiry date. If the policy is not renewed within 90 days, No Claim Bonus will become 0% and no benefit shall be passed on to the renewed policy.
The Insured’s Declared Value (IDV) of the vehicle will be deemed to be the ‘SUM INSURED’ and it will be fixed at the commencement of each policy period for each insured vehicle.
The IDV of the vehicle is to be fixed on the basis of the manufacturer’s listed selling price of the brand and the model of the vehicle proposed for insurance at the commencement of insurance /renewal and adjusted for depreciation (as per schedule specified below). The IDV of the side car(s) and / or accessories, if any, fitted to the vehicle but not included in the manufacturer’s listed selling price of the vehicle is also likewise to be fixed.
Not exceeding 6 months5%
Exceeding 6 months but not exceeding 1 year15%
Exceeding 1 year but not exceeding 2 years20%
Exceeding 2 years but not exceeding 3 years30%
Exceeding 3 years but not exceeding 4 years40%
Exceeding 4 years but not exceeding 5 years50%
No paperwork and physical documentation are required and you will get your policy instantly.
Existing insurance policy can be transferred in the name of buyer by passing an endorsement. Supporting documents like sale deed/form 29/30/NOC of seller/NCB recovery amount shall be required to pass an endorsement under the existing policy. Or You may cancel the existing policy. Supporting documents like sale deed/ form 29/30 shall be required to cancel the policy.
You can change your policy details online through our website Visit the 'HELP' section on the website and place a request. To place request or explore services, click here
Since Car insurance premium depends on a number of factors, it is difficult to predict whether premium for the new car would be more or one for the old car. If your new car is costly and you live in either a theft prone area or one that is affected by floods frequently then getting a comprehensive insurance plan for new car would be beneficial. If you have not raised a claim then you can get a discount on older car due to the accumulated No claim Bonus. In case of Add-On one must first have a comprehensive insurance plan, a roadside assistance plan works better for old car as they are susceptible for breakdown whereas in case of new car one can opt for Zero Depreciation cover. Repairing of the new cars is costlier in comparison to old cars therefore component of premium concerning it would be less for older cars.
As per recently passed Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019, if you are found driving withou a valid motor insurance, then you would be levied a fine of Rs 2,000 or a imprisonment of 3 months on first offence, in event of you offending a second time you could face a fine upto 4000 or could face jail upto 3 months. Also you would haver to pay damages to third party from your own pocket. You would also have to bear any damage to your car as you are not having a valid comprehensive cover.
As per recently passed Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 and the Motor Vehicles Act 1988,it is mandatory that all motorists need to have a valid motor insurance at all times.
Whole country is under complete lockdown, we understand the significance of the move and stand with the nation in difficult times, for the two wheeler insurance renewal one can always follow the preffered mode of buying or renewing a two wheeler insurance policy which is online purchase of insurance policies. The steps to be followed would include
  • Visit the webiste
  • Enter the registration number of your vehicle>
  • Select the vehicle model>
  • Select the vehicle variant>
  • Select the year of registration>
  • Select city/RTO
  • choose the plan type>
  • Choose the previous policy status
  • Select the No claim bonus
  • Choose Add-Onc
  • Select your mode of payment
    • By insuring your vehicle, you can be at peace that your car's insurance coverage is continued.
    You may register a claim either on HDFC ERGO’s website or through its call centre or HDFC ERGO’s mobile app
    With Overnight Repair Facility, repair of minor damages shall be completed overnight. Facility is available only for private cars and taxis. Process for overnight repair facility is mentioned below
    1. Claim needs to be intimated through the call center or HDFC ERGO mobile application (IPO).
    2. Our team will reach out to the customer and request for vehicle damage photos.
    3. Damages limited to 3 panels will be accepted under this service.
    4. Vehicle may not be repaired immediately post intimation as the workshop appointment and pick-up is subject to vehicle part and slot availability.
    5. Customer saves on the time they have to spend on driving to and back from the garage.
    6. Currently this service is available in 13 selected cities which are Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore.
    There are two types of car insurance plans, Third party Car Insurance and Comprehensive Car Insurance. As per the motor vehicle act 1988, a third-party policy is mandatory for every car owner in India.
    A comprehensive car insurance plan is better than a third party liability plan as it offers coverage for own damage and damage to a third party property or person. On the other hand a third party liability policy only covers claims of against third party damage or injuries..
    Yes, you can switch car insurers but you must make sure that you inform your previous insurer with a written notification and get car insurance from the new company so that your vehicle has continued insurance coverage.
    You can buy a new car insurance policy or renew your existing policy online from the comfort of your home by visiting and entering the requisite details of your car or previous policy.
    New Car Insurance Used Car Insurance Insured Declared value is higher Insured Declared Value is lower Have better security system, can be viewed as positive by the insurer Are targeted by thieves due to their outdated security system Repair is costly thereby increasing the premium Cheaper to repair used car New cars are not prone to breakdowns, this contributes to lower premium Prone to breakdown, may result in higher premium
    When you sell your car, the car insurance policy gets transferred to the new buyer, the buyer needs to apply for transfer of insurance within a period of 14 days
    You can make the changes with the help of the endorsement procedure. You need to submit a request letter to the insurer along with the documents needed to substantiate the change.
    Roadside assistance or breakdown coverage is an add-on cover where services are offered to help the motorist whose vehicle breaks down. By opting for the roadside assistance add-on cover you could get services that include towing, battery service, flat tire service, fuel delivery, lockout service, and extrication
    Meeting with an accident can be harrowing, knowing the claim process can be of immense help in filing a claim:
    1. Call our customer care at 022 6234 6234 / 0120 6234 6234 for speedy assistance
    2. Or drive your vehicle to the nearest network garage for repair, where our surveyor would inspect the vehicle
    3. Submit all the needed documents along with duly filled claim form
    4. Based on surveyors report, you can arrange the car to be repaired
    5. After the completion of repair work, you need to take the signed bills and documents from the garage and submit them to the surveyor, who would then send it to us
    6. We would vet the documents and settle the claims
    7. • Note that in cases of a major accident, do not move your vehicle and inform us as soon as possible. Also, you need to file an FIR at the nearest police station
    The policy will remain more or less the same, but the premium may change depending on the city to which you are moving. This is because the insurance rates differ based on the registration zone of the car. Metro cities usually have a higher rate of premium than the rest of the country. In case of job change, just inform the insurer so that the details are updated. In any case, you need to update your contact details i.e. your new address and phone number, which can be done online.
    Visit the official website of the insurance company and select the option to download an e-copy of your policy. Once you enter your policy number and registered mobile number, an OTP will be sent to that number for verification. Enter the OTP and provide your registered email ID. A copy of your car insurance policy will be sent to your mail ID in PDF format. You can then download the policy. According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, even a digital copy of documents such as driving license and a vehicle’s registration, insurance etc., which are stored in Digilocker or mParivahan mobile app, will now be accepted legally along with the actual physical documents. Original papers or photocopies of the same are no longer mandatory.
    The insurance policy has to be transferred from your name to the new owner. Supporting documents like sale deed/form 29/30/NOC of seller/NCB recovery amount are required for this. However, you can transfer the No Claim Bonus accumulated in your policy to your name which can be used for your new vehicle. You also have the option to cancel the existing policy at the time of selling.
    Yes. Most car insurance companies in India offer decent discounts on the premium if the policyholder is a member of Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).
    Electrical accessories in a car usually include music system, ACs, lights, etc. The non-electrical accessories are the interior fittings in the car, like seat covers and alloy wheels. Their value is calculated according to their initial market value and then the depreciation rate is applied.
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