Having car insurance is crucial when driving on Indian roads, as stated by the Motor Vehicles Act 1988. If you don’t have insurance, you can be fined. So, it’s necessary to get a policy, but don’t just do it because you have to. Instead, choose a good policy that gives your car the protection it needs.
Purchasing and maintaining a car can be costly, especially when it comes to repairing damages. It’s recommended to choose comprehensive car insurance. With this type of plan, the policy covers the repair costs for any damage your car faces. However, many people are unaware that the insurance company only pays for the depreciated value of the car’s parts.
Understanding Zero Depreciation Car Insurance
Depreciation means your car’s value decreases over time due to regular use. When you claim insurance for damages, the company subtracts the cost of this wear and tear. This deduction lowers your claim amount. To avoid this, it’s smart to choose a comprehensive policy with zero depreciation coverage.
Zero depreciation cover, also called bumper-to-bumper insurance, is a comprehensive policy with an extra feature. With this, the impact of depreciation is removed. You receive the full amount for your car’s repairs, covering all costs for parts, whether they’re fixed or replaced.
This type of coverage is especially useful for older cars. With zero depreciation insurance, your claim won’t be reduced due to depreciation, and the insurance pays for all repair costs. In regular comprehensive insurance, depreciation costs can make you pay more out of your pocket. Choosing zero depreciation cover helps you save money and provides better coverage than a standard policy.
Key Considerations for Zero Depreciation Car Insurance
- Keep in mind that zero depreciation is an extra feature for your regular insurance, and you need to add it separately.
- Remember that the cost of zero depreciation insurance is a bit higher than other policies. However, it’s affordable, and depending on the future savings it offers, it’s quite reasonable.
- Zero depreciation is available for cars up to 5 years old, but some insurance companies cover older cars.
- You can only make two claims during the entire coverage period with zero depreciation.
- The cost of zero depreciation insurance varies among different insurers, so make sure to compare before choosing an insurance company.
So, if your car is relatively new, it’s advisable to choose a comprehensive insurance policy with a zero depreciation add-on. Even if you didn’t include this feature when purchasing the car, you can consider adding it during the insurance renewal process. This ensures that your coverage remains strong, and you can make the most of the benefits offered by zero depreciation insurance, providing better protection for your vehicle.
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