Car insurance: why and what to take care of

By: Pranav V Sharma


Statistically there is a noticeable rise in the number of accidents occurring. The average rate of accidents that take place everyday is much high now that what is was few years down the line. This makes it mandatory for every individual, who owns a car or even drives a car, to have a car insurance policy done. If thought about buying the car insurance policy first question that arises is that ‘do we really need car insurance?’ Well lets have a look at some points regarding having a car insurance policy against not having a car insurance policy and then an individual can decide on his own if he needs a car insurance or not. These points also include few things that one should keep in mind before and after buying the car insurance policy.

• Due to high number of accidents your car is at constant risk of being a part of an accident or being prone to damages. In such cases what would you prefer? To pay the entire expense, of repairing the damage or of the replacement of the whole car, from your pocket together at once or would you like to pay premium to the car insurance company on a regular basis so that the company pays for your full or most of the expense when need arises. It is easier to pay any amount in installments rather than all once at a stretch. The installments can be yearly, 6 monthly, 3 monthly or monthly.

• It was difficult finding good deals in olden days and hence people used to refrain from buying car insurance policies. But now -a -days finding good deals are not difficult. One can find good deals for purchasing car insurance policies on both the platforms i.e. online and offline platforms.
Also online services give us the facility of comparing various available car insurance plans (policies) that are suitable to the buyer based on his needs.

• Just few years back it used to be a tedious and tiring process to obtain car insurance. This is because the process for getting a car insurance done involved hours of filling in of details regarding the individual trying to procure the car insurance as well as the car for which the insurance is done and have to answer a number of more questions. There is no need to say that this involves lot of time and one cannot afford to do even a single mistake. But now the procedure has become so very simple that just within few minutes one can buy a car insurance policy. One has to fill only one simple questionnaire and after that one is presented with various options that suit his requirements. He can compare these options and decide. This is certainly more convenient.

• Weigh the covered services against the non covered services before deciding what is best for you.

• Always know the upper limit of your coverage.

• Read and understand the contract document completely before signing the contract. As once you have signed the contract you won’t be able to cancel it even if you change your mind immediately.

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Pranav Sharma is an insurance agent based in Mumbai; Pranav assists individuals and corporates in purchasing the right car Insurance plan & often shares his insights about the vehicle insurance industry on internet.

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