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Avoid These Common Mistakes While Renewing Your Bike Insurance Policy

Certain mistakes that owners make while renewing their bike insurance policy may affect the premium amount and insurance coverage.

15 Jan 2021
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As per the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, all two-wheelers must have valid third-party insurance to ply on Indian roads. A standard bike insurance policy usually comes with a single year tenure, after which vehicle owners have to renew the policy. If the policy is not renewed on time, the owner may face a fine of ₹2,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 months. For a repetitive violation, the bike owner may have to pay a fine of ₹4,000 along with imprisonment for the same term.

Digitisation has made bike insurance renewal easier, by almost nullifying the paperwork requirements. You can now renew your bike insurance from the comfort of your home by simply entering a few details on the insurance company's website and paying the renewal premium through electronic means.

However, many two-wheeler owners end up making a few mistakes while renewing their bike insurance policy. These mistakes may result losing benefits or claim-related disputes. Listed below are some such errors which you can easily avoid:

1. Not claiming your NCB

The No Claim Bonus (NCB) is the insurance provider's reward to the policyholder for not raising a claim during the policy tenure. Often, customers forget to get this benefit at the time of renewal.

The NCB is essentially a discount, which you should claim without fail. It reduces the net premium amount that you have to pay for the renewal of your bike insurance policy. You can claim the NCB within 90 days after the policy expiry date. However, we always recommend renewing your bike insurance policy well before the expiry date to ensure optimum coverage.

2. Overlooking the terms & conditions

Insurance providers might regularly modify their terms and conditions to abide by the regulatory changes and maintain business proficiency. You should not assume that the policy terms will remain constant. Read all terms and conditions carefully while renewing your bike insurance to know the policy exclusions, and ensure it still covers your requirements

Knowledge of the terms and conditions will keep you aware of structural changes in your bike insurance policy. Hence, you will be able to make an informed decision regarding the switch to a new insurer. Most importantly, it will keep you informed of what you can rightfully expect as compensation when you make a claim.

3. Not intimating the insurer about modifications

Some motorcycle enthusiasts love to customise their rides. If you also make certain modifications to your bike, you must provide the details of each modification to the insurance company at renewal. This will avoid any disputes in the event of a claim.

Many owners may think it is not a big deal if they do not provide the modification details. However, such negligence may render their cover ineffective and give the company a ground to reject or significantly reduce their claim amount.

4. Providing incorrect details

The biggest mistake (which you can easily avoid!) is giving incorrect details while renewing your bike insurance policy. You should carefully type in the details such as registration number, previous policy number, owner's name etc. while applying for renewal of the policy.

The insurance cover may become invalid if the name of the vehicle owner is found to be incorrect. Hence, you should keep your bike's registration certificate and previous policy document handy while renewing the policy so that you don't miss out on the exact details.

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5. Not assessing the add-on requirements for your insurance coverage

Some owners wrongfully assume that add-ons on a bike insurance policy are only a way of increasing premiums without any benefit. Truth be told, add-on covers significantly enhance the coverage of your bike insurance policy. It can save you from huge expenses in the event of a mishap at the cost of a small premium increase.

Therefore, at the time of renewal, you should carefully assess what kind of add-ons you want to add or remove from your policy, depending on your bike's usage and condition. For example, if you plan to go on long rides, it would be wise to opt for the roadside assistance add-on to get help in case of an emergency.

6. Stretching the renewal process to the eleventh hour

It would be best if you renew your bike insurance policy well before its expiry date. Going for the policy renewal at the last moment leaves no time for assessing your actual insurance needs and making policy changes. Under such a scenario, you might pay the premium in a hurry and end up with a cover that does not fully serve your bike insurance requirements.

You can also renew your policy after it has lapsed, but doing so may lead to a higher premium and a need for inspection. It also leaves your vehicle unprotected against risks.

The Final Word

While renewing your bike insurance policy, do your homework and check all the inclusions thoroughly. Also, double-check your vehicle details to avoid any typos. You can buy or renew your motor insurance policy at affordable rates from ICICI Lombard.

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