Your Guide to Two-Wheeler Insurance
While two-wheelers help you navigate through the traffic stricken roads, there’s no denying the fact
that travelling on two-wheelers comes with a greater degree of risk when on the road.
offence punishable by law. But as per law, the only two-wheeler insurance that’s mandatory is the basic
third-party cover. This is why to save on premium, most people buy this basic cover, overlooking the fact
that they are compromising on insurance coverage.
If you are someone who takes every possible step to keep your bike in the best condition and also take
safety measures secure yourself against accidents while riding your two-wheeler, would you be ok
compromising on your two wheeler insurance? Certainly not!
In this blog, we will cover all aspects related to two wheeler insurance to help you make the right choice
when it comes to buying an insurance cover for your two-wheeler.
Types of insurance for two-wheeler
There are two types of insurance available: -
Third-party insurance – This is the most basic cover, as mandated by the law, which protects against
any damage or loss suffered by third-party as a consequence of an accident involving the insured
Comprehensive insurance - An all-inclusive insurance which protects against third-party loss and
damage, damage or loss to insured vehicle, as well as personal accident cover to rider.
Since a comprehensive cover provides an all-inclusive cover, it is always advisable to buy comprehensive
well as comparing the different insurance plans on offer.
Long term two wheeler insurance
Insurers can opt for a one-year policy which offers coverage for a tenure of one year or a multi-year
policy that is valid for a longer term of up to 3 years. Buying long-term insurance is a smart way to not
just avoid the hassles of insurance renewal, but also avail numerous benefits.
What is Insured Declared Value (IDV)?
IDV is the maximum sum insured fixed at the time of buying a policy, and this is the amount that is
provided in case of total loss or theft of two-wheeler. So, in case a vehicle suffers damages in an
accident that are beyond repair, or gets stolen, IDV is the compensation that the insurer pays.
IDV is determined by the market value of a vehicle after deducting for depreciation (normal wear and
tear with age). So, as a vehicle ages, depreciation will increase, IDV will decrease, and as a result of
which the premiums will fall. IDV is one of the main factors that determine the premium of two-wheeler
What is No Claim Bonus (NCB)?
A two-wheeler plan is a one-year or multi-year (up to 3 years) contract that has to be renewed. In case
you do not make a claim during a policy year, you are entitled to earn a discount on your premium at
the time of renewal. This discount is the No Claim Bonus which increases for every subsequent claim-
free year. The rate of discount is fixed; it starts at 20% for the first year and then increases to 25%, 35%,
45% and 50% (maximum limit) in the subsequent years.
Extend your insurance cover with riders
Insurers offer additional coverage in the form of insurance riders to help you extend your policy
coverage and enjoy better benefits. These riders, however, come at an additional premium payment. So,
in case you feel you need more coverage with your insurance, you can have additional coverage by
paying a nominal amount over and above your premium.
Here are a few common two wheeler insurance riders: -
Personal accident cover for pillion rider
Depreciation cover for specific parts of the insured vehicle
On-road assistance insurance in case of vehicle breakdown
researching about the two-wheeler insurance plans on offer, and compare them on factors such as
coverage, company reputation, premiums, etc. in order to make the right choice.
**To understand exactly about the policy coverage, exclusions etc read the Policy Wordings carefully.**