The 5 step Car Insurance guide to light up your Diwali

4 min read

Kids and grownups alike love popping firecrackers, watching fireworks shows, and eating special Diwali delicacies and cuisines. However, mishaps are possible in the middle of all the excitement and pleasure. Despite being careful when handling pyrotechnics or exploding crackers, the potential of fire and destruction should never be overlooked. Nobody wants to injure any of their family members. 

The same advice goes for your car. The last thing you would want to happen during this festive season is your car to get damaged somehow. If you are looking to get your car insured, look no further! We are here with an easy 5 step car insurance guide to light up your Diwali.

What is car insurance?

Car insurance policy can be described as a contract between you, a policyholder, and an insurance-providing company where the firm agrees to pay for any damages to your car and any third-party liability due to a  collision or accident in exchange for premium amounts paid by you. In India, it is mandatory to have at least third-party liability insurance coverage while driving. 

5 Step Car Insurance Policy Guide

1. Compare Policies before Buying

It is always essential to compare insurance policies before buying one. For this, you have to understand the different types of four-wheeler insurance plans. There are three main divisions. The first one is Standalone Own damage which covers only the damage of the insured vehicle. The second is Third-Party Liability which covers any legal liability you may have to a third person due to an accident or collision. It is mandatory for drivers in India. The final option is Comprehensive Coverage, which covers both own damage and third-party liability protection. It has the highest overall cost while delivering the most coverage. 

As part of insurance firms’ Diwali gift hampers, you may be able to obtain one of these plans at a very low discounted price.

2. No Claim Bonus

After a year with no raised claims, most insurance plans offer a slight discount on yearly rates. The NCB rate begins at 20% in the first year and rises to 50% after the fifth consecutive year with no claim. As a result, it is best not to file claims for small sums and instead take advantage of the greater bonus discount rates.

3. Add Riders to your Basic Plan

Adding riders to your standard plan is the best way of increasing coverage by paying a slightly increased premium amount. The most common riders to basic car insurance plans are:

4. Engine Protection

A standard car insurance policy does not include non-accidental damages as a part of its coverage. Since engines are the most important part of your four-wheeled beauty, it is important to get insured. If you are living in an area where water-logging is common, this add-on may be extra useful. However, this rider is usually not offered to vehicles that are more than five years old.

5. Zero depreciation cover

Bumper to Bumper, Nil Depreciation, or Zero Depreciation cover is a rider that removes the depreciation deduction from your car and helps get a higher insurance claim amount. Most insurance companies offer limitless nil depreciation claims. 

6. Understand Exclusions 

There are certain exclusions listed in every car insurance policy terms and conditions. Though this list varies from one insurance company to another, here are some general ones:

  • The car’s regular wearing and depreciation.
  • Mechanical fault and deterioration of certain elements, such as tires.
  • Damage sustained while traveling outside of the nation or during wartime.
  • Damage caused due to an intoxicated driver.
  • If the driver doesn’t have the correct license.
  • If the insured vehicle was used for purposes not covered by the car insurance policy coverage.

7. Check Claim Settlement Ratio 

It is critical to compare insurance companies while looking for a vehicle insurance policy. The simplest method to do so is to look at their claim settlement ratio. The settled claims to raised claims ratio provide insight into the efficacy of certain specific insurers in giving claim payments. The higher the number, the more accountable and trustworthy that firm is.


Your car is one of the most precious assets you have purchased in your whole life. You must care for it and safeguard it adequately. A car insurance policy is the most effective approach to do this. It protects your four-wheeled beauty against future accidents and unanticipated events. You can easily buy car insurance online from your preferred insurer’s website as a part of diwali gift packs. This Diwali, make sure you’re giving your car the care it deserves as a member of your family.

Author Bio
Author Image

Gayatri Prabhu, Head-Digital Business at Mahindra Insurance Brokers Limited (MIBL) is one those few digital leaders who has the width and depth that is required to execute an ROI driven holistic digital strategy. She cuts through the noise, identifies the critical levers and leads her team to successful execution of the defined strategy. Her core mantra to win new and retain existing customers is: understand the consumer behavior and craft experiences around it.

Related Blogs

Would love to hear from you

Share your candid feedback. Your email address won’t be published, we promise!

All fields are required

Corporate Office : Mahindra Insurance Brokers Ltd ( A Mahindra Group Company ) Sadhana House, Ground Floor, 570 P. B. Marg, Behind Mahindra Towers, Worli, Mumbai 400018.

Licenced by IRDAI License No. 261; License Validity : 17-05-2022; Category : Composite Broker; CIN : U65990MH1987PLCO42609 Member of Insurance Brokers Association of India (IBAI).

Insurance is the subject matter of solicitation.

For a seamless experience, use the latest version of Chrome/Firefox/Internet Explorer.

Copyright © 2022 Mahindra Insurance Brokers. All Right Reserved.