You might be aware of the variety of add-ons that you can purchase along with a smartphone. Like, you need a screen guard to protect the mobile’s screen, or a back cover to protect the phone from dents and scratches if you drop it accidentally, etc.
Do you know, similar to this, you can also purchase add-ons with your motor insurance policy? Motor insurance plans offer a variety of add-ons that you can buy at a certain extra cost which will provide extra coverage to the insured vehicle.
Let’s take a look at the various add-ons which you can opt for with a comprehensive motor insurance plan.
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Types of Add-Ons Coverage You Can Buy With A Motor Insurance Policy
Please note that you can opt for add-ons only with a standalone or comprehensive motor insurance policy, not with a third-party insurance policybecause it covers the damages caused only to the third-party or their property. Personal damages are not covered in it.
Zero Depreciation Cover
Vehicles undergo depreciation and lose their value over time. So, when you claim under your motor insurance policy, the insurance company deducts the depreciation value of the vehicle and then pays the claim.
If you opt for the zero-depreciation add-on, the insurance company will not consider depreciation while paying the claim amount under your motor insurance policy, which will result in getting a higher claim amount.
In most cases, your deductions are minimized to a mandatory deductible in the policy.
Please note, that the zero depreciation add-on is usually available for vehicles up to 5 years old. Also, some insurers allow you to claim unlimited times under this add-on cover, other insurers put a cap on the frequency of claims - for instance, many insurers allow you to claim only twice.
Engine Protector Cover
The engine is the most important and expensive part of the vehicle. Any damage to the engine can cost dearly. Any mechanical damage to the vehicle’s engine is not covered under a comprehensive motor insurance policy. The engine protector add-on will cover all the damages or loss caused to the engine of the vehicle - because of the issues like water logging, oil spill, electrical or mechanical breakdown of the engine, etc. It may also provide coverage for the cost of the replacement of the engine or its parts.
Please note, that the engine protector cover is usually available for vehicles that are up to 5 years old.
No Claim Bonus Protection Cover
Insurance companies offer you a discount on the premium amount if you don’t claim under the motor insurance policy in the previous policy year. You can earn a discount of around 20% to 50% in 5 years if there are no claims made.
However, as soon as a claim is made under a policy, the No claim bonus resets to 0% irrespective of the amount paid for the claim. A No claim bonus protector add-on helps in preventing this. It keeps the No claim bonus in your policy intact despite raising a claim in the previous policy year.
Example - Say Ishaan buys a policy in 2017. Ishaan doesn’t make a claim under his policy for 5 years consecutively and hence, gets a specific discount on the premium amount every year. He gets a discount of 20% in the first year, 25% in the second year, 35% in the third year, and so on.
Now, in 2022, Ishaan makes a claim under the policy. In this case, the discounts he received on the premium amount over the last 5 years will reset to 0%. If he had opted for the No claim bonus protection add-on with his base motor insurance policy, he would not have lost the discounts despite making a claim.
Roadside Assistance Cover
With the roadside assistance cover , you can get on-road assistance for your vehicle in case it breaks down in the middle of the road. You can contact the toll-free number of the insurance company who will arrange a mechanic for your car.
Services available under roadside assistance include -
- Changing a flat tyre
- Minor on-site repair
- Car towing
- Fuel delivery
- Arrangement of replacement of car keys
- Battery jump-start
Return To Invoice Cover
As soon as a car is sold, its value depreciates every year by a certain percentage. The insurance company covers your car for the current market value of the vehicle (called IDV). This means in case of any irreparable loss or theft damage to the vehicle, you will be paid only the depreciated value, and instead of the invoice value of the car. If you wish to buy a brand new car of the same model again, you will have to bear the balance amount of the cost on your own.
Purchasing the return to invoice cover will negate this issue. In case of any total loss, constructive total loss, or theft of the car, the return to invoice add-on allows you to get the invoice value of the car, i.e. the original value of the car at the time of purchase so that you can go and replace the car with a brand new one.
Please note, that the return to invoice cover is usually available only for those cars that are 3 to 5 years old.
Personal Accident Cover
A personal accident insurance cover will offer financial protection against death, permanent or partial disability caused as a result of an accident.
Example - Akash has opted for a personal accident cover with his base motor insurance policy. A few months later, he meets with a major accident and dies on the spot. In this case, the insurance company will pay a fixed sum of money as per the policy to Akash’s nominee.
Personal Accident Cover For Passengers
This add-on will provide coverage for any medical expenses incurred for the passengers in the vehicle in case of an accident. Generally, the cost of hospital allowance, medical expenses, and medical transport assistance is covered by the passenger add-on.
Example - Arvind and his wife are travelling in their car and suddenly get into an accident. While Arvind does not suffer any major injury but his wife suffered from a head injury. In this case, all medical expenses incurred to treat his wife will be covered by the passenger add-on cover. The compensation will be paid to Arvind’s wife as per the limit mentioned in the policy.
A comprehensive motor insurance policy does not cover the cost of consumables like nuts-bolts, grease, engine oil, brake oil, washers, screws, bearing, oil filters, etc. If you buy the consumable cover as an add-on with your base motor insurance plan, the cost of these consumables will be borne by the insurance company.
Please note,that the consumable cover is available only for cars up to 5 years of age.
Tyre Protect Cover
Generally, damages caused to the tyres of the vehicle other than an accident, are not covered by a comprehensive motor insurance policy. The cost of repair or replacement of the tyres will have to be borne by you. With the tyre protection add-on, these expenses will be paid by the insurance company.
Example - Anjali’s car breaks down in the middle of the road and has to be towed to the nearest garage. While the car is being towed, her car’s left tyre is damaged. The tyre protection add-on, in this case, will take care of the expenses which Anjali will have to incur for the replacement of the tyre.
Key Replacement Cover
The key-replacement add-on offers coverage for the cost of replacement of the vehicle key in case it is lost, damaged, or stolen. The expenses incurred for repairing the lock set are also covered by this add-on.
Loss Of Personal Belonging Cover
This add-on will provide compensation for
Loss of personal items stolen from the vehicle or with the vehicle.
Damage caused to the personal belongings in the vehicle.
Example - Ritik’s car meets with a major accident. Besides injuring himself, Ritik’s laptop and phone also get damaged badly. In such a case, the personal belonging add-on cover will take care of all the expenses that will be incurred on repairing Ritik’s laptop and phone.
Outstation Emergency Cover
As the name suggests, this add-on will offer financial protection in emergency situations like accidents or vehicle breakdowns if you’re travelling. If your vehicle is outside a 100 km radius from your place of residence, this add-on will pay a fixed amount of money mentioned in the policy document. And in case the vehicle repair time exceeds 12 hours, this add-on will offer an additional amount of Rs. 2500.
So, these are some add-ons you can purchase with a motor insurance policy based on your requirements Please note, there can be other types of add-ons available, depending on the insurance company and the plan you choose. Ensure you read all the relevant policy documents so you’re well-informed before making the purchase!