The value of a two-wheeler depreciates with time. Having a core Comprehensive Bike Insurance policy is a good way to cover the cost of any damage that may incur to your vehicle and any third-party liability.

Tthe cost of repair or replacement of the depreciable parts, rubber, plastic, metal, etc. are not fully covered under the comprehensive policy. Only a certain percentage of the payment for the parts is covered, however, the deductible depreciable cost must be borne by the policyholder.

To ensure you don’t pay any extra amount from your pocket; you should opt for an add-on cover i.e. Zero Depreciation Cover.

Let us first know what depreciation means when it comes to bike insurance before defining Zero Depreciation cover.

What Is Depreciation In Bike Insurance?

Depreciation is the reduction in the value of a two-wheeler with passing time. Due to depreciation, the cost of repair of depreciable bike parts such as plastic, nylon, metal, rubber, etc. is not fully covered. Your insurer will partially pay for the cost of repair/replacement of such parts.. The rest of the deductible depreciable cost of bike part(s) is borne by the owner of the insured bike.. This deducted depreciation cost varies with the material of the part.

The table below gives the percentage to be borne by the owner of the bike:

Depreciable Bike PartsDeducted Depreciation
Rubber, Nylon, Plastic Parts50%
Fibre glass30%
Tubes and Tyres50%

The rate of depreciation depends on the age of respective parts of a bike. Take a look at the following table to understand this better:

Age of the vehicle% Depreciation
Not exceeding 6 monthsNil
Exceeding 6 months but not exceeding 1 year5%
Exceeding 1 year but not exceeding 2 years10%
Exceeding 2 years but not exceeding 3 years15%
Exceeding 3 years but not exceeding 4 years25%
Exceeding 4 years but not exceeding 5 years35%
Exceeding 5 years but not exceeding 10 years40%
Exceeding 10 years50%

Say you have a standard bike insurance policy and a plastic part of your bike needs replacement. After your claim is approved by your insurance company, they will pay 50% of the replacement cost for this plastic part and the remaining 50% will be borne by you.

However, if you buy a Zero Depreciation Add-on, your insurer will bear 100% of the cost for replacing this plastic part. With this add-on you do not have to bear the cost of depreciation(i.e. 50%) of the plastic part.

Difference Between The Comprehensive Policy And Zero Depreciation Bike Insurance

A Comprehensive Bike Insurance policy will cover the cost for damage incurred to the insured bike (Under Own Damage component) and third-party liability (accidental death or disability to a person or damage to the property).

The cost of repairing or complete replacement of depreciable bike parts such as: rubber, plastic, metal, glass, nylon, fiber is not fully covered under a comprehensive policy.

Whereas, having an add-on of Zero Depreciation ensures that you don’t pay any extra amount at the time of claim. With Zero Depreciation cover, the cost of depreciable parts is fully covered.

The table below shows the major difference between a Comprehensive and Zero Depreciation cover.

Key PointsComprehensive PolicyZero Depreciation
Claim Settlement Deduction in the assessed claim costFull payout for the parts
Depreciable Bike Parts CostNot fully coveredFully covered
Vehicle Age Suitability Up to 15 years of ageUp to 2 years of age
PremiumComparatively lesser than Zero Dep15-20% higher

To make things simpler let’s understand with an example:

Raj and Mahesh bought a new bike of same type for Rs. 80,000 in Jan 2017.

Raj bought only Comprehensive Policy and Mahesh bought a Comprehensive policy with a Zero Depreciation add-on.

Consider a case where they both meet with a minor accident. They are entitled to receive the repair cost of the damage, but the values will be different. Here’s the difference:

Raj has to pay the deduction costs for the replacement of say:rubber, plastic, metal, glass, fiber parts, etc, on account of depreciation. Whereas, repairing and replacement cost is not paid by Mahesh. The whole cost for Mahesh will be borne by Acko.

Is it useful for any bike or two-wheeler owner?

Yes. Let us understand this with an example.

  • Consider the IDV of the bike as Rs. 65,000
  • The premium paid by Raj is Rs. 1,200, because he bought only Comprehensive policy whilst Mahesh paid Rs. 1,440 (i.e. Rs. 240 extra) by adding a Zero Depreciation cover
  • The total repair cost is Rs. 4,000

Repair Cost Table:

Key PointsDamage Cost %Depreciation DeductedDepreciation Cost
Metal Parts2,0005%100
Plastic Parts1,00050%500
Rubber Parts50050%250

Consider the cost invested by Raj and Mahesh

Key PointsRaj (Rs.)Mahesh (Rs.)
Premium Paid1,2001,440
Repair Cost Paid 7500
Total Money Invested1,9501,440
Savings (Rs.)
(Workshop Cost – Total Money Invested)
4,000 – 1,950
= 2,050/-
4,000 – 1,440
= 2,560/-

Total Money Invested by Raj is Rs. 1,950, whereas, Mahesh invested Rs. 1,440.

The total repair cost is Rs. 4,000

From the example you can see that, even though Mahesh had to pay Rs. 240 extra to buy a Zero Depreciation cover, he did not have to pay money at the time of claim. Thus, he saved Rs. 500. On the other hand, Raj had to bear the entire cost of depreciation.

In this way, you will gain from a Zero Depreciation cover in the long run, even if you spend an extra amount to buy it.

Key Benefits:

  • The cost of repair and replacement of depreciable parts is fully covered
  • No need to pay extra money at the time of claim


There some exclusions under Zero Depreciation cover:

  • Zero depreciation cover is available maximum up to the vehicle age of 2 years
  • Maximum 2 claims in a policy period
  • Usual wear and tear of parts that need repair or replacement is not covered
  • Claim shall be accepted only if the incurred damage is due to the perils mentioned in Own Damage
  • You do not get the Zero Depreciation benefit in case of Total Loss (theft or stolen bike) or Constructive Total Loss (damage beyond repair)

Ideal Conditions in Which Zero Depreciation Add-on Can be Availed

  1. The one who has a new and/or expensive bike
  2. If your two-wheeler is not older than 2 years
  3. When a person is located in accident prone area or heavily trafficked area
  4. In case the person doesn’t want to pay any money for repair or replacement at the time of claim

Zero Depreciation is a pocket-friendly add-on cover that gets you covered for the cost of depreciable parts. The whole repair cost will be borne by Acko if you have our Zero Depreciation add-on cover for your bike.

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