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What is Old Car Insurance?
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Old car insurance refers to a type of car insurance that provides coverage to old cars, second-hand cars, or used cars. Car insurance for old cars provides coverage against damages caused to the old car due to accidents, calamities (natural/manmade), theft, etc. It provides the same coverage as a new car insurance plan. Hence, it covers both third-party liabilities and own damage.

Why Is It Important to Insure Second Hand Cars?
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It is extremely important to insure an old car. In fact, irrespective of the age of the vehicle, whether it's old or new, buying at least Third-party insurance is mandatory as per law. Here are the top reasons for buying old car insurance policy.

How to Transfer Ownership and Insurance of Second Hand Car
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When you buy a used car, the first thing to do is transfer the ownership to your name. Similarly, the second-hand car may come with an insurance policy that is valid for a few months/years. Hence, transferring the insurance is also necessary. Here are the steps you can follow to get the vehicle ownership transfer and insurance transfer done.

How to Buy/Renew Used Car Insurance Policy Online
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Follow the below steps for buying used car insurance or old car insurance renewal online.

Step 1: Log on to the official website of the insurance company.

Step 2: Enter vehicle details such as make, model/variant, registration date, registration number and city you drive.

Step 3: Next, choose the insurance plan: Third-Party or Comprehensive Insurance Plan.

Step 4: Enter details of the previous insurance policy, such as policy expiry date, claims raised and No Claim Bonus details.

Step 5: Next, you will get the insurance plan quote with the premium amount to be paid.

Step 6: If you have opted for a Comprehensive Insurance Policy, then you can further enhance the coverage by choosing available add-ons at a nominal increase of premium.

Step 7: Complete the payment process via available digital payment modes.

Step 8: Once the payment is complete, the Certificate of Insurance will be emailed to you. This way, you can complete the old car insurance renewal process or buy used car insurance.

Points to Remember While Buying Second Hand Car Insurance
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Buying car insurance for old cars covers you against legal and financial liabilities. Hence, it is crucial that you buy the right insurance plan for a used car. Here are a few points you can keep in mind while buying second hand car insurance.

Note: You can ask the previous owner of the car to terminate the policy if you do not wish to transfer the insurance policy.

Factors Affecting the Used Car Insurance Premium
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Here are some of the important factors that impact the old car insurance premium.

Make and Model
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The make and model of the second-hand car has a huge impact on the car insurance premium. If the used car is a high-end model, the premium will also be high due to the high market value of the model.

Current Market Value
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The market value of the car is nothing but the Insured Declared Value of the vehicle. And depending on the IDV, the insurer calculates the insurance premium. The higher the value of the car, the higher the premium. So, always declare the correct market value of the car while buying old car insurance.

Mileage or Distance Driven
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Be it an old or a new car, one common factor affecting the Insurance premium is the mileage. The number of kilometres driven is one of the important factors which determines the old car insurance premium.

Benefits of Buying Used Car Insurance Policy from ACKO
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Here are the advantages of purchasing old car insurance from ACKO.

Digital Process
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ACKO is a digital-first insurance company, and you can buy old car insurance online without any paperwork. Whether you are buying or renewing a car insurance policy, the entire process can be completed online. Moreover, the digital payment modes make the process of buying old car insurance online even simpler.

Quick Claim Settlement
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Raising a car insurance claim at ACKO is super easy! Just log on to the website/app and apply for a claim online. The best part is that minor claims will be settled instantly. While major claims will be settled in a few hours/days, depending on the severity of the damage to the insured vehicle.

Best Car Insurance Plans
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ACKO provides insurance plan quotes depending on the ideal Insured Declared Value for your old car. You can compare different insurance plans and add-on covers for your used car before purchasing the insurance policy.

What is Classic Car Insurance and How Does it Work?
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Classic car insurance is a category of motor insurance which is available for old or vintage cars. The cars certified by VCCCI (Vintage and Classic Car Club of India) are eligible for the Classic Auto Insurance Plan. If you have a vintage car, which is in good condition and certified by VCCI, you can purchase the Classic/Vintage Car Insurance Policy.

Classic Car Insurance works similar to a new car insurance policy. You can purchase a Third-Party or a Comprehensive Insurance Policy for your classic car. Buying a Third-Party Insurance Policy is compulsory, while the Comprehensive Policy is optional. The fundamentals of the Classic Auto Insurance is similar to any other new car insurance plan.

A Comprehensive Classic Auto Insurance provides coverage against damages to your classic car. On the other hand, the Third-Party Insurance Plan for classic cars provides only mandatory coverage against damage/loss to third-party property or life. A comprehensive Insurance Plan costs more than a Third-Party Policy, but it covers the expenses incurred due to vehicle repair works or replacement of parts.

How to Buy/Renew Classic Car Insurance
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Here is a detailed guide on how to buy or renew classic car insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions about Old Car Insurance
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Used Car Insurance FAQs

General Questions on Second Hand Car Insurance

  1. Which insurance is better for old car?

A comprehensive insurance plan is better for an old car as it offers coverage against third-party liabilities and own damage.

2.Can I insurance a 15 year old car?

Typically, most insurance providers do not offer package insurance plans (third-party and own damage cover) as the risk factor is higher. However, you can check with the insurer about your requirements to find out more information.

3.Can we do insurance of expired car?

You can insure a car with expired car insurance. You can renew the policy within the 90-day grace period after the policy expiry. After the grace period, you must purchase a new policy.

4.Which insurance is best for second hand car?

A Comprehensive Car Insurance policy is best for a second hand car as it provides coverage against own damage and third-party liabilities.

5.What type of insurance policy should I buy for my old car?

A Third-Party Car Insurance Policy is mandatory, be it a new or old car. But you can consider buying the Comprehensive Insurance Policy for your old car as it provides all-round coverage for your car.

6. Is it worth it to buy a Comprehensive Insurance Policy for a vintage car?

Yes, it is worth it to buy a Comprehensive Insurance Plan for your vintage car. The Comprehensive policy covers repair costs and parts replacement costs, and a vintage car is prone to damages or components failures.

7. How much will it cost to insure my old car?

If the car is more than 5 years old, then the insurance premium depends on various factors such as the condition/value of the car, geographical location and the insurance plan and add-ons you choose. You have to come to a mutual agreement with the insurer for the sum insured, and depending on IDV, the premium is calculated.

8. How can I lower the cost of old car insurance?

If you have purchased a second-hand car, make sure that you transfer the NCB discount benefits, if any. You can avail the NCB discount while purchasing a new policy or renewing the existing policy. Apart from that, you can also install an anti-theft/security device on your old car to reduce the cost of insurance. With the reduced risk of theft, the insurer will give some discount while purchasing/renewing the policy.

9. Is the premium of used car insurance less when compared to new car insurance?

Yes, generally, the current market value of a used car is less when compared to a new car. So, the insurance premium for old car insurance will be less when compared to new car insurance. But it also depends on various factors. The old car insurance premium depends on the make and model of the vehicle. For instance, if the used car is an exotic high-end model, then the insurance premium will be high.

10. What happens if I do not transfer the insurance policy of my second-hand car?

If you have purchased a used car and did not transfer the insurance policy, then you cannot make any claims in case of any mishaps. The insurance company will reject your claim as you have not transferred the insurance policy. Ideally, you should transfer the insurance policy within 14 days of purchase of a second-hand car. Also, you will face legal issues if you fail to get used car insurance transfer.

11. I have purchased a second-hand car. Will the third-party insurance cover automatically get transferred to my name?

As per the rules, you have to transfer the insurance policy within 14 days of the second-hand vehicle purchase. Now, for 14 days, the third-party liability cover will get automatically transferred. Post the 14 days, if the policy is not transferred, the insurance company will not bear any losses incurred by you due to third-party or own damage.

12. How do I know if my vintage car is eligible for vintage car insurance?

If your vintage car is certified by the VCCCI (Vintage and Classic Car Club of India) and you have all the documents of the vehicle, then your vintage car is eligible for vintage car insurance.

13. Is it mandatory to buy a Third-Party Cover for my vintage car?

Yes, similar to new cars, vintage cars should also have mandatory Third-Party Liability coverage.

14. How does claim settlement work for vintage cars?

The claim settlement for vintage cars works similar to new car insurance claims. If your vintage car is damaged in an accident or stolen, you can raise a claim with the insurer. After verifying the damaged vehicle and submitted documents, the insurer will pay-out the claim settlement amount.

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