Team AckoOct 22, 2021
Deciding which bike or two-wheeler to purchase is probably one of the hardest decisions. You ensure that the bike is in good condition, the documents are in place and you get a good price for the bike. A used bike or scooter provides an edge over new vehicles as they are low on budget. Like buying a bike, you have several options while selecting insurance coverage for the bike. You may think it is a difficult task; however, you will be surprised how easy it is to learn about insurance for second-hand bikes. Read on to know about second-hand bike insurance, its benefits, and important aspects of used bike insurance and how it can protect your used two-wheeler.
In recent times, two-wheelers have become an integral part of the transport for most commuters. It offers a quick solution to move from one place to another, a higher mileage, lower maintenance cost, etc. Bikes have a slight edge over four-wheelers during such situations mentioned above. Also, second-hand two-wheelers provide an alternative when your budget is low. An important part of buying a used bike or a scooter is the second-hand bike insurance. Many fail to insure their bike or transfer bike insurance.
Used bike insurance is similar to regular motor insurance for new two-wheelers. Two-wheeler insurance can either be Third-party or Comprehensive insurance policy. It protects the insured bike from damage and losses caused to third parties and the insured vehicle.
Bike insurance for your used bike or two-wheeler is not only a mandatory document, but it offers several benefits. Here is why a 2nd hand bike insurance is important:
Third-party Liability insurance will protect you from legal liabilities arising out of damages or losses to the third party. The second-hand two-wheeler insurance will cover the cost you have to bear for third-party damages or losses. Hence, used two-wheeler insurance covers you against any risks towards third-party or to their property.
Imagine if your bike is stolen. You may have spent your savings or taken a loan to buy the used bike or scooter. A theft could leave you in despair and may affect your finances. The insurer will pay the current market value of the vehicle if it is stolen. Hence, protecting your liabilities in case of theft of your used bike with the two-wheeler insurance policy is an important aspect of owning a bike.
Natural calamities such as floods can wreak havoc on your bike. The bike can be beyond repair and cause total loss or damage. Bike insurance will pay the Insured Declared Value of bike or the current market value of the bike thereby recovering some losses.
Rioting, vandalism, bandh, etc. may cause damage to your vehicle and the cost of repairing may be expensive. However, with the comprehensive bike insurance policy, you can claim for the damages to the insured bike.
As per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, one must carry the bike insurance while driving on Indian public roads. It is a mandatory document along with the driving licence, registration certificate and emission certificate that the rider should carry at times.
Through the comprehensive bike insurance, you can claim for Own Damage. In other words, in case of damages to the insured due to an accident, you can claim for the repair bill. The comprehensive policy also covers third-party liabilities as well. This makes it compelling to buy the comprehensive cover.
Similar to a two-wheeler insurance policy for a new bike, there are add-on covers for second-hand two-wheelers as well. They provide additional benefits and act as an exhaustive coverage for your bike. Add-on covers for used bike insurance are effective and offer coverages for liabilities not covered under the comprehensive policy or third-party plan. Below are the details of the add-on covers for bike insurance:
If your insured vehicle sustains total damage or is stolen, the insurance company will pay the current market value or the Sum Insured to you. However, with the Return to Invoice add-on, the insurer will pay up to the original invoice value of the bike. This includes registration charges and road tax as well.
In case the damage to the insured bike is due to an accident, the replacement of parts is paid by the insurance company after considering the depreciation of the parts. However, with the addition of the Nil or Zero Depreciation cover, the insurer will not consider the depreciation of the parts while settling the claim.
Under the comprehensive insurance policy, the engine is not covered. In case of a repair or replacement of the engine parts, you will have to bear the repair bill and the insurance company will pay for the same. With the Engine Protection add-on, the insurer will pay for the replacement or repair of the engine.
Imagine you are stranded on a highway with a puncture to the bike tyre or if the bike is not starting, you will surely need assistance to get the bike to the nearest garage. Roadside Assistance add-on will provide assistance in case of breakdown.
Engine oil, nuts and bolts, screws are not covered under the standard comprehensive bike insurance policy while settling a claim. Consumables add-on cover takes care of such expenses by paying for consumables.
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You can get an insurance policy for a used bike either if you are unhappy with the existing insurance policy’s coverage/premium or if it has lapsed. You can buy second-hand two-wheeler insurance online from insurance companies. Below is the process to buy used two-wheeler insurance:
Visit the insurance company’s website.
You will have to submit the scanned copy of bike documents such as the registration certificate and your ID proof or you can enter the bike registration number, owner details and get a bike insurance quote.
Once you initiate the insurance process, the insurance company will send a surveyor to inspect the vehicle.
Pay the premium and get the insurance policy instantly to your email address.
You can process the bike insurance renewal through an online method as well. Follow the same process as mentioned above if you want a new insurance company to insure your used bike. However, if you are looking to renew the existing policy, then follow the process below:
Visit the insurance company’s website.
Sign in with your login credentials and you will be able to view the insurance policy for the insured bike.
You may be prompted to renew the policy since it is nearing the expiry date or you can select to renew used bike insurance.
Pay the premium and get the renewal bike insurance policy to your email address.
Similar to the regular bike insurance, the documents to purchase used bike insurance are the same. Below are the details:
The new Registration Certificate (RC) with the new owner’s name.
Original (existing) policy document of the bike.
Address proof documents such as Aadhaar, Passport, Voter’s ID, etc.
Passport size photographs.
The process to transfer bike ownership is simple if you follow certain steps. This will ensure a smooth process of bike ownership transfer. You can transfer the ownership of the second-hand bike at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) set up by the transport department. The office will issue a new RC under the new owner’s name. Read more about vehicle registration transfer process.
The process to transfer bike insurance to the new owner is also similar. New-age digital insurance companies offer services online, making it accessible to customers. Documents such as RC, address proof and the original insurance policy of the vehicle are required to get the insurance transferred. Read more about the vehicle insurance transfer process.
Here are a few aspects you need to be aware of while insuring a used bike:
Ensure the new RC is on the new owner’s name.
Check the Insured Declared Value (IDV), an approximate estimate of the current market value of the bike. This is the Sum Insured, which is paid in case of a total loss.
Higher the coverage and lower the premium will offer the maximum insurance coverage for the used bike.
If you have an existing bike insurance policy, probably for a bike you recently sold, then get the No Claim Bonus (NCB) transferred to get the benefit of a discount.
You can choose from several add-on covers such as Invoice Protection, Nil or Zero Depreciation, etc. These add-ons offer additional benefits to your standard comprehensive insurance.
If you are changing the insurance company, then research about new insurance companies, their performance and services before you select the best insurance cover for your second-hand bike.
Also, read: Old Bike Insurance
Below are some of the common queries about second-hand bike insurance:
Is 2-wheeler insurance mandatory?
Yes. As per the rule stated in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, it is compulsory to have at least a third-party bike insurance to ride a two-wheeler in India.
How do I insure my old bike?
You can use the internet to find suitable bike insurance online. Compare the quotes and examine the coverage and the premium. A good insurance policy should be a combination of higher coverage at a lower premium.
What if my second-hand bike’s insurance has lapsed before I transfer the ownership?
To transfer the ownership, the RTO will require the original RC and valid insurance policy; however, if the policy has lapsed, you need to get the current owner to renew the insurance prior to registering the bike on your name.
Will the insurance company survey the bike before providing the insurance coverage?
The insurer if required will have a surveyor inspect the bike to set the premium for the coverage period.
Can I insure my second-hand bike online?
Yes. Online insurance is safe and easy to process and transact. With the help of the internet, you can compare insurance quotes and then decide to buy the insurance policy for your used bike.
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