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5 Strangest insurances ever!

Buying insurance is not uncommon, one wants to secure the money involved in an asset and thus he gets it insured. But here is the funny part: people have insured things which are weird if not downright hilarious! So, without further ado, let’s jump on to 5 Most Strangest Insurance Policies Ever.

  • 1. Body Parts
    Insuring body parts has become a trend among celebrities. It started quite a while back and once the trend began, there was no turning back, Heidi Klum’s legs were insured for a whopping $2.2 million.
  • 2. Absconding Spouse
    Getting cold feet right before the wedding is a common occurrence. So, what happens to all the hard-earned money spent by your parents for the fancy wedding you wanted? To your relief, you can buy an insurance policy to recover the money spent if your partner decides to take off!
  • 3. Cigar
    Skansen museum in Stockholm exhibits a record-breaking cigar which is fully insured, for all the right reasons!
  • 4. Death By Laughter
    In the 1900’s, people were overly confident of their sense of humor. So much so that an insurer, Lloyd’s of London, had issued a $1m policy for film-goers, just in case they lose their life by laughing so hard.
  • 5. Alien Abduction
    Apparently, a lot of people have a huge fear of getting abducted by aliens. If you are one of those people, you can get an insurance from Lloyd’s of London,More than 20,000 Alien Abduction Policies have been sold till date.

Last but definitely not the least, if you planned for one child and got a surprise of multiple, you can get an insurance to pay for the expenses.

What you should do in case of accidents?

You’re driving safe. You’ve got your eyes on the road, and your seat belt on. But even if you do everything right, accidents well, they simply happen. While we know you’re doing your best to avoid accidents, here’s a list of essential tips to keep in handy in case you’re in an emergency:

The new age insurance is changing the game.

The New Age insurance is evolving and we are seeing a lot of new age insurers entering the game alongside the traditional players

Keep your car in great shape!

Your car gets you safely everywhere you want to go, but it requires that you take good care of it in order for it to keep running. Some of these simple maintenance issues can actually result in an accident or injuries. Take the time to make sure these 10 things are checked regularly and maintained as needed and avoid a potential accident or claim.

A look at how far we've come and where we're headed.

When truth and transparency are built into the core of fibre of an insurance company, you know you are in trustworthy hands. This is the way of life at Magma HDI, and the fundamental reason it has been able to sell 1 million policies in FY19, as on February 21, 2019.

Buying insurance? We’ve removed the fear factors.

We understand your fears and apprehensions and here’s what we have done to put an end to that Magma HDI general insurance’s range of policy for your health and assets:

How Magma HDI liability insurance makes you a responsible citizen?

It is hard to name a single businessman who hasn’t taken risks, but you will know many brave ones who trusted luck and risked everything. Truth be told, as a responsible business owner and citizen, one needs to be prepared with and Magma HDI offers a wide range of liability policies

Here is how Magma HDI is revolutionizing claim settlement.

Thanks to the technology, computers or the smart phone in your hand filing a claim has never been easier.

For instance in case your vehicle meets with an accident and when you make a claim, Magma HDI trusts you and lets you take charge of the process . You don’t have to fill lengthy forms, attach documents of proof, or undergo a tedious process in getting your claim registered. All you need to do is attach a soft copy of your request and documentation and email us, or better yet! Fill your claim form online.

You can simply conduct a quick self-survey by clicking pictures of the damage vehicle with your smartphone, send it to Magma HDI’s online ‘Claim Updation’, and before you get home, the customer support ninjas at Magma HDI would have begun actioning your request.

The support staff operates 24x7, 365 days a year, ensuring your claims are processed faster and these minor mishaps don’t create roadblocks in your life’s plans.

Apart from your faith and testimonial, we also have numbers backing us

Higher percentages just don’t make for an excellent report card! They also account for credible insurance providers., Magma HDI has been able to outclass industry average in claim settlements. While the general insurance industry averages 87.2%, Magma HDI notched ahead at 94.1% in FY 17-18, with only 5.9% outstanding claims. The extremely convenient and efficient claim settlement procedure at Magma HDI has ensured less than 30-day claim settlement for almost 87.17% of the total claims made in the year.

We believe that you should be in control when it comes to making a claim or registering a service. Insurance is built on trust, if there is a one-stop general insurance partner who understands your needs and empowers you with total transparency, look no further than Magma HDI.

Buying a house? What you need to know about home insurance policy

Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration. – Charles Dickens

You’ve made the big decision to purchase a dream house: reality is finally sweeter than your dreams! Congratulations.

A house is a matter of pride and a big commitment for many many years. A house is probably one of the biggest investments you will ever make: a dream you would like to protect.

While there is little we can do against natural disasters, we can reduce some of the hardships by having home insurance, which protects against any damage to the house and valuables in it.

This Raksha Bandhan, do it differently!

Someone has rightly said that siblings are your only enemies you can’t live without. As you know, Raksha Bandhan is round the corner! And for the brothers who can’t figure what to gift your beloved sister, we suggest you do something different, something that guarantees long term happiness. We’ve thought of the following ideas that will help her achieve financial's.

If she has a financial liability pay it off!

What better gift can you give than to pay off someone’s financial liability (that is if she has one), so reduce her financial stress she will thank you for it.

Buy her an insurance plan

Look out for your sibling by gifting them the protection of our comprehensive motor and health policies.

Buying her health insurance will make sure her hospitalization expenses are taken care of. Buy a plan with adequate coverage and secure her health. In return for inexpensive annual premiums that you can pay on her behalf every Raksha Bandhan, she will stay protected from the unexpected hospital bills and medical treatments. To get a health insurance quote click here.

Start a Systematic investment plan

A systematic investment plan will inculcate the habit of saving in her for her future goals.

Apart from that, money can also be invested in fixed deposits, public provident funds, pension funds to name a few. As a financial advisor to your sister, you can guide her about the market and towards resources so that she can start taking these decisions on her own. 

Help her plan for taxes

Guide your sister through tax planning and take advantage of the investment options that reduce tax or help her complete the IT filing formalities.

Did you know you could safeguard your precious gadgets/equipment with this one step?

Connectivity has become the fourth pillar of our rations today. Each one of us, at least, own three gadgets, in which we store and share critical data. Whether it is business-related information or personal details, our gadgets hold a lot of information that, if leaked, could cause serious damage. Besides the implications of a security breach, these gadgets come at a high cost, and replacing a lost or stolen one may seriously burn a hole in the pocket.

Therefore, it’s prudent to secure your gadgets by taking Electronic Equipment Insurance (EEI). EEI extensively covers loss of electronic good, and subsequently, helps to meet unavoidable costs. Depending on the coverage that will be best suited for you, there are different types of EEI to choose from. Before we get into the different types, let’s take a true look at the scope of the cover.

What’s Covered?

Damaged equipment coverage, including replacement expenses, such as freight, installation cost, customs duty, etc.
Damaged data media coverage, including expenses incurred in restoring lost information, external data media, damaged/lost data media, etc.
Increased cost of working, caused due to employing more manpower to substitute for the work that would have otherwise been done by the equipment.
Any damage caused to the equipment’s software as a result of the damage to the hardware is also factored in.

Types of Electronic Equipment Insurance
All risks included

Give your gadgets complete protection from perils, including those caused by natural and man-made causes. For instance, damage due to natural calamities includes the ones caused by fire, landslide, or storm, whereas manual perils include terrorism, strikes, and riots.

External data media

This option covers the losses partly and includes expenses arising due to data loss on external media devices, such as hard discs, etc.

Increased cost of working

This type of EEI is usually taken by organizations that rely heavily on data processing units. In the event of any loss or damage to the unit, the expenses incurred to employ any additional/alternative tool or manpower, are covered by the insurance policy.

What are the types of electronic equipment that can be secured with EEI by Magma HDI?

Electronic Equipment Insurance is suitable for a range of equipment, including, but not limited to:

  • Computer and allied peripherals
  • Audio visual equipment
  • Auxiliary equipment, such as voltage stabilizer, UPS, etc.
  • Electronic control panels
  • Navigation equipment
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Electronic equipment used for research and testing materials
  • Medical equipment, such as MRI scan machines, X-Ray machine, ultrasound devices, etc.
Who should take an EEI by Magma HDI?

Practically, anyone who owns and operates electronic equipment should secure their gadgets with an EEI.

  • Owners and businesses owning electronic equipment
  • Organizations that are involved in leasing electronic equipment
  • Third-parties, such as financiers or bankers who ultimately bear the purchase cost of the equipment

While an Electronic Equipment Insurance secures your gadgets from multiple threats, note that there are certain cases, such as normal wear and tear that do not fall under the purview of the policy.

What is the claim settlement ratio?

Have you thought of your insurance claim getting rejected? Scary is’nt it?

Any individual taking an insurance policy would never think about their claim not being approved, but there have been numerous incidents of insurance claim rejection. Some of the reasons could be due to negligence on the part of the policyholder, but sometimes, it could also be because of choosing the wrong policy provider who looks for loopholes to avoid paying claims.

Claim settlement becomes especially important in the case of life insurance policy, where an entire family’s short-term sustenance may depend upon the claim amount.

What is Claim Settlement Ratio?

As the name suggests, the Claim Settlement Ratio is the number of claims the insurance provider has settled up until now. For instance, if the company has a claim settlement ratio of 80%, then that means that the particular company has settled 80 out of every 100 claims that were filed by policyholders.

Magma HDI has maintained an exceptional CSR of 94.1% in FY 17-18 compared to the industry average of 87.2%. With our convenient and efficient claim settlement process, we were able to ensure less than 30-day claim settlement for almost 87.17% of the total claims made in the year. 

Why is the claim settlement ratio important?

It is essential to consider every aspect so you can take an informed decision before picking the right insurance provider and signing the policy papers. This becomes particularly important when taking life insurance, as, in the event of your untimely device, you will leave behind a financial security cushion for your dependents to fall back on.

The Claim Settlement Ratio is an indication of the likelihood of the policy provider to pay the claim. Companies that have a higher claim settlement ratio are automatically trusted higher as compared to companies with a lower ratio.

Few reasons for claim rejection:
  • Withholding critical information at the time of taking the policy can seriously impact the likelihood of your claim getting settled as it affects the risk assessment – Can be written as tell the truth always! no matter what
  • Not understanding or being unaware of the company’s terms and conditions could lead to complications or incorrect/incomplete information that could then lead to rejection. Therefore, make sure you understand the clauses and use the free-look period to ensure that you’ve made the right selection
  • Faltering during the claim filing process is one of the key reasons for claim rejection. Therefore, you must thoroughly follow the process before filing your claim

Now that you know all about the Claim Settlement Ratio and how it impacts your chances of claim settlement, you can make an informed decision and choose the right provider. 

Do I need marine insurance?

Insurance provides the safety net required to protect the financial integrity of your personal and professional needs. If you are in the business of sending or receiving physical goods from one destination to another, insuring your goods and business interests inevitably becomes your priority. 

Therefore, the simple answer to whether or not you need marine insurance is 'yes'. Read along to understand why that is so: 

What is marine insurance?

‘Marine’ insurance is a colloquially used term for any kind of transport insurance, not just restricted to waterways. Whether your cargo or goods are moving over land, railways, or a combination of multiple transport modes, marine insurance provides cover for any loss or damage to your goods while in transit from source to the point of delivery.

Marine insurance can be purchased by sellers, buyers, and even financiers of the goods. So, whether you’re a small trader, moving materials interstate or a manufacturer sourcing raw materials or a large import/export house, marine insurance can protect your stock against any unforeseen eventualities.

Why marine insurance?

Depending on the mode of transport, distance, size, and value, your cargo could take days or months to get from one point to another. In the interim period, your goods are at the risk of damage due to accidents, improper packaging/ storage, seepage of water, mishandling by personnel and natural disasters such as floods, fire, and storms. They could also be lost due to theft, piracy, or be lost at sea. The carrier, in most cases, cannot be held liable for any damage or loss either. Hence, it becomes imperative to opt for additional security.

All natural calamities and human errors can be covered by marine insurance. There are various types of policies such as valued, unvalued, floating, time, voyage, etc. that you can choose from basis your needs, irrespective of whether the cargo is moving for domestic trade or across international waters.

Magma HDI, for example, provides comprehensive coverage through its Marine Cargo Open Insurance Policy. Whether you are sending a small parcel via airmail or a huge consignment via cargo, Magma HDI has your peace of mind covered.

In some instances, taking marine insurance may be obligatory basis the terms of the shipping or business contract. This helps bring in clarity over service delivery and safeguards the interest of all parties. 

Alternatively, the insurance helps you gain a lot more control over the jurisdiction and language if in case the need for a claim arises. Imagine dealing with an insurer based out of Japan speaking a language alien to you while you are trying to get the information and paperwork through. It can be both time-consuming and exasperating.

In conclusion,

arine insurance is extremely pocket-friendly. The premium depends on the value of the goods and the mode of transport. For a fraction of the cost of the shipment, you can secure your peace of mind. In case the need for a claim arises, a dependable insurer like us is just a phone call away.

Mistakes to avoid while buying a health insurance policy

Given the rising healthcare cost, a sudden medical emergency can put a significantly hole in your pocket. A health insurance policy, therefore, is an absolute must to get timely and expert medical help for yourself and your family. Plus, the added tax benefits help you save money.

Despite its popularity, there are certain common mistakes that people still make while taking health insurance. We list a few of those.

Depending solely on employer’s cover

Health insurance is a valuable form of compensation for companies, which is why a lot of organizations offer it to their employees. While it is convenient, it may not be enough to cover your entire family’s needs. Plus, the risk of losing insurance in case of quitting or termination is another reason why should also consider an independent medical cover.

Lowering premium by underinsuring yourself

While it’s prudent to look for practical ways to lower premium, it shouldn’t come at the cost of impacting the coverage. Decide on the right amount as insufficient coverage may force you to shell out more money in case of a medical procedure that’s not covered under your insurance policy.

Getting influenced by other’s policy choices

Different insurance providers offer different coverage, benefits, and premium amounts. While a certain plan may work well for your friends and relatives, your lifestyle, as well as your requirements, could differ from theirs. It’s, therefore, best to compare the various plans available and choose one suiting your needs.

Ignoring sub-limits

Most people don’t give sub-limits enough thought, but overlooking this could blow up your medical cost later despite having insurance. For instance, you may not be aware of the room tariff sub-limit under inpatient hospitalization coverage and may be presented with a much higher-than-anticipated bill.

Not considering the riders you can take on your plan

Opting for different riders hikes up the security coverage of your existing health insurance plan. Plus, it comes at a comparatively lower cost. Be mindful of all the riders that you can add on to the plan before signing the dotted line.

It may be tedious and boring to scan the entire insurance policy document carefully, but it's strongly recommended to read through all the details. Right from the exclusions to the terms and conditions, you should be aware of all the relevant aspects of your policy.

Not revealing correct information (Tell the Truth, always!)

Your policy premium amount heavily depends upon certain factors, such as your medical history and lifestyle choices. Smoking, for instance, can drastically affect the premium amount. Some people shy away from disclosing such information to lower the premium. Not only is it unethical, but it can also severely jeopardize your chances of claim approval. Always be honest and upfront about all the information requested for in the policy document.

Insurance is a subject matter of smart choice hence choose wisely!

Health insurance v/s critical illness insurance: All you need to know

There’s an ongoing debate between the importance of health insurance and critical illness insurance. Most people either confuse health insurance with critical illness cover or consider it to be an option. While both insurance plans act as a financial cushion for health-related contingencies, let’s learn the truth about both:

  Health Insurance Critical Illness Insurance
Scope Provides overall benefit in terms of medical and hospitalization cost. Provides lump sum amount in case of critical illnesses, such as cancer, stroke, heart attack, multiple organ transplant, etc.  
Coverage Covers pre and post hospitalization expenses due to a medical conditions or accidents, domiciliary treatment, day care procedures, etc. Covers specific diseases. The payout can be used for treatment expenses, repay debts, accommodate lifestyle changes, etc.
Premium Since the scope of coverage is higher, the premium amount is also comparatively higher Since this covers specific illnesses, you get a higher coverage pertaining to that illness but at a lower premium
Recommended for For every member of the family Usually for members above the age of thirty-five belonging to a family with a history of critical illness 

So, now that you know the primary differences between health insurance and critical illness insurance, the question arises of choice. Which of the two should you choose to buy? The answer is that both health and critical illness insurance plans are important for you. Both the plans are recommended for anyone who wants to secure themselves against the financial implications of health issues.

However, if you have a history of critical illness in the family or have certain lifestyle habits that are known to result in certain critical illnesses, it is strongly advised to opt for critical illness insurance too. You can either take this as a cover or standalone insurance. You should have insurance against critical illnesses, such as heart attack, stroke, cancer, coronary artery bypass, paralysis, etc. Additionally, the chances of falling prey to critical illnesses increase with age and could also be triggered by certain other pre-existing diseases, such as diabetes can lead to heart attack and strokes by damaging the nerves and blood vessels of the heart. Therefore, it’s important to be mindful of all such factors that could lead to critical illness, and it’s prudent to take critical illness insurance along with your health insurance plan.

To Sum Up

The best way to secure your health is to opt for both, a health insurance plan and critical illness insurance plan too.  Magma HDI's OneHealth Insurance Policy is one such policy that can come handy for you. 

Get the peace of mind you deserve with one step

We all know that setting up a business and buying an asset takes a lot of time and toiling, it may be a car, your dream house or simply a household item.

For many, work and business is a doppelganger of their personal identity. Your office could have cash, valuables, goods and raw material, critical documents or intellectual property that in an event of a theft or burglary can leave you financially crippled. 

Here’s what we have figured out through our truth lens!

Even though the crime rate in India is on the decline, it is still quite high at 379 crimes per lakh of the population as per data from NCRB (2016). Most urban business complexes now have better security systems and more personnel on board; however, most perpetrators in cases of thefts are known to be familiar faces. This makes it imperative for businesses to add a layer of security with a comprehensive burglary and theft insurance plan.

For the sake of insurance, theft and burglary are two separate categories, where burglary, unlike a theft, also accounts for forcible/ violent entry and/or armed robbery that puts the people, place and other valuables at risk. 

Why is securing yourself against theft and burglary important?

A comprehensive protection plan can be purchased for your home, office, factory, warehouse, etc. The compensation from the insurer covers for any item that is stolen from the insured premises and also makes good any loss or damage caused to the premises on account of the said theft or burglary.

Any stock of goods, furniture, computers and electronics and other assets within the business premises are covered too. In fact Magma HDI’s Burglary Insurance Policy goes a step further and provides for reasonable coverage to clean up the premises and move any debris from the premises to the closest disposal site. It also reimburses for making good critical documents such as agreements and confidential business documents, on which sometimes the registration and stamp duty itself can run in to lakhs of rupees.

If you fear a repeated attempt at the theft or burglary, Magma HDI burglary policy also covers for the cost of temporary protection incurred for the safety of your employees and assets.

The first thing you need to do is to ensure that there are reasonable safety and security systems in place so as to minimize the risk. This will also have a direct impact on the insurance premium you will incur. The better your preparation, the lower the premium. The insurance will not cover for any loss arising out of an ‘inside job’ unless through forceful means.

Review your insurance requirements periodically, especially if you have different value of cash, goods/ raw material moving in and out of your office, new equipment/ machinery, critical R&D technology, etc. The value of your stocks and assets have a direct correlation to your premium.

The cost of insurance is a small price to pay for ensured business continuity, protecting your family and employees and securing your peace of mind.

Everything you need to know about engineering insurance

Does your business rely heavily on machines and equipment? If yes, then you surely must’ve heard about machinery breakdown insurance. Even if you haven’t, worry not, we’re here to explain

Businesses that have machines running day-in-day-out are susceptible to loss if there is any physical damage to the machines or if they break down. Even if the daily wear and tear are monitored, it is impossible to predict a breakdown. But what you can do is be prepared for such situations by having a machinery breakdown insurance.

What is covered by this type of insurance?

Loss or damage due to:

  • A mechanical breakdown
  • An electrical breakdown 
  • Accidental external factors

The cover is applicable:

  • When the machinery is operating
  • When it is at rest 
  • When it is in the process of getting dismantled
  • When it is being overhauled or subsequently being re-erected at the same premises.

The machinery breakdown insurance that we provide also has the following additional covers:

  • Air Freight
  • Express Freight
  • Insured’s own surrounding property
  • Third party liability
  • Escalation
  • Additional custom duty
What is not covered by this type of insurance?

Loss or damage due to:

  • Natural calamities like lightning, flood, earthquake, landslides, etc.
  • Burglary or theft
  • Damage caused due to impact by land-borne/water-borne craft.
  • Wear and tear, faults or defects that existed when the insurance period started and was either known to you or ought to have been known to you. 
  • Faults or defects for which the supplier is responsible either by law or under contract
  • War or war-like operations
  • Wilful acts or gross negligence on your or your representative’s part
  • Accidental loss or damage due to overload experiments or tests requiring the imposition of abnormal conditions
  • Loss of or damage to the different types of belts, ropes, chains, and other exchangeable tools
  • Loss of or damage to objects made of glass, porcelain, ceramics, all operating media, etc
  • Flaws, defects, cracks or partial fractures that develop gradually in any part not necessitating immediate stoppage

Machines and equipment form an integral part of some businesses. If your business is one of them, then you definitely must own insurance that protects your machinery against unforeseen circumstances. Specific insurance policies such as this one are made to ensure that if something does go wrong, business owners have a reliable option to fall back on.

How to find affordable personal accident plans with these easy steps

Congratulations! That’s a very smart decision you’ve made, having decided to get personal accident insurance for yourself. But what now? Not sure where to start or which insurance to get? Don’t worry, that’s why we are here – to help your find the right plan using our truth lens 

Accident insurance is a type of personal insurance that protects from any unforeseen event listed in the policy. Though we know it is difficult to find the best accidental insurance policy in India, we have listed a few checks to compare individual accident insurance quote in India.

We’ve categorised the process of getting the right insurance into 5 simple steps. Here goes:

Prioritise your needs

Right now, the only thing you have considered is buying insurance to protect you in case of an accident. However, it would be helpful to prioritise your needs. If you want to secure your finances and save tax, keep that your priority. If you have a family, securing them becomes your priority. Understanding your priorities helps you figure out what kind of a plan you’d need.

Compare premiums and plans

While you know you need a policy that keeps you prepared for accidents, there are many other things to consider when it comes down to purchasing it. A common worry for most people is hefty premiums. Make sure you compare quotes from a couple of insurance providers before zeroing down on one. 

While most insurance plans offer the basic covers such as accidental death, total permanent disability etc. some providers may also offer additional benefits such as ambulance charge cover or education fund for your child. So, make sure you compare the offerings as well.

There are various covers for family as well as for individual health insurance offered by Magma HDI

Research your insurer

Once you’ve figured out who you want to get the insurance from, it’s time to make sure it’s the right choice. Check out the provider’s claim settlement ration, which will tell you how likely they are to settle your claims if the occasion arises. For instance, Magma HDI’s personal accident insurance is a policy with a claim settlement ratio of 91.85%. You should also check how extensive their network of hospitals is because a wide network means more options for you to get cashless treatment. 

Understand the limitations and exclusions

We have all heard of those cases where a lot of people find their insurance claims requests lost in the fine print. A good way to avoid that is by going through their policy wordings with a fine-tooth comb and to understand exactly what is covered and not covered. 

Figure out how to financially plan for it

Now, you can finally get to the purchasing part of the process. A common notion about insurance is that it is expensive but anyone who has ever had to pay hospital bills knows it’s not nearly as expensive. Having to pay these bills separately ends up costing even more than your premium. Premiums paid towards insurance also helps you save on taxes and hence, it makes for a great financial planning tool.

Now that you know how to get the right personal accident insurance, go ahead and secure your future right now. For comprehensive accident coverage take a look at our personal accident policy click here.

Looking for individual personal accident insurance, you’ve come to the right place!

Why do you need health insurance in India?

We’re always talking about how densely populated India is but have you ever stopped to think what it means for us? Well, the metros are over-crowded for one, but there is more. 

It also means more people have to share the same amount of resources. Something as basic as healthcare becomes more expensive for most.

Our country’s total expenditure on health as per WHO statistics was 4.7% of our GDP (2014). This cost is only rising due to our sedentary lifestyle and the external factors like climate that we expose ourselves to on a daily basis. As much as we love our junk food and comfortable chairs, they really aren’t helping our health.

So, at a time like this, what can one do?

This is where health insurance comes in handy, even if we faced the same health problems as the generations before us, the prices we would have to pay would be a lot more due to inflation. But a good health insurance can work as a safety net that protects you from these expenses. There are things such as family medical history, environment and even our lifestyles that aren’t completely in our control, but how prepared are we for unforeseen events are.

But besides countering the effects of our changing lifestyles and rising medical costs, health insurance also gives you some additional benefits such as tax deductions. We know, a lot of people don’t invest in health insurance because they think it’s expensive but if anything, it’s helping you save money on two fronts – medical bills and taxes. All payments made as premium for your insurance are eligible for tax deduction under section 80D of the Indian Income Tax Act. In simpler terms, the amount you pay as premium is deducted from your total taxable income.

Now you might be thinking that you are healthy, and you wouldn’t really need hospitalisation and thus, health insurance. But here’s where you are mistaken. Health insurance doesn’t just help you during hospitalisation but throughout – from getting free health check-ups to day-care treatments and even dental procedures. Now, who doesn’t need a dentist every now and then, right? Moreover, you might be healthy now, but what about 10 or 20 years down the line? You can never be sure of your health then, but you can be sure that health insurance will be there to protect your finances.

Planning for the future is a must in this day and age. The ease of technology leaves you with no excuse but to click a few buttons to secure yourself. Health insurance is cited as one of the best investments that one can make. Not only does it lead to better financial planning, but it also removes a lot of questions you may have when an unfortunate situation does arise.

Choose a plan tailored to your needs and stay assured that if you ever need healthcare, you have something to fall back on.

Though there are many online health insurance companies in India, Magma HDI is a one stop shop for all your needs from a health insurance policy renewal or getting a new policy.

Everything you should know about bike insurance in India

If you own a vehicle, most likely it’s a bike. A two-wheeler is most people’s first choice due to the low price and easier upkeep. The latter, however, is something that is not always true. Even a small accident, due to your or someone else’s error, can lead to a hefty bill. So, does that mean two-wheelers aren’t as economical as we thought?

It can be if you have the right two-wheeler 2 wheeler insurance in India.

Not only is a two-wheeler insurance mandatory by the government, it is also the best way to ensure owning and riding a motorcycle doesn’t become a burden. While breakdowns and accidents aren’t always avoidable, you can plan ahead for when you find yourself in a sticky situation.

Kinds of plans available 

To break it down, there are mainly two kinds of insurance plans available for two-wheelers. One is the third-party liability only insurance which is mandatory for all motor vehicles and the other one is thecomprehensive insurance which protects you and your vehicle as well.One should always go for the latter because not only does it cover your liabilities to the other party in case of an accident, but also your medical bills and biker repair costs.

How important is it?

You might be a terrific rider but can you be sure about everybody else on the road? A comprehensive insurance, in that case, is your best bet for protecting your finances.Your policywill not onlyhelp yourecover the costs of repair but also your medical bills. But the benefits of atwo-wheeler insurance don’t end here.It can also protect you against theft and send you help if your motorcycle breaks down in the middle of nowhere.

What does our truth lens say?

As mentioned earlier, you should always opt for a comprehensive insurance because it covers more than just the third-party liabilities. Apart from this, you should also check how extensive is the insurance provider’s network of service centres and garages.A large network means you are more likely to find one around you for cashless repair.

Another factor to keep in mind is to check the claims ratio of the company. It essentially means how many claims the provider has settled out of the total number of claims made. And of course, you should look for which plan offers most benefits. For instance, Magma HDI’s two-wheeler insurance covers your motorcycle against damage due to fire and explosion, damage in transit, natural disasters and even theft. 

Where to get it?

This is an easy one as most vehicles usually offer you insurance at the time of purchase itself. But make sure you go through the offerings properly. You can also check out Magma HDI to find the right plan for yourself to renew bike insurance or buy bike insurance online in India. 

7 things you need to know about public liability insurance

Accidents happen. Sometimes due to negligence and sometimes due to sheer bad luck.

What if a customer slips and falls at your premise and breaks a bone? Or purchases an electrical device from you which causes a short circuit at their home resulting in a fire? In either of these incidents, as a business owner, you can be liable to compensate for the loss/damage to life, property and the legal fees a third party incurs.

An Example

A famous incident that highlights the need for public liability insurance is the 'hot coffee lawsuit' of 1992. The plaintiff, 79-year-old Ms Liebeck accidentally spilt hot coffee on her lap, (while in her car) purchased from a renowned fast-food retailers outlet. She spent eight days in the hospital because of third-degree burns, had to undergo a skin graft and two years of follow up treatment. Her attorney argued that the coffee served at 82-88 degrees was significantly hotter than what other outlets served (60 degrees) and was a burn hazard even if consumed immediately.

The jury initially awarded Ms Liebeck US$160,000 as compensation and coverage for medical expenses in addition to US$2.7 million in punitive damages. After a prolonged court battle and multiple appeals, the parties settled out-of-court in 1994 for an undisclosed amount, said to be under US$600,000.

Most businesses do not have the time, resources and deep pockets to weather such lawsuits.

Thus, every business needs to protect its interests and that's what a Public Liability Insurance can help them do. Here are six things you should know about Public Liability Insurance (PLI) in India:

1) Who needs it

Enterprises that regularly entertain the public such as restaurants, shops, educational institutes, sporting areas, etc. should get public liability insurance. It also applies to businesses that work in public spaces or private homes such as building contractors, electricians, etc.

2) Scope of coverage

The insurance covers the cost of damage/medical treatment and legal fees if any third party sues your business. This includes customers, vendors, and general members of the public excluding your staff (that comes under workers compensation).

3) Domicile of coverage

The coverage is not geographically restricted. It covers incidents at your premises or those at a customer/ clients location.

4) Cost

The cost of your PLI depends on the nature, size and scale of your business. Enterprises that deal with hazardous substances or have multiple outlets/ franchisees, etc. will have to pay more due to greater probability of a mishap.

5) Customizations

You can customize the coverage after assessing your needs. For example, a small café would probably need a considerably lower cover than a 5-star hotel complex. You may also choose add-ons for extra protection. For instance, the act of gods covers situations such as floods, lightning etc. which end up being frequent causes of dispute.

6) Legal Requirement

Even though businesses are not legally bound to opt for a PLI, certain lease agreements or trade associations make it binding on the lessee/partner to obtain the insurance. Many private parties too may not contract services to a business or tradesman without a PLI.

7) Exclusions

Like any other insurance policy, Public Liability Insurance in India is also subject to exclusions. Some common exclusions of insurance providers in India are- disputes related to pollution, slander, fines and penalties. Please refer to your plan's policy wordings for a better understanding of the same.

Many-a-times businesses fail to realize the damage to goodwill due to an incident is greater than the cost of financially alleviating the situation. To know how you can secure your business and do right by all stakeholders, have a look at what Magma HDI has to offer.

Bought A New Car This Monsoon Season? Don’t Forget to Buy Car Insurance Too

Driving around in a new car is an exciting feeling. But with owning a car, comes the responsibility of keeping it safe on the roads. In case of an event involving accident, theft, or fire, you may need compensation for damages sustained. Weather is also one of the primary factors due to which your car may suffer damage. Getting car insurance is a great way to provide a cover for your financial losses, especially during the monsoon season.

Why should you get car insurance in India?

Remember that a car is made up of a complex system of mechanical components and accessories. With comprehensive car insurance, you can easily get coverage for:

  • Damage after a road accident, fire, or vandalism
  • Damages that take place due to a natural disaster such as floods
  • If the vehicle is stolen
  • Unforeseen circumstances such as waterlogging

Accidents happen, but when you’re covered for the financial losses, it helps reduce your stress and brings you peace of mind.

Why do you need car insurance for the monsoons?

During the monsoon season, its even more important to consider securing your vehicle with a proper car insurance policy. Natural disasters like cyclones and flash floods can cause severe damages to property, including your car.

During monsoon water also collects in low lands and potholes making it really difficult to tell their presence. This often leads one to drive into potholes or park their cars in waterlogged areas. While the first one can cause damage to the body of the car, the latter can cause the engine to seize. But with the right insurance and the right add-on, both can be covered.

What would your car insurance policy cover during monsoons?

In the rainy season, no matter how cautious you are, there is always a risk of accidents due to poor visibility and slippery roads. Moreover, water damage like rusting, engine water-logging etc. are also quite common during heavy rains. Waterlogging happens if you drive through or start your car in deep water and the water gets into the engine. This leads to damage to the engine as well as electrical components. Sometimes, car insurers may exclude damage to the engine, but an engine protect add-on can offer you the required coverage. Similarly, roadside assistance add-on can be vital in ensuring you have help even during heavy rains.

While you have no control over the weather and road conditions, you can always be prepared to face them without any worries. Choose a good auto insurance policy such as Magma HDI's Private Car insurance and drive through monsoon worry-free.

How NCB Works for Car Insurance?

Your car insurance comes with an annual premium, which helps you bear the financial losses that may arise due to an accident. While a claim-free year may seem like a waste of money since you paid the premiums but didn't really use the benefits, it's really not the case. Firstly, having insurance provides you with mental peace that in the case of any mishap, your finances will be covered. Secondly, your insurance provider offers you discounts on your next year's premium if don't make a claim in the previous year. This is what is known as a No-Claim Bonus (or NCB). Keep reading to find out more on how to maximize savings on your private car insurance in India.

What should you know about NCB?

Car insurance companies reward vehicle owners who drive safely with no-claim bonuses. The bonus becomes applicable if you get through one policy year without making a claim. The company pays the discount on Own Damage (OD) premium for each claim-free year

Typically, the amount can vary from one insurer to another. But, discounts begin at 20% per year and can go up to 50% for five claim-free years or more.

How does NCB work?

When a policyholder does not file any claim in the past one year, a no-claim bonus is initiated by the insurer.

As a result of this, you’ll get a discount on your annual premium amount subject to increase with every succeeding year.

Things to remember about NCB in India

An essential feature of NCB is that it relates to the policyholder, not the vehicle as it rewards you for precautions taken on your end. So, you can retain your NCB even if you replace your existing vehicle. Other prominent features of a no-claim bonus are:

• Applies even when you switch the insurer

When you switch from one insurer to another, the no-claim bonus remains unaffected. For example, if you have a policy from company X for the last five years with no claims made and you shift to company Y later on, the company Y will give you a benefit of 50% discount on your annual premium as NCB.

• Bonus increases every year

The insurance companies calculate your no-claim bonus in the range of 20%-50% on an annual incremental basis.

• Doesn’t apply on third-party cover

Keep in mind that the no-claim bonus applies to the own damage or OD cover on your auto insurance. So, if you have only the third-party (TP) cover, you’re not eligible for NCB. However, if you have both OD and TP protection, you’ll receive the discount proportionately.

Protecting your NCB

As NCB policyholders, you are entitled to a maximum discount of 50% for five claim-free years. However, this discount expires if you make even a single claim. In such a case, to protect your NCB, insurers give you the option of opting for an add-on cover. It covers your claim in order to protect your NCB.

Another great hack to keep your NCB would be to avoid making claims for smaller damages.

Head over to Magma HDI to find out more about NCB available with your private car insurance in India.

How to renew your bike insurance?

Are you wondering why it's important to renew your two-wheeler insurance on time? Well firstly, you are required by law to have insurance for any motorised vehicle on road, so that in itself is reason enough to renew your insurance on time. But beyond that, timely renewals have a lot more to offer to you. If you fail to renew your policy on time, your vehicle is completely unprotected for that period of time. And with so much that could happen to your two-wheeler, it's not wise to take that kind of risk.

The process of online renewal

If you wait until the expiry of your bike insurance, you’ll expose your two-wheeler to unnecessary risks. In most of the cases, insurers give a grace period to renew your policy. However, if you raise a claim in the grace period, it will not be honored because the policy does not exist during this period.

So, follow this simple procedure to stay ahead of the curve and avoid any repercussions of a lapsed policy.

  • You can either go to your insurer to renew your policy, or you can pay your policy premium and renew your two-wheeler insurance online.
  • To do it online, l5ogin to the website of your insurer and enter details of your previous policy as well as your bike.
  • Select the insurance policy that you need.
  • Choose the insured declared value (IDV) and add-ons if you need any.
  • Make payment through NEFT/ Debit/Credit card etc.
  • You have successfully renewed your policy!

The rate of renewal depends on the day when your policy comes into effect and the duration of the policy period.

Benefits of renewing your two-wheeler insurance online

Renewing your bike insurance is fairly simple if you understand the process. With a little help, you can renew your insurance policy online from anywhere. If you still aren't convinced, here are a few benefits that will definitely make you favour renewing your two-wheeler insurance online:

  • Renew the policy without new inspection.
  • No fresh documentation required.
  • It only takes a few minutes to renew the policy without any extra charges.
  • You can compare the best deals and choose an appropriate one.
  • The insurers provide complete chat and phone support to clear your doubts.

Most importantly, it’s necessary to stay updated about the expiry time and renewal conditions of your bike insurance before it’s too late. With the ease of online renewal, you no longer have any excuse for delays. So head over to an insurance provider like Magma HDI to renew your policy now.

What the world would be like if general insurance did not exist?

A world without general insurance is a world with millions of financially unprotected people. It may even be compared to a person without vaccination! The going is good as long as you don’t contract major diseases.

Why is insurance important?

It's not always possible to prevent falling sick. No matter how careful you are, someone can still break into your house. This uncertainty is what makes insurance important. It's a safety net that ensures that even if something happens, your finances don't suffer. At least not too severely. You can think of insurance as that vaccine that safeguards you against any future issues. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry.

General insurance in India covers an entire gamut of important aspects like health, home, vehicle, travel etc. Thus, to overcome the risks of everyday living, we need its security.

But what happens if there was no insurance?

You never realize the value of something until it isn’t available to you. That’s just good old human nature. So let’s appreciate insurance for what it does for us today.

Scenario 1:

You are driving back home, and it feels like every other day. However, a novice driver, driving a car with an L sign, hits your car and then speeds off. It leaves you with a broken headlight, dents and a damaged bumper.

Without motor insurance, now you need to pay everything out of your pocket. Motor Insurance would have covered you by paying for damages to the vehicle and its owner. You could even increase your coverage by opting for add-ons such as personal accident cover and engine protection. Sounds much better than just lamenting at your loss right?

Scenario 2:

Your family has had a history of heart disease and you know you also run the risk of getting it. But there's no way to prepare for it. Later down the line, you need to get an expensive surgery done. While you manage to pay for it with all your savings, now you aren't left with much. You also are required to quit your work to recover.

This would not only affect you but your family's lifestyle as well. Health insurance, in this case, could not only have taken care of your surgery but pre and post hospitalization expenses as well. It covers our hospitalization, OPD treatments and even alternative treatments like Ayurveda. It is truly a necessity with rising prices of healthcare these days.

Scenario 3:

You are returning from a vacation in the U.S. However when you arrive in India, you find that your luggage has not reached. After contacting the airport officials, you realize that your luggage is lost. Not much you can do about it except hope that the airline reimburses you for your loss.

This is where travel insurance comes to your aid. It ensures that you get a predecided amount in case your luggage is lost by the airline. Not just that, it can also cover you for flight delay, missed flights and more.

It should be clear enough now how our world would be affected if there was no insurance. You may or may not need it, however, the risks of remaining uninsured are far more disastrous. A world without general insurance would be far more costly in every aspect that you can imagine. To find more about your options for general insurance in India, you can click here.

The only travel packing list you will ever need!

“I don’t want to go on a holiday!” SAID NO ONE EVER.

Did you know that the research suggests that the work efficiency improves tremendously once we’re back from holidays!

Anyway enough with the preaching,  we all love the idea of sipping margheritas on the beach and say you’ve decided to take off to your dream destination this World Tourism Day.

The excitement is always so overwhelming that we forget to pack some essentials that are required on your much needed vacation.

Worry not we have compiled a checklist of all the travel essentials depending on the kind of trip you are taking. Solo? Family? Or a road trip with friends? 

Before you leave on a Vacation
  • Passport, Visa, Boarding pass (any other documents)
  • Travel plan – Make sure you set it up on your phone
  • Luggage regulations – This one come’s as a surprise most of the time, make sure you check the luggage limitations before booking a flight or mode of travel
  • Personal gadgets – Chargers, Power banks etc
While travelling with kids!
  • Entertainment – Games, tablets etc (these are a must unless you want a cranky kid on board)
  • Snacks and eatables
  • Medicines 
  • Infant seat at the back of your car
  • Diapers and wet wipes
With your better half or bae
  • Travel Guide
  • First aid
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel pillow
On a road trip:
  • Roadside emergency kit
  • Phone stand for Maps/GPS/Navigation
  • Fluids (if you have an older car)
  • Flashlight
  • Bonus!
  • An AUX cable for the music curated.
  • Make sure you keep your car protected from the damage while travelling get a car insurance now, click here. Go on now and explore!

7 things to keep in mind while buying health insurance in India

Health insurance happens to be one of the most serious decisions of your life as far as your health is concerned. Good health insurance policies ensure you the much-needed peace of mind, as it protects you and your family against the various health hazards that may find you unprepared.

Here, we will look at seven things to keep in mind before buying health insurance in India.

1. Getting early protection

Your health is at your prime when you are young. If you are opting for health insurance when you are young, then your premiums will also be cheaper. Besides, you can get other benefits such as a no-claim bonus, which means that you will get a discount on your premium amounts every year.

2. Fill the application form correctly

One of the most essential factors that you should take care of while buying health insurance is filling the application form correctly. Never lie about your health condition in your application form, as it may land you into trouble while filing claims.

3. Choosing lifetime renewability

Opt for health insurance which provides you maximum cover up until your old age, since you will be vulnerable to more ailments as you grow older. A good health insurance sticks with you throughout your life and can be renewed whenever you need it.

4. Opt for paperless policies

With the prevalence of the internet, it is much easier to do things offline than actually having to go through the rigorous process of filling up forms manually. Health insurance policies that have online support and are hassle-free. They also offer seedier reimbursement as you have the option to file claims online.

5. Get a thorough coverage

When opting for health insurance, choose an insurer that provides you with both pre and post hospitalization expenses, and everything that comes in between. This will ensure that you do not have to spend anything from your pocket. Everything should be covered, from doctor’s fees and medicine to bed charges.

6. Network of hospitals

Accidents and ailments can hit you anytime and anywhere. Once you are ill, it’s not the best thing to travel from one place to another to get admitted to a hospital. TO make sure that you get treatment where you are, opt for a policy that has an extensive network of hospitals.

7. Claim settlement rate

Good insurers are known for their excellent administrative process, which makes sure that the claims you file are attended in due time. To reap the benefits of your insurance, opt for a provider that has a high claim settlement rate so that you claims do not go unsettled and you actually reap the benefits.

If you are looking for the best health insurance policy in India, then Magma HDI health insurance policies could be the answer. It offers cashless hospitalization its vast network of more than 4,100 hospitals and comes with features such as optional cover for critical illnesses and accidents and a 24x7 claim assistance.

Best Bikes to ride in your youth days

The thing about youth is that it is not everlasting. It comes and goes before you might even realize. As you dawn towards your old age, you may be left to wonder if you made the best out of your youthful days or not — such is the tragedy of time.

When you are young, you will also want to experience the thrill and excitement which comes with certain activities, such as riding a motorbike. Riding is one of the popular occupations of youth — one that they rejoice in whole-heartedly.

Here, we will look at some of the best bikes that you can ride in your youth days.

Bajaj Pulsar

The Baja Pulsar is often called the first sports bike of India. It is cost-effective and comes with a unique design and a powerful engine which makes riding it a thrilling experience. It comes in several variants, with engines clocked at 150 cc, 180 cc, 200cc, 220 cc; the Bajaj Dominor even has a 373.3 cc engine which makes it fast and aggressive. If you are looking for a ride which promises good acceleration, fast speed, and decent mileage, then the Bajaj Pulsar could be your go-to option.

Yamaha FZ

Yamaha bikes are known for their engines as they perform exceedingly well on race tracks as well as Indian roads. The Yamaha FZ series is also known for its muscular look. It is finely cut out and crafted to stand out among other bikes. It has excellent acceleration, thick tires for better grip, and handling which will make you fall in love with it. Besides, its attractive digital meter puts all the riding stats into perspective, promising you a thrilling and engaging ride experience.

Royal Enfield

The Royal Enfield series particularly stands out for its stout engine and durability. You can ride it for miles straight, and the engine won’t even squeal. If you are someone who goes for long rides, then it should be an ideal fit for you as its powerful engine and huge tank capacity makes sure that you do not have to stop as often as you do with other bikes. The Royal Enfield engine is designed in a way where it can cruise for long hours without overheating.

TVS Apache

The TVS Apache series is known for its finely crafted design and a seating position which provides an excellent grip on the handle. It is also known for its acceleration and smoothness. It is a good mix of mileage and power, which makes sure that you do not consume much fuel as you cruise your way down the highway. There are several variants of the Apache to choose from, so pick one which suits your speed-need the most.

While bike rides can be thrilling and may excite you to a point where it becomes an addiction, it is essential that you get good bike insurance which protects you and your bike from unforeseen circumstances. Magma HDI bike insurance offers one of the best two-wheeler insurance rate so that you can save money on your insurance premiums and not burn a hole in your pocket.

Best Two Wheelers to Buy in India

Two-wheelers come as saviors at a time when Indian roads are bustling with traffic. It is particularly annoying when you are going out for a ride. If you are alone, then rides are best experienced when you are on a two-wheeler.

The thrill is worth mentioning. You let the wind graze past your face and the sound of the engine, adding to the overall aesthetics of the right. There is so much for the eyes to see, for the senses to behold.

Here, we present to you some of the best two-wheelers that you can buy for Indian roads.

1. Hero Splendor

The Hero Splendor is a classic and still manages to retain the design and durability of the classic Splendors, which means that you can trust this bike to be your companion for a long, long time. Currently, it rules the two-wheeler segment by a record number of sales. In June alone, the model sold 2,23,532 units, which is the reason why it makes to the top of our list.

2. Honda Activa

The Honda Activa is India’s favorite scooty and can be trusted on Indian roads with a decent pickup and mileage. It is known for its sleek design and durable engine. It recorded a sale of 2,10,961 units in June, which makes it the second favorite purchase. It is a decent option if you a frequent rider in city traffic.

3. Hero HF Deluxe

Another low-range Hero bike, this model falls to the third spot with a sale of 1,93,194 units. With an on-road price of a little above Rs 50,000, this bike is indeed one of the favorites when it comes to the two-wheeler segment. It has a 100cc engine, which means that it can ensure decent performance besides providing high mileage.

4. Honda CB Shine

This Honda model has been a favorite for a long time. It has dispatched 84,871 units in the month of June. Honda engines are known for their efficiency and long-run performance. If you are looking for a bike that promises a decent pickup with good mileage, then you should certainly explore this option.

5. Bajaj Pulsar

The Bajaj Pulsar models grab the fifth spot with a sale of 83,008 units. With a variety of models in the range, the Pulsar series has been a favorite for long, as they promise high engine performance, sleek design, and mileage which is decent for the Indian roads. These features make the Bajaj Pulsar a favorite among Indian customers.

Once you have purchased one of these bikes, it is crucial to buy two wheeler insurance for them. Magma HDI two-wheeler insurance offers features such as additional cover with the support for anti-theft devices. If you are looking for affordable, long-term two-wheeler insurance, then Magma HDI two-wheeler insurance online could come to your aid.

How to get a 360 Degree health cover and what are its benefits

The onset of modern life has lead to various dietary and lifestyle changes. In an effort to keep up with your health and deal effectively with any health issue, it is essential to get hold of a health insurance which provides 360-degree all-round protection.

Having a good health insurance makes sure that you can keep on with your life without having to worry too much about medical expenses that come with various diseases and ailments.

However, with so many options around us, it might get a tad bit confusing to choose the option which fits our health needs the best while being easy on the pocket at the same time.

Choosing a health insurance

Since the onset of the internet has made everything online, it has become much easier to find the best health insurance policy in India. Good health insurance providers provide a host of benefits and access to several medical care products. They also have a reasonable premium rate so that you do not have to worry too much about shelling out a lot of money from your pocket.

When you choose health insurance online, make sure that you have read the policy documents carefully so that you are aware of where your money is going and what benefits you are getting for that price.

Magma HDI health insurance

One of the names that come up while looking for the best health insurance policy is Magma HDI health insurance. With Magma HDI health insurance, you do not have to go through the physical and mental toll and worry about your financial loss.

Magma HDI offers several health insurance features such as optional cover to reduce your premium, 2x7 claim assistance, optional cover for critical illness and accidents, and cashless hospitalisation across more than 4,100 hospitals. It also has a range of insurance plans to choose from, so you do not have to compromise on your needs.

Magma HDI health insurance also comes with notable key benefits such as maternity cover, cumulative bonus, loss of income cover, and worldwide emergency cover, among others. With such benefits, it makes for an ideal purchase so that you can have 360-degree protection for your health.

The entire process of purchasing a Magma HDI health insurance is quite easy and can be done in a few simple and easy steps. All you have to do is choose the type of cover you want, review the polices to make sure that it is up to your expectations, add any other benefits if needed, and make the payment to activate the policy.

If you are looking for health insurance policy in India, then Magma HDI could surely be an option, as it also offers a secure and hassle-free claim service, which keeps your interest and comfort in mind.

However, not all the claims that are raised are settled. There are various reasons for a claim application getting rejected. A claim rejection could lead to much unwanted financial stress. By making sure of certain things, you can put away the anxiety of your claim rejection.

Here will look at the reasons why health insurance policies get rejected.

Claim process

Health insurance is a contract between the insurance provider and you. To make sure that all the terms in the agreement are retained while filing a claim, you need to input correct details in the application. If you decide to hide any bit of information about your health in your insurance documents, then you may get into some trouble while filing a claim. Misinformation can lead to your claim being rejected.

Health conditions

Some health insurance companies do not provide cover for specific illnesses. So if you happen to fall ill with these diseases, then your insurance might come of no use. It is advisable to get an insurance which has support for critical illnesses, as it will save you much hassle later on. To begin with, you should get a thorough health checkup (most of the insurance companies provide this option). This will help you know what the potential illnesses that you might face in the future are.

Policy period

Health insurance policies expire after a certain period, depending on the terms that you have agreed with. Expired health insurance is no good. If you make a claim after your health insurance has expired, then your claim is bound to be rejected. Make sure that you keep on paying your insurance premiums before your policy expires, or get insurance which lasts you throughout your life.

Exclusion policies

There are certain conditions — depending on the insurance provider — under which you are not liable to file a claim. These conditions are also called insurance exclusions. So if you happen to raise an insurance claim against these exclusions, then your policy might get rejected. To deal with this situation, it is best to read the policy terms and conditions carefully. You can even consult your insurance provider if you do not understand a particular clause.

If you are looking for a good health insurance policy for family or yourself, then Magma HDI health insurance can, indeed, be an ideal option. It provides you cashless hospitalization of an extensive network of hospitals across India and offers you features such as optional cover for critical illnesses so that the health of you and your family is secured at minimal costs.

Why health insurance claims get rejected

One of the best ways to safeguarding your finances while availing medical treatments is getting health insurance. Good health insurance protects you and your family against the various health risks that life toss at us over time — it lets us have that peace of mind.

However, not all the claims that are raised are settled. There are various reasons for a claim application getting rejected. A claim rejection could lead to much unwanted financial stress. By making sure of certain things, you can put away the anxiety of your claim rejection.

Here will look at the reasons why health insurance policies get rejected.

Claim process

Health insurance is a contract between the insurance provider and you. To make sure that all the terms in the agreement are retained while filing a claim, you need to input correct details in the application. If you decide to hide any bit of information about your health in your insurance documents, then you may get into some trouble while filing a claim. Misinformation can lead to your claim being rejected.

Health conditions

Some health insurance companies do not provide cover for specific illnesses. So if you happen to fall ill with these diseases, then your insurance might come of no use. It is advisable to get an insurance which has support for critical illnesses, as it will save you much hassle later on. To begin with, you should get a thorough health checkup (most of the insurance companies provide this option). This will help you know what the potential illnesses that you might face in the future are.

Policy period

Health insurance policies expire after a certain period, depending on the terms that you have agreed with. Expired health insurance is no good. If you make a claim after your health insurance has expired, then your claim is bound to be rejected. Make sure that you keep on paying your insurance premiums before your policy expires, or get insurance which lasts you throughout your life.

Exclusion policies

There are certain conditions — depending on the insurance provider — under which you are not liable to file a claim. These conditions are also called insurance exclusions. So if you happen to raise an insurance claim against these exclusions, then your policy might get rejected. To deal with this situation, it is best to read the policy terms and conditions carefully. You can even consult your insurance provider if you do not understand a particular clause.

If you are looking for a good health insurance policy for family or yourself, then Magma HDI health insurance can, indeed, be an ideal option. It provides you cashless hospitalization of an extensive network of hospitals across India and offers you features such as optional cover for critical illnesses so that the health of you and your family is secured at minimal costs.

A Comprehensive Health Insurance Checklist

The health of you and your family is something that cannot be traded. You must make sure in all walks of life that it is well taken care of, and that if something falls stray, you have good health insurance to back things up.

If you are looking to buy health insurance in India for your parents, then you should put special effort into choosing a policy which caters to the need of growing age — a policy which has an extended cover period at reasonable rates.

Here is a checklist that you can follow to make sure that you make the best out of your health insurance.

Claim settlement rate

One of the deciding factors that you should look at while buying a health insurance policy is the claim settlement rate. The higher the claim settlement rate of a company, the quicker is the process of payout. A higher settlement rate also means that the insurance provider is doing a good job with administering the policy so that no hindrances come at bay when the insured individuals decide to make a claim.

Hospitalization expenses

Medical fees, especially the pre and post hospitalization expenses, can leave you sweating. It would be best if you opted for health insurance which covers your entire hospitalization cost for free. A good insurance policy should pay for your visit to the doctor, prescribed medicines, surgeries, hospitalization costs, and follow up investigations.

Network of hospitals

Accidents and ailments can happen anytime, anywhere. Thus, you should opt for a policy that has a wide network of partner hospitals, so that you or your family can be treated anytime, anywhere, without having to move to a different place. More importantly. All of this should be free of cost. Having accessibility to good hospitals can not only save you time but also save you much money which you might have to shell out with travelling.

Support for daycare

To claim your health insurance, you should be hospitalized for at least 24 hours. However, there are several cases that do not require hospitalization. All they need is daycare — someone to take care of you while you are bedridden, perhaps at home, or even going around with a disease such as cataracts and neurological problems where you are still quite functional, if not completely. To have this covered, opt for a policy that provides maximum daycare support.

If you are looking for good health insurance in India for parents, or yourself, then Magma HDI could be your one-stop option. It has a wide range of insurance premiums to choose from and comes with features such as 24x7 claim assistance and cashless hospitalization across a network of more than 4,100 hospitals.

Deductibles you should be aware of in your health insurance plan

Health insurance plans are much needed as they provide you with a sense of protection against the various odds in life. If you are trying to get the best health insurance in India for parents, or other members in your family, then you should look at a plan which offers extended cover at low premium rates.

There are several ways through which you can save on your health insurance premiums as well, and one of such approaches is opting for the right deductibles.

Insurance deductibles are the money that you receive during the course of your insurance before the claim period. Having a better understanding of the deductibles can help you save quite a bit on your insurance policy.

Type of deductibles and what they mean

Health insurance policies in India come with two types of deductibles: voluntary and compulsory. However, in international markets, other deductibles come into force. Below are the various types of deductibles that are applied to health insurances.

Compulsory deductibles: : These types of deductibles are made mandatory by the Indian government for the benefit of the customer. These are fixed sums that an insurance company pays to the insured while they make a claim.

Voluntary deductible: Suggestive of the name, voluntary deductibles are opted by the insured at the time of purchasing insurance. This helps them bring down the cost of the insurance premium.

Comprehensive deductibles: Comprehensive deductibles come into play and are applied across covers. They keep on adding up until the time you have paid the total amount under the agreements of your policy.

Non-comprehensive deductibles: These deductibles are applicable to certain kinds of cover. It requires you only to pay a certain sum of money while you claim your policy.

Cumulative deductible: Cumulative deductibles are applicable in a family health insurance plan. They come into force when all the members included the insurance plan have made the payments to fulfil the net payable amount.

Choosing a deductible

While it may be tempting to choose a higher insurance deductible, it might not always be the safest bet. It would be best if you thought of long-term before choosing a deductible. If you feel that the cost of your premiums are too much to meet the insurance deductibles, then it is a wiser option to choose a plan which has a lower premium

It is also advisable that you read your policy documents carefully to understand how deductibles work in a context. However, if you still have trouble understand specific terms and how deductibles work, then you can always contact your insurance provider. They will give you a broader context of the deductibles that can be applied to your health insurance policy.

While opting for health insurance, you should always choose one which fits the needs of you and your family the best. Magma HDI is one of the best health insurance in India as it offers protection against critical illness and a 24x7 claim policy. It also comes with cashless hospitalization across more than 4,100 hospitals, which makes it an ideal choice for first-time insurance buyers.

Monsoon Safety Checklist for your cars

Monsoons might not be the ideal time to drive around. The roads are slippery, and there are higher chances of meeting with an accident. However, the rainy season does not mean that you should stop driving altogether.

Instead, you should make sure that you follow some safety points to make sure that your driving experience is smooth and safe.

Here, we will look at some of the safety checkpoints that you should follow during monsoon. However, before we dwell on that, it is crucial to make sure that you get car insurance online in India so that your car is covered in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Fix those exhaust holes

Exhaust holes are made of iron, which means that they are vulnerable to rust. If there is a hole in your exhaust, then there are more chances for the rainwater to get in, besides the fact that a faulty exhaust is no food. Make sure that you have checked your exhaust for holes and other damages to ensure the smooth running of your car.

Cover your headlights

With time, your car headlights tend to develop spaces with them due to constant wear and tear. If they are damaged, then it is highly likely that the rainwater will get inside them, further leading to the damage. Make sure that you patch up these spaces so that your headlights are safe. Faulty headlights can lead to driving problems at night — something which no driver wants!

Check the door of your car

The doors in your car have a rubber attached to it. With constant usage, they may loosen up and make room for the raindrops to seep and ruin your interiors. To make sure that your interiors are as good as new, make sure to check on these doors now and then. If needed, replace them, as a repair might not be the easiest or the most convenient of ways.

Check your brakes

If you are driving around in rains, through clogged puddles, some water might just get deposited in your brake pads which can hinder the braking process and might lead to the deterioration of your brake pads. To get rid of the moisture, find a dry stretch of road and gently apply the brakes. The heat which comes out of friction will take the moisture away. If you find mud deposited on your pads, then go to a mechanic and get it clean. Remember that brakes are one of the most critical components of your car and you should always have them in good shape.

The way you treat your car is the way the car treats you. One cannot stress enough on the importance of taking care of vehicles. Magma HDI car insurance comes with affordable premium rates and features such as support for anti-theft devices, which can ensure that your car has a long and safe life.

Things to Know before bike alterations

If you are someone who loves riding bikes, then you would not mind spending hours end on trying to make the best out of it, modifying it so that it stands out and reflects your personality.

However, before you decide to start modifying your bike, it’s advisable to get it past your warranty period, so that you won’t be missing out on the factory servicing — something which can otherwise cost you quite a bit.

When you are ready to modify your bike, you need to make sure you have received all the legal permission from the respective local bodies, just to make sure that your modded engine fits well with the law.

Performance modification

A performance mod enhances your bike’s performance. However, insurers are quite wary of you doing it, as it may call for higher risk of accidents. For example, if the mod increases the top speed of your bike, it will go faster, thus increasing the chance of road accidents. To deal with these, insurance companies might increase your premium rates.

Visual modifications

Often, people like to decorate their beloved motorbikes in a way which reflects their personality. A large part of it includes paint jobs and additional frames that give the body a different and unique look. However, a good looking bike — one which particularly stands out — is more prone to theft. Knowing this, insurance companies tend to increase premium rates.

However, if you make some cosmetic changes to your bike — colour, mirrors, and such — then your insurance premiums might not increase. The increase in the premiums is directly proportional to the value of the bike — a basic rule of thumb.

Installing anti-theft devices

If you are particularly wary of your bike being stolen, then you can add an anti-theft device to it. Such gadgets are available easily in the market and work on a GPS system which helps you track your bike, in case it is stolen. It is a great security feature and can also be used to reduce the premium of your bike, as a good security measure in place ensures that there are reduced chances of your bike being stolen. This way, insurance companies have one less thing to worry about.

To make sure that your mod job is right, you must get in touch with a good mechanic and designer who can suggest you the best parts for your bike. It is also essential that you get two-wheeler insurance in India to make sure that your bike is protected from thefts and accidents. Magma HDI two-wheeler insurance comes with attractive premium rates and support for anti-theft devices, which makes sure that the future of your bike is safe.

Common Two-wheeler issues that can lead to brake failure and its solutions

Bikes have different components, and each of them has separate sets of functions that serve different needs. However, there is one particular component, the role of which cannot and should not be underplayed — brakes.

Brakes help you slow down your two-wheeler and help you prevent accidents. To ensure your safety, you should always check if your brakes are in good shape before you start riding.

Several factors affect the functionality of the brakes on your bike, such as quality, temperature usage pattern, et cetera. When your brake wears and tears, and starts performing poorly, you must make it a point to check what’s wrong with them so that you can fix them at once.

Here, we will look at a few common issues that two-wheeler brakes face and also learn how to fix them.

1. Wearing out

It is one of the most common issues that bikes face with brakes — they wear out with time. You will notice it as your brake pedal sinks further under your foot and hand (in case of the front brakes). When you feel that this is happening, get the brake pads changed and you will be good to go.

2. Bleeding of brakes

After you install a new brake, it needs to bleed some oil. Do not worry — this process ensures that there are no air gaps in between that could initiate a brake failure. If this process does not take place properly, then your brake will also stop functioning. An effective way to deal with this solution is to get the bleeding done thoroughly, ensuring that there are no air gaps left inside.

3. Leakage of brake fluid

Brake fluid leakage is something that you will see now and then as your bike gets older on the road. However, if you encounter this frequently, it is highly likely that something is wrong — the oil is leaking from a component that is not fitted correctly. To fix this issue, you need to tighten up the parts of the brake, making sure that there is no room for any leakage.

4. Less brake oil

If your bike has less brake oil, then it may lead to a complete brake failure — something that you might not want at all. Keep on topping up your brake oil (they come for a cheap price) to avoid this situation.

5. Misalignment of the master cylinder

The master cylinder happens to be one of the essential parts of the brake system. If this cylinder gets misaligned due to inappropriate pressure on your brakes, it may lead to some severe brake problems, and might even lead to oil leakage. To fix this, you have to fit the cylinder properly and to check on it from time to time, in case you are noticing a deterioration in the brake’s performance.

If your brake is right, then your ride will be safe. To ensure further ride safety, you must buy two-wheeler insurance online, which can protect your bike from accidents. The Magma HDI two wheeler insurance also comes with personal accident cover, which means that your riding experience will be as safe as ever.

Tips for first-time health insurance policy buyers

Our lifestyle has been changing steadily with time. These lifestyle changes have made room for several diseases that may come unnoticed. To fend away health insecurities at this time and to progress on your journey of good health, it is essential that you have health insurance.

Health insurance is also important because healthcare costs have gone up significantly, and not having a financial backup can land you into some serious trouble — as far as your health is concerned. To deal with the rising cost of healthcare, and to make sure that you have a solid backup if anything goes wrong with your health, it is important to have good health insurance.

When it comes to buying health insurance, you have to make a note of certain things to make sure that your purchase is orderly. These tips also apply if you want health insurance online. For first-time buyers, these tips can be of great help, as at first glance, health insurance might seem to be a complicated affair.

Get the basics right

For people who are new to the insurance industry, specific insurance-related keywords can be quite confusing. To make sure that you know how health insurance works, you should start by familiarizing yourself with these terms and keywords. Some of the terms that you should know about are co-payment, deductible, premium, et cetera.

Figure out your budget

Health insurance policies have premiums that you have to pay to keep the policy alive, and this is an added expense to your budget. To make sure that you do not overspend, figure out a budget, and pick a policy that fits it well. however, make sure that you do not compromise on the benefits as you choose a cheap policy. Magma HDI health insurance provides great cover at affordable premiums.

Understanding riders

Health insurance riders add additional benefits to your existing insurance policy. You can even add them when you renew health insurance online — just choose the rider option in the online interface. The cost of riders is added to the existing plan, which means that you will have to pay for it separately. Choose a rider only if you need it — be selective, so that you do not end up paying what you think you do not need.

With the onset and the accessibility of the internet, it is advisable to opt for health insurance which can be accessed online. Magma HDI health insurance can be purchased and renewed online with a few easy and hassle-free steps. It comes with features such as optional cover to reduce premium and 24x7 claim assistance, among others, to make sure that your health is the top priority.

It also comes with other key benefits such as optional cover for critical illness and accidents, and cashless hospitalization across more than 4,100 hospitals. With Magma HDI it is also easy to renew health insurance without any hassle and stress.

6 Truths about general insurance you must know

Simply put, general insurance includes all personal insurance plans except life insurance. All of these plans aim to provide coverage against different unforeseeable events in your life and thus, protect your finances. Read on to find out more about general insurance plans and what they can do for you.

1. Coverage

General insurance plans are created to cover every aspect of your life - from health and travel to motor and house. You can even insure your business and shop. With Magma HDI you can even get a public liability insurance with essentially covers you against legal liability arising from property damage of or bodily injury to a third party at your premises (school, office, restaurant etc.)

2. Customisability

We all have different needs, and general insurance plans take the initiative to help secure us against risks that are most pertinent to us. You could design your own insurance safety net depending on your personal needs and finances.

3. Covering multiple risks

Many general insurance plans offer comprehensive services that make it easier to get extensive coverage without having to scout for different insurers or having to deal with the hassle of paying multiple, hefty premiums. For example, a home insurance policy will protect you from various hazards such as fire, floods, theft, riots, etc. under a single plan.

4. Flexible benefits

Many general insurance plans offer all-encompassing benefits that are not restricted merely to a single individual. For example, a family floater health insurance plan provides coverage for your entire family in a single policy. Similarly, commercial insurance will cover multiple risks arising from theft, damage to goods/ stock, machinery breakdown and even risks arising from a vendor’s end. This is a great option to increase your savings and minimizing your work as you would only have to deal with a single company for all your policy benefits.

5. Tenure

While life insurance plans have longer validity, most general insurance plans offer protection based on a yearly renewal. Certain types of insurance, such as motor insurance may offer a longer tenure, say up to three years with a lucrative discount on the premium. However, this feature allows you to play a more significant role in deciding the period of your policy. You also have the option to switch insurance providers at the time of renewal if you feel dissatisfied with your current one.

6. Additional benefits

As an incentive to their customers, general insurance plans come with a host of benefits available to policyholders at a nominal fee. While some are in the form of value-added services such as the provision of rent for alternative accommodation in case your house is damaged, others may be personal accident covers for complete coverage in the event of a motor accident. You can pick and choose while buying/ renewing your policy.

The escalating costs in today's world have made general insurance plans a necessity for every individual and a vital part of any successful attempt at financial planning.

Benefits of getting car insurance

An increasing number of vehicles on the road, along with the insufficient infrastructure to support them, is leading to a rise in the number of accidents and fatalities. There were over 4.61 lakh road accidents just in 2018 and these are only the ones that were reported. Car insurance becomes very important at times like these.  It saves you from paying massive amounts to repair the damages to your car.

Still not convinced? Here are some of the benefits of buying a car insurance policy-

Protects your finances in case of an accident

If an accident happens, your car insurance can protect your finances by covering the repair expenses. If there's a third party involved and you are liable to pay them for any property damage or medical help, you can rest assured as your insurance can take care of that as well. In fact, it doesn't even have to be a road accident, as it also covers claims resulting from man-made and natural calamities like storms, floods, theft, vandalism, or riots.

Offers coverage for theft

You spend so much time, effort and money on buying a new car. The last thing you'd want is for someone to steal it. As sad as that is, it's not impossible. Which is why a good motor insurance policy also covers you against it. If your car is stolen, your policy will reimburse you the cost of your car. It can also cover the cost of repairs resulting from the break-in attempt.

Avail cashless services

When you buy motor insurance, you are entitled to getting cashless services at your insurance provider's network garages. This essentially means that you can get covered services without having to pay a single rupee. Say you damage your vehicle, all you need to do is go to your nearest network garage, show proof of your insurance and get the repairs done.

Covers personal accident liabilities

Motor insurance policies also cover disability or death leading from a car accident. So your motor insurance covers both you and your vehicle. For a person other than the owner/driver, you can separately buy a personal accident cover. The cost of your cover will depend on the extent of coverage you choose

Provides customization with riders

Riders or add-ons offer additional coverage on your basic motor insurance plan after payment of a nominal fee. The standard rider options are:

  • Zero depreciation add-on where your insurer bears the cost of repairs without considering the depreciated value of your car. This feature helps you maintain the value of your car despite wear and tear.
  • Road-side assistance add-on helps you out on the spot whenever you encounter any issues such as a flat tire, dead battery etc. You may even get additional road-side assistance with Magma HDI.
  • Engine protection add-on covers damages to the engine due to malfunction, water damage or leakage of lubricants.
  • Loss of personal belongings add-on is protection against accidents or burglaries where you end up losing valuables such as your phone or laptop. Your insurance provider helps you out with this cover by reimbursing you for your loss.

So, having the right car insurance is like always having someone watching your back when you’re driving your vehicle. It ensures the safety of your car, passengers, and pedestrians.

Everything you need to know about general insurance

The term insurance is often used very loosely. Most people think that general insurance plans only include car, health etc. There are even misconceptions regarding the policy coverage of these plans. Read on to see what exactly general insurance stands for and the different kinds of plans which come under it.

What are the types of general insurance and their benefits?

General insurance is a contract between the insured and the insurance company for financial protection against loss, damage, theft or other liabilities that may arise. Broadly speaking, it includes all kinds of insurance except life insurance. This financial protection may be in the form of cashless services or reimbursement. Given below are some of the most popular general insurance plans available to you today.

1. Health insurance:

A health insurance policy essentially covers the costs of treatment of a medical condition or accidents. Generally, it includes medical tests, treatment for critical diseases, pre and post hospitalisation expenses etc. as mentioned in your policy wordings. You can also opt for add-on features such as maternity covers and personal accident covers to customise your plan for you and your family.

The benefits of a health insurance plan also include tax benefits under section 80D of the income tax act.

2. Motor insurance:

Whether you have a two-wheeler, a car or a truck, a motor insurance plan will offer you financial protection against loss resulting from damage, accident, theft etc. Broadly, a motor insurance policy includes-

a. Third-party insurance: This is the compensation provided by the insurer for damages caused by the insured to another person or another vehicle. Any individual getting motor insurance must have a third-party liability cover as it is mandatory by law. It can easily be purchased with the purchase of your vehicle itself.

b. Comprehensive insurance: This policy will cover damages occurring to your vehicle due to accidents, theft, natural calamities, fire etc. This will be in addition to third-party liability and will also reimburse you for theft, repairs etc.

3. Travel insurance:

Travel insurance pays for financial losses that arise during one’s travel within India or abroad. The policy might be a single trip plan which covers one trip taken within180 days of purchasing the insurance or a multi-trip plan covering multiple trips during a year. Generally, the scope of a travel plan includes reimbursement for baggage loss/delay, missed flight, medical expenditure, loss of passport etc. You can further pick a plan for individuals/families or even pick between domestic and international travel insurance based on your needs.

4. Home insurance:

Since getting your own home is a big-ticket investment, it is important to insure it. Home insurance plans financially compensate you for any damage to your home and valuables within the property due to natural and man-made disasters, fire, burglaries etc. You also have the option to get additional coverage with add-ons.

Irrespective of the kind of general insurance, the following factors need to be kept in mind before buying a policy:


Assess your needs: It is essential to evaluate your specific requirements instead of going only by someone else's recommendation or even a popular plan. For example, a health plan could either be an individual or a family floater policy. 


Check and compare the plan: This would include evaluation of the scope, premium costs, benefits offered, add-on options, the sum assured, exclusions and a plan comparison with the competition.

Read the policy wordings: There are terms and conditions to every contract, so make sure you are thorough with things like exclusions of your policy. The waiting period, i.e. the period after which you may claim treatment of certain illnesses must also be checked.

Now that you have the relevant know-how on general insurance, why delay further? Secure yourself, your loved ones and leave all your worries behind.

Everything you need to know about marine insurance

In spite of the advancement in road, air and rail transportation, the sea route remains the most preferred mode of freight for international trade purposes. The sheer magnitude of cargo at stake is enough to make anyone think twice about what measures you can take to secure your shipments.

This is where marine insurance comes in. It gives you the peace of mind you need with its extensive coverage.

What is marine insurance?

Marine insurance protects you in case of damage/ loss of cargo, ships and vessels; when a property is acquired, transferred or held in possession between the starting point up until the destination.

Why buying marine insurance is a good idea?

Consider an example. Suppose you are a seller and you put your goods on a ship. Due to bad weather or a storm at sea, there is damage to valuable goods to an extent whereby the customer at the destination refuses to accept the final goods. For no fault of yours and due to unavoidable circumstances, you would suffer a monetary loss that could even go in crores!

Thus, it is essential to buy marine insurance to get coverage for the following:

  • 1. Export or import shipments.
  • 2. Goods being transported using sea, rail, road, post or air.
  • 3. Goods being carried via coastal vessels plying between ports located within the country.
  • 4. Goods that are transported via the vessels plying along rivers.
Other Advantages

Here are some other advantages that you are entitled to with your marine insurance-

  • 1. The insured obtains additional advantage of global claim survey and settlement.
  • 2. The cover accommodates diverse situations including property damaged either/or onshore or offshore, casualty at sea, marine liability, hull damages and other needs of the insured.
  • 3. There is an option to extend the plan to include protection against extraordinary circumstances like perils at sea, strikes, pirate hijack etc.with the help of add-on covers.
  • 4. Marine insurers would be willing to provide tailor-made policies as per specific requirements and budget of the insured such as Magma HDI's marine insurance policy.

Marine insurance covers many situations, but the following are the exclusions:

  • 1. Normal wear and tear or leakage.
  • 2. Goods getting damaged during transportation owing to improper packaging.
  • 3. Any damages due to delays.
  • 4. Any damages caused intentionally to incur a loss and make a subsequent claim.
  • 5. Any damages due to a civil disturbance, war, strikes, riot etc.
  • 6. Any damages due to a financial difficulty such as bankruptcy or financial default of the owner of the transport vessel.

It is always a great idea to assess your unique needs before going out to purchase any insurance. However, getting a plan that is comprehensive in nature can never lead you wrong.

The Evolution of Health Insurance

Health insurance is a necessity in today's age, but the easy accessibility and wide range we enjoy today weren't always there in the past. It's safe to say that health insurance policies in India have forged their path over the years. But do you know how? Here's where we can help you with facts about the insurance you can't do without these days.

How did it begin?

Since the independence of India in 1947, our healthcare system revolved around government schemes and plans. The life insurance system that dates back to 1818 was the first of its kind for Indians. The popularity of life insurance in India was attributed to the low life expectancy and closely-knit family systems.

However, with liberalization in the early 1990s, healthcare delivery improved with an increase in disposable income. As a result, life expectancy increased to 65 years by the year 2011. The nineties also saw an influx of other things such as lifestyle diseases and consistently rising medical costs which made health insurance the invaluable commodity that it is today.

Crucial developments and current scenario

The IRDAI or Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India's legislation of the year 2001 is a vital milestone for health insurance in India. It opened new avenues for investment by private players in the industry. Over the years, the advancement of treatments and cashless claims enhanced the popularity of health insurance policies among buyers.

Despite all these developments, the sector is largely dominated by government-owned enterprises and its subsidiaries that account for nearly 60% of the total market share. Private health insurers are increasing their base and outreach mainly in the tier-1 and tier-2 cities with features like cashless payments and in-patient reimbursements. A major goal of health insurance is reaching all parts of the country.

Challenges for health insurance

Over the past two decades, the health insurance providers in India are consistently struggling to provide accessible and affordable care to the masses. It has many challenges that need critical analysis and solutions. The main challenges in this sector are:

  • Lack of awareness about the importance of health insurance. For instance, people don't realise how much difference a comprehensive health insurance can make at the time of an emergency.
  • Gap between affordability and accessibility because the rural population relies on government-based facilities as the private sector does not cater to their basic needs. 
  • Differences in service quality due to multiple levels of care delivery system. This increases the overall costs and causes quality concerns.
  • Ignorance on the part of consumers which makes them avoid getting insurance until the last minute.
  • No strong regulatory framework to standardize the healthcare delivery system.   

These are only some of the glaring issues we face in our country. Both consumers and insurance providers need to do their part so as to bridge the gap which will allow everyone to get healthcare in an easy and fair manner.

Future trends in health insurance

With the internet and other media platforms, more and more customers are beginning to understand the importance of health insurance. As a result, the number of policies sold has doubled in the last ten years.

The millennials have become a key focus for the major players due to their increasing awareness and their numbers in the workforce. Incentives such as tax benefits also encourage the working class to invest in health insurance plans.

In a nutshell, a focused approach of evolving cost, quality, and access show a promising future for healthcare insurance in India. 

Standardization of adequate health care provisions is still an aspiration which must be realized over the years.

To get the best of health insurance policies in India, Check out Magma HDI.

The truth about theft insurance

With gated communities and technologically superior security systems, theft has significantly reduced in our country; however, as with any other type of risk – it can only be minimised, not eliminated. Its consequences also are not limited to your financial losses but also includes trips to the police station, affidavits, reams of paperwork, fear and trauma, leaving you depleted in all senses of the word.

This is where theft insurance comes in. Getting financial protection for your loss sure does take a load off your mind if an unfortunate incident does take place. Read on to find out more about theft insurance and how it works.

Theft insurance

Theft insurance is essentially a plan that will cover you for any losses arising from burglary, robbery, etc. Not only does the policy cover you for the loss of valuables but also for any damage to premises, furniture, fixtures and physical assault during the attempt. Insurance providers such as Magma HDI also cover temporary security expenses so that you and your loved ones can feel safe again. Thus, you can rest assured that your insurance plan will take care of all your needs.

Important points to remember
  • It is imperative to carefully go through your policy documents to understand the coverage, terms and conditions, exclusions etc. provided to you. For example, when looking to travel extensively, some insurance companies will ask you to intimate them if the premises will remain unattended for an extended period of time.
  • The claims process for any insurance policy holds immense significance for all of us. Under a theft insurance policy though, theft and burglary are two separate events while filing your claim. While theft is a non-violent and unforceful entry into your premises, a burglary involves a forceful or violent attempt by breaking in/ tampering in order to rob you. Usually, you would need a separate cover for either peril, but nowadays insurance companies in India provide coverage for both through a single policy. 
Ideal coverage 

A common dilemma while opting for a theft insurance policy is determining how much coverage you need. An important point to remember while making this decision is that your coverage will be limited to the sum assured by you. So, if you have assets worth 20 lakh in your home and have a coverage of 5 lakh, the insurance will only cover the loss till the extent of the sum assured. To avoid getting inadequate coverage, it is important to assess the worth of all your insurable assets and look for an insurance plan that gives you coverage based on your needs.


There will inevitably be a few exclusions to your cover. For example, some theft insurance policies do not cover cash or cash equivalents, stocks and share certificates, agreements and title deeds. Similarly, you may need to purchase a rider to cover for precious metals such as gold, silver, etc., precious stones such as diamonds, and other art and antiquities. Thefts committed by family members, house help or employees, loss arising due to riots, terrorism and war are excluded as well.

A final tip for you is staying on top of your policy. Reassessing your coverage needs periodically, especially when adding new inventory, expensive machinery or valuables will ensure that your financial risk is minimised in case of any unforeseen incidents.

5 Reasons why you should have an Individual Personal Accident Policy

There is a false sense of security in most individuals, where one feels like they can never meet with an accident, but like as the saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry. No one wants to experience an unfortunate incident, but whether due to your mistake or someone else’s mistake, you can meet with an accident anywhere and anytime. Although no one can control such situations, you can certainly prepare for it.

With the number of vehicles steadily rising, across the country, the possibility of a car-related tragedy also increases. In situations as such, you could be staring at high costing expenses on hospital bills, as well as a loss of income due to being bed-ridden. Having an individual accident policy will take care of all these emergency expenses.

What is a personal accident policy?

Personal accident policy offers insurance cover to policyholders in case of an accident or injury caused due to any given reason. The insurance company will reimburse the policyholder in cases of serious injuries, permanent disability, or death, accidentally caused, according to the terms and conditions of the policy. 

You can buy your personal accident insurance online as well as offline, as per your preference. 

Why should you have a personal accident policy?

There are various benefits offered by a personal accident policy, which make it necessary for you to have one, such as: 

  • Reimbursement in case of disability: If you face an accident and suffer a temporary or permanent disability, you can claim compensation from the insurance company. The company will assess the nature of the injury or disability and give you compensation as per the guidelines of the policy. This will support you and your family financially during such tough times.
  • Hospitalisation and other expenses are taken care of: All hospital bills and cost of treatment are covered under the policy. In case of death, the insurance company will pay for the repatriation, funeral, and ambulance charges. 
  • Reimbursement for modifications: If the accident has left you wheelchair-bound, then you need to modify your home or vehicle to suit your needs. Any expenses incurred for such adjustments necessitated by the mishap can be reimbursed from the insurance company. 
  • Payment of death benefit: If the mishap results in unfortunate death, then the insurance company will pay the death benefit amount, as per the policy terms and conditions, to your family members, offering them financial support.
  • Transportation of family: If you are admitted to a hospital after an accident and the hospital is more than 150 km away from your home, the insurance company will pay for the transportation costs incurred by your family.

To avail such benefits in the time of emergency having personal accident insurance online or offline is imperative for the financial well-being of your family.

Affordable Health Insurance is a reality

There is a famous saying "health is wealth," and it is indeed true in today's context. With people getting busy with their hectic life, there is a growing trend of unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyle. In the pursuit of money, health has been left far behind. Now, one cannot give up on his/her career, but they certainly can opt for a health insurance policy that offers protection against unexpected medical emergencies. Health insurance is ignored by people for many reasons, and this has led to India's problem of "under-insurance." Herein, people opt for an inadequate amount or rather do not opt for any health insurance thinking that no ailment can affect them. Another reason given by people is that the premium for health insurance is very high, and they cannot afford it. 

Affordable Health Insurance – is it a reality?

The excuse that health insurance is expensive is not true. Affordable health insurance is a reality and has benefitted many families for the past few years. With the rapid integration of technology in the insurance sector, many insurance companies are now offering their services online. You can easily purchase or renew health insurance online in a few clicks. As most companies have taken their operations online, the cost of availing and renewing health insurance has gone down substantially.

If you are still unsure about the affordability of health insurance plans, here are some tips to help you select an affordable health insurance policy for yourself as well as your family:

Understand your requirements:  First of all, you need to understand yours and your family's health insurance requirements. Consider factors like the number of members, their age, existing conditions, family health history etc. This will help you understand the extent of coverage that you require. 

  • Start early: Health insurance premium against a new policy for a young person of 25 years will be much lower than for a mature person of around 50 years of age. This is due to the risk involved for the insurer. So, you must subscribe to a health insurance policy as soon as you start work, to enjoy the lowest premiums. Then gradually, keep on enhancing the coverage of your policy as your income rises. 
  • Do some research: Several online insurance marketplaces have come-up, which allows you to compare policies from different insurers easily. As these marketplaces eliminate the agent from the transaction, the cost of the policy goes down substantially. By comparing the coverage of different policies, you can reduce your premium payments significantly. 
  • Opt for a floater policy:  You can opt for a floater policy wherein one policy covers your entire family, including dependants. Instead of paying separate premiums, you only need to pay a single premium and will get insurance coverage for the whole family.
  • Tax Benefits: You can claim an income tax deduction of up to Rs. 25,000 for the health insurance premiums paid in a financial year for yourself and your family. If you pay a health insurance premium of your parents, you can claim an additional tax deduction. Thereby, you can save substantially on your income tax liabilities. 
  • Online renewal: When you renew health insurance online, through the insurance company's website or any online marketplace, you can enjoy lower premiums. As the companies do not need to pay any commissions, you can save a significant amount of money by opting to renew health insurance online.

The benefits offered by a health insurance plan are too good to be ignored just because you think health insurance is unaffordable. Do some research, and you will see that health insurance is indeed affordable and is rather a necessity for your family.

Benefits of daily cycling

In modern times, various lifestyle-related ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, depression, obesity, etc. have started affecting people from a young age. Due to 24*7 use of smartphones, unhealthy eating habits, and a lack of physical exercise, more and more people are getting affected by these lifestyle diseases. While you may have the best health insurance policy in India, you need to engage in regular physical exercise to stay fit and healthy. There are various forms of exercises that you can indulge in, but the benefits of daily cycling are too good to be ignored. 

Cycling is regarded as one of the best ways to stay away from lifestyle conditions and reduce the risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Additionally, it is one of the cheapest, enjoyable, and useful physical workouts. If you are still unsure about the benefits of daily cycling, here are the health benefits of regular cycling:

  • Fewer chances of injury: Cycling hardly causes any strain and can be enjoyed by people of all age groups. There are minimum chances of injuries while cycling, as compared to other forms of exercise.
  • Time-efficient: Cycling is one of the most time-efficient exercises you can engage in. Not only does it offer you several health benefits, but it can also be used as a means of transport. It will help you get rid of your inactive lifestyle and save your travelling expenses as well.
  • Easy to learn: Even if you do not know how to cycle, it will only take you a few hours to get the hang of it. There is no need for strong physical skills, and it does not need a lot of practice to learn it; it is one of the easiest exercises to learn. You can start from low-intensity mode and increase as you get used to it.
  • Boosts your stamina: Cycling engages several muscles in your body and thereby helps boost your stamina over time. It also improves your lower body strength as well as aerobic fitness. 
  • Reduces stress levels: Going for cycling in the morning helps you come closer to nature. The fresh morning air acts as stress-buster and enables you to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. 
  • Freedom from obesity: Cycling is one of the most useful workouts to help you get rid of excess fat from your body. It boosts the metabolism rate and helps build muscles. Within a few weeks of cycling, you would start witnessing a reduction in your weight; and would feel active and fit.
  • Reduces the risk of specific cancers: Research has proven that regular cycling reduces the risk of various types of cancers such as breast cancer, colon cancer, and bowel cancer.

With various health benefits on offer, cycling is undoubtedly one of the most useful forms of physical exercises available. To enjoy good health and freedom from health-related stress, it is essential that you eat a healthy diet, engage in regular physical activity, and subscribe to the best health insurance policy in India. 

Five things you should know about personal accident insurance

Financial security is a priority for any family and having health insurance is one of the first steps towards keeping your family secure during health emergencies. But, what about other emergencies which are beyond the coverage of any health insurance policy?

Zeenat, a single parent of a 6-year-old daughter, takes as many precautions for her daughter's well being as she can. She has saved enough for daughter’s future in forms of fixed deposits and mutual funds. She has also taken health insurance for both to secure against any health emergencies. The planning seems perfect for a family of two people except for a loophole, not having an accident cover that could put all in vain if something goes wrong.

According to a report by the TOI, In India alone, about 1.49 lakh people lost their lives by road accidents in 2018. Personal accident insurance is an answer to such life-threatening situations, as a family gets shattered just by the news of an accident, let alone the future consequences that might bring substantial financial burden. However, before you go for a personal accident insurance plan, here are some things that you must know:

1. What is personal accident insurance?

A personal accident insurance policy gives you a cover against accidents. It could be a road accident, a sudden fall, or any situation that leads to a disability or even death. Having personal accident insurance will save your expenses during such an emergency, and the insured amount would also take care of the loss of income that occurred during this period.

2. What does a personal accident insurance plan offer you?

Personal accident insurance generally envelops accidental death, permanent total disablement, permanent partial disablement and temporary total disablement.

But one thing that worries a person is what if the medical expense goes beyond what his policy can cover? With Magma HDI's Individual Accident Policy cover, a person can opt for Medical Expense Extension and Hospital Confinement Allowance.

3. What does the personal accident policy not cover?

It does not cover natural death due to drug addiction or alcoholism, adventurous sport, a breach of law with criminal intent, suicide-attempt, pregnancy, war, civil war, invasion, act of foreign enemies, revolution, insurrection or mutiny, pregnancy, participation in any naval, military or air force operations, curative treatments or interventions.

4. What is the need for personal accident insurance?

The need arises from the gap that health insurance and a life insurance policy will not cover. While, health insurance mainly covers the severe ailments and any other health emergencies, a life insurance policy pays compensation only in case of death. A personal accident insurance policy, on the other, is equally important for your insurance portfolio, which covers the policyholder in case of hospitalization or even in case of death due to an accident.

5. What is the ideal personal accident insurance?

The ideal personal accident insurance depends on individual exposure to situations and risks. For example, if your profession requires extensive travel, opt a plan that covers your international travel.

Go for the best personal accident insurance plan that ensures the maximum coverage and financial stability in the event of any accident.

Home Security during festive seasons

Though the home is a synonym of safety, home burglaries are common and have gone up rapidly in recent times. Festival theft is another concern, and a study shows that the highest home burglary rate in India is during festive seasons. Read on to know about five preventive steps to ensure your home is a safer haven during the festival season and after.

Hiring a security guard or a watchman

Most of the housing societies execute due diligence on the security features, including hiring trained security guards. If you are not living in one of the high-rise buildings rather a private land-based home, then a security guard is a must for you. A trustworthy watchman is a resource who works as a deterrent to burglars and ensures the complete safety of your home. Opt for a guard from professionally licensed security companies and always take a security guard that has previous security experience and is adequately verified.

Under surveillance — installing CCTVs

Technology is more of a boon than a bane for all. According to a Delhi Police report, crime reports have decreased to half after installing CCTVs in Old Delhi's Chandni Chowk Market. The same statement holds true for most of the residential colonies. Installing CCTVs at your home allows you to keep an eye on suspicious elements and prevents any potential theft. During the festive season, it is more imperative to have a security scanner that alerts you about any suspicious activity around your premises.

Lock it all when you leave

During the festival season, there is a spurt in burglary, even in locked houses. When you need to leave your home, make sure that all your windows and doors are closed and properly secured. One of the biggest mistakes people make is hiding the keys in the most obvious places, under the rug or behind the nameplate. Also, don't let burglars assume that no one is in the house. Ask neighbours or depute someone to pick the newspaper from the doorways and switch on the door lights in the night.

Bank lockers are better than home safes

There is no argument that a bank locker is always a safer place for your valuables. Banks have a robust security system to safeguard your valuables. The presence of a security guard and a high level of surveillance to monitor entry and exit in the bank's locker room add another layer of security protection to your valuables. However, if you are still keeping jewelry and valuables for the festive season at home, use electronic safes ranging from mechanical safe to the wall-mounted high-end safes.

And, consider taking a home insurance cover

Security tools and technology will help make your home secure to a certain extent, but considering the increase in home burglaries nowadays, nothing can be said with surety. A good head start would be opting for the best home insurance policy in India that safeguards your home from any loss and damage.

What are the frequently asked questions about motor insurance?

Getting motor insurance regardless of the fact that whether it is new or old, is always confusing. Technical jargons, guarantee amount, clauses, picking motor insurance company, etc. are some things which everybody does not understand, and it leads them to make wrong decisions. They all look lucrative from afar, but which is the right one.

Hence, here we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that will help you in getting the right motor insurance for you.

Question: What does a motor insurance cover?

Motor insurance covers you against any financial burden due to damage of your insured vehicle.

Question: Does the motor insurance offer different coverage types?

Yes, different types of insurance coverage types are available such as bodily liability, comprehensive, property damage liability and uninsured and underinsured and collision. You can choose the insurance coverage type as per your needs and requirements.

Question: Is buying motor insurance mandatory?

Yes, it is mandatory to buy motor insurance though the laws of carrying insurance vary from state to state. It is recommended you visit the online website of the government transportation of your state to make sure that you got the right motor insurance.

Question: Is a motor insurance expensive?

Yes, motor insurance is relatively expensive. Though you should also consider the credit report and driving the history of your vehicle while buying insurance.

Question: What happens if I forget to pay the premium fee for my insurance policy?

You will get a warning notice from the motor insurance company. But if you forget paying a premium fee over and over again, they can either issue late charges or will cancel your policy. So, it is recommended to pay your premium fee on time.

Question: Can I change the motor insurance coverage if I want to change it?

Yes, if you want to change the motor insurance coverage then you can, but you might need to pay a cancellation fee. But if you wait till the policy maturity then you can change the coverage without extra fee.

Question: How can I get a discount on motor insurance?

Discounts are quite common when it comes to motor insurance. Different motor insurance companies offer different deals and discounts on motor insurance so you can choose the right one as per your needs and requirements.

Question: Can my gender affect the amount of the premium fee?

Yes, gender affects the premium rates of motor insurance. According to the statistics, male drivers are generally involved in more accidents. Therefore, companies offer motor insurance at a higher premium fee to males as compared to females.

Question: Can I get motor insurance even if my vehicle is more than 20 years old?

It depends upon the shape and condition of the vehicle you have. If your vehicle is not in a condition to get coverage, then it is not recommended you to get higher coverage and it does not make sense to spend a higher amount onto it.

Question: What is No Claim Bonus?

It is a discount after a claim-free year or an incentive for driving safe and avoiding accidents.

Question: What are the documents that are required to be submitted for a Motor Insurance claim?

Required documents differ from company to company but some of the most important document that would be required are: Claim form, registration copy of the vehicle, an estimate of the loss, original repair invoice and payment receipt.

Buy the best car Insurance with this Guide

Buying a car is no more a family dream as people are investing in a car in their early careers. With the increase in pollution and traffic in most of the metro cities, ditching your two-wheeler for a car would seem a better idea for a comfortable ride to the office.

We get all excited while planning to buy a new car and would end up visiting various car showrooms to extract the best bid in our budget. However, when it comes to purchasing insurance for the Car, we would hardly care to see what it actually covers and prefer policies with minimum premium.

Purchasing the correct vehicle insurance is although little tricky, we present a primary point-agenda to buy the best vehicle protection with the best car insurance price in India to make your life simpler.

What should a comprehensive car insurance plan cover? 
1. Any damage to the Car due to Natural disasters: 

Since natural calamities are not in our control, anything such as earthquake, storm, cyclone, landslide, Tsunami, etc. must be covered in your plan.

2. Any damage Due to Man-Made disasters:

Any damage caused due to a terrorist attack, a riot, strike and during the transportation of your Car should also be compensated by your insurance plan.

3. Personal Accident Cover: 

It's imperative that your Car insurance also provides for you and your family in case of an unfortunate accident resulting in partial or full disability and even death. Under a comprehensive policy you 

4. Third-Party Legal Liability:

If a third party suffers any damages during the accidents or a surrounding property gets damaged, this cover protects you against the legal liability.

What is not covered under a Motor Insurance NOT cover?
  • Driving the car under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Intentional loss and damage to the vehicle.
  • If someone else is driving your car and it is damaged while being driven by that person.
  • Driving without a license.
  • Damage caused due to war, mutiny, invasion by the enemy, nuclear risk.
  • Any mechanical or electrical breakdown of the Car due to Driver's mistake or because of the condition of the vehicle.
Always pick a top-rated agency 

If it's cheap, it's compromised, hence don't get attracted by any plan that assures a full coverage under a low premium fee. In case of an emergency, the priority is getting your claim as early as possible. Go for a reputed company in the market that provides fast claim settlements along with great customer service.

Key factors to consider before purchasing Car insurance:
  • Allowance for the commute - If your Car is under repair, make sure your plan includes an allowance for the daily commute by your insurer.
  • Cover for lost car keys - If you lost your car keys or someone has broken into the lock system, you will get cover for replacing the lock.
  • Cover for hotel stay - Suppose your Car has become immobile after involving in an accident and you need to stay nearby while it is being repaired, your plan must bear the expenses of your stay in a hotel.
  • No Claim Bonus - If you haven't filed a claim during the period of your policy, you can apply for a no-claim bonus. Also, if you make only one claim, you still get to keep your NCB.
  • Repair of glass, rubber, plastic and fibre parts - If such parts of the car are damaged, you can get them repaired, and this does not affect your No Claim Bonus.
  • Lost Personal Belongings and Baggage Cover - If your Car doesn't have an anti-theft device that is approved by the Automobile Research Association of India, the insurance company gives you cover for the lost personal belongings. 
Bottom line!

While you spend so much time researching the latest model, the jazziest colours, the snazziest of safety features, also choose the best car insurance policy in India that offers you higher protection against.

Car Insurance Policy status checks simplified

Thanks to higher disposal incomes and many attractive car loans available in the market, owning a car in India is no more a luxury. You spend a good amount of money to select a model, accessories, and safety measures like gear lock and central locking for your proud possession. But, have you ever given a thought about why your car requires a valid car insurance policy? As driving in India has its own perils, the Motor Act, 1988 made it mandatory for all car owners to possess a valid car insurance policy. 

The car insurance policy not only indemnifies you in the event of an accident, damage, theft, or loss affecting your car but also offers protection in case of third-party liability. Instead of treating your car insurance policy as an expense, you must consider it as a protection.

Here are some of the most noteworthy key points that will help you to understand the benefits of having car insurance.

  • Monetary benefits of a comprehensive car insurance 

    One of the key benefits of a car insurance policy is the reimbursement in the form of financial benefits if the car meets with an accident or gets stolen.

  • Cashless repair facility

    The benefit of cashless repair facility can be availed when an accident-related repair is completed in a network garage. Protection against losses caused due to natural calamities like earthquakes and fire.

  • Protection against third-party liability and legal cases.

    A good car insurance policy provides you protection caused to a third-party, like injuries, damage to another vehicle, or death while using your vehicle.

How to select a recognized car insurance firm?

It is essential for you to know if the insurance company is registered with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA). Before you plan to buy car insurance online from an insurer, validate that the company is featured in the IRDA list of authorized insurance companies.

How to check your car insurance status online?

Once you have purchased a car insurance policy, it is advisable to keep your Car Insurance details handy at all times which might be required at the time of filing an insurance claim.

If you are unsure about the status of your car insurance policy, then you can check it on the official website of the Insurance Information Bureau (IIB), which has been created by the IRDA (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority). 

When you are performing the car insurance policy status, check on the IIB website, you must take care of the following points:

  • In case the car insurance policy has been issued recently, the details will not be available online.
  • While entering the car number, do not use spaces or any special characters.
  • Please note that data is available only for those policies, which have been issued after March 2010.
  • This option can be utilized for a maximum of 3 times by using your mobile number or email id. 

With the car insurance status checks been made simple, it is easier for you to keep track of your car insurance policy. Make sure that you renew your car insurance policy before the expiry date of the present policy to enjoy continued protection against damages. 

These essential Car Insurance tips will help you file a claim with your insurer and get it approved without any hassles. You can also buy or renew your Car Insurance online instantly as per your preference.

Car insurance premium is influenced by these factors

Having a car insured takes many brainstorming sessions in which you have to consider several factors. The premiums paid towards a car insurance policy can be a wrecking ball to your hard-earned money. The requirement for purchasing a suitable policy is something that can't be overlooked. An ideal approach to manage this undesirable circumstance is to know about significant components that influence the vehicle insurance premium. The adequate knowledge of these determinants will enable you to have decent policy terms from the best car insurance company in India with the same advantages and deductibles. Here are some of the factors that directly affect the premium rates,

  • Type of Car – Undoubtedly, the subject of your insurance that is your car determines your premium rates and is one of the significant factors considered under the premium bar as some of the vehicles are either stolen; lack specific safety measures or incur more repair costs.
  • Driving Habits of the Driver – If you have a record of bad driving, accidents or too many traffic fines under your belt then the insurance companies may refuse to give insurance or charge the high cost of the policy as they strictly adjudge that another accident is prone to happen soon. However, if you make sincere efforts to drive safely, your record may lose value over time, and your insurance premiums can be more manageable for you.
  • Demographic Factors – Things like your age, profession, geographical location have quite a weight on your insurance premium allocation. For instance, if you live in densely populated regions, then you are more prone to collisions, thefts or injuries hence higher the premium. Whereas, if you live nearly in a hamlet, then your premium may descend accordingly. Similarly, take age or gender; for example, if you are young and reckless, you may have to shell higher premium amounts. In some cases, women tend to pay lesser premium than man. No reason, just giving an edge to gender parity and all.
  • Customized Car Insurance Policy- Another primary reason for increment and decrement of insurance premiums. A well-customized car plan that completes the necessities of your desired car may cost you high premium rates. Many insurance firms offer well-tailored policy plans that would prove beneficial to the insured on a personal basis.
  • Car coverage and choice of deductibles - Insurance premiums may vary depending upon the type of coverage the insured chooses for their car. Types of coverage depend upon the state of the car; they could be collision, liability, comprehensive, personal injury protection coverage, etc. A deductible is an amount you pay before your policy period to pay for an uncovered loss, setting high deductibles indicates less money to pay in policy.

In the end, one must ensure that paying for car insurance is an essential part of owning a car. Hence, try to come with a pivotal decision that would lower your premium at any cost.

Choosing the right health insurance for our family

Health problems can occur suddenly and without preamble, and it can often mess up your financial planning with unexpected expenses. It has made health insurance important for every family to help decrease any unplanned financial burden. Though most of the companies provide their employees with health insurance coverage, it is not sufficient and can also exclude many ailments. Emergencies do not see our feasibility; hence, a reckless attitude towards health could put you in financial risk. Also, if we are paying for a thing, we tend to be very careful about the benefits we would be receiving.

However, it is not just about taking a health insurance plan; instead, it is about choosing the right health plan for your family to get the maximum benefits at the time of emergency. It is essential that you understand various factors that will help you choose the right health insurance policy.  Here are a few essential things you should know while deciding to buy a health insurance plan.

What kind of health plan suits you?

Health insurance plans can be indemnity plans and defined benefit plans. The defined benefit plan pays a lump sum amount for treatment without going into the detailed breakup of hospital expenses. On the other hand, an indemnity plan reimburses the hospital expenses. It is recommended that your health insurance portfolio should have indemnity plans and additional critical illness plans which are defined benefit plans. 

Which indemnity cover suits you: Individual health insurance or family floater?

If you want extensive coverage, individual health insurance is the option. In this type, you will buy separate plans for each member of the family, and premium for each policy will be based on the age, and respective sum assured. However, if you are a family person, it is recommended that you buy a family floater (FF) plan to cover your whole family. Then you will not need to buy separate policies for each family member. The premium for family floater plans is also less than individual plans, and there is a higher sum assured. The most important factor is that anyone can use the amount for medical treatment. Also, it is possible to cover parents if they are senior citizens with a slightly higher premium.

Other important considerations while choosing health insurance for your family:
  • Select the sum insured based on your age and marital status, because the risk is less when you are younger, and it climbs as you grow older.
  • Select a plan that has a minimum waiting period for pre-existing health conditions.
  • Select a plan that allows you to renew at 75 or 80 years of age.
  • Consider the range of hospitals that the insurer is affiliated with.
  • Compare premiums and plans from more than one insurer and remember to read the customer reviews.
  • Read between the lines to understand the exclusions.

Insurance does not guarantee good health, but it will help you in taking care of your loved ones the best way possible during health emergencies. 

Easy ways to choose affordable health insurance

Medical facilities in India have now achieved the status of being “world-class,” allowing the people of country with access to best treatment within the country. This improvement in facilities has come along with a substantial increase in medical expenses. As a result, purchasing health insurance in India has become a necessity because covering medical expenses from your own pocket has become virtually impossible. In fact, if your parents are in their older years, you must opt for health insurance in India for parents to allow them access to best-in-class treatment for their ailments, without jeopardising their financial future. Due to the efforts of the Government and leading insurance companies, awareness regarding health insurance has improved significantly in India.

With multiple insurance companies operating in India and offering various health insurance plans, it is certainly possible that you are confused regarding the best option. If you are unsure regarding the best policy for you, then read on to know about the easy ways to choose affordable health insurance:

  • Understand your requirement: Firstly, understand the extent of coverage you require. This will depend on numerous factors like your age, family size, premium affordability, and future health requirements. Moreover, if your parents do not have a health cover, then you must get health insurance in India for parents. Also, there are various additional covers available, which can come handy in case of certain conditions.
  • Coverage for ailments: Nowadays, there are several health insurance policies that offer coverage for specific critical illnesses. You need to ascertain the type of diseases you wish to cover under your health insurance policy before opting for an option.
  • Coverage for pre-existing ailments: Different health insurance policies offer different waiting period for pre-existing illnesses. You need to identify a plan that has a minimum waiting period. This will save you from unexpected hospitalisation expenses in case you need treatment for the ailment before the completion of the waiting period.
  • Claim-settlement ratio: This ratio signifies the percentage of claims that the insurer settles out of every 100 claims received. You need to opt for an insurer with the highest claim settlement ratio so that your claim would not be rejected for any frivolous reason.
  • Cashless hospitalisation: Different insurance companies have agreements with different TPAs (Third Party Administrators). These different TPAs have different hospitals on their panel. You should opt for an insurer who offers maximum hospitals for cashless treatment. Moreover, the hospitals near your home should be covered under the panel of the TPA, as it would convenient for you in the need of emergency.
  • Compare the premiums: Last but not the least, make it a point to compare the premiums of different insurance companies. For the same extent of coverage, different insurance companies charge different premiums. Nevertheless, there are various plans that offer cheaper premium but also have reduced coverage. There are various online platforms where you can easily compare various health insurance plans, their coverage, and other essential parameters.

The importance of choosing the right health insurance plan cannot be neglected as it is directly associated with your health. So, never rush but always make an informed decision after carefully comparing various crucial factors affecting your health plan.

Events when your Marine Cargo insurance claim gets rejected

With the continuous rise in international trade, the volume of marine cargo is also increasing. Marine cargo has always been and will be an important component of international trade. With more and more businesses opting to transport their goods through marine cargo, the market is on the rise for shipping companies. This increase in business also increases the importance of having a comprehensive marine cargo insurance policy.

Irrespective of the fact how simple you might think a marine cargo insurance policy is, several claims get rejected every year due to one reason or another. You must, therefore, immediately take the necessary steps to ensure that your insurance claim does not meet the same fate.

Here is a list of the events when your marine cargo insurance claim can get rejected and how you can avoid them.

  • 1. Insurance policy is not proper: - Not all marine cargo insurance policies cover for all types of damages. This is why you must have a comprehensive marine cargo insurance policy. If your policy does not cover the damage for which you have filed a claim, your claim will get rejected. Moreover, any changes in the constitution of your assignment or cargo might also lead to this rejection. You must, therefore, review for policy periodically and get it updated as and when required.
  • 2. Mistakes in filing the claim: - Whether you have failed to file your claim within the requisite period or have filled the claim form incorrectly or have filed a claim under a wrong policy, the marine insurance companies will not hesitate in rejecting your application. Even, if they do not dismiss the claim outright, they might delay it for many days. Therefore, you must give this responsibility to an expert who has successfully filed such claims in the past. 
  • 3. Mishandling of goods: - If you have not packed the goods correctly or your personnel has been mishandling them, then the insurance claims filed thereon will be rejected by the insurer. You must, therefore, ensure proper packaging and careful handling of the goods on your vessel. 
  • 4. Perishable Goods: - Even if your insurance policy specifies that losses suffered due to delays will be compensated, it does not cover damages caused to goods of perishable nature. You must, therefore, check with your insurance company if such goods are covered under the policy or not, before accepting them. 
  • 5. Negligent Maintenance: - If you have not been paying attention to the maintenance of your vessel, marine insurance companies will certainly reject your claim. As your vessel will be plying in rough waters as well, so the chances of it suffering from damages are very high. These damages must be repaired as soon as possible to ensure the safety of the personnel as well as the cargo. You must, therefore, ensure that your vessel undergoes regular maintenance and follows safety and standard operating procedures. You should also keep a log of the repair and maintenance work carried out on the vessel, as it will help with your claim later on.

You must therefore carefully assess your needs, discuss them with your marine insurance company and only then subscribe to a comprehensive marine cargo insurance policy that caters to all your requirements. 

Tips for a homeowner facing a fire or smoke damage

Disasters have many faces and can strike anytime, anywhere; they can be seen in the form of quakes, floods, gas leaks, explosions, etc. and one of the most commonly known faces of disaster is fire. Damage felt after a partial or full-blown fire mishap is quite painful and nearly unrecoverable. However, if you have your house insured with ironclad insurance from a well-reputed fire insurance company, then your hassles can be reduced to a minimum.

A fire insurance policy plays an essential role in dealing with the losses and damages incurred due to fire. It is highly recommended to purchase fire insurance to safeguard your homes from any future calamity that a sudden fire or smoke can cause.

Here are some of the tips you can follow if you face damage from fire or smoke in your homes.

  • Ask for an advance against your claim: -  Right after the house has been gutted to fire, you might be forced to evacuate the house, considering the dangerous situation because of the smoke. In this case, you are eligible to get an advance from your insurance company so that you can buy your daily essentials. Inform your insurance company and ask it to issue a cheque and bring it to wherever you are staying. It will help you in this dire need and will be enough for your survival until your claim gets accepted.
  • Checking for the extent of losses: - Once the fire tragedy is controlled, the first act of the homeowner is to calculate or check for the damage extent of personal belongings and property loss in the fire. Once the total loss is measured and counted, it will be easier for you to negotiate with officials handling the claim process.
  • Having your receipts documented: - After facing a disastrous house fire, you may be forced to live in a temporary dwelling like a hotel or guesthouse close to your vicinity. It would be ideal to secure all the receipts, document all the costs and expenses carefully. Once you receive the claim for the house fire, you may also get a compensated amount you incurred on your living expenses.
  • Check bank statements if you don’t have a receipt: - People tend to be careless when it comes to saving receipts for every new thing that they buy. While we might save receipts of the electronic items for warranty or claiming a refund, it’s not easy to keep those long bills every time you go for grocery shopping. However, your every online transaction would bring a huge relief; hence look for credit card statements and bank statements to prove the value of items.
  • Back up your vocal claims with evidence: - After the fire tragedy, some items are destroyed or damaged to such an extent that for the insurer, it could be challenging to identify for assigning the claim. So, as a responsible party, you ought to click as many pictures and shoot videos as possible of the damaged, smoked rooms to show the physical evidence of the actual damage before it gets wiped by a restoration company.

First-time car insurance buyer's guide

Buying your first car can be a little overwhelming. You work persistently and save your hard-earned money aside to buy the vehicle of your choice. However, keeping your vehicle safe and secure is a necessary next step after your purchase. Accidents occur anytime and anywhere. Having a comprehensive car insurance policy to back up those damages is a wise decision to make.

These days, you may buy a car insurance policy online or by contacting a service agent at your convenience and get your vehicle insured. With a sound knowledge of car insurance policies, you can optimize your purchase and savour great benefits. Read along to have a better grasp of your first-time insurance purchase.

Purpose of Car Insurance

'Use it or lose it' is a common motto on which car insurance policy runs; to benefit from it, you need to pay a yearly premium. On the off chance that you are lucky enough not to have gone through a severe road mishap, you lose the premium sum paid for insurance. Then again, you get a No Claim Bonus, which is a quite significant sum beginning from 20% of the premium in the first year to 50% in the sixth, which is the reason why you shouldn't go for minor harms claim.

Different Covers under Policy Terms

A well-framed car insurance policy covers the damages due to natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, storms, typhoons, etc. Secondly, it includes the loss incurred due to manual disturbances like riots, theft, terrorist attacks, fires, etc. Thirdly, you as the insured can access the personal accident cover for your family if you die or suffer disability post-collision or mishap. Some company even offers benefits to co-passengers at the time of the accident. Your insurance policy covers the third-party liabilities like if you accidentally damage a third person's car or he dies of injuries due to collision, your insurer will protect you from legal repercussions.

Additional Benefits and Covers

One of the pluses of having a comprehensive car insurance policy is that you get various additional perks. It may raise the premium amounts a bit, but the level of your car's safety is maximized. Some of the add-ons can be;

  • Windshield or car glass cover 
  • Accident cover for a paid driver or unknown passenger
  • Depreciation waiver
  • Personal belongings damage/theft cover
Hiring an Insurance Advisor

During the brainstorming sessions of buying your first auto insurance, it is natural to get perplexed with different coverage benefits. A simple way to tackle that confusion is to get in touch with an insurance agent who is well versed with different company's policy premiums and covers. He can advise you along the way to look over your shortlisted insurers by comparing their proposed rates. He may also identify premium discounts for your first-time policy purchase.

Going for a comprehensive car insurance policy is prudent. It gives a well-rounded cover for your car. So, it's highly advisable to get in touch with your financial experts and buy a car insurance plan today.

Hazards of shipping goods by the sea & how marine insurance can help

Ocean shipping is one of the most cost-effective means to ship out your goods to international borders. If a business acquires large bulks of orders from foreign customers wherein there are no quick delivery protocols, then shipping goods by the sea is the most viable option. However, there are some demerits attached to this practical advantage. Shipping goods via sea or ocean floor depends highly on factors like; weather, human-error, technical issues, and etc.

The hazards of not comprehending such factors might lead to disasters or accidents in the ocean, which further adds monumental loss to both business owners and the environment. This can be easily averted if you plan and get hold of proper marine insurance to combat the risks of shipping. Some of the better-known dangers related to sea shipping and how insurance can help tackle them includes;

  • The occurrence of natural calamities - Perils never comes knocking on doors; they strike on decks without a single warning. Thunderous sea-storms, cyclones or tsunamis can destroy well set stocks and lives of those sailing on carrier ships. We cannot challenge the force of nature but what we can do is opt for Marine insurance online to cover the losses, injuries, or damage caused during such natural disasters.
  • Human Errors - There are certain dangers caused by man that could lead to a disastrous situation. Having untrained ship sailors or workers who load and unload goods with negligence and carelessness might create rooms for few accidents to occur in transit.
    A reliable shield in the form of marine insurance to handle the mismanagement of shipping goods by workers would be a great help in such situations.
  • Geographical Hazards - Apart from natural distress signs, there are other forms of dangers present at sea in the name of geography. Try remembering Titanic, an unsinkable ship that sank nevertheless by hitting a massive iceberg. Big cargo ships going through narrow canals, icebergs, rocky shores or shallow coral reefs can get caught on sides or bottom, hence creating unimagined losses.
    Mitigating such losses by having a rational marine insurance plan is one way, and another way is to have the ship properly tested for such hazards and assign a well trained, professional staff for commandeering the vessel.
  • Technological Issues - Such issues are more or less related to the ship's structure, engineering equipment, navigational tools, or motor engines. If the boat starts leaking oil in the ocean or one of the propellers is jammed due to long years of service, it could sustain significant damage to the goods on board.
    To avoid such substantial financial losses; having a well-planned marine policy that can cover the ship's outer and inner structure after a thorough inspection is the right way to go.

Businesses work for profit and if your business requires delivering goods via sea or ocean, then why not keep yourself financially protected with a Marine Insurance cover and keep the profits intact.

How can we keep our bike insured while relocating?

Whether due to work-related tasks or personal matters, relocating has become a way of life. It is no secret that relocation to a new city is full of various hassles and can turn out to be a stressful experience. While there are multiple aspects that you need to contemplate while moving to a new city, one crucial aspect you should pay attention to is ensuring the safe relocation of your two-wheeler. In the hustle and bustle of relocation, it is very easy for you to overlook an important aspect related to the relocation of your two-wheeler and that is to keep it insured with the best two-wheeler insurance in India during, as well as after the relocation process is complete.

Of course, you love your two-wheeler and would want the best two-wheeler insurance in India, but when it comes to relocating it to a new city, you can be caught unprepared. If you are unaware of the various important factors related to your two-wheeler insurance policy that must be taken care of during relocation, then here is all the information you need: 

  • 1. Update your address: First and foremost, you must inform your insurance company regarding the impending move and apply for an update of your address. Your mailing address serves as an important channel of communication between you and your insurer. By updating your address in the company records, you can avoid many issues later on when you need to submit a claim.
  • 2. Re-register your two-wheeler: If you are relocating for more than one year or permanently, it is advisable to re-register your vehicle to get a local registration number. For this, you need to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from your previous road transport office. Subsequently, notify your insurance company regarding this change through official channels, and you will have no issues later on while making a claim.
  • 3. Obtain NOC from Police: You must also obtain an NOC from your local police station as well as traffic police. This is to ensure that no challans or accident cases are pending against the vehicle. Obtaining these NOCs will guarantee that you do not face any problems in the new location. 
  • 4. Check Network of Cashless Garages: You can contact your insurance company regarding the availability of cashless garages in your new city. This will allow you to get any repair done on a cashless basis; otherwise, you will have to pay for the expenses from your pocket and later on, file a reimbursement claim.
  • 5. Upgrade your policy: Different cities can have different traffic situations, and this might prompt you to add or remove any cover from your insurance. If you feel the need to do so, get in touch with your insurance company and seek guidance on how to complete this process. Moreover, based on the zonal risk involved, the insurance company may increase or reduce your premium as well.
  • 6. No Claim Bonus: Do not worry about the No Claim Bonus (NCB) that you have accumulated against your two-wheeler insurance in India. It will follow you wherever you go. NCB is offered to a driver, not to the vehicle, so even if you were to purchase a new two-wheeler or transfer to a new insurer, your NCB would stay intact. 

So, keep these points in mind while relocating and enjoy continued insurance coverage against your two-wheeler without any hassles.

How to choose your health insurance company wisely?

Humans have the most precious gift from God in the name of health, and we ought to do our utmost to sustain the benefits of that gift for a healthy and happy life. Eating healthy, choosing your living habits are all counted measures, which you take on a personal level daily. However, there is one more step taken for the long-term benefit of your healthy life, and it is getting health insurance.

Take a step back and think about it, you plan to have a house, baby, manage school fees, bank accounts, and even design your dream wedding before finding the right match. Similarly, covering your health via a good insurance company should be a well-thought priority. Many insurance companies in India have tailored essential health plans, which meet your needs adequately with reasonable premiums and added benefits.

Finding the best healthcare insurance company for you, your parents and kids in India is not easy. It takes good hours of discussions, debates, and comparisons to come up with the best possible choice. Here are a few relevant pointers for you to consider while choosing your health insurance firm;

  • Listing the available reputed Insurer – Selecting the right Insurance Company is as important as the policy itself. Out of those available options, you have to shortlist and select the ones with good brand value or reputation along with plentitudes of customer satisfaction.
  • Comparison Among the top Contenders Is Must – A significant step before you buy your houses or smartphones is comparing the prices, quality, long term returns, etc. Similarly, before investing your hard-earned money in a health insurance policy from an insurance company, you must compare certain aspects like premium rates, coverage values, and optional benefits.
  • Coverage, Premium Benefits are Best Bidders - The dominating factors of deciding any insurance plan is that of coverage and premiums. So, it is highly suggestive for you to go through the insurance documents carefully and make a decision, which gives you maximum benefits and coverage as an insured party.
  • Claim Settlement Ratio - This goes without saying that if a health insurance company has an excellent claim settlement ratio, then you have a bright chance of getting your medical claims on time. Your job is to understand in-depth how the company conducts and manages the claim settlements to avoid any delays or refusals, when in need.
  • Having a Well Maintained Hospital Network - Many healthcare companies maintain a pool of top private and public hospitals for cashless medical treatments, so that their customers would not worry about spending their own money and focus on getting their health back on track.
  • 24x7 Customer Support System – It is imperative to know if the insurer provides excellent 24x7 customer support. Many health companies claim to provide seamless and trouble-free hospitalization and claim settlement, however, check their social media pages, Internet reviews, independent insurance websites, or ask for references before finalizing.

Take these pointers by heart and start searching for the best health insurance company for your family as no matter the levels of success you achieve in life, health has and should always come first.

How to find the best personal accident insurance plans for you?

Optimism is good but it doesn’t mean that we don’t prepare ourselves for the unforeseen circumstances thinking “it will not happen to us”. Accidents are as unpredictable as anything, we can take measures to face the minimum damage but we cannot avoid a sudden fall for eg. wearing a helmet while riding a bike is a precautionary measure but if you fall and get yourself hurt, you might save your head but what about the knee?

A personal accident insurance cover ensures that you will be financially protected against any such mishaps but the most suitable or the best personal accident policy for you would be the one that takes care of your head as well as your knee which means it gives you full coverage.

Apart from this, keep an eye on the percentage of the promised pay-out. For example: In case, if someone gets highly injured during an accident which leads to amputation of a body part then claim towards the insurance policy might be restricted to 50% of the total sum assured. So, don’t forget to read every clause of the policy before signing it.The same is true here while choosing the best personal accident policy in India, don’t forget to read the policy lingo, jargons and the clauses word by word carefully

Key factors to consider while choosing the best personal accident policy in India includes!!!

Plan type: First of all, you need to decide the insurance policy type that you want to purchase. You can choose any plan from an individual plan to a family accident plan as per your needs and requirements. If your family is financially dependent on you then safeguarding your family against accident is always a good option. 

Premium: Premium is another factor that you need to consider while choosing the right accidental insurance for you. Of course, everyone wants to get higher coverage while paying a lower amount of premium fees. Choose the one which has an appropriate balance between the premium charged and the coverage. You should never choose minimal coverage insurance just because of the low-cost premium charges. Consider your needs, read out the policy and then make the right choice.

Policy coverage: The higher the coverage, the safer you will feel. So, you should choose a wide accident coverage. Because such policies provide coverage against any kind of accident and disability while basic insurance coverage covers death caused by an accident.

Add Ons: Several add-ons are present there offering enhanced protection on your chosen policy. Think about what add- on might come as useful and then choose the right rider plan for you. Though the add-on services change from one policy to another policy, offering you the choice to choose from the right option.

The claim settlement process: You should always choose a policy with an easy and hassle-free claim settlement process. What’s the benefit of paying premiums if you are not able to claim when you are in need. While choosing a policy, read the claiming method carefully. Generally, in all the policies, you will get a 30 day of the claim period. During this period, it is necessary to intimate the insurer regarding any loss caused by accident. 

Bottom line!!!

Choose the best personal accident policy in India that offers you higher protection against any loss caused by an accident with minimal hassle. 

The rising need for health insurance in India

There has been an exponential increase in the number of people opting for health insurances across India in recent years. The top reason is definitely not aggressive advertising by the Insurance Firms, but the health and medical costs that have dramatically risen lately. With much needed financial backup during the critical medical emergencies, health insurances do play an important role in helping you and your family not getting burdened by medical expenses.

Illnesses bring bad times, and an additional financial burden along with it. The rising medical treatment cost, every year, is one of the top reasons why health insurances become somewhat like a necessity for every average earning person.

Kusum, a single earning mother of two sons, was leading a happy life and was awarded twice as the employee of the year. However, medical emergencies come unannounced. Life took a big turn when her father was admitted to the hospital for chest pain. Her father needed to undergo heart surgery, which not only for him but for the whole family were some of the stressful days of their lives. The surgery went well but left behind a huge dent on her father’s retirement savings and a lot of her savings too. Luckily her family had these savings and did not compromise on the medical treatment plan, but the incident did make Kusum learn a valuable lesson. It was time for her now, to understand Health insurances better and ensure that her whole family is fully insured in order to prevent herself from stressful financial aftermath.

As per the WHO statistics, about 70% of the hospitalization in urban India put the consumers in crippling medical distress as they blow up their entire income on healthcare.

Health insurances serve a better way to tackle such health emergencies with a range of insurance plans covering illnesses, accidents and surgical ailments, safeguarding the life of insured a bit easy after the medial process.

How are we helpful?

MAGMA HDI’s OneHealth insurance policies help you to access a whole range of insurance plans which you choose as per your personal needs or family size. With the benefits of cashless hospitalization over 4,100 hospitals, it helps in providing insured covers over accidents and critical ailments. Providing 24x7 claim assistance, hospitalization costs, cashless options, and keeps the insured and the family into financial ease. 

Though Kusum is dealing with a financial crunch and has to give away the dream of a world tour, but she is happy to have adequate family health insurance, putting financial distress at bay.
She might have learned in a harder way, but you can learn from her life incident and choose the best health insurance in India for the parents and yourself.

Health insurance is not a luxury but a necessity. Be a prudent individual by planning the best-fit health insurance and lead a much secure and happy life.

Why investment in health insurance at a young age is beneficial? 

Life is an enigma; it has countless possibilities with many struggles. The uncertainty of one's life is what makes it worthwhile and horrifying at the same time. Some investments made at the correct time could bear fruitful results for future; like opting a well-rounded health insurance policy for you and your family. Health insurance in today's time is not a luxury but a vital necessity given the rising healthcare costs and out of the world lifestyle choices by today's millennial.

Experienced financial advisors highly recommend buying a health plan in the early stages of life as premiums on health insurance increase with one's age. The premium criterion is based on the health history, age, lifestyle etc. of the insured candidate.

Here are the reasons to testify why do you have to take it now at the peak of your health?

Early age investment means full benefits – Opting for a health plan at a young age as early you start working will provide maximum coverage for your health scares. It also makes for a smart financial decision because of lowest possible premimum paid by you.

Poor Lifestyle Choices is on the Rise – You don't need to be 60 to require medical coverage. The laid back lifestyle has prompted entry to life-threatening illnesses like cancer, tumours and threats to the heart, brain, lungs. Hence, it is crucial to safeguard your health continually. Besides this, medical policies offer yearly checks ups to encourage health awareness.

Waiting period for the cover – There are specific listed ailments such as hernia, Cataract, ENT disorder for which there is a waiting period of one to two years before you get them covered. So starting early is always a more comprehensive option. 

Hectic work-related travel – The corporate worklife demands your time and extensive travel. A healthcare plan that covers both domestic and International medical emergencies along with well suited International medical benefits is yet again a very sensible choice.

The policy covering pre and post Hospital charges – Mainstream medical expenses, the cost of OPD (out-patient department), diagnostic tests have likewise ascended as of late which has made it considerably imperative for one to invest in healthcare policy. Your healthcare plan covers not just surgical or any other hospitalization costs but also the expenses brought forward via OPD and miscellaneous tests before and after a fixed time as set in the policy.

Rebate on Income Tax – Another merit of investing in a good healthcare plan is that the insured is eligible for tax exemption under section 80D of the income tax act on the premium paid for the health insurance policy.

So don’t let this crucial decision of your health take a back seat and invest in health insurance at a young age. In adition to it, when you buy a health insurance policy at an early age, you receive the benefit of lifetime renewability. You can renew health insurance online and enjoy the extended coverage for a long time.

The Five Best Health Insurance YouTube Videos

A health insurance policy is meant to save you from the financial impact of a sudden illness, accidental injuries, and critical diseases. It also works as a legal contract between you and the health insurance provider to bear the costs of hospitalization, doctor’s fee, and other medical expenses.

But, there are many unique provisions of general insurance in India that can be difficult for a layperson to grasp. But thanks to the internet, it's simpler now to understand many confusing concepts.

You can explore and browse through YouTube videos that lucidly explain every important term at your own convenience.

If you're left wondering which videos to watch, here are our top five picks:


This is a video from, where they explain the best methods to find a suitable health insurance plan. The video tells you how to look for the maximum coverage on your insurance policy and how add-ons can help you in the future.

They also inform you about other important things like clarifying with your insurer about coverage for certain pre-existing diseases when taking a policy with a lesser waiting period to ensure you go in completely informed while buying your first policy.


This link from My Insurance Club talks about the different types of health insurance policies available to us. It broadly divides all health insurance policies into two and then further talks about plans specific to your needs such as critical illness plans.

The video explains the type of policies with the help of examples that relate to real-life scenarios.


This video from Consumer Reports explains the costs related to health insurance. Here, they explain deductibles, premiums and out-of-pocket maximums which are applicable to various health insurance plans.

You must have read or heard about these terms with regard to medical insurance policies. In this video, you can understand them better with in-depth explanations and visuals. It helps you to make better sense of health insurance in India and how your plan helps you.


This is a YouTube video from Consumer Reports which is a quick guide to picking the right health insurance for you. The video tells you factors to look for while looking for health insurance. These may include services such as OPD or even ambulance fees. 


This video from My Insurance Club talks about the major benefits of buying health insurance. These include cashless services, hospitalisation coverage etc. Check out this video to make sure that you are making the best of your plan.

These are some of the best YouTube videos related to various concepts of health insurance. Go through them to know your options better when choosing a plan for you and your family. 

5 Things about Health Insurance Your Kid Should Know

Given the problems we still face as adults today, educating your kids about being responsible consumers is always a great idea. If you prepare your child with good planning skills now, they’ll be better prepared to face financial challenges in their adulthood.

So, here are some facts about health insurance policies for families that you can use to help your child understand what health insurance truly stands for.

1. Health insurance is essential for everyone

Who could need health insurance? The answer is every individual on this planet. Hence, it is extremely important for your child to know that the benefit of health insurance is invaluable at any stage of your life. No matter what your age is, the future remains unpredictable. This is an important lesson in itself which must be impressed upon your child.

2. The types of health insurance

Getting health insurance should always be an informed decision. In order for that to happen, one must be aware of the options available to them. These options could range from individual and family floater plans to special covers available such as critical illness and maternity care. The idea is to familiarise your child with these for when they do have to make the choice for themselves.

3. The plan can be updated with needs

When it comes to health insurance, many people tend to set it and forget it. And some think that the plan is set in stone - once you've bought it, you're stuck with it. But that's not true. It's important to teach your child that they can and should customise the policy according to their evolving needs. These may include risks that come with age or including your new family in the plan.

4. The importance of reading the policy wordings

Before signing up for any kind of insurance, you must be familiar with what all you are getting with it. No one likes to go through heavy and technical information but it helps you make informed decisions later. So it's important that you encourage your child not to ignore the policy wordings as it'd tell them about their policy's coverage as well as terms and conditions.

5. Health insurance is a necessary expense

In a world with rising expenses, how is one to determine what is worth investing in? Teach your child that health insurance might seem expensive while purchasing but helps you save more than that in the long run. With the rising cost of medical care, having health insurance would be even more important in the future.

Before your child grows up, it is crucial to prepare them with the best knowledge and resources. Health insurance is one of the most significant things you can teach your child about to ensure a safer future for them.

How motor insurance add-on covers can benefit you

Having a basic third-party insurance is a must as per the law, however, it only covers the risk of harm or damage to a third party, leaving you high and dry in the event of an accident. So, if you love your ride and your peace of mind, you need to go beyond the basics with a comprehensive motor insurance. Not only does it cover you and your car, but also offers an array of add-ons to truly protect your car.

What are add-ons?

Just as you get to choose from a range of toppings for your pizza to make it better, you can pick and choose from a multitude of add-on benefits made available to you by motor insurance companies in India. It offers additional coverage in return for a little extra premium. Here are some great choices to help you build your ideal plan.

1. Engine protection: If you live in an area prone to flooding, consider getting an engine protection add-on cover that allows you to get your engine repaired or replaced in case of water ingress. This benefit also applies to instances of leakage that could eventually harm your engine. Your insurance provider will cover the costs of repairs or replacements as long as they fall under coverage mentioned in the policy wordings.

2. NCB retention:  You take extra care of your car and even bear small costs yourself to save your NCB. Imagine after 4-5 years of carefully increasing the discount percentage, a small accident compels you to make a claim. You'll lose all the time and effort you had put into increasing your NCB because of a small mistake. This is where the NCB retention add on comes in which helps you protect your NCB even after you make a claim.

3. Zero depreciation: The depreciated value of your car refers to the regular wear and tear that decreases the value of your vehicle. In fact, even if you ensure not a single scratch comes to your car, it'll still lose value with time. So when you make a claim, it'll be settled keeping the reduced value of the parts in mind. Well, unless you have zero depreciation add on that helps you retain the value of your car even with time. This means you get the complete coverage for your claim with no out-of-pocket expenses.

4. Road-side assistance: If you fear anything going wrong on the roads such as a flat tire, dead battery etc., this add-on guarantees you assistance on the spot and is covered by your insurance provider. You can even get coverage against additional circumstances such as overnight expense coverage in case your car breaks down with Magma HDI's additional road-side assistance cover.

5. Invoice value: In the event of total loss, constructive total loss or theft of the insured vehicle, your insurance provider will pay the invoice value or even replace your vehicle with a new one if you opt for this cover. It will also apply to additional charges that may come with your vehicle such as customs duty, registration charges etc.

6. Key replacements: Losing your car key is probably one of the most common car mishaps. With this add-on, get reimbursed for getting a duplicate key or replacing your car lockset in case of a burglary.

7. Loss of personal belongings: In the event of an accident or burglary, you undergo tremendous amounts of stress as you can never fully recover the belongings. However, with this cover, you can put your mind at ease as it can reimburse the cost of your valuable belongings such as your laptop, phone etc.

8. Inconvenience allowance: Motor insurance provides you with financial coverage in case of accidents or any other damages. Inconvenience allowance is a daily cash benefit that you are entitled to if you file a valid own damage claim. It can go for as long as ten days to cover all the repairs that your insured vehicle needs. Thus, leaving you prepared for any unforeseen damages no matter how big they are.

The key is to identify your needs and choose the add-on benefits accordingly while buying/renewing your insurance. Most of these add-on covers come at a nominal charge but are well worth the extra buck. For these add-on covers and much more, have a look here at what Magma HDI has to offer.

5 Best riding destination in Mumbai

With the rain slowly subsiding and the roads getting clearer, Mumbaikars can finally get on their bike for a nice, pleasant ride. Now, you can finally say goodbye to the cloud-laden sky, dust off your bike, and hit the road for some hot cutting chai as you delve into the sceneries that your trip is going to offer.So without further ado, let’s look at the five best riding destinations in Mumbai. However, before you set out on your ride, make sure that you have access to the best two-wheeler insurance in India so that you can stay out of legal trouble.

1. Durshet

Durshet is located 64 kilometers from Mumbai and is known for its jungle safari and water sports. It’s hidden well in the laps of the Sahyadri mountain range and is covered in lush greenery. While you are here, you can take a dip into the shimmering cold water of the Amba river to refresh your senses. If you are someone who finds pleasure in visiting holy sites, then there are several temples around for a good morning walk that will fill you with a sense of devotion — the astounding nature only adds up to the serenity of this place.

2. Mulshi Dam

This dam is located 127 kilometers from Mumbai and is known for its several forts. It is a perfect place to get your camera out and click some amazing pictures that will decorate your gallery. The dam, which is constructed on the Mila river, works as a hydroelectric plant. The monsoon is particularly a good time to visit this place as you can see the river at its full flow while the mist fills the atmosphere, mesmerizing you with its beauty.

3. Malshej Ghat

Located serenely in the Sahyadri range, the Malshej Ghat is located at a distance of 154 kilometers from Mumbai. A bike ride here will offer you the naturally decorated view of lakes and valleys. It has some unique flowers that will make you take your camera, and perhaps never put it back. During the rainy season, you can even spot a few flamingoes perching, feeding themselves. It is a must-visit if you are into trekking, bird-watching, and hiking.

4. Vihigaon Waterfalls

The Vihigaon waterfall is located at a distance of 115 kilometers from Mumbai city. It is known for having the highest peak in Maharashtra — the Kalsubai. It is hidden in the greenery and can offer you some great treks that have some mesmerizing views. You can dive deep into the calmness which this place offers, which makes for an ideal spot for having a picnic with your friends and family. On top of everything, the waterfall offers a great view. It is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

5. Thoseghar Falls

Thoseghar Falls is located at a distance of 230 kilometers from Mumbai, which makes it a great place for bike rides, as you will be spending enough time on the road. The place receives abundant rainfall, and during monsoon, the waterfalls gush at high speed which makes it a pleasant sight. You can either sit around the lake or take a dip in it or merely gaze — there’s always enough to do at this place. With so many places to go around all you have to do is top up you fuel tank and hit the road. However, make sure that you get the best two-wheeler insurance in India so that safety becomes a top priority.

Drive Safely _ Your family needs you

Driving is an adventure! You hold the steering wheel, buckle your seatbelt, get on the road, and roar your way through. The experience is even better on the highway where you have the chance to speed up. However, when on the road, one must watch out while speeding — as the popular saying goes: speed thrills, but kills! Driving safely is essential for many reasons. First and foremost, it is for your safety — you have to get back home to safety, a home where your family waits for you. Besides, driving is just not about trying not to overspeed to avoid accidents; it is also about having your car papers (insurance and registration) right so that you do not land into any legal trouble. You can start with getting your documents in proper place as it is mandatory to have registration and car insurance in India) Here, we will look at a few reasons why you should consider driving more safely than ever.

Driving safe is eco-friendly

Driving an engine which lets out smoke, in the first place, is not suitable for the environment. However, more often than not, it is unavoidable. So if you do not want to leave large carbon footprints behind you, the best you can do is drive safely, economically — making sure that you use less fuel which also cuts down on carbon emissions. When you are driving carefully in economy mode, you will use less fuel, which indeed is good for the environment in the long run.

Financial gain and safety

Besides the fact that safe driving cuts down on fuel usage, it also helps you save money on your car insurance. If you have not made a single claim during your term of your car insurance in India, then you end up paying less money on your insurance premiums. You will also be earning more with the No Claim Bonus (NCB) on your car insurance if you do not meet with an accident within your insurance term.Another significant part of driving safe is that you will avoid any road accidents. According to a report, more than 1,50,000 people are killed annually in road accidents every year. The best you can do to avoid such circumstances is drive safely.

Sets a good example

If you drive safely, you also set an excellent example for others. For example, if you have a teenage child, then you will want them to drive safe too. If you explain to them the importance of driving safely and practice it on the road yourself, then it is highly likely that your child will learn from you and follow your footsteps. By looking at you, young drivers can be ‘peer pressured’ into driving safely, and this will be good for everyone. With so many reasons to drive safely, it is crucial that you make a safety note for your car as well. It becomes important that you get good car insurance in India. Magma HDI car insurance comes with numerous features that make it a popular choice for car owners. With a Magma HDI insurance, you get a personal accident cover and access to additional legal liabilities. Besides, you get access to other features such as access to anti-theft devices, no claim bonus, and a discount on your insurance premiums, among others.

Is Riding a Two Wheeler Easy

For a lot of us, learning how to ride a two-wheeler involved tripping and falling, messing up the gears, and what not! Initially, it required someone to sit behind us to make sure that we do not accelerate much and that the bike does not go astray. The day you realized that you learned to ride was the day when you kissed freedom. The feeling was new, enthralling. A single, gentle twist at the accelerator could send you roaring. Learning how to ride can be challenging. However, before you begin your learning endeavors, it is essential to make sure that you have got your bike insurance in place. Having two-wheeler insurance online in India can save you much trouble as you maneuver your way with your first bike, trying to master its control. Here, we will look at a few hacks for new two-wheeler learners so that their learning curve is smooth and hassle-free.

Don’t put weight on the handle

It is easy to assume that a tight grip on the handle will make riding more comfortable, but it is not quite so. When you have a tight grip on the handle, it becomes hard to steer the bike. The trick here is to have a loose grip on the bike’s handle. Most of the time, you don’t even have to turn the handle. When you are cruising at a moderate speed, a little bit of weight-leaning through the handle does the job of steering.

Watch out on your brake technique

There is one rule which goes with putting on the brakes: when you brake your bike, do not brake all of a sudden, unless of course there’s a bovine in front of you, which could be highly likely while driving around Indian towns. Make it a point to practice braking on both the front and rear wheel together — this will make the bike slow down more smoothly. Also, remember that you should avoid using the clutch while braking, as the chances are that your bike might skid and fall. Holding on to the clutch while putting on the breaks can have disastrous consequences on slippery roads.

Accelerate gently

Do not accelerate your bike all of a sudden. It will just waste fuel and work up your engine for no good. Besides, a sudden increase in speed could make the bike go out of hand. The ideal way around it is accelerating slowly, gently. Moreover, it will also help you maintain that balance as the bike slowly gains speed. Before you set out on the road, it is essential to make sure that you have good insurance at hand. Magma HDI two-wheeler insurance online in India comes with long-term insurance plans that can help you stay away from any legal trouble while you master your riding skills. A Magma HDI bike insurance stands out as it has support for anti-theft devices and. Among other features, you also get access to personal accident cover, which ensures your financial safety as well.

Do not ignore these exclusions in health insurance policies

Health insurance in India is a necessity in contemporary times as it takes care of your finances in case of any health emergency with the help of a single policy. That being said, even the most comprehensive plans come with some exclusions. These are mentioned in your policy document and are often standard for all insurance providers.

You can make the best of your policy only if you know its coverage as well as exclusions. So, here are some you should definitely know of before you sign up for a new plan:

Waiting period

The only risks your health insurance covers from day one are injury/ hospitalisation claims due to an accident. Other than that, all other medical conditions have a waiting period after which you can make a claim. For common ailments, the waiting period is between one to three months from the inception of the policy, whereas the more serious diseases are excluded from coverage for as long as the first year.

Pre-existing conditions

You must have been told repeatedly that making a full disclosure of your health status is essential to get the right coverage. The reason behind this is a standard exclusion which says that all pre-existing diseases have an exclusion period stated in the policy wordings. Falsifying or hiding critical information can render your policy void and will inevitably leave you hanging in the future.

Lifestyle diseases

While these have not always been a concern, the drastic change in our environment and daily routines have made this a necessary part of healthcare. Unless specified at the time of availing the policy, all lifestyle-related diseases arising from smoking, alcohol consumption or drug abuse are excluded from a health plan. You would either have to pay a higher premium or be denied coverage in cases involving such ailments.

Alternative remedies

Most insurance companies are only slowly warming up to the idea of alternative treatment options. Treatment systems such as Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Unani have conventionally been excluded from health covers due to a lack of support from the medical community, which makes it difficult for insurance companies to accommodate.

However, some insurance providers are beginning to recognise these treatments now and are providing optional benefits which you can opt for to get coverage for them.

Maternity and childbirth

Maternity benefits are an integral part of any family health plan. This includes the medical expenses incurred for childbirth, infertility treatment or even abortion. In most cases, you would have to opt for a specialised maternity plan which is subject to a waiting period. Hence, it is a great idea to keep your family's future in mind while picking your policy.

Cosmetic treatments

While your health insurance policy may mention coverage for all hospitalisation, treatments such as plastic surgery, laser treatments, weight loss programmes, liposuction, eye and dental procedures are excluded from this cover. The exception to this rule is cosmetic procedures after an accident as they are critical to the functioning and well-being of a person.

To conclude, when looking for the best health insurance policy in India, remember to get details of all exclusions and waiting periods from your insurance agent or the policy wordings available to you. After all, the unpleasantness of reading that massive policy document sure beats being caught in a lurch while making a claim.

Road tripping on your favorite ride, here's what you need to do to gear up

Road trips on a car are enthralling. These drives fill our camera rolls with memorable moments that we recall with much fondness. If you are planning a road trip this season, congratulations — you have made the right decision. You have to take care of certain things before you decide to hit the highways to make sure that you drive is smooth. To start with, you should first get the best car insurance in India so that you do not land into any legal trouble. That done, you will have a big burden taken off your mind. Here, we will look at a few ways through which you can better gear up for your next road trip.

1. Paper and digital maps

Make sure that your phone has an active internet connection so that you do not miss out on those essential twists and turns, and those much-needed shortcuts while travelling. However, you cannot wholly rely on digital maps. Several regions may not have a cellular network, and this is where a physical map might come handy. Carry a detailed map so that you never get lost while you throttle you way down the highway.

2. Extra money

Financial planning is essential before a road trip. You will need cash for food, lodgings (if you are staying overnight at a motel), and other miscellaneous expenses. Do not solely rely on plastic money, as there will be several places that will accept only cash. Also, make it a point to carry a decent bit of extra cash in case something unfortunate happens, such as your car breaking down. Breaking dows, well — this also brings us to our next point.

3. Carry spare parts and a toolkit

Highways are long, and often there are miles between service shops. Make sure that you carry a spare tire in case you meet a puncture. You should also carry a toolkit and a service manual to make sure that you can fix the basic problems that you might run into. It would help if you also made yourself comfortable with the basic repair guide so that the task of repairing the car does not turn out to be overwhelming.

4. Carry enough water

In the worst of scenarios when you get stranded, there is one thing that you will need the most — water! Things might get quite nasty if you get stranded in a place where there are no water sources, Always make it a point to carry a few large bottles of water to keep yourself going while you try to get yourself out of the mess.

5. Carry a first aid kit

You never know when things might go off-road and you meet with a small accident. This can happen off-road as well. To deal with the consequences, make sure to carry a first aid kid which will help you get through before you receive medical attention. With these basic points in mind, you can be assured that your trip will be smooth. If you are worried about the best car insurance in India, then you can opt for Magma HDI car insurance as it offers a host of features, such as additional cover, discount on premiums, access to and access to anti-theft devices, among others.

Tips before going on a bike trip

Long bike rides are relieving to the soul. They teach us many lessons, test our patience, and brings the best version of us on the road. There is much for the sight to behold — the steadiness of the highway, the slopes of the mountains, the glimmer of the rain, and the kiss of the wind. If you are planning a bike ride alone or with your buddies, then congratulations to you — you have made a great decision. However, before you start, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. Start by getting your papers — the bike’s registration and insurance — right. Yes, it is mandatory to have registration and two-wheeler insurance in India. Once you have the documents in place, you can move on to the other steps.

Choose a comfortable bike

You might not want to for a bike trip on any engine. Pick a bike which can burn those miles without stressing its engine. You would want to have a cruiser so that your sitting posture does not give you back pain later. If you are worried about the budget, then pick a fuel-efficient bike. Several mid-range Indian cruiser bikes offer an excellent highway experience in India. It would help if you get a proper bike gear so that you are well-prepared for harsh weather conditions. Carry essential spares and tools for unforeseen circumstances.

Pack and eat light

You would not want to carry much luggage on your back while you are riding. It will add extra weight to your ride. Try to pack light — just the essentials. Try to fit the essentials in a pack and tie it up behind your bike, as you would not want to carry a load on your back while you are riding. Try to start early in the morning on a light stomach. A heavy meal takes a lot of energy to digest, so if you have a hearty meal before setting on the ride, then you might feel drowsy on the way.

Take breaks to stay motivated

Long bike rides may never seem to end. Riding constantly may tire you up. Try to take short breaks every hundred kilometres or so. This will help you feel refreshed. Keep this in mind that the trip will come to an end, and that more than the destination, the journey is what you are looking for — the sound of the wheels humming on the highway. India has mesmerising landscapes so there will be enough to see on the way, and all these sights will keep you motivated throughout your ride. If you are worried about getting good two-wheeler insurance in India, then your search could end with Magma HDI two-wheeler insurance. Magma HDI bike insurance comes at an affordable price and provides features such as personal accident cover. It also has support for anti-theft devices, so you can keep on riding, roaring on the road without worrying about anything at all.

Why choose a long term two-wheeler insurance policy

Bike rides are thrilling — the wind teasing your hair, the sound of the motor groaning, bringing in a sense of movement, a much-welcome change. If you have a bike then you know how important it is for you — it is your friend, one which doesn’t let you down, ready to go with you on every walk of life. As a bike owner, it is your job to make sure that your riding experience is forever smooth, that there are no troubles attached to it. To begin with, you have to make sure that your paperwork (registration and insurance) is in proper place. Indian law makes it mandatory to have a two-wheeler insurance policy. If your bike insurance has lapsed for even a day, it could land you into some legal trouble! To make sure that your bike-riding experience is smooth and hassle-free, you must opt for a long term two-wheeler insurance policy. Besides, having long term insurance for your bike has its own sets of benefits. Here, we will look at some of the reasons why you should opt for a long term policy for your motorbike.

● Discount on premiums

When you opt for long-term two-wheeler insurance online for your bike, you get the option to avail discount on your premiums. Insurance companies provide you with discounts and incentives since they save on administrative costs if you opt for a long term policy.

● Avoid risks that come with non-renewal and policy lapse

If your insurance policy is not renewed on time, then you are exposed to certain risks. For example, if your bike meets with an accident, or is stolen, and if the policy is not in action, then you would have to bear the entire financial loss yourself. However, if you purchase long-term insurance, such problems can be easily avoided. Besides, if the policy lapses and you intend to renew it later, several insurance companies ask for an inspection of the bike to determine its condition before they decide to renew the policy. If you opt for extended two-wheeler insurance online for your motorcycle which extends for years can easily help you avoid such situations.

● Earn higher No Claim Bonus

No-claim bonus (NCB) is a discount that insurance companies offer on the premium if you have not made a single claim during the insurance term. When it comes to NCB, long-term two-wheeler policies have the upper hand over short-term policies that last for one year. The NCB slab structure for more extended policies is also different from short-term policies. Besides, the NCB discount is additional to any upfront discount which you get on the purchase of a long-term policy.

● Get rid of the paperwork

Choosing a short-term policy makes you liable for much paperwork. You will receive new documents at the end of each policy year. And searching for new and better deals also takes much time — something which not all of us have. If you are someone who doesn’t like the hassle which comes with paperwork, then you should opt for a long-term insurance policy. When it comes to choosing the best bike insurance, Magma HDI two-wheeler insurance policy stands out as they come with a host of benefits. You get additional cover for injury and death, which makes sure that the cover is not just limited to your bike, and extends to you as well. Besides, if you have installed an anti-theft device (approved by the Automotive Research Association of India) in your two-wheeler, you have the option to avail a 2.5 percent discount (or up to Rs 500) on your own-damage (OD) premium. With minimal paperwork and a hassle-free claim process, opting for a Magma HDI two-wheeler insurance online is one of the best options that you have for your long-term bike insurance.

What are the features of fire insurance in India?

Fire is a serious risk for pretty much all physical structures, whether it's your house or your shop. This is why insurance is essential to mitigate the loss to building, machinery, goods, furniture and fixtures, plumbing, electrical appliances and other assets in the event of a fire. Fire insurance is an indemnity based contract, where the insurer agrees to compensate for any loss or damage during the policy term, not exceeding the maximum amount for which the premium is being paid. Here are some features offered by fire insurance companies in India that you should know.


As per section 2(6A) of the Indian Insurance Act 1938, in addition to fire, other hazards are also clubbed with the insurance plan known as the ‘Standard Fire and Allied Perils Policy’. The policy also covers losses on account of lightning, storms, flood, earthquakes, landslides, bush fire, explosions, aircraft damage, riots or malicious damage, impact damage, bursting or overflowing pipes, missile testing, etc.

Policies available

There are different types of policies one can opt for while purchasing fire insurance in India. A comprehensive policy even covers theft or burglary whereas a floating policy is useful for businesses that have assets or stocks in different places. Thus, allowing you to pick a policy based on your individual needs.


Insurance providers such as Magma HDI also offer covers on fire insurance policies such as compensation for architect or surveyors fee, temporary removal of assets, loss of rental income or rent for an alternative accommodation till you rebuild your home or business.

Uberrimae Fidei

Fire insurance is based on the principle of Uberrimae Fidei or utmost good faith, where the insured party makes full and honest disclosure of all facts. Failure to do so can render the policy void and absolve the insurer of any financial responsibility.

Insurable interest

The insured party must have an insurable interest in the asset not only at the time of purchasing the policy but also at the time of the incident. For example, you insured your house but later sold the house to someone. The place catches fire while the policy is active, but you cannot make a claim because you have no insurable interest in the property anymore.

Policy tenure

The tenure of coverage is clearly stated in the policy document. Usually, the insurance does not exceed one year so make sure you renew timely it for continued coverage.


Like any other insurance policy, fire insurance also has its exclusions. Damages caused by normal heating, own fermentation or spontaneous burning; loss or damage of the property due to nuclear perils, electrical or mechanical breakdown and terrorist act, war and warlike operations are some common exclusions of fire insurance companies in India. Fire insurance ultimately provides you with financial security for your home or business to help you get back to your normal life as soon as possible.

What is a personal accident cover, and how does it benefit you?

As per an official report released by the government, an astounding 469,910 road accidents were reported in 2017. Even though the number of accidents have been steadily declining over the past few years, an estimated 53 people get injured on Indian roads every single hour! Accidents are unfortunate, and there is no way to be prepared for them. However, while a personal accident cover (PAC) can’t alleviate the risk of accidents, it definitely covers the financial risk arising out of death, permanent or partial disability.

What does it cover?

A PAC covers any physical injury from a road, rail, air incident, burn injury, animal bite, injury due to collision or fall, drowning, poisoning, etc. It is available as an add-on option from insurance providers such as Magma HDI.

What are the types of PAC?

There are a few different types of PACs. While you can purchase a stand-alone policy, usually the coverage comes bundled as a rider with a life insurance plan. You could also buy limited period PACs when booking air or railway tickets. However, in the case of auto insurance, availing a PAC is mandatory as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

What are some advantages of a PAC?

1. It helps your insurance portfolio: Many health insurance plans do not cover accidental medical emergencies. As an add-on cover to your health or motor insurance, a PAC helps you cover all bases. As far as add-ons are concerned, a PAC truly helps make your plan comprehensive.

2. Cost-effective: The premium for a PAC is minimal and affordable for all. For example, a 30-year-old male would have to pay less than Rs 1000 per annum for a Rs 10 lakh coverage. Thus, it gives you essential coverage without the hassle of a hefty additional fee.

3. Ease of availing: A PAC only needs your basic personal information. There is no need for a medical check-up or follow up documentation. It can be availed in a matter of minutes as it is simply added to your new/existing policy.

4. Hassle-free claim settlement: If you ever need to avail the benefits of PAC, all you would need to do is inform the insurance company of the time and date of the accident, your policy number and contact details. The claim settlement process is initiated immediately after that.

5. Children’s education benefit: For families, a major concern is taking care of our children in our absence. Some insurers also cover the education of dependent children, in case of death or permanent disability of the insured person to ensure a secure future for them.

What should you keep in mind before purchasing PAC?

Personal accident covers are also subject to exclusions like your insurance policy. Some of these are losses arising out of acts of war or terror, injuries resulting from participation in adventure sports etc. Make sure you read your plan's policy wordings thoroughly for a smooth experience if you ever do need to make a claim. When looking out for a PAC, choose one that offers worldwide coverage and other add-on benefits like Magma HDI’s individual personal accident cover.

Tips on how to keep your car insured while relocating

Packing up and moving out can be a real chore. Uprooting your life from a place you call home and trying to fit into a new environment is also quite emotionally draining. Sometimes we do it for love, sometimes for a better future. Whatever the reason, relocating is always a challenge. Among the million things that have you at your wit's end, managing car insurance in India generally takes a backseat. However, just as you would tend to any other asset, taking care of your car insurance needs will hold you in good stead. Here are some tips to consider before you hit the road!

Notify your insurer about the move

We live in a digitally connected world. All it takes is a couple of minutes for you to shoot an email, drop a text or even call the insurer’s helpline number and give the details of your new address. It also makes it easier for your insurer to communicate with you regarding things such as renewal, processing a claim and most importantly, providing the service you’ve paid for!

Re-register your car

If you are moving across state lines, you must get your vehicle re-registered with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) of your new domiciliary residence. However, prior to your relocation, remember to get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the RTO of your previous residence for a smooth transition. Once you get your new registration number, intimate your insurance company immediately so that the records are updated.

Re-evaluate your insurance needs

Depending on where you are moving, you may face a change in your insurance needs. If you’re moving to a metropolis like Delhi, brace yourself for never-ending traffic and possible nicks and bumps. In such a scenario, you may want to enhance your coverage. Similarly, if you are moving to a city like Mumbai, floods during monsoons are almost inevitable, where opting for add-on coverage like engine protection becomes a necessity. Consider all variables such as traffic, average drive time, safety, natural calamities, etc. and see if you need better coverage.

Implications of the move

Your relocation in all probability will affect the terms of endearment with your insurer. For example, ‘zonal risk’ is a variable insurance companies consider for premium calculations, and your move will have a direct impact on your annual premium. At the same time, the service quality may differ too. Do all the previous benefits carry over? Does your insurer have a strong presence at the new location? Do they have a robust network of garages? Get answers to all your questions before the move.

Look at your best interest

Insurance is all about your financial security and peace of mind. So if you have even the slightest doubt, don’t hesitate to look for another option. If you’re worried about losing out on your No Claim Bonus, fret not. You could easily carry over your NCB to an insurer like Magma HDI and continue to avail of all the benefits you previously enjoyed and more. A policy like Magma HDI's car insurance also provides safety against third party liability, damage, theft and natural calamities, making it a reliable choice wherever you go.

Where are we heading? That is where is the general insurance industry heading

Things change. It is the law of the universe, and we, along with everything that we do, are a part of it. To resist change is to combat the natural phenomenon of things. When you accept change and plan things in accordance with it, then things have a habit of place. Otherwise, things may just fall apart. Indeed, no one can stop the changes in life, and the same applies to the insurance sector as well. There has been a lot going on in the insurance industry in the past ten years. According to the data provided by the Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the insurance industry in India is expected to $280 billion by FY2020. The overall penetration of insurance policies in India increased from 2.71 percent in 2001 to 3.69 percent in 2017. The gross insurance premiums that were collected in India during FY19 reached Rs 5.78 trillion (US$ 82.8 billion). In this, 4.08 trillion (US$ 58.5 billion) came from life insurance whereas Rs 1.69 trillion (US$ 24.3 billion) came from non-life insurance.

Ease in the insurance process

One of the highlights of the changing insurance industry has been the ease of access. Now, everything can be done online, and the data is available at disposal, thanks to the growth and penetration of technology. The internet has created a trusted business model that provides value to all stakeholders. You also get free online support if you face any queries while exploring your insurance options.

Paperless process

The general insurance in India has become entirely paperless. From buying the policy to paying the premium — everything can be done online with nos risks at all. Since the whole insurance industry has taken an online shift, it is much easier to compare insurance policies and choose the best option. Now, it has become easier to explore deals across insurance companies and choose the one that fits your interest the most.

Low risk

With things going paperless, there are no risks involved. Even if you lose your insurance documents, you can easily claim them back by filing your issue online. Earlier, it was difficult to keep track of all the documents physically. However, with the onset of smartphones, everything can be accessed online without any hassle and the need of carrying physical files. The facts and numbers of general insurance prove that the insurance industry is booming. As a customer, it becomes crucial that you get access to the best insurance service. If you are looking for general insurance in India that comes with online support, then Magama HDI general insurance could be the answer. Magma HDI insurance provides you with the option to buy insurance online, and it also comes with the option to file claims online — all at your fingertips.

Let's talk claims

While choosing an insurance policy, the claim settlement ratio of the insurer is a major factor to consider. An insurance claim is filed to get coverage for the losses or damages you sustain due to the occurrence of an event as specified in the policy. Hence, proper claim settlement is an essential pre-requisite in your risk management system. When selecting an insurance company, you must check if it provides timely and easy settlement of valid claims.

Process to file claims

Step 1: Reporting the incident

When an event occurs, the claimant should submit a written intimation to the insurer for initiating the claim process. The faster you set the ball rolling; the sooner will be the settlement. Here, you should also make sure that your policy covers the event for which you’re filing the claim.

Step 2: Complete the documentation

For a smooth claims process, you need to submit the right documents within the stipulated timelines. Most of the insurance companies have online claim filing system where you can send the forms and upload images for ratification.

Step 3: Evaluation process

Before settlement of the claim, the insurance company will evaluate the veracity of your claim through an external investigation. Hence, you should be clear about the facts when filing the claim.

Step 4: Settlement of claim

As per the regulations of IRDA, the insurer has to settle a claim within 30 days after receiving documents and verification or pay interest. If any claim requires further investigation, the process should be completed within 6 months from the date of the written filing of the claim.

Technicalities that may occur when filing a claim

When filing your claim, you should be aware of common problems and technicalities that may impede the process. That includes:

If there’s any pre-existing ailment

Any ailments that a policyholder had before the issuance of the first policy are called pre-existing ailments. These conditions and diseases must be declared when buying the policy. If the company discovers them during claim settlement, it can restrict the entire process.

If nominee details aren’t updated

The legal battle between the nominee and an heir can be prolonged due to incorrect nominee details. You should update the nominee information as it changes over the term of your policy.

If the policy lapses

When you fail to pay premiums on time, the policy will lapse automatically. Some insurance companies give a grace period for payment of premiums beyond the due dates but your vehicle is not covered for that period of time. So, you should adhere to your payment schedule, or else it can lead to repudiation of your claim later on.

The right insurer

An insurance policy is an excellent financial product, and claim settlement is the main component of this product. Hence, you should select the right insurer after checking their claim settlement ratio.

Remember, the claim settlement ratio represents the total number of claims made by the customers against the total claims settled by the company. Compare the top insurers on this factor to make so you can pick the best car insurance in India.

Thus, you can use claims as an effective tool to determine the performance and reliability of an insurer.

Tips on how to keep your car insured while relocating

Packing up and moving out can be a real chore. Uprooting your life from a place you call home and trying to fit into a new environment is also quite emotionally draining. Sometimes we do it for love, sometimes for a better future. Whatever the reason, relocating is always a challenge. Among the million things that have you at your wit's end, managing car insurance in India generally takes a backseat. However, just as you would tend to any other asset, taking care of your car insurance needs will hold you in good stead. Here are some tips to consider before you hit the road!

What are add-ons?

Notify your insurer about the move

We live in a digitally connected world. All it takes is a couple of minutes for you to shoot an email, drop a text or even call the insurer’s helpline number and give the details of your new address. It also makes it easier for your insurer to communicate with you regarding things such as renewal, processing a claim and most importantly, providing the service you’ve paid for!

Re-register your car

If you are moving across state lines, you must get your vehicle re-registered with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) of your new domiciliary residence. However, prior to your relocation, remember to get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the RTO of your previous residence for a smooth transition.

Once you get your new registration number, intimate your insurance company immediately so that the records are updated.

Re-evaluate your insurance needs

Depending on where you are moving, you may face a change in your insurance needs. If you’re moving to a metropolis like Delhi, brace yourself for never-ending traffic and possible nicks and bumps. In such a scenario, you may want to enhance your coverage. Similarly, if you are moving to a city like Mumbai, floods during monsoons are almost inevitable, where opting for add-on coverage like engine protection becomes a necessity.

Consider all variables such as traffic, average drive time, safety, natural calamities, etc. and see if you need better coverage.

Implications of the move

Your relocation in all probability will affect the terms of endearment with your insurer. For example, ‘zonal risk’ is a variable insurance companies consider for premium calculations, and your move will have a direct impact on your annual premium. At the same time, the service quality may differ too. Do all the previous benefits carry over? Does your insurer have a strong presence at the new location? Do they have a robust network of garages?

Get answers to all your questions before the move.

Look at your best interest

Insurance is all about your financial security and peace of mind. So if you have even the slightest doubt, don’t hesitate to look for another option. If you’re worried about losing out on your No Claim Bonus, fret not. You could easily carry over your NCB to an insurer like Magma HDI and continue to avail of all the benefits you previously enjoyed and more.

A policy like Magma HDI's car insurance also provides safety against third party liability, damage, theft and natural calamities, making it a reliable choice wherever you go.

General Insurance: Know your rights and duties

Things change. It is the law of the universe, and we, along with everything that we do, are a part of it. To resist change is to combat the natural phenomenon of things. When you accept change and plan things in accordance with it, then things have a habit of place. Otherwise, things may just fall apart. Indeed, no one can stop the changes in life, and the same applies to the insurance sector as well. There has been a lot going on in the insurance industry in the past ten years. According to the data provided by the Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the insurance industry in India is expected to $280 billion by FY2020. The overall penetration of insurance policies in India increased from 2.71 percent in 2001 to 3.69 percent in 2017. The gross insurance premiums that were collected in India during FY19 reached Rs 5.78 trillion (US$ 82.8 billion). In this, 4.08 trillion (US$ 58.5 billion) came from life insurance whereas Rs 1.69 trillion (US$ 24.3 billion) came from non-life insurance.

Ease in the insurance process

One of the highlights of the changing insurance industry has been the ease of access. Now, everything can be done online, and the data is available at disposal, thanks to the growth and penetration of technology. The internet has created a trusted business model that provides value to all stakeholders. You also get free online support if you face any queries while exploring your insurance options.

Paperless process

The general insurance in India has become entirely paperless. From buying the policy to paying the premium — everything can be done online with nos risks at all. Since the whole insurance industry has taken an online shift, it is much easier to compare insurance policies and choose the best option. Now, it has become easier to explore deals across insurance companies and choose the one that fits your interest the most.

Low risk

With things going paperless, there are no risks involved. Even if you lose your insurance documents, you can easily claim them back by filing your issue online. Earlier, it was difficult to keep track of all the documents physically. However, with the onset of smartphones, everything can be accessed online without any hassle and the need of carrying physical files. The facts and numbers of general insurance prove that the insurance industry is booming. As a customer, it becomes crucial that you get access to the best insurance service. If you are looking for general insurance in India that comes with online support, then Magama HDI general insurance could be the answer. Magma HDI insurance provides you with the option to buy insurance online, and it also comes with the option to file claims online — all at your fingertips.

How pollution can affect riding two-wheeler?

One of the most important questions asked these days is, “Do the health benefits of riding a bike outweigh the bad effects of air pollution on the health of the rider?” If this question was asked a few decades back, the answer would have been yes, but if you ask this question to someone in the present time, the answer would most probably be a big fat NO. The rising pollution levels are a very big concern in most of the important cities of India with the worst case being in Delhi where the pollution levels crossed the level of 1000 in the Air Quality Index of measurement of air pollution during the period after Diwali.

Even if you cycle to work or use a cycle to go to different places thinking of cause less pollution then also you are faced with a lot of pollution that is caused by other vehicles. Heavy smog and low visibility are some of the biggest dangers for someone riding a two-wheeler because they breathe this harmful air directly. People inside closed vehicles have their windows closed and they zoom away from the heavy smog areas while contributing to the pollution that affects the two-wheeler riders. In Delhi alone, nearly 85 lakh private vehicles are registered of which around 55 lakh are private two-wheeler vehicles. All these vehicles contribute to the heavy pollution that affects the whole of the city, making it one of the most polluted cities in the world.

One of the most prominent reasons for air pollution caused by vehicles is the usage of more than a decade old vehicles on the road. Such vehicles have old engines and generally do not undergo proper maintenance which makes them unsuitable for plying on roads. Most of them are running on dirty and old BS4 engines and fuels and some even older, thus contributing a lot to the pollution of the air. Most of these vehicles do not have any insurance and the owners do not even make an effort to buy two wheeler insurance online for their vehicle. The pollution that is caused by such two-wheelers or four-wheelers or any other vehicle is faced by none other than the two-wheeler riders. The two-wheeler riders are constantly exposed to such high levels of pollution which have a detrimental effect on their health. Walking, biking or using public transport to your destination are some of the best alternatives to protect the environment but each of these comes with the risk of high air pollution.

Along with the severe levels of pollution that are shown by the extremely high levels on the AQI, heavy smog and haze also reduce visibility which makes it very difficult for riders to ride two-wheelers. One of the most common problems that are faced by people due to air pollution is respiratory problems such as asthma, emphysema, chronic pulmonary diseases among numerous others. Not only respiratory problems, being exposed to constant high levels of poor quality air affects the internal body of people as well and affects different organs of the body that can lead to cancer, especially of the lung. While riding through this highly polluted air, the riders may face headaches, anxiety and may even feel exhausted while riding through places with high levels of pollution. This not only affects the lungs, which are an internal body part but also irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. These pollutants settle on water bodies and the ground and they may even reach the food chain through one way or the other. If consumed in such a process as liquid water or as food, they harm the body and can lead to many severe diseases.

Air pollution affects the two-wheeler riders at a massive scale but it also affects the other people on the roads as well. No one is safe, and people must start taking care of the environment and one of the best ways to do so is to take proper care and maintain the vehicles that they use daily to commute to and fro.

How to check your claims online?

Having insurance is like having a safety deposit. That means if anything goes wrong, you would not be at a total loss. Insurance policies from the leading general insurance companies in India minimize loss and damage by reimbursing you for the expenses incurred during any unfortunate situations.

A wide range of insurance policies, ranging from life to non-life, are available in the market. Life insurance, as the name suggests, is about reimbursing your family members in case you lose your life due to specific reasons. Non-life insurance, on the other hand, is also known as general insurance, which is for automobiles, housing, commercial, travel and other similar purposes. If you suffer a loss from either of them, the insurance plan can help you in recovering from the same.

The process to check the claims online

While filing the claims correctly as per the terms and conditions of the insurance company is essential but it is equally essential that you track and check your claim online to know about the status of the claim and take corrective actions as and when necessary.

• When you file your claim with the insurance company or the TPA, they will provide you with the receipt number or file number along with an acknowledgement of filing of the claim.

• Usually, the insurance company or the TPA specify at the time of filing the claim as to how much time they will take in processing the claim. This is usually capped at 90 days but can vary according to the company policies.

• To track your health insurance or life insurance claim, you need to register your updated contact details with your health insurance company or the TPA. Once you have filed the claim, the TPA will send you the updates regularly on your mobile number or email.

• Alternatively, you can log-on to the website or mobile app of the TPA or the insurance company and track the status of your claim. To retrieve your claim details, you must have the following details with you: -

· Policy number

● Claim number

● Date of birth of the insured person

Once you enter all the details and submit them, you will be able to check the status of your claims online.

Different claim status and the steps to be taken

Depending on the status of your claim, either of the following status messages would be displayed on the screen. You must take the necessary steps according to the requirements.

Under process: -If your claim is under process, then you need to wait for a few more days and then check the status online again.

Issues/Details required: - If there are any issues with the claim, then it will be mentioned on the status page. You must get in touch with the insurance company or the TPA. They will be able to explain the problem in the processing of the claim. If any documents are required or any further details are required, you must provide the same to them at the earliest.

Approved: - If your claim has been approved, then you need not do anything else. The payment shall be credited into your account within a few working days.

Rejected: - If the claim has been rejected, you need to get in touch with the insurance company or the TPA to enquire about more details. If required, you will need to file your claim again.

Life is precious, and so are your belongings. It is the best to secure each of them right after purchasing as many general insurance companies in India provide covers for such belongings, thereby preventing you from being in a huge loss.

Is it preferable to buy a house or rent one?

A home is something every individual requires and aspires for. A place you can come back to after a long and stressful day but purchasing a house is no child's play. It requires a certain degree of commitment and a lot of financial resources. In case you do not have adequate financial arrangements to buy a home, you would rather want to take a house on rent. But if you do have the required resources but are indecisive about buying a new home or renting it, then the following factors determine whether you should buy your own how or rent one: -

Total income - The basic requirement for buying a house is a steady income. If you wish to buy your own house, you definitely need a high level of income to pay for it. On the other hand, if your income is quite less or irregular, you can opt to rent a house instead of purchasing as rent amount is always less than instalments of the house.

Loan repayment - The above point brings us to a loan and is quite similar to this one. Let's say you obtain a loan from a reputed bank to buy a house. But would you be able to pay the EMI along with the amount of interest? Do you have enough loan repayment capacity while meeting other necessary expenses? If the answer is yes, then go ahead and buy your house. If no, then renting a house can be the best option.

Duration of time - A huge factor in the decision of buying a house is the time you plan to live there. If you know that you want to settle in a particular city or region, you can buy a house. However, if the case is not so, you should stay in a rented property to avoid any extra costs.

Security - If you wish to have a stable base instead of constantly looking for houses or being under the fear of having to empty the property you are currently living in, you should buy a house. You can ensure that your children too would have a strong backup plan if they long for their own house.

Job certainty - If you have a job that requires you to travel from one place to the other or is not stable, you should avoid buying a house as real estate is not a current form of asset. It might hold you back from changing cities or changing jobs. You cannot predict the growth of downfall of real estate. Thus, buying and selling might not go as per your wish. In such a scenario, renting a house is the best choice as it does not bind you.

Maintenance expenses - If you own a house, the responsibility of maintaining it falls upon your shoulders. No doubt, you can buy the best home insurance in India, but the damage occurred cannot be undone. Other than that, repairs of leakage inside the house, renovation, repainting and other maintenance expenses would have to be borne by yourself. However, if the house is rented, you need not worry about any such things as the owner will take care of them all.

Other expenses - If you intend to buy a car, travel extensively, spend on your children's education, make strong retirement plans, or have any sort of other long or short term expenditures, you should take a house on rent. That way you would save some money by not paying instalments of the house and be able to fulfil all other expenses.

Whether you plan to buy a house or rent one is completely your call but do make sure that in either case the property is secured with the policies of best home insurance in India. This way, you can be stress-free and live life peacefully.

Road safety rules for citizens of India

A lot of people become victim to unfortunate road accidents. Merely witnessing an accident can leave a huge impact on the mind of an individual. Imagine the situation of those who have to go through such misfortune. That is why the Indian government always insists on following road safety rules.

It is very important to have car insurance for your vehicle to reimburse you for the losses suffered due to an accident. But as someone has wisely said, prevention is better than cure. Therefore, following road safety rules should be the topmost priority of every single person driving a vehicle. Road safety rules are made by the government for the safety of those on the road - be it people driving vehicles or pedestrians.

The given road safety rules are for the safety of Indian citizens and must be understood as well as followed by everyone: -

Use of indicators - While changing directions or taking a turn on either side of the road, using an indicator is very important. If you wish to turn left, keep left with your indicator light on and turn when there is no vehicle following too closely to avoid a collision. Similar is the case while turning right.

Overtaking - A lot of people are in a hurry to reach somewhere, that's why they keep on driving past the other vehicles. If you are in such a situation, always remember that if you want to overtake the vehicle driving ahead of you, it needs to be done from the right side. Never overtake in a curve as it might lead to obstruction of the view of the other driver. Also, if the vehicle ahead does not slow down, overtaking might end up in an accident.

Helmets and seat belts - You all must be familiar with this rule! The government lays special emphasis on the use of seat belts in cars and wearing helmets while driving two-wheelers. If any accident happens, the damage to your car can be covered through policies issued from the best car insurance company in India, but your safety is not guaranteed by any means. That is why you should make sure that you undertake all safety measures like wearing helmets and seat belts while driving.

Noise- Unnecessary honking can be very irritating to other drivers as well as pedestrians. Thus, you must use the horn only when required. Avoid using it in prohibited places like hospital areas, school areas and others. Also, ensure that the horn in your vehicle does not make a loud and blaring noise.

Following distance - Maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you is also a very important thing. In case the driver applies his brakes all of a sudden, you might not be able to engage your brakes at the same time, and this might end up in a collision.

Documents - All required documents ranging from RC book of your vehicle to the car insurance papers, your driving license, PUC (Pollution Under Control) license and others, should be kept inside the vehicle so that you can access them whenever required.

Traffic signals - Traffic lights are present at junctions or intersections of four roads. If not, there might be traffic police officers or authorized persons giving directions to the vehicles that must be followed. At such crossings, move carefully so that no inconvenience is caused to any other vehicle. You should always allow vehicles to turn right and avoid blocking the right side of the road.

Emergency vehicles - Certain vehicles like ambulances and firetrucks work for saving the lives of people and it is your duty as a responsible citizen to give way to them.

If you have purchased a new vehicle, make sure that before everything else, you contact the best car insurance company in India to reap the benefits of their policies and also enjoy superior protection against possible incidents.

What are the benefits of getting health insurance from 3 different companies?

'The more, the merrier'. A lot of you must be familiar with this phrase. It states that the more the number of people, the more fun they are likely to have. But that is not the only situation where this phrase is applicable. The same thing applies while buying a health insurance plan.

If you are thinking of getting insurance for yourself, you might want to get more than just one.

Many online health insurance companies offer insurance plans that offer you comprehensive protection against a wide range of ailments and allow you to avail cashless treatment in the network hospitals.

The following points elaborate on the benefits of getting insurance policies from 3 different companies: -

Less premium - If you purchase an insurance policy which offers comprehensive protection against a wide range of conditions, it might require a greater premium amount as well. However, if you spread this amount within multiple policies, you are likely to pay a much lesser amount for each cover. Such small sums add up to a large amount with different companies and turn out to be less expensive.

Better coverage of diseases - Usually, general health insurance plans include only a selected handful number of diseases. Such diseases are not critical, which might pose to be a huge threat in the future as you would not be able to avail the claim amount. Therefore, buying multiple plans from different companies can result in the coverage of a wide range of diseases - right from the basic ones to the high expense ones.

Protection against price rise - With the rise in inflation, there is an increase in the price of medical treatment. Not just medicines, but the doctor's fees, hospital charges and other expenses can drill a hole in your pocket. That's why if you wish to save yourself from the given additional expenditure, you can invest in insurances from various online health insurance companies to claim the amount whenever required.

No stress from claim rejection - There might be times when insurance companies do not find the claimed reason to be strong enough. Therefore, they might deny the claim, and you might end up with no amount of money. In such conditions, when you desperately require claims for paying medical expenses, your family might have to bear the burden of paying expenses at their own cost. To avoid this, insurance should be purchased from more than one company. That is how you can ensure that even if one company rejects your claim, you still have the hope of availing it from the secondary companies.

Quick grant - Health insurance is like an amount of deposit which can be claimed in times of medical emergency. If you have insurance in three or more different companies, you can get the claim amount from at least one of them which can prove to be sufficient for your requirements.

Diversified benefits - If you purchase insurance from a single provider, their policy might not benefit you as much due to the rules and regulations of premiums, cover, duration or claim on maturity and so on. However, if you purchase health insurance from different companies, you can get the best of each of their policies. Selection can be made based on each of your specific requirements, and you can avail the claim as per your convenience.

Life is not certain, and that's why insurance is something every individual should rely on. Buying it from various companies only results in a larger amount of benefits, so why not read them!

What are the new bikes launching in India?

The large competition in the market between different companies leads to the launch of several new bikes and scooters by the major brands almost every month throughout the year. All the major companies of India such as Hero Motocorp, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Bajaj, Honda release at least one to two two-wheelers in the Indian market in a single year. When you buy a new bike, you also need to buy insurance for the vehicle. Nowadays, the procedure for getting insurance is quite simplified and direct. Moreover, you can easily renew the bike insurance online without much hassle. Some of the major bikes launched in recent times and about to launch in the coming months in India are mentioned here:

● Recently Royal Enfield trademarked a new name Meteor for its new bike in India which is scheduled to be launched at the beginning of 2020. This bike has a 648cc engine and is supposed to be a derivative of the Interceptor 650 bike. Priced in the range of over Rs. 2 lakhs, this bike has a powerful engine that provides high torque for hill climbing. This bike is being marketed by Royal Enfield as a more affordable Interceptor 650.

● Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR is a high range model of Kawasaki priced at nearly Rs. 17 lakhs for the new age sports bike lovers. It has a 998cc engine and is scheduled to be launched in January 2020. The 203 PS powerful petrol engine can provide a torque of up to 114.9 Nm.

● With unofficial bookings already started, KTM’s new bike KTM 390 Adventure priced at around Rs. 3 lakhs scheduled to be launched at the beginning of 2020 is one of the most awaited bikes of 2020. This bike has a 373 cc engine and has ergonomics that support stand-up biking as well.

● Honda is also set to launch its new bike Honda CB650R in January 2020 to start the new year with a bang. This bike priced in the range of around Rs. to 8 lakhs features a 95.1 PS 649cc powerful engine has no direct competitors in the market at present. Only another bike that comes close to it in features is the Kawasaki Ninja 650 which is currently priced at 5.49 lakhs ex-showroom price.

● While other companies are slated to launch high-end models at the beginning of the next year, TVS is one company which is more focused towards the lower end of the price range. The TVS Radeon BS6 is a BS6 engine model of TVS set to launch in January with a competitive price tag of Rs. 58,000 in the segment.

● Norton Atlas 650 is another high-end model set to be launched at the beginning of 2020 with a price tag that is no less than Rs. 16 lakhs. This bike has a 650cc petrol engine that provides a power of 84 PS.

● Husqvarna is also launching two new variants which go by the names Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 and HusqvarnaVitpilen 401 in the first month of 2020. Both of these bikes are priced in the range of Rs. 2.8 lakhs to 3 lakhs. Both of these bikes have the same 373.2cc engine and are available in different coloured variants.

India is currently a very hot market for new automobiles, and the launch of new bikes is going to interest new buyers who want something different from the manufacturers. Bikes are launching in a wide range starting from TVS Radeon priced at Rs. 58,000 to high-end bikes such as Kawasaki Ninja models which are priced at over 17 lakhs. Whichever of these bikes you have chosen for yourself, make sure that you get new insurance as well as renew the bike insurance online before the due date for continued protection.

Why is an exercise like cycling very helpful?

People are becoming more and more aware of physical fitness and activities that keep them healthy. Fitness has become a priority, and they are resorting to various measures like joining gyms, purchasing health insurance, joining yoga classes and engaging in other fitness routines to maintain their health.

One such outdoor activity that has garnered extreme popularity among the youngsters nowadays is cycling.

But before listing the advantages, you should know the required gear that is essential to enjoy cycling: -

A good bike - The type of cycle you select to ride has a major effect on your experience. Therefore, do not compromise on the quality of the cycle.

Cycling gear - A helmet, knee and elbow supports are important while riding a cycle as you never know when something unfortunate might happen. In such case, such gear can save you from major injuries.

Insurance– A health insurance policy and bike insurance policy, both are necessary when you go out on your journey of fitness.

Cycling has countless benefits, and the following points advocate why taking up exercises like cycling can be helpful to you: -

Weight loss - In order to lose weight, the number of calories you burn should be greater than the number you consume. This can be done through exercises. And just like any other exercise, cycling burns calories. Depending on the intensity, speed and weight of the rider, cycling can burn calories ranging anywhere from four hundred to one thousand calories.

Reduced cancer risk - Cancer or other heart-related diseases can pose to be a very serious threat to any person. It doesn't matter if you have health insurance or renew health insurance online; nothing guarantees safety from diseases. But exercising does! And especially, cycling. As a result, the risk of diseases is reduced to a great extent.

Improved health - Cycling improves the circulation of blood all around your body. You burn calories, thus the chances of being overweight and suffering from diseases due to obesity decrease to a significant level. Studies suggest that due to involvement in any sort of physical activity, a person's mental health also improves. You can free yourself from the psychological burdens as well.

Saves time - This might sound a bit contradictory, but when you choose to travel to your work or any other place using your cycle, you actually save time. If you drive your car to work, you might get stuck in traffic and would have to wait for a long time before getting a way out of the crowd of vehicles. But if you ride on a cycle, you can easily filter through the traffic and reach your destination before time. There are no major parking hassles involved which only adds to the benefits.

Better sleep - Cycling is a physical activity after all. If done for a long duration of time, it can tire you out, which eventually leads to a good night's sleep. Indirectly, exercise can also be done as a form of an outlet that relieves you of stress and reduces anxiety levels, thereby improving the quality of sleep.

Muscle gain - The muscles of and around your thighs, hamstrings, glutes and calves are engaged intensively while cycling. Therefore, not only losing weight but gaining such muscles is also a plus point of taking up cycling. As muscle is leaner than fat, you can burn an even higher number of calories while cycling and develop a strong physique.

You should always have a comprehensive health insurance policy and make sure that you renew health insurance online before it expires so that you can enjoy continued protection

Coronavirus - Precaution is always better than Cure !

Dos & Don’ts for the global health threat –Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared novel Coronavirus (nCoV) as a Global Health Emergency. Here’s a quick guide to knowing all about the deadly virus.

Let’s begin with the obvious, what is Coronavirus?

The coronavirus is a family of viruses that are known to cause illnesses like the common cold to more critical diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new force of coronavirus that has not been identified before in humans. This particular virus is called ‘2019-nCoV’.

Now that we understood what Coronavirus is, so let us understand the Symptoms:

While it depends on the kind of virus, common symptoms are respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), kidney failure and even death. Some coronaviruses can be carried from person to person. This normally happens after close contact with an infected patient.

Now that we have a better idea about the Coronavirus and the symptoms. Let's discuss the dos and don’ts for keeping the disease at bay.

*Observe good personal hygiene.

*Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness.

* Frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.

* People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette, which includes maintaining one's distance while coughing, covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and washing one's hands after coughing and sneezing.

* Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.

* Avoid contact with live animals and consumption of raw or undercooked meat.

* Avoid travel to farms, live animal markets or where animals are slaughtered.

* Indian government has advised citizens to avoid all "non-essential travel to China".

FASTag uses and benefits

Do you travel a lot by road? Are you tired of waiting for your turn at toll plazas on the interstate highways or expressways? Do you wish to get done with it as quickly as possible? If yes, then you must get a FASTag! As the name suggests, a FASTag is a tag which is a mean to ensure faster transit across toll plazas. The tag is placed on the windshield of the car and uses Radio Frequency Identification Technology. The tag is scanned by the tag readers placed at toll booths who then deduct the toll amount from the FASTag account. All toll plazas placed along the national highways are now using FASTag for payment of toll as per the guidelines of the government of India.

As the balance in FASTag reduces, the user needs to reload the balance in the linked wallet account or the linked bank account. By eliminating the need for cash payments at toll plazas, FASTag ensures a quicker and smoother flow of traffic.

The following reasons highlight how using a FASTag can help you save time on your journey: -

Quick payment - As there is a FASTag affixed to your car, you wouldn't have to search your wallet for cash which ultimately reduces the duration of the transaction and your time is saved.

Less fuel wastag - As you do not need to stop and restart your vehicle, less petrol or diesel is burned, which saves your fuel tank from draining quickly.

Hassle-free recharge- You can easily recharge your FASTag using various methods like Internet banking, mobile wallet apps, NEFT, RTGS or even your credit and debit cards.

Message alerts - Every time your FASTag is used, you get an alert SMS on the mobile number registered with the card which ensures the prevention of its misuse.

Long validity- A FASTag is valid for five years, which means you need not worry about changing it frequently.

No requirement of cash - The work of cash is taken over by the FASTag. Therefore, it eliminates the necessity of carrying cash for toll payments.

Online portals- You can check the transactions made using your FASTag whenever you wish using specific web portals meant for the same.

Now, onto some Frequently Asked Questions: -

How to get a FASTag?

To buy a FASTag, you can ask the toll plaza employee for their sales department, or contact authorized agencies or banks that sell them. Many platforms offer car insurance quotes online and sell FASTag as well.

How much does a FASTag cost?

Generally, a FASTag can cost you around two hundred rupees for the purchase, which excludes recharge expenses.

Where is it placed?

FASTags are affixed on the windshield of the car in a very specific manner that allows the scanners placed at the toll plaza to scan it.

How to know if your card has been used?

As stated in the above benefits, a text message is delivered to the registered mobile phone when the FASTag is used. This is a sort of confirmation to the owner that payment has been made.

Do you need to maintain a certain balance?

You don't need to maintain a balance for sure, but yes there is a minimum value for a top-up of the tag which amounts to a hundred rupees.

Where is a FASTag valid?

Throughout the country, a FASTag can be used to make payments at toll plazas regardless of the city or state.

While getting FASTag will help you zoom seamlessly on the highways, do remember to check car insurance quotes online to get protection against possible accidents and incidents while on the road.

What are the benefits of renewing two-wheeler insurance online?

Not only buying insurance online but renewing it online as well is also possible and is very important at the same time. You can renew two-wheeler insurance online and the whole process is hassle-free along with being very less time-consuming. Renewing your insurance online will help you in continuing the coverage and benefits you receive under your current bike insurance policy.

Some of the benefits that you get when buying two-wheeler insurance are: -

● The insurance will save you from heavy expenses that occur due to natural disasters like fire, earthquake, landslide, flood, storm etc.

● The policy will also protect you from theft, burglary or accidents that are caused by humans.

● Third-party insurance which is mandatory as per the Motor Vehicle Act ensures the owner that the insured vehicle is free from any third-party liability that may arise if the insured vehicle is involved in an accident.

● Insurance Cover in Foreign Land will make the insurance company liable to pay for damages that occur to the insured vehicle outside the Indian territory as well.

● Having your vehicle insured will also save you from any penalties that you may face if you do not have two-wheeler insurance that is mandatory by law.

Once you buy insurance for your bike or any other two-wheelers, it is necessary to keep a check on when the insurance expires. It is always good to get your insurance renewed before it expires so that you may not face any difficulties in case you are travelling.

Benefits of renewing two-wheeler insurance online.

You can go to the office of the insurance company from where you purchase your insurance from, or there is a much simpler and better method to get your insurance renewed. Insurance policies are renewed online as well and there are many benefits of renewing your two-wheeler insurance online. some of them are: -

● NCB or No Claim Bonus is another benefit that the insurers are entitled to if they go throughout the year without any claim for the year. The benefit of NCB is available in various percentages, and even if you switch your insurance provider, you get an outstanding benefit which is that you can get your NCB transferred to the other insurer.

● Renewing your insurance is not only money-saving due to a lot of deals present online but also time-saving because you do not have to go through an exhaustive process of researching where to get your insurance renewed.

● Setting up an online insurance renewal system for your two-wheeler will save your efforts in future because next time you won’t even have to step out of your office or home to get the insurance renewed for your bike or any other two-wheeler.

● Along with all these benefits, you also get timely reminders to get you insurance renewed through the portals, and you won’t miss the deadline to get your insurance renewed. You also get to receive reminders of different discounts or offers available with online insurance renewal plans.

Online insurance renewal for your two-wheelers simplifies much of your effort and you can carry out the complete procedure of renewing your insurance from home only. The transactions for the renewal process can be carried out through credit cards, debit cards, net banking which are very safe methods of payments and you can rest assured that your confidential information will not be misused in any manner.

What are the best practices to be followed in a corporate office?

Motivated employees are the biggest asset of any company or organisation. They not only increase the overall productivity of the company but also generate better output. But the question arises, how to keep the employees motivated?

By implementing and following certain practices in the workplace, you can ensure that your employees give their best and develop both as a staff member as well as an individual. Given is a detailed explanation of the best practices to be followed in a corporate office:

  • State your expectations clearly - Many times, bottom level workers feel crushed under the expectations of the middle-level managers or employees. Therefore, as an executive, is utmost important for you to be very clear about what you expect from your employees. You should elaborate on the quality of work you expect from them, timelines, personnel role is in a certain project, and so on. This way, they do not feel the burden of work or meeting deadlines at the very last moment. Build a strong foundation of communication and mutual support.
  • Involve the employees - A surefire way to make any employee feel important is by involving him/her in the important decisions of the company. By taking their advice or opinions, you establish a feeling of trust and authority. For example, managers can ask their subordinates for their views on marketing strategies. This is bound to be successful as the employee gets motivated to work harder thinking of your company as his own!
  • Encourage feedback - Employers tend to establish dominance over their staff members. If that is the case in your organization, it needs to be changed! As an employee, you wouldn't want your superior to ignore all the suggestions and feedback you provide, then why should you neglect those of your team? A great way of building strong relationships with your employees is encouraging them to provide feedback after every meeting and respond to any issues or queries they have.
  • Fulfil their individual goals If you wish that your employees work for the betterment of your business, you must think of their personal goals. In many ways, you can add to their individual growth - for example, you can give regular bonuses, you can periodically increase their salaries. This way, they develop a stronger relationship with you as well as your company.
  • Use their talent : Any employee can develop a feeling of boredom or monotony if they work in an area which doesn't utilize their skills or talent. This not only results in dissatisfaction amongst the employees but also leads to a counterproductive routine in the organization. It is best to recognize the specialization of an employee and hire him on a suitable designation as well as assign him to work accordingly. This way, the tasks allocated to him will be done in the best possible manner and reduces the chances of that employee leaving your company.
  • Be open to errors: Humans tend to commit errors. Your employees too might make some of the other mistakes at some point in time. In such situations, it is best to take necessary corrective measures and guide them to not commit such mistakes in the future. Rather than   scolding them or making them feel bad about what happened, you must accept the mistake and be open towards it.

You can also make them aware of beneficial insurance policies and can help them in buying home insurance online if they moved to the city for working in your company. This way you can earn their trust as an employer and can expect the same from them.

Why people are purchasing insurance policies online?

Carrying out activities such as phone recharges, bill payments, grocery shopping, clothes shopping, etc. has become very common. All the activities are getting digitalized now, and so is the case with general insurance policies. There are various platforms where you can generate an instant general insurance online quote as well as purchase a new policy.

In present times, a lot of people prefer to buy insurance policy online. Although the online purchase of insurance policies may not be everyone’s cup of tea, yet there are some significant advantages of buying an insurance policy online after generating a general insurance online quote.

In case you are wondering why people buy insurance policy online, here are the reasons which encourage them to do so: -

Time-saving: - You do not have to go through the hectic processes of going to the company’s office and get the process completed. The offline process lasts several days whereas, through the online process, everything is just a few clicks away.

Lower premiums: - The premiums to be paid are quite higher for the insurance policies purchased offline than the policies that are purchased online. Thus, the online method is pocket-friendly as well.

Easy comparison: - When looking for an insurance policy online, comparing becomes easier. You can compare general insurance online quote from all the companies at once without having to go through any trouble. You can look for yourself and choose the company that suits you the most.

Freedom to decide: - Everything is done on your own, so you are the one making the decisions. There is no manipulation or pressure from the company when you purchase an insurance policy online. You are the sole decision-maker without any external influence.

Less paperwork: -Purchasing an insurance policy online reduces the amount of paperwork to be completed. The offline method involves a lot of paperwork which can be quite troublesome. The online saves you from it, and the entire experience becomes hassle-free.

Informed decision making: - You can also view the customer reviews for the policy that you are going to buy. Before finally buying the policy, you can search for the reviews of other customers to check if you can trust the company and the policy.

Fewer chances of rejection: - The chance of rejection due to incorrect or incomplete details becomes negligible under the online mode. This is probably where the offline method becomes troublesome, where the forms can be rejected multiple times for some trivial issues.

Easy and convenient: - The processes of purchasing a new policy and paying the premiums can be completed with just a few clicks in case of the online mode. In the older times, buying policies was all about personal interaction and a buildup of trust following the interaction. The customer was convinced by the representative of the insurance

Informed decision making: - You can also view the customer reviews for the policy that you are going to buy. Before finally buying the policy, you can search for the reviews of other customers to check if you can trust the company and the policy.

company and after various processes, the final buying of the insurance policy took place. However, in the online purchase procedure, everything is digitalized and available on your device with an internet connection.

Though, the digitalized ways of selling and buying insurances policies online lack the old ways of building up a sense of trust in the customer. The customers do everything on their own in such cases through the online portals of insurance companies, based on their brand image and terms and conditions.

The new method is not appreciated by all sections of the public, and many of them still prefer traditional methods. So, if you are looking to buy insurance policy then you should weigh all the pros and cons of both the methods and choose the one which suits you and your ideas the most.

Why should Senior Citizens get insurance policies?

With the onset of old age, a lot of people start facing a variety of health-related problems and diseases. Such health issues can lead to the draining of the bank account as most of the people retire by the age of sixty. That's why senior citizens need to get an insurance policy that takes care of them during such health emergencies.

Almost all health insurance policies in India include the following features: -

  • Covering hospital charges like medicines and operation bills.
  • Ambulance charges are paid by the Mediclaim.
  • Hospital Bed expenses are handled by the insurance company
  • No medical test is required before availing the policy.
  • Easy health insurance policy renewal.
  • Preexisting diseases are also covered depending on the company and type of policy.

The benefits of getting health insurance in old age are explained as under: -

  • Uncertainty of age - Old age brings its share of happiness and sorrows. A variety of diseases can also strike to some unfortunate people. However, with the support of a health insurance policy, both terminal and lifestyle diseases can be easily dealt with.
  • Medical help - If you meet any accident or have any form of illness or disease, you might need medical help which can cost you a lot of money. But reimbursement for all these expenses can be availed under the insurance policy at any required time depending on the type of policy.
  • Sudden illness - Imagine this, you are having fun with your family on a fine day, but all of a sudden you feel a sharp stinging pain in your chest leading to a heart attack. You have no health insurance cover. Your family is not in a good place to provide for hospital bills and medical expenses. What would you do? Such imagination does not appeal to you, right? That is why you should purchase a comprehensive health insurance policy.
  • Serves investment purposes - If you are wondering what to do with the large sum of money your retirement brought along, investing in insurance policies can be a great option. It is extremely safe and can be useful in the future if any misfortune takes place. You can even select auto health insurance policy renewal services and gain the advantage of long term insurance.
  • Beating medical inflation - With the constant rise in general inflation, the cost of medical services and treatment is also increasing. With a sufficient amount in medical insurance, you can make sure that any unfortunate disease or ailment at old age does not drill a hole in your pocket.
  • Saving tax - Under Section 80D of the Income Tax Act 1961, you can claim a deduction for up to Rs. 30,000 against the premium paid against medical insurance cover. This payment can be made for yourself or any of your family members like your spouse or children.
  • Loan on insurance - If by any means you need a large sum of money to fulfil a few urgent requirements, you can even use the insurance amount to obtain a loan from banks or NBFC (Non-Banking Financial Institutions). You even earn interest and bonus on the insured amount with the company depending on their regulations.
  • Long story short, buying insurance for yourself and your family can always be helpful in some or the other way. You can gain financial advantages for a long duration of time, even if you do not require it for medical purposes. Also, make sure that you keep a close tab on your health insurance policy renewal, to continue enjoying long-term protection.

What are the different types of general insurance policies?

In modern times, uncertainty has become a part and parcel of life. You can take as many precautions as possible but certain unwanted situations can always take place. These situations can be related to your health, your life, or your possessions like car, mobile, house etc. Due to any man-made situations or natural disasters, you can suffer losses on various accounts. In such situations, an insurance policy is something that can reimburse you for the losses suffered to a great extent and reduce the monetary damage.

Although insurance policies cannot prevent the happening of any unfortunate incident, they can help minimize losses suffered due to such incidents. Irrespective of the fact whether you decide to buy insurance policy online or offline, having an active insurance policy is a must.

Insurance policies are available in various types and categories. The two main categories are life policies and non-life policies. The life policies are the ones that deal with ‘life’ of an individual. On the other hand, the non-life policies are the ones which deal with all other types of mishaps that can occur. These non-life policies are also called general insurance policies.

What are the different types of general insurance policies?

Following are the different types of general insurance policies that are available, whether you buy insurance policy online or offline: -

  • Health insurance covers all the expenses related to a person’s health when he/she gets hospitalized due to problems like any illness or any accident. It also covers situations like an annual health checkup, daycare procedure, psychiatric support and other health-related situations. Specific extensions of these insurance policies cover critical illness, maternity-related situations and organ donation. The premium of a health insurance policy is based on the individual’s age, history of the health, any genetic disorders and other cases like that.
  • Travel insurance losses suffered while travelling to domestic or international locations are covered by the travel insurance policy. Situations like loss of baggage or passport, hijacking, medical expenses and other travel-related situations that require settlement are covered. Any accidental deaths caused during the travel are also compensated by the insurance policy. Some insurance companies also allow the travel insurance policy to be free of any deductibles. In this situation, the company covers all the expenses.
  • Motor insurance has further two types of policies that involve comprehensive and third-party policies. The third-party policy involves the settlement in situations that involve any damage caused to another vehicle or person by your vehicle. The accidental expenses caused by your vehicle are settled by the insurance company. Comprehensive policies also cover the damages caused to your vehicle. It is a policy which encompasses the features of third party policy in it.
  • Marine insurance is useful in reimbursing of losses cause to goods that are being transported through cargo ships to national as well as international locations.
  • Commercial insurance policies deal with the business-related insurances that involve loss of property, professional liability, marine damage and other such expenses.
  • Home insurance the insurance covers the losses related to theft, fire, or other damages caused to your home.
  • In case you are interested in buying a general policy, you can do so by contacting any insurance company, or you can even buy insurance policy online. The quotations will be provided to you in both online and offline cases. You can look at it and in case it suits you, you can purchase the respective insurance policy. You must make the premium payment on time to keep the policy active and enjoy its coverage. Any delay in the premium payment beyond the grace period would render the policy ineffective, exposing you to various liabilities and losses.

Why do we need to be careful while crossing the roads?

With a striking increase in the number of vehicles on the road, traffic safety has become a crucial matter in the modern world. As drivers and as pedestrians both, you need to be extremely careful about yourself as well as your fellow citizens.

Yes, no doubt a lot of medical facilities are widely available nowadays. Many multi-speciality hospitals provide emergency services to the needy ones. Many companies offer individual health insurance in India. A variety of measures can be undertaken after an accident. But would you want to go through all of it? Better safe than sorry, right? That's why we present the importance of maintaining road safety.

The given article describes the importance of being careful while crossing the roads as well as discusses a few measures of how you can avoid any misfortune while doing so.

  • To avoid accidents - The first and foremost reason why you should be careful while crossing roads is to prevent collision with any vehicle. If you walk across haphazardly, you might end up getting hit by any driver who was not very careful with his driving. You cannot take control of what the fellow driver is doing, but you surely have the responsibility for your safety.
  • To avoid injury - Of course, an accident will result in severe injuries. If the force stays quite high during the collision, the pedestrian might lose his life as well! To avoid such circumstances, taking precautions is necessary.
  • To avoid a collision when someone is driving too fast - People are often seen to be in some sort of hurry while going somewhere as they operate at an unusually high speed. First things first, the speedily approaching vehicle has the potential to injure you severely if you get into its way. Moreover, applying brakes at high speed can be difficult and it provides absolutely no assurance that no collision will occur.
  • To avoid injury to the driver - If you somehow end up lucky enough to avoid being rammed into by a vehicle, thank your stars. But the case might not be the same with the driver of the car. There are chances that someone might have applied brakes all of a sudden to avoid colliding into someone and his head banged on the steering wheel. He might suffer injuries as well.
  • To avoid slipping on the road - Not just by accident, you can injure yourself by not maintaining balance while crossing the road and falling. You might end up hitting your head on the concrete. Worst case scenario, the driver of a random vehicle does not notice your fall and collides into you! You surely wouldn't want that to happen.
  • Measures that can be taken
  • Always cross from zebra crossing - All of you must have read about a zebra crossing in your school days. Those same instructions are what you need to follow. Nowadays, generally, zebra crossings are painted in the front area of traffic signals.
  • Look on both sides - As people tend to drive on the wrong side of the road, no guarantee looking at the opposite side of the way before crossing will keep you safe. To ensure maximum safety, always look on both sides and cross only when it's feasible.
  • Never run across roads - This is a crucial fact yet often goes unnoticed by people, never run while crossing a street. That doesn't mean you should walk extremely slow either. Always walk at a moderate speed so that you can cross calmly and can stop when any fast vehicle approaches.
  • Avoid crossing when incoming traffic is substantial - If you want to cross the road, but the number of vehicles coming in from the opposite end is large, try and wait for a while and let the rush reduce. You can cross when the road seems a bit or more empty. This eliminates the possibility of sudden collisions.
  • Having individual health insurance in India can only help you with the hospitalization related expenses but to stay safe and sound, you must follow the traffic rules diligently.

Why is your employer health insurance not sufficient?

As a part of the measures undertaken to keep their employees motivated, many companies provide various types of incentives and insurance services, for example, personal health insurance, car insurance and so on.

No doubt this can be a great gesture from the company's end. But is it sufficient for you? Well, a lot of factors advocate why you should not remain dependent on employer health insurance as it is not enough. They are as mentioned below:

  • Less customization - Before signing up for insurance, employers decide all the features of the cover with the insurance company which include - the number of diseases, minimum and maximum amount that can be claimed and so on. This leaves very less scope of customisation available for you. You cannot be sure whether the diseases you have been dealing with or the ones that run in the family are covered or not. You cannot use the plan for any specific expenses as a fixed policy is made from a combination of various aspects where all are given almost equal weightage. This is the best option for the employer as he has to select a general plan for all employees, but the case might not be the same for individuals.
  • Continuity of the plan - Companies that offer a group cover have the facility of discontinuing as per their will. Moreover, insurance is related to the duration of your job. As long as you are associated with the company, you can reap the benefits of the policy. But if you wish to leave the job, you wouldn't be able to exercise the same benefits. Once you quit the job, the policy gets terminated on its own. Moving from a group plan to an individual one can drill a hole in your pocket after retirement as it is very costly.
  • Covers only one person - Generally, all companies offer insurance plans for their employees only. That can be beneficial to you on an individual scale, but what about your loved ones? Even if you wish to avail a health insurance policy for family, you wouldn't be able to ask for it by your superiors. Their care and concern are limited only up to you as only you are their employee. Therefore, it is best for your family members if you buy insurance for them rather than solely relying upon what your company is providing. .
  • Changes in the conditions of employer's policy - There is a possibility that your company has joined hands with any insurance agency to save money and reduce their liability towards the employees. They can thus, change the terms and conditions of the insurance policy as per their convenience. Some type of diseases can be exempted, coverage of certain expenses can be removed, and such similar measures can be undertaken by the employer. That is why it is best to choose an appropriate cover based on one's requirements.
  • Post-retirement coverage - As stated in one of the above points, your insurance is relevant only until the duration of your job. You would lose the cover after retirement, which is the time when it is required the most. And that is when you would have to buy your insurance policy. Getting one after a certain age, here say the retirement age of 60, is a very complex task. You might not be able to get a cover for the preexisting diseases. This means that eventually you would have to bear your medical expenses and the insurance amount would be of no use. To avoid any hassle in your senior life, you must get a cover in your youth to protect your health as well as your hard-earned money.
  • All this proves that opting for a health insurance policy for the family rather than relying on employer health insurance is a far better decision.

Why should we follow the traffic signals while driving vehicles?

Traffic rules are meant for your safety, and there should be no arguments against why you should ensure to follow traffic rules while driving or walking on roads. Traffic rules help protect you on the road as well as everyone else driving on the same road. People should know about the basic traffic signs and rules that should be followed while driving any vehicle on roads. People driving bigger vehicles need to be extra careful because of the multiple blind spots that are created by the big size of the vehicle.

Moreover, someone behind any bigger vehicle should also understand that there is limited visibility of the driver, and they should not try to come in the way of such vehicles which can be dangerous for both parties. Prevention is always better than cure but in case any mishappening occurs due to mistakes from either side, there are insurance providers who provide personal accident insurance as well. You can buy personal accident insurance online from any reputed insurance provider after properly comparing the benefits of all the different policies that are provided by different insurance providers.

Need for following road traffic rules

Government statistics show that more than 400 road accidents occur in India almost every day due to the negligence of the people driving and walking on roads. In many of these accidents, people get injured and in most of them, there are deaths of people involved also while some may escape unhurt. But, if traffic violations had not taken place and people were following the road traffic signs properly, there is a very high chance that the number of accidents will be very less than the current rate of 400 accidents per day.

Such traffic crashes and accidents also affect the Gross Domestic Product of the country, and the impact can be as high as 3% of the GDP. The traffic signs put on roads by the government for the people work to ensure that order ensues on the roads and signs are followed by the people on the roads. These traffic signs if followed properly will greatly help in reducing the accidents that occur daily on Indian roads.

Misconceptions amongst the people are aggravating the problem

There is a large population of India that do not follow traffic rules and is habitual of violating the rules, either due to no knowledge of the signs or even due to some misconceptions. There is a long time misconception in Indian public that it is not necessary to follow traffic signals after 10 PM and you see people racing past signals after 10 PM. This is completely false but people still following such myths is also the reason for many high-speed accidents occurring at night on city roads. People also do not follow one-way road rules and come with their vehicles on the road from either direction. They believe that reversing their vehicle on a one-way road is correct even if they are walking in the opposite direction, but this is completely wrong. You can reverse your vehicle on a one-way road, but you should be moving in the direction in which the road allows movement. These were examples of some common misconceptions among the people in India but there are more, and these myths lead to an increase in accidents on the roads.

It is necessary to train the people what different traffic signs and signals mean and what you should do when you see one of these signs. Campaigns should be undertaken by the government to train people on how to drive their vehicles properly on the road without causing a nuisance to others. Additionally, one must purchase personal accident insurance online or offline, as preferable, to get protection in case of such incidents.

5 myths of Home Insurance

Home insurance is one of the most common insurance that people buy, but most of the buyers do not know about the complete limitations and benefits of such insurance policies. There are certain myths related to home insurance policies that are still prevailing in people’s minds. You can find a person buying the best home insurance in India, but he/she will be under the myth that the insurance policy does not cover this or that. People need to properly read the offer and scheme related documents before they are deciding on buying any particular policy. Some of the myths that have been there in people’s minds for long periods have been debunked here: -

1 If the damage to the home is severe enough that it is beyond repair and you cannot live in it while it is being repaired or renovated, the insurance company will put you up in a hotel or a serviced apartment temporarily while the work is being done. This is true for some insurance plans but not all insurance plans and if loss-of-use is there, it will be clearly stated in the policy. People should not be under the myth that Loss-of-use is present in all policies else they will have to bear a huge financial burden of paying the hotel fees as well.

2.Many people believe that their belongings lost in the fire will be replaced with new ones if they have a policy. However, most of the policies do not have this clause. Instead, the losses are calculated by what the items were worth before they were lost in the fire. A four-year-old computer that you bought for Rs. 50,000 may be worth only Rs. 13,000 before the calamity and the insurance company will calculate the loss by counting the price of the computer as Rs. 13,000 and not the original price of Rs. 50,000.

3.Even the plan which may be the best home insurance in India may omit coverage against flood. Floods can occur due to several reasons, such as a storm, hurricane, ruptured pipes or drainage stoppages, or ruptured sewer backup but most of the times flood is not included in the policy. If you live in a flood-prone area, there are special flood policy packages offered by selected firms but in general, it is not included in a home insurance policy.

4.People generally believe that low premium means low insurance coverage, but this is not true. You can lower your premium in many ways without reducing your coverage if you take safety precautions of your own to protect your house. If you have security devices such as fire alarms or burglar alarms installed at your house, you can tell that to the insurance provider, and your premium can be lowered.

After the fire tragedy, some items are destroyed or damaged to such an extent that for the insurer, it could be challenging to identify for assigning the claim. So, as a responsible party, you ought to click as many pictures and shoot videos as possible of the damaged, smoked rooms to show the physical evidence of the actual damage before it gets wiped by a restoration company.

5.This is a myth that you need to be a homeowner to buy home insurance. You can very well buy home insurance for your belongings and contents of the house without being a homeowner. A tenant can purchase home insurance for his belongings and in case the tenant shifts; the policy can be approved for a change of address as well. Not only this, but the homeowner can also get home insurance for the structure of the rented accommodation or the house in which there are tenants living.

While buying even the best home insurance in India, you need to be careful and read all the documents for the policy carefully to understand what all things are included in the insurance and what all things are not included in the insurance. Different policies are accommodating different perils and you must choose the one that fits your requirements the best.

5 Reasons why you should have an Individual Personal Accident Policy

Accidents are always unfortunate, and you can never foresee when you might face such a circumstance, but it is always better to protect yourself from such unfortunate situations by getting a Personal Accident Insurance. You can easily buy personal accident insurance online by visiting the website of the insurance provider under which you want to get insured. If you have a Personal Accident Insurance, you will be able to protect yourself from huge inpatient hospitalization expenses and corresponding medical bills that can spend all your life savings in case you are met with an accident. You need to keep in mind certain things when you buy a Personal Accident Insurance: -

  • Buy personal accident insurance online with a premium amount that covers your needs while not putting heavy stress on your financial stability.
  • Compare the different Personal Accident Policies provided by different insurance companies and choose the one that fits your requirements the best.
  • Select a policy that can be renewed online easily without having to visit the insurance company’s office.

Personal Accident Insurance policies can provide you safety from sudden financial mishaps that can occur if you face an accident. Along with this, some of the reasons you should consider buying a Personal Accident Insurance are:

  • You have any disability taken care of - If you have a Personal Accident Cover, you will be able to claim compensation for any kind of disability that you may face in the aftermath of an accident. The insurer will get appropriate compensation from the insurance provider if they suffer the loss of income due to their disability. You can avail compensation for Permanent Total Disability as well as Permanent Partial Disability.
  • Accidental Death Benefit - This is one of the major advantages and the most important reason why you should get a Personal Accident Insurance. In case of accidental death of the insured, the insurance company is liable to 100% of the insured amount to the nominee which are generally Class I legal heirs such as a spouse, son, daughter, mother or father.
  • Medical Expenses are taken care of - If you suffer an accident, medical expenses cost can be very high and can finish up all your life savings in a very short span of time. A Personal Accident Insurance will provide you protection from such expenses as the insurance company will take care of the medical expenses of the insured. In case of demise of the insured, the company will also take care of the funeral expenses of the deceased.
  • Family Security - In case the accident leads to the death or permanent disability of the person and that person is the sole earner for the whole family, a Personal Accident Insurance will provide security to the insured’s family. This will not only provide the family with funds to support them but also shield them from any hospital expenses that will be incurred if the person is hospitalized.
  • Child Education Benefit - Some insurance companies also cover the educational expenses of children under child education cover in case of death or total disablement of the person insured. Under this cover, the company will be liable to pay some amount per child, to a maximum of two children for their educational expenses.

Buying personal accident insurance online not only protects the insured but also guarantees protection and security to the family of the insured in case the person is faced with permanent disability leading to loss of income. It is always a good idea to get a Personal Accident Cover, whether individually or along with your other insurance policies for your car or bike.

10 useful fire safety tips that you should know

A fire can start anywhere and you will be surprised to know that you may have as little as two minutes to escape from such fires to safety. Early warning signs and proper steps taken once the fire has been detected can save your life as well as others. Most of the home fires that occur are preventable and you should follow certain fire safety tips to protect yourself as well as your family from fire hazards.

Buying home fire insurance is the first step towards protecting your house from an unforeseen fire hazard that may destroy your complete property. But along with this, you need to know some safety tips to protect yourself if and when there is a fire outbreak in your home or office or any other such building.

1. Smoke alarms are the basic detectors that must be installed within the building so that you are immediately aware of if there is some fire in your house. Such fire alarms can be installed in your living room and all of the bedrooms. Installing fire alarms does not finish your job and you need to take care if they are working properly by regular checks. You may even need to replace their batteries periodically.

2. Have a fire escape plan ready and your whole family should be aware of what to do to escape from the house in case of a fire outbreak.

3. In case there is a fire in your home, try to escape as quickly as possible and do not go back to your house to gather any belongings. If your house is insured under home fire insurance, you will get everything back.

4. If you live in an apartment, get to know all the escape routes and as soon as there is a fire outbreak, pull the fire alarm so that everyone else is aware of a fire in the apartment.

5. In case there is a fire in your home, lie down close to the floor because smoke tends to rise higher. You can save your breath this way and can be safe inside the room for a longer period until help arrives.

6. If you are locked inside in case of a fire, try to block all paths of the smoke entrance to your area. You can get any clothing material and place it at the entry point of smoke which is generally the bottom of doors. The wet cloth will prevent smoke from reaching your area and you will be able to survive for a longer period until help comes.

7. All the inflammable materials in your home should be handled carefully and must be put in a safe place. In case there is a fire outbreak, try to keep flammable materials out of the reach of the fire, otherwise, they may cause an explosion risking everyone’s lives.

8. In case you use fireplaces inside your home to warm the house in winters, install a fire safety gate around the fireplace.

9. Fire extinguishers are a must at office places, but there must be fire extinguishers at your home also. Everyone in your family should be trained enough to use the fire extinguisher in case the need arrives.

10. In case your clothes catch fire, do not run because running won’t douse the flames, instead, it will only help the flame. Lie down and roll on the ground and the flames must be smothered by a heavy blanket or rug.

All these tips can come in handy whenever there is a fire outbreak in your home or your office. You must follow these tips, but you must never forget to call the fire department to let the professionals handle the fire hazard.

Quick guide for Add on Covers that you can opt for with Two Wheeler Insurance

Whether you buy a four-wheeler or a two-wheeler, you can easily buy bike insurance or private car insurance in India. All such insurances come with certain add-ons offered by insurers to supplement the comprehensive insurance policy and make it more valuable for the buyer. Some of the Add-ons provided are the basic add-ons while some other add-ons can be purchased by the insured at a higher premium. Each Additional Cover will cost some extra and that cost will be adjusted in the premium. Some of the basic and most common Add-ons that are available for two-wheelers and must be taken while buying insurance are: -

  • Zero Depreciation Cover - Depreciation occurs due to the reduction in the price of the vehicle over time due to natural wear and tear while using the vehicle. The rate of depreciation depends on the age of the respective parts of the bike. Generally, this depreciation is required to be paid by the customer as deductible during the claim process. However, if you buy a Zero Depreciation Cover, the insurer will not deduct this amount from the claim, and you will receive a comparatively higher percentage of the claim. You should opt for this cover if your bike is new and ideally less than 3 years old. If you have this cover, you will be able to make a maximum of two claims in a policy period but if your vehicle is damaged beyond repair, you won’t be eligible for this cover.
  • Accessories Cover - If you are someone who likes to have additional accessories attached to your bike and have your bike studded with additional high-end electrical and non-electrical accessories, you should buy an Accessories cover to insure those accessories as well from damages in case of accidents. To get this cover, you need to submit the total cost of these accessories while buying an insurance policy for your bike.
  • Return to Invoice - With an increased premium, this cover will protect your bike from theft or irreparable damage, and the insurer will compensate you by providing the Insured Declared Value of the vehicle to you. The Insured Declared Value or IDV is less than the invoice value of the bike because it is calculated by taking into account the depreciation rate of the bike, the road tax, registration charges, etc. The IDV of a two-wheeler can reduce to 80% of its value in a span of only 2 years and if you have this cover, you won’t have to spend too much extra money to get a new bike in case of theft or irreparable damage.
  • Medical Cover - This cover will provide you coverage from medical expenses that can be very high in case your two-wheeler meets an accident because there is no protection for the driver driving the two-wheeler. Taking this Add-on will help you cover the costs related to medical treatments in case you meet an accident.
  • Pillion Rider Cover - There is no protection for the pillion rider on the bike as well if the vehicle meets an accident. It can be argued that in most cases, the pillion rider is at more risk of getting hurt than the driver of the bike. In most insurance policies, the rider will be covered against death or any resultant disability in case of an accident, but there is no cover for the passenger. This Add-on will provide cover to the pillion rider in case of an accident resulting in the death or disability of the passenger.
  • NCB Protect - Most of the insurance companies provide a No-claim Bonus to the insured in case they raise no claims during the policy period. But, if a claim is raised the NCB is reset to zero, and to prevent that from happening you can buy the NCB Protect Cover. This will protect the NCB from resetting to zero and your accumulated bonus won’t lapse in case you raise a claim..
  • These were some of the Add-ons that you must consider while buying a new insurance policy for your two-wheeler as well as private car insurance in India.

    Quick Guide on Fire Insurance

    Fire insurance is a contractual agreement between the policyholder and the insurer wherein the insurer in return for consideration or premium agrees to indemnify the policyholder or the insured person for the financial loss that he/she may suffer due to destruction of or damage to property or goods by fire during a specific period. You can buy as well as renew a fire insurance policy in India by online as well as offline ways.

    The purchase of fire insurance helps to cover the cost of replacement, repair or reconstruction of the property, but fire insurance is generally not valid in case of war, nuclear risk or any such similar peril. Buying fire insurance is always a good idea because your property is your investment and buying a fire insurance policy will help you recover the damage and loss caused due to fire on your property.

    Most of the policies offered by the different insurance providers cover the physical damage caused to your property by the following perils: -

  • Fire
  • Lightning
  • Riot and Strike
  • Earthquake, wind and storm
  • Explosion
  • Smoke damage
  • Sprinkler Damage
  • Damage due to aircraft
  • Bush fire
  • Subsidence, rockslides or landslides
  • Impact damage which may occur due to the impact of road vehicles or animals or rails.
  • There are various types of fire insurance policies that are available in India, depending on the coverage requirement of the individual. The type of fire insurance policy in India you may choose also depends on whether the asset which is being insured is a fixed asset or a non-fixed asset. Depending on the type of asset being insured, insurance providers have different types of fire insurance policies available. The types of policies for fixed assets such as homes are: -

  • Replacement Value Policy - The asset which has been insured is replaced if it is damaged by fire wherein the insurance company pays the replacement value of the damaged property.
  • Reinstatement Value Policy - This is almost similar to the Replacement Value Policy but with an added clause that the insurance company will replace the damaged property to its original condition before the occurrence of the peril. This policy applies to fixed assets like buildings.
  • There are many different types of policies for non-fixed assets, such as: -

  • Specific Policy - This policy covers the loss up to a specific amount which is less than the real value of the property.
  • Comprehensive Policy - Also called ‘All in One’ policy, this policy covers loss due to fire, theft, burglary as well as other third-party damages.
  • Valued Policy - Under this policy, the insured person can recover a fixed amount which was agreed to at the time the policy was bought.
  • Floating Policy - This policy covers loss due to fire to property belonging to the same person but at different places.
  • Valuable Policy - The sum insured is not decided at the time of buying the policy but instead, the claim amount is calculated at the time of loss.
  • Consequential Loss Policy - This policy covers the loss in profit caused due to disruption of the business by damage due to fire.
  • Buying a fire insurance policy for your house or your goods is always a good decision, but you must buy a policy which covers the risk that you face and understand the nature of the asset that you want to insure and then buy an insurance policy accordingly.

    Quick Guide on Liability Insurance!

    Liability insurance provides the insured party protection against claims resulting from damage or harm to people or property. Intentional damage and contractual liabilities are not covered, but legal costs and payouts are generally attended to and paid. This type of insurance is also called third party insurance.

    If an insured party damages someone else's property or harms someone else by mistake, liability insurance comes to place. These policies can be taken by anyone who drives a car, owns a business, practices law or medicine or just anyone who can be sued for damages or injuries. Following is a brief guide on the public liability insurance policy and all that it covers.

    Due to various kinds of liability insurance available, almost anybody can get liability insurance for products, employees etc. below are the main types of liability insurance-

  • Employer’s liability and workers’ compensation- This is a mandatory coverage in case employees are harmed or injured in the process of work, and this protects business accordingly.
  • Product liability insurance- This insurance is for businesses that manufacture products that are sold in the market. In this case, business is protected against any lawsuit arising from an injury or death resulting from their products.
  • Indemnity insurance- This insurance protects the company from negligence claims due to financial harm resulting from failure to perform.
  • Umbrella Liability Policies - These usually come handy when liability limits of other insurances are reached. These liabilities are designed to protect against catastrophic events.
  • Commercial General Liability- Also known as commercial liability insurance, it provides an insurance cover against various kinds of lawsuits including those that may arise from an unforeseen event with an employee, any public property damage or injuries caused by the negligence of an employee.
  • Comprehensive General Liability- These kinds of Liability insurances are tailor-made for small and large businesses, typically include bodily injury, property damage, personal and advertising injury, medical payments, and operations liability. In this, compensatory and general damages on losses are paid, but punitive damages are not paid usually. However, it covers the charges of investigation or defending a lawsuit.
  • The premium amount for these public liability insurance policies is based on the needs of your company and your company's priorities. For example, a real estate company or a makeup company may have more risks than an organic grain company. This is also because the bigger the size of the company, the greater is the risk. A good public liability insurance policy will take into consideration these factors.
  • Here are a few rights and duties of the insurer:

  • The insurer investigates an event that has resulted in a liability claim.
  • The injured can defend the insured in any lawsuit related to a covered type of injury.
  • The insurer may settle a lawsuit at his discretion.
  • Cost of providing defense is handled by the insurer.
  • The following are advantages of a public liability insurance policy:

  • Protected against unexpected circumstances- Even after taking precautions and managing operations, there are unexpected circumstances that may cause more harm than imagined. Having public liability insurance ensures that you've selected a liability to cover for such unexpected inconveniences.
  • You could get more deals - It is easier for large businesses and firms to trust your company and find it reliable if they are aware of the liability insurances in place. This gives you an edge over other competitors and could also be your saving grace.
  • You may be covered against a data breach - With which data like important information about employees, products, deals, social security data, etc. data security becomes increasingly important. It is a must for every company to have a liability to cover hacking and other data breaches.
  • Having considered the above factors, your public liability insurance policy will not be complete if you do not personally understand the needs of your company and find public liability insurance according to that.

    Home Buyer's Guide

    Owning a home is generally seen as a sign of adulthood and financial responsibility. Buying a home is a huge step and a very big commitment and requires a lot of work on your part. You need to be aware of all the different things and steps involved with everything to fully comprehend what all things need to be taken care of before you buy a home such as EMI payments, property tax payments, best home insurance policies in India and several others. Many people rush into buying homes which is never a good idea because if you are not careful while buying a home, there is a probability that you may be making a bad investment.

    When buying a home, you need to be sure that you can sustain the financial burden and it won’t mess up your financial stability and for that, you need to understand the various aspects of homeownership. You can consider this as a guide which will help you in making a correct decision that will be beneficial for you in the long run as a good investment. Going step-by-step, you need to ponder over carefully on all these things: -

  • The need to buy the property - Many people decide to buy a home just because they want to prove to the world that they have attained adulthood and they can own a home. The decision to buy a home should not be made so precariously and proper thought must be given to whether you need to buy a property and how will it affect your financial stability in terms of mortgages.
  • Shortlisting the Property - Once you have properly assessed your requirements for a property, you need to now ponder upon what kind of home would you like to live in. Shortlisting can also be done based on whether you want to move in immediately or you want to construct the house according to your preferences. Ready to move in property generally require enough finances for paying cash up-front to buy them but for a house under construction, you can take bank loans while paying less cash up-front. The property should also be shortlisted based on what kind of location you want to live in.
  • Understand the tax implications - Everyone wants to reduce their taxes, and for this, you need to understand what kinds of taxes you have to pay and how can that tax be reduced smartly. You can save capital gain tax on residential properties but not on commercial properties.
  • The Legal Perspective - Once you have decided on buying a property, take care of all the legal things that need to be done so that the property is registered under your name or someone in your family. All the documents should be clear, and you should be comprehensive with regards to all the paperwork for the property to avoid any issues in the future.
  • Manage Finances - You need to have a stable financial system so that you do not face any difficulty in your daily life after deciding to buy a new property. You can also avail home loans from banks to finance the new property by paying less cash upfront to the developer of the property. Your home loan eligibility and the amount for which your home loan is sanctioned depends on your ability to repay the loan, i.e. indirectly your salary..
  • Home buying is generally categorized into three different stages which are the Pre-purchase stage, financial handling stage and the Post-purchase stage. You need to be properly involved in all of these stages and understand each and everything so that you do not face any legal problems in future.

    Make sure that all documents are complete and if you rent out your property, have proper rent agreement papers made. Buying a home also means you need to have home insurance, and you can buy some of the best home insurance policies in India from different insurance providers at attractive premium rates. Compare the policies properly and buy the one that suits your requirements the best.

    How to buy Health Insurance online in India?

    Health insurance is a medical insurance policy which ensures that you and your family remain protected in the case of sudden hospitalization due to any illness by providing financial coverage for all the medical expenses under such conditions. Health insurance policies are generally claimed in two different ways, by way of cashless treatment or through reimbursement of the cost of treatment at the hospital. All health insurance policies cover hospitalization costs if the hospitalization is more than a specific period but there are many different policies offered by different insurance providers wherein you may also obtain the benefit of coverage of hospitalization costs, pre-hospitalization costs, post-hospitalization costs, accidental covers as well as daycare procedures.

    You can buy health insurance by visiting the respective insurance providers’ office but there is an even simpler method where you can buy health insurance online in India with ease with no extra effort. You just need to choose the type of plan that best suits the requirements of you and your family and then start the premium payment process. But, there are many things you need to consider before you finalize on a particular insurance provider and after that on a particular insurance policy provided by that insurance company. One of the most important things to consider when choosing an insurance provider and any policy is to check if most of the major hospitals of the country are included in its network list. Once you see that the network coverage of hospitals is good enough and will be suitable for you, you also need to decide on what should be your policy amount. The decision of the policy amount will also depend on your financial stability because a higher policy amount is directly correlated to the premium amount.

    These health insurance providers many different types of health insurance plans, such as:

  • Individual Health Insurance Plan
  • Family Health Insurance Plan
  • Senior Citizen Health Insurance
  • Critical Illness Health Insurance
  • Maternity Health Insurance
  • Personal Accident Insurance Cover
  • All these insurance providers have lots of different policies ranging from 1 lac to 2 crores, and you can choose the policy that suits you the best. It is rightly said that prevention is better than cure and health insurance policies are the best prevention against any future health problems you may face. You can buy health insurance online in India very easily by directly visiting the website of the insurance provider whose policy you want to buy. You get the complete list of all the policies that insurance provider has available and you can check the complete benefits of all the policies and compare them to find the one that best suits your family. Once you finalize on one particular plan, enter the details of the family members you want to buy the plan for and you will be shown the calculated premium for the policy. This premium amount depends on the number of people you are insuring, their ages, the type of plan you are choosing as well as the policy amount. You will be asked to pay the first premium immediately and this premium has to be paid yearly to keep the insurance plan running. The process of buying an online health insurance plan was as simple as discussed in the last few lines. Most of the time is spent in deciding the plan, and once the plan is final, you can get set with your health insurance plan within minutes.

    How to Buy Motor Insurance Online?

    If you nurture and protect every little thing in your life, why not your car. Your car is something that you will use the most in your life, and it needs to be safeguarded against accidents, natural calamities, theft and malicious damage. Right now, when even minor repairs and maintenance costs can be so high, you can imagine what will be the extent of expenses in case your car gets damaged or in the worst case stolen. To avoid such a huge sudden financial loss, car insurance is important. Every year, a large number of vehicles make their way to Indian streets, and due to this reason, car insurance has been made mandatory by the Government of India under the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act of 2019.

    You can easily buy motor insurance online with a very simplified process. There are no hassles such as visiting the office of the insurance provider, and you can compare all the different car insurance policies online just by visiting the websites of all the insurance providers and then choose the one provider that provides the best benefits and the plan that best suits your needs. Before you go and finalize any particular vehicle insurance plan, you should be well aware of what all kinds of damages are included in the plan and what all kinds of damages are not included in the plan.

  • Loss or damage caused due to accident, theft, natural calamities, fire explosion is included in the car insurance plan.
  • Loss due to gradual wear and tear of different spare parts of the car are not included in the insurance plan.
  • Personal Accidental insurance cover is included in car insurance
  • Loss or damage to the vehicle as a result of intoxication or drugs is not included in the car insurance.
  • Financial liability caused by the injury of a third party or damage to the property is included in the car insurance.
  • Loss or damage to the vehicle when it is being driven by a person without a driver's license is not included in the car insurance policies.
  • Car Insurance becoming mandatory should not be the only reason to buy insurance for your vehicle. You should look at the important aspects and benefits of buying car insurance and then buy a policy that is best for you according to your financial stability.

  • The most important reason for buying car insurance is that it is mandatory by law with punishment for failure to do so.
  • It is effectively an investment because you will save on costs that are incurred on your vehicle for repairs in case your car is involved in an accident.
  • Having car insurance also provides a health insurance boost since many policies also cover injuries that may be caused to the driver and the passenger in case the vehicle is involved in an accident.
  • Some of the big names in the insurance field, which provide car insurance are:

  • Magma HDI General Insurance
  • New India Car Insurance
  • Bharti AXA General Insurance
  • Future Generali India Insurance
  • Liberty General Insurance
  • National Insurance
  • HDFC ERGO General Insurance
  • IFFCO Tokio General Insurance
  • All these companies provide a wide range of insurance policies from which you can choose the one most compatible with your needs and buy motor insurance online in a few simple steps. Along with the basic benefits of each plan, you can also opt for Add-on facilities which cover many different things at the cost of an increased yearly premium.

    How to protect your home from theft?

    Even if you live in one of the safest cities of the world, you should not leave your home open and unattended else you might lose all your valuables to thieves. Everyone knows that the first reaction to theft is calling the police but very few people know what to do to prevent such thefts from happening in the first place. There are plenty of expensive as well as inexpensive ways to burglar-proof your home. Some of the best home insurance companies in India provide insurance against theft as well and it is the first thing that must come in your mind if you live in an area which is prone to thievery. Certain steps can be taken to protect your house from thieves and prevent your valuables from being stolen.

  • Never leave your house open if no one is there in your house. Always lock the main door and check if it is locked properly if you are leaving your house unattended for a longer duration. Burglars do not need more than 10 minutes of time on an average to identify the most valuable things inside your house and take it away with them. A slight mistake and you risk losing it all.
  • Check your locks on a regular basis and see if they are functioning properly and replace them as soon as possible if they are not functioning as they should. If any of the exterior locks are easy to pick, jimmy or bump open, they must be replaced immediately.
  • Don’t cover your house from the street. There must be a clear line of sight from the street to your house so that anyone trying to break open into the house is clearly seen by your neighbors. Cut back any trees or bushes that hide your house and obscure the front door.
  • Install home alarm systems and sensors so that as soon as there is a break-in inside your house, the fire alarm sounds immediately and informs the neighbours that there is something wrong.
  • Upgrade all your doors and windows and reinforce the doors, windows, locks and all hardware required to keep your house safe from burglars and thieves.
  • Use motion light sensors inside as well as outside your house, so that they light up in case there is unpredictable movement outside your house. Such sensors can sense movement outside the house and may even warn the owner if there is some unusual movement outside the house.
  • Don’t broadcast details about your upcoming trips on social media. This is one thing that thieves may be on the lookout for and if there is no one at your house, they will have the perfect moment to attack your house and take away your valuables.
  • Always keep your valuables inside lockers and safes. The keys to such lockers and safes must also be kept secured and out of normal sight.
  • Garages and garden sheds are the softest targets for entry into your house. An automatic lighting system attached to your garage or your garden shed can be a useful deterrent to protect your house from burglars.
  • Keeping a good relationship with your neighbours can help you in making your house look occupied even though it is unoccupied. You can tell your neighbours to collect the mail, clean the porch or to mow your lawn and some neighbour can even park in your driveway.
  • An empty house looking empty is the safest target for burglars. A house not looking unoccupied even though it is unoccupied deters the burglars because they can never be sure if it is a safe target to attack. You can keep in mind the above tips to protect your house and also get a suitable policy from the best home insurance companies in India, in case you are going out for that long holiday you have been longing for.

    How to register your car insurance claims?

    When you buy a car insurance policy online, you enter into a contractual agreement wherein you have to pay a specified amount as premium to your insurance provider in return for the protection the company provides you against damages to your car. In case your car meets an accident, the insurer is liable to pay you the compensation as per the contract but to get that compensation you need to file a claim with the insurance provider. The insurance claims are generally classified into two types:

    1. Cashless Claim - If the customer has a cashless claim, the customer will not have to pay any amount upfront for repairs at any of the network car garages of the insurance provider. It will be the job of the car insurance provider to settle the claim with the workshop on behalf of the policyholder. In such a claim, the insured has to get their car repaired at the partner workshops of the insurance company

    1. Reimbursement Claim - For a reimbursement claim, the insured has to pay for the repair of the damages to the car and later depending on the terms of the car insurance policy, the reimbursement claim is made. In such a claim, the insured does not need to get their car repaired at any of the partner workshops of the insurance company, but all the bills have to be produced at the claim.

    To raise a cashless claim, you need to follow certain steps in case your car meets an accident: -

  • Note down the license number of all the vehicles involved in the accident and also get the names and contact details of the witnesses, if possible.
  • In case there are third-party damages such as injuries/deaths, property damage, or any other such critical issue, you should file an FIR at the nearest police station.
  • Contact your insurer and report the accident, and you will receive a claim number.
  • Ready all the documents as told you by the car insurance company, which you will have to present before the company representative.
  • Take the vehicle to a network garage whose details will be provided to you by the insurance company to get your vehicle repaired.
  • A Customer Service Manager will get in touch with you within 24 hours, and you will have to show him all the documents related to your car and its insurance.
  • If the Customer Service Manager is satisfied with your papers, he will give the go-ahead for the repair work and you can get your vehicle repaired.
  • Once the repair work is completed, the insurance company will make the claim payment to the garage for the repair costs.
  • You will have to pay the deductibles which will be intimated to you by your CSM once the repairs are done.
  • You can also make a Reimbursement claim if you need to get your car repaired after meeting a severe accident:

  • Take a note of the details of all the cars involved in the accident and if possible, try to get the contact details of some witnesses.
  • Report the accident to your insurance provider immediately through a toll-free number provided by the company.
  • A Customer Service Manager or CSM will get in touch with you within 24 hours and will tell you to submit all the bills and invoices to the company to get the claim.
  • Once the claim is approved, the company will start the claim settlement process.
  • The claim amount is sent directly to the customer according to the terms and conditions of the contract.
  • If you have proper documents, you will get your claim, but your claim can also get rejected if you were driving without a valid driving license or if you were drinking and driving. Once you buy a car insurance policy online, make sure to read the policy documents completely, so that you do not face any issues while filing a claim for the damages to your car.
  • How to renew your car insurance online?

    Nowadays, renewing your car insurance is also as simple as just buying new car insurance. You don’t have to make several phone calls or wait in a queue at the insurance company’s office to get your insurance renewed. While renewing your insurance, you also have the option to switch to a different insurer which provides better benefits to you at the same or lesser premium. Although the process of renewal is very simple and hassle-free, you should take care of certain things before you are going to renew your insurance or are thinking about buying new car insurance: -

  • Check the Insured Declared Value or IDV - Depending on the age of your car, the insurance premium amount may change, so get the IDV re-evaluated. This will not only help you in getting a better price, but you will also get compensated accordingly in case of theft or loss.
  • Do claims check - In case you are thinking of changing your insurer, always make sure to check the claims ratio of the previous insurer and verify it against any claims you have made.
  • Appropriate Coverage with your plan - If currently you only have third-party insurance plan, consider getting a better and comprehensive plan which will also provide you coverage against the heavy expenses incurred on your car if it meets with an accident.
  • Make sure to check Cashless Garages - Always check for cashless garages in your area when renewing your insurance plan with a different insurer so that you get the benefits of free repair for your car.
  • Check the discounts and other deductibles- When renewing the insurance plan, make sure to check if you have got all the discounts you are eligible for with the plan, just like you do when you buy new car insurance. A deductible is an amount that you are required to pay before every claim and if it exists, make sure that it fits your budget.
  • Get Add-ons with your insurance plan - There are many add-ons available with the insurance plans, and you should consider getting them. Add-on covers like Zero Depreciation, Engine Protector or Return to Invoice can help you if your car is less than 5 years old.
  • Here is how you can renew your car insurance online:

  • Once you have finalized your plan, you need to enter your details on the website of the insurance provider. Some details you need to be ready with while renewing your insurance are: -

    1. Your Full name

    2. Your Address

    3. Car Registration Number

    4. Car-maker and model

    5. Previous Policy Number

  • Select the Add-ons that you want along with your insurance plan. Some of the common add-ons are: -

    1.Zero Depreciation

    2.Roadside Assistance

    3.Return to Invoice

    4.Engine Protection

    5. NCB Protect

    6. Loss of Personal Belongings

  • Once you are done with all the above steps, the final thing is only the payment. Complete the payment procedure and you will be done with renewing your insurance plan.
  • Renewing car insurance is as simple as buying new car insurance. Make sure you completely understand all the policy terms before you finalize the payment procedure for your insurance.

    Is Personal Accident Insurance essential in India

    While driving on the Indian roads, the possibility of an accident can never be ruled out. Whether due to a momentary lapse on your part or due to oversight on the part of someone else, accidents can take place anytime and anywhere. But the damages/losses incurred due to it can be mitigated with the help of personal accident insurance in India.

    What is Personal Accident Insurance

    Personal accident insurance is offered in combination with Third-party policy. Insurance companies charge a nominal fee for offering this coverage. Under this policy, you will be reimbursed by the insurance company for injuries suffered while driving your vehicle.

    Is it mandatory to get personal accident insurance in India?

    As per the latest insurance regulations introduced by the government, it is mandatory to get personal accident insurance in India for a vehicle owner. The current regulations by IRDAI state that the car owners, as well as bike owners, will now get a mandatory personal accident cover of Rs. 15 Lacs as per their motor insurance policies. Previously, this cover was capped at Rs. 2 Lacs for car owners and Rs. 1 Lac for two-wheeler owners against a premium of Rs. 100 and Rs. 50 respectively.

    Now the premium has been increased to Rs. 750 for a cover of Rs 15 Lacs. This premium is payable over and above the mandatory third party insurance cover. If the insured person wants a higher cover, then the same can be availed by paying a higher premium, which is to be decided by the insurance company. The coverage of the policy extends to the owners of the vehicle as well as the drivers of the vehicle, provided the availability of a valid driving license.

    This improvement in the personal accident insurance in India was introduced after a judgement by the Madras High Court in the year 2017. While passing the judgement, the court noted that enhancing the personal accident cover will act as some kind of solace to the victim as well as survivors of the accident.

    Though there are some exceptions applicable wherein the owner can opt-out of this mandatory personal accident cover i.e.

  • If the vehicle owner already has a valid personal accident cover policy with a sum insured of more than Rs. 15 Lacs.
  • If the owner already has a motor insurance policy with a compulsory personal accident cover with a sum insured of more than Rs. 15 Lacs for another vehicle owned by him/her.
  • If the vehicle owner already has a separate compulsory personal accident policy.
  • Benefits of Personal Accident Insurance

    Some of the standout benefits of subscribing to personal accident insurance in India have been listed here: -

  • The policy covers in the case of the unfortunate death of the insured. The nominee is entitled to the entire sum.
  • The cover is even provided for total permanent disability, permanent total disability, permanent partial disability and temporary total disablement.
  • Some policies even cover hospitalization due to an accident and the cost of transportation for mortal remains in case of death.
  • The dismemberment of any kind is also covered in some policies. Certain companies have also given said ratio and benefits for certain kinds of injuries that will then be paid to the policyholders
  • Very few companies also provide optional coverage in case of burns. This can also be considered before personal accident insurance is taken into action.
  • The treatment for the burns is also covered by some insurance companies.
  • With such extensive benefits on offer, availing personal accident insurance in India is a necessity for the vehicle owners.

    What are the clauses in Marine Insurance?

    A good marine insurance guards you and your consignment from a variety of hazardous and unforeseen disasters and events. Below are all the clauses that are pivotal to marine insurance in India-

    1. Institute Cargo Clause A- This clause covers all kinds of risks involved from loading and unloading to risks during the voyage.

    2.Institute Cargo Clause B- This clause covers lesser risks compared to clause A and must be meticulously checked before buying as it may exclude key risks your type of work may be exposed to.

    3.Institute Cargo Clause C- This clause covers the least number of risks and might even be the cheapest. However, the risks are higher at sea and if this clause is being adhered to, then one must research thoroughly before buying.

    4.Valuation Clause- In this case, both parties namely, the insurance provider and the customer mutually agreed upon a said value. In case of damages, the compensation will be equal to the value and not any more than that. This ensures that both parties are convinced and arrive on common ground.

    Art and Form' Clause- This clause usually states the time when the risk will start and be covered. This is important as most people don't read through the specific marine insurance clauses provided by their insurance provider. For example, if the marine insurance states, 'at and from Chennai' then only risks considered will be post-arrival to Chennai port and when it leaves the port.

    Sue and Labour Clause - According to this clause, if an insurance holder has spent money to save goods from impending loss, then he or she is to be compensated for those charges by the insurance company. Additionally, unlike the 'change in voyage clause' here, any deviation does not have anything to do with saving the 'subject matter', the insurance company policy will not become void even in cases of a deviation or change in the voyage.

    Warehouse to Warehouse Clause- The marine insurance policy mentions the warehouses that the goods are taken and delivered to. This means the company will take charge if any uncertainties occur while goods are being bought from hinterland to port and also during the voyage.

    8. Change of Voyage- Any marine insurance mentions the details and the ports of arrival and departure accordingly. Insurance policies also provide said routes that are to be adhered by and followed. In cases of a deviation, marine insurance companies are not liable to settle the claim. If the route is later revered to, then this change is considered as a deviation. However, the insurer is not liable to secure against losses occurred in any change in the original route.

    9. Touch and Stay Clause - This clause ensures that ships stay at the ports mentioned in the marine insurance policy. If a certain port is not mentioned, a ship must follow the routes given in policy and stay at the mentioned ports only. Only emergencies and justifiable reasons will be considered for calling at ports.

    10. Inchmaree Clause - Under this clause, the negligence of the master or crew members are also covered under the insurance policy. Apart from this, other losses occurred during loading and unloading operations will also be duly recovered.

    11. Jettison - In certain circumstances, shops may have to throw excessive luggage when it's the only way to save them. This is called Jettison and must be done intentionally and immediately.

    12. Memorandum Clause - Under this clause, the insurance company does not have to pay for the losses of perishable goods. These losses will not have to be paid by the policyholder either.

    With the awareness of the above clauses, you can be prepared to obtain a good Marine Insurance in India and be certain that the cover includes the above clauses. This will also help you in obtaining a good deal.

    Mechanical Loss of Engineering Insurance

    Does your company rely on some huge equipment to generate revenue? Even one failure or breakdown will lead to costly repairs to the extent that a company can even be forced to shut down indefinitely. So, how would you possibly have operated, without these key pieces of machinery like heavy machinery or specialized manufacturing equipment?

    Usually, considering other things, companies overlook the importance of manufacturing power. The machinery is the backbone that keeps the force running. They're also a major investment and if not insured, any damage can cause not only hindrance but could also stop workflow altogether and huge loss. Therefore, it's important to opt for a machinery breakdown insurance policy. It is a form of property insurance designed to transfer unexpected breakdown risks associated with a company's mechanical and electrical equipment.

    This insurance will cover physical damage from the unanticipated breakdown of machinery. By repairing or replacing the additional costs, this insurance will keep your work going and ensure it doesn't halt in the light of such unforeseen events.

    Unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances caused due to carelessness, short circuit, electric overpressure, failure of safety device operation, defects in assembly, structural or mechanical, loosening of parts or excessive speed, falling, impact, collision and entry of foreign goods in the machinery are covered. Under this policy, the sum insured includes the following:

  • Replacement value of the equipment
  • Erection costs
  • Freight charges
  • Duties paid
  • Value of brickwork
  • These policies are usually flexible and help organizations recoup financial losses related to property damage, interruption and spoilage. The premium, however, is calculated once the type of equipment and factors like their capacity and price are taken into consideration. There is a different premium for different machinery used. The machines that can be insured are-

  • All stationery machinery equipment
  • Electrical equipment
  • Mechanical plant equipment
  • Process machinery in industries
  • The eligibility criteria are that the owner or lessor of the machinery can get the insurance.

    Mechanical loss of engineering insurance policy includes compensation for the cost of repair and replacement arising from unforeseeable circumstances. The cover is effective even if the equipment is not in use. The machinery is also covered if the equipment has been dismissed for maintenance and overhauling or is moved to a different location.

    Usually, with an additional premium, the machinery breakdown insurance policy also covers third party liability, additional customs duty, air freight, escalation, property surrounding machinery, overtime, holiday wages etc. This makes it an essential complete package.

    Since machinery breakdown insurance policy is for electrical and mechanical equipment, electronic material such as computers are not protected or covered. Specific risks that are not included in this policy are wear and tear, war, fire, gross negligence, damage due to overload and known pre-existing defects.

    Machinery breakdown insurance is now crucial for businesses of all kinds and provides protection. However, secure the right policy to ensure your business is covered before, during and after an equipment breakdown.

    Mistakes to avoid when buying a car insurance policy

    So much deliberation goes into buying a car, but car insurances? Not so much. This is one of the most concerning problems as these trivial mistakes are overlooked and more importantly can even be done away with if one is cautious enough.

    Car insurance is almost mandatory in times like now but keeping relevant information from your insurance provides is often misleading than not. Here are mistakes to avoid when you're buying a car insurance policy -

  • Not comparing prices- Many people who instantly go for insurances provided by someone they know or the insurances their acquaintances have applied for. Although the reliability factor is higher here, you can't be sure that they'd have made the right decision or looked up the new car insurance rates and updated offers in the market. For this one reason at least, compare the prices of different insurance policies till you're totally convinced about a single policy over the other. This will also give you the additional satisfaction of having researched well enough and made a wise choice.
  • Cheap insurance policies- Cheaper insurances come with the obvious hazard that there's something flawed or even shady the company is trying to keep from you. Sometimes, companies manage to go about selling these without some key features which you may happen to overlook. Most people usually opt for the cheapest or the insurance policy with the lowest premium, and that doesn't assure the same type of safety as good reliable insurance will offer. Do not make hasty and flippant choices, as it's obvious that a lower premium also means a lower cover is provided when necessary.
  • Buying it offline- Even if you know someone who may provide insurance services from a reliable company, there are a lot of unnecessary hidden costs that you'd not know. Rather than going for a cheaper unreliable premium, you can just opt for a good and reliable premium from a reputable company that also gives cheaper options. This is usually overlooked because people still choose or prefer the offline modes of application and payment. However, it is always more beneficial to find the online versions as not only does it come with a greater variety of options and plans, but it will also remove all the hidden costs for the job.
  • Low deductibles- This is like choosing for cheap premium except here, deductibles are the charges paid by a customer before receiving the claim. If you're going to focus on this factor, then you'd be missing out on a balanced plan with a good premium as well. Usually, lower deductible plans come with higher premiums. Either way, you'd have to pay that said amount so why not choose a more profitable variation. If you opt for a policy that requires a higher deductible, then you can also attain the no claims bonus. This 'No Claim Bonus' or NCB is when an insurance company pays you if you do not file a claim for a stipulated amount of time. This could be an additional profit you will not be able to enjoy if you pay a lower deductible and a higher insurance premium.
  • Driver details and history- Usually, the factors considered for the insurance premium include the details of the driver, including the age and other details like safety equipment installed, driving style. These may increase or decrease your premium accordingly. But because of that, if you choose to hide certain details for a lower premium thinking you've made a smart choice, it's misleading and doesn't assure you the certainty of your insurance. If an insurance provider finds out about the hidden details, they hold the authority to dissolve your policy as an invalid one. So, don't make a mistake like this just to save a few hundred rupees.
  • Acquainting yourself with the new car insurance rates, terms and conditions, and other essential aspects of the insurance policy is essential to help you maximize the benefits on offer.

    Physical loss of engineering Insurance

    Today, the number of cases with construction workers being a victim of such accidental risks is increasing. There isn't much awareness around it to make every person understand its importance. Physical loss of engineering insurance includes protection from machinery breakdown, machinery loss, contractor's risk, etc. The major focus is on covering losses that are unforeseen and unexpected. This is also called machinery breakdown insurance.

    In the workplace, regardless of the precautions taken, it's always possible that there are unexpected and unfortunate accidents that might put you at risk. This is why you need the physical loss of engineering insurance.

    Types of engineering risks include -

  • Stock deterioration - Stock deterioration includes the depletion of goods kept in cold storage. This is covered if there's a breakdown of refrigerating machinery. It's similar to machinery breakdown insurance and can be seen as a subset of the same.
  • This type of insurance may benefit you if you're owners or users of cold storage houses, food preservation industry, and meat and fish processing industries, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

  • Movement of Machinery - This insurance covers the damage of machinery during specified operations. This type is important as a lot of machinery is heavy and not always easy to move accordingly. There can be damage during such movement even after the said precaution is taken. This type also often includes incidental storage in transit and moving and unloading to the work position.
  • Computer equipment - Computer equipment insurance covers loss of or damage to all computer equipment. Additionally, provides cost required to reinstate lost records. These apply to almost every firm today that can make use of this insurance. Especially with data at threat, companies must safeguard themselves and have an insurance plan to turn to in such a situation.
  • Unexpected damage - This policy covers damage that is unexpected and could be due to internal defects or external unfortunate situations. This insurance covers accidental damage most of the time, but it's advisable to check the documents and peculiarities before you go ahead.
  • All Risk Cover - The all-risk cover, usually known as the Contractor's all risk, covers all of the above insurances. Usually, the threat of a single kind seems more than the rest, and hence particular insurance opts-in isolation. To easily define it, it covers all risks related to construction.
  • Here are the reasons why engineering insurance is important

  • Machinery breakdown - This is one of the overlooked factors. Be it machines on the ground or even computers; your insurance must cover not only the cost of damage done to the computer installation but also for all the data that was lost. You can opt for machinery breakdown insurance as well.
  • Risks of explosions - Such an unsafe work environment comes with its risks and troubles. Insurance will make it one step closer to safety, and you know you're covered in times of crisis.
  • If you're in a risky job like that and have the uncertainty of consequences if something unfortunate happens, engineering insurance is your go-to remedy. Insurance covers can be generally applied to, but every insurance does not cover it all in detail. You can always choose multiple insurances, and that's completely alright. But you may need to understand something very important, at a workplace like a construction site; you ought to know that engineering insurance cannot be compromised.
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    Health insurance is a type of policy that offers coverage for medical as well as surgical expenses incurred by the policyholder when they are hospitalized during the policy period. Most of the health insurances today provide coverage of daycare hospitalization, pre-hospitalization as well as post-hospitalization and the expenses incurred during these periods are either reimbursed to the insured individual or are paid to the healthcare provider directly.

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    However, of the most common goals for the New Year, is to become fit and healthy, shouldn’t cease to become important but must be maintained throughout the year and beyond, to have a long and healthy life. So this is what your fitness goals for 2020 should look like: -

    Even though you probably hear everyone say this all the time, one of the most crucial practices which you must adopt immediately is drinking a lot of water. Water is, without a doubt, responsible for most bodily functions. In order to remain healthy, it is necessary to consume a considerable amount of water every day. Dehydration can cause serious urinary infections or kidney stones.

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    While driving a car is a pleasure, a misfortunate incident can spoil everything. A tree falling over your car, water entering mechanical parts during rains and floods, road accidents, etc. are all incidents that do not come with any prior warning. Accidents happen in our daily life, and when a car is involved, it becomes a very costly affair. This is one of the reasons to have the best personal accident insurance policy in India.

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    If you are someone that derives pleasure out of helping others, then there are a multitude of jobs out there for you in almost every field. You can choose to become a lawyer, a doctor, a psychologist, an animal rights activist.

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    While driving a car is a pleasure, a misfortunate incident can spoil everything. A tree falling over your car, water entering mechanical parts during rains and floods.

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    With a constant need to go from one place to another and on a fairly regular basis, there is a necessity for a suitable means of transport. Many opt for public transport like the bus or the metro/ local train to move around while others look for something which will ensure ease of movement at any given point of the day, such as cars or motorbikes. If you go with the second option and decide to buy your own a bike, make sure to buy two-wheeler insurance online so that you are covered financially in case of any accidents or damages. When it comes to driving, there are certain things you must know of, which are as follows: -

    How to make claims for multiple Health insurance policies

    Medical Science has grown by leaps and bounds, so has medical expenses. With the rise in medical costs, a common man can no longer hope to provide his family with quality medical treatment without a health insurance policy. Health insurance is important as it takes away the financial burden in times of such despair. You should always remember to renew health insurance online or offline before it expires, as per your preference. Nowadays having single health insurance is no longer sufficient though. Even though medical costs keep increasing over the years, insurance policies have not kept up with that pace. Many insurers don't provide medical cover over a certain amount, which sometimes is not sufficient.

    How to Secure Your Home Against Calamities?

    It's an old adage "New or Old - Home is where the heart is". Whether you have moved into a new house or have just had your entire house renovated, you want to make sure that it is safe from calamities. You need to make sure that you can reduce the damage to your house in case there is a natural disaster and that you won’t need to pay a hefty amount trying to fix that damage. One of the best ways is to always have home insurance. With there being so many in the market, it isn’t that difficult to find the best home insurance in India.

    How to Stay Financially Healthy?

    One of the major determinants of how you live your life is your financial condition. It cannot be emphasized enough that you need to carefully plan out your finances not just for the near future but also for your old age. If you find yourself in a financial fix, the chances are that things might just get worse from there and it might take a lot to turn that situation around. One of the best ways to ensure you live a worry-free life is to properly manage your finances. Here are few ways in which you can stay financially healthy: -

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    There really isn’t the right time to go on a trip. Sure, you might need to take fewer leaves from work or school if it’s sometime in June or December when everyone is on vacation. But a vacation is a vacation. And it’s an exciting time; you are busy making plans about all that you’d do once you get there, all that you need to buy before leaving, packing up your suitcase and other such things. But that isn’t all.

    Know the Top 5 bikes of 2020

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    Top 5 Cars to Buy in 2020

    As part of their New Year goals, a lot of individuals decide to purchase a new car. Now, cars aren’t cheap, even if you don’t consider luxury brands such as Audi or Jaguar, and you have probably saved up a bit of money so you can buy a decent car. So, when making a choice, it is important that you put a lot of thought into the car that you wish to buy.

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