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All about IDV in Car Insurance
What is the Full Form of IDV?
We know there are terms in insurance that are difficult to understand but are extremely important to be acquainted with, one such term is IDV. IDV refers to ‘Insured Declared Value’,
What is IDV in Car Insurance?
An IDV (Insured Declared Value) in car insurance is nothing complicated but, refers to the market value of your car. In other words, it is the amount your car could receive in today’s market.
This IDV in car insurance helps your insurer, a.k.a us determine your claim amounts correctly during claim payments. Additionally, it also helps us determine the right premium price for your car insurance.
Why is IDV Important?
If the IDV is high, the premium payable is higher. However, it is not advised that you understate the IDV of your vehicle or in case of damage, it will be your loss.
IDV Calculator- Calculate the IDV for your Car
An IDV calculator is one of the most important insurance calculator tools, as it helps one determine not only the market value of their car but also helps in determining the right amount of premium you should be paying for your car insurance.
This further helps us (the insurer) determine the right amount payable during claims and god forbid, in cases where your car is stolen or damaged beyond repair.
Know more about Depreciation rates for your Car
Age of the Car
6 months and below
6 months to 1 year
1 year to 2 years
2 years to 3 years
3 years to 4 years
4 years to 5 years
For example: If your car is less than 6 months old and its current ex-showroom price is Rs. 100, the depreciation rate is only 5%.
Which means that after its purchase, your IDV drops to Rs. 95 – dropping to Rs. 85 for vehicle age exceeding 6 months but not exceeding 1 year, Rs. 80 for vehicle age exceeding 1 year but not exceeding 2 years, Rs. 70 for vehicle age exceeding 2 years but not exceeding 3 years, and so on – until it is Rs. 50 after 50% depreciation in its 5th year.
If your car is more than 5 years old, the IDV depends on the condition of the car – the manufacturer, model, and availability of its spare parts.
At the time of resale, your IDV is indicative of the market value for your car. However, if you have maintained your car really well and is shining as good as new, you can always aim at a price more than what your IDV might offer you. At the end of the day, it all boils down to how much love you have showered on your car.
What are the factors that help determine your Car's IDV?
How does IDV affect your Car Insurance Premium?
The Insured Declared Value and your car insurance premium go hand in hand. This means, the higher your IDV is, the higher your car insurance premium – and as your vehicle ages and IDV depreciates, your premium also decreases.
Also, when you decide to sell your car, a higher IDV means you’ll get a higher price for it. Price may also be affected by other factors like usage, past car insurance claims experience etc.
So, when you’re choosing the right car insurance policy for your car, remember to make note of the IDV being offered, and not just the premium.
A company offering a low premium may be tempting, but this could be because the IDV on offer is low. In case of a total loss of your car, a higher IDV leads to higher compensations.
Advantages of decreasing/increasing IDV?
- High IDV: High IDV means High premium but you get a higher compensation at the time of loss or theft of your insured car.
- Low IDV: Low IDV means low premium but this little saving on the premium can be a big loss for you at the time of loss or theft of your insured car.
Significance of IDV in Car Insurance
- Your IDV is the market value of your car, and hence directly affects your premium for your car insurance.
- Your car’s IDV also determines the level of its risk. The higher your car’s IDV, the higher is its risk and consequently, this would demand for a higher premium.
- During claims, compensations are paid out based on the value of your car. After all, repair or replacement expenses would be based on the same. Therefore, this is one of the most crucial factors in your car insurance so that in times of need, you receive the right amount of compensation for loss and claim made.
- If your car is stolen or damaged beyond repair, the compensation you receive for your loss will exactly be the amount of what your IDV is. Therefore, always make sure your IDV is right, as per your car’s true value.
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You own an expensive watch. One day, you decide to find out how much you would get if you sold it. You take it to a watchmaker. The watchmaker looks at your watch, and explains that it is made of glass, metal, leather and screws. So, he first adds up the cost of those materials. He then asks you how old the watch is, and you tell him that it is 5 years old. He writes that down as well. Based on all of this, he tells you that if you sold your watch, you would get Rs. 500. In this case, Rs. 500 is your IDV!