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Insurance brokers in India work towards bringing an organized approach towards searching, analyzing and finalizing an insurance policy

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August 26, 2016: In the scenario where risk persists in everything that you do, you just cannot think of moving ahead in life without the right set of insurance policies as your real time savior.

Graph showing Insurance penetration in India and world. Image source: Swiss Re, Sigma

Source: CRISIL’s latest Report on Indian Insurance Industry (Oct 2015) – Details & Review

The table above clearly indicates that insurance penetration in India has not gained much momentum over the last many years. According to the CRISIL’s report on Indian insurance industry, India has an average of 3.1 percent in terms of the life insurance penetration in comparison to the global average penetration for life insurance as 3.5 percent. Further, India’s share of the global non-life insurance industry is just 0.7 percent.

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A major reason for the lesser penetration is the lack of awareness about the importance of different insurance policies. Insurance brokers in India can play a major role in taking India on the path of greater insurance penetration by making their clients aware of the importance of both – life insurance and non-life insurance. Holding expertise for different insurance policies, insurance brokerage firms assist you in taking the best policies for yourself with clarity about the hidden extra coverage and other insurance jargons.

How an insurance brokerage firm creates a difference for good?

Insurance brokers in India work towards bringing an organized approach towards searching, analyzing and finalizing an insurance policy. The five pillars on which an insurance brokerage firm relies upon while serving its clients are:

Expert advice

Insurance brokerage firms are those licensed setups, which can bring the experience and judgment of its expert brokers in getting the best coverage under any insurance policy. They are your personal advisors who first understand your insurance needs and then start hunting for the best policy that covers your individual requirements.

Trust building

Insurance brokerage firms work on the principle of building a relation of trust with its clients so that they can feel free to discuss their individual and business needs for insurance. A brokerage firm’s advice should be free from any biases towards the insurance company and focus completely on the benefits of the policy-holders by getting maximum coverage at best prices.

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Transparency

Employees at a certified brokerage firm can help you in gaining more information about different insurance firms and the policies they provide. Also, when it comes to comparing policies from different insurance firms, insurance brokers can help in making things sorted by bringing more transparency into the process.

Advocacy for quick claim settlement

Disputed claims can prove detrimental for your peace of mind. So, why not leave the worries of claim settlement on your insurance brokerage firm? In most of the cases, its knowledge about different issues helps in prompt claim settlement. Moreover, an insurance brokerage firm gives you the assurance of not missing out on any coverage out of ignorance.

Making choices available

You need an insurance policy but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you know about every insurance firm and the options available. Here comes the insurance brokerage firm into the scene to help you in knowing and analyzing the various options available. As per your particular requirements, they bring to your notice the policy that provides optimum coverage.

What to look for in an insurance brokerage firm?

As per an article in The Economic Times, the number of insurance brokers in India has risen above 300 after the implementation of broking regulations in 2002. With so many options to choose from, it’s not easy to zero in on one. To make the choice easier, you should look for these two elements in an insurance brokerage firm:

The focus area

If you have individual needs for a policy and your insurance brokerage firm has the experience in dealing majorly with corporate issues, then you are least expected to get the best advice.

Years of experience

More the number of years an insurance brokerage firm has spent in the market, the safer it is to rely upon. Such firms have the experience of dealing with various clients with diverse personal and corporate needs, and their knowledge about different insurance firms is much more extensive.

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It’s good to have someone to advise you on insurance matters, and an insurance brokerage firm can best serve this purpose. All you need to do is to zero in on the firm that best fits your needs and is a trustworthy name in the markets.

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How to File Car Insurance Claim in Case of Theft?

It is a comprehensive cover for personal accidents, natural and man-made damage caused to the vehicle. Filing a vehicle insurance claim after the theft of an automobile is not the same as filing the claim for any other reason.

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Filing a vehicle insurance claim after the theft of an automobile is not the same as filing the claim for any other reason.
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You buy your dream car to travel every part of the country with luxury. How would you react on discovering that your car is missing? Someone stole your car. This is when your motorcar insurance comes into the picture. It is a comprehensive cover for personal accidents, natural and man-made damage caused to the vehicle. Filing a vehicle insurance claim after the theft of an automobile is not the same as filing the claim for any other reason. Theft is the total loss of value of the automobile and is equal to the complete destruction of the car in an accident that causes it to be written off as scrap. Car theft in India is widespread and some instances happen daily. Every day, 105 cars were stolen in the year 2016-17 (Ref: Indpaedia). To make a claim with motor insurance companies in India, your vehicle needs to be covered under the comprehensive insurance policy which includes third party cover, a loss or damage to the vehicle, accident, theft, and risks against natural calamities.

Here is how you can file a car insurance claim in case of theft

FIR – The insured must lodge the First Information Report (FIR) immediately. It is an official proof of the fact that the car has been stolen. It is the first and an important step to file your claim. Without this, you cannot claim your insurance. The car insurance cover requires the owner to take all the responsible steps to recover the loss due to the lost vehicle.

Theft is the total loss of value of the automobile and is equal to the complete destruction of the car in an accident that causes it to be written off as scrap.
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Informing the Regional Transport Office – One should notify the RTO about the theft of the vehicle. It will ensure that the thief does not transfer the vehicle to his or her name. One should inform the RTO in writing and submit the acknowledgement to the car insurance company. A copy of the RC book with a stolen endorsement must be obtained from the RTO. It should be submitted to the insurer.

Submit original car documents – To file a claim, the car owner should submit the original vehicle insurance policy document, tax invoices for the last year and other documents of the car.

Acknowledgement from car loan provider – If your car loan is not yet repaid, then you are bound to inform the lender and obtain a response from them. You should also submit the latest loan statements to indicate the total amount due.

Claim Form – Call the customer service centre of the insurance company and fill the claim form by giving all the necessary information which includes policy number, vehicle details, time and description of the incident. You will be required to submit the duly signed claim form, copies of the Registration Certificate (RC) of the vehicle, policy document and driving license.

Closure report – The police will try to investigate the loss and try to recover the car and submit their report stating that the vehicle could not be found. The court will close the case after this and a No Trace certificate will be submitted to the insurance company. The payout will be made only after the document is submitted.

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Other documents – Your identity proof and a copy of your driving license should be submitted to the insurance company. Additionally, you will be required to provide an NOC for transfer of the vehicle to the insurance company along with a letter of indemnity on a stamp paper. You will have to transfer the RC of the stolen vehicle in favour of the company, hand over all sets of keys and give a letter of subrogation to the insurance company. Finally, you hand the documents over to the insurance company and claim.

Every insurance company follows the steps mentioned above for the acceptance and reimbursement of the claim. However, it is crucial for the vehicle owner to take immediate action and report the theft to the authorities. Motor Insurance companies in India offer quick processing and approval of the claim if you have purchased comprehensive motor insurance. It is important to note that in case the vehicle is taken on a loan, the insurer will have to reimburse the payout amount to the financier, and if there is any excess amount, it will be borne by the insured.