1. Lack of Coverage
People do not always understand the scope of their car insurance. If you only have third-party insurance, you cannot expect your insurer to pay for any damages. So if you need the windshield replaced on an uninsured car, don't try filing a claim-foot the bill yourself. Understanding the extent of your coverage will reduce claim hassles.
2. Driving under the influence
Insurers do not like drivers who put themselves and their cars wilfully at risk by driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you do not want any claims to be rejected, either ditch the alcohol or call a cab.
3. The Exclusion clause
Look out for exclusions. For instance, insurance for personal car will not apply if the car has a collision while out on a business trip. If you file a claim anyway, you are up for claim rejection.
4. Car modifications
You can happily carry out modifications, but make sure your insurer is in the loop. Modifications increase the value of your car, making it more prone to theft. If your insurer finds out about these changes after a collision or theft, they may not take kindly to your claim.myin
5. Driving licence issues
Good drivers get cheaper car insurance rates. The courtesy extends beyond the purchase stage. If your neglected to get your expired driving license renewed or if it has been suspended, claim problems could be in store.
6. Unauthorized driver
Do not let unlisted drivers test out your car. Even good drivers get into accidents, sometimes for no fault of their own. If you file a claim for damage that occurred when an unauthorized driver was behind the wheel, the insurer would be well within its rights to reject your claim.
7. Failure to Report an Accident
If your car is stolen or in an accident, avoid dillydallying. Inform the police within 24 hours if you do not want any insurance troubles.
8. Change in parking area
Shifting can be stressful. But do not let the stress goad you into believing that you can put off informing the insurer about your changed address and parking space. Be on the safe side and let your insurer know about the changes, so that if a collision or theft does happen, you will have covered your bases.
9. Policy lapse
If you are the type to forget deadlines, set up reminders. Ensure that you pay premiums on time and do not let your policy lapse. The insurer will not accept any claims on a lapsed policy.
Remember, these are only a few of the many factors that can lead to difficulties in claim settlement. Drive responsibly, know the policy terms and apprise your insurer of any changes-claim settlement problems are sure to decrease.
Written By: Deepak Yohannan
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