Insured Declared Value (IDV)

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Insured Declared Value (IDV) Definition:

Insured Declared Value is the maximum Sum Assured fixed by the insurer which is provided on theft or total loss of vehicle. Basically, IDV is the current market value of the vehicle. If the vehicle suffers total loss, IDV is the compensation that the insurer will provide to the policyholder.

IDV is calculated as manufacturer’s listed selling price minus depreciation. The registration and insurance cost are excluded from IDV. The IDV of the accessories which are not factory fitted, are calculated separately at extra cost if insurance is required for them. The depreciation schedule is as follows:

Age of Vehicle

% Depreciation for adjusting IDV

Not exceeding 6 months

5%

Exceeding 6 months but not exceeding 1 year

15%

Exceeding 1 year but not exceeding 2 years

20%

Exceeding 2 years but not exceeding 3 years

30%

Exceeding 3 years but not exceeding 4 years

40%

Exceeding 4 years but not exceeding 5 years

50%

The IDV of vehicles aged over 5 years is calculated by mutual agreement between insurer and the insured. Instead of depreciation, IDV of old cars is arrived at by assessment of vehicle’s condition done by surveyors, car dealers etc.

IDV= (Manufacturer’s listed selling price- depreciation) + (Accessories that are not included in listed selling price-depreciation) and excludes registration and insurance costs.

Why is IDV important?

As explained, IDV is the amount that you will get in case your vehicle is stolen or suffers total loss. It is highly recommended to get IDV which is near the cost of market value of car. Insurers provide with range of 5% to 10% to decrease IDV which could be chosen by customer. Less IDV would attract less premium.

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