Guide for buying general insurance for the first time


24 Jul 2023

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Buying life insurance is not easy, but with some simple ways to assess the requirement and basic knowledge, you can buy a good life insurance policy. But if you are purchasing general insurance for the first time, what should you keep in mind? A general insurance policy insures your tangible assets. Mainly the following:

• Health insurance
• Motor insurance
• Travel insurance
• Home insurance
• Marine insurance
• Commercial insurance.

Tips to keep in mind when buying general insurance

You could need either or all of the above types of general insurance. When you want to purchase general insurance, which is also for the first time, there are some essential tips that should be kept in mind. The first step, of course, is to know what you need to insure and, thus, decide which insurance policy you need.

1) Understand the plan you need:

Once you decide you need to buy a general insurance policy, you will need to determine what plan you need.

For example, if you need insurance for your car, you will need to decide if you only want to buy the third-party liability policy, which is mandatory by the government or comprehensive car insurance.

Similarly, each kind of insurance has plans, and you need to see which one suits you the best.

2) Choose the add-on covers you like:

After choosing the plan, you will need to check for the add-on covers available with the policy. For the unversed, add-on covers are extra coverage you can take in your basic plan by paying an additional premium.

We are continuing with our example of car insurance. In a standard policy, depreciation is deducted at the time of claim. But if you take an add-on cover of zero depreciation, no depreciation is deducted, and the claim amount is paid as per the settlement.

Thus, you should know all options available and buy the ones that will improve your coverage.

3) Double-check your sum insured:

The sum insured is the central part of an insurance plan. This is the basis of all claim settlements; thus, you need to be sure of this. If you need commercial insurance and are unsure of the sum insured, you can get a valuation and come to the value.

For all kinds of insurance, the sum insured is the most important as with a lower amount, you will need to pay from your pocket, and you will need to pay a higher premium for a higher one.

4) Understand the premium amount and terms:

Always understand why the premium amount is being charged and the terms and conditions, inclusions and exclusions of the policy. Choose a plan that will suit you the best with a premium that is okay with your budget.

5) Know about the deductibles:

Each policy will have some deductibles, and thus, understanding this is important. This amount will be deducted at the time of the claim, and you will have to pay it from your pocket.


General insurance is essential and a must-have to insure your tangible assets. Having a clear understanding is critical, and keeping some crucial tips in mind allows you to buy general insurance easily without any issues.

Team Kotak GIC

The content of this blog has been created and carefully reviewed by the esteemed team at Kotak General Insurance, with the sole purpose of providing valuable guidance and sharing insights on the importance of general insurance. Our objective is to assist users in making informed decisions when purchasing or renewing insurance policies for their cars, bikes, and health. Our expertly curated information aims to empower our readers with the knowledge they need to protect their valuable assets and financial interests.