Important Things to Know About Insuring Your Motorcycle
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You'll enjoy being out on the open road even more when you're not worried about the safety of yourself, your passengers or your investment. Here are a few things to consider:
- If you're in an accident or your motorcycle is stolen, it's very expensive to fix or replace it.
- If you or a passenger is injured in an accident, medical costs can be extremely expensive.
- If your 'at fault' in an accident, you may be sued for much more than you're financial worth.
- Your motorcycle may be one of your most prized possessions. It deserves special protection.
Your Independent Agent is an advocate for finding insurance that meets your specific needs. Here are a few things to consider as you prepare for the discussion:
How much can I afford to pay if my motorcycle is in an accident, damaged or stolen? (Ask your agent what your cost savings would be if you raised your deductible.)
What discounts are available. Belonging to a motorcycle association, taking safety classes and having multiple bikes might provide some savings
How much medical and liability coverage should I have?
Does the insurance company have a good reputation for customer service? Is it known for paying claims fairly and promptly?
What's the process for filing and settling a claim?
Tips for the Cost-Conscious Rider
Many factors can play a role in determining what your insurance costs will be such as your age, your driving record, where you live and the type of motorcycle you own are just a few.
- Many companies offer discounts from 10 to 15 percent on motorcycle insurance for graduates of training courses, such as the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) rider course. Riders under the age of 25, usually considered a higher risk, may see some savings by taking this course. It's also a good idea for cyclists who have already had accidents.
- Maintaining a good driving record with no violations will also help reduce your premiums.
- In many northern states, riders may save money by buying a "lay-up" policy. With a lay-up policy, all coverage except comprehensive is suspended during winter months.
- Find out what discounts your insurance representative offers. Multi-bike discounts for those insuring more than one bike, organization discounts, if you're a member of a motorcycle association, and mature rider discounts for experienced riders, are just a few possibilities. Discounts can range anywhere from 10 percent to 20 percent, depending on the company and your state.
- Keep in mind that the type, style (such as a sports bike vs. a cruiser) and age of the motorcycle, as well as the number of miles you drive a year and where you store your bike may also affect how much you pay for your premium.
Denver West Insurance Brokers is a local independent insurance broker in Golden, CO. We work with several carriers who write motorcycle insurance and we'll do the shopping for you. Give us a call at 303-960-5290 .