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Sigh. Travel insurance. A necessary evil that many of us – me included – have gotten at the last minute and overpaid for. You just can’t go without it though, especially if travelling with an expensive bike. It’s best to know and plan How to Insure your bike before you go.
Most of us hate dealing with it, we feel ripped off, so wouldn’t it be great to have our bikes covered year-round?
Personally, my bike is now covered on my house and contents insurance (including on overseas trips) 24x7x365 – for those wondering who my insurance is through, drop me a line via email or on Twitter and I’ll let you know.
When travelling overseas you have a few options to make sure your bike is insured:
- Include your bike and other expensive items on your traditional house insurance – a good option but can be expensive or limited by per-item limits
- Get bike-only insurance additional to your house/contents insurance – expensive, but usually pretty thorough
- Use your credit card insurance – usually good but check the fine print for item limits
- Traditional travel insurance – can be hard and expensive to get a bike covered (especially if you’re doing Etape)
- Get no insurance (good luck!)
The CycleCover Hack
However, I’m always on the lookout for clever travel hacks that lower your costs and make your life easier.
So, it was nice to receive this email from David J from Oz. Basically the hack is to get your house/contents insurance including your specified bike stuff through a bike insurance provider, making sure it’s covered overseas. This little hack got his bike covered, AND lowered his overall house insurance costs!
CycleCover…initially I discarded them from my decision because I didn’t want their home or contents insurance (being very happy with my current home and content insurer).
… but somehow I thought to ask CycleCover to quote on contents-only at the bare minimum they offer which is $35k…the quote came in at AUD$800 which I think was about $150 more than Velo or Swann’s bike only cover…
…but here’s the kicker – Cyclecover provide cover for other contents up to 25% of the policy value per item ($7250 on $35k) whereas my current home and contents pays only $1000 per unspecified item… thus I’ve been able to cancel a few jewellery items I had as specified items on my home insurance which reduced that premium by almost $1000….
The net cost to me of CycleCover on my bike has been ~$150 in my pocket!
It’s kinda complicated I know but I reckon any way of taking out bike insurance that gives me money rather than costs me money is a decent deal!
Obviously, this cost saving hack won’t work for everyone as it depends what level of insurance you’re paying for now as well as how much insurance you get for your bike.
Got an Insurance Tip?
I’d love to hear it, drop your insurance tip/hack below in the comments.
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