Home insurance good for bikes
Evening folks, our home insurance is up for renewal. Who is good at the moment?Posted 3 years ago
I just did compare the market for our renewal, and it lets you enter bike values and details, etc. 4 bikes in out household worth over £1500, and the best quote was Swinton.
£148 buildings and contents, bikes covered in and out of home, including accidental damage.
I did also get a quote from Pedal Cover because people always rava about them, but they came out at £650 for the identical level of cover.Posted 3 years ago
I’m intrigued by the reference to Swinton above, but I’d be inclined to read their small print very well as IME they don’t cover to the same levels as the likes of Pedal Cover, John Lewis and M&S. Hence the price difference.Posted 3 years ago
The cheapest that fits your needs on a comparison site is the best.Posted 3 years ago
Overpaying insurance companies is a mugs game.dove1Full Member
Aviva for me.Posted 3 years ago
Was with JL until a couple of yearscago when they ramped Up the bike cover cost.TiRedFull Member
Royal Sun Alliance for usb also Aviva.Posted 3 years agoeskayFull Member
PedalcoverPosted 3 years agoesselgruntfuttockFree Member
Pedal cover were a PITA when I looked at them, they were only marginally cheaper than M&S at the time ( a few years ago) & I needed to take out a seperate policy to insure the insurance, or something. Plus I kept being pestered on the phone by them.Posted 3 years ago
I’m with the AA now which covers all I need including a 3K filing cabinet both at home & away.
Pedal cover blah blah blah every time on here. It’s overpriced and every time I say do a compare. As the first response said, go on the meerkat or whichever you choose put in your details/desires/antiques/treasures and go from there. When you’ve got your results go through to the one you fancy then ring them up, quote your quote number and have an actual conversation as I did on Thursday confirming the details are accurate and that things like our bikes are insured when in my van outside the premier inn at Merthyr.Posted 3 years ago
4 bikes in and away from the home ranging from 1k to 3.5k, 2 watches at x amount, 5k of personal possessions including cameras tablets and even phones, legal, accidental, 100k contents 200k rebuild, freezer (how many puzzas) water escape, lock and key replaxement 150 excess all for 22 quid a month.
Could have gone cheaper but I liked this policy.granny_ringFull Member
Just changed to Aviva from Pedal cover.Posted 3 years ago
Thanks folksPosted 3 years ago
Pedal Cover want £400 off me this year. Normal ones want about £170 with four bikes in the £1000-1500 range specified.Posted 3 years ago
Just switched from Direct Line to Admiral cos they are about half the price.Posted 3 years agoglobaltiFree Member
If you’ve been happy with your insurer last year but they have hiked the premium, just tell them you won’t accept an increase (or, say, 2%) so you’ll be going elsewhere. The call-centre person will pretend to talk with their manager then come back and agree not to increase your premium.
Almost any decent household insurer will cover bikes; we are always very careful to get the bikes and the values noted as single items of value on our policy. It will always be for when the bikes are locked in an alarmed garage or in your possession.Posted 3 years ago
If you’ve been happy with your insurer
How does that work then? 😆Posted 3 years agohatterFull Member
Careful, quite a few policies don’t cover out buildings (i.e. sheds) and if they cover integral garages they only cover them when they have an internal door connecting them to the house.
PedalCover cover outbuildings and integral garages without connecting doors which is why I’m with them, all the cheaper quotes didn’t actually cover me once I’d gone into the small print.
They did jack up my premium this year though, which hurt and I kicked off at them about it, if they do it again I’ll be shopping around.Posted 3 years agoMrOvershootFull Member
Just switched from Direct Line to Admiral cos they are about half the price.
Did the same 2 years ago Admiral Platinum IIRC and it allowed me to specify each bike & value and I uploaded a picture of each (I think) I was surprised how little extra cost it was adding 11 bikes 😮Posted 3 years agoslackaliceFree Member
Admiral here, specified 4 bikes of not insignificant value and their premium was the cheapest from a couple of the comparison sites. I haven’t gone through a claims process yet though – and hopefully won’t 😁Posted 3 years agojakd95Free Member
I’ve been with Lloyds for contents insurance for the last two years. The bike specific part of it is very good, you can specify individual bikes over a value of £500 and specify the value for each one too. They’re covered in house/any shed/locked up in town/in the car and covered for accidental damage while riding too. Plus extra cover for accessories/riding kit/legal cover etc.
I got to test it last autumn when I crashed and badly dented (unsafe to ride) a 4 year old YT Wicked, they paid out cash for the equivalent brand new Capra of the same value as when new, all a very painless process too. Just needed confirmation from a LBS of my choice that the bike was a write off. Think I pay a smidge over £200 for the year for 4 bikes over the value of £1000 covered, with a £50 excess.
Edit: forgot to add that I think I got a reasonable discount due to having a current account with them.Posted 3 years ago
Admiral here, specified 4 bikes of not insignificant value
Did you have to speak to a human being? I’m at renewal time so took a look but it throws a hissy fit on the Web when I put in a 6k cover amount for my bike.Posted 3 years agokcalFull Member
Good prompt – I need to add another bike onto my NFU Mutual cover!
Think they were decent enough, nothing fancy in terms of cover – would need to check and compare against eg PedalCover for away from home and stuff.Posted 3 years agoPrinceJohnFull Member
We’re with John Lewis – they’re pretty good so far.Posted 3 years ago
Did you have to speak to a human being? I’m at renewal time so took a look but it throws a hissy fit on the Web when I put in a 6k cover amount for my bike.
Do it on the meerkat page.Posted 3 years agotetrodeFull Member
Pedalcover were an absolute rip off when I got a quote from them. I got the same level of cover with 4 bikes on Admiral for a significantly lower price. You can add them one by one on their quote and it’ll change the price dynamically with each one, it’s pretty useful.Posted 3 years agoMartynSFull Member
been with Pedelcover for a few years, just renewed with John Lewis who were £100 less than PCPosted 3 years ago
Admiral here, specified 4 bikes of not insignificant value and their premium was the cheapest from a couple of the comparison sites. I haven’t gone through a claims process yet though – and hopefully won’t 😁
A friend had his camera bag snatched from beside him in Pret and Admiral were pretty prompt to pay up, so I’m hoping they would be OK (knock on wood)Posted 3 years ago
I got the same level of cover with 4 bikes on Admiral for a significantly lower price.
Anyone with admiral able to do me a copy paste of the relevant bit of the policy schedule? Best I can find is from the policy booklet which notes I can add away from home cover for the bikes but they need to be locked (fine) with a security device. The small print says additional security is required for bikes of specified value (e.g. Over £350). What’s needed is in the policy schedule which I don’t have. I’m not keen on having to use a gold sold secure lock inside and out for my bike to be covered. That’s the reason I ditched my previous cover and ended up with pedal cover, Morethan required locked (gold sold secure) in a locked building and my stand alone bike insurance required gold outside which meant a lock heavier than me.Posted 3 years ago
D’oBrain, are the Gold Standard locks and padlocks not super-expensive too.
I looked a while ago and they’re selling for £80-£120 a pop. I ended up buying a Silver spec padlock which was about £40 iirc (Bought for piece of mind rather than an insurance condition).
If some insurers are requiring Gold lock standards then may be a false economy? Or worse, they’ll just wriggle out of settling claims.Posted 3 years agomunrobikerFree Member
I am with Pedalcover. I have had cover with Admiral in the past but I was going on holiday and asked if the bikes were covered from theft from the roof rack and it turned out they weren’t, even if they were locked.
Pedalcover paid out quickly for me when I had a bike nicked from the back of a work van earlier this year. Admiral had said they wouldn’t cover that too.Posted 3 years ago
😲…a whole world of padlocks to spec: https://www.padlocks.co.uk/
I can’t quite believe the price of some of the Sold Gold Secure (level 5/6) spec locks!Posted 3 years ago
I can’t quite believe the price of some of the Sold Gold Secure
The cost I can cope with – I have one which I use if I’m going places the bike will be left in view/outside overnight. But they weigh a metric ton and aren’t exactly portable sizes either. The bigger thing was the requirement for them to be locked up in the garage with an ss gold lock. No extension cables were gold standard that meant one lock per bike to individual ground anchors because of how/where the bikes were stored. That was a royal pita. More over anywhere I took the bike had to have an anchor, so a hotel with bike storage that didn’t have an anchor I could get to? Nope. In my room in a travel lodge, not of it’s not locked to something secure. In the car overnight only if I locked it to the fabric of the vehicle. In practice that meant bike outside locked to the lamp post in order to be covered.
Obviously policy to policy, provider to provider that varies but with more than that was any bike over 1k.
Fwiw the admiral site mentions a “Of course, if you’re riding around on a £1,200 titanium-framed beauty with a set of high-spec disc brakes then insurance is likely to be high up your list of priorities.” which I can’t say instills confidence in their valuation of my bike if I had to claim. (my emphasis)Posted 3 years ago
So I ended up with admiral and I specifically asked if my bikes were covered inside my van outside a hotel such as the premier inn at merthyr. Lady on the phone said yes, I will now go back to them first thing in the morning and check as nothing was mentioned about locks.Posted 3 years agotrail_ratFree Member
I’m with pedal cover.
When dialed down into small print of most other insurers….the contents of my garage…never mind the bikes wasn’t even covered due to the lack of the afore mentioned door.
Most assume you have a lawnmower and a couple of spades and will give you 1500 quid cover.
Pedal cover also cover my bikes in transit on as plane as standard
They cover my bikes in the back of my camper van
They cover them locked up out and a bout
The only issue I have is that their new for old is only on bikes <10 years ….. But then given that the likes of aa and admiral specified 3 years as their new for old max when I looked I’ll live with 10years.
In all I disagree that pedal cover are over priced for my needs and that meercats also although has inputs for alot…..the. Policies it return often don’t include all the options you inputted so often when I read the paperwork you weren’t getting the cover you thought for the price. Verbal over the phone isn’t worth the paper it’s written on come claim.time.Posted 3 years agoidiotdogbrainFree Member
We’re with Aviva for both home and cars, and are paying less now than we were for just the cars last year.
Bikes didn’t need to be listed individually and are covered under the umbrella cover level, in unattached outbuildings, cars, etc, as long as they are locked to an immovable object (I use Pragmasis Sold Secure Motorcycle Gold ground anchor/chain/lock). I specifically asked whether they needed to be listed individually over a certain value per item and was told no, not as long as the overall cover is sufficient.Posted 3 years ago
Admiral are saying in the shed is fine without locks, in the van is a no. **** idiots had told me it was ok initially.Posted 3 years ago
Sorry wrightyson but thank you all the samePosted 3 years agoDT78Free Member
Aviva here with extra bike cover upto £5k. Covers outbuildings / garage / in car as long as locked.
Pedalcover was £1000, yes, £1000 more.Posted 3 years ago
Crikey DT, my whole premium with them is 360 ish!Posted 3 years ago
After replying to Pedalcover’s ‘are you renewing with us or not’ email, I said not. They phoned me today and offered to halve the broker fee and, if I wanted, remove the excess cover policy (excess is £350) which brought it down to £300.Posted 3 years agoginksterFull Member
Just been through this loop. Ended up renewing with Pedal Cover but minus the excess insurance. Good cover for the bikes and also possessions away from the home. Yes it may have been a little (~£30) more than others but the lack of stupid restrictions on the bikes sealed it for me this year.Posted 3 years ago
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