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  • Home insurance good for bikes
  • notmyrealname
    Free Member

    I’ve just finished sorting out a claim through Pedalcover.

    Been insured with them for years now and the policy has always been the cheapest. Just had a not insignificant claim for accidental damage which wrote off my bike. They dealt with it pretty quickly and paid out with no problems. The comapny they use for the excess insurance weren’t great, in fact quite the opposite, but I got there in the end with them too.

    I’d be pretty sure i’ll renew with Pedalcover unless the renewal is atronomically high, next time though I’ll sort out my own excess cover rather than the company they use. I can’t be arsed with phoning round loads of insurers who tell you any old nonsense regarding what’s covered, just to save £20 a year!

    trail_rat
    Free Member

    My policy with pedal cover is circa 300 quid as well.

    You got a few claims against you or live in a dodgy postcode of something wrightyson

    FuzzyWuzzy
    Full Member

    Someone with time on their hands needs to put up a website breaking down the various insurer options regarding bikes under contents policies…

    I’ve been with Pedalcover a few years now (since M&S stopped being cyclist friendly and their premiums sky-rocketed) and the devil is in the detail, people often aren’t comparing like with like when just looking at the headline cover and not the small print.

    Obviously if you don’t need the flexibility/cover a Pedalcover policy provides then there are probably cheaper alternatives but you need to be careful about what is covered and personally I wouldn’t go off just calling and asking, I’d be wanting at least email confirmation if it wasn’t in the detailed policy notes.

    DezB
    Free Member

    I can’t be arsed with phoning round loads of insurers

    Welcome to 1995

    My policy with pedal cover is circa 300 quid as well

    Wow, I hope you make a few claims to get some “value” out of your expenditure

    scotroutes
    Full Member

    Admiral are saying in the shed is fine without locks, in the van is a no. **** idiots had told me it was ok initially.

    Never assume that what you are told on the phone is correct. Always check the policy details beforehand. I’ve had to exclude bike and van insurers once I read their small print. It’s also one of the reasons that price comparison sites are next to useless. OK as a starting point I guess.

    I’m currently with Pedal Cover but will be shopping around as usual at renewal time.

    DezB
    Free Member

    omeone with time on their hands needs to put up a website breaking down the various insurer options regarding bikes under contents policies…

    Using a spare 5 minutes, I looked up on confused what cover for home contents, including legal protection and 4 bikes worth a total of £10K would be. I selected at fairly random 1 quote (Lloyds) – came in at around £120. Bikes as specified items:
    Pedal Cycle Cover protects against loss or damage (including accidental damage) for you or your family’s pedal cycles (including ebikes) whilst inside or temporarily outside the home (up to £500 per pedal cycle, £10,000 in total). If you do not take this cover, your Pedal cycles will not be covered. Pedal cycles worth over £500 also need to be specified here otherwise you won’t be covered.

    See, I don’t think some of you overspenders appreciate what you get from the “Specified items” section of a policy. That’s the main thing ou need to check. Lloyds also has a check box for “outbuildings” eg. my detached garage, that will cover bike tools etc and bikes not specified, <£500.

    I urge you not to pay too much for your insurance!

    Yeah! Silly me – the bold bit. I swear that should read £5000, so you DO need to read the “small print”. That means Lloyds policy only covers a £3000 for £500 away from the home.. can’t be right!

    DezB
    Free Member

    Picked another insurer out of interest (Halifax) – must be underwritten by the same rip-off merchants as Lloyds – also says the max £500 away from the home. “up to £500 per pedal cycle, £10,000 in total” – 20 bikes?? Weird. The Policy booklet omits this payout limit, strangely enough.

    Checked mine, Admiral, doesn’t say this.

    scotroutes
    Full Member

    Lloyds and Halifax are the same company.

    kittyr
    Free Member

    I went with Lloyds. Was about £150 cheaper than other ocmparable cover.

    Yeah! Silly me – the bold bit. I swear that should read £5000, so you DO need to read the “small print”. That means Lloyds policy only covers a £3000 for £500 away from the home.. can’t be right!

    I don’t think it is only covered for £500 outside the home. My policy document and cover limits state that:

    Pedal Cycle Cover:
    Individual Pedal cycle limit:
    – £5,000 if pedal cycle is specified
    – £500 if pedal cycle is unspecified

    What we cover:
    Loss of or damage, including accidental damage, to pedal cycles (including electrically assisted pedal cycles that cannot be solely propelled by the electric motor more than 15.5mph) and their accessories belonging to you or your family or for which you or your family are legally responsible.

    What we don’t cover:
    Theft of a pedal cycle from an unlocked outbuilding, or
    in the open when it is not securely locked to a permanently fixed structure.

    Theft of a pedal cycle left unattended in a public place or communal areas when it is not securely locked to a permanently fixed structure.

    Damage caused by domestic pets.
    Loss of or damage:

    To a pedal cycle when being used for racing, pace making or trials.

    No where does it say there is a 500 limit outside the home for bikes that you have specified.

    kittyr
    Free Member

    And obviously for all my 500+ bikes I have specified them

    scotroutes
    Full Member

    And obviously for all my 500+ bikes I have specified them

    You have 500+ bikes? That’s taking N=1 to a whole new level.

    kittyr
    Free Member

    @scotroutes you can just call me N+infinity 🙂

    DezB
    Free Member

    No where does it say there is a 500 limit outside the home for bikes that you have specified

    Yeah, I was (if you read my post) quoting what a Lloyds (or Halifax) policy says.

    DezB
    Free Member

    Not sure how you could actually misunderstand that, it says it in the sentence!

    tweeky
    Full Member

    Halifax Home Insurance Ultimate.

    I know what’s been said about Lloyds/Halifax, but when you look carefully at the policy limits, a specified bike up to the value of £5,000 is covered, up to a total of £10,000.

    Unspecified bikes are £500 each.

    Had been with Aviva for years but they just significantly increased my premium at renewal, and wouldn’t discuss reducing it. Their loss.

    scotroutes
    Full Member

    Just going through quote. Been with Pedalcover fro the past 3 years but Aviva looking much cheaper this year and cover seems simple/more than adequate. Only fly in the ointment so far has been trying to call them with regards to a couple of queries and being stuck in a queue for ages (I’ve had to hang up). Anything else I should be aware of before just going with them anyway?

    granny_ring
    Full Member

    One reason I left Pedalcover and went to Aviva was the outbuildings cover is better with Aviva.

    ajaj
    Free Member

    Currently going through this. Pedalcover won’t do new-for-old on bikes where the *frame* is older than 5 years, and I suspect that even if you buy a new bike from On One some of the frames will have been on the shelf for that long.

    Compare The Market won’t touch bikes where the rrp is over £5000, so a four year old Enduro won’t be covered because it’s £5500 at the concept store.

    Confused.com is a pain to use, asks for lots of unnecessary personal information, and then the top provider (Sainsbury) website crashes and the second (eSure) gives an error downloading the policy booklet. It’s also three times the price (which I might be prepared to pay if they let me read the small print).

    LV don’t cover bikes outside of the house unless locked up (so not in the car or campervan).

    MrSmith
    Free Member

    Currently going through this. Pedalcover won’t do new-for-old on bikes where the *frame* is older than 5 years

    Yes the do if you ask them. I have a 2007 Pegoretti, I specifically asked for it to be insured so that if it’s stolen I can just order he same frame again, it’s not changed design since I bought mine.
    The person I spoke to had a similar issue with a colnago master.
    Not sure if the would do it for a MTB that has changed radically in price and design over a few years?

    dogbone
    Full Member

    Aviva Plus.

    Bikes insured new for old as long as they are on the property. Garage / sheds are covered. Full value up to full contents value (£75k). Not that more expense than other insurers.

    Just waiting for the money to come through on my claim (3 bikes from garage). My son’s Yeti 5 alloy  (my old bike & 7 years old) was valued at £5.9k, which I’m getting as cash.

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