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By Coleen Smith
Insurance is one of the most expensive parts of owning a motorcycle. It’s an expense you’ll pay every year for as long as you ride. It’s definitely a good idea, then, to take the time to save some money on your motor bike insurance. All it takes is a little education to get a cheap motorcycle insurance quote. The best way to start your cost cutting efforts is to think about the following areas.
Coverage. Think about the amount of coverage that you’re buying. Many people pay for more coverage than they need in some areas. For example, are you paying for full coverage on a motor bike that’s only worth $2,000? Maybe you could afford to replace your bike if the worst happened. If so, consider dropping the coverage on your own motorcycle. On the other hand, make sure you have enough coverage in the areas that you need, like liability. Go over each aspect of your coverage each year to determine what you need and what you don’t need. You’ll save money on premiums and possibly find that you’re covered in the case of an accident.
Deductible. The deductible is the amount you pay when there is damage to your motorcycle before insurance money kicks in. A higher deductible means significantly lower premiums. That’s because the first dollars in damage costs make up a large part of the insurance company’s expenses. If they can reduce that, their profits will increase, so they make it worth your while. You, on the other hand, buy insurance to protect against costs that would be way too high for you to afford. If you could reasonably afford a slightly higher deductible, go ahead and change the policy to save money.
Multiple policy discount. You buy motorcycle insurance, car insurance, renter’s insurance and possibly homeowner’s insurance. If you get them all from the same company, you’ll get a discount. This may or may not reduce your overall insurance costs. You’ll have to price the policies separately and together to determine which is the best choice in your case.
Your motorcycle. What type of motor bike you ride makes a huge difference in the cost of insurance. Bikes that often get into accidents (flashy, fast, etc.) will cost more to insure. So will bikes that cost a lot to repair, like brand new shiny expensive motorcycles. Safety features can help to lower premiums as well. If your motorcycle insurance is too high, think about trading in your bike for a more sensible model.
Your credit rating. Responsible people are responsible in many areas of their lives. Irresponsible people are consistently irresponsible. If you have poor credit, you’re telling the insurance company that you’re more likely to make a claim. They’ll take notice and charge you higher premiums. This will take some time to fix, but it’s well worth the effort, and not just for reducing the price of motorcycle insurance.
Payment plan. Many insurance companies charge you for a six month or one year policy up front. For your convenience, they’ll also offer a payment plan. But do the math. The effective interest rate you’re paying is pretty high. If you can possibly pay for the entire policy up front, you’ll save a lot of money. If you can’t do that, at least increase the down payment so that the interest will be charged on a smaller balance, and pay it off as soon as you can.
Several quotes. Get several online motorcycle insurance quotes from different insurance companies. You would think that the cost of comparable policies would be very similar, but that’s not the case. The price can vary widely between insurance companies. The only way to find out which offers the best price for you is to get a lot of quotes.
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