Can I cancel my motorcycle insurance in the winter, when I don’t ride?
In some states, a registered motorcycle must be insured. So if you drop your coverage, you’ll be asked to surrender your registration and plates or face fines.
But even if you can legally drop your insurance, it’s a good idea to keep your bike protected year around.
“Canceling a motorcycle policy while in the off-season may subject the owner to greater risks,” says Matthew Dudash, a AAA representative in Utah. “For example, there is still a chance that the motorcycle could be damaged while in storage—the bike gets knocked over while in the garage—or even worse, the motorcycle could be stolen, which would subject the owner to a greater risk with no coverage.”
And keep in mind that, even in winter, you may be tempted to ride.
“Owners would not be able to take advantage of those unseasonably warm days that may come, where going for a ride may sound like a great idea,” Dudash says.
If you’re concerned about overpaying for coverage when your bike sits idle, fear not. According to Dudash, depending on where you live, it’s fairly common for insurance companies to base the cost of annual coverage on the average number of months the bike is traditionally ridden. So if you were to cancel coverage for the months your bike is in storage, “the total savings may not be worth the additional exposure, especially when you add in cancellation fees that some carriers may charge,” he says.
What is uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage?
There are lots of drivers out on the road who don’t carry liability coverage, perhaps because they can’t afford it or don’t have a driver’s license. If you’re hit by someone who doesn’t have insurance, or doesn’t have enough, your own uninsured/underinsured motorist policy acts as a safety net, swooping in to pay for your losses. This coverage comes in two types: bodily injury to cover medical bills and property damage to cover damage to your bike.
What is medical payment/personal injury protection coverage?
If you have an accident, the medical payment or personal injury protection (PIP) endorsement may pay any medical bills for you or a passenger, in your insured vehicle who sustains an injury, regardless of fault. Rules vary by state, so talk to your agent.
Can I just get the required liability coverage, or do I need motorcycle insurance?
If you rely on your motorcycle for everyday transport, you should consider getting coverage. That way, if you have an accident, your collision coverage will kick in right away, and you won’t have to wait for the other driver’s liability insurance to pay your repair bills. Or, if your bike is stolen, your comprehensive coverage will help you replace it.
If your motorcycle is valuable (i.e., you have a classic or custom bike or a brand new Italian sport motorcycle) protecting your investment with full coverage is also a smart move.
Why choose AAA Motorcycle Insurance?
Shopping for motorcycle insurance? Award-winning AAA insurance agents can help you find the right coverage for you. Motorcycle coverage is designed by people who know about riding the open road, and claims are handled by adjusters who deal specifically with motorcycles. Visit your local AAA office to speak to an insurance agent in person, call us at (855) 424-9496, or request a quote online to get started.
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