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Third Party Only Bike Insurance

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*30% of customers who took out a new policy between 1st January 2024 and 31st March 2024 and paid annually, paid £128 or less.  Price includes IPT. Please note that cover and premiums are subject to individual circumstances

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Third party only motorcycle insurance is the most basic (and usually the cheapest) form of motorcycle (or scooter) cover you can have to comply with the law.

If you have third party only cover and are involved in an accident your insurance will only cover losses and damage to anyone else involved. If the accident wasn’t your fault you will have to recover any of your losses from the other party and that will mean proving beyond all doubt that the accident was their fault.

The other two common forms are…

  • Third party fire and theft motorcycle insurance:

    Third party fire and theft motorcycle insurance, which also covers you if your bike is stolen or damaged in an attempted theft or if it catches fire.

  • Comprehensive motorbike insurance

    Comprehensive motorbike insurance which, in addition to third party only and third party fire and theft will repair damage or replace your bike if you have an accident that is your fault or when no other party is involved, such as crashing on wet leaves or a diesel spillage.

What does third party motorbike insurance cover?

If you are involved in an accident and another person (the third party) is injured or their vehicle or property is damaged, then you will be liable for the costs incurred to compensate for their losses. This could mean fixing their vehicle or repairing their property, or it could mean compensation for income lost through their inability to work or fulfil other obligations.

The costs incurred can be many and expensive (we know of someone who claimed the cost of a gardener they had to employ because they were unable to look after their garden) and so, the law requires all motorists and motorcyclists to have insurance that will pay for such damages.

If you take third party only motorcycle insurance from a top insurance broker such as Bennetts you get:

  • 90 days EU insurance cover (per policy period)

  • Cover to ride other bikes (with the owner’s permission - terms and conditions apply)

  • Multi-bike policy option

  • A 24 hour claims line

  • The most common modifications covered at no extra cost

  • New bike replacement (terms and conditions apply)

What doesn’t third party only motorbike insurance cover?

If you have an accident where there isn’t another party who is clearly responsible (such as a tumble on spilt diesel or ice or wet leaves or mis-reading a corner and running out of road), third party only insurance doesn’t cover the cost of your injuries and any loss of earnings, or hospital care or physiotherapy you might need.

It doesn’t cover repairing your bike or moped or replacing your damaged helmet or leathers, or compensation for time off work. And, of course it doesn’t replace your bike or scooter if it gets stolen or damaged in an attempted theft.

In the above circumstances a comprehensive policy would likely pay out, but not third party only.

How much money will I save buying third party only motorcycle insurance?

Often the savings are not as great as you might expect. Insurance premiums are built from your individual ‘risk profile’ and, in some cases, a person asking for third party only insurance might be considered to be more of a risk because under some measures they might be seen as someone who cares less about their bike (and also maybe it’s upkeep and security) than others.

Insurance underwriters have huge amounts of historical data that help when profiling risk and, for some, if the typical third party only customer is seen as a greater risk than a customer wanting comprehensive or third party fire and theft, then the quote will be higher.

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