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Old 12-28-06, 01:42 PM
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Insurance when shipping a bike?

Ok, did a search, found a lot of advice on how to ship a bike, but nothing really about insurance.

So... anything I need to know about insurance so UPS/Fedex doesn't screw me over? If I ship a bike, then when it arrives and there's dents in it, do I get reimbursed? For the whole value of the frame or broken components, or just for the cost of repairs at a LBS? What if the carrier argues the bike was damaged before I shipped it? What if the carrier says it was my fault due to a bad packing job?

Just looking for advice from anyone who's had to deal with insurance.
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Old 12-29-06, 12:14 PM
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The shipper is covered. If there is damage the carrier will want to inspect both the item and the packaging, and *they* determine to what extent you are covered. It also takes a fair amount of time - several weeks - to get closure, if any.
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Make Sure That You Pack It Properly

Originally Posted by odie91
Ok, did a search, found a lot of advice on how to ship a bike, but nothing really about insurance.

So... anything I need to know about insurance so UPS/Fedex doesn't screw me over? If I ship a bike, then when it arrives and there's dents in it, do I get reimbursed? For the whole value of the frame or broken components, or just for the cost of repairs at a LBS? What if the carrier argues the bike was damaged before I shipped it? What if the carrier says it was my fault due to a bad packing job?

Just looking for advice from anyone who's had to deal with insurance.
I run a shipping department so let me give you some tips. Yes insure it for the replacemnet value. be prepared to supply them with a document stating the value in case of damage(your LBS can provide that for you). MAKE SURE YOU PACK IT TO THEIR SPECS or they will not pay the claim. Most LBS will pack for shipping at around $25 a worthwile investment. If you chose to do it yourself make sure you use a bicycle box from your LBS. And read this link first http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/res...nes/index.html

If you have any further questions feel free to PM me.
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Old 12-29-06, 02:58 PM
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The shipper is covered. If there is damage the carrier will want to inspect both the item and the packaging, and *they* determine to what extent you are covered. It also takes a fair amount of time - several weeks - to get closure, if any.
I have found that it only takes 8 to 10 days for closure, of course we are one of their biggest customers in the area
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FYI, airlines have very limited liability, so depending on the value of your bicycle, insurance may be a good idea.
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Most carriers only insure for 100.00 if you want more there is an added charge.. Anytime we have had to file a claim we got replacement cost.
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