- Commercial auto insurance
Commercial auto insurance covers legal bills, medical expenses, and property damage if a business vehicle is involved in an accident.
Commercial auto insurance protects the vehicles you depend on
Your employees might be skilled drivers, but you can’t control the unexpected. An auto accident could lead to another driver getting injured, or your installation truck or van being totalled.
Costs could accumulate in the thousands of dollars, especially if another person is injured. Compare that to the median premium of about $150 per month for installation companies, and it’s easy to see why commercial auto insurance is the better deal.
How does commercial auto insurance protect your business?
Commercial auto insurance can help pay for lawsuits, property damage, medical bills, and other expenses that arise from an accident. It also covers vehicle theft and damage caused by weather and vandalism.
This policy can be tailored to fit your installation company’s specific needs. For example, a pickup used to deliver large appliances once a week may require less coverage than an HVAC technician’s van that is driven daily.
Who needs commercial auto insurance?
Company-owned vehicles must be covered by commercial auto insurance.
Commercial auto insurance may be required if you:
- Operate an installation vehicle
- Transport tools and equipment
- Send employees on errands during work hours
State regulations determine how much coverage you need. Your commercial auto insurance must meet your state’s liability insurance requirements.
What coverage can commercial auto provide for installation businesses?
You can customize your commercial auto insurance policy to match the needs of your installation business. This policy typically covers the following:
If your installation business is taken to court over an auto accident, legal costs can pile up quickly. In addition to hiring a lawyer, you might also have to pay a settlement or judgment – all of which could be covered by commercial auto insurance.
If the driver or a passenger in your company-owned vehicle is injured in an accident, this policy can help cover medical costs.
Collision coverage helps pay for repairs to your truck, van, or other work vehicle, regardless of who is at fault.
This policy covers damage caused by drivers who don’t have insurance.
Your commercial auto insurance policy may also cover damage caused by vandalism or certain weather events, as well as vehicle theft.
Personal vehicles may require additional coverage
Commercial auto insurance only covers business-owned vehicles, but sometimes employees drive their own cars for business purposes. Personal auto policies almost always exclude coverage for business use.
Hired and non-owned auto insurance offers liability coverage for fence installers, glaziers, and other installation professionals who are involved in a crash while driving a personal vehicle to conduct company business. It also covers leased and rented vehicles.
Other important policies for installers
While commercial auto insurance is a must-have for businesses that own a truck or company fleet, it does not cover risks beyond those related to your vehicle. Owners of small installation companies should also consider:
Workers’ compensation insurance: Required in nearly every state for installation businesses that have employees, workers’ comp can cover medical bills for work injuries.
Contractor’s tools and equipment insurance: This policy helps pay for repair or replacement of an installation contractor’s tools and equipment if they are lost, stolen, or damaged.
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