They are used to transport goods or people for a fee and because of this you have to go for a special coverage called commercial vehicle insurance. It is not much different from personal policies but there are a few things to be mindful of. They usually have multiple Autos with number of drivers.
Usually you should start looking into it by evaluating drivers. Check personal details, history, accidents and tickets. Records are a major factor in determining the cost of a policy. If you are going to employ a new driver, check if he or she has a commercial licence, as companies provide discounts if they have.
Second step is to evaluate the type of automobile you have. You would remember from personal auto coverage that more expensive it is the higher the premium would be. Also, keeping similar types of vans or trucks in a business fleet may make it easier to manage them and keep the rates low.
Consider the amount of coverage required. If they are older and you have good repair facilities of your own you may have an option to self-insure them. This option may work well for larger companies because they would have enough cars in there to spread the risks and they may have good enough repair facilities. Otherwise, this option would mean taking on too much exposure. For example, if you own similar cars you may use the older ones for parts to fix the others. Besides, you may want to do regular maintenance and accident damages in house.
If you are adding more, consult the agent to see their insurance ratings. The costs depend on the model and for what purpose it is used, if it is for transporting goods (big or small) or people. You might want to get quotes for each model you are considering adding to a fleet to avoid any surprise later on. Sometimes, there may be very little between them that premiums alone can swing the decision.
The next thing to do is to choose a commercial automobile insurer. Usually, it is best to get a few quotes directly or through independent brokers and start with the price. Then, when you come to a decision you already know that you can afford the premium. If you go the other way around, you probably miss a few good ones because you pay too much attention to name recognition.
Also, it may be tempting to insure a few of them here and other there. In that case, you should look at the overall prices. They should be able to offer better rates for the whole of them. However, you may have to look into two different sources when you have cars, vans and trucks. Grouping the similar ones is another option.
Don’t leave everything entirely to an agent. Find out a little about possible options and likely premiums charged. This way, you will be a good judge of policy arrangements offered to you either direct or through a broker. Keep in mind that when you have a few vehicles you can negotiate a better deal.