As an insurance agent or broker, you know that commercial auto insurance is for businesses of all sizes—large and small. Some companies are required to have it, while others are not.

Unfortunately, a lack of understanding about commercial auto insurance can raise questions for business owners. Do they really need it? What does it cover? Who is it for?

Fortunately, you can showcase your expertise when you are armed with the answers.

If you are scanning (like most of us do), know that this post is divided into two sections you can use:

  • a downloadable Q&A you can share with your clients
  • how we can help you find quotes

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As an insurance veteran, you already understand why they may need commercial auto insurance. But when was the last time you had all this information written in one place?

We’ve done the work for you, by reviewing the possible questions your employer clients may have on their minds. Since our goal is to provide you with free resources that help your business grow, we put this into a downloadable PDF you can share with your employer clients.

Commercial Auto Basics

Getting the right type of coverage for your business is important—to you and to us. We know you are frequently asked about the difference between personal auto insurance and commercial auto coverage. So we put together this quick tip sheet to cover the basics about commercial auto insurance. First, let’s start with a few simple questions.

What is commercial auto insurance?

This type of insurance provides physical damage and liability coverage for vehicles used by your company.

What does this policy cover?

Commercial auto insurance covers cars, trucks, vans, and even large fleets used to help you conduct your business. This includes food trucks, work vans, and service utility vehicles.

Won’t my personal auto insurance work?

Personal auto insurance covers your personal automobile. While commercial auto insurance covers any vehicles you, or your employees, operate for business.

What types of vehicle usage could get by with personal auto insurance?

If you only use your auto to commute to the construction site or grab donuts for colleagues, you could be okay.

But it isn’t wise to risk it. When in doubt, ask your insurance agent to help guide you to make the decision that is right for you and your business.

What types of businesses typically need commercial auto insurance?

Any vehicle operation for business-related purposes needs commercial auto insurance. Note that there may be additional coverage needs for transporting passengers or hazardous materials.

The options are endless. Here are just a few examples:

  • Auto parts distributors
  • Commercial or residential contractors who offer things like plumbing, HVAC, roofing, etc. Food trucks and beverage services
  • Miscellaneous retail or inspection services
  • Pizza or other food delivery
  • Service-related businesses
  • Taxis or limos

Is commercial auto insurance required for all businesses?

Most states require all registered vehicles have liability insurance. Most states require the minimum insurance requirements on any vehicle. This rule applies to passenger and commercial vehicles.

Personal Auto vs. Commercial Auto: A Checklist

Since every business is different, your specific insurance needs varies based on your company’s unique situation.

While every insurance agent is the best person to walk business owners through the evaluation journey, everyone needs a starting point to frame the conversation. Here are some simple questions to consider:

  • Do you use your vehicles for business more than three times per month?
  • Do your employees use personal vehicles to conduct business?
  • Is driving part of your job responsibility?
  • Are your vehicles designed to haul things?
  • Do you use your vehicle to transport people or property?
  • Are your vehicles registered to a business?

If you answered yes to any one of the questions in the checklist, you might need to upgrade to a commercial auto policy. Email or call our office to schedule a time to discuss your business needs.

Expand Your Insurance Product Offerings

Providing insurance coverage to businesses opens up a world of opportunities for the types of products you sell.

At Syndicated, we focus on providing insurance brokers and agents the right solutions.

You know we offer workers’ comp products. But did you know we can help you find property, general liability, and commercial auto solutions, too?

With Syndicated you can:

  • Access more than 150 markets and 40+ unique product options.
  • Tap into more markets and get competitive quotes with our free service.
  • Use our broker gateway to earn higher-than-industry-average commissions.

Bottom line: You have everything to gain when you sign up for a free account with Syndicated today.

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