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Here’s everything you need to know about Commercial Auto insurance:


What is Commercial Auto insurance?

Commercial auto insurance is essential to protect your business from unexpected expenses if you or your employees are involved in an accident.  

Whether you have a single work truck or a small fleet of delivery vehicles, your commercial car insurance policy can provide coverage up to your policy limit for:

  • Expenses for claims related to emergency care
  • Medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Damage to your vehicle
  • Legal fees
  • Gap coverage on financed and leased vehicles

Personal auto vs. business auto insurance

Perhaps you already have a personal auto insurance policy. Nice. But it probably won’t cover accidents that happen while you are driving for your business.

If you use your vehicle for work, you may need a business auto insurance policy if you:

  • Deliver any goods, including pizza, flowers or other products
  • Provide a service that involves regularly using a vehicle
  • Carry equipment you use for work, such as cleaning or landscaping tools
  • Go to job sites

Why is Commercial Auto insurance important?

Whether your vehicle is essential for your daily operations or something you only occasionally use for work, you need an auto insurance policy customized for your business. 

You may be required by law to have commercial auto insurance

Most states require that your business-owned vehicles are insured for certain types of accidents with commercial auto coverage. The most common state requirements are liability insurance for injuries and property damage. 

Some states also require uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage and medical payments coverage (also known as personal injury protection). 

The types of vehicles your business is using, how they are being used and who is using them will determine the specifics of what kind of insurance you need. 

Business car insurance can provide more coverage

If you’re like most business owners, the separation between work and home is probably blurred. 

Even if you only have one car for all your transportation needs, you're exposed to different risks when you drive for business than you are when you drive personal reasons. You may need the more extensive coverage that is provided in a commercial auto policy. 

If you have employees that operate your cars, your commercial auto insurance policy can also cover them up to the limits of the policy. 

Commercial auto insurance can help you attract customers

Commercial auto insurance is essential for your customers, too. Having the right car insurance demonstrates that your business is prepared for the unexpected. You know that things don't always go exactly to plan, but your customers can be confident they'll receive the same reliable service. 

Some customers might require you to have a certificate of insurance before they agree to work with you.

What does Commercial Auto cover?

Commercial auto insurance helps cover injuries and damages resulting from work-related car accidents.

Most states require commercial auto insurance for business-owned vehicles to help pay for medical expenses and property damage.

Commercial auto can help pay for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Underinsured motorists
  • Collision repairs
  • Rental reimbursement
  • Towing

Learn more about what commercial auto insurance covers.

How much does Commercial Auto insurance cost?

Commercial auto insurance cost can vary, depending on your insurance history, the number of vehicles you own, vehicle type and usage.

The best way to find out how much a policy will cost for your business is to get a free commercial auto insurance quote online.

Start your free instant quote online today.

Commercial Auto FAQ

Learn about commercial auto insurance with more frequently asked questions about our coverage. If you don’t find find the answers you’re looking for, our licensed insurance advisors are standing by to help.

How do I know if I need Commercial Auto insurance?

If you have vehicles that are titled to your business that you or your employees drive, you’ll need commercial auto insurance. This is required by law in almost every state.

Even if you drive a car for work that’s not titled to your business, you’ll still need to get commercial auto coverage. This is because your personal auto insurance usually won’t provide coverage if you drive your own vehicle for business reasons.

Let’s say you’re a house cleaner and you drive your personal vehicle to all the homes you clean. You might think that the regular car insurance you got when you bought the care is enough, but if you got into an accident on the way to a job you might not be covered.

You might also want to consider commercial auto insurance if you use your vehicle to:

  • Tow a trailer carrying your work equipment
  • Transport goods
  • Help your employees get to job sites

Small businesses might sometimes ask employees to drive their own cars for a job or rent vehicles. Hired and non-owned auto insurance is a form of commercial auto coverage that helps pay for accident damages in these instances.

I use my personal vehicle for my business. Can I insure it with this policy?

Yes! If you use your personal vehicle for business purposes, we can insure it under our commercial auto policy.

For example, if you own a van that you use for personal travel, as well as your job as a painter, it would be covered under our policy when it’s used for work purposes.

It’s important to note that we’re unable to provide coverage for certain high-end vehicles and vehicles larger than standard trucks or SUVs.

Does Commercial Auto insurance cover personal use for my own vehicle?

Yes, if your vehicle is covered by our commercial auto insurance it will be protected when driven for personal or work use.

For example, if you use that vehicle for your registered business to get to job sites and you sometimes use it on the weekends to haul your fishing gear, commercial car insurance would cover your fishing trips.

Are the items that I transport with my insured vehicle covered by this policy?

A commercial auto policy will cover the vehicle used to transport items, but not the items themselves.

For example, if you have a pickup truck that you use to transport ladders and power tools, the policy would cover the truck but not the equipment.

If you’re concerned about your gear going missing you should consider purchasing tools and equipment insurance. If you regularly transport your tools in your vehicle, this coverage will help replace or repair any damaged or stolen equipment.

Can I buy Commercial Auto insurance by itself?

Yes. You can buy commercial auto by itself, but we recommend buying liability insurance along with your commercial auto insurance. General liability insurance can protect your business from certain costs including medical expenses, legal costs and more. When you buy both policies together, you also get a discount on them.

Is Commercial Auto insurance cheaper than personal car insurance?

No, commercial auto insurance is almost always more expensive than personal car insurance. Policies that cover just your own car, or your family’s couple of cars, typically offer protection against collisions, personal injuries and medical payments but they don’t take into consideration the much riskier situations dealt with by commercial auto insurance.

When you’re transporting people or goods or providing a service with your vehicle, you’re at risk for claims to be brought against you for property damage or injured parties. Commercial auto by necessity has higher liability limits, which ends up costing you more every month than you pay for your own personal vehicle.

Do you offer personal auto insurance?

No, we are solely focused on business insurance. It’s important to know that a commercial auto policy can be used to insure your personal vehicle if that vehicle is used for your registered business.

For example, if you own a truck that you use for personal travel, as well as your job as a landscaper, it would be covered under our policy when it’s used for work purposes.

What does liability coverage for an auto insurance policy mean?

Most states require that your business-owned vehicles are insured for certain types of accidents with auto liability coverage. If you’re driving and are at fault in a car accident — and are liable for the incident — liability coverage helps pay for the other person's expenses.

Auto liability coverage covers two types of incidents: bodily injury and property damage. Liability insurance under a commercial auto policy could therefore cover medical expenses that result from an at-fault accident, as well as any damage to property that got damaged in that accident.

How we can help you with Commercial Auto insurance

If you have more questions, our licensed, U.S.-based insurance advisors are ready to help.

When you’re ready to explore coverage options for your business, you can get an instant quote online and purchase business insurance within a few minutes.

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Business insurance is divided into different policies. We offer seven types so it's easy to design the coverage that fits your business.
General Liability insurance
General Liability
Protect yourself from accidents that cause physical injury or damaged property.
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Professional Liability/E&O
Shield yourself from lawsuits that claim your work errors caused financial losses.
Workers' Compensation Insurance
Workers’ Compensation
Cover medical bills and lost wages if your employees have an accident at work.
Commercial Auto Insurance
Commercial Auto
Stay on the road with coverage for dents, tows and damage to someone else’s vehicle.
Tools & Equipment Insurance
Tools & Equipment
Upgrade your general liability coverage to protect any gear that’s stolen, damaged or lost.
Commercial Property Insurance
Commercial Property
Keep your building, inventory and equipment protected from fire or water damage.
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Business Owner’s Policy
Combine general liability and commercial property into one policy to protect your business.
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