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Understanding The Commercial Auto Insurance Policy Sector

Aug 17, 2007
A commercial auto insurance policy can give you coverage for your fleet of vehicles and drivers against injury, loss or damage to vehicles or cargo, and damage to other people's property. In general, it offers convenient, unified billing, and a lot of optional coverage to meet your firm's expectations and vehicle characteristics.

It can turn out to be extremely beneficial if you are the owner of a small-or-medium sized business firm as it gives you coverage on your firm's vehicles. It protects your business against potentially devastating liability costs arising from an accident involving your vehicles.

It is normally offered in addition to premium coverage like general liability or commercial packages. More often than not policies consist of multiple-vehicle, claim-free premium discounts, direct billing and other payment options. On the basis of your business, available coverage normally includes bodily injury, property damage and medical payments.

These types of policies can be treated as six-in-one policies as they give an impression of offering six separate policies at a time. Some types of coverage are mandatory because of the state law, depending on where you live. Other types of coverage are optional. It's your responsibility to analyze each one of them and come to a decision of how much you need. Always remember that each type of coverage has its own premium. Just add them up and you are bound to get the price of your auto insurance policy. Subtract the ones you are not interested in and you will get minimize the cost.

Always remember that a policy is a legal contract so it can be a little tricky at a first glance. If you know what you are looking for and where you are bound to get that information, then it's easier to understand. Every insurance policy has three main components: Declaration page, insuring agreement and the terms and conditions of the policy.

As a businessman, you require the same kind of insurance coverage for the car you use in your business as you do for a car you use personally. Whether you need to purchase a commercial auto insurance policy depends solely on the kind of driving you do. But make sure you know the difference between a this kind of policy and a personal auto policy.

Don't get sucked into the idea that it will never happen to you, especially if you have employees driving the cars for your business. You never know when an accident shall occur an it is better to be safe than sorry.
About the Author
David Gass is President of Business Credit Services, Inc. His company publishes a free weekly e-newsletter on Small Business Consulting at their web site http://www.smallbusinessconsulting.com
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