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Understanding Motor Trade Insurance

Jun 14, 2008
A motor trade insurance policy is important if you work in a business that buys, sells, or fixes cars. Trade insurance protects the business owners and/or the individuals working in the business from financial loss should an unpleasant situation occur. No matter how big or how small the business, motor trade insurance is an extremely important part of running that business! However, because every business is different, there are many different types of motor trade insurance policies. The different types will offer different degrees of coverage, different premiums and different features.

There are five main types of trade insurance that you can choose from. These are the third-party only, also known as third part; fire and theft; comprehensive; liability; and a combined policy. When choosing among these options, you must determine what the needs of your business are to determine what type of policy will be best for you. Some different features included on motor trade insurance policy may include administrative benefits, and social and personal use of any vehicles to specified drivers.

One type of a motor trade insurance policy that is required by law for certain types of traders is the third party only motor trade insurance policy. The types of traders that are legally responsible to own such a policy are buyers and sellers; those working as mobile tuners; a repairs man, or a Valier or fitter. This is generally a type of policy that is needed if the insured is going to be working on cars. It's a particularly important type because it holds the insured responsible should the repairs fail and someone get into a car accident. This type of insurance is especially important if the insured will be driving any car out on the road. Another option with this type of insurance is fire and theft. This type of motor trade insurance policy combines all the protection with the third party only policy but adds on protection in case of fire or theft.

The comprehensive policy includes the same type of coverage as the third party only policy but it also includes a comprehensive element. Comprehensive coverage is insurance that will cover the costs of repairing or replacing the insured's car should it become damaged from the result of something that was not an accident. The liability type of motor trade insurance provides protection for a business that will be having the public on their property while providing a service for them. Liability coverage however, plays its most important role by covering the owner who hires the workers that are working on the vehicles. There are also three different types of liability coverage. These types are public; employers and product; and sales and service indemnity.

Many of the different types of trade insurance policies overlap one another and have very subtle differences. It's very important to sit down with a professional motor trade insurance agent to find out what policy is going to suit you best. If an owner purchases a trade insurance policy that is not right for their business, they will likely end up paying too much money for their policy or finding out that they don't have the proper protection at a very inopportune time.
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