Get The Most Out Of Your Commercial Auto Insurance
Fortunately, there are several ways to lower your annual premium and save money without having to skimp on commercial insurance coverage.
Choose a Higher Commercial Insurance Deductible
The deductible is the amount you agree to pay out of pocket for property damages and medical expenses in the even of an accident. Choosing a higher deductible will likely lower your auto insurance premium; however, it is important not to choose a higher deductible than you can afford.
In other words, you need to choose a deductible high enough to lower your annual premium, but not so high that you can't, say, pay the out-of-pocket expenses if your vehicle suffers damages.
Purchase Additional Liability Insurance
The minimum requirements for commercial liability insurance vary by state, but you will typically not be required by law to carry more than $100,000 liability coverage per person.
Unfortunately, with the rising cost of medical expenses in the U.S., the minimum amount might not be enough in the event of a serious accident. For this reason, you should consider purchasing more liability insurance than the minimum required, as the cost of maintaining a liability insurance policy is much less than cost of covering a lawsuit or paying for hospital bills out of pocket.
Maintain a Clean Driving Record
Maintaining a clean driving record can save you up to 25% on your insurance premium, which in turn will allow you to purchase additional coverage―such as collision or comprehensive coverage―if you so desire. You might even consider taking acourse, as many companies offer defensive driving course discounts.
Consider an Umbrella Policy
If your assets exceed $100,000―to include your house, car, and anything else you could lose in a lawsuit―consider purchasing an umbrella insurance policy. The purpose of an umbrella policy is to cover all expenses not covered by your standard liability insurance.
For example, if your liability insurance only covers $500,000 in medical and repair expenses, yet you are involved in an accident resulting $800,000 in expenses, your umbrella insurance policy will cover the remaining $300,000.
Umbrella insurance coverage is relatively inexpensive, though it can save you thousands in the event of an accident, which in turn could save your business. Contact your commercial auto agent today for a quote.