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Company car insurance coverage

Company car insurance, or commercial car insurance, offers coverage for cars owned by companies or cars that your employees drive, whether they’re rentals or their own.

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Company car insurance, more commonly known as commercial car insurance or business car insurance, covers cars that your company owns and cars that your employees drive while doing business for your company. This includes coverage to their own cars and rental cars.

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If you’re a small business owner, you may have some questions about how company car insurance works and how it differs from personal car insurance — we’re here to answer them.

Key takeaways

  • Company car insurance offers coverage for cars that your company owns, cars your employees drive while on the job, or your own car if you use it for work.

  • If your companies owns vehicles, they’ll need to be covered by a company car insurance policy.

  • Company car insurance is made up of a lot of the same coverages as a personal car insurance policy, including liability coverage, collision and comprehensive coverage, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

Who needs company car insurance?

If you have a company and you or your employees use vehicles as part of your business, you’ll likely need a company car insurance policy. You’ll need a company car insurance policy if: 

1. Your business has vehicles titled in the company’s name

If your company owns any vehicles that are titled in the name of your business, those vehicles need to be covered by a company car insurance policy. Since they’re not owned and driven by an individual, they can’t be covered by a personal auto insurance policy.

2. You’re a business owner who drives your own vehicle for work

Vehicles used simply for commuting do not need to be covered by a company policy, so if you own a business and just drive your car to and from work, your personal policy is sufficient. But if you use your car to transport people, goods, or equipment for work, then you need a company auto insurance policy.

3. Your employees drive their own vehicles or rental vehicles for work

If your employees use their personal vehicles or rental cars during work hours (for more than just commuting) then you need a company car insurance policy to be sufficiently protected. Employees who get into a car accident while driving for work will be protected by both their personal policy and your company policy — meaning your business won’t be at risk in the event you’re held responsible for expensive damage.  

How company car insurance works

Company car insurance works just like personal auto insurance in that it offers several types of coverage under one policy, and pays out when you make a claim. These coverage types include:

Basic coverage

  • Liability coverage: In company car insurance policies, there is a combined single limit for liability coverage that includes bodily injury liability (BIL) and property damage liability (PDL).

  • Medical payment coverage/personal injury coverage: Pays medical expenses for the drivers and passengers of your covered vehicles during accidents.

  • Collision coverage: Pays for damages to your vehicle after an accident, regardless of fault.

  • Comprehensive coverage: Pays for damage to your vehicles for incidents other than collisions, like weather, theft, vandalism, etc.

  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: Pays for damages caused by a car accident with an uninsured driver or underinsured driver.

Additional coverage

Commercial policies also offer a number of types of specialized coverage that personal auto policies do not. These include:

  • Trailer interchange coverage: For trailers your vehicles use that are owned by other companies.

  • Rental reimbursement with downtime: Pays for you to rent a temporary replacement if your company vehicle needs repairs.

  • Hired vehicle coverage: Provides coverage for rental cars or vans for employees or clients.

  • Non-owned vehicle coverage (also known as non-owned auto coverage): Covers you when your employees use their own cars to conduct business for you.

→ Learn more about the different parts of a car insurance policy

How to buy company car insurance

Most insurance companies that sell personal car insurance policies, like Allstate, GEICO, Progressive, Nationwide, and AAA, also sell commercial auto insurance policies. 

If you already have a personal car insurance policy, contact your insurance provider and ask if they also offer company car insurance. And unfortunately, even if you are using your personal car for business, you’ll still likely need to keep your personal car insurance policy and purchase a company car insurance policy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who pays for insurance on a company car?

If the car is owned by the business, then the company pays for insurance. If you drive your personal vehicle for work, then it should be covered both by a personal policy in your name and by a company car insurance policy that your employer pays for.

Is company car insurance cheaper than personal car insurance?

Company car insurance is not cheaper than a personal car insurance policy because when you get into an accident transporting people or goods for money, you’re at risk for higher liability and property damage claims.

Does GEICO have commercial auto insurance?

Yes, GEICO offers commercial car insurance for cars, trucks, and vans. Most major car insurance companies offer commercial policies and you should shop around to find the best rates, just like you would with a personal car insurance policy.

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Editor & Home and Auto Insurance Expert

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Stephanie Nieves is a former editor and insurance expert at Policygenius, where she covered home and auto insurance. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Money, HerMoney, PayScale, and The Muse.

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