Compare business car insurance: a simple guide

Compare business car insurance: a simple guide

If you use your car for work, standard car insurance might not provide enough cover. Read our guide and find out if you need business car insurance.

Daniel Hutson From the Car team
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Why is business car insurance so expensive?


Business car insurance is often more expensive than standard insurance because insurance providers think you're at higher risk of having an accident and making a claim. You may be driving at busy times on unfamiliar roads, and chances are you're spending more hours on the road than the average driver.

Business car insurance will likely cost you more, but if you don't have the right class of insurance, your insurance provider could refuse to pay out if you make a claim.

It should be said that, should you make a claim, insurance providers are likely to pay out. According to the Association of British Insurers, 99% of all motor claims are paid, with insurance providers paying out £21.2 million every day.

What classes of business car insurance are there?

Business car insurance falls into three classes – all three also cover social, domestic and pleasure use.
class 1 – this covers you for driving between multiple places of work or occasional travel to meet clients. Class 1 insurance would typically include a care worker who drives to visit patients. It wouldn't cover you for deliveries or door-to-door sales. It may also cover your spouse – check your policy to be sure.
class 2 – this offers the same cover as class 1 but includes a named driver. Most insurance providers stipulate that the policy holder and named driver must work for the same business. As with class 1, deliveries and door-to-door selling aren't covered.
class 3 – this is for you if you rack up lots of miles as part of your job – if you're a salesman, for example. It covers delivering samples, but not commercial merchandise. This is the most expensive insurance class as high-mileage drivers are considered at greater risk of an accident and making a claim. But be aware that class 3 won't cover you if you use your car as a taxi or to make deliveries.

What classes of business car insurance are there?

How can I reduce the cost of my business car insurance?

There are a few ways you may be able to reduce the cost of your business car insurance:
• see if increasing your voluntary excess reduces your premium – although always keep it at a level you can afford if you have to make a claim
• you might also want to see if upping your car's security affects your premium price.
• if your business has three or more cars, it might be eligible for fleet insurance. This is often the cheapest way to insure a group of cars and drivers
• paying your premium upfront is usually cheaper than paying it in instalments
shop around – if you take your time and let us help, you're sure to find yourself good-value business car insurance. But make sure it offers the cover you need.

How can I reduce the cost of my business car insurance?

How do I find business car insurance?

Finding business car insurance couldn't be easier. Simply start a quote, telling us a bit about yourself and your car, and the level of cover you need.

Our online comparison service will do all the hard work for you and provide you with a range of competitive quotes that suit your needs.

Once you have your quote, you can look at where you can make savings on your car insurance. The great thing about our comparison service is that it's easy to try different options to see how they affect your quote.

How do I find business car insurance?