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Owners of auto repair shops, service stations, dealerships,etc., have a unique need when it comes to protecting their assets from the risks involved in making repairs to other peoples vehicles, selling vehicles, and holding so many cars on a single lot. Injury, error, or property damage can conclude in an expensive claim or lawsuit.
At First Underwriters’, we grab the wheel. Our experience comes from serving local repair shops, service stations, and dealerships in the Western United States. We know that keeping your business protected from costly claims and higher insurance rates involves more than an insurance policy. That means avoiding claims so your insurance never gets triggered.
Not only do we place your coverage with an insurer that offers policies crafted for auto repair shops, we also help control your losses by providing risk management programs refined over years of implementation. We put programs in place after accessing your areas of risk and use methods that combine education, training, communications, audits and quarterly reviews to make adjustments. And should you have a loss, we help resolve your claim efficiently and look for patterns that can be broken to prevent future losses.
Automotive Insurance Coverages
The Commercial Auto policy will pay “sums” for which the insured is legally liable because of bodily injury or property damage to which the insurance applies. Therefore, while covered bodily injury or property damage is required to trigger coverage, recovery under the policy can actually go beyond these types of damages.
Auto Physical Damage is coverage for damage to autos owned by the insured, and it’s completely optional (unless required by a lender). Physical damage coverage is divided into loss caused by collision, and loss caused by something other than collision. (The latter category is frequently referred to as comprehensive coverage, but in reality, “comprehensive coverage” is one of two types of coverage for loss caused by “other than collision.”) These are separate coverages, with different rates, and at the insured’s option, different deductibles. They can be purchased separately or in combination.
Insurance exists for the purpose of protecting persons and organizations from the adverse financial consequences of certain unpredictable events, regardless of the coverage line being considered. For general liability insurance, the unpredictable event that constitutes the subject of the insurance is a claim of legal liability arising out of a company’s operations, premises, products, and completed work.
Garagekeepers is coverage provided under a garage policy for auto and trailer dealers, particularly those dealers that maintain a service department or body shop, for liability exposures with respect to damage to a customer’s auto or auto equipment that has been left in the dealer’s care for service or repair, for example. For other types of auto-related businesses, such coverage is available under the garagekeepers coverage endorsement (CA 99 37). Coverage is contingent on establishing liability on the part of the insured.
On-Hook Towing coverage is a type of insurance policy that will protect the towing business in the event that there is damage or vandalism to the vehicle being towed. Basically, On-hook Towing insurance is self explanatory; the coverage is needed to protect vehicles owned by someone else during the actual towing process while the vehicle is hooked.
The hired auto and nonowned auto liability endorsement is appropriate for use only if the insured entity does not own any automobiles. In fact, ISO Commercial Lines Manual rules specify that the endorsement is not available to insureds that have another policy covering commercial auto exposures. It provides coverage for bodily injury and property damage liability in connection with just “hired autos,” just “nonowned autos,” or both, as indicated in the endorsement schedule.
Without dealer plate insurance, car dealerships cannot legally offer test drives in their unregistered vehicles. This insurance covers the liability of a vehicle in case an accident happens during a test drive on public roads.
Commercial property is the policy that an organization purchases to pay for damage to its own buildings and the personal property in them. A commercial property policy can also cover loss of income or increase in expenses that result from insured damage to buildings and their contents.
Umbrella liability insurance and excess liability insurance are two forms of secondary coverage—that is, they both sit above one or more underlying liability policies and do not attach until the underlying policy’s limit of insurance has been exhausted.
WHY USE fIRST UNDERWRITERS?
WE WORK WITH TOP RATED CARRIERS
There are more than 100 insurers licensed in the US, each with its own specialty. We will match them with your specific needs and requirements.
WE ADVISE AND ACT IN YOUR BEST INTEREST
We will help you identify your individual and/or business risks to help you decide what to insure, and how to manage those risks in other ways.
WE PLACE YOUR CUSTOMIZED POLICY
We will arrange the right insurer, negotiate the terms and place the policy on your behalf, all while making the most of your insurance budget.