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    Protect your business vehicles with a California commercial auto policy

    Many of California’s 3.9 million small businesses need commercial auto insurance to protect against accidents and other mishaps involving their business vehicles. Personal auto policies usually don’t cover vehicles used for business because they’re typically exposed to more liability than personal vehicles.

    Over 700,000 small business owners across the nation trust us to protect their work vehicles and livelihoods. Each gets customized coverage to match their unique needs, whether they own a single food truck in San Diego or several landscaping trucks in San Francisco.

    Commercial auto coverage for a variety of business types:

    Business Auto

    Vehicles driven by employees or used for business activities, such as visiting clients or making deliveries, usually need commercial auto insurance. Personal auto insurance typically doesn’t cover vehicles used for work purposes.

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    Contractors

    Contractors need commercial auto coverage for things like transporting various tools and supplies and traveling between job sites. These are business-related activities that need the additional protection of a commercial policy.

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    Food Truck

    Food trucks and other food service businesses, like restaurants and ice cream vendors, depend on their commercial vehicles. Most food trucks have expensive equipment attached to them that a commercial auto policy can cover.

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    For-Hire Livery

    Any vehicle used to transport people for a fee must be insured by a commercial auto policy. This includes taxis, limousines and non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) vehicles. Some ridesharing vehicles might require commercial coverage.

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    Heavy Truck

    We’re the #1 truck insurer in the nationΔ, insuring everything from dump trucks to tractor trailers. Our network of truck repair shops and specialty claims services is accessible whether you’re driving locally or outside of California.

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    Tow Truck

    We offer protection whether you own a wrecker, rollback or roadside repair vehicle. You can add specialty tow coverages like On-hook and Garagekeepers Legal Liability to protect you when a customer’s vehicle is in your possession.

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    California commercial auto insurance cost

    Several factors affect the cost of your California commercial auto policy, including your:

    Profession

    Some industries have more risk than others. A contractor who carries tools and equipment to various job sites every day can expect to pay more than a consultant who runs occasional errands.

    Vehicle

    Your vehicle’s size and use affect your rate. A heavy food truck with a grill and a deep fryer will likely have a higher premium than a small catering van with minimal equipment.

    Driving history

    Your commercial auto insurance carrier will run a motor vehicle report on all drivers with access to your business vehicles. Drivers with accidents or violations on their driving record will usually cause your rate to increase. You can expect your insurance company to take the past three years of driving history into account.

    Location

    It’s common to pay more for commercial auto coverage in a large city like Los Angeles than in a smaller city like Bakersfield. Keep in mind, prices are usually higher in locations that experience more claims or more expensive settlements than other locations. Areas susceptible to weather-related events, such as hurricanes and floods, are also factors.

    Travel radius

    The distance you routinely travel can influence your commercial auto rate. A vehicle with a local route within Fresno’s city limits is considered lower risk than a vehicle with a regional route that covers all of Central California.

    Coverage needs

    The amount of coverage you need affects your premium. Policyholders with the California state minimum limits of 15/30/5 will pay less than a policyholder needing a combined single limit of $1M.

    California commercial auto insurance requirements

    California state law requires all commercial auto policies to have a minimum liability limit of $15,000 per person, $30,000 per accident for bodily injury and $5,000 for property damage (i.e., 15/30/5). Some policies are required to carry higher limits based on the types of vehicles they insure.

    Additionally, vehicles with a USDOT or CA state serial number will have separate coverage requirements. For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) typically mandates semi-trucks and other large vehicles traveling interstate to carry a minimum combined single limit of $750,000.

    It’s important to select limits that are best for your business in addition to what’s required by California state law. Lacking sufficient coverage for your unique risk could leave you responsible for expensive debts and jeopardize your business’s future.

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    Get California commercial auto insurance with Progressive

    We’re the #1 commercial auto insurer* in the country, insuring over 1.5 million commercial vehicles. Here’s a few of the many reasons small business owners trust us:

    24/7 policy service by phone or online

    We understand you might need help outside of regular business hours, whether you need to adjust your coverages, request an insurance certificate or pay a bill.

    Specialized commercial claims adjusters

    Our in-house adjusters specialize in handling commercial auto claims to help you get back on the road fast after an accident.

    Discounts

    Business insurance options

    Commercial auto insurance anywhere in California

    We offer California commercial auto insurance statewide, including these major cities:

    • Los Angeles
    • San Diego
    • San Francisco
    • Fresno
    • Sacramento
    • Long Beach
    • San Jose
    • Anaheim
    • Bakersfield
    • Oakland

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    Customizable commercial auto coverage for your California business

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