Protect your business vehicles with a Florida commercial auto policy
Many of Florida’s 2.5 million small businesses need commercial auto insurance to protect against liabilities that arise from a variety of incidents involving their work vehicles. Personal auto policies generally 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 America trust us to insure their commercial vehicles. Each get customized coverage to match their unique business needs whether they own a real-estate business in Tampa or a landscaping company in Orlando.
Commercial auto coverage for a variety of business types:
Vehicles driven by employees or used for business activities, such as visiting clients or making deliveries, usually need commercial auto insurance. Personal auto insurance usually doesn’t cover vehicles used for work purposes.
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.
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.
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.
We’re the #1 truck insurer in the nation*, 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 Florida.
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.
Florida commercial auto insurance cost
Several factors affect the cost of your Florida commercial auto policy, including your:
Your vehicle’s size and use affect your rate. A large carpet cleaning van with an expensive vacuum system will usually have a higher premium than a small delivery van without any attached equipment.
Your commercial insurance carrier will run a motor vehicle report for all drivers with access to your commercial 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.
It’s common to pay more for commercial auto coverage in a larger city like Miami than a smaller city like Fort Meyers. Keep in mind, locations that experience more claims are usually priced higher than other locations. Areas susceptible to weather-related events such as hurricanes and floods are also factors.
The distance you routinely travel can influence your commercial auto rate. A vehicle with a local route within Fort Lauderdale's city limits is considered lower risk than a vehicle with a regional route that covers the entire Florida panhandle.
The amount of coverage you need affects your rate. Policyholders with the Florida state minimum limits of 10/20/10 will pay less than a policyholder needing a liability limits of $1M.
Did you know?
Florida’s state minimum liability limit 10/20/10 is called a split limit. It separates, or “splits”, the dollar amounts payable by your insurer for bodily injury and property damage into three groups. By choosing Florida’s state minimum limits, your policy will pay up to:
- $10,000 for each person injured in an accident
- $20,000 for all people injured in an accident
- $10,000 for all property damaged in an accident
Learn more about liability coverage.
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Florida commercial auto insurance requirements
Florida state law requires a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) to pay for the medical expenses of your drivers and passengers regardless of who is at fault for an accident. Florida’s considered a “no-fault” state, meaning that you can only sue an at-fault driver for injuries once this coverage has been exhausted.
The state’s minimum liability limits are $10,000 per person and $20,000 per accident for bodily injury, and $10,000 for property damage (i.e. 10/20/10). In Florida, this is referred to as residual bodily injury and property damage (RBI-PD) because it pays in excess of a third-party’s insurance if you’re at-fault. Property damage liability is required, while residual bodily injury is optional.
You might be required to carry higher limits based on the types of vehicles listed on your policy. It’s best practice to select limits that are best for your business in addition to what’s required by Florida state law.
Florida commercial auto resources:
Common professions that need commercial auto insurance in FL:
- Food trucks
- Real estate agents
- Cleaning services
- HVAC technicians
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Get Florida 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 to insure their business autos:
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 are specialized in handling commercial auto claims to help you get back on the road fast after an accident.
Save up to 15%** by paying your policy in full and take advantage of our other commercial discounts† to get the best rate for your Florida policy.
Business insurance options
In addition to commercial auto insurance, we can help you find other business coverages including general liability, professional liability, cyber insurance and more.
Commercial auto insurance anywhere in Florida
We offer Florida commercial auto insurance statewide including these major cities:
- Port St. Lucie
- St. Petersburg
- Fort Lauderdale
- Cape Coral
*No. 1 truck and commercial auto insurer from SNL Financial's 2019 national written premium data. Truck is classified as all For Hire Specialty (FHS) vehicles, all For Hire Transportation (FHT) vehicles, and all vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) greater than 16k for Tow, Contractors, and Business Auto.
**Discount does not apply to UM/UIM or for certain market tiers, and is lower in WA, on six-month policies in FL, and for certain grandfathered renewals in CO, GA, IL, LA, MD, MN, MO, NJ, OH & VA.
†Discounts vary and may not be available in all states and situations.