Vehicle breakdown cover for businesses | moneyfacts.co.uk

Moneyfacts.co.uk will never contact you by phone to sell you any financial product. Any calls like this are not from Moneyfacts. Emails sent by Moneyfacts.co.uk will always be from news@moneyfacts-news.co.uk. Be Scamsmart.


Michelle Monck

Michelle Monck

Consumer Finance Expert
Published: 18/01/2021

At a glance

  • Vehicle breakdown cover is important for those firms relying on vehicles to deliver their goods and services.
  • Fleet cover is for businesses with more than one vehicle.
  • Businesses should consider the level of breakdown cover they need to maintain their services if they had a breakdown.

Breakdown cover makes sure that if your business vehicles break down, they can get back on the road as quickly as possible.

What are the different types of business breakdown cover?

The first and main difference will be between those businesses with many or only one vehicle.
Smaller businesses with only one vehicle or those using a personal vehicle for business purposes may be able to use a standard breakdown policy. You should check the terms and conditions of any breakdown policy before you go ahead to make sure business use is not excluded.
Fleet breakdown cover covers businesses with multiple commercial vehicles. This can include vans, cars and motorcycles. You purchase one breakdown policy that covers all the vehicles in one go.

What is included in business breakdown cover?

Business breakdown cover comes with some options:

Roadside assistance

This is the most basic level of cover and is usually available if you break down a mile away from your registered address. If you break down, the breakdown provider will send someone to you to try to repair the vehicle. If this is not possible, then you will need to be towed to a garage or your home – this is usually an additional level of cover.

Recovery of vehicle

This cover is to tow your vehicle if it cannot be repaired at the roadside. You will need to check the conditions and your choices of where you can be towed when buying your business breakdown policy.

Home assistance

This breakdown cover is if your vehicle won’t start when you are at home. The breakdown policy provider will come to your home to make the repair and let you get back to business as quickly as possible.
Other options for your breakdown cover include onward travel – this is the option to include transport to your final destination and if you are a transport company with passengers it can also include onward travel for them too .

Compare business insurance

Business insurance comes in many forms and can protect your business vehicles, your IT systems in case of a cyber attack and in case of bad debts. It can also include professional indemnity and key man insurance. Read our guide to find out more about what insurance your business might need.

Does a business need breakdown cover?

It is not mandatory to have business breakdown cover, but it will help to minimise disruption to your business if you do break down. While it is another cost for your business, the additional cost of delays or disruption to your business in the event of your vehicle breaking down could cost even more. Your business reputation and relationship with customers could also be severely affected if you cannot perform your services or deliver your goods on time.

Which vehicles can be covered by business breakdown cover?

Business breakdown cover can be applied to most types of road vehicle, including lorries, vans, cars and motorcycles. You must check your breakdown policy to make sure it has the right cover for all your types of vehicles.

What types of business need breakdown cover?

Any business that relies on vehicles to deliver its goods or service should consider breakdown cover. Applicable businesses include:

  • Taxis
  • Couriers
  • Haulage firms
  • Minibus companies
  • Ice cream vans
  • Mobile catering companies
  • Removal firms
  • Maintenance firms
  • Painters and decorators
  • Builders
  • Takeaways.

How much is VAT on business breakdown cover ?

Breakdown cover is considered a form of insurance by HMRC and is therefore is exempt from VAT.

Disclaimer: This information is intended solely to provide guidance and is not financial advice. Moneyfacts will not be liable for any loss arising from your use or reliance on this information. If you are in any doubt, Moneyfacts recommends you obtain independent financial advice.

Delivery vans breakdown cover

At a glance

  • Vehicle breakdown cover is important for those firms relying on vehicles to deliver their goods and services.
  • Fleet cover is for businesses with more than one vehicle.
  • Businesses should consider the level of breakdown cover they need to maintain their services if they had a breakdown.

Cookies

Moneyfacts.co.uk will, like most other websites, place cookies onto your device. This includes tracking cookies.

I accept. Read our Cookie Policy