When you buy campervan insurance it will be needed for any recreational vehicle that is operated partly or exclusively for personal business purposes. However, people who have limited experience with buying coverage will find it confusing to compare various policies and will have some obvious questions.
So, if you are wondering about the level of protection offered by this type of insurance, the vehicles that the policy will cover and the drivers who can operate the insured vehicle, here are a few simple steps that will help you to understand the limitations and benefits of such a policy.
Compare apples to apples: When comparing quotes for various campervan insurance products, ensure that the liability limit is the same for all policies; this will make it simpler to understand what you are paying for and the extent of protection that your money can buy for you.
Normally, a £1 million liability limit is usually recommended for vehicles that will be used for business. However, not all carriers will offer this limit in which case, it is possible to buy an additional umbrella policy that will increase the total liability limit, taking it in the range of £1 million or more.
Check what is covered: The next thing to check is the areas in which the policy offers protection. For instance, standard campervan insurance should cover medical payments, injury to passengers and third party damages. In the case of a vehicle that will be used to transport passengers, ensure that the passenger injury limit is higher.
If you require personal injury protection, make sure that you check the limit of this cover as well because most people do not because it’s a touchy subject. Only consider products that offer the same level of protection against insurance and uninsured motorist as the liability cover. If the policy also includes vehicle damage cover, go through the section that mentions the excess.
Vehicles covered: If you are satisfied with the extent of cover; it is time to inquire about the vehicles that will be covered. This information may not always be mentioned when you request quotes. However, it is imperative to understand that most van insurance products will only protect the vehicle scheduled in the policy.
If you intend to operate rented or borrowed campervans or if the employees will be expected to use their cover for hire activities, you can find policies that cover them. As a matter of fact, it is also possible to buy campervan insurance that covers a wide range of vehicles. However, this should be clarified before purchasing the policy
The drivers who can operate the insured vehicles: This is another important consideration when buying a cover. Once again, the information might not be forthcoming unless you specifically ask for it. Most auto insurance providers will only cover the vehicle if it is driven by the drivers mentioned in the policy.
Insurance carriers expect the insured persons to be honest about any new operators. Normally, the insurance provider runs a check on the driving records of all the drivers in a list furnished by the buyer and let the company know about any operators who did not meet the criteria set by the carrier.
Coverage providers will be happy to adjust the rate of a policy based on the driving record of the campervan owners.
Finally, before doing business with any insurance firm, it is imperative to check the financial strength rating and the customer reviews of the company. Getting a great rate from a C rated company will prove expensive in the long run when they do not entertain your van insurance claims.