What is the difference between personal and commercial insurance?

Your business in Catonsville, MD is already protected by the insurance policies you purchased through  HBW Insurance Group, but you may be wondering if you have the right kinds of coverage or the difference in how commercial insurance works. The same kinds of things are often covered by policies that look the same, like personal and commercial auto insurance policies. 

Personal vs Commercial Auto Insurance 

While they may look the same, there are striking differences between personal and commercial auto insurance policies. One important difference for businesses is that a commercial policy is rated differently, and it can typically carry higher limits. 

This is important because there are more ways a business may be held liable, where individuals involved in a traffic accident may look for "deeper pockets" when filing a lawsuit. Another important distinction is that someone borrowing a business car for personal use will likely be covered, but not the other way around. 

Other Differences

The names of the insured for a commercial policy may include the name of the business, and this may vary depending on the type of business, such as sole proprietorship or corporation. Personal policies typically list individuals or married couples. 

Policies protecting property for businesses may include several kinds of structures, where personal policies are usually limited to homes. A big difference is a liability because individuals normally have few concerns in that area. Businesses may need to worry about liability for their premises, operations, employees, products, and other related concerns. 

If you have been getting by with personal insurance up to now, or if you just have general questions about your coverage in Catonsville, MD, call HBW Insurance Group today for free advice to see how we can help protect you and your small business better.