Know what you need
Try to know the type and amount of coverage you need before contacting an insurance agent. It’ll take time for you to research your needs, but in the long run, doing so is your best chance of getting the right amount of coverage at a price that’s fair. Do you need insurance to cover you, your drivers, or both? Do you need workmen’s compensation? Are you looking for insurance to cover collision, fire, theft, CDC? Do you need full liability? Are you looking for bobtail liability? Do you want to insure your cargo? Do you need fuel bonds? Once you decide the type of insurance you need for your semi truck and trailer, you’ve also got to determine coverage limits.
Get multiple quotes
Getting multiple quotations for semi truck and trailer insurance is always a good idea. And if you’ve followed the above advice, shopping around for insurance quotations will be much easier. One way to comparison shop is to go online. Locating businesses that offer this type of insurance is simple and getting a quotation usually is fast. In most cases, all you have to do is fill out an online form and submit it. In no time you’ll have the pricing information you need.
Compare your quotes
Once you start getting quotations, be sure to review the coverage closely. When one quote is lower than another, it’s important to make sure you’re being quoted for comparable coverage. This is especially important when one quote is substantially lower than others. Some companies bundle their coverage while others offer a basic package and then offer additional coverage options as riders. A rider is generally offered at an additional cost. Also, find out if the company offers discounts for paying insurance premiums annually rather than monthly.
Research the insurance company
Just as with any major purchase, you want to find out as much as you can about the insurance company before purchasing a policy. Start by checking with the various rating services and regulatory agencies to see what you can find out. Also, find out what you can about the company’s claims processing policy. First and foremost, you want to work with an insurance company that is financially able to pay out claims, and you also want a company that processes claims in a timely manner.