Commercial Auto Insurance Prince Edward Island

Commercial Auto Insurance Prince Edward Island (PEI)

If you rely on a vehicle to do your job or serve your business’s customers, protect your wheels with a customized commercial auto insurance policy.

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Commercial Auto Insurance Coverage PEI

Driving is one of the most dangerous things most people do. 

Everytime you get behind the wheel, you face the risk of getting into an accident and possibly injuring another person or damaging someone else’s property.

For a small business in Charlottetown with up to four vehicles, a self-employed contractor in Summerside driving a utility van, or an employee of a company in Cornwall using their own car for business purposes, a personal car insurance policy is not designed to cover the cost of damage and loss if you get into a collision.

Your wheels are critical assets that need to be protected with a customized commercial auto insurance policy (for one vehicle) or commercial fleet insurance policy (for five or more vehicles).

Get the financial protection you need to cover your business vehicle from a Canadian small business insurance brokerage you can trust.

Frequently Asked Questions About Commercial Auto Insurance

What is commercial auto insurance?

Also called business car or auto insurance, commercial auto insurance covers the cost of your company’s vehicle or any vehicle used for business purposes from damage and loss, including cars, pickup trucks, vans, and trailers. It also includes coverage for driver injuries.

What does a commercial auto policy cover?

A standard or basic commercial auto insurance policy consists of four mandatory coverages. They are:


  • Third-Party Liability

Third-party liability coverage covers you if you injure another driver or damage their property with your vehicle. The minimum mandatory coverage limit is $200,000 for any one accident, but choosing a higher coverage amount is recommended.


  • Direct Compensation-Property Damage

Protection for damages to and loss of use of your vehicle and its contents if another motorist is at fault for an accident or collision that you collect directly from your insurance provider.


  • Accident Benefits

Accident benefits cover you and your passengers’ medical and rehabilitation bills if injured in an accident. It also includes funeral expenses, loss of income benefits, and death benefits if you or your driver are killed in an accident.


  • Uninsured Auto

If you’re injured and your vehicle is damaged by an uninsured motorist or because of a hit-and-run accident, this coverage pays for damages to your vehicle and covers the cost of your physical injuries.


Optional coverages:


  • Collision or upset

Collision coverage pays for damages to your vehicle when you are at fault for an accident with another vehicle or if you hit a stationary object.


  • Comprehensive

Covers the cost of a broad range of damage and loss to your vehicle, including theft, vandalism, fire, hail and severe weather, and flying or falling objects.


  • All perils

All perils insurance is a combination of collision and comprehensive coverages.


  • Employers’ Hired and Non-Owned Auto Liability

Coverage for vehicles your business does not own but rents or leases or vehicles owned by your employees used for business purposes.


If your business regularly stores customer vehicles, you may require a garage liability insurance policy.

How much does commercial auto insurance cost?

What your commercial auto policy costs depends on a variety of factors insurance providers consider, including:

  • The make, model, and year of the vehicle you drive
  • The location of your business
  • Your driving record and years of experience as a motorist
  • The number of kilometres the vehicle travels annually 
  • Where the vehicle is regularly parked or stored
  • What the vehicle is used for (transporting goods, people, or both)
  • Your business’s auto insurance claims history
  • What your policy’s coverages are, their limits, and the deductibles
What’s the difference between commercial auto and fleet insurance?

Commercial auto insurance is designed to protect one vehicle. A commercial fleet insurance policy covers five or more vehicles. Both types of coverage apply to vehicles owned by businesses or self-employed contractors.

Coverage Requirements in PEI

According to P.E.I.’s Highway Traffic Act, among the requirements business owners of commercial vehicles operating in the province must uphold include:

  • All business vehicles and trailers must be registered in the province and undergo an annual safety inspection.
  • All business vehicles must have a valid commercial auto insurance policy containing the mandatory coverages and limits set by the province.
  • Your business’s commercial vehicle must have a valid motor vehicle permit and licence plates

Commercial Auto Claims Examples

motor vehicle accident

Problem: While stopped at a busy intersection in downtown Stratford, another motorist accidentally rear-ends your pickup truck, damaging the bumper and tail lights.

Outcome: Your commercial auto insurance policy’s direct compensation-property damage coverage may pay for the repairs to your pickup.

food truck vehicle

Problem: You park your fish and chips shop’s SUV outside your restaurant in North Rustico. Overnight, the vehicle was vandalized with graffiti.

Outcome: Your commercial auto insurance policy’s optional comprehensive insurance may pay to repair the damages to your SUV.

commercial vehicle accident

Problem: An employee of a farming equipment supplier in Montague fails to yield the right-of-way to another driver at an intersection and crashes into them, damaging the other driver’s car and injuring them. Your employee is deemed to be at fault for the collision.

Outcome: Your commercial auto policy’s third-party liability coverage may cover the cost of the injured driver’s medical and rehabilitation expenses, and your optional collision or upset coverage may pay to repair their vehicle.

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