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What is courier van insurance?

Courier insurance, also known as haulage, exists to protect you as a courier, as well as your van and its cargo.

Couriers often transport valuable goods for their clients, so spend a lot more time on the road compared to the average driver. This means they’re exposed to more risks, which standard insurance policies may not cover.

Courier insurance is designed to cover the unique risks that couriers face, including:

  • High daily mileage
  • Multiple delivery stops
  • Varied contents and value of cargo

This kind of policy could cover you if your cargo is lost, stolen or damaged in transit.

Need car courier insurance instead? Look for 'commercial travelling' when getting a car insurance quote.

Do I need courier insurance?

You’ll need courier van insurance if you deliver goods and packages in your van to customers for a living.

Courier van insurance is usually better suited to drivers who use their van for hire and reward – where you transport other people’s goods in exchange for money. This could be food, building materials, your work tools or parcels.

With your van and goods at risk from loss, damage or theft, it makes sense that you’ll want to get the best cover in place to protect you and your business.

If you use your van for haulage, you have two options - either choose a policy that covers for haulage or go for a goods in transit policy. The two policies are similar, but each one covers slightly different business uses. So it’s wise to look at the differences.

What level of courier van insurance should I get?

There are 3 levels of cover to choose from for your courier van insurance. Comprehensive cover gives you to most protection but it isn’t necessarily the most expensive.

  • Third-party only is the lowest level of cover. With it you’re insured against any damage you might cause to someone else or their property, including your passengers. It doesn’t include damage to your own van.
  • Third-party, fire and theft is the same as third-party but also covers your van for repairs or a replacement if it’s stolen or damaged by fire.
  • Comprehensive gives you the most protection, covering you and your van as well as other people and their property. Although comprehensive offers the most protection, it doesn’t mean it’s the most expensive.

What does courier van insurance cover?

Depending on the type of policy, you could find cover for:

  • Your cargo or ‘goods in transit’
  • Damage to your van and other vehicles
  • Public liability
  • Employer’s liability

Courier insurance can be tailored with add-ons to give you the full cover you need. This includes things like legal cover, breakdown or windscreen cover.

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How can I get cheaper courier van insurance?

There are several things you can do that could save yourself some money on courier van insurance:

  • Consider a black box policy
  • Improve your van’s security
  • Use a dashcam while you drive
  • Increase your voluntary excess
  • Don’t auto-renew

Consider a black box policy for your van, it uses a telematics device to monitor your driving. If you prove to be a good driver your insurer might offer discounts on your premium. Some black box policies also include vehicle tracking, which could be useful if your van gets stolen.

Improving your van’s security could help you get a cheaper premium by making your van and the goods you carry less prone to theft.

Use a dashcam while you drive. If there’s an incident it’s easier to find which driver was at fault. Some insurers offer savings for this extra transparency.

Increasing your voluntary excess could bring down your insurance premium but you’re likely to pay more upfront if you need to make a claim.

Don’t auto-renew. Unfortunately, insurers don’t always reward loyalty with cheaper prices. To make sure you’re getting the best deal on courier van insurance, compare quotes before your renewal is due.

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Is hire and reward cover included in courier insurance?

Yes, hire and reward insurance falls under courier van insurance. Hire and reward insurance protects the goods you’re delivering for other people.

If you’re a courier, part of a removal company, deliver furniture, or anyone who carries something on behalf of someone else for a fee, this insurance is essential. It covers the goods if they’re damaged or stolen. By having this type of insurance, you can be assured that if the worst did happen, you wouldn’t lose thousands of pounds.

When you get a quote we’ll ask you what you use the van for. If you need hire and reward cover included, select ‘Haulage use – delivering goods for hire and reward’.

We’ll also ask you on average how many deliveries you make each day.

What our van insurance expert says

Before you get a quote, be really clear about the cover you need, especially with things like your annual mileage. If you’re unsure about anything, check with your insurer. It might be something about how you use your van, or which extra policy features you might need. Whatever it is, they’ll be able to help you with it.
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Daniel McCulloch

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Why compare courier van insurance?

As a courier you might need additional features like breakdown cover, EU cover or a courtesy van.

Rather than spending time visiting each insurer separately, compare courier van insurance quotes with us. We’ll show you quotes from a range of insurers so you can find the right cover at the right price.

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