3 Common Food Truck Insurance Myths

Your food truck is the backbone that keeps your mobile business running. When it comes to insuring your mobile bistro, it can be difficult to distinguish insurance facts from myths and buying insurance without knowing the facts can cost you big bucks in damages or downtime. We have compiled a number of some common food truck insurance myths and facts. Use them to make sure you have the right insurance coverage for your food truck.

3 Food Truck Insurance Myths

Myth: Downtime following an accident is annoying, but won’t significantly affect your bottom line.

Fact: If your truck is out of commission for 30 days, your business could only have a 50 percent chance of survival. Make sure that your insurance company will provide a rental vehicle or downtime payments to help you get back on the road quickly following a claim.

Myth: It is cheaper to cancel your insurance for stored vehicles if you have a seasonal business.

Fact: Not necessarily. If you cancel your insurance policy, your stored vehicles won’t be protected. A comprehensive-only policy provides coverage for businesses that don’t need liability coverage during certain months, but want basic protection against incidents like vandalism, fire, theft, and acts of God. This is ideal for food truck owners that shut down operations during their off-season.

Plus, a comprehensive-only policy provides continuous insurance. If you drop your insurance completely, you may pay significantly more to get a new policy when your peak season rolls around because most insurance companies want to see proof of continuous coverage prior to offering their best rate.

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Myth: All insurance companies offer 24/7 service.

Fact: Many insurance companies are only available during their regular office hours. This can make these issues difficult to complete when you need them.

  • Filing a claim.
  • Obtaining a Certificate of Insurance.
  • Paying bills.

Before you purchase a policy for your food truck make sure an insurance company will be available when you need them.

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Wonder if one of your perceptions about truck insurance is myth or fact? Talk to a local food truck insurance agent. They should be able to answer those questions and help you determine which coverage(s) are right for your business.

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2016-12-14T09:03:11+00:00 By |Features, Insurance|

About the Author:

Richard is an architect by degree (Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan) who began his career in real estate development and architectural planning. In September of 2010 he created Mobile Cuisine Magazine to fill an information void he found when he began researching how to start a mobile hotdog cart in Chicago. Richard found that there was no central repository of mobile street food information anywhere on the internet, and with that, the idea for MCM was born.

3 Comments

  1. Larry Wettlaufer Feb 3, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Pretty simple and basic for someone very familiar with insurance so I will agree with you on your major points, especially "make sure an insurance company will be available when you need them" since both the agent/broker and the company are important to consider. The agent/broker may have a website that permits access during closed-hours and that could be a significant advantage but my emphasis will also be on the AM Best/Standard & Poor's rating of the company insuring you since the capacity/ability is part of my definition of being "available".

    I can be reached by e-mail to discuss further – larryewinsurance@gmail.com

  2. mark Apr 12, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I agree, any time your truck is down, maintenance, repairs, accident affects your business. It is lost revenue , and affects your day to day profit.

  3. Jose M Pila Apr 24, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    A great insurance policy backed up by an even better insurance company can make a difference. However, having a knowledgeable insurance agency that will answer and explain every question and insurance coverage you have, will make it a partnership experience. You have to feel that your insurance agency cares a lot more than just your policy, but also your business.

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