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No day is the same when you work in a garage; one moment, you could be test-driving a car to double-check the repairs carried out, and the next, you may perform an MOT test. Due to the varied nature of this role, mechanics face many challenges and risks, which is why the right insurance is essential. Whether you work as a mobile mechanic or own your own garage, we can get you covered.

What insurance do mechanics need?

The main road-risk insurance policies for mechanics and garages are

  • Third-Party Only: Legally, the most basic cover that you should have, which covers you in the event of injury and death caused to a third party and damage to another person’s property.
  • Third-Party, Fire and Theft: This encompasses all of the above, along with cover for damages caused in the event of a fire, or theft of vehicles connected to your business.
  • Comprehensive:  Includes all of the above, including damage to your vehicle in the event of an accident.

For a more tailored cover, there is also: 

  • Combined motor trade insurance: This extensive policy will include comprehensive road risk cover, alongside additional cover to suit your business, from liability to stock cover and more. 

No matter which policy you’re interested in, our team will use their insurance expertise to give you all the guidance you need to make informed decisions about what your business needs. 

Will my mechanic insurance cover young apprentices, and will this affect my premium?

Whether a young apprentice will affect your policy depends on whether they will be a named driver. In any type of insurance, a named driver under 25 with less driving experience will definitely cause your premium to be on the pricier side. For smaller businesses, this can certainly pose a problem as you want to try to save money where you can.

Mechanics and garages with a growing number of employees often opt-in for an ‘open driver’ policy when purchasing motor trade insurance.

This policy will allow another licensed driver to use your vehicle with your consent. However, there may still be age restrictions for an open driver policy that vary depending on your insurer. 

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    Our insurance experts will always find you the lowest price possible on the correct cover. However, if you send proof you’ve found a cheaper like-for-like quote in 48 hours? It’s money-back guaranteed.*

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*Take out an insurance policy with One-Sure Insurance, and if you find a cheaper Insurance quotation within 48 hours, subject to written proof being received that the Insurance quotation is on a like-for-like basis, we will cancel the Insurance policy and issue you with a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

What risks do mechanics face at work?

A mechanic may not be the first profession to come to mind when you think of a dangerous job. However, it is one of the many professions that can expose people to hazards. While you and your staff will be committed to following health and safety guidelines on and off-site, accidents can and do happen. Here are just some of the risks that mechanics face at work:

Fire: Working with so many flammable materials, such as chemicals, oils, and fuel, with hot machinery and engines can pose a fire risk. A potential fire may cause injury to staff and customers on your premises, along with damage caused to your equipment, garage and your customers’ cars and belongings. If the correct cover isn’t in place, these issues could land you in financial hot water.

Road risks: Even if your main time is spent in the garage, you still need to consider road hazards as a mechanic. Whether you’re testing work on a motor or performing an MOT service, you’ll need to find out if any problems with a vehicle in your care persist when driving on the road. What’s more, if you’re a mobile mechanic specialising in breakdowns and roadside recovery, the location of the vehicle you’re recovering may create a hazard on the road for both you and other drivers. Having a road-risk policy will give you peace of mind that if you’re called out, you’re covered in the event of an accident.

Injuries: As a car mechanic, you’re no stranger to working with heavy machinery and equipment. Unfortunately, anything from cuts, burns, bruises and electric shocks can be occupational hazards, whether caused by accident or equipment malfunctioning. Employers and public liability insurance for mechanics and garages will protect your business in case of a claim for compensation for your employees and your business if anyone is injured at work.

Theft: Thieves target garages and auto shops to steal tools, vehicles, and cash stored on-site – which can be a huge financial hit for you and your customers. Even as a result of the attempted break-in, your premises may still be damaged which could hit you financially. We can help you to tailor a motor trade policy to include cover for cash, tools, equipment, and third-party vehicles on-site, alongside building insurance.

I’m looking for liability insurance for mechanics. Will the number of staff affect my premium?

When opting for mechanics liability insurance on your motor trade policy, the number of employees might affect your premium. If your business employs many mechanics and auto shop staff, your quote may be slightly higher than those offered to a smaller business or a self-employed mechanic. The age of your employees will not need to be factored into this type of cover.

Employers’ liability insurance is necessary for any business to protect your livelihood should someone claim compensation after a workplace injury. Legally, the minimum required employer liability cover that you should have must be approximately £5,000,000.

What evidence do mechanics and service garages need to show insurers they are genuine motor traders?

Mechanics and service garages must prove to insurers that they are genuine motor traders.

Any evidence that you are an active business will support your application for motor trader insurance. These could be receipts and invoices from any repair works and services, along with documents proving that you have garage and auto shop premises.

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