Garage Keepers Insurance
Protects your premises, products, and completed operations against any work you may do on a customer's car which might result in third-party bodily injury or property damage. Within a garage policy, garage-keepers coverage covers the property damage to a client's car while it is in the care of the policyholder. This can include damage during road test drives and while storing the vehicle during non-working hours.
Garage Keepers Insurance 101
Garagekeepers coverage is an optional line offering protection to the garage business for loss to a customer’s auto left in the insured’s care, custody or control. The policy clarifies that by saying, “while the insured is attending, servicing, repairing, parking or storing it in your garage operations.”
All garagekeepers intends to accomplish is to buy back the coverage lost in the care, custody or control exclusion under the liability portion of the garage form.
Garagekeepers coverage offers three options:
1. Legal Liability.
This is the most common. The protection applies to a customer’s vehicle damaged due to the insured’s negligence – such as the mechanic wrecked the customer’s car while test driving it or the customer’s vehicle was left unlocked and unattended after hours.
2. Direct Primary.
This form covers the customer’s vehicles regardless of liability. In a loss caused by no action of the insured such as a weather loss, or a theft although the vehicle was adequately protected, the direct primary garagekeepers pays.
3. Direct Excess.
This is the rarest option, although it’s the best. The form affords protection to an insured for the loss to a customer’s vehicle regardless of liability, just as direct primary does. The difference is in the event of the insured having no liability, the form will only pay in excess of any other collectible insurance.