Written by Graham Cutbill-White
Flatbed vans, also known as dropside vans or lorries, are a staple of British building sites up and down the country. Their size and versatility mean their ideal for any number of jobs both on site and while transporting goods between locations.
While their popularity may have dipped in recent years, they’re still crucial for loading and transporting a wide range of goods and machinery.
From moving oversized, unusual shaped equipment from site to site, to getting rid of waste materials like scrap metal, there are still many reasons to keep a flatbed van as part of your fleet.
Like other similar vehicles like tipper trucks and pick-up vans, they play a big part in any construction business and if something should happen, it could leave a big hole in your operation.
With flatbed vans often being used to move tools and other valuable equipment they can be targets for thieves plus they can be incredibly expensive to repair or replace if you have an accident.
While you may not be able to be completely top thieves or accidents happening, you can ensure that your vehicle is properly protected by choosing the right insurance policy.
For some dropside van owners, an annual insurance policy may not be the ideal option for cover because of its huge expense and long-term contract.
If you’re borrowing a van for a few days or weeks or just use one occasionally for a specific job, you won’t want to have to pay for a whole year of cover and would need to find an alternative form of insurance.
For those situations and many more, temporary insurance could be the best way for you to save time and money. Even if you only need to use the vehicle for a single day, you still need to make sure you’re legally insured to drive the vehicle.
With temporary insurance, you get the cover you need without having to fork out for unnecessary insurance.
Temporary cover for your flatbed van is similar in many aspects to annual cover except you’re able to choose the policy duration that suits your needs. Currently available from 1-28 days, temporary cover comes with comprehensive cover as standard for complete peace of mind while behind the wheel.
The policy offers cover for business use including commuting to a single place of work as well as driving to multiple sites. This includes transporting your own equipment and materials and generally, any business use is covered under the policy except for hire and reward use such as taxiing people for money.
Further exceptions may apply so be sure to check the policy wording for any specific exclusions otherwise your policy may be invalid and any claims you may make would be unsuccessful.
As the UK’s leading provider of temporary insurance, Tempcover has helped hundreds of thousands of drivers find fast, flexible, and affordable short term cover in the past 10 years.
Unlike other providers, we work with a large panel of insurance companies to offer you the best deal on temporary insurance. You’re able to compare prices and choose the best policy for your situation.
Getting a quote is simple and straightforward as thousands of our customers agree. We currently hold a 5*, 9.1/10 rating on the customer review website Trustpilot, 81% of those leaving feedback have rated our service as excellent and it’s due in no small part to our quick and easy process.
You can get a quote from our panel of insurers in just a couple of minutes, there are no difficult or needless questions, we only ask for the information required to get a quote.
Once you’ve chosen the quote you want, you’re able to customise the policy to suit your needs. You can not only choose the duration of your policy, but you can select the minute you want your policy to begin.
There’s no wasted time with Tempcover, you only pay for the cover you need and whether you want the policy to begin in 5 minutes or in a months’ time, it’s the same simple process.
Once you’ve selected your policy details you can add a range of affordable extras including breakdown and misfuel cover and Alloys, scratch, dent, & tyre cover for that extra peace of mind.
From there you’re just a couple of clicks away from getting your policy. Remember you can pay for your policy using the following payment methods:
Once you’ve purchased your policy, your documents, including your certificate of insurance are emailed to you straight away so there’s no waiting around for cover to begin. You’re free to use the vehicle from the moment the policy begins.
For an all-round quick and easy process to get temporary cover, Tempcover is the ideal choice.
To find out how much you could save with temporary insurance for your flatbed van, get a quick and easy quote now.