Commercially used vehicles, whether cars or vans, play a crucial role in keeping businesses running smoothly by delivering goods, services, and maintaining essential operations. For many professionals, a reliable vehicle is not just a convenience but a necessity. However, unexpected breakdowns pose a significant threat to business profitability by causing unplanned downtime, creating a break in business operations known as vehicle off-road time (VOR).

VOR costs businesses billions collectively each year. The Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) has recently reported (May 2023) a rise in VOR, thanks to parts supply issues and longer lead times for service, maintenance and repair (SMR). Having the right business breakdown cover in place is therefore becoming even more essential to minimise downtime, ensure business continuity and protect profits.

Investing in business continuity

When a van breaks down, it can disrupt schedules, delay deliveries, and impact customer service. In the world of business, time is money. Having the right breakdown cover means that a professional technician will be dispatched promptly to assess and repair the van on the spot, in the majority of cases. This reduces downtime and allows the driver to get back on the road quickly.

Specialised services

Commercial vehicles differ significantly from passenger vehicles, and they often carry unique equipment or cargo. Equally, vans are typically larger and heavier than passenger cars. This can make towing and roadside assistance more complex.  Breakdown cover for commercial vans typically includes specialised services to address these specific needs. Having the right breakdown cover in place will ensure you receive immediate assistance at the roadside tailored to your vehicle's needs.

Peace of mind

Our business breakdown coverage ensures that assistance reaches your cars and vans promptly, ensuring they are back on the road swiftly and with minimal disruption in the event of an emergency. Whether you have a single vehicle or manage an entire fleet, the AA provides award-winning coverage for your cars, vans, trucks, and more, as long as they fall within the 3.5-tonne weight limit. For our existing business customers, our business breakdown cover policy documents give you all the details of what is and isn't included.

Vehicles are the lifelines of the UK's businesses. Ultimately, we know that businesses have enough on their plates without worrying about what to do in case of a breakdown. Having the right breakdown cover in place offers peace of mind, allowing companies to focus on the things they do best - running their business.

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