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Shop Liability Explains the Difference Between Product Warranties and Guarantees

An express warranty is a statement by the seller relating to the goods, which statement is a part of the basis of the bargain. This means that the buyer has bought the goods on the reasonable assumption that they were stated by the seller. Thus, a statement by the seller with respect to the quality, capacity, or another aspect of the items is an express warranty. 

A product warranty is a guarantee a manufacturer of the product gives to the customer regarding the quality of their product and what compensation will be provided if the product does not act as advertised.

Express warranties vs Implied warranties

Express warranties are statements made either in a written or verbal form that guarantee a specific level of quality or functionality for a specified period. Such warranties may not occur as traditional warranties at all, but rather more like advertising claims.

An implied warranty is a basic warranty that comes with almost all customer products and is the basic knowledge that a product will work as advertised.

A guarantee is an assurance or promise from the seller or manufacturer that the product will work as described or fit particular quality standards. If it does not, the manufacturer will replace or fix it. Guarantees are of no cost to the buyer and can be provided for both services and products.

Product liability

Product liability refers to the liability of any or all parties along the chain of manufacture of any item for damage caused by that product. Product liability suits may be purchased by the consumer or someone to whom the product was loaned while products are usually thought of as tangible personal products.

Business shop insurance

It is a type of insurance you can take out if you are running a business through a shop. It generally offers policies suited to businesses with client-facing premises, covering things like stock, contents, and buildings, as well as products, public, and employer liability.

Do you need insurance for your shop?

The only business insurance policy that business owners are legally needed to have is employer’s liability insurance and that is only when you employ other people. Other policies are not necessary but they can provide financial coverage for a large range of issues and situations that could otherwise be costly.

Your shop is your livelihood, so it makes a lot of sense to make sure you have the right cover in place to protect you against anything else that might affect your business. You may also have stock on the premises which requires protection against damage and theft. You should also consider what cover is needed to protect you if members of the public injured themselves in your shop. Public liability insurance is one of the most important forms of protection for shops. With many people coming and going from the high street, public liability insurance can cover you if someone is injured while they are on your property.

You must also think about what would happen if you had to close the shop for a specific time for some reason. What would be the essence of a few days or weeks without running your shop? It will also help you to claim for loss of income if you have to close your shop forcefully. 

What is covered by shop insurance?

There can be many things that you may want to protect your shop against. With each type of risk, there is a right form of cover. When taking out shop insurance, here are a few examples of coverage you can include:

Public liability insurance

If a person is injured at your shop or their property is damaged, you can claim on your insurance to cover any compensation due to them or any legal costs if you have to appear in court. With members of the public in your shop every day, this is especially necessary.

Employer’s liability insurance

If you employ any staff, that is not directed to family members, you are legally needed to have this insurance coverage. It covers you if your employees are injured or become ill while working for you.

Business interruption insurance

This insurance protects your business if you are not able to trade for a while, for example, due to a fire or a flood. Building and contents insurance will cover the fittings, fixtures, and stock, but business interruption cover will help protect you against lost sales and costs incurred while you get things up and running again.

Building insurance

If you own the building where your shop is, you should have buildings insurance because it generally covers the cost of repairs to a building’s structure or even full rebuilding if required.

Contents insurance

This covers furnishings, computers, shelving, till systems, and other business tool you may have on the premises.

Stock insurance

It is important to cover this to insure you against damage or theft.

Personal accident cover

If you were injured in an accident and have to close your shop forcefully, personal accident cover could repay you for the loss of earnings.

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