Monday 12 January 2009
It can be costly if you loose those car hire car keys
The picture on the left is taken from a key fob on a French car rental vehicle. The warning stating a two hundred euro cost is printed in French and English.
If you happen to loose those keys it can be rather expensive as unlike with your own car you can have several sets, with the rental car you only get the one. In many cases the duplicate keys are not held by the local car hire depot, particularly as cars are often picked up at one location and are dropped off at another location in a different part of the country.
One way of safeguarding this situation is to take out a car hire excess insurance policy. Companies like insurance4carhire.com and Questor Insurance services incorporate CAR RENTAL KEY COVER into policies for costs incurred up to a maximum of £500 (or equivalent in local currency), for each and every claim, subject to a maximum of in any one year, for replacing a lost or stolen rental car key, including replacement locks and locksmith charges. You should naturally contact the appropriate company for their terms and conditions.
You might have rented a car hundreds of times, however it is easy to loose those car keys and that could be an expensive loss.
Posted by Philip Suter at 08:14