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Friday, 26 June 2009

Questions and Answers from insurance4carhire

Going travelling soon and hiring a car for your holidays?

I found a set of interesting questions and answers from those insurance4carhire.com people.

CDW insurance for Asia:
Q) Do you cover CDW (collision damage waiver) in Asia?

A) Yes we cover CDW for Asia with either our daily CDW insurance policy, which is £5.99 a day or our annual policies starting at £109


Car hire excess insurance for the Canary Islands
Q) Does your Europe policy cover the excess for my car hire in the Canary Islands?

A) Yes, the Europe 31 policy covers the excess on car hire in the Canary Islands.

Car hire excess charges in North America
Q) Is an excess on car hire charged in North America?

A) Excess on car hire is generally not charged in North America, however there are some companies that charge for damage to the windows, tyres, undercarriage and roof. If this is the case then our excess policies will cover you for these items

Car hire excess insurance South America
Q) Does your Worldwide 31 car hire excess policy cover car hire in South America?

A) If you car hire comes with insurance, the Worldwide 31 policy will cover the excess that you may be liable for should you damage the vehicle or if its stolen whilst in your possession.

Car hire excess insurance for the Far East
Q) I live in the Far East, am I still able to purchase one of your car hire excess insurance policies?

A) Yes, our car hire excess insurance policies are available for customers worldwide.

Car hire excess insurance Australia
Q) How much does an annual car hire excess insurance policy cost that will cover Australia?

A) Our Worldwide 31 car hire excess insurance policy will cover you for Australia and costs £65 for one year’s cover. You can use the policy as often as you wish within the 12 month period as long as no one rental exceeds 31 continuous days.

Car hire excess for Northern Cyprus
Q) I am an existing customer about to renew my cover. We are going to Northern Cyprus this year. Does “Europe Insurance” cover this area?

A) Both Northern & Southern Cyprus are covered by our Annual Excess Europe policy

Arriving at the car rental desk
Q) Hello - before I buy a policy, please would you advise me if Avis in Ibiza will find it acceptable? I am mindful of arriving on a very late flight with a tired family in tow, and trying to explain this policy to a Sales Agent!

A) We bypass the car rental companies completely. We do not insure their vehicle - we insure you the Policy Holder. This means that you can use our policy with all rental companies. When you get to the car rental counter, you decline the car rental company’s Excess. This is a reimbursement insurance. If you have any damage to the vehicle, the car rental company will charge your credit card and you then claim for reimbursement. When you decline the car rental company’s Excess at the counter, they will respond in one of the following ways: they may simply swipe your card (which they will do anyhow), they may block the amount of the Excess on your card or, more rarely, they may actually withdraw the amount of the Excess from your card and release it when you return the vehicle. At any rate, if you have any damage to the vehicle, they will all charge your card and then on your return home you claim for the full amount back from us.

Difference between Worldwide cover and USA/Canada cover

Q) I’m a little confused about the difference between worldwide cover and USA/Canada. Do I have any level of protection in USA/Canada if I opt for the worldwide cover?

A) When you hire a car directly when in the USA, you have the choice of taking a rental that is either fully inclusive, or fully exclusive, of car rental insurance. If you hire a car on an exclusive basis, no car rental insurance is included in the car rental price. In those circumstances, it is necessary to purchase Collision Damage Waiver/Loss Damage Waiver (CDW/LDW) and Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI). CDW/LDW covers damage, loss of use and theft of the rental vehicle, and SLI covers third party liability. These insurances are sold at the car rental counter and cost between US$20 and US$30 per day.

Our USA & Canada policy covers:

Supplemental Liability Insurance (Third Party) up to US$ 1 million
Collision Damage Waiver/Loss Damage Waiver (CDW/LDW) - covering damage, theft and loss of use of the rental vehicle - up to US $80,000
Uninsured Motorist up to US$ 100,000
Under-insured Motorist up to US$ 100,000
Hit & Run Motorist up to US$100,000
Car rental excess if excess is charged (it is generally not charged in the USA)
Damage to windows, roof, tyres & wheels and the undercarriage.
Our Annual Excess Worldwide policy covers you for the Excess which is not usually charged in USA.

Insurance cover for fly drive and package holidays

Q) Hi, I have a package holiday with Thomas Cook to Florida (Sanford Airport), I just found out the included car hire with Dollar only covers SLI or third party. Thomas Cook said I can upgrade for extra but I think its too expensive. Can I use this insurance to cover for the two weeks? Am I allowed to do that? I mean will Dollar still give me the car if I have insurance with some other company?? Also there will be 2 drivers both over 25.

A) If you require our insurance for the USA you will need to hire a car that has no insurance included and our policy will fully cover you.

I set out below the cover and how the policy works:
When you hire a car in the USA, you have the choice of taking a rental that is either fully inclusive, or fully exclusive, of car rental insurance. If you hire a car on an exclusive basis, no car rental insurance is included in the car rental price. In those circumstances, it is necessary to purchase Collision Damage Waiver/Loss Damage Waiver (CDW/LDW) and Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI). CDW/LDW covers damage, loss of use and theft of the rental vehicle, and SLI covers third party liability. These insurances are sold at the car rental counter and cost between US$20 and US$30 per day.
Our USA & Canada policy covers:
• Supplemental Liability Insurance (Third Party) up to US$ 1 million
• Collision Damage Waiver/Loss Damage Waiver (CDW/LDW) - covering damage, theft and loss of use of the rental vehicle - up to US $80,000
• Uninsured Motorist up to US$ 100,000
• Under-insured Motorist up to US$ 100,000
• Hit & Run Motorist up to US$100,000
• Excess if excess is charged (it is generally not charged in the USA)
• Damage to windows, roof, tyres & wheels and the undercarriage.
If you have taken a rental that is exclusive of car rental insurance, then our Policy will fully cover you for your car rental insurance requirements

Fly Drive programmes are generally structured so that the car rental company makes very little money on the rental, and looks to make its profit from add-ons such as insurance. For that reason, companies which participate in Fly Drive programmes do not always readily accept this insurance.

If you are doing a Fly Drive programme, it would be sensible to contact the car rental company, tell them you can provide your own insurance, and confirm that they will accept it.

Interesting facts there. If you are looking for car hire excess insurance take a look at insurance4carrental.com

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car hire excess insurance policy will cover you for Australia and costs £65 for one year’s cover. You can use the policy as often as you wish within the 12 month period as long as no one rental exceeds 31 continuous days.
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