Tuesday 13 May 2014

Couple want to rent a car for holiday in Canada are afraid of being ripped off

The Irish Independent on Sunday's had a question and answer session with Dermott Jewell who is policy adviser with the Consumers' Association of Ireland (www.thecai.ie).

The headline was "I want to rent a car but I'm afraid of being ripped off" - A couple from Clodagh, Monkstown, Co Dublin, Ireland will be heading to the Canadian Rockies for their holidays this summer. Rather than go as part of an organised coach tour, they have decided to rent a car. This is the first time they  have hired a car and they wanted to know how should  they go about it to prevent being ripped off?

Dermot said: "Before committing to any company, use a few of the car hire comparison websites to get a feel for the market. Check that the currency quote is in euro. Word-of-mouth recommendations can also be invaluable"

The question of car hire excess waiver insurance was also included. He said "Be wary of insurance add-ons. Many car hire companies include the cost of Collision Damage Waiver insurance in the car hire quote. This insurance limits your liability for certain damage to the car while you're renting it"

He also advised -  1) "Take a walk around the car – with the agent – to identify any dents, scrapes or damage when you first collect the car. And do this again when you return it.

2) When you pick up your car, ask if there are any extras which you will be charged for – before driving off.

3) Finally, remember to pack a hard copy of your booking details and the original of all driving licences required before you set off for your trip."

No car hire companies were quoted in the article or car hire excess waiver insurance companies. 

Most of the insurance companies providing excess waiver insurance for Canada and the USA advertising on the insurance4carrental.com site can be found via this link

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