Sunday 4 March 2012

Insurance4carhire in Daily Telegraph's avoiding extras at car rental desk

"How can I avoid being stung for extras at the car rental desk?" was the question in Gill Charlton's travel question and answer feature in the Daily Telegraph.

She explained that the local car hire company would not receive a very large payment for the car gire from a car hire broker and the car hire company itself will need to make up any shortfall itself with extras. She said that a customer can quite often pay more for "cheap car hire" than going direct to a large company like Avis.

She suggested checking the size of damage excess saying that rental companies will charge between £10 to £15 a day to reduce this to zero and to "buy an annual excess-reduction policy instead from Insurance4carhire.com."

Currently these cost £39.20 (instead of the usual £49.00) when you buy from the link at the insurance4carrental's website. Find out more HERE  

Insurance4carhire's "Daily Excess" policy costs £4.75 a day (around €6.08) which is a lot less than you would pay to the car hire company at the desk or when you book.

It is all very well being armed with your own car hire excess policy. however as mentioned quite often in this blog, Gill Charlton said in her article "Another swindle is to include extra insurances you have verbally declined. Make sure you query anything you are asked to initial as "agreed". 

You could consider actually writing on their form "declined your excess insurance" as so many car hire companies try to make someone sign for this after the customer has verbally declined it.

The weekend break and mini holiday season is now hotting up, so make sure you have bought your car hire excess insurance in advance.


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