Thursday 31 October 2013

More Car Hire Excess Insurance Confusion

iCarhireinsurance released a press release yesterday "Car Hire Excess Insurance Confusion" again with typical problems customers find with being confused with car hire and the essential insurances that a renter must takeout.

Back in June 2012 iCarhireinsurance released one entitled "Confusion Over Hire Car Excess Costs Consumers". A year earlier they released one "Confusion over US Car Hire Insurance could cost winter sun seekers to the US dear".

Even to someone who often rents a car the process is "confusing". Yesterday's press release said -

"Only 11% of car hire respondents in a new YouGov survey knew that if their hire car is damaged they could be liable for up to £2000 (e.g. hiring in Faro in October), even if it's not their fault, if they haven't taken out additional excess protection cover.

If a hire car is stolen or damaged in any way the hirer has to pay for the first part of the cost, i.e., up to the excess amount for the repair, unless they take out additional excess protection cover.

The new survey, commissioned by iCarhireinsurance.com, a leading supplier of car hire excess insurance, also revealed that only around one in five people (18%) realised that some excess policies also do not include possible damage to the tyres and windscreen - amongst the most vulnerable parts of a vehicle.

"Excess insurance for car hire is confusing for many travellers," said Ernesto Suarez, CEO and founder of iCarhireinsurance.com. "Our research shows a worrying lack of knowledge. When a small scratch can cost hundreds to fix, it's important to get excess insurance so you're not out of pocket."

Buying excess insurance direct from the car hire company is expensive and the policies offered are generally less comprehensive than buying it in advance from a specialist insurance provider.
iCarhireinsurance.com found that out of three autumn break destinations researched* (i.e., Faro, Tenerife and Nice), Faro was the most expensive place to purchase car hire insurance from the rental desk with a week's excess policy costing up to £199 or £28 a day - this is over nine times the cost of an iCarhireinsurance.com policy at £21 for the week (at £2.99 a day).

Travellers should also be aware that 60% of the rental company excess policies researched do not include damage to the hire car's tyres or windscreen. If additional policies for this cover are available from the rental desk they can add more than £100 to the cost of a week's car hire. 

Many companies do not promote the price of this policy until a customer reaches the rental desk. This level of protection is already included in an iCarhireinsurance.com policy.

*All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total online sample size 2,187 adults, of which 901 have ever hired a car. Fieldwork between 1st May - 2nd May 2013" (Source iCarhireinsurance)

Car hire excess insurance and the reasons to buy it is confusing, however it something people hiring a car have to put up with, but it does make a lt more economic sense to buy it from an independent company like iCarhireinsurance instead of the car rental company. By the way they also offer van hire excess insurance too. Find out more here 

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