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Discover the real costs of car rental excess

The site shows the Excess amounts charged by the major car rental companies, as well as the daily rates they charge to reduce the Excess.

The information was originally compiled during April 2007 by Insurance4carhire staff calling each car rental company's airport location at the international airport in the capital city of each country – more than 180 locations in total - and the costs are based on the daily cost of excess for a compact size car.

The survey was conducted in more than 30 countries across Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, USA and Canada. The car rental companies surveyed are: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and National

It clearly and simply shows the consumer:

What their exposure is to Excess on their rental – information that is often hidden and very difficult to get even when you call the car rental location

  • What it will cost them to take the car rental company’s own Excess cover
  • What the car rental company’s own cover excludes – generally damage to windows, tyres, the undercarriage and the roof.
  • Compares the car rental company’s charges to insurance4carhire’s prices, based on our Daily Policy, and illustrates the saving.

When you hire a car, your car rental agreement includes cover for Collision Damage Waiver (damage to the rental vehicle) and Theft

There is almost always an Excess on the Collision Damage Waiver and Theft.

Excess is also known as, non-waiver, the deductible or super CDW. Excess is a voluntary insurance and is sold by car rental companies at the counter when the customer collects the car. It is usually charged on a Daily basis. The customer has the right to accept or decline the car rental companies Excess. If they do decline, they will be responsible for the excess charges if they have any damage to the vehicle.

The cost of the Excess will vary according to:

  • The rental company
  • Size of the rental vehicle
  • The country in which the car is picked-up

Follow this link to visit the site is a tradining name of Towergate Underwriting Group Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority , Register Number 313250. The company is registered in England and Wales, Company No. 4043759. The Registered Address is: Towergate House, 2 County Gate, Staceys Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1ST.

Details in the above might not be current



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