The best time to make the decision about whether you will need extra rental car insurance is before you’re standing at the car rental counter. Read on to learn about car rental insurance considerations and what you need to know to make sure that you’re covered.
What the Rental Car Company Offers
It’s not uncommon for rental car brokerages to offer you the opportunity to purchase additional auto coverages, but do you need them?
- Collision damage waiver (CDW), or loss damage waiver (LDW), relieves you of financial responsibility if your rental car is damaged or stolen. If you have comprehensive and collision on your own car, you most likely do not need to purchase CDW from the rental car brokerage.
- Additionally, your credit card company may include some collision and theft protection if the rental car is paid for with your card. This includes coverage for “loss of use,” which refers to the amount of money a rental car company can stand to lose while a car is being repaired. If your credit card doesn’t offer coverage for loss of use, you may want to consider purchasing CDW from the rental brokerage.
- Liability insurance provides excess liability coverage of up to $1 million for the time you rent a car. If you have adequate liability coverage on your car or an umbrella policy on your home/auto, you may consider forgoing this additional insurance. It is advised that consumers contact their credit card company and car insurance company prior to renting a car. If you are a frequent renter, consider having renters insurance added to your policy.
Auto policy options
If you don’t have comprehensive and collision coverage on your own car, you will not be covered if your rental car is stolen or if it is damaged in an accident. If you plan to rent a vehicle frequently, your best bargain is to purchase a non-owner auto liability insurance policy from us.
A non-owned auto liability insurance policy covers you for damage that you may cause to someone else’s car and liability for injuries to its occupants, or to pedestrian, in the event of an accident. The policy will also provide medical payments coverage for you and your passengers, and under-insured and uninsured coverage. This pays for the cost of an accident involving a hit-and-run driver or a driver who has little or no insurance.
However, non-owned auto liability insurance does not provide collision coverage. Collision coverage pays for damage to the car you’re driving if you crash into another car or object, or the car rolls over.
If you drive an older vehicle, but plan to rent a luxury vehicle, it’s important to make sure that your policy will cover the complete cost of the replacement value of the vehicle you are renting.
In addition to a non-owned auto insurance policy, an umbrella liability policy is also an option to meet the underlying auto insurance policy requirements when renting a vehicle.
One more thing to note…if you are renting a vehicle that is not classified as passenger car (such as a moving truck, 15-passenger van, etc.), you must purchase a separate policy from the rental company to be covered in that vehicle.
Renting an auto outside Canada?
In general, your Canadian auto insurance does not cover you abroad. However, your policy may apply when you drive to countries neighbouring Canada. Check with our brokerage to see if your policy covers you in the United States.
Car rental brokerages overseas usually provide auto insurance, but in some countries, the required coverage is minimal. When renting a car overseas, consider purchasing insurance coverage that is at least equivalent to that which you carry at home.
Also, if you are renting a car abroad, you may need an international driver’s licence.
Need advice on what to do or what your policy covers? Call Moller Insurance today at (905) 642-2745 and we will be happy to assist you!
Moller Insurance Ltd.
1-64 Sandiford Drive
Stouffville, ON L4A 7X5
Tel: (905) 642-2745