Whether you are renting a car for business or pleasure, you are probably wondering “does my auto policy cover a rental vehicle? Or, do I need insurance provided by the rental company?”
Well… It depends. In most cases your current auto coverage can extend to a rental car, however, this is not always the case. In some cases, the coverages offered by a rental company might provide additional coverage, not obtainable through your individual car insurance.
Understanding the insurance options offered by the rental car company, and how they compare to your current policy, is critical to making your decision about rental car insurance.
The coverage offered by car rental companies typically include:
- Liability Coverage– helps protect you in the event that you injure someone or damage property while driving. Usually, if you have liability coverage through your insurance provider, you will not need additional coverage from the rental company.
- Personal Accident Insurance– assists in paying your or your passages medical bills if you are injured in an accident while driving a rental car. But, if you have health insurance, medical payments coverage, or personal injury protection through your auto insurance provider, you should have coverage similar to the protection offered by the rental company.
- Collision or Loss Damage Waiver (CDW or LDW)– This product is not insurance, however, if you damage a rental car, this could help with the repair bill. You should always check with your agent before purchasing CDW or LDW, because if you have collision and comprehensive coverage on your vehicle, it may duplicate your coverage.
- Personal Effects Coverage– offers protection for personal belongings, including electronics, clothing etc. if they are stolen from your rental vehicle. Generally, if you have personal property coverage, such as renters or homeowners’ insurance, your belongings are covered through “off-premises coverage.” Note: Off-premises coverage only covers a percentage of your personal possessions and the deductible on your personal property coverage will apply.
No matter if you are a first time renter or seasoned car renting expert, the best way to know whether or not you need protection for your rental car is to contact your insurance provider to find out what type of coverage you already have.
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