Car Rental Insurance from the bloglove car

Published on January 2, 2018 by

Michael
Categories: Industry News

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Car Rental Insurance
Car Rental Insurance from the  bloglove car

One of the pervasive fears among our team has been another party damaging one of our rental cars. We're conscientious drivers, tend to park remotely, and even have off-street parking available in most places we drive. That's all because we know one hard truth about rental cars -- when a renter signs a contract to give a company a few dollars to borrow a very expensive asset, the renter is responsible for returning the vehicle in effectively the exact same condition. The rental car company doesn't care about the source of any damage. So just what happens if someone else damages our car during a rental?

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Published on October 17, 2017 by

Michael
Categories: Car Rental Tips

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Car Rental Insurance
Car Rental Insurance from the  bloglove car

We speak about many of the considerations of insurance in our Primer on Rental Car Insurance. Yet many renters who don't read insurance policies and terms every day forget that personal automobile policies are a common part of the rental car coverage equation. Most renters know that many credit cards provide secondary damage protection if there's an incident with the rental car; when a credit card provides secondary coverage, the driver's own policy is the primary. And those damage waivers only cover the rental car - cause an accident and harm other individuals and property, and the potential liability is huge. And many renters would be surprised to learn liability coverage isn't included on rentals in California, which makes personal insurance policies even more important.

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Published on September 23, 2017 by

Jonathan
Categories: Car Rental Tips

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Car Rental Insurance
Car Rental Insurance from the  bloglove car

Despite being car enthusiasts and avid road trippers, we at AutoSlash are most definitely not always fans of the rental car industry. It's replete with shady business practices, overly aggressive salespeople, and a lack of transparency (although some—National—are a little higher up on the scale than others—Payless), and we have no problem calling out problems when we find them.

Between that and our relentless pursuit of helping people get the lowest possible rate on their rental car, you can believe that we aren't exactly best friends with the rental companies.

But we're also fair, and when a company steps up and does the right thing, we want to give credit where credit is due. This time, it's a personal experience.

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Published on September 3, 2017 by

Jonathan
Categories: Fee Detective

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Car Rental Insurance
Car Rental Insurance from the  bloglove car

Ah, the good ol' days, and by that we mean last week, when the most you could be charged in the state of Illinois for collision damage waiver (CDW) on your rental car was $13.50 per day (plus taxes and fees, of course). Apparently, this was not sufficient in the eyes of the car rental industry to cover their costs, or, rather, meet their profit margin targets, because the rental industry lobbied the governor to amend the Renter's Financial Responsibility and Protection Act to remove the previous cap.

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Published on July 16, 2017 by

Michael
Categories: Car Rental Insurance
Car Rental Insurance from the  bloglove car

In our Primer on Rental Car Insurance, we speak extensively of the insurance options to protect the rental car itself as well as liability if a rental car user causes damage to property or injury to persons. We hope every driver thinks of these coverages before starting a rental but there's still potentially a gap. Insurance that covers the vehicle helps protect the vehicle; insurance that helps with liability protects an individual from damage to the person (or property) of others. Neither of those policies covers the renter's personal property. Leave a laptop (or human remains) on the back seat of the car and that potential theft is not covered. 

Are the rental companies willing to help? Well, the rental car companies are willing to sell high-cost coverage with limited benefits through an insurance product called Personal Effects Coverage

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