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The size of the potential bill is variable, but excesses on car hire insurance policies normally start around £500, and can easily reach £1500. We recently saw a family sized car hired in Naples, Italy (hardly the most crime free city in the world!) with a theft excess of €3299!
A good way of looking at it is that if you are comfortable with a £3000 excess on your car and home insurance policy in the UK you may well be happy with such an excess on your rental car. Do remember though that when you are insuring your own car or home it is you who decides whether or not to claim from your insurer whereas with a hire car it is the rental company who will make the decision as to whether you are liable for damage, and how much the charge for it will be.
If you want a totally relaxing holiday we recommend you think about car hire insurance.
It saves the worry of considering the neighbourhood in which you park the car when you head for the beach, whether that scratch you have just discovered on the door was actually there when you picked up the vehicle, whether the state of the roads will damage either the tyres, wheels or suspension, whether your nervousness when driving on unknown roads on the 'wrong' side of the road will get the better of you, whether the way the locals drive will put you in an early grave etc. etc. etc....
Finally this insurance, available through the MoneyMaxim car hire insurance service is a lot cheaper than that available from car hire firms - which can be up to 10 times more costly. It also saves the hassle at the car rental counter worrying about all the different things they will try and sell you - decide what you want before you go and then you can just them them you are already covered.
This content was last reviewed on 27/10/2014