MoneyMaxim is the UK's leading site for comparing all forms of car hire insurance. We can help you find a great range of the best car hire excess insurance policies on the market.
If you are renting a car where basic insurance is included, a car hire excess policy will cover you for the 'excess' - the amount you are liable for before your rental company's insurance starts paying up. It's invaluable protection as 'excesses' tend to be from £500 to £3000 - and your rental company will charge up to 10 times the price of the policies we sell to provide similar cover. All our policies will also cover you should you have to claim for the tyres, wheels, underbody or roof, and most policies will cover glass. These are all areas excluded from standard car rental insurance policies.
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If you are hiring a car in a part of the world where the rental company doesn't provide any cover for your hire vehicle, you can avoid the high rates hire firms charge for Collision Damage Waivers (CDW) by buying an independent policy. Run a quotation through our service and you will find a range of policies that will not only provide you with better cover (as damage to your tyres, wheels, roof, underbody and windscreens will all be covered), but save you a fortune as well.
Common areas where CDW policies may be required are the USA, Canada and the Caribbean, but policies may also be needed in South America, Africa and parts of the Middle East.
Supplementary Liability Insurance (SLI) tops up third party insurance provided by your rental company to US$1m, meaning you can be reassured that you have sufficient insurance to cover you if you are involved in an 'at fault' accident. You should always ensure though that basic local third party insurance is included in your rental package even if this is at a low level. Some policies can also provide primary SLI cover but at a lower limit - usually US$250,000.
Whilst in Western Europe you would normally expect to get this sort of level of cover automatically, when you hire a car in the areas listed above it can be a very different matter. In some states in the US, and islands in the Caribbean you can find your cover limited to a few thousand pounds, which could put you in a position of severe financial risk if you had a serious accident.
Van Hire Excess Insurance protects you from being charged an excess should the van you are renting sustain damage whilst in your care. Don't leave yourself exposed to a bill of up to £1500 - buy van hire excess insurance for just a few pounds a day and protect yourself. All policies sold through our service include cover for damage to tyres, roof, underbody, and wheels, which are normally excluded from any policies sold by rental firms directly. Most policies will also cover the glass and mirrors too.
This is a very popular product for anyone hiring a motorhome, campervan or RV. Policies are available for rentals anywhere in the world and cover the excess on your rented vehicle. As these can be huge - up to £5000 in some instances - excess insurance is considered by many to be an essential purchase when renting a motorhome. Also included on all policies is cover for tyres, underbody and roof, and most include cover for glass areas too - damage to any of these can leave you with a very large bill, but can be protected with a MoneyMaxim-sourced insurance policy
If you are a car club member - which allows you to only pay for the time you actually use a car rather than owning one yourself - you can make huge savings by buying an annual car club excess insurance policy. This means that, should you be held responsible for any damage to your car club car (including damage to the tyres, wheels, windscreen roof or underbody), you can claim back the amount charged by your car club. For under a couple of pounds a day you can make sure you are fully protected from a large excess bill for your car club car.
This content was last reviewed on 26/10/2021