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A car hire excess insurance policy covers the parts of your hire car that a car rental company generally won't - such as the excess (the first part of any claim for damage or theft), and most also cover the bill for damage to the glass (including the mirrors, lights and windscreen), tyres, wheels, underbody and roof. Regardless of whether you're in Europe, USA, New Zealand or Canada, you may like to take out an excess policy to protect yourself against any potential damage to these areas.
If you are renting directly from a US or Canadian car hire firm, your car may come with no Collision Damage Waiver cover at all, and minimal liability insurance. If that's the case you can buy a policy with full Collision (or Loss) Damage Waiver (CDW or LDW) and, if required, additional Supplementary Liability Insurance (SLI) which tops up any liability insurance provided locally. It will also cover the tyres, wheel, roof and underbody and glass elements. Some US states including California and Florida now have no state minimum liability insurance so it is possible for hires to include no primary liability insurance at all.
Run a quotation on the MoneyMaxim car hire insurance comparison site and you will be prompted for the right responses as you go. If you have any further queries please call our customer service team on 0118 321 8197 during our office hours and we will be delighted to help.
This content was last reviewed on 25/10/2021