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Monday, 28 May 2012 12:17 Was Recommended by the Times and Sunday Times!

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You know you are choosing to buy the right car hire excess insurance when not only does Saturday's Times (26 May) recommend but the Sunday Times (27 May) does too!

Saturday's Travel Doctor, aka Julia Brookes, advises a honeymooning couple to buy their excess insurance online as "it is cheaper and more comprehensive" and could otherwise cost "more than £15 a day" compared with's daily cover "from £2.99 and annual European policies from £39.99".

Then on Sunday, the Money section of the Sunday Times headlined its feature, 'Beware the hidden fees charged by car hire firms', including a 'Hall of Shame' stamp.

"The Sunday Times has been inundated by reader complaints," it said, "about car hire firms imposing hefty additional costs when customers pick up or drop off a vehicle".  It advised readers to buy a policy from which would "cover the £630 excess for £2.99 a day or just under £9 for the (three day) trip".  This is compared to Hertz's eye-watering charge of £21 a day for the excess charge or "£63 for the entire trip".  An 86% saving can be made buying an policy!

"The 'excess' in rental company excess insurance should really be referring to its cost," says Ernesto Suarez, founder and chief executive of  "We urge people to buy before you fly".


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