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