Don’t get steered into high car-hire insurance charges
If you’re skiing over the Christmas break, watch out for the car hire excess insurance scam. This is when car rental companies charge you hundreds of pounds to cover the excess – the amount of any claim you agree to cover.
With excess sums set as high as £2,000, it can be tempting to simply pay £100 to £200 at the car-hire counter for a policy that covers this cost. But if you plan ahead you can get a policy for a tenth of the price.
At www.icarhireinsurance.com, for instance, you can get excess cover for £21 for the week, or £3 a day. Other extras to be wary of include a charge to hire a sat nav, which could be £100, or a child’s seat at £50.
Travel Doctor Tips for 2014 - Car rental ruses
Car rental gripes still account for a large chunk of the Travel Doctor's postbag. It’s little wonder, when the booking process is so opaque…….
…Buy a comprehensive annual excess policy from a company like iCarhireinsurance.com..such policies in Europe usually cost from about £40 a year.