Down Under Hit by biggest Car Hire Excess Charges – Don’t go the distance without
protection, warns INSURANCE4CARHIRE.COM
11th June 2008
charges incurred by drivers in Australia disproportionately high compared to other
charged as much as £2,000 for damage excess
£££'s by taking out an annual worldwide Excess insurance policy
makers hiring a car Down Under are presented with the biggest
excess charges for car hire compared to anywhere else in the
world, according to independent excess cover provider Insurance4carhire.com.
underwriter's claims report reveals that motorists in Australia incur the highest
excess charges in the event of damage to their vehicle, with sums reaching almost
motorists driving rented cars in European countries such as France
are likely to have more minor scrapes and bumps, the hazards of driving in the
Antipodes are on a somewhat bigger scale.
may sound like a stereotypical joke but the risk of colliding with a kangaroo
whilst driving in Australia is actually quite common and this can cause a great
deal of damage to the vehicle.
unlikely you think it is that this will happen to you, the chances of hitting
an animal on the road are very real and the cost of repairing the damage can be
Recent figures from Australian motoring authority NRMA show that of 9,000 claims
for animal-related collisions in 2007 in the state of New South Wales, 7,000 of
them involved kangaroos.
to Australia is a costly business anyway so ensuring you're covered for potentially
catastrophic excess charges is a no-brainer," says Simon Vella of Insurance4carhire.com.
contributing factors to costly accidents down under are fatigue caused by driving
the very long distances between the country's main towns and cities and the temptation
to speed on the long, straight roads.
Even with an excess insurance policy bought from their car rental firm, drivers
may still have to cough up in the event of a breakdown or damage to the undercarriage,
tyres and windows as many firms exclude this from their policies.
‘When hiring a car
abroad many people sign up for the car rental company's own insurance policy,
but don't realise that this will not cover them for the excess for damage to these
areas," says Vella. "But if you get hit by a large animal, it's pretty likely
that some of these places will sustain damage.
would strongly advise anyone hiring a car abroad to read their policy documents
as they vary from country to country, as does the Excess charge. Better still,
buy from a standalone insurance provider before leaving the UK."
offers low cost policies that can save motorists a small fortune
and provide peace of mind all year round.
cover costs just £49, covering the policyholder and all additional drivers
on the car rental agreement for multiple use throughout the year.
Worldwide cover costs just £59 to provide protection anywhere in the world
where Excess is charged.
about this Press Release
in 2002 Insurance 4 Car Hire is an innovative online insurance
company whose core business is the provision of car rental
Excess insurance. The business was born out of the high costs
being charged by the car rental companies for Excess cover.
Insurance4carhire strives to bring customers annual Excess
insurance products offering customers convenience, peace of
mind and very significant savings when they rent cars.
2005, for the second year running, Insurance4carhire received the accolade of
"World's Leading Innovative Ecommerce Travel Product" from The World Travel Awards.
These annual awards celebrate achievement in the travel industry and are based
on votes cast by travel industry professionals throughout Europe.
reflect the increasingly global reach of its products, Insurance4carhire changed
underwriters to AIG UK Ltd, a member company of American International Group,
Inc., (AIG) in December 2007. AIG is one of the worlds leading insurance companies
with operations in more than 130 countries.
4 Car Hire is now part of the Towergate
Partnership the largest independently owned insurance
intermediary in Europe.
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