travelers tripped up by Holiday Car Hire pitfalls Wise up
or pay up, says Insurance4carhire.com
out for costly add-ons
of industry practices can avoid shock credit card charges
paperwork, take photos, follow the rules to keep costs down
thousannds of families with school age children prepare to
hit the road in hired vehicles this holiday period, standalone
Excess insurance specialist Insurance4carhire.com
warns of a number of key pointers drivers need to be wary
of when using car rental firms at home and abroad.
the basic cost of a hire car can appear very reasonable, add-ons
- especially for damage' incurred to a vehicle during the
rental period - can run into hundreds of pounds.
advises that one of the most common areas where holidaymakers
are tripped up is when there is damage to the vehicle's windows,
tyres, roof or undercarriage - areas which are not normally
covered on the rental firm's own excess cover.
many people are innocently caught out on this, yet these are
precisely the areas that people don't think about," says Insurance4carhire.com
have also had many reports of drivers being asked to pay for
scratches or dents on the rental vehicle that they believed
they had nothing to do with. Our advice is to make sure you
take digital snaps of the vehicle at the point of hire."
also recommends making notes of the condition of the vehicle
on the hire company's form, taking care to photograph, if
possible, any old scratches or dents it may have as these
can be the prime source of dispute.
of a returned vehicle's condition almost always takes place
after the keys have been handed back, but it is essential
to be there when the inspection is done. "Don't just drop
the car off, otherwise you may have bumps and scratches unfairly
assigned to you. If you can't be there, again, take photos
and notes to prove there were no problems; and make sure you
record the mileage."
Top Tips on Car Hire
photos of the vehicle before and after the hire period -
it's the best way to avoid being charged for damage you
for all paperwork to be completed on the spot and keep it
until your credit card statement arrives and you are happy
with the charges.
return the vehicle with a full tank - car hire firms can
charge double the pump price to do it themselves.
leave before the final inspection is completed - and don't
sign anything unless you and the hire firm are in agreement
person renting the vehicle must have a credit card - most
car rental companies will not accept debit cards or cash.
return the car late - you could face an extra day's hire
sure the car you get is the same class as the one you booked
- if they choose to give you an upgrade this should be free
so check the small print as they may charge you more
you do have an accident, keep all relevant paperwork as
you will need it to make a claim when you get home.
countries have their own legal requirements such as breakdown
kits - if the car doesn't have one you may be a risk of
police fines Insurance
4 Car Hire has developed an alternative that will save
motorists a small fortune: low annual car rental Excess
insurance products to protect customers whenever they rent
a car, with peace of mind that the total amount ofExcess
will be covered.
cover costs just £49, covering the policyholder and all
additional driverson 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
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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