Car Rental Insurance

How Long Will Your Insurance Cover a Rental Car?

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Need a car for more than a month? Do you usually decline the insurance offered over the rental car counter?

Auto insurance companies and credit card companies generally impose time limits on how long they will cover rental cars, but the specifics vary. To play it safe, check with your provider for reservations lasting longer than two weeks.

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Does Geico Car Insurance Cover Rental Cars?

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Do you get confused at the rental car counter about how much insurance coverage you need? You're not alone. If you own Geico auto insurance for your primary vehicle, the good news is that you're covered for rental cars. The big caveat is that you're covered only to the limits of your personal vehicle's auto policy.

Your Geico car insurance will extend to your rental vehicle to the same coverage limit as your primary vehicle. That means if you drive a brand new luxury sedan and rent a compact car, you're good to go. But what if you drive a 15-year-old banger and want to rent a full-size vehicle with a ton of bells and whistles? That's where it gets tricky.

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How to Handle a Car Rental Damage Claim

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There are two kinds of car rental damage claims. In the first case, you're aware that the car became damaged while you were renting it.

The second kind of claim is much sketchier.

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Why and When You Should Buy Travel Insurance

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More and more Americans are buying travel insurance these days, according to a recent AAA survey. In 2018 travel insurance sales have risen over 20 percent year-to date, while sales increased by 13 percent in the previous year.

Should you buy travel insurance for your next trip? Here are the factors to consider.

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Make Sure Your Car Rental Insurance Covers Loss of Use

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Do you routinely decline the over-the-counter insurance when you rent a car? If you get in an accident and you haven't purchased the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) at the rental counter, the company can charge you for the cost to repair the vehicle. It can also charge Loss of Use fees to recoup the potential revenue it forfeits while the car is in the shop being fixed instead of out on the road with another renter.

On the surface, that may sound reasonable. But in practice, these fees can add up to ridiculous sums. Worse, Loss of Use can become a quagmire because these fees are not always covered by personal auto insurance and credit card protection, so they can take renters by surprise. Here's what you need to know.

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