Renting A Car? Things You Need To Know About Insurance Before You Do

I get a lot of questions in my agency, when it comes to renting a car. In this blog I am going to cover what you need to know about insurance, before renting a car. I am going to use a Q & A format, to clear up questions.

  • Will my insurance, follow me to the rental car?

Yes it will, if you already have insurance, you don’t need to buy the rental car insurance. There are coverages you need to make sure you have before doing this. If you have just liability, you need to make a temporary endorsement, and add physical damage coverage. If you don’t have insurance and don’t have a regular car, it is probably best to buy their insurance.

  • What coverages do I need for the rental car.

All rental car rental places will require you to have, state required auto liability insurance, and also physical damage coverage. Most rental car outlets, will require you to carry no higher than a 1000 dollar deductible for both Comprehensive and Collison. If the car gets in an accident, you will be responsible for the deductible.

  • Is there anything else I need to know?

If your rental car is an accident, the rental car place, could technically go after you for loss of use. The loss of use is either while the car is getting replaced or repaired. At this time the car is not operable, and the rental car place can’t rent it out. So technically they can go after you for loss of use. Sometimes your car insurance company will include this in there policies. But some don’t. It is best to check your policy for this. Some credit card companies give you this coverage free, as long as you use the credit card, to rent the car.

Understanding An Indirect Loss On An Insurance Policy

When a loss occurs, and a claim is filed, the is more underneath the problem than first understood. That loss could be a pipe breaking in your house, a fire in the kitchen or any other type of occurrence. During this time all that is on the policyholders mind, is the loss at hand. But there is another loss creeping up on them, most of the time realizing it at the last second.  This is known as an indirect loss.

What is an indirect loss?

An indirect loss is a loss that occurs because of another loss.  It is an underlying loss that takes place because of a larger loss.   On a homeowners, loss of use of a home would be an indirect loss.    An example of this is, Johnny’s house catches on fire, because of the smoke, Johnny cannot stay in the house.  Johnny has to rent a hotel room because of the smoke in his home.  This is an indirect loss.

An example on an auto insurance policy is when Judy crashes her car and has to have it repaired.  She rents an auto to use while her car is being repaired because she doesn’t have a car to drive back and forth to work.   The expense of the rental car is an indirect loss.

An example of an indirect loss for a business is lack of business income.  Because of a loss, the business can no longer gain income and therefore profits are hurt.

In conclusion, an indirect loss comes from a bigger loss.