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Rental Car Insurance: Does My Insurance Cover It?

It’s a situation many of us have found ourselves in: you’re at the rental car counter, checking in to pick up a vehicle you booked months ago. But before you can check out, you’ve got a question to answer: are you buying supplemental insurance coverage, or will you decline it and wonder if you should have taken it?

To be fair, it’s not a question with an easy answer. There are many factors to consider before choosing whether to accept or decline additional rental car coverage. But looking into it ahead of time, learning about what to expect and having a good understanding of car insurance – as well as your own personal policy – can help make your decision easier.

Not sure if you should hand over the extra cash for coverage? Here are a few details to keep in mind, so you can help protect yourself without wasting money:

Does My Current Car Insurance Cover a Rental?
The first factor that should influence your decision is your existing car insurance coverage. Take the time to review your coverage. What sort of comprehensive, collision and liability coverage do you have? Does it extend to rental cars you may drive? In many cases, your existing policy will cover rental vehicles — at least to some extent. If you aren’t sure if your car insurance policy covers rentals, check with your agent or insurance representative. Read More

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