Some credit cards provide car rental insurance, and your own car insurance policy may cover you for rentals as well. When should you buy the insurance rental companies offer you?
With the summer travel season fast approaching, we know many of you will be hopping in your cars to enjoy your vacation, take a tour of many Greek cities, or at least to see friends and family. A question I often get from readers and friends is, “Does my credit card give me rental insurance?” Well, here’s your answer!
Check the Fine Print
If you rent a car and have your own personal insurance, that insurance will likely cover collision and theft coverage. Whether or not you’d like your insurance to find out about this, though, is your call. Purchasing the add-on at time of rental prevents your own insurance from going up when you rent a car and have an accident (plus, you’re off the hook for the deductible).
(This does NOT happen at Rental Center Crete, as we provide a FULL INSURANCE PACKAGE with every rental, so no nasty surprises will come up)
So, if you thought your card provided you with personal insurance, check the fine print. The cards that offer primary insurance while renting a car includes the the United Mileage Plus Explorer, United MileagePlus Club, Fairmont Visa Signature, Discover Escape, Ritz Carlton Visa Signature and the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. American Express cards can add the perk for $24.95 per rental.
Again, Check the Fine Print
There’s a maximum amount of coverage that credit cards provide. This is important for longer-term rentals. Amex is 30 days (42 days in the premium program). Chase is 31 days for World and World Elite (14 days for other types), Discover is 31 days, and Visa is 15 days in the USA. Also, if you’re renting luxury cars, your card most likely won’t cover it. Many countries aren’t covered as well. Check the fine print!!! Here is a link for Visa.
Should I Get the Rental Company’s Insurance?
It seems to me that all the fine print and red tape, coupled with the potential for being on the hook for damages anyway, makes it easier to just take the rental company’s insurance when you rent a car. But if you’re a risk taker (or a lawyer), and have one of the cards mentioned, go for it!
Another Option is to Hire a Car by Local Car Rental Company
Rental Center Crete, as a local car hire vendor in Crete does NOT have an Excess policy in their insurance packages. Sure, a personal insurance is always good to have by your credit card but probably with a local vendor it is not actually needed. At least, in the unfortunate event of a car accident where there are no injuries. Read more about Local Car Hire Firms VS Brokers