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How to avoid issues when renting a car abroad

When you want to explore somewhere new, hiring a car makes a lot of sense. It gives you the freedom to go where you want whenever you want. Plus, often it is far cheaper than the alternative forms of transport that are available.

However, there are a few things that you need to be aware of when hiring a car. As you no doubt know there are numerous potential pitfalls. Below I explain some of the most common ones and how to avoid them. 

Use a good car hire checklist

My first tip is to use a car hire checklist like the one you can find on this website. This will ensure that you do not forget anything important when renting your car. This one is particularly good because it covers some of the smaller things that other lists do not include.

Pay particular attention to the insurance clauses

One of the biggest issues travelers face is a lack of good quality insurance when they hire a car.  If you are lucky, and all goes well, you will never need to use the insurance. 

But, you really should be prepared for any eventuality. Including, having a car accident.

Should that happen, you want to be sure that all of your expenses and those of the other driver will be fully covered.  The last thing you need is to end up being personally sued for another person’s injuries or damage to property. In many cases, legal proceedings can still be taken out against you, even after you have returned to your home country.

Is public liability coverage included?

When checking over the policy, make sure that it includes things like public liability insurance. If you hit a pedestrian or damage someone’s fence you will need this kind of coverage

What is the excess like? 

Also, check the excesses. It is not unusual for you to have to pay the first $1,000 of any claim.  

Is the level of coverage adequate?

You also need to make sure that you are buying an adequate level of cover for each element of the policy. For example, for personal injuries, only having two or three thousand dollars worth of coverage would definitely not be adequate.

Is a replacement vehicle a part of the package

Think about how you all going to get back to your accommodation or get to the airport should your car be too damaged to drive, or, should you breakdown on your way to catch your flights. Not all policies include a replacement vehicle. So, you can easily end up being stranded.

Is legal help provided?

Having access to good legal advice is also important. At the very least there should be a number you can call for advice.

Research the local driving regulations 

It is never wise to assume that you can drive in the same way as you do in your home country. There will always be rule differences. So, you need to familiarize yourself with them, before you get behind the will. This government article explains the best way to do this.

 

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