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Foreign hire car CDW insurance

Anyone any experience of buying this independently before travelling and hiring a car??

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Re: Foreign hire car CDW insurance

I have done this in the UK and abroad in the past. I have not needed to make a claim though which is always the acid test.

(I did have a car badly keyed in Holland but the rental people didn't seem to notice it.)

CDW often seems to cost as much as, or even more than the car hire itself so I have no doubt that the rental companies are using this as a way of making hidden charges and profits.

The rental companies seem to be wising up to this practice of late and are making it more and more difficult to use your own CDW.

There is also the argument that if you take out the rental companies CDW you can just hand the car back at the end of the day and know that there is nothing more to pay.
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Re: Foreign hire car CDW insurance

Thanks for the speedy reply. Your last point is kinda how I’ve always thought but like you say it can often cost as much as hiring the whole wretched vehicle itself.
I can imagine the hassle factor, should you need to claim would be horrendous and take a lifetime (almost literally at some of our ages!!)

Perhaps I’ll just take the hit (see what I did there!) and buy it when I pick up the car.

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Re: Foreign hire car CDW insurance

You might find it cheaper to book the insurance on-line when you order the car. Charges are often higher at the airport because they have you by the short and curlies!

Also have a look at their T's & C's to see whether the subject is covered. If you book by phone you might be able to haggle with them.
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Re: Foreign hire car CDW insurance

Already booked and I honestly can’t remember what was included at that time! Hopeless I know. All done a bit quickly as we were going with friends who’d booked a car but they’ve had to pull out so I quickly booked a slightly smaller car in a hurry.
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Re: Foreign hire car CDW insurance

I hired a car in Majorca and bizarrely CDW covered everything apart from the roof of the car.
In another experience in Greece I hired a car from Hertz and was extremely glad to have taken CDW. There was no hassle when I handed the car back with a damaged wing. I had left the car in the hotel car park overnight and the next morning the wing was bent. This taught me to deal with a reputable hire company, one I could easily transact with back in the UK, and to always take out CDW.
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This is Mexico, I don’t think the word reputable is in use there!
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Re: Foreign hire car CDW insurance

Who is your car hire booked with? If it's Goldcar, then I'd strongly advise you to cancel immediately.
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Who is your car hire booked with? If it's Goldcar, then I'd strongly advise you to cancel immediately.
Errm... I don’t think it is but I will check....thanks (I think!)

Just checked, looks like it’s Mex rentalcar or somesuch.
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Re: Foreign hire car CDW insurance

I have booked the car hire with the airticket. This should convert the trip into a holiday and it should give you ATOL protection.
If you get any issues with the car hire you can get the holiday organiser to (ie the airline) to help you sort things out.

I have used this technique with car rental in the US by buying the car hire along with the airticket. The airline holiday dept has been very helpful in resolving car hire related issues. It also reduced the cost of car hire and also enabled me to avoid paying for the airticket until about 8 weeks before take off. The fully CDW insurance was also included.
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I have booked the car hire with the airticket. This should convert the trip into a holiday and it should give you ATOL protection.
If you get any issues with the car hire you can get the holiday organiser to (ie the airline) to help you sort things out.
That would have been the plan except we get our flights through Trailfinders and they don’t do car hire in Mexico, hence having to sort the car myself.
All our trips are bespoke and always involve expensive flights (economy too!) as we generally have to be somewhere on a specific date to start the wildlife part of the trip.
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Re: Foreign hire car CDW insurance

I woulld take full CDW in a country I was not certain about, even in the US we had the side window smashed and some things taken from the back seat - drive up to the local Hertz depot at the airport and within 20 minutes we had a replacement car that was even newer than the original car we had.
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Re: Foreign hire car CDW insurance

I have used Hertz in Mexico. I did a one way rental for a month and the car was delivered to my hotel at Los Mochis on the coast. I took out all of the insurances going and for long distance, I kept to the toll roads, dropping the car off in Mexico City when I had finished with it. I did not encounter any problems such as scams when the car was handed over. Watch out for mobile speed traps.
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Re: Foreign hire car CDW insurance

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I have booked the car hire with the airticket. This should convert the trip into a holiday and it should give you ATOL protection.
If you get any issues with the car hire you can get the holiday organiser to (ie the airline) to help you sort things out.

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Some airlines are a bit clever about this, including BA. You’ll find they usually issue separate bookings for flights and car hire so it doesn’t count as a ‘package’.
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I have used Hertz in Mexico. I did a one way rental for a month and the car was delivered to my hotel at Los Mochis on the coast. I took out all of the insurances going and for long distance, I kept to the toll roads, dropping the car off in Mexico City when I had finished with it. I did not encounter any problems such as scams when the car was handed over. Watch out for mobile speed traps.
Thanks for that. Some friends were caught out by a scamming copper who demanded cash when they didn’t quite stop at an intersection. They asked to go to a police station but copper refused and took $70 (US). They learnt afterwards it is meant to be $10.
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