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What to Know Before Renting a Car This Summer

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Summertime offers the opportunity for adventure, exploration, and sharing time with friends and family. Whether planning a cross-country road trip, a weekend getaway to the beach, or exploring a new city, renting a car can enhance your travel experience by providing freedom and flexibility. However, several issues must be considered before you hit the road to ensure you enjoy a smooth, stress-free journey.

Assess Your Needs

The first step in renting a car for your summer travels is to consider what you plan to do on your trip. Are you going on a leisurely road trip, traveling for business, or only needing a rental car for local excursions? Evaluating your needs will allow you to choose the best vehicle for your trip.

Next, assess the number of passengers and the amount of luggage or equipment you’ll need to accommodate. If you’re traveling with family or friends, you’ll want to ensure enough space for everyone to travel comfortably. Additionally, consider any specific features or requirements you may have, such as GPS navigation, trunk space, or child safety seats.

Importance of Your Car Insurance Options

Understanding insurance options is crucial when renting a car. Insurance provides protection in case of accidents, theft, or damage to the rental vehicle, helping to avoid unexpected expenses and ensuring peace of mind during your travels. Most rental companies offer several insurance options to choose from, including:

  • Loss or Collision Damage Waiver (LDW/CDW): This option relieves you of financial responsibility if the rental car is damaged or stolen. However, it may come with limitations and deductibles.
  • Liability Insurance: Protects you if you risk being held liable for damage to property or injury to others while driving the rental car.
  • Personal Accident Insurance: Provides coverage for medical expenses resulting from accidents while driving the rental car.
  • Personal Effects Coverage: Insures personal belongings in the rental car in case of theft or damage.

Before renting a car, take the time to review and understand the specifics of each insurance option to ensure you have the coverage that will protect you and your passengers – and your financial health.

Credit Card Coverage

In addition to insurance offered by rental companies, many credit cards offer rental car insurance as a cardholder benefit. This coverage can vary depending on the credit card issuer but typically falls into two categories:

  • Primary Coverage: Provides insurance without requiring you to file a claim with your personal auto insurance. Coverage may be limited to certain types of vehicles or rental periods.
  • Secondary Coverage: First, you must file a claim with your auto insurance company. It may cover deductible expenses and additional costs not covered by your primary insurance.

Before relying on credit card coverage, you must understand the terms and limitations of the policy.

Get Road-Ready with Our Help

Are you planning a summer adventure? Our agents are here to ensure you have the coverage you need for a worry-free journey. From learning about your insurance options to finding the perfect rental car, our agency can help every step of the way. Call your local agent today and take to the road with confidence.

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