It is probably not very often that you hear about buying insurance that might actually end up saving you money, but one of the – probably surprising – instances is when you buy car rental insurance.
As if some of the existing traps and pitfalls of hiring a car abroad were not enough, this summer saw an additional complication arising from a decision by the UK authorities. This was the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority’s (DVLA) (https://www.gov.uk/contact-the-dvla) decision to scrap the paper counterpart to driving licences issued in Britain with effect from the 8th of June 2015.
Not only is it fun, but travel broadens the mind, they say. This may be all very well, but there may still be some aspects of your journey which are better arranged before you leave home. Not only are products you buy at home likely to be more familiar, they might also prove much cheaper.
It is the UK’s closest continental neighbour, so it is hardly surprising that so many British drivers venture onto French roads each year – whether they are taking their own car or hiring one once they have crossed the Channel.
Countless complaints are made by individuals ripped off when hiring a car abroad, says the Mirror (https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/personal-finance/hiring-car-holiday-abroad-10-6450382) newspaper in its edition on the 15th of September 2015.
Ever wondered why your motor insurance always carries a so-called compulsory excess if you have to make a claim? Have you asked yourself why you might agree to a higher, voluntary excess? Have you considered protecting your liability for paying an excess?
As from 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart of the UK driving licence - lists convictions and other driving offences - will become computerised, meaning that UK motorists will only need to show the photo-ID part of their licence.
If you have spent a good deal of time, money and effort buying and furnishing your home, of course you are likely to want to protect it from loss or damage. If you are a tenant, all your possessions and belongings in the rented accommodation may also need a similar degree of protection.
About time too, many hire car customers might be saying to themselves in response to news broadcast by the BBC that the major car rental companies in Europe are responding to widespread complaints about the way business is done – especially with respect to the insurance of hire cars.
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