Rental Cars and Short Term Car Insurance

If you are going on a short trip, you may want to consider hiring a car to get you around. This is much more cost-effective than taking a cab everywhere, especially if you are going to be traveling multiple times throughout the day. By the time you have taken two cab rides, you will have paid as much as you would pay to have a rental car for one day. The car also gives you a good amount of convenience since it will be right there when you need it; you can use it on your schedule, whether that means driving to and from the airport or driving from a meeting to a restaurant and then back to your hotel. However, you will not want to do this without short term car insurance.

There are a few different ways in which this works. Some rental car companies will give you the option to purchase a plan when you purchase the car. This is often very easy since all of your payments can be put together. You will just have to pay a little bit more each day to have the coverage that you need. This is also easy to do because you do not have to think about getting in touch with a separate company to set things up. Anything that can make a business trip easier and simpler should be seen as a benefit.

Other times, the coverage that you already have on your own car will transfer over to the rental car for a short period of time. If you have full coverage at home, you will also have full coverage on your trip. This can be very easy because there is no more paperwork to fill out, but it does get a bit more complicated if you are involved in an accident. Then you will have to work with both your insurance provider and the car company to get everything done. This can be difficult and time-consuming. All insurance policies are different, too, so it is hard to know if you have the coverage that you think you do. To keep things from being this complicated, and to make sure that you really are covered, it might be a good idea to get the extra short term car insurance policy when you hire the car in the first place.

No matter what, it will be a good idea to have coverage on a rental car. You are more likely to crash when you are driving these cars for a number of reasons. First, you might not be used to the vehicle. You will not know exactly what it needs for a stopping distance, where the blind spots are, or how wide of turns you ought to take. Second, you will be driving in a city or a town that you are not familiar with. Even if you have been there before, that is not the same as driving in the town where you live. These two things combined can make a crash very likely.
 

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