The Citi Simplicity Card card does not offer rental car insurance. But there are other Citi credit cards that do have this benefit, which covers damages incurred from covered accidents or theft. Cardholders are covered up to a pre-set amount, as per their guide to benefits.
Citibank cancelled its Citi Simplicity rental car insurance in September 2019, along with other travel benefits like trip cancellation and interruption insurance. Most Citi consumer credit cards also had cuts to their benefits.
It seems that the one standout Citi card that retained all its benefits is the Citi Costco Anywhere card. If you're looking for a Citi card with rental car insurance, the Costco Anywhere card is one of your only options.
Yes, your car insurance covers rental cars, in most cases. Standard auto insurance policies cover car rentals in the U.S., up to your normal policy limits and with your regular deductible, but it’s best to check the details of your car insurance policy to make sure you’re aware of any specific rental car restrictions.… read full answer
In addition, other policies, like health or home insurance, kick in for certain situations. Your health insurance will usually cover injuries resulting from a car crash, and home or renters policies cover items stolen from a car. Also, depending on the credit card you used to rent a car, you may be able to file a claim through it, too.
When Your Car Insurance Does Not Cover Rental Cars
Although every standard car insurance company has its own criteria for covering rental cars, a few situations are commonly excluded.
Most insurers do not cover rental cars outside of the U.S., though you can buy specialty rental car or travel insurance to fulfill another country’s insurance requirements.
If you get into an accident, the rental car company may charge you for things that your insurance won’t pay for, like loss-of-use or administrative fees.
Many personal car insurance policies do not cover cars rented for business reasons
Most companies have time limits, meaning that your insurance will cover a rental car for a few weeks or a month at most.
If you carry full coverage, your insurance will only pay for the limits established by the value of your usual car, even if the rental car is worth more.
When to Buy Additional Rental Car Insurance
You don’t have your own car insurance policy.
You have a personal insurance policy but want additional coverage.
You are renting a car for business purposes.
You are renting a car outside of the U.S.
Keep in mind that not every state requires rental car companies to automatically provide the minimum mandated insurance coverage. In California, for example, you need to carry a personal car insurance policy with liability coverage or purchase the rental car company’s additional liability coverage in order to drive legally.
Citi credit card rental car insurance covers you for up to $50,000 when you pay for the entire rental with your Citi credit card. You must also decline the rental agency’s insurance to be eligible for the benefit, which covers accident damage and theft. The eligible cardholder listed on the rental car agreement is covered worldwide for a maximum rental of 31 consecutive days.… read full answer
Just bear in mind that Citi’s rental insurance coverage is secondary. This means if you have a car insurance policy that covers theft and damage to rental cars, the Citi benefit will cover only the amount your primary policy does not.
Here is what Citi credit card rental car insurance covers:
Repair costs up to $50,000, or the cash value of the car, whichever is less.
Motor vehicle with at least four wheels designed to be driven on public roads.
Damage from an accident, natural disaster vandalism, or theft.
Reasonable towing expenses to the nearest collision repair facility.
What Citi credit card rental insurance does NOT cover:
Damage resulting from reckless driving or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Rental car used as a car for hire.
Personal injury, personal liability or damage to third-party personal property.
Damages to other cars or property.
Injury to any party.
To file a claim, call 1 (866) 918-4670 after your rental car is damaged or stolen. You will be advised as to what documents to provide to substantiate your claim. You can also visit citi.com/Costco to download a claim form. Return all requested documents within 180 days of the incident.
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