Progressive rental reimbursement pays for the cost of a rental car after the policyholder’s vehicle is damaged by a covered cause, such as an accident. Rental car reimbursement insurance from Progressive usually costs less than $10 per month, and drivers can purchase a limit of up to $60 per day for up to 30 days. This coverage does not apply to rental vehicles used while the car is undergoing routine maintenance, and drivers typically need collision and comprehensive coverage to be eligible.
Here’s how Progressive rental reimbursement works:
You add rental reimbursement coverage to a Progressive car insurance policy that includes collision and comprehensive coverage.
The rental reimbursement coverage kicks in when you file a collision or comprehensive claim.
You will pay for the rental car initially, and Progressive will reimburse you later.
In general, rental reimbursement coverage is worth it if you think you are likely going to be in a car accident and need a rental car within the next few years. If not, then you likely won’t get much from the coverage, even though it’s relatively cheap. To learn more, check out WalletHub’s guide to rental reimbursement insurance.
Progressive rental car insurance is included in your personal car insurance policy, and a rental car has the same coverage with the same limits as your personal car. If you only have liability coverage, your insurance will pay for the other driver’s injuries and property damage in an at-fault accident. You need … read full answercomprehensive and collision coverage on your personal car for insurance to pay for property damage to the rental.
When Progressive Rental Car Insurance Is Not Enough
If you rent a car similar in value to your personal vehicle, you probably have enough insurance. But if you decide to rent a luxury car and usually drive an old clunker, you might want extra coverage. You can get a collision damage waiver (CDW) from the rental company, which leaves them responsible if the car is damaged or stolen. You may have rental insurance from your credit card company, too, if you decline the rental company’s waiver.
Other Types of Insurance to Consider When Renting a Car
In addition to a CDW, rental car companies offer a few other types of insurance if you don’t have enough coverage with your Progressive policy. These include supplemental liability protection, personal accident insurance, and personal effects coverage. The insurance offered by the rental company often duplicates coverage drivers already have through health, life, and auto insurance.
Each policy is unique, though, and there may be certain exclusions based on your specific situation. It’s important to confirm the details of your policy by calling customer service at 1-888-671-4405 before declining additional coverage at the rental counter.
Progressive Rental Car Reimbursement
Progressive also offers rental car reimbursement, which helps pay for a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired for a covered claim. Progressive will typically pay between $30 and $60 per day, for up to 30 days, toward the cost of your rental. You can find out how much this optional coverage will cost and add it to your policy using your policy number online, or by calling customer service.
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.
No, you do not need insurance to rent a car because rental companies have their own insurance. Rental car companies usually provide minimum liability coverage only, so if you don’t have personal insurance, you’ll probably want to purchase extra rental car insurance through the rental company. If your personal car is insured and you pay for your rental with a credit card, you can probably skip the optional coverage offered at the rental counter.… read full answer
You don’t have to purchase all of these coverage types to be protected while driving your rental. But minimum liability insurance carried by the rental car company isn’t enough protection if you get into an accident.
When You Don't Need The Rental Company's Insurance
Before you buy the rental company’s insurance, you should consider what coverage you may already have through your personal car insurance. The coverage limits and deductibles you have on your personal vehicle typically still apply to rentals, as long as you’re renting for personal use. Many major credit cards also offer coverage for rental cars if you pay with your card and decline the collision damage waiver offered by the rental company.
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