Car Hire Excess Insurance

Claim back the excess charged by car hire companies if your hire car is damaged or stolen, with cover from insurance4carhire.

  • Additional driver cover
  • Additional benefits with our Worldwide Plus cover
  • Determine the length of your cover

Call us on 0344 892 1770 or get a quote online.

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Why choose car hire excess insurance with Towergate?

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Additional driver cover

Cover up to seven additional drivers named on your rental agreement, as standard.

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Determine the length of your cover

Choose from single trip and annual car rental excess cover options.

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Additional benefits with our Worldwide Plus cover

Collison Damage Waiver (CDW) and Supplementary Liability Insurance (SLI) available with our Worldwide Plus cover.

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Pay for your Car Hire Excess Insurance by Direct Debit

Choose to spread your payment into 10 monthly Direct Debit instalments.

About car hire excess insurance

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Planning a holiday?

With insurance4carhire, you can buy your policy now and start your cover up to 364 days later – and if your flight is unexpectedly delayed, we can even cover late pick-up charges.

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Additional drivers

Need to share the driving? All policies allow cover for up to seven additional drivers, providing they’re named on the car rental agreement. Just make sure the lead name on the rental agreement matches the lead name on the car hire excess insurance policy. Sadly, the policy does not cover camper vans.

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Cover for damage and theft

Our car excess insurance policy covers you for damage and theft of the vehicle up to £6,500 per year. The policy also includes damage to windows, tyres, undercarriage, roof and headlights which can be excluded by the car rental companies own cover. We won't however cover; losses caused by accidental damage to the interior or contents of the rental vehicle or courtesy car caused by wear and tear or carriage of animals.

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Car clubs and courtesy cars

If you’re a member of a Car Club, such as Zipcar or Car City Club, you can also benefit from excess protection to supplement your car club insurance. We can't currently cover schemes such as easyCar Club where there is no rental agreement in place. We’ll also provide excess cover for courtesy cars. So if your personal car is in the garage for repair, we'll cover the excess for the courtesy car your insurer provides. We can't currently cover schemes such as easyCar Club where there is no rental agreement in place.

When you need to make a claim, we'll guide you through the process and get your claim settled as quickly as possible.

  • Find your insurance documents and make sure you have all your information at hand, including your policy number.
  • Call the claims team on 0344 892 1770 and explain exactly what happened.
  • Provide photos if requested to help us understand what happened as quickly as we can.
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Car hire excess insurance FAQs

A car rental agreement usually includes some standard motor insurance cover, such as a collision damage waiver (CDW) and third-party liability insurance. However, this standard cover may not protect you fully. Should the car be damaged or stolen, the renter is still nearly always liable for the first portion of the loss (the ‘excess’), and windows, tyres, undercarriage, roof and headlights may not even be covered by the policy.

Therefore, ask yourself:

1. Can I afford to pay a potentially sizeable bill if something goes wrong?

2. Do I find the excess cover offered by car hire firms expensive?

It can make your holiday easier and more relaxing if you have car hire excess insurance. You have less worry over issues such as where to park your car; being on unknown roads; or if any less well-maintained roads will cause damage to the vehicle.

If you purchase stand-alone car hire excess insurance in advance of travelling, you can gain a reasonable daily or annual rate and get a policy suited to you to cover trips of varying length.

The key benefit is that car hire excess insurance policies will provide protection for the most vulnerable parts of the vehicle - such as the wheels, tyres, windscreen, roof and undercarriage - which are most likely to get damaged. As stated above, these are not usually included in car rental companies' own cover, even if you purchase additional waivers.

Policies can also cover other potential mishaps, such as loss of the vehicle keys, or accidentally misfuelling the car.

Remember, before leaving the car rental pick-up, always inspect the vehicle carefully and try to take photos. Otherwise, if you have excess insurance rather than their own, there can be a dispute, and it’s crucial to report back any problems they haven't listed to your car hire excess company to insure you will be fully covered on your excess insurance.

Yes, our car hire insurance will continue to be valid in Europe for UK residents.

The International Driving Permit (IDP) is a document that validates your licence to be able to drive abroad. Please check local driving restrictions before you travel to see if you need this.

  • Living in the UK and Isle of Man– your policy will not be affected.
  • Channel Islands residents– if you already have a policy with insurance4carhire, your current policy won’t be affected. However, we will be unable to invite your policy for renewal when it is due.
  • Non-UK residents– if you already have a policy with insurance4carhire, your current policy won’t be affected. However, we will be unable to invite your policy for renewal when it is due.
  • Channel Islands and non-UK residents renewing your policy after 1 December 2020– unfortunately, we will not be able to invite your policy for renewal after 1 December 2020 and you will need to source an alternative provider.
  • Channel Islands and non-UK residents who have pre-purchased a policy to start after 1 January 2021– if you’ve purchased a policy to start after 1 January 2021, your current policy won’t be affected. However, we will be unable to invite your policy for renewal when it is due.

If we are unable to invite your policy for renewal, we will contact you directly before it is due to confirm this.

No, if you are driving a hired vehicle you do not require a Green Card. Green Cards are only required if you are driving your own vehicle.

If you’re hiring a car in this country and intend to drive the car to and in the European Economic Area, you will still need a Green Card. You will need to speak to the rental company to request one from their insurance provider.

The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU’s single market.

Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market.

No. The UK’s reciprocal health agreements (E111 / EHIC) with the EU will come to an end on the 1/1/2021.

It is therefore vital when travelling within Europe you purchase adequate travel insurance, if you wish to be covered should you require medical treatment.

On our annual car hire excess insurance policies, you can hire a car as many times as you like in the 12 month period of your policy, providing you don’t exceed 60 continuous days per rental. 

As long as you’re a resident of the UK or Isle of Man, you can purchase a policy with us.

Yes. Cover is provided up to £500 per claim and up to £2,000 per year.

Yes, these things happen – we can cover you up to £500 per claim and up to £2,000 per year.

Some U.N. sanctioned nations are not covered such as Afghanistan, Belarus, Cuba, Congo, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Liberia, North Korea, Myanmar, Sudan and Zimbabwe. A full list is available from the GOV.UK sanctions, embargoes and restrictions page.

If you take our separate car hire excess insurance, vehicle hire firms will often require a credit card deposit to cover any potential damage. Although you can claim this back from your insurance company if there is an incident and you lose your deposit, you'll need to budget for this. Furthermore, this will usually need to be on the credit card of the lead driver, as many care hire companies do not accept debit cards.

Note that while most vehicle hire companies just ring-fence the deposit, some may withdraw it and refund you later. This means that if there are significant currency fluctuations during your car rental period you could see a different value in the money that is returned to your card.

Restrictions sometimes seen on car hire excess insurance policies include:

  • Losses from accidental damage to the interior or contents of the rental vehicle, caused by wear and tear or carriage of animals, will not be covered
  • Minimum and maximum ages for drivers (21-85 inclusive)
  • Vehicles more than 10 years old or vehicles with more than nine seats
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