Has anyone purchased CDW for car

Mar 8th, 2004, 07:44 AM
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Has anyone purchased CDW for car

This insurance is not covered by any of my credit cards. It's cost is about $5.00 US per day (100 for my 20 day stay). If there is damage I would pay about 500.00 in US money. What does everyone do.Is it worth to pay this cost. Thanks. ALana
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Mar 8th, 2004, 10:02 PM
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Hi Alana,
most people do pay that insurance.
Even just a 'minor damage' can cost you much more.
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Mar 9th, 2004, 08:42 AM
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Author: michi
Date: 03/08/2004, 02:29 pm


I?m not sure if you can rent a car without either waiving Collision & Damage insurance because your credit card allows you to, or unless you buy C&D insurance. Is this possible? In some places in Canada I believe it's included in the cost of rental but you?d have to know this before you sign.

If you should have a choice and don't take out C&D insurance, I don't understand why you would have to pay only $500 US in the event that you had a collision that is your fault and your car and another are seriously damaged or destroyed wouldn't you be responsible for both?

Conditions will vary from state to state, province to province, and country to country. Make sure you know before you rent, all the ins and outs of what is covered including personal liability. Don't initial anything you don't understand. Know what the rental company's responsibilities are. Yes, it's there in very fine print, and if not ASK.

And don't count on full backup from your own insurance coverage. It will depend on the circumstances of an accident. I researched this very carefully but others may be able to tell you more. Maybe we need more details.

And even if you had a C&D waiver through your credit card, you have to be the PRIMARY cardholder to sign the waiver as far as VISA is concerned, otherwise the C&D insurance will not be valid. This is clearly stated in the VISA booklet. I am a supplementary cardholder on my husband's account and so cannot sign a C&D waiver.

As a result, I have taken out a credit card as primary cardholder.

Take the insurance.
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Mar 9th, 2004, 01:25 PM
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The CWD costs are not covered by my credit cards and if I had damage I would have to pay the 1st 750 NZ dollars, so I'll pay the upfront fees of 8NZ. Thanks Alana
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Mar 9th, 2004, 09:13 PM
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I had Diners Club, and I checked - they specifically covered auto rental in Australia. (Or anywhere, they said). I know in Italy, before when I only had Visa, the coverage was mandatory and I paid. I have never heard of it being mandatory in Canada - our company pays for its own business coverage, so on business trips we are instructed to waive. In all other cases, in Canada and USA, I have always waived based on the card, with no hassle.

A friend of mine living in Ontario got rental coverage as an extra on his car insurance - he was an independent consultant who travelled a lot. Manitoba has government car insurance, so this is not an option.

I never got any hassle in AUstralia or NZ when I waived the insurance. There's some fine print about how some places the car had insurance already and you were responsible for the first $3400 or something... I forget. Basically, the rental places have their own insurance to cover the cars, but they can come after you to reimburse it, I understand.

I would especially not go into a strange country where the rules are different, without some coverage. What if you racked up the car, your fault or no? They'll put the hold on your credit card for the full amount until you settle somehow... meanwhile, you're stuck in a foreign country with no room left on your card...
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Mar 10th, 2004, 06:44 PM
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If you are driving in New Zealand I woould definately recommend taking the insurance. When you pick up the car the desk clerk will try and persuade to upgrade your insurance cover. Make sure you have not already bought this extra cover via your credit card, why pay twice.

You can reduce your excess right down with extra premimum paid, your call.

Given the standard of driving here and that NZ has some unique give way rules which always catch out the unwary I would plum for the cover.


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