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Car hire insurance

Car Hire Insurance - Compare Top Deals

When you hire a car in the UK or overseas, it’s important to make sure you’ve got the right insurance in place to cover you in the event of an accident or mishap. Driving an unfamiliar rental car can be a more relaxed experience when you have the reassurance of quality car hire insurance already in place. Use the table below to compare top car hire insurance deals:

What can car hire insurance cover?


Many car hire insurance products cover accidental damage,fire, theft and malicious damage to the hired vehicle and loss or damage to tyres, windscreen, and loss of use of the vehicle. Some of the other things that might be covered as standard by a good quality car hire insurance policy include:

  • Key cover
  • Baggage cover
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Towing cover 
  • If you accidentally put the wrong fuel into your hire car, you could be covered for this

Optional additions to your car hire insurance

If you wish to do so, you can often add your own choice of extra cover to the policy by adding the following optional extras:

  • Extended hire cover – you may be able to extend your insurance period up to 60 days
  • Named driver cover - some car hire insurance providers allow two named drivers to rent cars independently of each other
  •  Battery Failure Cover – insurance for the cost of replacing the car battery
  • Collision Damage Waiver Insurance – this could cover you up to £50,000 for total loss or theft of the hired vehicle

What to consider when choosing car hire insurance

Car hire insurance providers will want to know about your driving history including:

  • The type of driving licence you hold
  • How long you have been driving for
  • Any previous claims, accidents or driving convictions
  • How long you plan to use the car for
  • Where you will be using the car – in the UK or abroad