Apr 5, 2018 - 8:51 AM
in reply to MezzaNewbs
<<"I'm aware that hire car firms are very strict re damage to cars, ">>
There a couple of things that you might consider.
1.- You can purchase what we call in the USA "collision damage waiver - CDW" - from the car rental company. They waive your responsibility for damage to the car for a daily fee. The fee can be quite expensive for a long trip, but it works easily.
2.- Many credit card companies include collision damage protection - protection for the cost of damage repair - as a service included at no extra charge if you use their credit card to make the rental. It tends to come with the more "premium" cards. That is, each company has a variety of credit cards, and some do or do not provide this feature. And, you must clearly specify at the time of rental that you "decline" the option available from the car rental company. If you use a credit card to rent, ask your card company about that provision.
I have had occasion to use it twice in Switzerland, renting on my American Express card. Both cases were for damage to a side mirror while backing up in a Swiss parking garage. Jet-lag or its residue contributed. What also contributed is concrete pillars in the garages, and close , small parking spaces, by USA standards. I have since learned to fold the mirrors close to the car, if possible. and too back up ( reverse) with extreme care.
But, the credit card coverage worked perfectly. The repair prices were excessive compared to typical costs to repair the same damage in the USA, but they were paid with no problem. Swiss perfectionism, no doubt. ;-)
Last modified on Apr 5, 2018 - 9:05 AM by Slowpoke