Australia Car Hire Excess Insurance
If you get into an accident while driving a hire car in Australia and suffer damage to or the loss of your hire vehicle due to theft, you’ll be liable to pay an excess amount to the hire company’s insurer to repair the damage.
When that happens, Australia Car Hire Excess Insurance reimburses you the cost of excess charges when you make a claim on a rented vehicle. It can be purchased as early as 364 days in advance, right up until before you collect your car and will cover the excess on your hire car, worldwide, for a year.
Our Australia Car Hire Excess Insurance policies are available for EU residents only.
- Excess on claims — Cover against excess costs of up to €6,500 in total, per year if your hire car is damaged or stolen
- Drivers aged between 21 and 84 — Cover for a wide age range of insured drivers
- Additional drivers — Cover for up to five additional drivers, as long as they’re named in your rental agreement. There’s no need to add them to your hire excess policy
- 120-day rental periods — Covers trips for up to 120 consecutive days
- 12-month multi-trip policies – Cover for multiple trips made in a year at a fixed cost; provided no single trip exceeds 120 days. Car club cover is also included within our annual multi-trip policies
- Misfuelling and key cover — Cover for each, up to €500 per claim
- Flat battery cover — Cover for up to €1,000 per claim
- Fire, theft, and vandalism cover — Covers excess costs for claims resulting from damage by fire, theft, and malicious damage
- Tyres and windscreen cover — Covers the excess on claims for the repair or replacement of your tyres and windscreen. This also includes damage to windows, headlights, undercarriage, and roof
- Cover for baggage and personal effects — Cover for claims relating to personal effects (like clothing) and luggage stolen from your hire car
- Courtesy car excess cover for any vehicle that’s loaned to you if your rental car is being repaired.
- Car rentals where the Australia Car Hire Excess Insurance policyholder doesn’t match the name of the lead driver on the rental agreement.
- Policies purchased after the collection of your rental vehicle.
- Cover for off-road driving.
- Commercial vehicles, motorbikes, camper vans, mobile homes, vans, or any vehicle with more than nine seats.
- Cover for policyholders that are not EU residents.
- Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) or Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI).
Why choose insurance4carhire?
There are plenty of reasons to choose us for Car Hire Excess Insurance:
- A high level of cover — Cover excess up to the value of €6,500 in total per year.
- Additional drivers — Cover for up to five additional drivers named on your rental agreement.
- Flexible rental periods — Choose your level of cover for a single trip of up to 120 consecutive days, or annual multi-trip for individual trips up to 120 days at a time for up to 12 months.
- Multiple benefits included as standard — Includes cover for misfuelling, car keys, flat batteries, and even late pick-up charges due to delayed flights.
Australia Car Hire Excess Insurance FAQs
While most EU countries drive on the right, Australia is more like the UK in that cars drive on the left. That means hire cars you’ll get over there will be right-hand drive.
If you’re used to driving in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, chances are you won’t have many problems driving in Australia. But, like anywhere, there are differences to note in terms of speed limits and road signs. We've prepared a simple guide to driving in Australia.
Single-trip Car Hire Excess Insurance policies provide excess cover for one single trip of up to 120 consecutive days. This option is ideal if you’re going to rent a car for a one-time journey.
An annual multi-trip policy covers your excess for multiple trips for a year, at a fixed cost (provided no single trip exceeds 120 days). This is the most cost-effective option if you frequently hire cars for travel or commuting. Our annual multi-trip policies also provide cover for cars hired from car clubs and rental companies.
Yes. Our Australia Car Hire Excess Insurance extends to the person named as the lead driver and up to five named drivers on the car rental agreement.
Our Australia Car Hire Excess Insurance policy does not include cover for CDW.
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