What should I do at the rental desk?


Renting a car overseas? Sort out the insurance and warranty protection before you go, and you’ll get better coverage at a better price. Insurance products and full protection products may differ based on where you live and where you’re going, so choose your destination from the country list below and we’ll help you compare a typical rental car company policy, often called Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), to what you’d get with RentalCover.com.


Popular destinations

Australia    Canada    China    France   Germany   

Italy   Japan     Mexico   UK    US       

Other destinations


About your car rental

At RentalCover.com we provide the rental protection and our partners are responsible for the rentals.

We distribute our policies through handpicked partners to ensure a safe, hassle-free and inexpensive trip for our customers. Our partners include:

Car Rental Booking Sites

Online Support 


Rentalcars.com rentalcars.com +44 161 830 1042
Aerolineas Argentinas aerolineas.com.ar 00 54 11 4340-7777
Bestday bestday.com US: 1-800-593-6259
Billiger Mit Wagen billiger-mietwagen.de DE: 0221-567 999 11
Booking.com cars.booking.com +44 161 536 5033
Camptoo camptoo.com 03 9988 6111
Carla (rentcarla) rentcarla.com Online support only
Carnect carnect.com (includes Expedia) +49 (40) 18 88 98-0
CarRental.com.au carrental.com.au Online support only
CarRental8 carrental8.com +1 (813)-343-8138
CARSiRENT carsirent.com +973 1700 1440
Check24 check24.de DE: 089-24 24 12 34
Discount Hawaii Car Rental discounthawaiicarrental.com CA/US: 1-800-292-1930
ROW: 808-292-1930 
Discount USA Car Rental discountusacarrental.com CA/US: 1-800-292-1930
ROW: 808-292-1930 
Drive.sg drive.sg Online support only
EnjoyCarHire enjoycarhire.com +44 (0)800 470 2120
Expedia expedia.co.uk +44 20 3788 0445
Finnair finnair.com 020 8001 0101
GoBoony goboony.com 31 85 401 68 32
GotRentalCars gotrentalcars.com 1-855-264-9782
Holiday Cars  holidaycars.com +1 855 642 7826
Holiday Extras holidayextras.co.uk Online support only
Icelandair icelandair.com UK: +44(0)207841000
Ideamerge ideamerge.com +1 503 715 5810
Jet2 jet2.com 0333 300 0042
Kiwi.com kiwi.com Online support only
Rentcars rentcars.com

BR 4003 7368
BR 0800 604 7368
ROW +55 41 3152 9700 

RentalCarGroup  rentalcargroup.com US (+1) 866 735 1715
UK (+44) 0800 078 9054
AU (+61) 1800 210 813
DE (+49) 0800 789 5047
ES (+34) 914 141 480
FR (+33) 170 700 593
BE (+32) 02 400 4165
ROW (+44) 0800 078 9054
RentalCover.com (if you booked directly) rentalcover.com Online support only - contact us by replying to any of our emails
RentalCover.com - Travel Agency Accounts agency.rentalcover.com Online support only
S7 s7.ru 8 800 700–0707
Travel Counsellors travelcounsellors.co.uk Online support only
Trip Advisor tripadvisor.co.uk 0800 098 8460
United Airlines united.com Online support only
Vehicle Rent vehicle-rent.com (+44) 203 1295 406
Volotea volotea.com (+34) 93 12 20 717
VIPCars vipcars.com (+44) 208 196 9510

At RentalCover.com we provide the rental protection and our partners are responsible for the rentals.

A lot of our partners have very similar names to RentalCover.com, so it’s easy to get us mixed up. 

Need support? If you purchased your RentalCover.com policy on another website you will have a booking confirmation from them. Please contact their support team to make any changes - here's the support details for all of our partners. Check your original confirmation email to find your rental company’s name.

About your cover

You can benefit from our popular American primary insurance plan called "Collision Damage Insurance".

Using RentalCover.com offers you damage protection without touching your personal auto plan. So if you make a damage claim you can rest easy, knowing that there’s no deductible to pay from your personal plan and the rates on your plan won’t increase!

RentalCover.com offers great protection for American renters. Learn more in our USA Rental Guide

The following information is US customers only. In most countries, renters are not liable for injury or damages to  other vehicles. Please refer to our Country Guides for more information.

Supplementary Liability Insurance insures you against injuries you may cause to other drivers and their vehicles. In some countries this "third party" insurance is compulsorily provided by the vehicle owner, i.e. the rental companies. However most states in the US do not require the vehicle owner to have mandatory third party liability, meaning the driver is potentially liable for injuries to other people and their property.

If you are driving in one of those states you will be offered SLI (also called Accident Liability Insurance/ALI or LIS or Renter Liability Protection) by the rental company, which will normally provide between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000 coverage. As a general rule, if SLI if offered by the rental company, we advise you to take it.


How much coverage is normally provided?

In the USA each state has different rules regarding whether or not third party coverage must be provided, and often the minimum level of coverage required by law will be quite low. Despite this most SLI providers will generally insure you in the range of $1-2 million, though in some cases coverage may extend up to $10 million.

  Sample of Minimum legal coverage  
State Individual Multiple Persons Property Supplier SLI Coverage
California $15,000 $30,000 $5,000 $1-2 million
Florida $10,000 $20,000 $10,000 $1-2 million
Nevada $15,000 $30,000 $10,000 $1-2 million
New York $25,000 $50,000 $10,000 $1-2 million
Other $10-50 thous. $30-100 thous. $5-25 thous. $1-2 million

Am I insured if I am not at fault?

Generally no. In most cases you will only be able to claim third party damage or injuries if you were the driver at fault. The only exception to this would be if you were deemed by a court to be responsible for a third party accident even if it is not caused by you directly, though this will vary depending on your policy terms.


An Example of When You Are Not At Fault

RentalCover.com customer Eric Clapton is visiting friends in California, and is hiring a car to get around. While Eric is turning a corner, a taxi driver in a hurry to get a fair pulls an illegal u-turn and drives into the side of Eric's vehicle. Even though the other driver's vehicle is written off, Eric's SLI does not need to insure the taxi driver's car as Eric is not at fault.


How Does the Claims Process Work?

To make a SLI claim you will need to contact the rental company's insurance provider and deal directly with them. You will be asked by the insurers to fill out a statement of claim, and to provide some form of documentation relating to your insurance and the claim being made (usually a certificate of insurance, receipts of payment, copies of invoices and police reports as well as other details from the third party showing evidence of damages or injuries sustained).

Since 2014, we’ve specialised in providing customers with cover that’s up to 50% cheaper than what you’ll be offered at the rental desk†. We provide full damage protection for rental cars, and even 4x4s, campervans, minibuses, RVs and motorhomes in some countries.

Our policies are valid for most rental vehicle types, anywhere in the world and we have no hidden exclusions. We aim to offer significant savings compared to the rates charged by rental companies and all RentalCover.com policies include the following as standard:

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Additional drivers

Unlike other companies, we cover additional drivers for free if they are named on your rental agreement

No common exclusions

You won’t find any common exclusions in our policies, such as tires or windsshields

Zero deductible

We refund approved claims in full, including all deductible charges

Speedy claim repayments

If you make a claim and it is approved, we will pay you as quickly as possible - on average within three business days.

Global cover

Our insurance policies are authorized by top-rated underwriters.


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Global cover Global partners and underwriters Global refund
Your cover is customised to your destination and country of origin Our wide network allows us to bring you the best cover at the best price Claim payments are available in your local currency

Want more information? Our Rental Guides explain how everything works.

Insurance policies are always calculated in full calendar days to ensure you are covered for the full trip even if you pick up early or drop off late.

For example, if you pick up your vehicle on June 3rd and drop it off on June 9th that would be rental cover days.

Early drop-off or running late? Full day protection ensures you are covered no matter what time you return your vehicle

Yes - registered agents can provide their customers with rental peace of mind while earning commission on every booking as long as the appropriate licensing appointment and/or training has been completed.

Visit agency.rentalcover.com to register today and join our team!

At RentalCover.com we believe that you shouldn’t need a legal degree to understand our policies. That’s why everything we write is refreshingly simple. Where possible, we have made sure our policies are designed to eliminate confusion and help you understand your protection when you hit the road.

Here’s a summary of the protection you receive when you book with us:

  What you get with RentalCover.com* What you might get at the rental desk
Multi vehicle accidents
Single vehicle accidents Sometimes
Fire, car theft and vandalism Sometimes
Towing, lockout & keys Sometimes
Windshield and headlights x
Tires and underbody x
Standard deductible


$3000 - 4000
Usually fixed cost
Total coverage amount $100000 Car value
Minus exclusions
Price per day 50% cheaper than at
the rental desk
$10-$30* per day
* Airports surcharge +10-25%

*Coverages may vary by country of residence. For more information please read our country specific Rental Guide.

Yes we do. You can choose your vehicle type on the RentalCover.com homepage. While cars are available for any destination, you might find that we do not have Motorhome/RVs, Campervans, Buses and 4x4s in selected countries. 

We do not provide coverage for motorcycles or quad bikes. 

Choose your vehicle


This includes cover for vehicles with fewer than {% if (booking.destinationCountry.Code != 'US') %}15{% else %}10{% endif %} seats, including the driver’s seat. If you are planning on driving on unsealed roads in accordance with the permissions set out in your rental agreement, add 4x4 cover via the My Account page. 

Our policies do not cover supercars, high end sports vehicles (including, but not limited to, those made by Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Bentley), classic cars and cars where the intention of the rental includes use at race tracks or for other special events.


Going off road? Then select this coverage. RentalCover.com’s 4x4 protection covers you for any vehicle that you plan to drive on unsealed roads in accordance with the permissions set out in your rental agreement. If you have a policy without 4x4 coverage, you will need to cancel that policy and purchase 4x4 coverage instead.

Adding a tent on top of your 4x4? First select campervan as the vehicle type. From the bottom of the quote page then add “4x4” as a vehicle type and you will be covered.


Does it have two or more in-built sleeping berths and no in-built shower or toilet? If so it’s a campervan. If you are planning on driving on unsealed roads in accordance with the permissions set out in your rental agreement, add 4x4 cover via the My Account page.

Motorhome / RV

Select this if your vehicle has a built-in shower and / or toilet. If you are planning on driving on unsealed roads in accordance with the permissions set out in your rental agreement, add 4x4 cover via the My Account page.


Group trip? Select minibus if your vehicle has between nine and 14 seats, including the driver’s seat.

 van Van 

A van has no more than three seats at the front with no in-built sleeping berths, shower or toilet. We can cover vans that are not used for commercial use and don’t need a special license to be driven. Select 'car' as your vehicle type to insure your van.

Just enter your Country of Residence to see what coverage is available to you.
Is your vehicle type not listed above? Send us a message to find out if we can offer protection for your next rental.
Follow the tips below to avoid the hassle and have a safe, stress-free trip. There’s more details in our Rental Guides.

1. Your RentalCover.com policy is valid

If you are told by the rental company that they don’t recognise your RentalCover.com policy, don’t worry: They don’t need to! Our policies are an independent alternative to the rental company’s offerings and they are valid worldwide. They have no hidden exclusions and are 50% cheaper than what the rental company offers. If your rental company refuses to give you a vehicle based on using our insurance instead of their offer, we recommend speaking to your rental booking agent.

2. Be prepared

Have all required documents ready for your check-in and take a look at your country’s Rental Guide so you know what to expect at the rental desk.

3. Be confident

In buying a policy from us, you have chosen to be insured by a fully underwritten, global distributor of insurance products with a proven track record of processing claims lightning fast - on average within three business days. We have been doing this since 2014 and our customers rate us "excellent" on consumer review website, TrustPilot.com.

4. If they still refuse to give you a vehicle

If for any reason your rental company refuses to give you a vehicle we recommend speaking to your rental booking agent
Want more information? Our Rental Guides explain how everything works

We understand that insurance, and especially insurance acronyms, can be confusing! In this short article we demystify the two most commonly used terms you will hear at the rental desk:


This is the maximum you will pay for a claim before your Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) comes into play. In the event of an accident you are liable to pay up to the full excess deductible amount, and your CDW insurance will pay the rest. For example, if your car is worth $10000 and your deductible is capped at $3000, you would pay up to $3000 and the rental company’s insurance would pay the rest. You can purchase additional protection from RentalCover.com which reduces your excess / deductible costs to $0.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)

CDW and LDW is usually included in the rental rate that you see on a website. Note that these “waivers” just reduce your risk from a high amount (similar to the full value of the car) to somewhere between $1500 and $3000 depending on the car and the rental company.

US residents interested in CDW should review this article.

Outside of the US, our policies cover this amount, which is called the “excess”. It’s important to ensure you have CDW included with your car rental. RentalCover.com’s protection means you will have $0 to pay if there’s any damage, and it also covers items that are excluded by the rental company’s CDW, such as towing and accident-related fees.

✗ Without CDW

If you have an accident you may be responsible for the full cost of your rental, in additional to any towing and administrative charges incurred due to loss of use while the vehicle is off the road.

✓ With CDW

If you have an accident you will only pay up to the deductible amount on the vehicle. Many rental company CDW policies typically exclude windshield and tire repairs/replacements, as well as underbody, roof, interior, window and side mirror damages. However, if you have purchased RentalCover.com’s Full Cover product we not only reduce your deductible to $0, but also include protection for all the items that these policies don’t protect you for.

For RentalCover.com protection to take effect, you must ensure CDW is included with your car rental.

Want more information? Our Rental Guides explain how everything works

We understand that insurance, and especially insurance acronyms, can be confusing! Here we demystify the various products that help waive your costs if there are damages.

CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) 

CDW covers a rental vehicle for accidental damage and/or theft during the course of a rental period with no deductible. 


A deductible (or “excess” outside of the US) is the amount payable by you if there’s damage to the rental vehicle. There is a deductible for CDW that is waived by SCDW. RentalCover.com policies do not have a deductible.

LDW (Loss Damage Waiver) 

This is the same as CDW but it adds theft and vandalism protection.

Loss of Use, Relocation & Towing Fees

Renters are often charged additional fees by rental companies if the rental requires repairs that keep it off the road (these “loss of use” fees are also called “demurrage”) or if the vehicle is a distance from the intended dropoff location (“relocation fees”) or if there are costs incurred for towing the vehicle or processing a claim. These are usually payable even if you have CDW and SCDW (i.e. they are “exclusions” in CDW and SCDW policies). These are covered by RentalCover.com policies (i.e. they are “inclusions”).

Administration Fees & Other Charges

Rental companies often charge additional fees if there’s damage to the vehicle. These are usually payable even if you have CDW and SCDW. These are covered by RentalCover.com policies.

Want more information? Our Rental Guides explain how everything works.

We work with some of the largest and most respected insurers to provide you with coverage, no matter where you drive. Our top-rated global panel of insurers include, but are not limited to:

Astrenska Insurance Ltd, Canopius, Chubb, Intact Insurance, Lloyds, US Fire

All our customers benefit from the rigour and expertize that our global panel provides.

If you see a charge from RentalCover.com on your credit card statement that you don’t recognise, it is likely because you added rental insurance through one of our approved partners, and it has been charged separately to your rental. Our list of partners includes Rentalcars.com, Booking.com and many more. 

You can cancel or modify your insurance directly by logging into your RentalCover.com account
So we can provide better email-based support to our customers around the world in over 40 languages we recently removed our phone-based support.

But we’re still here to help you. You can use the links below to browse and find answers to popular questions, including:
You can also easily manage your insurance, including changing your rental dates, policy holder details and even cancelling your cover if plans change from your Account.
Got another question? Visit our Help Center for answers to our most frequently asked questions.


We often get asked if we offer the following products. You can sign in to view the full wording for your policies. In summary, here’s what we do cover:

✓ Vehicles from authorised rental companies and peer to peer rentals and car share platforms like Drivy, Getaround, Goget, Turo, Carnextdoor, Zipcar, HiyaCar and more
✓ Accident replacement vehicles and those that are rented from car dealerships
✓ Wheelchair and other adapted vehicles 
✓ RVs, motorhomes and campervans are available in some countries, if permitted by your rental agreement
✓ 4x4s that are intended for normal driving on sealed roads
✓ 4x4s that are intended for driving offroad (in some countries) - if permitted by your rental agreement. 

We don’t cover

✗ Misfueling 
✗ Out of pocket costs like phone call fees, taxis and accommodation 
✗ Charges incurred through service providers that aren't authorized by your rental company 
✗ Loss or damage to accessories/equipment
✗ Interior damage like spillage or tears 
✗ Personal Property - we don't cover stolen goods in the event of a car break-in
✗ Supplementary Liability Insurance (SLI) for renters in the US (it’s coming soon). Our US Rental Guide has more information regarding SLI.
✗ Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) for drivers - this is usually covered by your travel insurance
✗ Annual insurance policies - unless you previously purchased our Annual Policy and wish to keep it active
✗ Third Party Liability Insurance - for more information check your country specific Rental Guide
✗ Personal vehicles or others that aren’t from authorised vehicle rentals or car share platforms
✗ Vehicles with more than 15 seats including the driver's seat
✗ Commercial trucks and other vehicles that are used for commercial purposes such as removal/moving trucks, pantech trucks, commercial delivery vans, courier trucks, trailer trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks, carriers, refrigerator trucks
✗ Vehicles that require a non-standard driver’s licence
✗ Vehicles that have trailers, camper trailers, caravans or other extensions attached to the tow bar
✗ High end supercars, high end sports cars, classic cars and exotic vehicles
✗Certain combinations of country of residence and destination country 

Find out how much you could save on rental insurance by creating a free quote on our website.

1. Visit RentalCover.com and enter your country of residence and destination country

2. Confirm the start and end dates for your trip, and then select the vehicle you plan to rent; car is always selected by default (if you are unsure about vehicle types read this short guide).

3. Lastly click “Get a quote” to retrieve your personal quote. You can review the details and complete your booking by entering your payment details.

The quote page displays the trip price and all the important information you need to know before you set off, including any inclusions and exclusions. You can also review your insurance policy before you buy.

Please ensure that the policy holder’s name is listed on your vehicle rental agreement.
You can change policy holders any time before you pick up the vehicle. Just sign in and go to the Profile page in My Account. Here you can also add your company name on the invoice.

Additional drivers are automatically covered by your RentalCover.com policy.
Please ensure that the policy holder’s name is the same as the main driver on your vehicle rental agreement.

You can check the status of your policy at any time by accessing your account.

1. Visit My Account.

2. Next sign in. To do this you will need the email you used to create your original quote and your booking reference number which ends with "-INS", this can be found in the subject line of your confirmation email.

3. On the left hand side menu you will be able to see the status of your policy:

Confirmed  Your policy has been purchased
Quote  Your policy has not yet been purchased
Canceled  Your policy is no longer active and a refund will be issued

At RentalCover.com we send two types of emails. Newsletter emails and quote / transactional emails. You can learn about how these emails are sent and managed below:

You can update your newsletter email preferences at any time from your My Account page.

1. Visit My Account
2. Next sign in. To do this you will need the email you used to create your original quote and your booking reference number which ends with "-INS", this can be found in the subject line of your confirmation email.
3. Select Profile from the left hand menu. Click “unsubscribe” from the bottom of your profile and you will no longer receive our promotional emails.

Please note if you have made a booking enquiry you may receive quote emails from RentalCover.com, with more information about your cover. Whilst you can’t unsubscribe from our transactional emails, you should be aware that these are only sent for a short period and will automatically stop after a maximum of three emails.

You can view, download or print your policy wording and invoice from your My Account page.

1. Visit My Account.
2. Next sign in. To do this you will need the email you used to create your original quote and your booking reference number which ends with "-INS", this can be found in the subject line of your confirmation email.

3. Select Profile from the left hand menu. Click on "Policy Wording" to read or download your policy by clicking the save iconsave on the top right of the page. You can also select "View Invoice" to automatically download your invoice as a pdf.

From your profile you can also amend the policy holder’s personal information and add your company name on the invoice.

Find out more about how to modify your policy here.
Due to limitations from our insurers, our policies can only be used to cover one rental vehicle. The only exception is if your rental company replaces the vehicle, in which case your existing policy will still work.

Your coverage still works if your rental agreement permits you to drive the vehicle in other countries. You can view your policy wording within My Account if you have any concerns about travel in sanctioned countries. 
If you damage your rental vehicle and the rental company provides you with a replacement, our insurance will automatically cover you, as long as the car type, rental carrier, rental period and policy holder details remain the same.
For all other insurance questions, please visit our Rental Guide
Inclusions and exclusions can vary depending on your cover type so please check your policy wording to find out more. You can find your policy wording attached to your confirmation email, or download it from your account on RentalCover.com. 

For a broad overview of our policy inclusions, as well as more information about what to do at the rental desk and how you should proceed in the event of an accident, please read our country specific Rental Guides.


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We take a duty of care when it comes to your personal data. This is why we will never share it with external marketing services. 

We have a regulatory obligation to record information like policies purchased or claims submitted for our legal records for 7 years. This information cannot be deleted.

However, you can manage your personal details at any time from your RentalCover.com account
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On the homepage we ask for the country you “live in”.

This country should be the same one you used in your address on your rental agreement. If for some reason they are different, your country of residence should be the country stated on your driving license. 
We would ask for both of those documents if you wish to make a claim. 

Age requirements can vary depending on our policy provider. To see the limits that apply to you, please check your Policy Wording. You can view, download or print your policy wording from your My Account page.
Age restrictions only apply to the main driver, as any additional drivers are covered regardless of their age as long as your rental company allows them to drive the car.
When you rent a car in the US and Canada you are responsible for the entire value of your rental car should any damage or loss occur while you are renting a vehicle.

RentalCover.com provides coverage for this for up to 50% cheaper than equivalent coverage from the rental companies. Renters find RentalCover.com more affordable than their personal auto plans because rental damages impact their premiums and the personal plan’s deductible often exceeds the damage cost.

One of the most frequently asked questions when renting a vehicle is: How can a renter decrease their potential out of pocket costs related to damage for the car they have rented?

This can be answered by the following options:
  1. Purchase "Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)" or "Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)" from the rental company. 

    Car rentals in North America occasionally include this in the car booking. Most offer it as a separate product at the rental desk for $20 - $40 per day. For up to 50% cheaper, RentalCover.com’s Collision Damage Coverage provides the same coverage. Because they are primary coverage, both will avoid a claim on your personal insurance policy. CDW (it also has many other names which all serve the same purpose) from rental companies decreases your responsibility from the full value of the car towards $0, often with a $500-$2,000 deductible remaining, whereas RentalCover.com’s Collision Damage Coverage waives your responsibility in full (i.e. it is zero deductible). 
  2. Purchase "Supplementary Liability Insurance (SLI)" from the rental company. This will be offered generally in states where third party liability is not required to be held by the vehicle owner. 

    The SLI cover is usually between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000. However, we always recommend that you ask the rental company as this can differ by state.
  3. Take out RentalCover.com protection as an alternative to the rental companies' CDW/LDW.

    Our damage protection reduces your responsibility to $0 (unless otherwise stated in your quote) and, because it is Primary Coverage, it does not touch your personal auto plan. This means your personal auto premiums will not change. RentalCover.com Collision Damage Coverage includes cover for all types of damage resulting from an accident such as windscreen, tyre, headlight, underbody and roof damage and it covers various fees charged by the rental companies, such as administration, loss of use and towing charges. 
The following steps address the common issue of not being able to sign into your RentalCover.com account. 

1. Check you have entered the correct booking reference and email address - it’s easy to enter an incorrect number! To do this you will need your booking reference number which ends with “-INS”, this can be found in the subject line of your confirmation email. We recommend you to copy and paste it to avoid mistakes. 

2. If you still see an error message, click the “Forgot your booking reference?” link. You can then confirm your email address and we'll email you your most recent booking reference so you can access your booking details.
If your payment card was declined, please follow the below steps:
  1. Ensure you have entered all the correct details and try again.
  2. Make the payment using an alternate card where possible.
  3. If the problem persists please contact your bank for more information.


Managing your cover

At RentalCover.com we work with a number of car rental partners who sell our policies when you book from their site. If that sounds like you, and your trip has already started and you want to modify or cancel your policy, please click the “Modify your booking” button below. Most changes can be handled by us but, if not, you will see the contact details for your booking agent.

Need rental support? Find your rental company's contact details here

If you purchased your policy directly from RentalCover.com, unfortunately once your rental period has started it is not possible to cancel your cover. You can however extend or shorten your policy. To do this just visit My Account. To login, you will need your booking reference number which ends with "-INS", it can be found in the subject line of your confirmation email.

We understand that even the best made plans sometimes change and you have to cancel your RentalCover.com policy.

If you purchased a RentalCover.com policy from one of our partners, you can cancel your policy up to the time of pick-up to receive a refund. For policies directly purchased from RentalCover.com, you can cancel your policy at any time the day before pick-up to receive a full refund.

To check if refunds are available after that, please check your policy wording.

To cancel, extend or shorten your cover please follow these steps:

1. Visit My Account.

2. Next login. To do this you will need your booking reference number which ends with “-INS”, this can be found in the subject line of your confirmation email.

3. Lastly, choose your policy and select either Extend / Reduce Cover dates or Cancel. We will then immediately process your refund. Please note that most international transfers complete within one to four business days.

Once your policy is canceled a refund is automatically issued and we can't reverse the process. If you would like to  reinstate your insurance, please simply re-purchase the policy. 

At RentalCover.com we offer the rental insurance and our partners are responsible for the rental cars. We work to help our rental partners to sell policies that make sense with your rental when you book from their site.

If that sounds like you, and you are having difficulty at the rental desk, please contact your rental agency directly for support.

Need support? If you purchased your RentalCover.com policy on another website you will have a booking confirmation from them. Please contact their support team to make any changes - here's the support details for all of our partners. Check your original confirmation email to find your rental company’s name.

If you purchased your policy separately to your car rental and would now like to make a change or cancel, you can shorten, extend or cancel this online via the My Account page. For more instructions please read our cancelation guide.

Please note that your RentalCover.com policy can be used for most rental vehicles, from any rental company, subject to the terms of the rental agreement. You don’t need to change your policy.

To shorten or extend your policy please follow these steps:

1. Visit My Account.

2. Next login. To do this you will need your booking reference number which ends with “-INS”, this can be found in the subject line of your confirmation email.

3. Lastly, choose your policy and select Extend / Reduce Cover dates. If you reduced the number of days we will refund you the difference to your original payment card. If you are extending your dates you will just need to pay the additional amount.

Good news. You don’t need to change your policy.

Your RentalCover.com policy can be used for any rental vehicle*, from any rental company, subject to the terms of the rental agreement.

Planning on adding extra drivers and countries to your cover? Learn more here.

*Please note that there may be some vehicles that are not covered by the rental policies (e.g. exotic vehicles). Please review the policy to confirm your rental vehicle type is covered.

The named driver and all additional drivers included on your rental agreement are covered by your RentalCover.com plan. There is no need to add any additional drivers to your plan; they are automatically covered at no additional cost. Please ensure that you are named on the rental agreement.

Thinking of visiting other countries on your trip? All our plans include coverage for additional countries as long as your vehicle was collected from the named country of pick-up and this is in accordance with the permissions set out in your rental agreement. 

You do not need to inform RentalCover.com of additional drivers or countries you are visiting.

We defer to the rental companies to check driver’s licenses; you do not need to provide the details to us. If you’re unsure, please contact your booking agent.

Want more information? Our Rental Guides explain how everything works.

Renting more than one vehicle at the same time? Each vehicle must have its own individual plan since your plan only covers a single vehicle at a time.

If you're reading this article it's because you let us know about an issue. So first and foremost, thank you for letting us know! If it's a technical issue, our technical team has already been notified. Shortly thereafter they add a note below, and when it's resolved they remove the note. "Bugs" are usually resolved in 3-5 days. If your problem persists though, please reply to any of your emails and we'll share an update. 

Technical Issues

This is a list of known technical issues that are being resolved.

If your rental has started and you realize you forgot to buy insurance, don’t worry, you still can in most countries. Just create a quote on the homepage.

As soon as your purchase is complete, your insurance is active. Find out more about how coverage days are calculated.

Please note that this doesn't apply for Canadian residents travelling within Canada or worldwide, due to underwriter limitations. 

For any other insurance questions, please visit our Rental Guide.
The rapid spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and shutdown of international travel routes is causing significant disruption to travellers. First and foremost we hope that everyone in your communities and families are safe and cared for. History tells us that this will be temporary and you will be able to enjoy travelling again sometime soon. 

RentalCover’s policies are predominantly sold through partnerships with other travel companies. When choosing our partners we take the time to understand their operations and we provide ongoing training to their customer support teams so they can effectively handle insurance enquiries alongside car rental and other travel-related questions.

Our partners sell a range of travel products with a variety of cancellation and refund rules. We encourage you to read those rules to determine if your car rental or other travel bookings can be canceled or changed, whether or not there’s a refund, the size of any refund and any related cancellation charges.

Refunds for Your RentalCover Policy

RentalCover.com policies can be canceled for any reason. Recently we implemented some changes to encourage our loyal customers to earn an extra 40% on their policy rather than receiving a cash refund. The applicable credit note can be used any time within 3 years. Login to your account if you wish to start the process, or check this article for more information.
As with many travel insurance companies, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been challenging for RentalCover.com. We have over 3 million customers worldwide and we want to make a positive from this situation so we launched some changes to our cancellations that are designed to reward you for your loyalty. 

We now offer credit notes - with an extra 60% bonus credit (or more, depending on your residence) - for customers that need to cancel or change their RentalCover policy. The credit can be used on any future bookings for up to 3 years. 

The offer is available for most customers in your RentalCover.com account. It’s also available when customers cancel a booking. The alternatives are laid out like this, however, cancellation fees only apply for some policies, and the fee may be different from the amount shown:

Cancellation Fee (only applicable for some policies). Credit Note with Bonus Credit (adds the original value plus 60% to your RentalCover account for use on future bookings).

You can choose to take the credit (with the extra 60% bonus) by clicking the blue button on the right, or proceed to cancel by clicking the white button.

Some of our partners also process RentalCover cancellations on their site. A small cancellation fee may apply.

The terms and conditions of the offer are straightforward: 
  • We will add a credit note to your account for the full amount of your original booking plus your 60% bonus credit
  • The credit can be used toward any future booking on RentalCover.com. The credit is non-refundable and expires in 3 years. 
  • Your credit can only be used on RentalCover.com and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. 
  • If you purchased a policy using the credit and then cancel the policy, you will not be offered bonus credit again. Any credit that you spent on the canceled policy will be refunded for you to spend on your next purchase.


For all policies except ones sold to American residents and those that are for travel in Iceland, if you do find a better price anywhere, we are happy to beat it. Policies for American residents and travel within Iceland are also ineligible for various discount coupons on RentalCover.com.

Just reply to any of our emails and include details of the alternative quote, including a screenshot or link to the other quote, your country of residence, your destination country and your travel dates, and we will further discount your RentalCover.com quote. 

When comparing policies keep in mind all the benefits of a RentalCover.com policy

We include many types of damage that the rental companies “exclude” such as:

All types of accident
Windshields & tires
Roadside repairs
Underbody damage
Lockout & key replacement

Unfortunately, transaction fees are everywhere when you travel internationally. In this article we share tips for how you can avoid these fees.

One major cost that most travellers don’t plan for are potential charges from the rental company in the event of an accident or damage. Those fees can cost in excess of $3000 and credit card issuers typically charge 4-5% in additional fees for international travellers.

Before you travel check the cost of using your credit or debit card overseas. To avoid costly card fees we recommend that you use prepaid travel cards

When you make a claim with RentalCover.com there are two factors that can explain the difference between the amount you paid for your damages and the final claim amount you receive.

1. Additional credit card fees: When you make a claim RentalCover.com will refund the charges you received from the rental company, but we do not refund any additional international transaction fees you might incur.

2. International money transfers: Our payment technology allows your claim to be paid into any bank in the world, with no additional fees. While we waive the fees that banks charge for sending payments and wherever we can we waive the fees charged by your bank for receiving payment, (these normally both cost between 10-20 USD per transaction), we take these fees into account when calculating the exchange rates that you see at the time of payment.

We hope that this article explains the efforts we take to simplify payment and how you can save money when travelling internationally.

If you make changes to your RentalCover.com policy or create several quotes over time you may notice a small difference in price from when you originally booked.

Reasons why the cost of your modified cover may differ are as follows:

The average price per day often changes based on multiple factors including the duration of bookings, locations, time of the year, the car rental rates and many other factors.
Insurance risk rates are provided by our insurers. They are complex and can impact the price you see.

We will always aim to provide you the best price for your coverage when you book directly from RentalCover.com. Our partners' pricing may vary from the pricing offered directly on our site due to other fees and costs for combining the booking of the vehicle and purchase of insurance into one for your convenience.
Canceled your cover but can’t see the money back in your account? That might be due to one of the following scenarios:

1. You booked via one of our partners
If you booked via one of our partners and you paid them for the insurance, the time it takes to show up on your credit card statement differs per partner. Their support details are listed here.
2. Your booked via RentalCover.com
If you purchased your policy on RentalCover.com or if, via one of our partner’s sites you paid RentalCover.com for the insurance, the refund is processed immediately however it might take a few days to show on your credit card statement. If your transaction is still pending after 5 working days, please contact your bank for more information.
It is not possible to update your payment method or currency after your policy is purchased.

If you would like to change your payment method or currency you can cancel and rebook your coverage with RentalCover.com any time prior to pick up.

Just visit My Account to get started.
We will not be able to refund your premium after your rental period is complete, even if you did not have an accident.

When you buy our policy you agree to pay a small non refundable fee in exchange of us taking a big risk off your shoulders, and although luck is good, having insurance is better.

We are here to provide you with protection for when things go wrong. Read this article to find out what is included in your cover.

We sometimes hear of rental companies charging customers for damages that did not happen, inflating or miscalculating the final charges. If this has happened to you, you should lodge a “dispute” with your credit card issuer for this unauthorised transaction.

To save time lodging your dispute please follow the instructions below:

1. Download our template letter PDF icon and fill in your details

2. Contact your credit card issuer and use your letter to lodge a dispute for the final transaction you were charged by the rental company. It is best not to explicitly request a refund as your bank may defer you to contact the rental company directly to contest the charge. Instead we advise you state that “the charge was unauthorised” since you do not recognise the damage

What happens next? You can expect a response within 1-2 weeks, and for the charge to be reversed within 3-4 weeks. Our customers have a 95% success rate with these requests, however if your request is unsuccessful, or if you have some excess charges remaining after the dispute is settled, please start a claim online with us here and we will review your case as soon as possible.

RentalCover.com is proud to offer a range of discounts* including:
 Military Discount

Servicemen and servicewomen can benefit from a 30% discount when booking car rental insurance for both their holidays and business travel (this is not available for US residents). To receive your discount code just send us a photo of your Military ID Card or email us from your work email address and include “military service” in the subject line.
 Seniors Discount

Australian Pension/Seniors Cardholders can receive 30% off. To receive your discount code, send us a photo of your card.
 Student Discount

We’re happy to support students with our 30% discount off your next car rental insurance purchase. To receive your discount code simply send us a photo of your Student ID Card or email us from a .edu domain.

*Discounts are not available to US residents
We will always aim to price beat like for like insurance quotes. Please note however that we cannot price beat for the following cases:
- Quotes provided by CarInsuRent (we have major concerns about this business’s eligibility to sell insurance products). 
- Policies where Iceland is the destination country
- Quotes that provide a lesser level of cover than offered by RentalCover.com
- Collision Damage Insurance (CDI) for US residents. 
- Policies purchased from our approved partner websites (our partners control their own car and insurance packaging and pricing).
- When quote details are inaccurate and do not match your trip (for example if you are an Australian resident travelling to Japan your price beat request must match this information)
When comparing policies keep in mind all the benefits of a RentalCover.com policy

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Coverage for vehicles with less than 9 seats (including driver). Excludes luxury/exotic cars.*