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What is SLI (Supplementary Liability Insurance)?

The following information is US customers only, for information relating to other regions please refer to the country specific FAQs

 

Supplementary Liability Insurance insures you for injuries 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) 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.

 

Example Claim

RentalCover.com customer Keith Richards is holidaying in California to get some much needed time in the sun. When Keith turns up to collect his car from the rental desk, the staff explain to him that rental companies aren't required to insure third party damage in their state, and that they instead offer an optional product called SLI to insure customers.

Given his tendency to get a bit wild while on holidays, Keith decides it would be in his best interests to be insured for any and all potential situations, and opts in for the SLI. This decision pays off just minutes later when Keith accidentally backs his new rental car into the rental desk owner's BMW.

After a lengthy process Keith is able to claim back the full cost of the damages to the BMW through his SLI, and he gets to continue on his merry way.

 

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.

 
  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 a 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 or injuries sustained).


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