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What should I do at the rental desk in Canada?

Here is a checklist of what to expect at the rental desk in Canada and what to say:
  • You will be offered Roadside Assistance Coverage at the rental desk. You should not buy it. You can instead purchase's "Extra Cover for Canada", which includes every type of "out of pocket" costs that you will encounter if you have an accident or breakdown. It also provides coverage for theft and the sizeable fees that rental companies will charge, such as "loss of use" fees (charged for the period the car is off the road for repairs), "relocation" fees (to insure costs of returning the vehicle to its intended drop off point), and "administration" fees (charged for the paperwork involved in collisions). Read on for more "Extra Cover for Canada" info.
  • If your booking does not already include it, you will be offered Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) or Loss Damage Waiver (LDW, which is CDW plus Theft Protection) at the rental desk. Your booking confirmation will tell you if CDW or LDW is included, and our overview of CDW/LDW in Canada might also be useful. If you are from Canada we recommend bringing your personal car's insurance certificate as it insures you for any car anywhere that you travel. If you don't have your own policy or wish to avoid small claims, you can buy CDW on (from March 2016 onwards). If you need help identifying if CDW is included in your car booking, please complete the form below. 
  • You will be offered a waiver that is variously titled Super CDW, Excess Waiver, Damage Liability Waiver, or something similar. You should not buy it. You can instead purchase's "Zero Excess Rental Cover", which provides coverage for all the things the rental companies don't insure and it costs half as much. Read on for an overview of how insurance works in Canada.
  • If it isn't included in your booking, you will be offered Liability Insurance (also called Supplementary Liability Insurance (SLI) and LIS). There is more information in our SLI for Canada/the US FAQ. We recommend purchasing SLI if it wasn't included in your booking. 
  • If it isn't included in your booking, you will be offered Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), which provides coverage for personal injuries that befall you or your passengers as a result of an accident. 
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