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Does my car insurance cover a rental car?

Written by Beth Maggio—Administrative Assistant

June 5, 2019 · Personal Lines, Car Insurance

Call us at Hennessey, Thames & Leavitt in Vicksurg, Ms to get the answer to this question.

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Have you ever found yourself at a rental car agency wondering whether you should buy their additional coverage? What, you wonder, does my regular car insurance cover?

Sorry to say there are no easy answers that apply to everyone. Whether you're covered, and for what and how much depends on what types of personal auto insurance you carry, what protection your credit card offers and where you're renting the car.

Before you rent, call your agent at Hennessey, Thames & Leavitt Insurance Agency in Vicksburg, Ms about the coverage under your personal auto insurance and call your credit card company so you know what terms apply to a rental vehicle. Don't wait until an incident occurs and you're on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck or ambulance.

Normally, coverage from your primary auto insurance will extend to a rental vehicle. If you cause an accident while driving the rental car, your liability insurance would pay up to your policy limits for the damages to other cars or property.

Likewise, collision coverage on your regular policy would pay for accident-related damages to the rental car you're driving. Finally, your comprehensive coverage would take care of damages to the rental vehicle not related to a traffic accident, such as theft or vandalism.

Still, having collision and comprehensive coverage on your regular vehicle may not protect you from every charge the rental company could impose. You could be charged for administrative, loss-of-use and loss-of-value fees that aren't covered by your insurance.

Many credit cards come with rental car insurance as a benefit, which can supplement or even serve in place of your regular auto insurance policy. You should check with your credit card company prior to renting a car.

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Contact Hennessey, Thames & Leavitt today to discuss your liability limits. We can be reached by phone at 601-636-5560, email: Check us out on Facebook or our website