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Keeping you protected on your European adventure

One of the best ways to experience Europe and all that it offers, is to get behind the wheel and experience it your own way, at your own pace. The freedom that hiring your own car brings opens up so many possibilities.

If you're looking to take the driver's seat on your European holiday, the last thing you want to worry about any potential mishaps that may occur, and the subsequent costs that follow. As such, it's important to get protected against any eventualities. That's where Holiday Extras car hire excess insurance comes in.

What is car hire excess insurance?

Put simply, a car hire excess is the voluntary amount you would be expected to pay on a rental car, should you be involved in an accident that caused damage to the hired vehicle. This figure is in no way standardised, so some companies can require an excess in the thousands, meaning you'd have to pay that amount towards repairs, regardless of the extent of damage. More often than not, car hire companies often hide these fee conditions in the small print, so it's easy to overlook them, and be left short in the even of an accident. For a more comprehensive breakdown of Car Hire Excess Insurance, see here.

Holiday Extras is here to make sure that doesn't happen.

From as little as the cost of a cup of coffee, we'll make sure your excess is covered, meaning you'll be insured against having to foot the bill for these charges yourself. Holiday Extras car hire excess insurance works on a reimbursement basis, meaning that anything you have to pay in excesses in the event on an accident, you'll get back from us.

Holiday Extras also provides travel insurance for your entire trip, or car hire excess cover as an add-on to your comprehensive travel insurance cover, should you need it.

Benefits of European car hire excess insurance

Holiday Extras trusted car hire excess insurance protects you against any unexpected charges from the rental company, should the hire car become damaged, or involved in an accident.

Our car hire excess cover includes:

  • Up to £10,000 excess/deposit reimbursement
  • Up to £500 misfuelling cover
  • Up to £500 rental car key cover (this includes cover for lost, stolen or damaged keys)
  • Up to £500 rental car breakdown recovery
  • Up to £300 personal possessions cover
  • Up to £200 lock out cover
  • Protection for tyres, windscreen and the upper body of the vehicle.
  • Theft, vandalism, loss or damage to the hire vehicle

Car hire excess insurance summary of cover*

Limit (up to)
Excess / Deposit reimbursement
£7,500 (£10,000 within the policy year)
Misfuelling cover
£500 (£1000 within the policy year)
Personal possessions
- Single item, pair or set
- Tobacco, alcohol, fragrances
Rental car key cover
- Lost, stolen or damaged keys
- Lock out

£500 (£2,000 within the policy year)

*This is a summary of the main cover limits. It is advised to read the rest of the policy for the full terms and conditions

Annual car hire excess insurance

If you're a frequent traveller who often makes use of car hire in Europe, then it's worth considering taking out an annual insurance policy. Not only does this take out the time and hassle of securing cover every time you travel, but you can make huge savings with an annual fee. As long as each individual trip does not exceed the 61 consecutive day cap, you can get cheap car hire excess insurance.

Daily car hire excess insurance

If you're only purchasing car hire once or twice a year, then daily car hire will be the best suited option for your needs. With daily car hire excess insurance, you'll only be paying for the days of your car hire cover period. This policy is used for single trips that do not exceed one month (31 consecutive days).

European and Worldwide cover

Our excess insurance for car hire abroad covers both Europe and the rest of the world*, so regardless of where you're travelling, you'll be able to rent a car with the peace of mind that, no matter where you are, if something should happen, we've got you covered.

Making a claim

If you're looking to make a claim on your car hire insurance policy, there are a few things you will need, but overall the process is simple and straight-forward. Here's some important information on what you need to make a general claim:

  • Your original policy schedule, vehicle rental agreement and travel documents showing the dates and times of travel
  • Original bills or invoices you are asked to pay
  • Original receipts and accounts for any out-of-pocket expenses you have to pay
  • A copy of the driving license of the person driving the insured vehicle at the time of the accident.

*The only countries excluded from our cover are Afghanistan, Belarus, Congo, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Liberia, North Korea, Burma, Sudan and Zimbabwe (as well as any destinations to which the government advises against travel).

Holiday Extras Cover Ltd and Holiday Extras Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Holiday Extras Cover Ltd 05058680 and Holiday Extras Ltd 01693250 are registered in England and Wales. Registered address: Ashford Road, Newingreen, Kent CT21 4JF.

Holiday Extras is underwritten by Travel Insurance Facilities plc which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered address: 2nd Floor, 1 Tower View, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4UY. Company number 03220410.