What a Waiver of Excess Is?

June 19, 2017 · Posted in General Articles on Car Insurance 

On insurance policies in the UK you are likely to see a waiver of excess. This is a part of the insurance policy that is similar to a deductable in the United States. It’s the amount of money that you have to pay before the insurance company covers the damages to your vehicle. If you travel to the UK and have to rent a car then you’ll be likely to see a waiver of excess.

When the insurance coverage exceeds the deductable amount the waiver of excess will be paid in full. SO if you accumulate $5,000 in an accident then you will have to pay the excess waiver that was on the insurance policy. This fee is not included with your insurance premium and you’ll have to pay it when you report an accident that you want your policy to cover.

In some accidents the damage is very little and you may not want to report it. In other cases the person who’s at fault may have their insurance cover the damage to your car. In either case you may want to avoid paying the excess waiver and higher premium costs from having an accident. If you’re a young driver then you will want to consider this heavily as your insurance premium is likely to skyrocket even with a minor fender bender.

A waiver of excess can and will vary from plan to plan. If you choose for your policy to have a larger waiver of excess then your monthly payments will be lower as the insurance company will have to cover less in the event of an accident. Over time the increase that you would have had to pay will save you a good amount of money. This is true as long as you don’t get into an accident and have to pay the waiver at a time that is bad for you.

You may see a waiver of excess expressed as a percent from time to time. A percent can be beneficial or harmful to you. The lower the total cost of repairs is the better it will be for you however if the damage is high then you’ll have to pay more then you may have originally thought.

A waiver of excess is usually used to pay off damage that has occurred to your car due to an accident, theft, or harsh weather. Liability only will never have a waiver of excess since it only covers damages done to other vehicles. It’s possible to have better coverage for your waiver of access as well as a lower amount that you have to pay. However this will also increase the cost of your monthly payments.

Car insurance isn’t the only use for a waiver of excess. You’ll also see it applied to other types of insurance such as health, travel, and home insurance. Finally you should remember that if you do have damage to a rental car that you may be charged the damage and the insurance company would have to reimburse you.

Graham McKenzie is the content syndication coordinator for Carinsurancesa.co.za. South Arica?s leading Car Insurance portal.

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