What insurance is needed for rental car in California?

February 6, 2017 · Posted in FAQ 
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The Shadow asked:

My son leaves Ireland tomorrow Sat 17th Nov to fly to San Diego. He has rented a car to drive to Seattle – everything appears to be arranged. But I want to check he has adequate car insurance that is needed/required? He is over 25 years and has normal Travel Insurance.

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4 Responses to “What insurance is needed for rental car in California?”

  1. julez on March 28th, 2009 10:22 pm

    He needs at least liability insurance to get a rental car. More is always preferred, but I think thats the minimum.

  2. emiss on March 30th, 2009 3:53 am

    When I drove in California it was included in the hire charges

  3. Shannon F on March 31st, 2009 9:06 pm

    Anyone renting a car in the US from overseas will be able to purchase all the insurance he needs through the car rental company, liability and collision. He’ll be completely covered if he asks for total insurance coverage.

  4. Pat D on April 2nd, 2009 12:53 pm

    Many credit card companies will cover insurance requirements if you use their credit card to rent the car. However, your son should have checked with his credit card carrier before he left. Once he gets to the counter in the U.S. it will not be practical to check. And since he’s already left Ireland (since today is Sunday 11/18) that probably won’t be helpful information for your son. However, manybe someone else reading this will be helped by this information.

    Once your son is here he’ll be pressured to sign up for every bit of insurance he can buy, whether he needs it or not. Rental car companies make tons of money this way.

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