Does auto insurance cover rental cars?

Most standard auto insurance policies at Paragon Independent Insurance Agency don’t cover rental cars in Plano, TX. That’s because most standard policies only cover the insured individual’s vehicle damage. And since you don’t own a rental car, your policy likely won’t provide any coverage for it.

There Are Some Exceptions, Though

While most standard auto insurance policies don’t cover damage to rental cars, there are some exceptions.

Get PreApproval

For example, if you have both comprehensive and collision coverage on your vehicle, that coverage may extend to rental cars in some circumstances. However, this will only be the case if you let your insurer know that you’ll be renting a car in advance and they agree to extend your coverage. Without prior approval from your insurer, any damage to a rental car probably won’t be covered.

Liability Coverage

Another exception has to do with liability coverage. Most standard auto insurance policies include at least some liability coverage, which can help pay for damages if you’re found at fault in an accident. In most cases, this coverage will extend to rental cars as well. However, it’s important to note that liability coverage only pays for damages to other people and property—not for damages to the rental car itself.

Add Temporary Coverage

Some policies allow you to add coverage for rental cars on an as-needed basis. We can check to see if this is an option with your policy.

As you can see, whether or not your auto insurance policy covers rental cars can be a grey area. To avoid surprises down the road, it’s always best to contact Paragon Independent Insurance Agency before renting a car in Plano, TX.