Before you rent a car in Italy, it is important for you to understand that all rental vehicles there are required to carry Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection coverage. Unlike many other European countries, which will allow you to drop their insurance if you have a credit card or a personal policy that provides you this service, you can not choose to go this route for insurance coverage in Italy. Auto Europe is here to clearly explain what all of this means in detail. Before we go into the Zero Excess and Refundable Excess insurance options, let's review what our typical inclusive rate covers for a vehicle rental in Italy.
Excess, which is a UK term, is really just another way of saying deductible. If you have a deductible, it will be noted in the Your rental includes section of your Auto Europe voucher. *When you pick your vehicle up, you will be required to present a credit card to the rental supplier, and a deposit will be blocked on your card. **Usually, the deposit amount will be equal to the CDW deductible plus a tank of gas.
*This is only a temporary authorization and a block of funds on your credit card; it is not an actual charge. Once your rental period has concluded and the vehicle has been returned without incident, the hold on your credit card in the amount of the deductible will be removed.
**Your voucher will indicate whether your rental agreement includes a tank of gas in the rate or not. If your terms and conditions state that the vehicle must be returned with a full tank of gas, then the money blocked on your credit card for fuel will be released once you have returned the vehicle with the appropriate amount of gas in the tank.
Refundable Excess: In the event your rental car is damaged or stolen, Auto Europe will refund you the deductible amount charged by the local supplier. It is important to follow the procedure for reclaiming the excess fee, click here to view what the process entails.
Zero Excess: There is no CDW or Theft Protection deductible when you rent a car with the Zero Excess rate. Upon picking up your vehicle, you won't need to place a large deposit on your credit card.Auto Europe's Zero Excess and Refundable Excess products aren't just available in Italy, we offer these packages in several other countries, too.
Look for our Zero Excess and Refundable Excess rates when booking your rental car online, or you can call us toll-free at 1-888-223-5555 and ask one of our knowledgeable reservation agents if your desired pick up location has the availability of this added protection.