When renting a vehicle the insurance that is on the vehicle is by far the most important things to learn about for you never know what is going to happen and you want to make sure that you are covered. It is important to remember that the insurance guidelines of the country you pick up your rental in will be in effect for the entire duration of your rental. Once you receive your rental voucher please take a moment to read over the insurance details that are specific to your rental they will be printed in the terms and conditions area located at the bottom of the voucher. Below you will learn about what forms of insurance are required on your rental and what forms are optional and those that are available to you locally by the rental suppliers in South Africa.
All rentals commencing in South Africa are required to have third party liability and fire insurance coverage. All of Auto Europeís basic rental rates in South Africa are inclusive of these insurances. The suppliers that we work with in South Africa provide an unlimited amount of fire insurance in the event the rental vehicle is damaged because of a fire and $30,000,000 CAD up to an unlimited amount worth of third party liability coverage to people and property outside of the rental vehicle that may be damaged because of the rental vehicle.
When renting in South Africa there are a few optional insurances that are offered to you through Auto Europe and the car rental suppliers locally. Some of the more popular optional insurances are collision damage waiver (CDW), theft protection, personal accident insurance and super CDW. Collision damage waiver and theft protection are included (at an advanced purchase discount) on all of Auto Europeís inclusive rental rates commencing in South Africa. However some of you may decide to decline the CDW and theft protection in order to take advantage of coverage provided to you by your credit card, if you in fact do this please contact your credit card company to learn the details of your coverage and to make sure they will cover a rental in South Africa. CDW and theft are also available for purchase at the car counter locally. The price of CDW and theft is determined by the vehicle category you are renting and the supplier your rental is with. CDW and theft will almost always have a deductible that you are responsible for in the event something happens to rental vehicle. Deductibles in South Africa can range from $0 CAD up to $2,000 CAD depending on the rental supplier and vehicle category. Super CDW is a supplementary insurance available at the local rental counter that will help reduce the amount of the deductible. The cost for super CDW is about $17 to $57 CAD per day. Personal accident insurance is a form of insurance that will provide death and disability coverage to the driver and passengers of the rental vehicle. Personal accident insurance is available for purchase with most rental suppliers at the local car counter and can cost about $3 to $5 CAD per day Please note that optional insurances are available with select suppliers only and the prices noted above are approximate and can change at anytime.
Many of the vehicles rented in South Africa through Auto Europe have certain travel restrictions especially vans, 4x4s and luxury vehicles. In the even you have plans to travel outside of South Africa please consult with Auto Europe ahead of time to make sure you rental is permitted to do so.
Select suppliers may allow certain vehicles to travel into Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Additional surcharges may apply to rentals being taken into the countries listed above.
Note: Advanced notice must be given to Auto Europe in order to travel into the any of
International one-way rentals are available for an additional fee. Domestic one-way rentals are also offered and many will incur additional surcharges. Not all vehicle categories are allowed and minimum rental lengths may apply.