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Word to the wise — Make two calls before you rent a vehicle:
Know what you need before you reach the rental counter.
It will help you decide whether their coverage is superfluous or whether you'll want it for added peace of mind. You'll be able to determine whether it's "good value."
Ask your insurance agent if you are covered in a rental car at the same levels as if you were driving your own car. If not, inquire about adding car rental coverage. (The cost for one year may be similar to what you'll pay a rental company for one day's "waiver and insurance" costs.)
Discover whether your credit card offers rental car insurance and if so, the extent of that coverage.
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Many car companies are pushing customers to upgrade to more expensive models.
Refuse the "offer" and you may be told the category of car you reserved is not available and that you'll have to wait.
Solutions? The best, according to columnist Christopher Elliot, is to be aware of the upgrade policy of your rental company and to let your agent know you are aware of it.
The next time your rent a car, inspect the vehicle with great care — front, back, sides and top — before getting behind the wheel. Make sure that the rental agent notes even the smallest scratch on the rental agreement.
In other words, pay attention to your rental vehicle before you leave the lot, or you might have to pay up later.
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