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Auto Insurance Basics: What is Rental Reimbursement?

Rental reimbursement is an important part of your auto insurance coverage.  Let’s discuss what it is and why you need it!

When you suffer an auto insurance claim, it’s not uncommon for your vehicle to need to go to the shop for a few days for repairs.  Even minor scratches or dings can require you to be without a vehicle for an extended period of time.

If you have multiple cars this is probably a mild inconvenience.  But if you only have one vehicle or limited access to others, then it could be a major problem.

Think about this...

If you were without a car for a week, how would you get to work?

How would you get the kids to school?

If you use public transportation to commute, what about going to the grocery store or the kid’s soccer practice?

If any of these things would be a major problem, then you need Rental Reimbursement!  This coverage pays for your rental car while your car is in the shop due to a covered claim.  

When you look at your policy, you’ll see Rental coverage listed as a “per day” coverage.  $50 per day.  $25 per day.  That is how much the insurance company will pay for that rental car, simple as that!

If you get a lower amount, but need a larger vehicle, then you’ll be responsible for the additional cost.  Let’s say you need a minivan to drive around your 4 kids, but only get enough Rental Reimbursement to cover a tiny economy car.  That additional per day cost will fall on your shoulders.

This is what we’re here for.  We’ll look at your individual situation, ask these questions, and recommend the right amount of coverage to make your life easy when those inconvenient situations occur.

Call Fox Insurance Agency today at 503-277-2300 to discuss your Auto Insurance coverage or visit our insurance website 24/7 for more information.  If you’re a current client, we’ll be happy to review your policy and let you know how much Rental coverage you currently have.