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Additional auto insurance may not be needed for rental carsPosted On Mon, October 26, 2009
Some consumers may be scared into picking up extra auto insurance when renting a car.
However, if they live in Minnesota, they don't need to listen to a rental agent who says they need the additional auto insurance coverage. In a recent posting on the Deal Spotter blog from Minnesota's Star Tribune newspaper, writer John Ewoldt noted that he refused to get additional auto insurance from a car rental agency, coverage which would have cost him $10 to $15 a day.
"Why? Because we have auto insurance from the state of Minnesota," Ewoldt said. "All rental car claims come from the property damage coverage."
The minimum for the state for coverage is $35,000 for a rental car. The only thing consumers should consider is the fact that amount may not be enough if they end up wrecking more than one car in an accident.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, consumers who have car insurance are probably covered when they rent a car. The same coverage they have through their provider may apply to their rental car.
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