Most car insurance policies have certain aspects of it that you will have to pay for if you have an accident or if your car gets vandalized. This part of the policy is commonly referred to a waiver of excess in many countries such as the UK. In the United States the waiver of excess is more commonly referred to as a deductible. If you’re in the UK and decide to rent a car then you’ll encounter a waiver of excess.
When the insurance coverage exceeds the deductable amount the waiver of excess will be paid in full. SO if you accumulate $5,000 in an accident then you will have to pay the excess waiver that was on the insurance policy. This fee is not included with your insurance premium and you’ll have to pay it when you report an accident that you want your policy to cover.
In the example above you’d be better off paying the $2,000 rather than having the insurance company pay the difference and then raise the premium of your car insurance because you made a claim. If you’re a young driver you should be cautious before reporting an insurance claim as most insurance companies will increase the premium by a good amount.
Your excess waiver amount will vary depending on what insurance plan you decide to go with. The higher the deductible that you choose the lower insurance premium will be. If you are a safe driver and have very few claims then you will benefit more from having a higher deductible. However this can cause problems if you are in an accident and end up not being able to pay the excess waiver at the time.
On some insurance policies you will see a percent for the waiver of excess rather than an actual amount. The percent can work for you or against you depending on your situation. If you have a low cost accident then the percent will be in your favor. However if the accident is an expensive one then you will be in a situation where you’ll have to pay a lot more.
When you pay the waiver of excess it usually is to cover damage that was done to your car whether it’s due to an accident, theft, or weather damage. Most of the time third party liability coverage does not have a deductable. If you choose to you can get additional coverage to give you a piece of mind.
You might have been led to believe that the waiver of excess is only for auto insurance. However there are many types of insurance that have a waiver of excess on them. Some other types of insurance that you’re likely to see a waiver of excess is health, travel, and home insurance. If you do rent a car in the UK it’s important that you understand that your credit card can and may be charged for damage before it’s reimbursed by the insurance company.