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Inexpensive Collision Damage Waivers

Travel Guard International, a leading U.S. travel-insurance specialist, sells a worldwide $35,000 Collision Damage Waiver for only US $9.00 per day plus a policy fee of $3.00. This rate is a bargain compared to the prices charged by rental-car firms, although there is a $250 deductible.

Final tips

  • If you plan to cross national borders in a European rental car, make sure you have the rental firm's approval and any required documentation before you leave the country where you rented the car. This is especially important when driving to Italy and Eastern Europe.

  • If you're a resident of Britain or Continental Europe, check with your car-insurance agent or broker to learn what may be covered by your existing policy.

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If you live outside the EU, a tax-free Renault or Peugeot tourist lease can be cheaper than renting. Minimum driver age is 18, there' s no upper age limit, and rates include insurance.

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