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EuropCar Rental Insurance FAQ's and Prices

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Supplemental Third Party Liability(SLI)

What is a Third Party?

Third Parties are all people, animals or things that are outside of your rental vehicle. All of Europcar Costa Rica's vehicles are insured by Law for Third Party Liability (TPL), for the mandatory amount (approximately USD $200). We strongly encourage our customers to purchase the SUPPLEMENTAL THIRD PARTY LIABILITY (SLI) in order to elevate the coverage extension up to USD $500,000. This will guarantee that, in case you should be involved in an accident or other event, where people or things not traveling with you get hurt, Europcar Costa Rica will take care of all medical or other expenses caused by this. And the SLI protection does not have any excess or deductible amount for you to pay.

What is an Excess or Deductible amount?

Excess or Deductible is an amount not covered by the insurance which is the customers responsibility to pay in case of accident.

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)

LDW (Loss and Damage Waiver) is a combination of CDW(Collision Damage Waiver) which concerns damage to the rental vehicle, and TW(Theft Waiver), which concerns Theft or Loss of the rental vehicle. Unless Europcar is able to recover the cost of its damages from an identified liable Third Party, the renter/driver is liable for all damages to or loss of the vehicle occurring during the course of the rental. This liability can generally be waived against payment of a fixed charge per rental day. It should, however, be noted that for those renters who have purchased such protection, a residual non-waivable amount (or "excess") will be applied in the event of damage to or loss of the vehicle.

What does this mean?

The LOSS DAMAGE WAIVER (LDW) covers damages made to the car you are renting, when you are involved in an accident, overturn or other event that can cause this damage. It also covers you from paying the total value of the car in case it is stolen. LDW does not apply for tires and windshield.

This is the ONLY cover with an excess or deductible, and the amount depends on the category of car rented (going from $900 to $1500). The excess amount must be held as a guarantee deposit on the main drivers' credit card during the rental. No cash deposits are allowed. When the vehicle is returned in the same condition it went out, the excess amount is refunded on the card.

Is LDW mandatory in Costa Rica?

LDW cover is mandatory when the customer cannot present valid proof or evidence of credit card LDW protection in Latin America, Costa Rica, in off-road conditions and for the category requested (and YES, we will verify this information with your bank). We strongly recommend our customers to purchase Europcar Costa Rica's basic cover LDW, in order to enjoy their trip without the worry.

Additional Driver Protection (ADC)

The ADDITIONAL DRIVER PROTECTION (ADC) is optional and guarantees that all insurances taken by the main driver will be also applicable to any additional drivers

Super Loss Damage Waiver (SLDW)

Why "SUPER"?

The SUPER LOSS DAMAGE WAIVER, optional and additional, frees the customer from all liability for paying damages or LDW's excess amount in case of accident, theft, or total loss, except in cases of negligence. This additional protection is a "super" protection, because it protects you on the part of the LDW insurance of which you are unprotected from (the first $900-$1500, depending on category, as stated in the LDW explanation

This insurance must be requested for each rental contract, and Europcar Costa Rica reserves the right to offer and/or suspend it at any time if it considers it is being misused.

This cover is not applicable for tires or personal belongings inside vehicle.
So what does Europcar Costa Rica consider as "Negligence"?
Negligence means acting in an irresponsible and deliberate manner that causes damages to Europcar´s vehicle.

Common Negligence Cases

  • Improper advances, which cause collisions or vehicle to flip over.
  • Running over red lights, or not obeying traffic signs which may result in collisions or vehicle flip over.
  • Driving at a higher speed than what is established by Law for the particular road the vehicle is on.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drug consumption.
  • Driving through rivers that are higher than half the tires height, or right on the beach, into the ocean or an inlet.
  • Leaving keys on car doors or on the ignition while vehicle is unattended, leaving doors open or unlocked during absence.
  • When the vehicle is parked in a "no parking" zone or in a place where theft or damage of the vehicle is fomented.

Personal Accident Insurance(PAI)

The PERSONAL ACCIDENT INSURANCE, optional and additional, applies to all passengers in Europcar's vehicle, including the driver. No excess is applied. It includes the Public Liability Policy, covering all public liability not covered by the contract, which may be generated by the car rental service offered to the insured party within national territory. It also includes the Automobile Seat Policy, which applies to the vehicle´s driver as well as the other occupants, and covers bodily injuries due to the unexpected action of any violent, fortuitous, and sudden external agent.

PAI cover is does not apply If and when a number of passengers exceeding the maximum capacity established by the manufacturer is traveling in the vehicle.

Tire Damage Cover (TDC)

By purchasing the new protection TDC, the customer can be worry free if something should happen to the tires (flats or damages to the rubbers). This protection does not include damage made to the wheels.

Is the TDC worth it? As a preventive measure, we really do recommend this protection. In recent times, we have had several reports on vandal gangs working near the airport or coming in to San Jose, that puncture tires with a sharp object when vehicles are at a stop light, causing a flat to vehicle rental customers. When the customer stops to check what's wrong, these vandals gladly approach him/her offering their help to change the flat, and during this distraction they proceed to steal valuables from inside the vehicle.

This is why we advise our customers of the following

Whenever they get a flat tire near the airport or coming into San Jose, or in a place where they feel someone is following them, we STRONGLY recommend NOT to accept any help in these cases, and if they do so, we advise to watch out for their personal belongings, be very careful and aware of the person(s) helping out and never show any money they are carrying.

We also advise to drive with doors locked at all times and windows up when in San Jose Downtown or in secluded places. If the customer has any questions or needs help, they are welcome to call any of our stations or the TOLL FREE number 800-EUROPCAR for assistance.

What You Need To Know About Credit Card Protections

Some credit cards may entitle their holders to a degree of cover for damage to, or loss of, the rental vehicle. We are happy to recognize such cards and do not object the card-holder, in such a case, not to avail of the protections described below and to stand liable for any damage to, or loss of, our vehicle.

Please, however, be aware of the following

  • If you elect to be covered by your card and decline Europcar's protections, you are also declining Europcar's recovery service from liable third parties, unless you purchase our supplemental liability protection.
  • The extent of coverage provided by credit cards varies and is usually subject to certain restrictions, in particular concerning the maximum length of rental and the type of vehicle which can be covered. Major credit cards generally offer a loss and damage protection to their GOLD and PLATINUM members. These "covers" are generally very specific to the area you are traveling to (Latin America, Europe, Asia, etc.), to the type of vehicle reserved and to the roads the vehicle is driven upon.
  • Europcar strongly advise you to contact your Credit Card organization before rental and provide written details/proof of your coverage when arriving at the at the Europcar rental location

Daily Insurance Price Chart

Daily Insurance Price Chart

BASIC PROTECTION

NO EXCESS

TIRE DAMAGE

PERSONAL MEDICAL

DAILY RATE

DAILY RATE

DAILY RATE

DAILY RATE

MANDATORY

OPTIONAL

OPTIONAL

OPTIONAL

OPTIONAL

MODEL OR SIMILAR

SLI

LDW

SLDW

TDC

PAI

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOYOTA YARIS

$13

$2

$13

$5

$3

TOYOTA COROLLA
$15
$2
$13
$5
$3

DAITHATSU BEGO

$19

$2

$13

$5

$3

TOYOTA RAV 4

$21

$5

$13

$5

$3

TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO

$21

$5

$13

$5

$3

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:


1. Customers who wish to decline LDW cover must present written proof from the card's issuing bank, that their credit card insurance covers Latin America, Costa Rica, the type of vehicle reserved, and off road conditions.
The document must also mention what is the maximum length of rental and what amount is covered in their insurance plan. Failure to present this document could eliminate the benefit of LDW declination.

If the customer declines the LDW protection, the credit card deposit held during rental will be $3500.

Tico Travel's 24 hours assistance service will apply a surcharge, depending on the location of the customer.


2. When the customer purchases our basic protection (LDW + SLI), the guarantee deposit for rentals is $500 for any category.


3. When the customer purchases our basic protection (LDW + SLI) plus our no excess protection (SLDW), the guarantee deposit for rentals is $100 for any category.

Extra comprehensive Travel Insurance Is highly recommended! It can save you money in the end if you have medical expenses or lost items.

 

 

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