Almost a third of car hirers are ignorant that if they damage their hire car they would have to pay the first part of the claim, i.e., the excess amount which can be around £2000 if hiring for a week this month in Faro with Budget, Avis or Hertz.      

The Opinium survey of over 2000 UK car hirers and commissioned by iCarhireinsurance.com, a provider of specialist car hire excess insurance, revealed that 60% of car hirers are confused by the jargon used by rental car companies to explain their insurance options. This is leaving travellers at risk of losing a substantial sum if their hire car is damaged or stolen.