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Australia - hiring cars and motorhomes. Insurance problems

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Old May 15th 05, 06:03 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
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Default Australia - hiring cars and motorhomes. Insurance problems

When hiring a vehicle in Australia, look out for the clausing and
endorsements on the insurance policy, particularly:

1. The excess is normally set at A$4,000 (1,600). An additional fee is
required to bring it down (to near UK levels), the size of which can vary
wildly from one hirer to the next.

2. Hail stones and extreme adverse weather conditions can be a problem - 7
aircraft including 3 Boeings were damaged by hail stones while on their
standings at Sydney airport during January. Quite a few hirers will
exclude storm damage etc from their insurance policies - an additional fee
may be required, but some won't provide it, full stop. The larger hirers
are more likely to include it if asked to do so.

3. The majority of cars and vans, except 4x4s, are prohibited from going on
unmade roads and tracks. If you intend going into the outback, tell the
hirer first.

I gather New Zealand is the same, but with both countries it pays to go
during their winter as the hire rates are much cheaper, as in the UK.



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