Do I need to buy collision insurance in Green Valley, AZ, for a rental car if I have auto insurance?

There are plenty of times when you might need a rental car to get back and forth around the Green Valley, Sahuarita or Tucson area of Arizona. And of course, the rental agency may encourage you to buy collision insurance as you pick up your rental car. But do you really need this coverage when you already have your own auto insurance policy?

Keep in mind that most carriers extend personal auto insurance to include rental cars. Depending on the carrier and the state’s own policies, rental vehicles may be covered under liability or collision coverage. You may want to speak to your independent agent to find out such coverage works.

If you have a policy that covers only the state-mandated minimum liability or if you simply feel better about the peace of mind it brings, you may want to purchase additional coverage from the rental company. Otherwise, you’ll likely save money by using your own auto insurance to protect against the unexpected. If you’re using a credit card to rent a vehicle, your company may offer its own collision insurance coverage as a built-in perk.

Don’t forget that rental reimbursement coverage only applies when you rent a car due to your personal vehicle being unavailable as a result of an accident or other type of loss. This coverage may not provide protection against damage caused to a rental car.

If you’re still not sure whether you need collision insurance for your rental car, don’t hesitate to contact your Insurance Center of Green Valley agent for more information. As your independent agent, we can help you get on the right track when it comes to your auto insurance needs.