Driving abroad has many advantages for the traveller. Timetable flexibility. Car hire can often be cheaper than a taxi to and from the airport. A real opportunity to explore and make ad hoc decisions on what to do. On our long USA driving trips the car almost becomes a second home, albeit not quite an RV.
But there is a catch. If you damage the hire car, you pay. I’m about to find out what random amount Avis charge for a plastic clip on a wing mirror. The maximum is capped at €1,000. They did offer me insurance costing €80 for less than four days but I declined. Partly on the basis I wouldn’t pay €7,300 for an annual policy.
The other reason for rejecting the Avis policy is that I have cover with American Express thanks to my posh £450 charge card. The disadvantage of this “free” cover is that Avis charge me and I need to provide AMEX with paperwork to enable them to reimburse me.
So between booking holidays I need to find time for that paperwork.
The damage itself was a travesty. The large metal bin must have leapt out quite sharply to catch my near side wing mirror in such a way. Then somehow it managed to hide the plastic backing it tore from the car.
In other news, I found the EHIC card!