Some hire car companies do not charge extra for waiver of the excess.Sixt don't.And if I have hired in the past from a company that charges for it I paid it.I collected an almost new (6,000kms) immaculate VW Polo 8 days ago from Sixt at PMI. 237 euros for 8 days- definitely at the upper end of the cost scale.
Tuesday morning in stormy conditions I am driving down a one-way street in Cala San Vicente (the one outside the front entrance of Grupotel Molins overlooking the bay if you know it).I see a lady reaching through the open passenger door of her car parked against the wall apparently fiddling with the door or window by the driver's seat.Only her lower legs and feet protruding from the just-open passenger door.I give her a wide berth but as I am passing her car a strong gust of wind blows her passenger door fully open and it scrapes along the rear door and rear wheel arch of the Polo.Sounded worse than it was but it is much more than superficial damage.
I halt the car at the end of the line of vehicles and leg off back to get her details.Too late, the bird has flown.
I returned the car today.The Sixt check-in guy asked me how it happened.He was not at all surprised the driver didn't hang around.
If that had been a car with just CDW cover through no fault of mine (that I can tell anyway) I would have been stung for anything up to 600 euros.My first accident in 30 years of hiring cars in Majorca.
I hope this tale helps somebody.