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Caravan hire without bond (without paying extra)

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Caravan hire without bond (without paying extra)

Are there any companies in Alice Springs who offer campervan hire without having to the bond, but equally without have to pay the liability reduction? I've explicitly gone over the terms and conditions with my insurer in England and I have it in writing that they will cover the liability/excess in all events (including damage to underside and roof). I don't now want to pay an extra $60 a day to reduce my excess as it is unnecessary.

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1. Re: Caravan hire without bond (without paying extra)

If you don't take out the insurance offered by the rental company, a bond will be needed. The rental company is not interested in dealing with your insurance company. If the van gets damaged, you have to pay the rental company and then seek reimbursement from your insurance.

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It would be foolish to operate a hire business without some way of ensuring a bond/excess is covered -whether that's by placing a pre-authorisation on a credit card, or collecting a bond. I find it highly unlikely you will find such a deal - what incentive would there be for the business to offer this?

It's great that you have good travel insurance to cover any excess in the event of damage, but afaik, that isn't going to waive the bond requirement with the campvervan rental . Paying the bond and any fees associated with it (such as credit card fees) are one of the many expenses of this method of travel.

If you are concerned about the expenses of campervan hire, have you tried budgeting your trip slightly differently, with a rental car instead, and staying in motels, roadhouses, and/or hostels? Although that makes it slightly more difficult to cook your own food (though hostels usually have kitchens), it otherwise usually works out to be cheaper - and certainly much less hassle overall.

Note on terminology: a caravan is something you tow behind your vehicle, a campervan is a truck/van that drives itself (synonym of motorhome).

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3. Re: Caravan hire without bond (without paying extra)

I think you are talking about two different things - a bond and excess reduction cover.

The bond, whether in cash or as a pre-authorisation on your credit card, is not negotiable.

However, the excess waiver reduction is optional. Just make doubly sure that your insurance policy isn't subject to a similar excess.

As Jeremy pointed out, if you refuse the excess reduction and you are involved in an accident, you will have to fork over the excess and then claim it back. Often, even if the damage turns out to be much less than the excess, you have to pay the full excess (usually thousands of $$s) and then get back the difference some time after repairs have been completed.

You haven't said which company you are using, but do check the reviews. Some companies have a poor reputation for hanging onto the bonds they collect for excessive periods of time and demonstrating a reluctance to release that money unless repeatedly prompted.

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4. Re: Caravan hire without bond (without paying extra)

It is normal that unless one pays Excess Reduction Insurance, one is likely to pay a bond or have an authorisation taken against one's credit card. Your own personal travel insurance is not relevant - as has been explained.

If you want only to have a credit card authorisation taken, choose one of the major rental companies.

Based on THOUSANDS or reports on these forums, the cheaper the van company, the more likely they are to take a charge and the less likely they are to pay it back promptly..

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5. Re: Caravan hire without bond (without paying extra)

Thanks for the advice. Even the big ones (Britz/Apollo) want to take a bond. Based on the surcharge and the likelihood of losing out on the exchange rate, for 5 days, it is more cost effective to just pay for the liability reduction.

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6. Re: Caravan hire without bond (without paying extra)

Of course it is. It has something to do with the kind of customer who wants to rent a van in Australia. :)

Paying for the Excess Reduction Insurance will make for a much less stressful rental.

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