Alamo Car Rental Insurance

Alamo Rental Desk; Author: Alamo Rent A Car; Attribution: Alamo Website


In case you did not know, Enterprise Holdings, Inc. is a private holding company headquartered in the Clayton suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, United States. This is the parent company of the following car rental companies:

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • National Car Rental
  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • Enterprise CarShare

Quite a revelation!


Alamo Car Rental Insurance


Candidly speaking, car rental insurance is a misnomer – at least in the format served up by the rental companies. US law prevents the rental giants from offering their own cover, and this is because they are not legally entitled to do this. What’s offered at the rental kiosk is an expensive form of self-insurance known as the ‘waiver’.  Click here and learn more.


For US Residents


In some instances, rental car insurance falls under the renter’s personal car insurance policy, taken out for their own vehicle. Credit Card providers also offer umbrella coverage, but this is considered secondary insurance applicable when all else fails. Travel insurance policies may include limited car rental insurance options too.


For Non-Residents


You may drive in the US without insurance. Visitors must check the terms and conditions of their home-country insurance policy. When purchasing travel insurance before entering the US, take the time to read the fine print (exclusions).


Remember to Check Your Rental Auto Carefully


Some car rental companies are less than upfront at vehicle handover time, rather leaving the discovery of pre-existing damage for the renter to spot. This is why it is so important to examine every facet of your rental carefully, taking photos of anything you find unacceptable. Better still, request the agency representative to note – and sign for - any discrepancies on your Rental Agreement.


Researching the Alamo Car Rental Insurance Options


As with all aspects of rental car hire, it is important for the renter to have a thorough understanding of their responsibilities. Accepting and signing the Rental Agreement is a legal formality before driving a rental auto. The terms and conditions of this document are compelling at all times during the rental period.


Alamo's Mission Statement


In terms of bragging rights, "Alamo Rent A Car, the largest car rental provider to international travelers visiting North America, is a value-oriented, internationally recognized brand serving the rental needs of airport leisure travelers." The only qualifier offers is to urge every renter to accept our Primary Rental Car Damage Insurance before driving. It's available online and takes a few minutes to arrange, and provides complete peace of mind during the rental period.