Collision Damage Waiver or CDW… what does it really mean?
This is, as it is called, a waiver, not an insurance. It means the rental company has waived the right to charge the renter for valid damages to the vehicle. So basically, it’s like a comprehensive insurance which covers the full cost of the car if the car was to be written off. You may find it is included in your rental agreement but it also may not be…so make sure you check!
Most companies in Europe tend to include CDW in the rental agreement, the places that usually don’t include CDW are the USA and Canada.
CDW is often an extra that you can include or opt out of in your agreement, or if it is inclusive of the agreement you may find it comes with a high excess with the option to pay extra to bring the excess down.
Car rentals CDW often has exclusions such as tyres, wheels, the underbody, roof and windscreen, so again check what is covered and what your excesses are!
Also check how much you are being charged for this…as some rental companies charge high daily rates for CDW but of course fail to tell you that you could just as easily purchase CDW along with your car hire excess insurance for a much smaller amount!
One thing is for sure….make sure you are covered!
Date Created: 24 August 2015 by Elisa Overy