VIDEO From Medialink: Peace of Mind for Your Summer Vacation

Nothing can ruin a summer vacation like getting into a fender bender. As millions of Americans plan to take a trip this summer, it’s important to be prepared when renting a car.

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If you rent a car and an accident happens or the car is stolen, you are liable. If you decide against taking the insurance offered by the rental car company, any claims will go against your personal auto insurance policy. If you don’t have a personal insurance policy, you could be out thousands of dollars.

You should consider purchasing a separate plan from the rental company. Since many rental company plans do not carry a deductible, coverage can kick in immediately with no out of pocket costs to you.

Vacations should be a time to relax — and taking the insurance on your rental car may give you that extra peace of mind to let you do so.

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