Any insurance issues if I drive into Canada with the rental car?

Mike asks:

This inquiry is for three couples who want to rent a large van for a trip to Nova Scotia. We'll leave from Greensboro,NC area and return in approx 2 weeks. Now to the question. Can we drive into Canada with the rental car? What are the insurance issues?







My Response: 

You can drive into Canada with the rental, as long as the rental car company allows 

travel into Canada with their vehicles, and you have the proper identification that you would be required to show (the same as if you were driving your own vehicle). You generally must also show a non-resident insurance card at the border, to prove that the vehicle is covered for basic public liability and property damage, while in Canada.

The non resident insurance card should be provided to you by the rental location.

Canadian law requires that all vehicles be covered for basic public liability and property damage.

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This type of rental car insurance coverage (basic public liability and property damage) is included in your rental rate, as the car rental companies are required to insure their vehicles against public liability. If a car rental company does not include basic coverage in the price (common in California) then you would either have to show your own proof of coverage or buy the liability coverage from the rental company.

You should check with your own personal automobile insurance provider to see if they have any specific information that you would be required to show at the Canadian border with regards to your own personal automobile insurance coverage.

If you have rental car insurance coverage for collision or loss/damage in a rental car through your own automobile insurance or through your credit card, and usually deny any loss damage or collision waiver purchases at the rental car counter, make sure to check if those coverages extend to you while you drive into Canada with the rental car.

There may be restrictions or limitations to your coverage while you're in a different country. It's important to check before you drive into Canada with the rental car! Hope this helps!


Pages from this site, relating to this topic:

Car Rental Border Crossings

Taking a rental car into Canada

Personal Auto Insurance Coverage


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