New Zealand Tripcover Launches Car Rental Excess Insurance New Rates and Policies

Car rental rip-offs have been very topical lately, especially when the rental companies are falsely charging its customers for damage that they were not responsible for.
One way to counter this type of fraud is to let third party car rental excess insurance companies fight the battle with the rental companies. Tripcover is one such insurance company that offer such policies in Australia and now a full policy offering in New Zealand for residents and overseas visitors.

For six years now Tripcover has been offering Australians and overseas visitors to Australia a chance to offset this car rental excess liability and  they sell over a million dollars worth of cover for Allianz Gloabl Assistance now. They now have the same policy offering in New Zealand for New Zealanders and overseas visitors to New Zealand.

For more on what they offer visit Tripcover.com.au and Tripcover.co.nz

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Allianz Enters the Car Rental Excess Insurance Market

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Hi folks, yes that’s right I am writing an article about our number one competitor as it enters our category and market place. Allianz.com.au, one of the world’s biggest insurance companies has now entered the car rental excess insurance market and is competing head to head with Tripcover’s car rental excess insurance products.

This is a great sign for us as a giant like Allianz, entering this category that my brother Steve and I created in Australia, verifies that this means business and our category is not likely to go away anytime soon.

And what is this category? Well, anyone that has ever rented a car will know what I am talking about. You know, you get to the car rental desk and they ask you if you want to take out their CDW or Collision Damage Waiver (it is basically their own insurance that
they manage themselves only they can’t call it insurance).

Now this CDW can cost as much as the rental car itself or even more, per day and so can double your rental costs.  The car rental insurance policy that Tripcover sells is around $9 per day. Although the policy that Allianz sells is the exact same product, supplied by Allianz Global Assistance, they have a higher rate due to it covering 21 to 75 year olds. We have split our age range so that you can by our policy for either 25 to 75 year olds or 21 to 24 year olds and it is considerably cheaper.

About the Car Rental Excess Insurance Category
With present sales of around $10M in Australia and representing around 3% of the car rental insurance market, we estimate that the category will be worth some $38M by 2020 and represent around 8 to 10% of the car rental insurance market place, by then.
Car rental excess insurance has been going in Australia since the start of 2012, for over 4 years now and we see it becoming main stream by 2020.

 

Satisfied Customers Are Not Advocates

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According to the authors of:
First Break All the Rules:What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently
the 4 rules of thumbs for customer satisfaction on P128,  the first 2 rules are not going to get you any more than satisfied customers, that is having Accuracy and Availability.

But if you really want to get your converts and advocates for your company you are going to need the last 2 rules of thumb which are Partnership and Advice.

“Partnership and advice are the most advanced levels of customer expectation. If you consistently meet these expectations, you will have successfully transformed prospects into advocates”

Growth of New Insurance Category in Australia

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Over the last 4 years there has been the sprouting of a new category in Australia in the car insurance – car rental industry, that of car rental excess insurance.

Initiated  by Des and Steve Sherlock of Tripcover, at the start of 2012, it now includes some 5 players in the Australian market. They inlcude:

  1. Tripcover – Car Rental Excess Insurance
  2. Allianz Rental Vehicle Excess Cover
  3. Hiccup
  4. Rental Cover
  5. Car Trawler

This category has the potential to eat into the large profits that the car rental companies have been enjoying for decades. What is different about this category is that unlike using
travel insurance or credit cards to hope you are covered for what you think you should be covered for, this car rental excess insurance is designed specifically for  competing head to head with the car rental companies.

The main difference between the insurance product and the car rental companys’ product, is that in the event of an accident you would need to claim with the insurers such as Allianz Global Assistance, QBE, whereas if you use the more expensive car rental companies waiver (CDW) they handle any damage issues.

And by expensive we mean very expensive. The car rental companies waiver can cost as much if not more than the rental per day with the car rental excess insurance supplied by Tripcover coming in as low as $5.60 per day.

The category has seen amazing growth over the last 4 years with estimates that some
$12M in sales in the last financial year, from these companies. This represents about 200,000 policies sold out of 6.5M rentals in Australia per year or around of 3% of the market so far.

It is predicted that by 2020 the car rental excess insurance market in Australia will be 10% of the car rental market, worth $38M.

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Latest Product Review
5 out of 5, reviewed on Jan 27, 2016,

“Have just booked Tripcover insurance for the first time and hope it won’t be necessary to make a claim! I’ve been disgusted with all of the car rental companies prices for insurance – basically doubling (or more) the daily rental car rate – what a rip off! If all goes well, will continue to use this service.”

Car Rental Excess Insurance Made…..Too Easy!

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Latest Product Review by Bernie on Tripcover – Car Rental Excess Insurance

5 out of 5, reviewed on Jan 05, 2016,

“Having been offered ‘Total Protection’ by the hire company I decided to look around for a company that wouldn’t double my hire costs. I found Tripcover via my own car insurer and was very pleasantly surprised at the reasonable cost and options and the simplicity of creating the cover I wanted. Hopefully I won’t actually NEED it but I’ll be back on site after my hire period to complete my review”.

This is awesome…Economical solution for rental Excess

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Latest post from a customer on Product Review for car rental excess insurance
“I have been using this since I have been in Australia since 2014 and trust me but this is an amazing service. This not only helps to reduce the Excess but the policy provides more coverage than the one usually provided by the rental companies…..Also, this is an great economical option considering the cost at which the service is provided with an additional personal theft cover & relocation cover.By gods grace I have not yet required to log a claim however, I am pretty confident that this would be hassle free considering this is being managed by a reputed company like “Allianz”

Great policy, great features and amazing economical cost….”