Annual Worldwide

Annual Worldwide Car Hire Excess Insurance

Cover the excess on a year's worth of car rentals

Hiring cars around the world? Avoid paying for your car hire excess insurance each time at the rental desk with our Annual Worldwide car hire excess insurance. This policy can be purchased as early as 364 days in advance, right up until before you collect your car.

If your hire car is damaged or stolen - and you need to make a claim with your car rental company - simply pay the excess and then claim it back with insurance4carhire.

from £59.99

Buy Now

What does this policy cover?

What's included

Below is a summary of the key features and benefits of our car hire excess policy.

For full details, please see the policy wording.

  • The excess on damage and theft up to a maximum of £6,500 cover in total, per year
  • Drivers aged between 21 and 85 inclusive
  • Cover for up to seven additional drivers (so long as they’re named in your rental agreement) There is no need to add them to your insurance4carhire policy.
  • Rental periods of up to 60 consecutive days
  • Misfuelling and car key cover – each up to £500 per claim (max. £2,000 per year)
  • Flat battery cover up to £1,000 per year
  • Late pick-up charges due to unscheduled flight delays
  • Cover for your courtesy car (the vehicle loaned to you while your rental car is being repaired, or if your own car is in the garage and you’re given a courtesy car).

What's not included

Below are some of the key exclusions you need to be aware of.

Full details can be found in the policy wording.

  • Car rentals in which the insurance4carhire policy holder is not the lead driver on the rental agreement
  • Policies purchased after the collection of your rental vehicle
  • Cover for off-road driving
  • Commercial vehicles, motorbikes, camper vans, mobile homes, vans or any vehicle with more than nine seats
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) or Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI). Most rental policies include this, but some (notably in the US) do not. If you need CDW and SLI cover, visit our Annual Worldwide Plus CDW & SLI page
  • Cover for policyholders that are not residents in the UK or the Isle of Man
Show policy document

Watch our animation on why you should take our car hire excess insurance:

Worldwide Car Hire Excess Insurance FAQs

Our Annual Worldwide policy is a multi-trip car hire excess insurance policy designed to cover your car rentals worldwide. Note that this excludes driving in: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, the region of Crimea, Sudan and Syria.

Annual Worldwide car hire excess insurance could save you money if you have an accident and damage your hire car. Car rental companies often include a high excess if you need to make a claim. An annual car hire excess policy will reimburse you for this excess for as many car rentals as you make within the year, up to £6,500.

If the lead driver is an insurance4carhire policy holder, you will be covered. If the lead driver is not a policy holder, you will not be covered, even if you yourself are a policy holder. To be covered by insurance4carhire, the lead driver must always be a policy holder.

A 'Joint' policy, formerly known as a 'Family and Partners' policy, is an add-on available with the Annual Worldwide and Annual Europe car hire excess policies which gives lead driver status to two people. It is essentially no different to a discount for buying two policies for two people living at the same address*. You will be given the option to select this cover during the quote and buy journey.

*The two Joint policy policyholders must be related in one of the following ways: by marriage, civil partnership, engagement, parent-child, child-in-law, parent-in-law, sibling, sibling-in-law.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) is not included in our Worldwide Excess policy. If you require CDW, we offer an annual product which includes three covers under one policy: car hire excess insurance, CDW and Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI). Please visit our Worldwide Plus CDW & SLI page to find out more.

There is no need to add them to your insurance4carhire policy. All our policies automatically allow you to cover up to seven additional drivers per rental, as long as each driver is named as an additional driver on your rental agreement.

The lead driver on the rental agreement must be the insurance4carhire policy holder. The lead driver and each additional driver must be aged between 21 and 85 at the time of purchase and a resident in the United Kingdom or the Isle of Man.

No, additional drivers cannot hire a car on their own. The policy holder on the Insurance4carhire policy always must be the person named as the lead driver / car club member on any rental agreement. The policy holder can include up to seven additional insured drivers as long as each additional driver is named on the rental agreement.

If you require two family members to be a lead driver so they can hire two separate vehicles simultaneously or hire cars separately, you will need to purchase our joint policy. This policy is available to family members related in the following ways: by marriage, civil partnership, engagement, parent-child, child-in-law, parent-in-law, sibling, sibling-in-law. Our joint policy option is available with our Annual Europe and Annual Worldwide car hire excess policies.

Protect yourself with the UK’s most popular car hire excess insurance provider (by online traffic share 2019).



Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Update for insurance4carhire customers

While the scale and impact of the current coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak remains unknown, insurance4carhire, part of The Ardonagh Group, has been working for some time to prepare for all potential outcomes for our business. We have a range of plans in place across The Ardonagh Group to serve the needs of our clients without interruption, while protecting the health and safety of our colleagues and other stakeholders.

Read more

Security Icon


Our payment systems are verified by VeriSign.

FAQ Icon


For more information, or to find the answers to frequently asked questions please consult the FAQs.

Help Icon


Haven't been able to find the answer to your question using the FAQs page? Visit our contact us page.

Payment Icon


We accept payment from Amex, Maestro, Mastercard and Visa cards.