South Africa’s cosmopolitan cities, safaris and jaw-dropping scenic routes never cease to amaze but driving in the country is not without its risks. Knowing your required and optional coverage options can help you relax and have the vacation of a lifetime. There are several types of car rental protection available in South Africa, but there are also limitations of coverage. You can also save some money on your rental car with our tips.
YOUR COVERAGE OPTIONS FOR RENTAL CARS IN SOUTH AFRICA
REQUIRED COVERAGE: LOSS DAMAGE WAIVER (LDW) INCLUDING THEFT PROTECTION AND THIRD PARTY INSURANCE (TI)
Third party liability is included in your rental deal and covers you for damages and personal injury to a third party up to a maximum of South African rand (ZAR) 200 million. There is also a mandatory loss damage waiver that can be topped up with top cover or super top cover to reduce your excess or deductible.
COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE: TOP COVER AND SUPER TOP COVER LOSS DAMAGE WAIVER AND TIRE AND WINDSHIELD COVERAGE
Adding on to your loss damage waiver can significantly reduce your financial liability if you have an unfortunate accident or your vehicle is stolen. In South Africa we have both Top Cover and Super Top Cover LDW options available and you can find the deductible figures for the various vehicle categories in the rental information on our website. Tire and windshield coverage comes with a ZAR 0 deductible in case of damage to these features.
LIMITATIONS OF COVERAGE
In South Africa, territorial restrictions apply to neighboring countries and going outside of permitted areas can invalidate your insurance. Make sure you are fully informed about the scope of your permitted travel by checking the website or asking at the branch when you pick up your rental car.
The LDW does not include your tires and windshield or other glass, so we highly recommend adding this option in case of damage. Your third party insurance is invalid in some circumstances, for example if you are transporting dangerous goods or if an unauthorized driver is using the vehicle.
WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR RENTAL IN SOUTH AFRICA
- Whether renting in Johannesburg, Cape Town or the other unique cities, reserving your car rental with Sixt well in advance gives you the best deals.
- We provide our vehicles with a full tank; please fill up your vehicle before returning to avoid an additional refueling charge.
- Some occupational roles, seniors and students are eligible for discounts. Please check our website for more information.