MN Auto Insurance: Renting & Loaning

Renting a car? Are you covered?Minnesota Auto Insurance

Minnesota law requires every auto insurance policy, under the property damage liability portion, to provide a minimum of $35,000 in coverage, without a deductible, for damage to, and loss of use of, a rental car (including pickup trucks and vans under 26,000 pounds.) State law further specifies that when a driver rents a vehicle in Minnesota, separate notice must be attached to the rental contract that informs the driver of this coverage. The notice must also state: “purchase of any collision damage waiver or similar insurance affected in this rental contract is not necessary if your policy was issued in Minnesota.” The same law requires that no collision damage waiver or other insurance affecting the rented vehicle can be sold unless the person renting the vehicle acknowledges in writing that the consumer protection notice has been read and understood.

Loaning your car to a friend?

If you loan your car to a friend, and he or she has an accident, their injuries will be covered under their own policy, not yours – assuming they have an auto policy. If they do not have their own policy, and no one in their household is covered under a policy, the basic economic loss benefits will be paid from your policy.

Who pays for damage to the car, however, is not quite so simple. Your car will always be covered under your own policy as long as the policy carries comprehensive and collision coverage. Under certain circumstances, the policy covering the other vehicle may pay for damage to your car. Check your policy under the definition of “your covered auto.”

Minnesota Auto Insurance: Required Coverage
Minnesota Auto Insurance: Optional Coverage
Minnesota Auto Insurance: Renting & Loaning
Minnesota Auto Insurance: No-Fault Coverage
Minnesota Auto Insurance: What Affects Policy Cost?

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