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liability, collision, and comprehensive insurance

The "third-party" liability coverage — i.e. "international green card" insurance — covers the driver with up to EUR2,580,000 per accident. The collision-damage deductible is EUR1200 per occurrence. Comprehensive-damage (i.e. consequent of fire, natural disaster, vandalism, theft of vehicle, etc.) is covered beyond the first EUR1500 per occurrence (i.e. beyond the security deposit which the vendor authorizes on the client's credit card upon the pick-up occasion). Clients can reduce the collision-damage deductible to EUR350 by purchasing the collision damage waiver (CDW) costing EUR12 per night. Damage to vehicle occupants is not covered; i.e. personal accident insurance is not included and it is not made available. The cost of all the above-mentioned, included insurance is woven in to the total price calculated by the IdeaMerge online reservation software.

Clients must agree to park the vehicle in supervised areas only (such areas are common in Europe) or to stay in/with the vehicle. If the vehicle is stolen, the vendor is not obligated to procure another for the client. … Generally speaking, a replacement vehicle cannot be guaranteed; yet in all cases where a replacement vehicle would benefit the client the vendor will do its best to procure one for the client.

The included insurance is effective in the following countries: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzigovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands (i.e. Holland), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland). However, special permission must be obtained from the vendor for travel into those of these countries — other than Switzerland — which are not members of the European Union.

You are welcome to transport your rented vehicle by ferry and/or the Channel Tunnel.

The vehicles are not allowed into Albania and "Yugoslavia" (i.e. Montenegro and Serbia, including Kosovo and Vojvodina). Nor are the vehicles allowed into Iraq and Morocco.

Any damage intentionally or negligently caused by a rental vehicle tenant (i.e. member of the rental party) or other welcomed occupant of the vehicle — especially as a consequence of said person's consumption of drugs or alcohol — is not covered under the terms of the insurance. The same exclusion shall hold for all damages caused to the roof (e.g. damages caused by tree branches) or damages caused by ignoring height-of-passage warning signs. Further, the renter shall be fully liable, despite the agreed limitation of liability, for all damage caused by the driver's or another tenant's failure to observe the vehicle dimensions (especially vehicle height and width), by improperly heavy or large loads in/on the vehicle (i.e. exceeding the engineered or legal capacity of the vehicle), by improper loading and unloading actions performed to load the vehicle, or by driving the vehicle backwards without being appropriately directed by someone outside the vehicle. Regarding the aforementioned "failure to observe vehicle dimensions" exclusion especially, please understand that damages to the sides, the front or the rear part of the vehicle are of course not generally excluded from the included insurance coverage. Rather, said exclusion pertains to the following situations, among others. In road construction areas on most highways in Europe the left lane is regularly limited to a vehicle width of 2 meters or less (indicated by signs). If the client ignores that limitation and uses said lane, he/she may be liable for the full damage of the rental vehicle; damage to other vehicles is covered by said third party insurance. Similarly, some road toll plazas (in Italy and France especially) have certain lanes for passenger cars only; there are signs indicating the maximum width; the the client is fully liable for damages if he/she ignores those signs. … In the case of a renter who has unlawfully left the scene of an accident or neglected his or her duties (as described below under "in the event of an accident"), he or she is also fully liable. The renter is also liable to an unlimited amount for any damage caused by an unauthorized driver operating the vehicle, for allowing the vehicle to participate in forbidden purposes, and for decidedly cruel or unusual driving practices.

The rental company will provide damage-repair invoices to the customer upon request.

breakdown cover, and insurance

For starters, the fleet of vehicles is modern, and they are upgraded every two years.

Clients are supported by the vendor's helpline. The client should obtain the vendor's permission with respect to any repairs (whether to the vehicular operation or to the operation of the living facilities) costing more than EUR100. In many cases the vendor will pay for the repair directly. Any repair expenses that do happen to be incurred by the client and which are not the client's responsibility will be refunded to the client by the vendor when the client returns the vehicle along with the relevant invoices — which invoices should delineate the parts replaced and be "made out" to the vendor.

The motorhome rental agreement is a contract between the customer and the vendor and of course involves the customer in certain responsibilities relative to the vehicle. These responsibilities are analogous but far from identical to those typically associated with a car rental. Motorhome rental customers typically bear more such responsibilities than do car rental customers. The nature of the motorhome rental industry is such that replacement motorhomes are usually not guaranteed (although in many cases such may be effected), as is the case with this vendor and virtually every motorhome rental company. Instead timely service of the rental motorhome is guaranteed and in certain cases limited hotel stays and replacement car rentals will be covered. The customer remains responsible for returning the motorhome to the rental depot, as contracted, unless relieved of this responsibility by the rental company (i.e. the vendor).

authorized drivers

The vehicle may be driven only by the renter or by the additional, qualified drivers specified on the rental contract. There is no charge for these additional drivers. The additional drivers do not need to be present upon the pick-up occasion.

Regardless of who is driving the vehicle, the renter is liable for the operation of the vehicle.

The minimum age limit for renters and other drivers is only 21 years, and there is no maximum age limit. However, said drivers must have possessed their valid drivers license for at least one year prior to the pick-up date. Most domestic licenses suffice for operation of the vehicles presented on the IdeaMerge Website. Where this statement is questionable, our online software will elaborate. (Standard European drivers licenses limit their holders to vehicles weighing 3500 kg or less. Standard North American licenses allow operation of much heavier vehicles.)

See our "Resources" page for a discussion of the international driving permit. Our Italy vendor does not require this document but they do recommend it.

forbidden use

The rental company does not allow the vehicle to participate in motor sport events and vehicle tests; in the transport of inflammable, poisonous, or otherwise hazardous materials; in the commission of revenue offences and other illegalities, even if these are only punishable under the laws of pertaining to the place of the offence; in subletting; and in other kinds of utilization beyond the contractually agreed use, especially in regard to physical locations not suited to driving.

The vehicle is to be handled in a careful and proper manner and must always be properly locked. The relevant instructions for use, the technical specifications, as well as the maintenance periods must be observed. The renter is obliged to check regularly whether the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition.

in the event of an accident

After a vehicle accident, fire, damage caused by theft, or damage caused by colliding with wildlife, the renter must inform the local police and the rental company headquarters (in Italy) without unnecessary considerable delay.

The headquarters in Rome can be reached at the following numbers: tel. (+39) 065 09 14 212, fax 065 09 03 38. (Drop the country code if calling from within Italy.)

In all cases of damage, the renter should immediately inform the rental company headquarters in Italy by phone and submit a detailed written report, including a sketch of the accident situation(s). The accident report must include the license numbers of the vehicles involved, the names and addresses of the persons involved (including any witnesses), and it must be signed by both parties.

If the renter expects that the cost to repair the damage will exceed EUR100, or if the vehicle is not fully roadworthy as a result of the accident, the renter must immediately inform the rental company of this (or these) fact(s) in order to obtain permission for the repair.


Although motor travel in Europe is not generally considered prohibitively dangerous, there are, of course, associated risks — including death. For quantitative measures of these risks, please see the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT)