What does collision damage waiver (CDW) cover me for?

A collision damage waiver (CDW) insurance means that the driver is insured against accidental damage to the vehicle hired. Normally CDW comes with an excess, which varies depending on the vehicle group and country of pickup.

This excess amount can be reduced with carhiremarket.com by selected insurance4carhire during the booking process.

Exclusions to CDW include:

  • Damage to windows/windscreens, the interior, wheels, tyres, underside and/or roof of the car

  • When the car has been driven off-road or on un-tarmacked roads

  • When the driver was driving negligently

  • When the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs

If any of the above exclusions have occurred, you will be liable to pay up-to the full amount of damage to the hire car, which could exceed the CDW excess.