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Feb 13, 2015

Renting a car is often a necessary part of dealing with the aftermath of a car accident. There are several types of rental car payments and reimbursement.

Rental Reimbursement

Rental Reimbursement is an option most insurers offer their customers. If you have this coverage, your insurance company will assist you in paying your rental car costs while your vehicle is getting repaired or even if it is considered a total loss. This coverage is usually not a guarantee of full reimbursement; most policies allot a specific per-day amount and a per-claim total that must be followed.

Direct Bill

With direct bill, your rental car fees are billed directly to your insurer without you needing to pay them and await for a reimbursement check. GEICO, for example, allows customers to use Direct Bill when renting through Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Every insurer has its own rules regarding direct bill, so your attorney should read through your policy to determine if you are covered.

Loss of Use

Loss of Use is an option if you do not need a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired. Essentially, you can seek compensation to make up for the time your vehicle is unavailable because of the accident. In other words, you can claim the money it would have cost to rent a comparable vehicle.

It is important that you understand what your insurance policy does and does not cover. Speak with a Los Angeles car accident lawyer to ensure you are being treated fairly in the event of an accident. For more information or to schedule a free consultation with one of our reputable and experienced attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers, please contact us at (888) 539-9582 or visit

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