Why get a replacement hire-car instead of a courtesy car after an accident


If you have been involved in an accident where you are not at-fault, you are entitled to have a replacement vehicle that is a suitable like-for-like replacement for your own.

If you only have a ‘courtesy car’ on your policy and your vehicle is for example, a prestige 4x4 SUV – you are very unlikely to get that as a ‘courtesy car’.

In addition to the repairing garages limited selection of vehicles, you may be told to return your ‘courtesy car’ straight away if your vehicle turns out to be a total loss or your repairs take longer than expected.

Car Call and our partners specialise in helping drivers following non-fault accidents. Because we and our partners recover your accident related costs directly from the at-fault driver’s insurer, we will organise a quality like-for-like replacement vehicle that is appropriate for your needs and you will not need to make a claim on your own insurance policy.


What exactly is a ‘like-for-like’ replacement vehicle?

We aim to provide our customers with exactly what they are entitled to following a non-fault accident.

This means that if your prestige 4x4 SUV, we will find you a replacement prestige 4x4 SUV that best matches the engine size and model of your own vehicle. In fact whatever type of vehicle you drive we can usually offer you the type of replacement vehicle that suits your needs, unlike an accident repairer who may only be able to offer a very limited selection of vehicles.

Because we and our partners can provide you with a replacement hire-car independently of the accident repairer, we can usually provide you with a much wider choice of vehicles.

In addition to this you will also have the option of choosing your own repairer, rather than the one your insurer specifies. But if you need us to find a repairer for you, we have a network of approved repairers across the UK which we have chosen based on their consistently high standards of repair.

If you would like to find out more about our services just give us a call on 02392 484 244 , and one of our experienced claims advisors will be happy to assist you.


No need to claim on your insurance

Anyone who has been involved in a road accident has the right to choose who repairs their vehicle. If you were responsible for the accident you were involved in, the company that insures your vehicle would normally deal with your accident claim.

However if you were not at-fault for the accident, you can choose to either claim on your own insurance policy or make a claim independently of your insurer. To find out more call 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.

We and our partners help thousands of people make independent accident claims. Our service enables motorists to get the help and assistance they need to resolve their accident related issues, with the costs being recovered directly from the at-fault driver on your behalf.

No excess to pay

Unfortunately even if an accident was not your fault, your insurer will almost certainly require you to pay your excess before any repair is started on your car.

This money should of course be recovered by an insurer at a later date, but with our service - you do not have to pay it at all.

By using our independent claims service, you are not making a claim on your insurance policy and so you will have no excess to pay.

Receive a like-for-like replacement hire vehicle

Not all insurance policies will include a replacement hire-car for you to use if yours is damaged and unroadworthy. In fact it is typically an 'optional extra' on your policy.

Other policies may offer a 'courtesy car' but this is often just a 'basic' saloon or hatchback which may not be suitable for your needs.

Car Call and its partners will provide a like-for-like replacement vehicle as part of our service. This means we will endeavour to supply a hire-vehicle that similar to your own in terms of its type, make and engine size.

So whether you drive a small hatchback or a prestige sports car, we will look to provide a similar hire-vehicle that suits your needs.

Manufacturer approved vehicle repairs

If you have been involved in a car accident, the last thing you want to have to worry about is the quality of the repairs to your car. We have a UK wide network of partner approved Accident Repair Centres available to all of our customers.

Many of our accident repair centres are have manufacturer approvals for specific brands, so if you require a manufacturer approved repair centre, simply tell your personal claim handler and they will ensure your vehicle goes to an approved repairer.

Want you vehicle repaired by a specific garage? No problem, we can alternatively use a repairer that you specify.

Legal Assistance

Our partner solicitors provide legal assistance as part of our service. They specialise in motor claims related issues, so you can be assured of the best possible advice and assistance.

They issues they can assist you with include:

  • Recovery of the cost of the replacement hire-vehicle
  • Recovery of the cost of uplifting your damaged vehicle
  • Recovery of all repair costs
  • Recovery of the cost of damaged of personal items
  • Seeking financial compensation for an injury