Should You Pay For The Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) When Renting A Car?

It’s easy to forget that when you rent a car, you’re “borrowing” a vehicle that costs tens of thousands of dollars from a major corporation. When renting it, you expect the car to be in great condition with no dents, dings or scrapes on it. So what happens when the car is damaged during your rental? Even if it wasn’t your fault, the rental car company is, of course, going to expect you to pay for the repairs. Rental car companies know the fear of getting a large bill for repairs makes you an easy target to purchase the “insurance” they’ll sell you for just a few dollars a day.

We’ve already written about the excessive charges for gas and the markup on tolls that car rental companies charge. Why would we believe that all of a sudden car rental companies will sell you insurance at a reasonable price? It’s not that the coverages they sell aren’t necessary, because they are. It’s moreso you may already have coverage that makes buying their insurance unnecessary. Knowing what coverage you already have allows you make an informed decision ahead of time. I’ll also share a trick that lets you avoid the hard sell at the counter. But first, what is the car rental company trying to get you to buy?

Most of the information listed below only applies to cars rented in the United States. Rentals in other countries have different rules and restrictions. Please note I’m neither an insurance agent nor an expert so I suggest reading the policies including, but not limited to the parts about policy limits, deductibles and exclusions.

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How DO The Fountains at The Bellagio Work, Anyway?

If you’ve gone to Las Vegas in the past decade or two, you’ve undoubtedly seen the famous, iconic fountains in front of the resort, luxury hotel and casino called the Bellagio. Running every 15 to 30 minutes depending on season and time and day of the week, the fountains have enthralled visitors since the hotel’s opening in (are you ready to feel really old?) 1998. The fountains have been there for almost 20 years – have you ever wondered how they work?

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Saved $500 With Points, NYC Lounge Access Gone For Airline, Expired Money, Visiting Harry Potter Spots, & More

Happy Saturday friends, and hooray, it’s finally the weekend! Here’s a recap of what we wrote on YMMV this week. From great travel deals to what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!

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Some People Are Dying To Take Selfies. Literally. Here’s What Different Places Are Doing About That

In the past 7+ years, over 250 people around the world have died while taking a selfie. In fact, 127 of those deaths occurred between March 2014 and September 2016 alone.

In trying to get the perfect pose to Tweet or put on Instagram, people have misstepped (or ran out of land) and fell into water, off a cliff, you name it. So a handful of countries are trying to combat the problem.

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My Latest Travel Pet Peeve Left Me All Wet

If you haven’t figured it our based on the title, my newest travel pet peeve has to do with water. More specifically, it has to do with falling water.

I’ve had it with hotel showers.

Honestly, the shower is the one thing in a hotel room that has the most things that can go wrong. The shower curtain can blow onto you during your shower. There can be a lack of light in the shower, leading to what I like to call a shower closet. Showers can have poor waterproofing or just a poor design that leaves whatever was on the bathroom floor, like floormats or your clothes, soaking wet. The shower controls can also be placed in a location where it’s impossible to turn on the shower without being in the path of the water.

None of those are my newest problem. This time I just couldn’t turn the darn shower on.

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