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    Need a little help on Bonaire Car Rental. We will be diving, so need a truck for four people. Would prefer something at the airport, but would consider off site. Also, can someone explain the difference between CDW and Full Coverage. Would also like to include an additional driver.
    Would appreciate any suggestions or help.

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    The care rental agenceies that are not at the airport have some standard method of getting you to the car. The agency we use now picks us up at the airport and drops us off. Almost all of the trucks we see seat four. An additional driver is just an additional charge. The things to watch for are manual or automatic and air conditioning.

    There is the minimum insurance, which can leave you liable for a numbet of things and full covereage whch may have a $100 deductable. While we may have coverage from the credit card we use or our US car insurance, thinking of having to pay and file for reimbursement makes us just pay for the full coverage. I look at it like baggage charges at the airport, just part of the cost of the service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shark View Post
    Need a little help on Bonaire Car Rental. We will be diving, so need a truck for four people. Would prefer something at the airport, but would consider off site. Also, can someone explain the difference between CDW and Full Coverage. Would also like to include an additional driver.
    Would appreciate any suggestions or help.
    Budget and Avis are both on-site, but I'm not a fan of either one due to previous experiences with poor customer service and inability to deliver the truck I'd reserved. AB Car Rental is off-site, but not far from the airport. They will pay for taxi fare to/from their location to the airport or anywhere else you may be coming from. Telerin is my favorite rental company on the island for price, convenience, and customer service. Poppy or Jacinto will meet you at the airport with your vehicle and you'll just leave it in short term parking when you leave the island. Contact and reservations are via email or phone, as they don't maintain a website or storefront.

    AB charges $5/day per additional driver. Telerin doesn't charge extra for additional drivers.

    CDW only covers damage that you do to the vehicle. It typically involves lower daily rates than full coverage, with higher deductible and a deposit for the deductible amount. Full coverage has a higher daily rate, covers vehicle theft and "acts of God", and usually has a lower (or no) deductible. Liability insurance for damage to 3rd parties is required by law for the rental companies. The price for this is factored into the rental rates.

    Quote Originally Posted by cneal View Post
    While we may have coverage from the credit card we use or our US car insurance, thinking of having to pay and file for reimbursement makes us just pay for the full coverage.
    This seems to be a topic with some fairly frequent confusion. USA-based personal automobile insurance policies don't cover vehicle rentals in Bonaire and most other foreign countries. Most credit card insurance CDW policies, such as those offered by Visa and MasterCard branded cards, don't cover pickup truck rentals in foreign countries. The notable exception is American Express's Premium Car Rental Protection coverage, which you must opt in for and pay $25 per rental period up to 42 days. The Amex coverage is a reimbursement-type policy that comes with all the hassles that you mention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwguy View Post
    AB charges $5/day per additional driver. Telerin doesn't charge extra for additional drivers.
    AB full coverage includes an additional driver...

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    Thanks everyone for the very useful info.

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    WE have used Bonaire Rent A Car for 10+ years and have enjoyed the service--pick us up at the airport and let us drop off the truck at the airport--no problems at all! Marijke has been great to work with and always helpful with any questions we have had over the years. Also no reason to get a 4-door truck that is 4x4 as they are so high that my wife looks like Edith Ann in putting on gear while sitting on the endgate. Also we prefer not to have cloth seats just for cleaning--put a towel on the seat and cleaning is easy. Enjoy the trip--Royce & Mary Balak

    PS--bring along your own Benadryl as none on island and we found out last year----Stretch was a great help from BT as she had some that my daughter borrowed when she was visiting us.

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    We have used AB car rental for well over 10 years now... never a problem....and we like the extra insurance that has a zero deductible. No matter what happens to the car, if anything, you pay nothing more than what you already paid AB for the extra daily insurance. We like this policy because the deductible can be pretty high from other companies...and they can assess wear and tear as 'damage' and hit you for a few hundred extra on your credit card....with AB's zero deductible...no worries at all...not the cheapest option maybe, but the most worry-free option while driving on the island and renting. Beware donkeys on the road, especially at night.... leave car unlocked at all dive sites and leave nothing of value in the car while diving. Tips for happy car renting!

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    We have used Island Rental for the past 10 years with no problems. The office is just over the road from the airport or they will pick up from hotels and rentals. Always had great service.

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    We have used several of the different agencies, but for the past three years we have used Boniare Rent a Car. Rob and Marijke are the absolute best. In July will be our 12th trip with them and we have nothing to say but positive.
    The other companies were always more expensive and there always seemed to be something that was an issue. We also liked Island Rent a Car but twice we got trucks with no AC. Twice the predecessor to PB didn't have the Jeeps we booked and they had to substitute. Avis was okay except they were expensive. Avis and PB both usually have long lines. It is so convenient to meet Rob or Marijke at the terminal, zip over to the office and then be on the way.
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    I used Everts last time. They're at the Airport and it was by far the best car rental experience I've had in Bonaire.

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