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Turo insurance review 2024

Updated Jun 03, 2024
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Bankrate's take

While coverage through Turo doesn't replace a personal car insurance policy, it may provide a little extra financial protection for hosts renting their vehicles and guests renting cars through Turo.

If you plan to rent or host a vehicle through Turo, purchasing Turo car insurance could be a smart way to protect yourself from high out-of-pocket costs in the event of an accident.

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Turo car insurance

Turo is a platform where car owners can rent out their personal vehicles, akin to Airbnb but for cars. As such, Turo car insurance is not a conventional choice for those seeking standard car insurance. When using Turo — whether as a car owner (host) or renter (guest) — personal auto insurance policies and credit card coverage for rental cars typically do not apply. Owners may have coverage under commercial auto policies, while renters should check if their insurance includes peer-to-peer rental coverage.

Our Turo insurance review reveals that Turo protection plans provide various levels of coverage during the rental period. These plans might be beneficial for hosts seeking extra security and guests looking to limit potential out-of-pocket expenses in case of vehicle damage. Turo offers limited forms of insurance for its users — but not the broader public. Meaning, if you are shopping around for the best car insurance, it's advisable to understand how Turo's insurance options align with your requirements before participating in the service.

How does Turo car insurance work for hosts?

Turo hosts can choose from five Turo car insurance plans, all of which come with $750,000 in third-party liability coverage provided by Travelers. In addition, drivers can access 24/7 roadside assistance. Since Turo car insurance is created explicitly for the Turo car-sharing app, third-party customer service and financial strength ratings are not available.

The cost for each Turo plan is covered by a portion of the money Turo's rental drivers pay to rent the host's car. The deductible that the host pays in the event of a claim is tied to the percentage of the trip cost the host retains as profit. The greater the percentage, the higher the deductible the host will pay.

Available Turo car protection plans for hosts include:

  • 60 Plan: This is Turo’s most inclusive car insurance. With the 60 Plan, hosts earn 60 percent of the trip price and there is no deductible for claims. The plan fully reimburses the host for any exterior wear and tear, and includes either loss of hosting income for the time it takes to complete repairs or $50 per day for replacement vehicle reimbursement.
  • 75 Plan: Hosts who choose the 75 Plan get 75 percent of the trip price. In this case, hosts assume a $250 deductible for physical damage, but the plan does not cover exterior wear and tear. Hosts can get $30 per day for a replacement vehicle if their car is damaged and needs repairs. The 75 Plan does not include any income loss coverage.
  • 80 Plan: Turo hosts get 80 percent of the trip price with the 80 Plan. This plan comes with a $750 deductible for physical damage and does not include any coverage for exterior wear and tear, replacement vehicle reimbursement or loss of income.
  • 85 Plan: With the 85 Plan, hosts get to keep 85 percent of the trip price but take on a $1,625 deductible. This plan extends no coverage for exterior wear and tear, replacement vehicles or loss of income.
  • 90 Plan: The 90 Plan allows hosts to keep 90 percent of the trip price. The deductible for this plan is $2,500 and excludes coverage for exterior wear and tear, replacement vehicles or loss of income.

How does Turo car insurance work for guests?

Guests who rent a car through Turo's platform can participate in separate vehicle protection plans. All provide the same $750,000 liability coverage through Travelers but vary in the out-of-pocket expenses a guest is responsible for if the car is damaged during their booking period. Keep in mind that only physical damage is covered with these plans, while mechanical and interior damage is not.

Available Turo protection plans for guests include:

  • Premier plan: Under this plan, guests won't have a deductible for physical damage to their rented car. It costs 65 to 100 percent of the trip price, with a minimum charge of $14 per day. Additionally, it may not be an option based on trip details, vehicle type or other factors. For trips in New York, the liability coverage increases from $750,000 to $1,250,000.
  • Standard plan: Guests who choose the Standard plan have a $500 deductible for physical damage to the host's vehicle. The cost is 40 percent of the trip price, with a minimum charge of $12 per day.
  • Minimum plan: A $3,000 deductible will apply for physical damage to a host's vehicle. The cost varies depending on the trip price. For trips over $250, the cost will be 15 percent of the trip price, while trips below $250 will cost 25 percent of the trip price. Both have a minimum charge of $10 per day.
  • Decline physical damage protection: With this plan, any physical, mechanical or interior damage will be the guest's financial responsibility. Third-party liability insurance will still be provided up to the state's minimum limit of coverage. However, depending on the state, this may not be an option for guests, in which case they will need to select one of the plan options above.

If you're renting a car through Turo, it may be essential to understand how Turo protection plans work as a guest. This may help you decide which plan is best for your needs and budget.

Pros and cons of Turo car insurance

Pros
  • All host plans come with $750,000 in third-party liability coverage from Travelers

  • Host plans have several plan options depending on amount of vehicle coverage desired

  • 24/7 roadside assistance available

Cons
  • The “host take,” or percentage of trip price earned by hosts, may vary depending on selected plan level

  • Most host plans do not include loss of hosting income coverage or rental car reimbursement while the car is being repaired

  • Guest plans do not cover interior or mechanical damage to the car

Turo car insurance cost

The average cost of car insurance with Turo is calculated differently than it is for most policies. A traditional car insurance company usually takes a look at various individual rating factors — like the kind of car you have, your claims history or the state you live in — to calculate how much you will pay for your policy.

Turo car insurance rates are based on the kind of plan you elect. For hosts, this means you allocate a portion of your earnings (between 10 and 40 percent) to pay for your insurance. For guests, the cost of insurance is based on the coverage tier selected and the total cost of the trip.

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There is some flexibility for Turo customers when it comes to participating in their vehicle protection plans. Depending on the trip type and other factors, guests may be able to opt out of one of the three plans available to them, although this does mean that the entire cost of any incident may be their full financial responsibility.

If you're a host considering renting out your vehicle with Turo and want to keep more of the trip price, you may consider other options for car insurance. Keep in mind that because most personal car insurance policies exclude coverage when the car is being used for car-sharing services, you may need to look into commercial auto policies. The best thing to do in this case may be to reach out to a local insurance agent to learn what options are available to you.

Other Turo tools and benefits

Turo customers may be able to access an array of extra perks. Hosts can also take advantage of unique offers to help maintain, clean and insure their cars. Perks include:

  • Calculator tool: Turo's online calculator is designed to help potential car-sharing hosts see how much money they could earn per trip by listing their vehicles.
  • Small fleet insurance: Turo hosts could earn special discounts on small fleet insurance with Liberty Mutual, but this is currently only available in California.
  • Cleaning services: Hosts can receive up to 75 percent off car cleaning services from Spiffy.
  • Car maintenance: Turo offers car maintenance discounts for hosts from a variety of providers. These include discounts for services like oil changes, windshield replacement and tune-ups.
  • Exclusive deals: Turo users can access exclusive vehicle safety-related deals, like 50 percent off safety inspections from AndGo by Goodyear or a virtual car inspection for $25 from Yoshi. Unfortunately, Turo does not advertise any deals that promote car insurance savings.

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Natalie Todoroff
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Natalie Todoroff is an insurance writer for Bankrate, prior to which she wrote for a popular insurance comparison shopping app. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and has written over 800 articles about insurance throughout her career.

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