When you’ve had a not at fault car accident, you may be looking for ways to get back on the road again while your car is in for repairs. You might be wondering what the difference between a courtesy car and an accident replacement vehicle is, and which one may be more suitable for you.
What Is A Courtesy Car?
A courtesy car, as the name implies, is a vehicle that is provided to a driver with no expectation of payment from anyone. Often, courtesy cars are provided to customers (regardless of whether they’re at fault or not) by repair shops to provide a way to get around while repairs are being done on the customer’s own vehicle.
Keep in mind that courtesy cars are often very basic models that may not suit your lifestyle or be fit for purpose. There may also be limitations surrounding the amount of time you’re allowed to use the courtesy vehicle. If your vehicle requires complex repairs or parts need to be ordered from overseas, you may not be entitled to keep the courtesy car for the full length of your repairs.
What Is An Accident Replacement Vehicle?
An accident replacement vehicle or “accident loan car” is a car provided to not at fault drivers involved in an accident by credit hire businesses such as Right2Drive. Unlike courtesy cars, the cost of an accident loan car is recovered through the at fault party or their insurer. Accident loan cars can be used while the damaged vehicle is being repaired or settlement of total loss is confirmed.
Courtesy Vehicle Or Accident Replacement Vehicle?
Your entitlement to an accident replacement vehicle will depend on who is at fault in a car accident. If you are the not at fault driver, you shouldn’t have to compromise on the type of vehicle you drive and you shouldn’t have to make alternative arrangements if you’re not able to keep the vehicle for the entire length of your repairs.
With Right2Drive, you may be eligible to receive a like for like accident replacement vehicle for the entire duration of your repairs – at no cost to you. In fact, many people are unaware of their rights after a not at fault car accident. We are here to ensure that you are able to receive what the law says you’re entitled to in Australia. Got questions? Call and speak to our friendly team today: 1300 100 121