How do I get a loaner car from the dealership?

My car is in the shop with the dealer, but I still need a car to get to work. How do I get a loaner from the dealer?

Answer
Getting a loaner car when your vehicle is in the shop depends on many factors, including:
  • Manufacturer of the vehicle
  • Your warranty
  • Your car insurance
  • Policies of the dealership
Some automakers, such as Infiniti and Lexus, offer loaner cars for any repairs that are going to take a lengthier amount of time. In other cases, the car’s warranty may cover a loaner car, especially if you’ve had to bring the car in several times for repairs. As long as the car doesn’t violate any lemon laws, this is a likely scenario. Some dealers may also have policies that extend a loaner car to you, often known as a courtesy car.
If none of these apply, you can usually get reimbursed for a rental car if you have rental reimbursement insurance on your car loan coverage.
If you don’t have it, you may want to think about adding it to your policy. Use the Jerry app to compare quotes from more than 50 top car insurance companies to find the best price for your car insurance policy. The average Jerry driver saves $879 a year on car insurance!
Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 24, 2021
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