What happens if I have an accident?
Personal injury: the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) administers New Zealand’s accident compensation scheme, which provides personal injury cover for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand. In return, people do not have the right to sue for personal injury, other than for exemplary damages. ACC’s legislation covers the medical treatment of overseas visitors who are injured while in New Zealand. However, they cannot get compensation for lost overseas income and their cover does not continue once they leave New Zealand. In the case of serious injuries, ACC will assist them only to the point where they are able to safely return home.
It is important to note that tourists often pay some form of ACC levy. For example, those who hire rental vehicles pay an ACC levy when they buy petrol, so they do pay towards any road-accident related treatment.
However, it is important to appreciate that in return for this cover overseas visitors, like New Zealanders, forgo the right to sue for damages if they are injured here.
If you accidentally damage the car, you are required to notify the MX5 Rentals Ltd office within 24 hours. The car repair cost is covered by our insurer and the most you will be liable for is the excess of $NZ500 IF you have chosen the Excess Reduction (ER) option. You may decline this option; however, then you will be liable for up to $NZ5000 – the excess/deductible for the standard insurance.
Please note that if you have an accident and the New Zealand Police deem that it was caused by dangerous driving, you will be liable for the entire cost of fixing the damage or replacement of the vehicle.
What happens if I break down?
Mazda MX5s have a fine reputation for reliability, but if a problem occurs, then our fleet are covered by our Roadside Assistance anywhere in New Zealand for engine, electrical or over-heating problems.
If the problem is a non-mechanical, driver related one such running out of fuel or keys locked in the car, a callout fee is charged.
MX5 RENTALS RECOMMENDS THAT ALL HIRERS VISIT DRIVESAFE.ORG.NZ TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH NZ ROAD RULES BEFORE DRIVING.