Car swapping is a wonderful way to get even more out of your next home exchange. Car rentals when traveling can be costly and complicated, and having a car waiting for you at your home swap is delightfully simple. Of course, there are questions that come along with the possibility of having someone else driving your car for an extended period.

Here are some answers to the top questions we receive about car exchanges. HomeExchange members also shared their car swapping experiences via Facebook.

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Do I need to insure my exchange partner to drive my car or will their own insurance cover them?

In the majority of cases, exchange partners are simply added to the host’s car insurance, but since policies differ widely between people, companies, and countries, you’ll need to check with your insurance company before doing a vehicle swap.



What happens if my exchange partner has an accident while driving my car?

During the planning stage of the exchange, you should each review the procedure for reporting an accident in the country you’ll be visiting, how to report an accident to the insurance company, and whether your partner would be responsible for a deductible in the event of an accident.


Can anyone drive in the United States?

If you are planning to drive in the USA, you will need to get an International Driving Permit. An International Driving Permit is an official document translating the driving license that you have been issued in your own country, which you’ll need to obtain before you leave for your trip. When driving in the USA, you must carry both your International Driving Permit AND your license from your country.



Should I do anything before the car swap to prepare my car?

Be sure that your vehicle’s maintenance is up to date and check all of the fluids and tire pressure. It’s also a good idea to clean the car inside and out before you leave for your trip, just like you would your home.


If you have additional questions about doing a vehicle swap, our member support team is here to help!

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