So you’re planning for a trip, it may be a big one or a small one; a work related one or strictly one for some much needed R & R. Whatever the reason, there is always some very important things to consider during the planning phase.
If car rental is on your list of things to organise then this is certainly one of the things you need to do your homework on. Naturally there will be legal paperwork to sign when hiring a car and while it would be nice and easy, to think it only entails you signing on the dotted line to promise you will bring the car back in one piece undamaged, it’s not that simple.
When it comes to renting a car, each company will have their own set of terms and conditions relating to the hire and use of the vehicle, and this might seem like obvious advice, but it’s important to mention, that it is vitally important to understand these. If you take control of a hire car without fully understanding the terms and conditions laid out in the contract, you may find yourself in a world of legal and financial pain in the off chance that anything goes wrong.
The easiest part to understand on the terms and conditions would probably be where the ‘vehicle condition and return’ will be discussed. Naturally you will be expected to return the vehicle in the state you received it in, fair wear and tear excepted. This means that you should not tamper with any of the readings in the hire vehicle or wilfully damage it in any way. However it is the more detailed parts of terms and conditions that drivers may fail to pay attention to and unwittingly fail to adhere to.
Only the people listed may only drive the hire car of course but also, only certain classes of license holder may drive the vehicle. The roads in which you plan to drive the car on can play an important role in whether or not you should be hiring your vehicle as in many cases; unsealed roads are a big no-no for hire vehicles to travel on. If you have a small pet you wish to take with you on your journey, don’t think this is not something that needs to be previously discussed. Special permission must be given and any permission given must be respected with only the animals approved travelling in the vehicle.
There are many more intricacies that will be outlined in the terms and conditions of your intended hire vehicle and the best advice is never sign and walk away with a set of keys until you are absolutely sure you understand your full responsibilities and limits.