It’s hard to know what to look for before signing a car rental contract … Are you afraid of forgetting something, of not understanding everything, of not being well covered? Follow the guide and take the road with confidence!
Which mentions must appear in your car rental contract?
The car rental contract
It is a contractual document that defines the general conditions, the duration and the cost of the lease. It is written in 2 copies: 1 for the rental company and the other for you, to keep preciously!
First, take the time to carefully read your car rental contract. The following information must appear on this document:
- the name of the rental company and its address.
- your name, surname, place and date of birth, your address and your driver’s license number.
- the make, type, registration number and mileage displayed on the rented vehicle’s meter.
- the date, place and time of the provision and return of the vehicle.
- all the elements making up the total price of the rental of your car: basic price, options, insurance, guarantee, franchise …
The inventory of the vehicle
The inventory can be included in your rental agreement. This document must be signed by the rental company and by you and report all visible defects of the car you are going to rent: scratches on the bodywork, impacts, damaged items … It must also specify the mileage on the meter and the level from the fuel tank to the start!
General rental conditions
They are usually the subject of a separate document. They must specify the rights and obligations of both parties: your responsibility in case of disaster, the guarantees and insurances included and options, exclusions etc.
Insurance included in a car rental agreement
As with your own car, the insurance included in your rental agreement covers you in the event of an accident or damage to the vehicle. But beware, it only concerns these points in particular …
The price of a car rental always includes third-party liability: this insurance covers material damage and bodily damage you could cause to third parties.
Damages incurred by the vehicle during the rental will be your responsibility within the limit of the deductible set in the contract, except of course if they were caused by a third party.
Bills in addition to the base rate, they are often offered by rental companies. They can cover theft and vandalism, damage to personal belongings of passengers, lump sum compensation in case of bodily injury … The extension of warranty damage you will avoid for example to pay the costs inherent in the scratches that you can cause on the vehicle.
Before signing, take the time to ask questions to your lessor (or read carefully the exclusion cases in the TOS) to know exactly what do not understand insurance. The exclusion cases are numerous and concern most of the time the accidents without third identified, the damage caused by a bad use of the vehicle, the non cover in case of theft if you did not make complaint, the driving by a driver not registered in the contract.
What do CDW, PAI mean?
The CDW warranty for Collision Damage Waiver allows you to reduce the amount of the deductible. This option usually costs 15 to 25 euros per rental day depending on the type of vehicle.
Our advice: it is an excellent solution to reduce your liability for damage to the vehicle. But if you have a “prestige” bank card, you may already be covered without knowing it.
The Personal Accident and Baggage Insurance PAI guarantee guarantees the bodily injury of the driver and his passengers. It will cost you about 5 euros a day if you subscribe to this option.
Franchise, how does it work?
The deductible is the part of the damage that is not covered by the insurance if you are responsible for a claim. You will therefore pay this amount, in whole or in part, to the rental company in the event of a claim. For information, in case of damage, the deductible is between 700 and 3,000 euros. In case of theft, between 3,000 and 10,000 euros. These amounts vary according to the type of vehicle.
As mentioned above to reduce this deductible amount, you can take out the CDW (franchise buyback) guarantee to pay your rental with a prestige bank card.
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