3 Common Car Rental Terms Explained

When it comes to car rental contracts, companies have a bit of an unfairly bad reputation. While the wording can come across as deceptive, it is actually just the terms they need to use to protect both themselves and you in the event that something occurs with the rental vehicle.

If you are looking to rent a vehicle and want to understand some of the additional extras, continue reading.

Paint Protection

If you have ever owned a car then you likely know just how quickly a small rock from the road can chip your car’s paint. Of course, it’s only a small piece here and there to start, but then it starts to cause rust. Rental vehicles are not immune from this, and accordingly a protection is offered for it.

This addition is best used if you intend to drive the car on unfinished roads or roads with a lot of heavy trucks driving on them that could flick up a rock into your vehicle. If you have taken advantage of the Groupon Coupons page for Fandango and are just staying in the city to see a concert for a cheap price then this might be an unnecessary fee to opt in for.

If this is offered, ask the clerk what level is already included. Often, there will be a chart they use to determine is any chips are worth charging a fee or not. If you don’t feel like you will cause any marks larger than their chart then it could influence your decision.

Petrol Pre-Purchase

This is often one of the most confusing additions offered when hiring a car. The rental company will give you the option to prepay for a tank of fuel. This pre-payment is completed in exchange for a reduction in the amount they will charge if your return the vehicle with anything less than a full tank of fuel. However, this prepayment is taken based on an entire tank of fuel. This means that if you return the car with half a tank of fuel, you will have already paid for a full tank.

If you think that you will bring the car back with very little fuel in the tank and you know that you won’t have to fill it up on the way back, this could be a good option.

Vehicle Recovery Fee

This almost sounds like the car goes out for a night on the town and needs a freshly squeezed juice to get it going again in the morning. Instead, it’s the charge that you will need to pay in the event that the car needs to be towed away from a collision or a breakdown.

There is often a small waiver fee that you can pay to remove this fee. Given that recovery could be very expensive depending on where you are and the situation of your breakdown, the small waiver could be a smart choice.

When it comes to car rental there are always going to be new terms that come and go that aren’t going to make sense. But this shouldn’t deter you from hiring a vehicle. If you encounter a word or term that you don’t understand, ask the clerk to provide clarification.

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