The Lease Contract is the official agreement between you and the Car Rental Company. This includes the terms of the rental and all details: commencement and expiry dates, rent agreed, insurance coverage, etc.
Take some time to check it and, before signing it, make sure you have understood the terms.
Pay attention to the following:
If the car is to be driven by someone else in addition to you, you must state so and enter his/her details in the contract. Otherwise, insurance coverage does not apply and in case of damage or theft, you will be liable to pay compensation to the Company.
Be sure whether the agreement includes unlimited mileage, how many miles are allowed to travel and how much each extra mile is charged. Check if the mileage on receipt indicated in the contract agrees with the mileage shown on the dashboard, both before departure and at arrival.
Material Damages: when using a Rented Car, you are liable for damages that may be caused on the car until its return and the inspection by an employee of the Company is completed. To protect yourself against possible charges, you may request Collision Damage Waiver (CDW). By doing so, you will limit your financial liability to the excess amount indicated in your contract.
Theft Protection: covers the car user (provided that he/she is mentioned as driver in the contract) in case the car is stolen. Here also, by accepting this coverage, you limit your financial liability to the excess amount.
Exclusions/exemptions: Ask for clarifications on what exactly the extra coverage covers. Check for exclusions that are not covered, such as damage to the bottom of the car, tires and wheels, etc.
Most companies offer various options for fuel management. The most common options are:
– Pay the value of a full tank and return the car with the tank empty
– Receive and deliver the car with the tank full
– Refund the fuel consumed at return.
Before departure, confirm what fuel you have to use. If you put gasoline in a diesel car, it will damage the engine and you will be liable for its repair.
Check the level of gasoline at departure and arrival.
Minor damage inspection
Rent-a-Car Companies are responsible for renting safe, modern cars, thoroughly inspected before each rental.
Take a few minutes to carefully check the car being delivered. Walk around and look for minor damages (e.g. scratches or dents) and, regardless how small they are, make sure they are recorded in the lease contract. Inspect the interior of the car and make sure that the spare wheel and tools are in place.
If it is not possible to check the car – due to bad weather or poor lighting – you must ask for it to be recorded in your contract. In any event, you must check within a reasonable time and, if you find an unrecorded damage, inform the Company immediately.