Using a rented car: features, pitfalls and useful tips
Renting a car is certainly very convenient, but there are many pitfalls here. After all, a rented vehicle is not your personal car, and therefore you have to follow certain rules and restrictions. The key features of the operation of rented cars will be discussed in this article. We hope that this information will be useful to you and will help you to choose the right car rental.
Before you get behind the wheel
Car rental begins with the signing of the relevant agreement, and there are two points to pay attention to.
First, read the agreement – this document contains all the conditions of the lease, as well as the limitations and liability for their violation. For example, the contract must specify the daily mileage of the car, the possibility of transferring the car to another driver, restrictions on traveling outside the city or region, and others.
Secondly, be sure to inspect the car with a rental representative. All found faults, damage to paintwork, cracks, chips and any other deformations will be recorded in the document – this will prevent disagreements at the end of the lease.
That is, you need to approach renting a car with all responsibility and carefully prepare, this is the only way to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Main rental period
During the operation of a rented car, you need to follow all those restrictions and conditions that are set by the car rental – this is a very simple but effective rule. However, there are a few important things to highlight:
– Always carry the rental agreement in the car, and, if necessary, show it to the traffic police officer;
– Refuel the car only with the recommended brand of fuel;
– Do not carry out repairs and maintenance of the car yourself (that is, do not fill in oil, do not change filters and other parts), with the exception of replacing a wheel;
– Any faults should be reported to the company immediately;
Wash your car regularly and keep the interior clean.
Special attention should be paid to two points – the right to drive a car and its maintenance.
Usually, the contract clearly states who rents the car, who has the right to drive it, and whether it is possible to transfer control to third parties. And most often the person who rented the car is allowed to drive, and the steering wheel cannot be transferred. However, if you cannot get behind the wheel for objective reasons (for example, for health reasons), then in this case another driver can be involved in driving.
As for the maintenance of the car, there are no options here – in any case, faults must be reported to the car rental. However, you can replace the wheel yourself, however, this will also need to be reported to the company. All maintenance and repair issues are spelled out in the rental agreement and must be followed.
After the end of the lease
The lease ends within the terms specified in the contract, while the car can be returned in various ways – all this is also negotiated. When returning the car, it is inspected for deformations and malfunctions, if they are detected, a decision is made on compensation and its amount. Also, compensation can be paid in case of severe pollution of the car interior.
However, it should be borne in mind that any machine is subject to natural wear and tear, and if a breakdown occurs precisely for this reason, then compensation is out of the question. However, in this case, an examination must be carried out, which may require a certain amount of time. We repeat that this is again spelled out in the lease agreement.
Car rental and employer compensation
Quite often, when renting, the question arises – can the employer compensate for the cost of renting a car that was used for work (for example, if the car is taken for the duration of the repair of personal transport)? There are several nuances here, but in general, the answer boils down to two main points:
By law, employers can only compensate for the cost of fuel and lubricants;
Car rental costs are not reimbursed.
So, when renting a car, keep in mind that only you will bear these costs, your employer, according to the law, will not do this.
In general, car rental is a responsibility enshrined in the contract, and only if all the conditions are met, you will receive the expected result from the rental.