10 Common Vehicle Hire Terminologies Explained

Common Jargons

Before you sign a car rental Brighton agreement, you should first familiarise yourself with the following car hire jargon.

  1. PAI (Personal Accident Insurance)

Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) is usually optional. It covers medical expenses, assistance and accidental death insurance for drivers or passengers in case of incidents (while using the vehicle) during the rental period.

  1. PEC (Personal Effects Coverage)

Personal Effects Coverage protects against theft or loss of personal belongings inside the rental vehicle.

  1. SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance)

Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI) is an optional excess that protects the customer’s liability caused by a third party. (I.e. vehicle damage in an accident) (Source: Priceless Car Rental).

  1. TP (Theft Protection)

As its name suggests, Theft Protection (TP) secures the rental vehicle in the event of theft. However, the customer is not exempt from paying some of the costs towards replacing the vehicle or the parts. (Source: Car Hire Insurance)

  1. CDW (Collision Damage Waiver)

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) is also known as Loss Damage Waiver (LDW). It is an optional service that protects the customer from paying any damages. Not covering yourself with the CDW will render you fully liable for the vehicle. Hence, if the vehicle suffers any damage during the rental contract, you will be responsible for paying for the damage.

  1. Out of Hour

This involves the standard operating hours of the company. (I.e. Monday to Friday: 8am to 5pm) Failure to return the rental vehicle at the end of the rental cycle and within the operating hours of the company, will incur additional charges.

  1. One-Way Rental

This simply implies picking up a rental vehicle from a certain branch and returning it to another branch. The advantage of this one-way rental is that it allows the customer to choose which branch is more convenient. However, one-way rental requires additional fees.

  1. Additional Driver

The client is usually the only person allowed to drive the vehicle. If the renter wishes another person to be included in the contract, an additional charge will be required. Information about the additional driver, their licence and an accompanying signature on the ‘rental agreement’ will also be necessary.

  1. Mileage Limits

This covers the number of miles included in the vehicle rental agreement or contract. Travelling beyond the mileage limit will incur an additional cost. Shop around as some car hire companies offer unlimited mileage.

  1. Fuel Policy

Some car hire companies are very strict about their fuel policies. Since the vehicle is full of fuel at the beginning of the contract, it is expected that the vehicle will be returned in the same way. Non-compliance will result in extra charges.

If you are looking for a vehicle rental provider in Brighton, call Choice Vehicle Rentals on 01273 819303.