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.


Choice Vehicle Rentals: 3 Pickup Trucks for Hire

Choice Vehicle Rentals doesn’t just offer van hire Eastbourne services, they also offer pickup trucks for hire. Here are the 3 pick-up trucks that you can hire from Choice Vehicle Rentals:

  1. FORD TRANSIT 350 Double Cab Truck

1 FORD TRANSIT 350 Double Cab Truck

The size of this 350 DRW transit is 5931 mm x 1974 mm x 2018 mm (length x width x height). It has electric windows and central locking for security. It can accommodate 6 passengers – three in front and three in the middle. All seats are fitted with 3-point seat belts. This Ford Transit is diesel-powered, has power steering and is complete with a 6-speed transmission gearbox. It also comes with a CD player.



This Transit 350 MWB Ford Tipper truck is a diesel-powered truck with 6-speed manual transmission. It is also utilises power steering. With a fuel capacity 80 litres, the trucks dimensions are 5686 mm x 2130 mm x 2170 millimetres. Accommodating up to 3 passengers, all seats are fitted with a 3-point seat belt. With a central locking security feature, it also has a CD player and front electric windows.



This 350 LWB EF Ford Truck has 3 seating capacity. With a size of 6.528m x 2.142 (l x w), the load length capacity of this truck is 4.05 metres, with an internal width of 2.081 metres. Diesel powered, this truck provides power steering with manual transmission.

All fees cover unlimited mileage, insurance, VAT and road tax. To learn more about Choice Vehicle Rentals and how we can help solve all your truck hire dilemmas, please call 01323 520353 and speak to one of our friendly advisors. Happy trucking!!

Where to Go in Brighton

Are you planning to explore Brighton using a rental vehicle? Review the Choice Vehicle Rentals fleet, a car hire Brighton provider. Here are some places that we recommend you visit and some activities we just know you will enjoy in and around Brighton:

1. Brighton Festival

1.	Brighton Festival

With over 400 events, this annual arts festival gives the locals and tourists in Brighton something to celebrate. Held in May of each year, this 23-day festival of visual art, film, theatre, music, dance, style and fun is invariably opened with the children’s parade.

2. Brighton Toy and Model Museum

2.	Brighton Toy and Model Museum

This Museum exhibits over 10,000 toys. Featuring an extensive collection of locomotive models, railway scenes, dioramas, puppets, cars and stuffed toys, Brighton Toy and Model Museum is ideally located under Brighton Station. It is open every Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm and every Saturday, from 11am to 5pm.

3. Royal Pavilion

3.	Royal Pavilion

Exotic and imposing, this building sits at the centre of Brighton. The Royal Pavilion also accommodates special events, such as weddings. A tour of this structural will open your eyes to the extravagant life of King George IV. Including a gift shop for souvenirs, it is open every April to September, from 9:30am to 5:45pm and from 10am to 5:15pm, from October to March. Tour tickets are available at £11.50 for adults and £6.20 for children (5-15 years old).

4. Brighton Racecourse

4.	Brighton Racecourse

Hosting some of the biggest horse races in Brighton, it is also known for the spectacular view of the English Channel. Other big events are held at the racecourse including circus shows, live music, fairs, exhibitions, food and drink events and family fun day events. The racing venue is open according to each event.

5. Brighton Wheel

5.	Brighton Wheel

Brighton Wheel stands in front of the town’s port. Standing at 150 ft., the wheel is situated just a few minutes away from the Royal Pavilion. Offering a stunning panoramic view of Brighton’s seaport and landmarks, the private capsules can accommodate 8 people. VIP capsules are available that can accommodate a maximum of 4 people. Brighton Wheel is open from 10am to 9pm, every Sunday to Thursday and 10am to 11pm, every Friday to Saturday.

Tip: It is better to book your ticket online because they are discounted.

Choice Vehicle Rentals offers a wide range of vehicles that will surely fit your taste and budget. For more details about our vehicle rental service, please call 01323 520353.

Starting your Journey from Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport

If you have just arrived at Gatwick Airport, a car rental Gatwick service provider is just what you need to help you get in and around the Gatwick area. There are lots of things to see and do!

1st stop: Guildford Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of the Holy Spirit, Guilford is a good place to start your journey. One of the architectural masterpieces of Sir Edward Maufe, it took 25 years to construct due to the interruption of World War II. With a height of 160 feet and of a Gothic style, the interior of the cathedral may be defined as noble and subtle. It has 12 classic bells, with the largest weighing in at about 1.5 tonnes. The cathedral has a beautiful garden named Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden.

2nd stop: Jerwood Gallery

If you want to learn more about British culture and arts, you can visit Jerwood Gallery. A contemporary museum located in Hastings, East Sussex, it was opened in March 2012.  Operated by the Jerwood Foundation, the gallery boasts an exhibition and collection from the following artists:

  • Rose Wylie – a British painter and a representative in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2010.
  • Philip Guston – a well-known abstract expressionist in 1950.
  • Marlow Moss – a British constructivist artist during the early 1900s.
  • Sir Quentin Saxby Blake – an English cartoonist, writer and illustrator that was inaugurated as Children’s Laureate in 1999-2001.

3rd stop: Chessington World of Adventure

It’s time to have fun! Chessington World of Adventure combines a zoo, a theme park and a hotel complex. Located in Central London, England, this adventure haven was opened in 1987.

  • Zoo

Featuring over 1,000 animals including sea lions, gorillas, lions, tigers, etc., the zoo is divided into different areas including Sealion Bay, Penguin Bay, Sea Life Centre, etc.

  • Theme Park

The theme park area houses the Pirates Cove, Forbidden Kingdom, Market Square and Mexicana. It offers different rides and attractions including Dragon’s Fury, Scorpion Express, Black Buccaneer, Monkey Swinger and a lot more.

  • Hotel Complex

Chessington has two on-site hotels: Safari Hotel and Azteca Hotel.

4th stop: Shopping Centre

Of course, an escapade will not be complete without shopping. There are three popular shopping centres near Gatwick airport. These are:

  • Guildford

Lined with cobbled streets, Guildford’s shops display clothes, books and home decors. There are also restaurants and bars near the area.

  • Lewes

A small yet progressive place for shoppers, all the items that you are looking for are widely available within the area.

  • Royal Tunbridge Wells

Home to high quality boutiques, antique shops, bars and cafes, you can shop til you drop for jewellery, designer clothes and different gift choices in the Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Are you ready to make the most out of Gatwick and its neighbouring towns? Check the Choice Vehicle Rentals website and book a vehicle for your trip. For enquiries, please call 01293 825 149.

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Beware: Common Rental Scams

Rental scam

Renting a vehicle is beneficial for people who are planning to travel or to go on a business trip. However, those who need to hire a vehicle have to look for a reliable Brighton van hire provider to avoid the following rental scams.


Extra-low front fares

Rental companies commonly offer almost the same price range. Do not entertain extremely low offers because they can lead to expensive and inadvertent upgrades later on. The company could also require you to pay “hidden charges” after you have signed the agreement or contract. It is best to ask for the breakdown of things included in their package or special offers before entrusting in their services.

Unnecessary add-ons

Some companies require clients to buy add-ons like insurance. According to research, additional insurance coverage is often unnecessary because it just duplicates the insurance that you already have. For example, you have insurances like supplemental liability protection, collision damage waiver, personal effects coverage and accident insurance. All of these have different insurance titles and payments, yet they cover the same things.

“Unlimited mileage” offer

Most rental companies offer “unlimited mileage”. This means you can use the car wherever you want to go. However, some companies use this strategy to increase your rental fees. If you want to use the vehicle for an out of town trip, you will be required to inform the company first. If they say that you have to pay extra charges, then it’s up to you if you want to continue with your use of the vehicle for your out of town trip.

Choice Vehicle Rentals is a trusted rental company in the UK, offering a wide range of vehicles for hire, with NO hidden costs. With all your enquiries, please call 01273 819 303. You can also visit their website to review the vehicles available for rent.