Car Rental Agreements

A car rental agreement is a legal agreement between the owner of the car (usually a car rental service) and a renter who wants to have temporary possession of the car.

Restrictions to car rental agreements

Car rental contracts are known to include various restrictions on the way a renter can use a car and when the car should be returned (also the condition in which the car should be returned). Examples of the restrictions generally built into the car rental terms and conditions include:

  • Whether a car can be driven off-road
  • Whether you are allowed to leave the country in which you rented the car
  • Whether you can use a trailer
  • Requirements for renting a car

Usually car rental services will ask you to provide a driver’s licence. The person whose name appears on the car rental agreement (and as evidenced by the driver’s licence) is usually the only person who is authorised to drive the car. The car rental agreement may also include an option to purchase motor insurance. This should be considered if your car insurance does not include rental cars or the vehicle is going to be driven by multiple drivers.

Other considerations when signing the terms and conditions of your vehicle rental contract

There are other things that are usually included in a car rental agreement and you should take special care to understand these details, such as:

  • Advice on handling thefts
  • The procedures regarding accidents
  • Who takes care of break-downs and towing
  • Fees involved for late returns, drop-off at different location
  • Whether you have to top up the fuel tank

Get your car rental agreement online

If you run a car rental company and you are looking for vehicle rental contracts to give to your clients, why not download them online? Our car rental agreement strives to set out the rights and obligations, set the boundaries on the extent of the lease and seeks to guard against unforeseen problems

Get your Car Rental Agreement and Commercial Vehicle Rental Agreement online today!


Please note that this information is supplied for general information and does not constitute legal advice. It is advisable for you to contact a legal practitioner for guidance in respect of your unique requirements.