The Rental Agreement (“Rental Agreement”) between EconoCar Rental and You is made on the date shown on the Rental Document You have signed in respect of the Vehicle (“Rental Document”), and is made up of that Rental Document and these Terms and Conditions.
In these Terms and Conditions:
“Australian Consumer Law” means the Australian Consumer Law set out in Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (cth) as amended or replaced from time to time.
“Authorised Driver / Joint Renter” means:
an additional driver who is noted on the Rental Agreement as an Authorised Driver or Joint Renter.
EconoCar Rental means EconoCar Rental ABN 37617361487
“Rental Period” means the period commencing on the date shown on the Rental Document and ending on the date that You return the Vehicle to EconoCar Rental;
“Substitute Vehicle Insurance” means a policy of motor vehicle insurance held by You or an Authorised Driver which covers You or the Authorised Driver while You or the Authorised Driver use the Vehicle as a substitute for the vehicle insured under that policy; “Vehicle” means the vehicle described on the Rental Document (or any substitute vehicle), and includes its parts, components, accessories and contents supplied by EconoCar Rental;
“You” or “Your” refers to the person(s) with whom the Rental Agreement is made.
“Your Consumer Rights” means Your rights as a consumer under applicable consumer protection legislation, including the Australian Consumer Law, which cannot be excluded, restricted or modified by this Rental Agreement.
1.1 You agree, acknowledge and warrant that:
only You or an Authorised Driver will drive the Vehicle; and
You and any Authorised Driver are currently licensed to drive the Vehicle and have been so licenced to drive for a period of 12 months or longer (excluding any time under a learner’s permit or a provisional licence); and
You and the Authorised Driver are not under 21 years age; and
You and the Authorised Driver have not had Your driver’s licence cancelled, endorsed or suspended within the last three years.
2. WHERE YOU CAN AND CANNOT DRIVE THE VEHICLE
You and any Authorised Driver must only use the Vehicle on a road, which is properly formed and constructed as a sealed, metalled or graded gravel road.
You and any Authorised Driver must not, unless authorised in writing by EconoCar Rental, drive or take the Vehicle:
to Kangaroo Island, Fraser Island, Stradbroke Islands or Moreton Island;
into or out of the Northern Territory, Tasmania or to any points in Western Australia;
if the Vehicle is a passenger vehicle or truck, beyond Cape Tribulation or Laura in a northerly direction;
if the Vehicle has four wheel drive, beyond Cooktown or Laura in a northerly direction;
above the snow line in Tasmania, New South Wales and Victoria (being Jindabyne in New South Wales and Bright in Victoria) from the beginning of June until the end of September;
in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, outside any city limits between dusk and dawn; or
on beaches or through streams, rivers, creeks, dams or floodwaters.
3. USE OF THE VEHICLE
3.1 You and any Authorised Driver must:
not allow the Vehicle to be used for any illegal purpose, race, contest or performance test of any kind;
not allow the Vehicle to be used to tow or push anything;
not carry more passengers than may be properly accommodated by the seat belt restraints provided in the Vehicle, or carry a greater load than that for which it was built;
not be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or have a blood alcohol content that exceeds the legal limit in the State or Territory in which the Vehicle is driven;
not allow the Vehicle to be used to carry passengers for payment or reward of any kind:
not use the Vehicle when it is damaged or unsafe;
not use the Vehicle to transport goods, except in compliance with all necessary approvals, permits, licences and government requirements (to be obtained at Your cost) and in accordance with the Vehicle manufacturer’s and EconoCar Rental’s recommendations;
not use the Vehicle for the conveyance or towing of any load which is incorrectly loaded or secured or is in excess of that for which the Vehicle was constructed;
not, without EconoCar Rental’s prior written consent, use the Vehicle to carry any inflammable substance which has a flash point under 22.8°C or any other explosive or corrosive substances; and
not use the Vehicle in contravention of any law.
You must pay for any unauthorised repairs to the Vehicle and for all parking, tolls and traffic infringements in respect of the Vehicle during the Rental Period. Any infringements that are processed by EconoCar Rental will incur a administration fee of $75.
You and any Authorised Driver must not carry any animal or pet in the Vehicle.
You and any Authorised Driver must not drive the Vehicle if EconoCar Rental has so directed you and any Authorised Driver.
You and any Authorised Driver or any passenger must not smoke in the Vehicle.
4. MAINTENANCE, SECURITY AND SAFETY
4.1 You and any Authorised Driver must:
maintain all of the Vehicle’s engine oils and engine coolant levels to the manufacturer’s specifications, as set out in the Vehicle’s operations manual located in the glove box or otherwise as required to maintain the Vehicle’s efficient performance;
keep the Vehicle locked and the keys under Your or the Authorised
Driver’s personal control at all times; and
(c) comply with any applicable seat belt and child restraint laws.
You must not service the Vehicle or have repairs to the Vehicle carried out unless EconoCar Rental authorises You to do so. EconoCar Rental requires verification of the cost of repairs for audit and GST purposes. You should obtain an original tax invoice/receipt to assist EconoCar Rental. EconoCar Rental will reimburse You for any repairs to the vehicle authorised by it, provided that the cost of those repairs is verified to the extent that EconoCar Rental cannot verify the cost of repairs, EconoCar Rental will not reimburse You.
You and EconoCar Rental acknowledge that the Vehicle is generally in an undamaged condition except as otherwise stated on the Rental Document.
5. LOSS DAMAGE WAIVER, DAMAGE AND LOSS OF PROPERTY
Subject to this clause 5,and to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, You are liable:
(a) for the loss of, and all damage to, the Vehicle; and
(b) for all damage to the property of any person:
(i) which is caused or contributed to by You or an Authorised Driver; or
(ii) which arises from the use of the Vehicle by You or an Authorised Driver.
This clause 5 does not apply to any damage or loss for which EconoCar Rental is liable to You under this Rental Agreement.
Remember that references to the “Vehicle” include all of its parts, components, accessories and contents (see the definition of “Vehicle” in clause 1).
Subject to clause 5.3, if:
You accept the Loss Damage Waiver option on the Rental Document at the commencement of the Rental Period; and
where applicable, You pay the excess shown on the Rental Document for each separate event involving damage to or loss of, the Vehicle or for each separate event involving damage to the property of any third party which is caused by or arises from the use of the Vehicle by You or an Authorised Driver, EconoCar Rental:
waives Your liability under clause 5.1 for damage to the Vehicle or loss of the Vehicle;
provided that You and any Authorised Driver are entitled to be indemnified under a policy of motor vehicle insurance provided by a registered insurer for Your and an Authorised Driver’s legal liability to a third party for damage to the property of that third party which is caused by the use of the Vehicle by You or an Authorised Driver.
5.3 You must always pay, and clause 5.2 does not cover:
the excess shown on the Rental Document if there is damage to or loss of the Vehicle or if there is damage to the property of any third party;
the cost of rectifying any tyre damage not attributable to normal wear and tear;
the cost of repairing any damage caused deliberately or recklessly by:
any other driver of the Vehicle; or
any passenger carried during the Rental Period;
the cost of repairing any damage to the Vehicle or to third party property caused by You or an Authorised Driver using, or permitting the Vehicle to be used,
in any area prohibited by the Rental Agreement;
the cost of repairing overhead or roof damage caused by, but not limited to, contact between the Vehicle and objects overhanging or obstructing the path of the Vehicle; or
the cost of repairing any water damage to the Vehicle or any underbody damage, and any resulting damage from that underbody damage, to the Vehicle.
under any circumstances where the Vehicle has been refuelled with fuel other than that recommended by the Vehicle manufacturer.
under any circumstances where the Vehicle and its keys are unsecured.
5.4 For the purposes of this clause 5, You must pay for any damage or repair that may be reasonably determined by EconoCar Rental the amount which includes:
the cost of repairs to the Vehicle or the market value of the Vehicle at the time of the loss or damage, whichever is the lesser;
towing, storage and recovery costs;
a reasonable administrative fee reflecting the cost of making arrangements for repairs and towing and other administrative activities; and
a per day loss of use fee based on the estimated downtime of the
If the amount determined by EconoCar Rental and paid by You under this clause 5.4 exceeds the final cost of the damage or repair, EconoCar Rental will refund the difference to You.
6. RETURN OF VEHICLE
6.1 You must return the Vehicle to EconoCar Rental;
to the place, on the date and by the time shown on the Rental Document (or sooner if required under clause 6.4);
in the same condition as it was at the commencement of the Rental Period, fair wear and tear excepted;
with the same amount of fuel as agreed on the Rental Agreement (or otherwise pay to EconoCar Rental the cost to refuel the Vehicle with administration fee of $30).
You must return the Vehicle to a EconoCar Rental location during our normal business hours. If You return the vehicle later than the time shown on the rental document, You will be charged an additional days rental.
You return the Vehicle on a date, or at a time, or to a place other than that shown on the Rental Document; or
any special conditions set out in the “Rates” section on the Rental Document are breached, the rates shown on the Rental Document will not apply and You must pay the EconoCar Rental standard rate for the Vehicle for the Rental Period.
6.4 EconoCar Rental may request the immediate return of the Vehicle, or EconoCar Rental may re-take the Vehicle without notice, if EconoCar Rental reasonably suspects that:
You have breached a term or condition of the Rental Agreement;
damage to the Vehicle, or injury to persons or property is likely to occur; or
the Vehicle will be involved in an industrial dispute; or
the Vehicle may be used for an unlawful purpose;
You must also pay EconoCar Rental any cost it incurs as well as all costs and charges under the Rental Agreement for the period up to return/repossession of the Vehicle.
6.5 EconoCar Rental reserves the right to refuse hire of another vehicle to You following any incident or accident or where You have breached a condition of this Rental Agreement.
7. CLAIMS AND PROCEEDINGS
7.1 Where the use of the Vehicle by You, an Authorised Driver, or any other person results in an accident or claim, or where damage or loss is sustained to the Vehicle or any third party property, You and/or any Authorised Driver must:
promptly report such incident to the local police;
promptly report such incident in writing to EconoCar Rental;
not, without EconoCar Rental’s written consent, make or give any offer, promise of payment, settlement, waiver, release, indemnity or admission of liability;
permit EconoCar Rental or its insurer at its own cost to bring, defend, enforce or settle any legal proceedings against a third party in Your name;
permit or ensure that EconoCar Rental may claim in Your name or that of the Authorised Driver under any applicable Substitute Vehicle Insurance, and assist, and cause the Authorised Driver to assist, EconoCar Rental in making such a claim, including assigning any right to claim under any Substitute Vehicle Insurance to EconoCar Rental;
complete and furnish to EconoCar Rental within a reasonable time any statement, information or assistance which EconoCar Rental or its insurer may reasonably require, including attending at a lawyer’s office and at Court to give evidence.
8.1 At the end of the Rental Period, You must pay EconoCar Rental on demand:
all charges specified on the Rental Document and all charges payable under the Rental Agreement;
all excess kilometer charges; a daily allowance of 250 kilometers is given, anything above this is charged at $0.20 cents per kilometer.
any amount paid or payable by EconoCar Rental or You to any person arising out of Your use of the Vehicle or imposed on You or EconoCar Rental by any governmental or other competent authority (such as speeding, parking and traffic fines and toll charges); and
any amount for which You are liable to EconoCar Rental under the Rental Agreement, in respect of a breach of the Rental Agreement or otherwise.
8.2 The minimum charge You must pay for the rental of the Vehicle is an amount equivalent to:
one day’s rental at the “daily rate” shown on the Rental Document (subject to clause 6.4); plus
8.4 You authorise EconoCar Rental to charge all moneys payable to EconoCar Rental under the Rental Agreement to Your or the given credit card or charge account.
8.5 EconoCar Rental will pay any refund due to You by such method as EconoCar Rental may reasonably choose.
9. LIABILITY OF ECONOCAR RENTAL
Unless it is negligent, EconoCar Rental is not liable to any person, and You indemnify EconoCar Rental, for any loss of, or damage to, any property:
(a) stolen from the Vehicle or otherwise lost during the rental; or
(b) left in the Vehicle after its return to EconoCar Rental.
Neither clause 9.1 nor any other provision of the Rental Agreement is intended to exclude, restrict or modify any non-excludable terms implied by or rights which You may have under the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) (“the TPA”) or any other State or Territory legislation to the same effect.
If Your Rental Agreement is a contract for the supply of “recreational services” as defined by section 68B of the TPA or any comparable legislation, EconoCar Rental has no liability to You or an Authorised Driver for death or personal injury arising in connection with any breach by EconoCar Rental of any term implied by section 74 of the TPA or any comparable legislation.
Either party may terminate the Rental Agreement at any time if the other party commits a material breach of the Rental Agreement.
You may terminate the Rental Agreement at any time for any other reason.
10.3 If the Rental Agreement is terminated early for any reason other than a breach by EconoCar Rental, You agree to pay rental charges that reflect the actual duration of the rental. Such charges may be higher than those that apply for a longer rental period.
The Rental Agreement contains the whole agreement between the parties.
Any waiver by a party of any one breach or default by the other party will not constitute a waiver of any other breach or default. The agreement is governed by the law of the State or Territory of the Rental location. The parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of that State or Territory and any courts which may hear appeals from those courts in respect of any proceedings in connection with this agreement. The parties will not object to the exercise of jurisdiction by those courts on any basis.
12. PRESUMPTIONS AND INTERPRETATION
12.1 Unless the context otherwise requires:
A word which denotes the singular denotes the plural and vice versa;
Any gender denotes the other genders; and A person includes an individual, a body corporate and a government body. 12.2 Unless the context Otherwise requires, a reference to:
Any legislation includes any regulation or instrument made under it and where amended, re-enacted or replaced means that amended, re-enacted or replaced legislation;
Any other agreement or instrument, where amended or replaced, means that agreement or instrument as amended or replaced.