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Our Agreement with You.

The following terms and conditions relate only to the booking of car hire. Please note that you are required to sign a rental contract directly with the car rental provider upon collection of the vehicle. Information about specific rental conditions is available when making a booking.

Credit Cards

Most car rental providers require a valid credit card (in the name of main driver) when collecting the vehicle. This CANNOT be a pre-paid card, or a debit card and MUST have sufficient funds available. If a credit card is required, it is stated at the time of booking. We recommend to all clients that a valid credit card is always taken as a precaution when travelling in a foreign country.


This includes public liability cover and third party liability cover for the driver(s).

As part of our full collision damage and theft protection package, rentals include Collision Damage Waiver and Theft Waiver with zero excess liability. Rentals will either include Collision Damage Waiver and Theft Waiver with no insurance excess or complimentary excess reimbursement insurance. In the event of a claim, reimbursement can be sought for any charges made for collision damage or theft. This information is clearly stated at the time of booking.

The insurance does not cover damage to the tyres, wheels, interior, roof, underside of the vehicle, glass parts (including the windscreen), wing mirrors, loss or damage to the car key, locks, aerials, windscreen wipers, vehicle documents, registration plates and any additional equipment provided with the vehicle. Hirers are responsible for all damage and expenses incurred as a result of incorrect use of the vehicle or misfueling.

Personal injury and personal effects are NOT covered, however these are normally covered by your travel insurance policy. Hirers should ensure that they have a full personal travel insurance policy.

The insurance becomes INVALID if:

  • Anyone whose name is not on the contract drives the vehicle.
  • Vehicles are loaded with more passengers than their stated capacity.
  • Drivers are found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Damage to the vehicle has occurred due to negligence.
  • The vehicle is driven on an unmade road or any road which is unsuitably narrow for vehicles to be driven on.
  • Insurance may also lapse if the vehicle is taken on a ferry.

Optional Top-up Insurance

We provide optional Top-up Insurance which can be purchased at the time of booking. This provides cover against any loss or damage to the vehicle which is not covered by the car rental provider. This includes wheels, tyres, glass, under body, roof, interior, keys, locks and misfuelling. In the event of a loss you will have to pay the car rental provider directly and then claim the amount back from our insurance provider.


Economy Car Hire Ltd (trading as Zest Car Rental) acts solely as a car hire broker for various independent vehicle rental providers within the countries that we operate.

The contract for vehicle hire is between the hirer and the local car rental provider. The contract is subject to the law of the country in which it is supplied to you. For this reason, you will be required to sign a rental contract with the rental provider which supplies the vehicle.

Economy Car Hire Ltd (trading as Zest Car Rental) accepts no responsibility whatsoever for loss, damage, injury or death, whether arising from negligence, breach of contract or any other cause.

Economy Car Hire Ltd (trading as Zest Car Rental) deny any liability for suppliers not fulfilling the contract.

Local Information/Charges

Location information including meeting instructions and local charges are correct at the time of booking. However, they are subject to change without notice. Where possible, customers will be informed about any changes.

We deny any liability for changes made to local charges by the car rental provider.

Road Tolls

Road tolls are not included in the rental price. Any local charges relating to road tolls, traffic fines etc. are between the hirer and the car rental provider (or the authorities). Any information that we provide relating to Road tolls is for guidance only. We cannot be held responsible or enter into any correspondence relating to any issues which may arise.

Out of Hours Charges

If collecting a hire car outside of normal operating hours, an additional charge may be applied which is payable locally.

Applicable local charges will be displayed throughout the quotation and booking process. Relevant opening hours will be displayed on your pre-paid car hire voucher (except in the case of a delivery only location).

If collecting the vehicle after a flight, a valid flight number must be supplied at the time of booking. In the event of a flight delay or cancellation, it is the hirers responsibility to inform us and the car rental provider immediately. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of the car rental.

If a flight is delayed and the pickup time falls out of normal hours, an out-of-hours charge may be applied.

The number of hours that a car rental provider will wait for a delayed flight to arrive is entirely at their discretion. This may result in collection only being available on the next working day, or when the car rental provider’s office is next open.

We deny any liability for changes made to out of hours charges by the car rental provider.

Cross Border Charges

It is important that the car rental provider confirms your request for a border exit to another country. Otherwise insurance cover will not be provided. When taking vehicles out of the country from which they are hired, full breakdown service may not be available. Please check with our office in the UK before travel.

We deny any liability for changes made to cross border charges by the car rental provider.


Upon collection, we strongly recommend checking over the vehicle with the car rental provider. This is to ensure that any vehicle damage, bumps or scrapes are duly noted by the car rental provider. You must also check your vehicle before driving away. This includes (but is not limited to) the lights, indicators and all tyres including the spare wheel (if provided). If you are not completely satisfied with any part of the vehicle, this is the time to say so and, if necessary, ask for an alternative vehicle.

Every effort will be made to provide you with the make and model of vehicle specified on your pre-paid car rental voucher. However, it may be necessary to supply you with a vehicle of similar size and specifications.

Any mechanical problems with your vehicle should be reported immediately to the car rental provider.

The car rental provider can refuse to provide a vehicle to any customer who is, in their opinion, unfit to drive or does not meet eligibility requirements. In such circumstances, no refund will be due.

Should the vehicle require any extra cleaning following your rental, the car rental provider reserves the right to apply an additional charge.

Damage to Vehicles

A damage report must be completed by the driver for any damage to the vehicle, however minor it is. If a collision occurs, a police report and case number must also be provided.

The car rental provider must be contacted immediately in the event of any damage. If this procedure is not followed, the insurance cover could become invalidated which will leave you liable for all damage.

Extending the Rental Duration

If you wish to extend the duration of your rental, you must contact us directly. We will advise if this is possible and the associated costs (if applicable).

Should you need to extend the duration of your rental whilst it is taking place, you must still contact us directly. If the vehicle is not available for the extended period, it must be returned at the original time. Failure to return the vehicle on the specified date and time will result in the lapse of insurance cover. The car rental provider will also charge you directly for any additional time at a higher rate.

Cancellations and Amendments

Cancellations and amendments must always be made with us and not directly with the car rental provider. Cancellation charges apply as follows:

  • Within 48 hours of placing the booking there is no charge (unless within 48 hours before the rental takes place).
  • When cancelling after 48 hours of making the booking and up to 48 hours before it takes place, a £15 charge will be applied.
  • When cancelling within 48 hours of the rental taking place, you will be charged 50% of the rental price, subject to a minimum £15 charge.

Cancellations and amendments can only be made during our normal office hours. Any requests received outside our normal office hours cannot be applied retrospectively.

In the event of a "NO SHOW" (when a vehicle is not collected at the agreed pickup date and time and the booking is not cancelled in advance) we are unable to provide any refund.

If the hire duration is ended early, or you are late collecting the vehicle, we are unable to provide a refund for any unused hire days.

Cancellation Protection

Cancellation Protection is only available to purchase at the time of booking.

If Cancellation Protection has been purchased, a full refund less the charge for Cancellation Protection will be given in all cases except in the event of a no-show where we are unable to refund any money.

When cancelling within 48 hours of placing the booking, the additional amount charged for Cancellation Protection will also be refunded. The cost of Cancellation Protection is £0.50 per rental day with a minimum charge of £2.50 and a maximum charge of £10.00 per booking.

Complaints Procedure

Complaints must be made in writing to Economy Car Hire Ltd, Nelson House, Old Pharmacy Yard, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DJ. Alternatively, email Complaints will only be handled if received within 28 days of the hire period ending. We will aim to provide a response within 28 days.

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