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Vaaroom Ltd – Terms and Conditions

Last dated 15th September 2020

Please read these terms and conditions carefully. We are happy to clarify anything, please just ask.

Definitions

“You”,”Your” and “Hirer”  refers to the person who is the customer “Vaaroom”  means Vaaroom Limited, Company No: 12430566 with its registered office at 857 London Road, Thurrock, Essex, RM20 3AT “Booking” the confirmed details to contract the hire of a motorhome, which includes payment of the booking fee and/or full payment.

“Customer” means the person nominated as the hirer and named as the Hirer on the Rental Agreement.

Booking Fee” means the amount paid at the time of Booking to confirm your hire and secure the Vehicle.

This Agreement” means the Booking Confirmation, Rental Agreement and these Terms and Conditions.  In the case of any discrepancy the provisions of these terms apply.

Depot” means the location of the Vehicle collection and drop off as per the Booking

Driver/Drivers” means the named person or persons on the booking insured to drive the Vehicle

Final Payment” means payment of the remaining Vehicle Hire Charge, Security Deposit, IEW or Insurance Excess, optional extra’s and surcharges.

Incident” means any event that has caused damage to the bodywork of Vehicle either by the Hirer or another person, any third party property or breakdown to the Vehicle.

In-Hire Support” means the Company Vehicle Support Helpline service. Contact details are supplied in the Vehicle. “Insurance Excess” means the excess amount payable of £1000 (£2250 for non eligible IEW Driver) in the event that the estimated cost of repair exceeds this amount. The excess amount payable is per Incident.

Insurance Excess Waiver (IEW)” means an option to pay £29.40 per vehicle per day to reduce the Insurance Excess liability in the event of an insurable damage claim arising to nil. “Non-insurable Damages” means the Hirer is responsible for all damage costs and expenses incurred as a result of offences against the Road Traffic Accidents, other Incidents and any other costs arising from non insured damages found during the Post Hire Inspection.

Motorhome” means the vehicle as stated on the Rental Agreement and any replacement or substitute Vehicle which may be provided at the discretion of the Company.

Rental Period” means the period of hire of the Motorhome as stated on the Booking and Rental Agreement including any agreed variation from the original Booking.

Security Deposit” means a £250 refundable payment be made by the Hirer to Vaaroom in relation to this hire.

  1. Hire Charges

Hire rates quoted at the time of Booking include:

  • VAT
  • Unlimited Mileage
  • Roadside Assistance  *
  • Handover session prior to hire
  • Bike Rack (up to 4 bikes)
  • TV/DVD player with digital aerial
  • Radio/CD player
  • Crockery, cutlery and glasses
  • Electric Hook-up cable
  • Water hose
  • Kettle, saucepans and cooking utensils
  • Kitchen pack (washing-up liquid, tea-towel, dishcloth and cooker lighter)
  • Toilet pack (toilet paper, chemicals)

Optional Extras, Security Deposit, Insurance Surcharges (if applicable), Insurance Excess deposit or IEW is required to at least 7 working days prior to the hire collection date.

Extras:

  • Additional Driver – £5 per day per driver (max 3)
  • Car parking at the Depot – £10 per night (£6 per night if pre-booked)
  • Early collection (Subject to Acceptance by the Depot) – £39
  • Best Available Vehicle (Subject to Availability) £79
  • Insurance excess waiver – £29.40 per day
  • Pet Supplement – £7 per day
  • Chocks £15 per hire
  • Points on UK licences: £2.00 per point, per night, per driver.  If you have any of the following conviction codes on your license, please contact Vaaroom as these may prevent you getting insurance cover

Vaaroom includes roadside assistance to cover any mechanical faults.  Any call out charges relating to hirer or driver error including but not limited to, the wrong fuel, insufficient fuel or Adblu, clutch burnout, improper user of the handbrake, lost keys, flat battery, etc will be the responsibility of the Customer

Parking is available to hirers at all Vaaroom depots, subject to: The daily fee above is paid

The Hirer understands that their vehicle is left at their own risk.  Vaaroom cannot and will not be held liable for any damage caused to the Hirer’s vehicle

  1. Payments

The Booking fee is £199 or equivalent to the total Vehicle Hire Charge if less than £199 which is payable at the time of making the Booking and is non-refundable.  A Booking is only binding when confirmed by an email from Vaaroom  and the Booking Fee paid.  Vaaroom’s terms and conditions and cancellation policy apply from this point forwards.

Payment of the remaining Vehicle Hire Charge is due six weeks prior to the collection date of the Motorhome.  If the Booking is made within six weeks of travel the full Vehicle Hire Charge is due at the time of booking.

Vaaroom reserves the right to cancel the booking if payment is not received six weeks prior to departure, in this event no refunds will be due to the Hirer.

  1. Cancellations & Refunds

The Booking of a Vehicle hire online is protected, in part, by the distance selling regulations that protects and provides the Hirer with UK consumer rights.  However Motorhome hire is considered the same as booking for services such as car hire, booking a flight or theatre tickets, meaning it is exempt from the distance selling regulation protection that entitles the Hirer to a 7-day cooling off period.  Therefore, once the Booking is confirmed by Vaaroom there is no entitlement to a refund if the Hirer subsequently cancels.

If you cancel prior to receiving confirmation of the booking, you are entitled to a full refund. The refund amount is all payments made up to the cancellation date and is paid 28 working days after notification of the cancellation in writing.

Cancellation charges

More than 6 weeks before the commencement of the hire:  £199 booking fee 6 – 3 weeks  – 50% of the total hire charge 3 weeks – day of hire – 100% of the total hire charge

A no show is deemed as a same day cancellation.  The booking will be cancelled and all hire charges will be forfeited.  Vaaroom cannot postpone or transfer money from one booking to another.

Covid 19 specific cancellation policy

A full, no quibble 100% refund or postponement without penalty, if the UK government imposes restrictions to cause the closure of the Vaaroom collection depot on your collection date as per your booking or the introduction of non-essential travel restrictions during the dates of your booking at either the Vaaroom collection depot or the hirer’s home address.

  1.   Booking Amendments On completion of a Booking the Rental Period, Vehicle, Destination and Collection Depot are deemed to be confirmed.

In the unlikely event that the Motorhome originally booked cannot be supplied Vaaroom reserves the right to substitute it for a comparable vehicle to that booked.  If the daily rental cost of the substituted vehicle is higher than the original hire charge then no additional charges will be levied on the hire.  If the daily rental cost of the substituted vehicle is lower than the original hire charge then a refund of the difference will be given.  Substitution of the Motorhome does not entitle the Customer to any refund nor does it constitute a breach of this agreement.  If the Customer does not accept the replacement vehicle offered, the Booking will be deemed cancelled and clause 3 will apply.  If no replacement vehicle can be offered by Vaaroom, the booking will be cancelled and the customer will be refunded in full, in this instance the Customer is not entitled to claim any consequential losses incurred from Vaaroom.

If the Customer wishes to change  the motorhome, pick-up dates, pick-up location, Vaaroom will try to accommodate the request.  If the daily rental cost of the substituted vehicle is higher than the original hire charge then the Customer will pay the increased charges.  If the daily rental cost of the substituted vehicle is lower than the original hire charge then no refund will be given.  Any changes made by the Customer are subject to an administration fee of £35.00 per charge.

Vaaroom may extend the Rental Period at the request of the Customer subject to availability. The Customer will pay additional charges incurred as an additional payment prior to the commencement of extension of hire. In the event of an agreed and paid for extension the new date agreed for the return of the Vehicle shall then become the revised for the Rental Period

  1. Eligibility, Proof of Identification and Driving Licences

Confirmation of the Booking will be sent to the Customer by email. A subsequent administration process will be completed to accurately process the Booking and provide the adequate level of insurance cover for the Rental Period.

The Hirer is required to provide the Company with Identification documents and documentation for each Driver named on the Booking as requested both during the online administration process and also when collecting the vehicle. The Company cannot release the vehicle without these items being present. Identification documents required are:

Hirer Identification • 1 item of proof of residential ID of the Hirer and all named drivers matching the address stated on the Booking (utility bill, bank statement or credit card statement) Driver Identification • Valid driving licence for each Driver ( Non-UK drivers will also require a copy of a valid passport)

  • Valid DVLA check code for each Driver (Not applicable for Non-UK driver)

The Hirer will notify the Company of any changes to any of the above identification prior to Rental Period. Failure to do so could invalidate the Vehicle Insurance.

Vaaroom reserves the right to cancel the hire if, at the commencement of hire, the Drivers’ licences are invalid or not in accordance with the required conditions or if insurance is declined for any reason.

Vaaroom reserves the right to decline hire to any person at any time without reason.

Vaaroom reserves the right to vary the conditions of Booking at any time, prior to the Hirer final acceptance of the contract.

By signing to accept these terms, the Hirer confirms that the information he has given is true, complete and correct, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and undertakes to inform Vaaroom of any changes thereto, immediately.

The Hirer agrees that he or she is responsible for all costs, expenses and fines (including parking and congestion violations) which may be incurred during the Rental Period as a result of a breach of any Road Traffic laws, except where the breach is due to the fault of Vaaroom.

6   Collection and Return of the Motorhome

The hirer agrees and understands that the motorhome collection time is usually between 15.00-16.00 hours on the day of collection.

A Pre-Hire Inspection of the motorhome will be carried out at the time of collection. The Hirer or Driver is advised to inspect the vehicle themselves before they sign the Pre-Hire Inspection.

The Hirer agrees and understands that the motorhome return time is between 9:00AM-11:00AM on the final day of the Rental Period.  Vaaroom have a strict no late return policy.

Should the unauthorized late return of the vehicle make Vaaroom liable for extra costs (e.g. compensation for the next hirer), Vaaroom reserve the right to pass on these costs to you and deduct them from the deposit.

No refund is given for the early return of the motorhome.

All returned motorhomes must be returned undamaged, with the same or a higher fuel level when collected, empty waste water and toilet cassette, all rubbish and personal belongings removed and the interior clean and in the same condition when collected, failure to comply with this clause will incur additionalcosts. Please note, there are no facilities at any of Vaaroom’s depots for emptying toilet cassettes, so must be emptied prior to return.. Any applicable charges due following the Post-Hire Inspection will be deducted from the Security Deposit prior to the refund being made. Should the charges exceed the amount of the Security Deposit the Hirer will be liable to pay the additional amount within 7 days of the Company notifying the Hirer.

The return of the motorhome will be confirmed by the Post-Hire Inspection signed by the Hirer and Vaaroom. If a full Post-Hire Inspection has not been possible the Hirer will be contacted by Vaaroom to discuss any damage found. Hirers are advised to inspect the motorhome upon return.

It may be possible to collect the motorhome early, requests should be sent to customerservice@vaaroom.com and will be confirmed or declined by Vaaroom via email to the Hirer. If confirmed, additional charges will apply. Unapproved or booked Late returns or non returns of the motorhome will incur additional costs.

The Hirer is responsible for the care and security of the vehicle for the duration of the Rental Period and agrees to return the Motorhome to Vaaroom in the same condition as the Pre-Hire Inspection. The Hirer will be liable for any costs and charges for relating to additional damage caused during the Rental Period as per Clause 14.

7  Other Charges

Administration Charge £30.00 per booking amendment or penalty charge notice received

Valeting Fee  £89 if the vehicle is not returned with the interior in a clean and rubbish free condition

Toilet and waste water not emptied on return  £150.00

Refuelling £40 if the vehicle is not returned with the same level of diesel

Late return fee £100 per hour or part thereof should the vehicle be returned after the agreed time as stated on the Rental Agreement

The cost of any damage to the Vehicle or third party property, subject to the insurance or CDW cover

All parking fines, penalty fees and notices, subject to an additional administration charge

Any additional costs over and above the security deposit value should damages exceed the insurance deposit value

The cost to recover a vehicle

Vaaroom reserves the right to recover full costs in the case of gross negligence in order to return the motorhome to its original state.

8 Insurance  

The Vehicle Hire Charge includes Vehicle Insurance subject to full and accurate background information and documentation as per clause 2. for the Hirer and for each named Driver only.

The Vehicle is insured for the Rental Period only. Unauthorised late return of the vehicle will invalidate the Vehicle Insurance and will be classified as an offence under the Road Traffic Act .  The Hirer is responsible for any consequences of driving an uninsured vehicle.

An Insurance Excess Waiver (IEW) (£29.40 per day) is available for eligible drivers reducing the insurance excess to nil ; – except in the instances listed below, where the hirer accepts full liability for costs:

Overhead cab damage Gross Negligence Any internal damage Associated Damage Costs Windscreens and tyre damage Fresh water tank or fuel tank contamination

IEW applies in respect of each separate insurable damage claim during the Rental Period.

If the customer chooses to not take out an Insurance Excess Waiver, then an Insurance Excess deposit of £1,000 must be paid no later than 7 working days prior to the Rental Period.

If any named Driver for the rental is not eligible for IEW  a £2250 Insurance Excess and £250 security deposit will apply (£2500 in total)

Insurance cover cannot be provided unless the Final Payment is made. The Company reserves the right to cancel the Booking if the Final Payment is not received 7 working days prior to the Rental Period. In these circumstances the Company reserves the right to recover any costs or losses from any payments previously received.

Should these Terms and Conditions not be adhered to, the IEW will be void and the Hirer will be liable for all charges relating to any damage arising during the period of hire.

IEW can only be purchased prior to commencement of the Rental Period.

Insurance surcharges are based on the Driver information provided prior to the Rental Period.

Note: Insurance can be provided for drivers between the ages of 25-69. Insurance cannot be provided for drivers with more than 9 current driving endorsement points or drivers who have held a licence for under 2 years. All drivers are subject to be reviewed by our insurers before approval.

The following driver conditions are deemed non-eligible for IEW and will incur an insurance surcharge: a) Non UK Residents b) Non UK Mainland travel

  1. c) Drivers disclosing accidents, medical conditions & multiple endorsements in the past 3 years d) IEW has not been requested or paid for e) Any named driver with an Overseas Driving Licences f) High Risk Occupation Drivers – includes but not limited to those who are engaged in professional gambling, sport or entertainment        including film & television, hawking or general dealing, street or marketing trading.Incidents must be reported to the Company within 1 working day or as soon as possible otherwise IEW cover will not apply.

The Vehicle Insurance policy excess is £1000 (£2250 for non eligible IEW drivers). In respect of each and every Incident resulting in damage to the Vehicle, the hirer shall pay to the Company an amount up to the appropriate excess on such Vehicle Insurance, towards or in settlement of the cost of making good any such damage on a full indemnity basis and the cost and expenses incurred by the Company in proceeding to recover the same from any Third Party.

9  Security Deposit   The Security Deposits will be held by the Company and refunded 28 working days after the Rental Period. Providing there is agreement by the Hirer to any post-hire charges to the Security Deposits, refunds may take longer in the event of any non standard post hire charges arising

The customer irrevocably authorises Vaaroom to deduct from the Security Deposit any amounts due by you to Vaaroom Limited, arising out of this agreement

In the event that damages and charges exceed the amount of the Security Deposit the outstanding balance becomes due 7 working days following notification of the charges by Vaaroom The Security Deposit will be refunded less any non-insured costs and any upfront costs not paid.

The Security Deposit refund can take 3-5 working days to clear into the customer’s bank account.

10  Travel Outside the UK Vaaroom do not allow any vehicle to be taken out of the UK and therefore invalidates the motorhome insurance if taken abroad.  In the event it is discovered that the motorhome has been taken out of the UK during the hire, Vaaroom will report the vehicle stolen to the authorities and request the immediate return of the motorhome and the hirer will forfeit their full security deposit and will not therefore be entitled to a refund.

11  Conditions and Limitations on Use The Hirer Agrees to: protect the interests of the Company and the Company’s Insurers by ensuring the Vehicle is always locked and windows closed when  unattended and the keys are secure. to drive only on a maintained public highway, private road or driveway; not carry more passengers than the seatbelt capacity of the vehicle or allow the vehicle to be overloaded; not operate vehicle or permit the vehicle to be operated in any way that would violate this contract, including but not limited to carrying passengers or goods for hire or reward; not to participate in motor sport events; not to propel or tow any vehicle or trailer; not to allow any person to drive when unfit through drink or drugs or with blood alcohol concentration above the limit prescribed for the time being by Road Traffic Legislation; not to violate any law, ordinance or regulation; not to allow any person to drive under authority of any licence other than his own; not to drive in a reckless or imprudent manner. not to allow any other person to drive other than those Driver’s named on Booking

In the interests of security and safety, all vehicles are fitted with a tracker.

A motorhome is unstable over 70 mph. The Hirer will be charged £75.00 per day when this limit is exceeded. 12  Road Toll Fees, parking and other fines The Hirer is responsible for all Road Tolls fee’s. The Hirer is advised to pay these in advance of the journey with the exception of the Dartford Crossing.

Non-payment of Road Toll fees will incur a charge being added to the Booking to the equivalent of the original fee, any fines imposed and an administration fee of £10.00 per notification of non-payment received by the company.

The Dartford Toll can no longer be paid at the barrier and will therefore automatically be paid by Vaaroom. Upon notification of a vehicle crossing the Dartford Toll, the associated road user fee of £2.50 will be applied to your Booking in addition to an administration fee of £10.00 per crossing. It is free to use the Crossing between 10pm and 6am every day.

All parking, road-traffic or other legal violations are subject to a minimum £35.00 administration fee. If required, the relevant details relating to the hire will be given to the necessary authorities.

13  Problems, Incidents and Accidents

Vaaroom will carry out a full inspection prior to each hire and the hirer will be shown how to operate the systems in the motorhome.  Should an onboard system fail during the Rental Period, Vaaroom will use best endeavours to remedy the problem but in some circumstances this may not be possible, in this instance Vaaroom cannot be held responsible and will not refund any monies nor have any obligation to provide a replacement motorhome.  Vaaroom cannot and will not be held responsible in the event of any damage or inconvenience caused by weather, for example freezing conditions, flooding, etc.  This is the responsibility of the hirer and any damage will be subject to being charged to the hirer

Should you experience any difficulties with the operation of the Vehicle during the Rental Period, please contact the in-hire support team or the relevant roadside assistance company as per the details provided on the quick guide.

Vaaroom shall have sole right and responsibility to repair the Vehicle. The Hirer is authorised to request emergency repairs up to the value of £50.00. Repairs costing in excess of £50 must be authorised by the Company prior to the work being undertaken.

In the event of an Incident that results in damage to the Vehicle or the involvement of a Third Party, the Hirer must report the Incident details to Vaaroom within 1 working day or as soon as they are able of the Vehicle being damaged and complete and deliver to Vaaroom the relevant Incident report within 4 working days of receiving the Incident report form from Vaaroom.

The Hirer shall pay or reimburse Vaaroom against all losses, liabilities, costs, actions, claims or demands which it may incur or have brought or made against them in relation to the Vehicle or its use and which are not recoverable under a policy of insurance whether the same is affected by The Company or Hirer;

The Hirer is responsible for the full cost of making good any damage to the vehicle caused deliberately, by improper use or by an act of negligence.

In the event of insurable damage not being indemnified with IEW, the following charges may apply:

A minimum administration charge of 10% of the total costs associated with the repair costs.

The prevailing daily hire rate (maximum 7 nights per Incident) plus other associated charges, if applicable, transfer to warranty approved repairing garage and for the time incurred by the repairing garage to carry out the required repairs arising from an Incident, even if an account is forwarded to a third party.

Hirer will be liable for associated administrative fees, plus loss of revenue at the prevailing daily hire rate (max 5 days), transfer to warranty approved repairing garage and storage fees.

If Vehicle is stolen the Hirer should report to Vaaroom immediately upon detection. It should also be reported to the Police immediately and a crime reference number should be obtained and provided to Vaaroom.

The Vehicle Insurance does not cover personal items or losses. We shall not be liable for any indirect or consequential losses. The Hirer is advised to take out personal travel insurance cover prior to the Rental Period.

If any damage is due to negligence of the Hirer, the Hirer will be liable for the Insurance Excess liability, administrative fees, plus loss of revenue at the prevailing daily rate (max 5 days), diminishment of value, towing, transfer to warranty approved repairing garage, storage, impound fees. In such cases the Security Deposit shall be forfeited.

If Hirer breaches this agreement, Hirer agrees to cease using Vehicle and to pay all expenses incurred by Vaaroom in returning Vehicle to the rental collection point.

14 Damages NOT covered by optional Insurance Excess Waiver (IEW)

At the commencement of hire a full inspection with photographs which will show any existing damage to the motorhome, the hirer is responsible for checking that any pre-existing damage is recorded.  On return of the motorhome a post hire inspection will be carried out and should any new damage be found the charges will be the responsibility of the hirer.  The damages listed below are NOT included in the optional IEW cover.  The hirer is liable for the full cost of non-insurable damages

  • Over-head, habitation door and step damage
  • Wing mirror (casing). Damage to the wing mirror casing, incurs a replacement fee of £349.00.
  • Wing mirror (glass). Damage to the wing mirror glass, incurs a replacement fee of £99.00
  • Wing mirror lens. Damage to the wing mirror lens, incurs a replacement fee of £45.00
  • Exterior running light. Exterior running light that are missing or damaged, incurs a replacement fee of £45.00 per running light.
  • Window damage. Cracked or damaged window incurs a replacement fee of £349.00 per window.
  • Habitation window (scratches). Scratched or scarred Habitation window incurs a repair fee of £45.00 per window.
  • Habitation body marks (dints, scuffs & light scratches). Marks to the habitation body, incur repair fee of £45.00 per dint, scuff or scratch.
  • Flyscreen replacement of £250.00
  • Skylight damage. Skylight window damage incurs a replacement fee of £399.00 per skylight window
  • Skylight damage. Skylight window winding mechanism damage incurs a replacement fee of £99.00 per skylight window.
  • Skylight damage. Skylight window blind damage incurs a replacement fee of £99.00 per skylight window.
  • Light clusters. Damage to rear Light cluster are subject to a replacement charge of £349.00
  • Light or indicator replacement fee of £75.00
  • Side marker of £45.00
  • Wheel Arch. Damage to wheel arch incurs a replacement fee of £249.00.
  • Luton Leg charge. Damage to Luton Leg incurs a replacement fee of £650.00
  • Front or rear Bumper replacement fee of £399.00
  • Vent flue cover, requires full replacement fee of £95.00
  • Hob and sink glass replacement fee of £99.00
  • All punctures to the bodywork will be assessed on an individual basis.
  • All/any Interior (habitation) damages including:
  • Table damage. Damage to the table top, leg or hinge are subject to a replacement table charge of £199.00.
  • Interior lights. Broken or damaged interior lights are subject to a £50 replacement charge per light.
  • Interior scrapes and scuffs. Flooring, doors work surfaces, cupboards, shelves, seating and bed structure, and interior walls found with scuffs or scratches are subject to a £45.00 repair charge for each.
  • Upholstery damage of £50
  • Appliances, including but not limited to, taps, heater, electrics, fridge, grill, hob

All damage sustained to driver cab will be assessed on an individual basis. Hirer is liable for the full cost of repair up to standard insurance policy excess of £1000.

Damage caused to the vehicle or third party through a reversing manoeuvre.

Damage not itemised on Exterior damages or Interior damages list, charged at the cost of replacement parts & labour @ £60.00 per hour.

Over-head damage. Any damages found to the any part of the vehicle over-head section, is not covered by insurance or optional IEW cover and will be assessed on an individual basis. Hirer is liable for the full cost of repair up to standard insurance policy excess of £1000.

Time Off Road Fee. All damages are subject to a time off road fee. The time off road fee is charged at a daily rate of £95 per day + VAT and is for the loss of revenue attributed to repair time. Depending on the extent of the damages, the time off road fee is added to the final charge applied. The minimum time off road is 0.5 days. The maximum time off road is 5 days.

Associated Damage Costs charged at the prevailing rate.

15  Complaints Procedure

Complaints should be submitted in writing by email to customerservice@vaaroom.com or to Vaaroom, Wyldecrest House, 857 London Road, Thurrock, Essex, RM20 3AT to be received by Vaaroom as soon as possible to allow an effective investigation to ensue. Acknowledgement of complaints will be sent within 5 working days.

16  Governing Law This agreement is governed by and construed in accordance with the Laws of UK.  All disputes arising out of or in connection with the agreement shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the UK Courts.

17   Property Left at Hirers Risk All property left in motorhomes at hirers own risk. Vaaroom accepts no responsibility for recovering property.