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Car Rental Glossary

DriveAway Holidays have put together the following glossary to assist with car rental terminology. If you have any questions that are not answered in the glossary, you can visit our FAQs page, or feel free to contact us for assistance.

Rental Period

Your car rental period commencing at the time of collection through to the drop off time. Rental periods are based on 24 hours periods from the time of pick up, excluding Peugeot Leasing where it is based on calendar days.

ACRISS (SIPP) Car Code

The ACRISS (SIPP) code is a car coding system. This identifies the features of a car so that you can be sure to get the same standard of car wherever you rent worldwide. Use the key below to assist you when deciding on which car is right for your trip.

Example 1 - CDMN = Compact 4-5 Door Manual Unspecified Drive with No Air-Conditioning.
Example 2 - IWAR = Intermediate Wagon Automatic with Air-Conditioning.

Class Type Transmission Air-Conditioning
M = Mini B = 2-3 Door M = Manual Unspecified Drive R = Unspecified fuel/power with Air-Conditioning
N = Mini Elite C = 2/4 Door N = Manual 4WD N = Unspecified fuel/power with no Air-Conditioning
E = Economy D = 4-5 Door C = Manual AWD D = Diesel with Air-Conditioning
H = Economy Elite W = Wagon/Estate A = Automatic Unspecified Drive Q = Diesel with no Air-Conditioning
C = Compact V = Passenger Van B = Auto 4WD H = Hybrid with Air-Conditioning
D = Compact Elite L = Limousine D = Auto AWD I = Hybrid with no Air-Conditioning
I = Intermediate S = Sport   E = Electric with Air-Conditioning
J = Intermediate Elite T = Covertible   C = Electric with no Air-Conditioning
S = Standard F = SUV   L = LPG/Compressed Gas with Air-Conditioning
R = Standard Elite J = Open Air Terrain   S = LPG/Compressed Gas with no Air-Conditioning
F = Full Size X = Special   A = Hydrogen with Air-Conditioning
G = Full Size Elite P = Pick up Regular Cab   B = Hydrogen with no Air-Conditioning
P = Premium Q = Pick up Extended Cab   M = Multi Fuel/Power with Air-Conditioning
U = Premium Elite Z = Special Offer Car   F = Multi Fuel/Power with no Air-Conditioning
L = Luxury E = Coupe   V = Petrol with Air-Conditioning
W = Luxury Elite M = Monospace   Z = Petrol with  no Air-Conditioning
O = Oversize R = Recreational Vehicle   U = Ethanol with Air-Conditioning
X = Special H = Motorhome   X = Ethanol with no Air-Conditioning
  Y = 2 Wheel Vehicle    
  N = Roadster    
  G = Crossover    
  K = Commercial Van/Truck    

Third Party

Provides cover for public liability and is subject to the car rental company’s terms and conditions on the rental agreement. DriveAway Holidays strongly recommends travellers purchase travel insurance to cover themselves and their passengers.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)

Covers the rental vehicle in the event of accidental damage to the rental vehicle other than by theft or attempted theft. An excess usually applies and the amount will vary depending on the pick up country and/or vehicle type.*

Theft Protection (TP)

Covers the rental vehicle in the event of theft, attempted theft or vandalism. An excess usually applies and the amount will vary depending on the pick up country and/or vehicle type.*

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)

Covers the rental vehicle in the event of accidental damage and theft. An excess usually applies and the amount will vary depending on the pick up country and/or vehicle type.*

Additional Liability Insurance (ALI)

Provides additional protection for bodily injury or death plus property damage.*

Insurance Excess

The amount the client is responsible for in the event the rental vehicle is damaged (whether the driver is at fault or not) or stolen.*

Excess Reduction (ER)

Optional charge offered by the car rental company to reduce or waive the insurance excess in the event of an insurance claim against damage or theft.*

Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)

Covers the driver and additional passengers of the rental vehicle for personal and physical injuries incurred in an accident.*

Security Deposit

Amount frozen on the client’s credit card at time of collection. The amount frozen is usually the full insurance excess amount. However, if an insurance excess is not applicable or the full excess is not frozen then an amount may still be frozen for incidentals such as fuel bond, optional charges, loss of keys etc.

One Way Fee

This fee is imposed to cover the costs of returning the vehicle back to the originating location. In Australia & USA, charges may apply between cities within the same State and renting between States. Some countries charge for one way fees between airport and downtown locations within the same city.*

Airport Fee

Charge applied by airport authorities for terminal and off terminal locations. In most cases, this charge is also applied to additional charges, such as one way fees, fuel option, child seat rental etc which are not included in the daily rate and are paid at the counter.

Premium Location Surcharge/Location Service Charge

Charge applied by car rental companies at selected downtown and railway locations. This additional item also includes the Airport Fee. In most cases, this charge is also applied to additional charges, such as one way fees, fuel option, child seat rental etc which are not included in the daily rate and are paid at the counter.

Vehicle Licensing Fee/Vehicle Road Registration Fee

Government imposed levy for each rental car in the car provider's fleet. Charge to partially recover the vehicle registration costs.

Additional Driver

Additional to the main driver, registered and listed on the Rental Agreement.

Young Driver Surcharge

Surcharge payable by young drivers under a specific age.

Senior Driver Surcharge

Surcharge payable by senior drivers over &/or between a specific age.

Sealed Road

A road sealed with a hard material such as tar, bitumen or concrete.

Gazetted Roads

A sealed or unsealed road regularly maintained by a local, state or government body or council.



Last updated 20 February 2013. All information is correct at time of print & subject to change without notice.