Credit hire—an introduction
Produced in partnership with Andrew Wilson
Credit hire—an introduction

The following Personal Injury guidance note Produced in partnership with Andrew Wilson provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Credit hire—an introduction
  • Replacement vehicles and hire generally
  • What is credit hire?
  • When is credit hire available?
  • Services provided
  • What are the issues?
  • Inquiry and investigation
  • Credit hire: model directions and procedure

Replacement vehicles and hire generally

Where a driver’s vehicle has suffered damage in an accident sufficient for it to require repair or replacement, they may well need a replacement vehicle.

Some drivers may have the opportunity (perhaps under their own insurance cover) to use a courtesy car during the period when their vehicle is unavailable to them. However, for many drivers such a facility will not be available and they will wish to consider the hire of an alternative vehicle.

The standard hire of vehicles will, as a matter of course, require the hirer to settle all hire charges on completion of the period of hire, often with a substantial deposit having been paid up front. If the replacement vehicle is needed for a significant period, the hire charges may well be substantial. The driver, particularly if they are the innocent party, may feel reluctant or may be unable to meet such charges.

Where the driver was not at fault for the accident, they may well be able to access hire of a replacement vehicle by a different arrangement, namely by credit hire.

What is credit hire?

The term ‘credit hire’ is used to describe this service because the hire company will provide the car (and additional services) on credit without seeking payment from the hirer. Instead, the hirer is obliged,