The Owner and Driver should inspect the tires at the start of and throughout the rental period to ensure that the vehicle maintains a safe, road-worthy condition. All vehicles should be equipped with a spare tire or run-flat kit to minimize costs and inconvenience if an issue arises. Drivers who experience tire issues during an active rental should contact the vehicle Owner to make arrangements for repair and return.
When is a Driver responsible for flat or damaged tires?
If a tire(s) is damaged due to an accident and/or collision, the Driver is responsible for the cost to repair the tires, as well as the towing of the vehicle to a location agreed upon between both parties. Flat tire(s) caused by road hazards or vandalism are unfortunate, but they are also the Driver's responsibility to repair.
HyreCar does not cover deflated, punctured or damaged tires, whether or not as a result of an accident, mechanical failure, towing or other related services. It is up to the Owner to recover these charges.
When is an Owner responsible for flat or damaged tires?
In the event that a tire(s) failure is due to neglect and/or poor maintenance, it is the Owner’s responsibility to cover the costs and repairs for any required services during the rental period. The vehicle Owner is solely responsible for the general upkeep and maintenance of the vehicle as outlined in the Terms of Service and Rental Agreement. The cost of tire replacement or repair is the Owner’s responsibility if it’s professionally documented with photographic evidence that the flat resulted from:
- a defect
- a cut, gouge, bulge, or bubble on the sidewall
- excessive wear that made it unsafe to drive at the start of the trip
- improper inflation at the start of the trip
- a tread depth of less than 4/32”
- signs of dry rot
- an age of more than six years
If a flat tire arises and the vehicle is not equipped with a spare tire or run-flat kit the Owner may be held liable for towing related expenses and fees.