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Zipcar's Six Simple Rules of the Road

We only have a few rules here at Zipcar, but they are important to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone. Please read up on the rules of Car Sharing below before you hit the road.

1. Report Damage (and other issues)

Before you drive away, inspect your Zipcar inside and out. While we expect the previous member to leave the vehicle in a good condition, it is important to report any issues at the beginning of your reservation so we know it wasn’t you. Check the damage log book to see if the issue has already been reported. If it has, don’t worry, you don’t need to report it again.

To report any damage, a dirty vehicle or low fuel, call 0333 240 9000.

Click here to see how you can report damage.

2. Keep it Clean 

Take your personal belongings with you, and recycle or dispose of any rubbish. Remember, someone’s going to drive the car once you’re done so it’s important you keep the vehicle in good condition during and at the end of your reservation.

3. Refuelling

Always leave at least 1/4 tank. (It’s on us!) This is especially important for our Roundtrip vehicles, ready for the next member.

Remember that topping up is free! If you’re running low during your reservation, use the fuel card at almost all UK petrol stations – the card and instructions can be found on the driver’s side of the dashboard. We also take care of charging our e-Golfs – just be sure to stay in London to avoid running low on battery!


Click here to watch a video on finding the fuel card.

4. No smoking

Not even with all the windows down or all the doors open. Members found smoking will be charged a fee for the cost of cleaning.

5. Pets in carriers

Pets can only travel in a Zipcar if they are kept in a locked carrier (no matter how cute Buster and Fluffy are). Service and assistance animals used by disabled members or passengers are an exception, and are allowed in the vehicle without a pet carrier. Do be aware of others with pet allergies and ensure you clean up any stray pet hair at the end of your reservation.

6. Return it right

For Roundtrip vehicles, late members can end up impacting others who have the reservation right after. To avoid returning late, always make sure to book the Zipcar for the time you need.  Need more time? Just extend your booking via the app. Zipcar does take late returns seriously and we will charge a £35 fee if you return late for each hour, up to 3 hours.

Click here for further information on extending.

If you’re in a Flex reservation, you don’t need to worry about this rule. Make sure you check for approved parking in the app when you’re ending your trip to avoid parking fines.

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