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Vehicle Rental Overview

Vehicle rental expenses such as cars, boats and aircraft may be reimbursed when regular means of transportation are unavailable or inappropriate for the particular use. Travelers cannot be reimbursed for mileage on a rental car, but gasoline reimbursement is appropriate.

Generally, rental cars are unnecessary when staying at a conference hotel. Check the conference web site for transportation options such as shuttles between airport and conference hotel and/or conference venue.

If a vehicle is necessary, itemized, final receipts are required and a business purpose should be clearly documented for all rentals. Economy or Compact rate is normally required. Optional features like GPS units and satellite radio cannot be reimbursed.

Exceptions include:

  • Three or more persons riding in the vehicle
  • When the State of Oregon Enterprise/National or Hertz Contract is used
    (intermediate size allowable)
  • Transporting large amounts of business equipment
  • Severe weather conditions
  • Medical conditions - contact the UO Travel Manager.  

The vehicle rented should be the most economical that meets the business need.
The reason for any exception must be documented on the travel reimbursement form or the banner document when making direct payment.

When combining business travel with personal travel the car rental must be prorated. 
The easiest way to do this is to divide the total cost by the number of total days. 
This will give you the daily total that you can reimburse for each business day.

Employees/Students

The State of Oregon has contracts with Enterprise/National/WeCar and Hertz that are available for use by the University of Oregon for business travel.  When these contracts are used, the car rental company takes full responsibility for the entire risk of loss or damage to the rented vehicle for travel in the United States.  They also allow drivers age 18 and older to drive without adding a minimum age surcharge to the rental.

Departments should take advantage of these contracts and use them when a rental vehicle is necessary.  These contracts are for use by UO employees or students only, who are on “Official UO Business.”

If employees are combining personal time with business, they are not eligible to receive the contracted rates. Please see the Enterprise/National FAQ’s for options on personal rentals. Enterprise/National FAQs

When combining business travel with personal travel the car rental must be paid by the traveler. They can be reimbursed for the business portion by prorating the receipt.  The easiest way to do this is to divide the total cost by the number of total days.
 
This will give you the daily total that you can reimburse for each business day.  Any car rental that includes personal time can not be direct billed to the department.

When personal time is combined with business, travelers should be aware that their own personal insurance will be primary in the event of an accident in the course of personal business such as side trips outside the direction and control of the University.

Visitors/ Lecturers/Interview Candidates/Independent Contractors

Visitors are not eligible to receive the contract rates or insurance coverage that is included with the State of Oregon rental vehicle contracts.  They are responsible for their insurance coverage and for paying for their rental vehicle. These rentals cannot be direct billed to the UO department, but the department may make a reservation for the visitor in the visitor’s name.  The visitor will then have a full understanding of their obligations with the rental company.

The UO may reimburse the individual according to the travel policy, including expenses they may incur by purchasing Collision Damage Waiver/Loss Damage Waiver (CDW/LDW) insurance for the rental vehicle.


Enterprise/National Car Rental Contract

The corporate account number of XZ46UOR must be used when making your reservations. If this number is not used you will not be eligible for the contract rates and the insurance will not be included. There is also a PIN number that must be used if reservations are made online. Check with your department travel person for this code or call the BAO Travel Office.

If your department would like to have direct billing set up, please contact 503-692-8400.


Enterprise/National/WeCar Rates

Enterprise/National/WeCar Rates (New Pricing as of December 3, 2013)

Enterprise FAQs Current Users


WeCar

parking.uoregon.edu/content/wecar


Hertz Car Rental Contract

The corporate account number of 1485589 must be used when making reservations. This number is specific to the University of Oregon. If you want to enroll on line for the Gold Online, the promo code needed is 9242.

For information on setting up your department direct billing for Hertz rental cars, please contact our Hertz sales representative Carol Weir at cweir@hertz.com or call  503-626-5156.

Hertz Rates and Overview


Insurance on Rented Vehicles

The state provides coverage for rental vehicles if they are to be used for official business. At the time of rental the employee or agent should purchase the Loss Damage Waiver (LDW), also known as Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) if it is available.

The following methods already provide LDW insurance coverage and in these instances LDW should not be purchased.

  • Renting with the corporate travel credit card (cardholder only) or
  • Renting under one of the state's contracts with Enterprise or Hertz.

The cost for the LDW is reimbursable. Other types of insurance are not.

If a rental vehicle is to be used for a mix of personal and business purposes, LDW insurance will be reimbursed for the business portion only. Independent contractors are responsible for their own insurance.

If an auto rental company in the US or Canada requests a certificate of insurance, contact UO Risk Management at 346-2021.  If there are plans to travel outside the US, US territories and possessions, and Canada, the department should contact UO Risk Management for help in obtaining the appropriate coverage.


Accidents

The renter of a vehicle involved in an accident, must report the accident within 24 hours to the Department of Risk Management.

Supervisor's vehicle incident report

Rental Car Abbreviations

ALAMO car groups:
E Economy Car   LA Luxury Car
C Compact Car   LW 4-wheel drive vehicle
I Intermediate Car   LX Minivan
IS Convertible   LC 2-dr Luxury
F Standard Car (full size)   L4 4-dr Luxury
P Premium Car      
         
AVIS car groups:
A Sub-compact   F Intermediate SUV
B Compact   Z Full size SUV
C Intermediate   L Premium SUV
D Full size 2-dr   W Standard SUV
E Full size 4-dr   V Minivan
G Premium   P 12 passenger van
H Luxury   S Sport
K Convertible   X Specialty
         
BUDGET car groups:  
Z or B Compact   K Convertible
C Midsize   V Minivan
D or E Fullsize   W or F Mid-size SUV
X or A Economy   L Full-size SUV
G Premium   P Jeep Wrangle (in Hawaii)
H Luxury      
         
DOLLAR car groups:
C Compact L Luxury
E Economy STAR Convertible
I Intermediate MVAR Minivan
F Fullsize SFAR SUV - compact
P Premium    
       
ENTERPRISE car groups: (Only compact/economy cars are reimbursable)
ECAR   Economy   LCAR or LDAR Luxury
CCAR   Compact   MVAR Minivan
ICAR   Intermediate   GCAR Minivan (Grand Caravan)
SCAR   Standard   XPAR Sport Utility
FCAR Full Size XVARP 15 person van
PCAR Premium    
       
HERTZ car groups:
A (CCAR) Compact 2-dr L Standard SUV
B (CCAR) Compact 4-dr M4 Full size fan - 12 pass.
C (ICAR) Intermediate, mid-size Q4 Intermediate SUV
D (SCAR) Standard R Minivan 7 pass.
F (FCAR) Full size T Prem SUV expedition - 8 pass.
G (PCAR) Premium T6 Prem SUV excursion - 8 pass.
I (LCAR) Luxury U Convertible
       
THRIFTY car groups:
A (CCAR) Compact 2-dr L Standard SUV
B (CCAR) Compact 4-dr M4 Full size van - 12 pass.
C (ICAR) Intermediate, mid-size Q4 Intermediate SUV
D (SCAR) Standard R Minivan 7 pass.
F (FCAR) Full size T Prem SUV expedition - 8 pass.
G (PCAR) Premium T6 Prem SUV excursion - 8 pass.
I (LCAR) Luxury U Convertible
       
NATIONAL car groups:
ECAR Sub-compact PCAR Premium
CCAR Compact MVAR Minivan
FCAR Fullsize SCAR Fullsize 2-dr
LCAR Luxury SFAR SUV
ICAR Intermediate    
       
Miscellaneous Abbreviations:
AAF airport access fee
AIRCON airport concessionaire fee
ALI additional liability insurance
APP alamo protection plus
ATP auto tow protection
CDW collision damage waiver
CFC concession facility charge
CONC concession recoup fee
CPP carefree personal protection
EP extended protection
ESP emergency sickness protection
FPO fuel purchase option
FSO fuel service option
LDW loss damage waiver (insurance)
LSI supplemental insurance
P personal passenger protection
PAE or PAC personal accident and effects or cargo insurance
PAI personal accident insurance
PDW physical damage waiver
PEC personal effects coverage
PEP personal effects protection
PLC premium location charge
SLI supplemental liability insurance
SPAI super personal accident insurance
TP theft protection
TPI third party insurance
UMP uninsured and underinsured motorist protection
VLF recovery fee