ONLINE RENTAL AGREEMENT
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By clicking the "I Accept" button, you, the Customer (as defined below) agree and acknowledge that Customer has read, understands, accepts full responsibility for and is bound by the terms and conditions contained in this Rental Agreement (as defined below), which also consists of any optional products purchased by Customer in connection with this rental and the Reservation Details (as defined below) hereof for the Rental Period (as defined below) whether or not subsequent agreements are executed by Customer or if United assigns a new agreement number during the Rental Period for the purpose of invoicing Customer.
DEFINITIONS. "Rental Agreement" means this Online Rental Agreement, including the Reservation Details. "United" means United Rentals (North America), Inc. from whom the Customer has rented the Equipment. "Equipment" means any one or more of the items identified in the Reservation Details and any accessories, attachments or other similar items delivered to Customer, including, but not limited to air hoses, electric cords, blades, welding cables, liquid fuel tanks and nozzles. "Customer" means the person or entity identified as such in the Reservation Details or any representative, agent, officer or employee of Customer. "Store Location" means the closest United branch location to the Job Location described in the Reservation Details. "Rental Period" means the period of time between the date "From" and date "To," set forth in the Reservation Details, except that the Rental Period may extend or terminate earlier as provided in Sections 17 and 22 hereof. "Reservation Details" means the Equipment, Rental Period, Delivery Information, Payment Information and other information set forth on the Confirmation/Order Summary Screen.
AUTHORITY TO SIGN. Any individual agreeing to this Rental Agreement represents and warrants that he or she is of legal age, and has the authority and power to sign this Rental Agreement on their own behalf or for the Customer.
INDEMNITY / HOLD HARMLESS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, CUSTOMER AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD UNITED, AND ANY OF ITS RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, AGENTS, SERVANTS, OR EMPLOYEES, AND AFFILIATES, PARENTS AND SUBSIDIARIES (COLLECTIVELY REFERRED TO HEREIN AS THE "COMPANY"), HARMLESS FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, LOSS, DAMAGE OR COSTS (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ATTORNEYS' FEES, LOSS OF PROFIT, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION OR OTHER SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, DAMAGES RELATING TO PROPERTY DAMAGE, BODILY INJURY, OR DAMAGES RELATING TO WRONGFUL DEATH) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE OPERATION, USE, POSSESSION OR RENTAL OF THE EQUIPMENT. THIS INDEMNITY PROVISION ALSO APPLIES TO ANY CLAIMS ASSERTED AGAINST THE COMPANY BASED UPON STRICT OR PRODUCT LIABILITY CAUSES OF ACTION. HOWEVER, CUSTOMER SHALL NOT BE OBLIGATED TO INDEMNIFY THE COMPANY FOR THAT PART OF ANY LOSS, DAMAGE OR LIABILITY CAUSED SOLELY BY THE INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT OR SOLE NEGLIGENCE OF THE COMPANY. IN FURTHERANCE OF, BUT NOT IN LIMITATION OF THE INDEMNITY PROVISIONS IN THIS AGREEMENT. CUSTOMER EXPRESSLY AND SPECIFICALLY AGREES THAT THE FOREGOING OBLIGATION TO INDEMNIFY SHALL NOT IN ANY WAY BE AFFECTED OR DIMINISHED BY ANY STATUTORY OR CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITATION OF LIABILITY OR IMMUNITY CUSTOMER ENJOYS FROM SUITS BY ITS OWN EMPLOYEES. THE DUTY TO INDEMNIFY WILL CONTINUE IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT NOTWITHSTANDING THE EXPIRATION OR EARLY TERMINATION OF THE CONTRACT.
INSPECTION OF EQUIPMENT.Customer acknowledges that Customer will inspect the Equipment prior to taking possession thereof, and Customer will only accept delivery of the Equipment if Customer determines that the Equipment is in good working order and repair, and is suitable for Customer's needs. Customer further acknowledges that Customer will inspect the propulsion tank of vehicles registered and licensed, or required to be registered and licensed, for use on any highway or public road use, prior to taking possession thereof, and Customer will take delivery of such Equipment only if such propulsion tank contained no dyed fuel. Customer acknowledges that Customer is familiar with the proper operation and use of each item of Equipment. Customer agrees to inspect all hitches, bolts, safety chains, hauling tongues and other devices and materials used to connect the Equipment to any towing vehicle. Customer acknowledges United is not responsible for any damage to any towing vehicle caused by detachable hitches or mirrors.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.In no event shall (i) the Company be responsible to Customer or any other party for any loss, damage or injury caused by, resulting from or in any way connected with the Equipment, its operation or its use, United's failure to deliver the Equipment as required hereunder, or United's failure to repair or replace non-working Equipment or (ii) the Company be liable for any incidental, consequential, punitive or special damages. Customer acknowledges and assumes all risks inherent in the operation, use and possession of the Equipment from the time the Equipment is delivered to Customer until the Equipment is returned to United and Customer will take all necessary precautions to protect all persons and property from injury or damage from the Equipment.
USE OF EQUIPMENT.
Customer will not use or allow anyone to use the Equipment: (a) for an illegal purpose or in an illegal manner; (b) without a license, if required under any applicable law, or (c) who is not qualified to operate it. Customer agrees, at Customer's sole expense, to comply with all applicable municipal, state, and federal laws, ordinances and regulations (including O.S.H.A. and the Internal Revenue Code) which may apply to the use of the Equipment. Customer shall not insert, or permit to be inserted, any dyed fuel into the propulsion tank of vehicles registered and licensed, or required to be registered and licensed, for use on any highway or other public road. CUSTOMER AGREES TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD UNITED HARMLESS FROM ALL FINES, PENALTIES AND COSTS INCURRED BY THE COMPANY DUE TO DYED FUEL BEING INTRODUCED INTO THE PROPULSION TANK OF SUCH VEHICLES. Customer agrees to check filters, oil, fluid levels and tire air pressure, to clean and visually inspect the Equipment daily and to immediately notify United when Equipment needs repair or maintenance. Customer acknowledges that United has no responsibility to inspect the Equipment while it is in Customer's possession. United shall have the right to replace the Equipment with other similar equipment at any time and for any reason.
IN CALIFORNIA ONLY: If any of the Equipment is power operated or power-driven excavating or boring equipment, it is the sole responsibility of Customer to follow the requirements of the regional notification center law pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 4216) of Chapter 3.1 of Division 5 of Title 1 of the Government Code. By agreeing to this Rental Agreement, Customer accepts all liabilities and responsibilities contained in the California regional notification center law.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES. UNITED MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE MERCHANTABILITY OF THE EQUIPMENT OR ITS FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THERE IS NO WARRANTY THAT THE EQUIPMENT IS SUITED FOR CUSTOMER'S INTENDED USE, OR THAT IT IS FREE FROM DEFECTS. EXCEPT AS MAY BE SPECIFICALLY SET FORTH IN THIS RENTAL AGREEMENT, UNITED DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, MADE IN CONNECTION WITH THIS RENTAL TRANSACTION.
MALFUNCTIONING EQUIPMENT.Should the Equipment be involved in an accident, become unsafe, malfunction or require repair, Customer shall immediately cease using the Equipment and immediately notify United. If such condition is the result of normal operation, United will repair or replace the Equipment with similar Equipment in working order, if such replacement Equipment is available. United has no obligation to repair or replace Equipment rendered inoperable by misuse, abuse or neglect. Customer's sole remedy for any failure or defect in Equipment shall be the termination of any rental charges accruing after the time of failure. Customer must return the Equipment to the Store Location within 24 hours from the time of defect in order to terminate rental charges.
RETURN OF EQUIPMENT /DAMAGED & LOST EQUIPMENT. At the expiration of the Rental Period, Customer will return the Equipment to the Store Location during United's regular business hours, such Equipment to be in the condition and repair as when delivered to Customer, subject to reasonable wear and tear, as defined below. In the event that United has agreed to pick up the Equipment from Customer, Customer shall notify United in writing that the Equipment is "off rent" and shall obtain an "off rent" confirmation number from United. United shall endeavor to pick up the Equipment within a commercially reasonable period of time after the Equipment is called "off rent." Customer shall be liable for all damages to or loss of the Equipment from the time the Equipment leaves the Store Location until the Equipment is (a) returned to the Store Location, including any damage during transit to or from Customer; or (b) picked up by United after issuance of an "off rent" confirmation number. In the case of the loss or destruction of any Equipment, or inability or failure to return same to United for any reason whatsoever, Customer will pay United the then full replacement list value of the Equipment together with the full rental rate as specified until such Equipment is replaced. If the Equipment is returned in a damaged or excessively worn condition, Customer shall pay United the reasonable cost of repair and pay rental on the Equipment at the regular rental rate until all repairs have been completed. United shall be under no obligation to commence repair work until Customer has paid to United the estimated cost therefor.
REASONABLE WEAR AND TEAR.Reasonable wear and tear of the Equipment shall mean only the normal deterioration of the Equipment caused by ordinary and reasonable use on a one shift (8 hours per day, 40 hours per week) basis. The following shall not be deemed reasonable wear and tear: (a) damage resulting from lack of lubrication, insertion of improper fuel, or maintenance of necessary oil, water and air pressure levels; (b) except where United expressly assumes the obligation to service or maintain the Equipment, any damage resulting from lack of servicing or preventative maintenance suggested in the manufacturer's operation and maintenance manual; (c) damage resulting from any collision, overturning, or improper operation, including overloading or exceeding the rated capacity of the Equipment; (d) damage in the nature of dents, bending, tearing, staining, corrosion or misalignment to or of the Equipment or any part thereof; (e) wear resulting from use in excess of shifts for which rented; and (f) any other damage to the Equipment which is not considered ordinary and reasonable in the equipment rental industry. Repairs to the Equipment shall be made to the reasonable satisfaction of United and in a manner which will not adversely affect the operation, manufacturer's design or value of the Equipment
LATE RETURN. Customer agrees that if the Equipment is not returned by the end of the Rental Period, United, in its sole discretion, may require Customer to do any of the following: (a) continue to pay the rental rate(s) applicable to the Equipment as specified in the Reservation Details, (b) for periods less than 24 hours, pay the full daily rental rate applicable to the Equipment, or (c) pay any increased rental rate(s) in effect at the time of, or after, the expiration of the Rental Period.
RENTAL PERIOD / CALCULATION OF CHARGES.Rental charges commence when the
Equipment leaves the Store Location and end when the Equipment is returned to the Store Location during United's regular business hours. Rental charges do not include the cost of fuel, any applicable taxes, cost of delivery and pick-up of the Equipment, transportation surcharges, environmental charges or other miscellaneous charges. In the event that United has agreed to pick up the Equipment from Customer, Customer shall notify United in writing that the Equipment is "off rent" and obtain an "off rent" confirmation number from United, at which time rental charges shall no longer be assessed, unless otherwise provided herein. Rental charges accrue during Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Rental rates are for normal usage based on an 8 hour day, 40 hours per week and 160 hours per 4 week period. On power equipment, operations in excess of one shift will be as follows: 1.5 times the rental charges for double shift and 2 times the rental charges for triple shift. Customer will truthfully and accurately certify to United the number of shifts the Equipment was operated. Customer's right to possess the Equipment terminates on the expiration of the Rental Period and retention of possession after this time is a material breach of this Rental Agreement. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.
DEPOSIT.In addition to securing the payment of rental charges hereunder, Customer agrees that any rental deposit shall be deemed to be a guarantee by Customer of the full and complete performance of each and all of the terms, covenants, and agreements to be performed by Customer hereunder, and in the event of any breach by Customer, the deposit will be credited against any damages, cost or expense incurred by United as a result of the breach.
PAYMENT.All amounts due hereunder shall be payable in full upon receipt of invoice by Customer. Customer acknowledges that timely payment of rental charges is essential to United's business operations and it would be impractical and extremely difficult to fix the actual damages caused by late payment. Customer and United agree that there shall be added to all past due rental charges a late payment fee equal to the lesser of 2% per month (24% per annum) on any such payments outstanding after 30 days, or the maximum amount allowed by applicable law.
TITLE / NO PURCHASE OPTION / NO LIENS.This Rental Agreement is not a contract of sale, and title to the Equipment shall at all times remain with United. Unless covered by a specific supplemental agreement signed by United, Customer has no option or right to purchase the Equipment. Customer shall keep the Equipment free and clear of all mechanics and other liens and encumbrances.
TIRE AND TUBE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT.Repair or replacement of tires and tubes is the responsibility of Customer, and is not included in the rental rate.
DEFAULT.Customer shall be deemed to be in default should Customer in any way fail to pay any amount when due hereunder, or to perform, observe or keep any provision of this Rental Agreement, or should Customer become "Insolvent" (as defined herein), or should United anticipate that Customer may become Insolvent or that Customer may otherwise become in default. If Customer is in default, United may do any one or more of the following: (a) terminate the Rental Period; (b) declare the entire amounts due hereunder immediately due and payable and commence legal action therefor; (c) cause United's employees or agents, with notice but without legal process, to enter upon Customer's property and take all action necessary to retake and repossess the Equipment, and Customer hereby consents to such entry, re-taking and re-possession and hereby waives all claims for damages and losses, physical and pecuniary, caused thereby and shall pay all costs and expenses incurred by United in retaking and repossessing; or (d) pursue any other remedies available by law. Customer shall be considered "Insolvent" if Customer (i) shall generally not pay, or shall be unable to pay, or shall admit its inability or anticipated inability to pay its debts as such debts become due; or (ii) shall make an assignment for the benefit of creditors, or petition or apply to any tribunal for the appointment of a custodian, receiver, or trustee for it or a substantial part of its assets; or (iii) shall commence any proceeding under any bankruptcy, reorganization, arrangement, readjustment of debt, dissolution, or liquidation law or statute of any jurisdiction, whether now or hereafter in effect; or (iv) shall have had any such petition or application filed or any such proceeding commenced against it in which an order for relief is entered or an adjudication or appointment is made; or (v) shall take any action indicating its consent to, approval of, or acquiescence in any such petition, application, proceeding, or order for relief or the appointment of a custodian, receiver, or trustee for all or any substantial part of its properties.
CUSTOMER'S INSURANCE COVERAGE.Customer agrees to maintain and carry, at Customer's sole cost, the following insurance: (a) commercial auto liability insurance with at least a per occurrence limit of $2 million; (b) commercial general liability insurance ("CGL") (providing coverage equal to or greater than the standard ISO CG 00 01 12 04 form) with limits of insurance not less than $2 million per occurrence and $4 million in the aggregate; and (c) property insurance for the full replacement cost of the Equipment, including coverage for all risks of loss or damage to the Equipment. Customer shall obtain insurance policies that provide, or are endorsed to provide, that all insurance required hereunder is primary and non-contributory to any other insurance maintained by United. United shall be named as an additional insured for liability insurance and, if applicable, additional loss payee for property insurance. Any deductibles or self-insured retentions shall be the sole responsibility of the Customer. All insurance required by this agreement shall include a waiver of rights of recovery against United or its insurers by the Customer and its insurers, as well as a waiver of subrogation against United or its insurers. The policies required hereunder shall provide that United must receive not less than 90 days' notice prior to any cancellation. FOR RENTAL OF EQUIPMENT NOT LICENSED FOR ROAD USE, CUSTOMER MUST EITHER (i) ELECT TO NAME UNITED AS LOSS PAYEE EVIDENCING PROPERTY INSURANCE COVERAGE, OR (ii) ELECT TO PURCHASE THE RENTAL PROTECTION PLAN.
NO ASSIGNMENT, LENDING OR SUBLETTING.Customer shall not sublease, subrent, assign or loan the Equipment without first obtaining the written consent of United, and any such action by Customer, without United's written consent, shall be void. Customer agrees to use and keep the Equipment at the job site set forth on the first page of this Rental Agreement unless United approves otherwise in writing. United may at any time, without notice to Customer, transfer or assign this Rental Agreement or any Equipment or any moneys or other benefits due or to become due hereunder.
ENTIRE AGREEMENT / ONLY AGREEMENT.The Rental Agreement, including the Reservation Details, represents the entire agreement between Customer and United with respect to the Equipment and the rental of the Equipment. There are no oral or other representations or agreements not included herein. None of United's rights or Customer's rights may be changed and no extension of the terms of this Rental Agreement may be made except in writing, signed by both United and Customer. Any use of Customer's purchase order number on this Rental Agreement is for Customer's convenience only and terms and conditions, whether oral or written, that are different or inconsistent with the terms contained herein are hereby rejected by United.
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE.The terms and conditions of this Rental Agreement shall control over any conflicting preprinted terms and conditions contained in Customer's purchase order or similar documents.
Any failure of United to insist upon strict performance by Customer of any terms and conditions of this Rental Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of United's right to demand strict compliance. Customer has carefully reviewed this Rental Agreement and waives any principle of law which would construe any provision hereof against United as the drafter of this Rental Agreement.
Customer agrees to pay all reasonable costs of collection, court, attorneys' fees and other expenses incurred by United in the collection of any charges due under this Rental Agreement or in connection with the enforcement of its terms.
Customer shall pay the rental charge(s) without any offsets, deductions or claims.
The federal and state courts in the county in which the Store Location is located shall have exclusive jurisdiction over all matters relating to this Rental Agreement. TRIAL BY JURY IS WAIVED. In order to effect service of process on United, please contact the Secretary of State Corporations Division or the equivalent office in your state to obtain the name of the registered agent and the registered office address that is on file with the Secretary of State for United. United shall be entitled to decrees of specific performance (without posting bond or other security) in addition to such other remedies as may be available.
Class Action Waiver. Customer agrees that any claims or proceedings brought by Customer relating to this Rental Agreement will be conducted on an individual basis, and not on a class-wide, collective, or representative basis, and that any one person's claims or proceedings may not be consolidated with any other claims or proceedings. Customer will not sue United as a class plaintiff or class representative, join as a class member, or participate as an adverse party in any way in a class-action lawsuit against United. Nothing in this paragraph, however, limits Customer's right to bring a lawsuit as an individual plaintiff.
United shall have the right to immediately repossess the Equipment, without any liability to Customer, in the event of (i) permanent closure of the Store Location or (ii) declaration of any emergency, disaster or similar situation by any federal, state or local government or (iii) as otherwise set forth in this Rental Agreement.
Customer expressly acknowledges that Customer and United are the only parties to this Agreement, notwithstanding that a reservation for the Equipment may have been arranged by a third party or that a third party may pay for all or part of the rental bill.
For matters arising from this Agreement, Customer authorizes United to verify and obtain through credit agencies or other sources Customer's credit and insurance information.
CRIMINAL WARNING: The use of false identification to obtain Equipment or the failure to return the Equipment by the end of the Rental Period may be considered a theft subject to criminal prosecution pursuant to applicable criminal or penal code provisions.
OPTIONAL RENTAL PROTECTION PLAN.
The Rental Protection Plan ("RPP") is an optional product that modifies certain terms of this Rental Agreement. THIS SECTION 23 IS ONLY APPLICABLE PROVIDED YOU HAVE ELECTED TO "ACCEPT" THE RENTAL PROTECTION PLAN.
FOR ALL RENTALS OF EQUIPMENT NOT LICENSED FOR ROAD USE, YOU MAY EITHER SHOW PROOF OF PROPERTY INSURANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 18 ABOVE, OR PURCHASE THE RENTAL PROTECTION PLAN. THE PURCHASE OF THE RENTAL PROTECTION PLAN FOR RENTALS OF EQUIPMENT IS NOT MANDATORY AND MAY BE DECLINED IF YOU HAVE PROOF OF INSURANCE AS REQUIRED BY SECTION 18.
RPP IS NOT INSURANCE. RPP IS AVAILABLE TO DIRECT COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS ONLY IN CONNECTION WITH THE RENTAL OF EQUIPMENT FROM UNITED AND MUST BE EXECUTED SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH A RENTAL AGREEMENT.
FOR AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE, RPP OFFERS A DAMAGE WAIVER TO LIMIT YOUR FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGE TO, OR THEFT OF, THE RENTAL EQUIPMENT. BEFORE DECIDING WHETHER TO PURCHASE THE DAMAGE WAIVER, YOU MAY WISH TO DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR OWN INSURANCE COVERAGE AFFORDS YOU COVERAGE FOR DAMAGE TO OR THEFT OF THE RENTAL EQUIPMENT AND THE AMOUNT OF THE DEDUCTIBLE UNDER YOUR OWN INSURANCE COVERAGE. READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS. In return for payment of the fee set forth in the Rental Agreement, United agrees to limit its rights under Sections 9 and 18 thereof as follows:
DAMAGE WAIVER. Subject to the conditions set forth herein, United waives its right to collect amounts from Customer exceeding the lesser of 10% of replacement value of the Equipment, 10% of the cost of repairs, or $500, plus applicable state and local taxes, from losses arising from theft of or direct physical damage to the Equipment.
USER. Customer agrees that Customer, or a permissive user of a Customer, will be the only driver of any United vehicle, and that Customer will not use the vehicle in violation of any terms of this Rental Agreement or law.
EXCLUSIONS. United will not waive a claim for loss or damage to tires and tubes caused by blow out, bruises, cuts, punctures or other causes inherent in the use of the Equipment; or resulting from intentional abuse of the Equipment. Such losses shall remain subject to Section 9 above.
FEE. Customer shall pay a fee equal to 14% of the charges under the Rental Agreement in exchange for participation in RPP as set forth in this Section.
IN KANSAS ONLY. With respect to a motor vehicle rental rented for 60 days or less subject to RPP, Section C "tire exclusion" of this Section shall not apply.
IN MINNESOTA ONLY. With respect to a motor vehicle rental, RPP is a discharge of the responsibility of the renter to return the motor vehicle in the same condition as when it was first rented, and Section C "tire exclusion" of this Section shall not apply. Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 168.011(4), motor vehicle means "any self-propelled vehicle designed and originally manufactured to operate primarily on highways, and not operated exclusively upon railroad tracks. It includes any vehicle propelled or drawn by a self-propelled vehicle and includes vehicles known as trackless trolleys that are propelled by electric power obtained from overhead trolley wires but not operated upon rails. It does not include snowmobiles, manufactured homes, or park trailers."