Vehicle Rental Guide


Consumer Guide to renting a vehicle in Sri Lanka

Follow the tips in the vehicle rental guide given below for a straightforward vehicle rental right here in Sri Lanka.

Kings Rent A Car Rental Agreement

Rental Agreement

The rental agreement sets out the details of the contract between you and company. This includes details about the insurance, mileage of the vehicle, what happens in the event of a breakdown and the necessary documentation required.

Vehicle Conditions at Kings Rent A Car

Vehicle Condition

The vehicles given for rent would be clean, modern and safe which have been maintained to the manufacturer’s standards. Therefore, thoroughly inspect the vehicles prior to purchasing and make sure that you do not load the vehicle beyond the manufacturer’s maximum weight requirements.

Insurance Policy for Car Rental in Sri Lanka


The vehicles need to be insured by the rental company as proposed by the Sri Lankan law. Also there will be additional costs charged for any damage caused to the vehicle except for damages covered by the insurance or those that were existing at the time of purchase.

Refueling Policy for Car Hire in Sri Lanka


Avoid misfuelling and check the type of fuel that the vehicle uses. Also refer to the company’s refueling policy.

Complaints Submission to Kings Rent A Car


In the case of any complaints, please use our feedback section to submit your complaint details. Be sure to include your vehicle reservation number along with any other relevant details.

Kings Rent A Car (Pvt) Ltd

Why use KRCS?

KRCS is a legal entity of the Rent-A-Car Association (RACA) and you can be assured of honesty, integrity and value for money backed by a strict Code of Conduct and an efficient customer service.

Driving Licence Requirements

Licence requirement to operate a motor a vehicle

In order to operate a motor vehicle in Sri Lanka you need to obtain an International Driver’s Licence or a Temporary Sri Lankan Driver’s Licence.

International Driver’s Licence (IDP)

An International Driving Permit issued from the resident country could be used to operate motor vehicles in Sri Lanka. Since Sri Lanka is party to the UN Convention on Road Traffic which states that an IDP is valid in the territory of all the participant States for the period of one year from the date of issue, it is a valid document in Sri Lanka. This is the most recommended option for a non-Sri Lankan resident to be eligible to operate a motor vehicle in Sri Lanka.

However, before the IDP can be used to operate motor vehicles in Sri Lanka it should be endorsed by the Automobile Association of Ceylon, No. 40, Sir Mohamed Macan Marker Mawatha, P.O.Box 338, Colombo 03.

Sri Lankan Temporary Driver’s Licence

A temporary driving licence could be obtained from the Department of Motor Traffic in Sri Lanka within 1 or 2 days. However, due to the process being a time consuming affair, this is not the most recommended option. For more information on obtaining a Sri Lankan Temporary Driver’s Licence, please click here to visit government information website.

Essential Driving Tips in Sri Lanka

Essential Driving Tips

Most drivers tend to assume that a modern motor vehicle is something that you can pump fuel, driver around and forget about everything else. Although this is true to an extent with modern day cars with their technological advancements certain aspects do require a user’s occasional attention together with sensible driving habits.

To start of with here are some usual do-it-yourself (DIY) check ups and sensible driving tips that will improve your vehicles reliability and safety;

  • If the car has a user’s manual – READ IT!
  • Always check your tyre pressure when the tyres are cold. Air pressure expands when you driver for a while.
  • Pump fuel from a station where fuel stock turnover is high, which will reduce the chances of you pumping water and other contaminated fuel to your vehicle.
  • All ways use the recommended lubricants and change them during required intervals.
  • Understand your vehicles limitation with regard to speed and maneuverability. 4x4’s in particular have higher centre of gravity, so slow down before you reach a sharp bend and keep a gentle throttle on the gas while taking the bend as full time 4x4’s require traction and breaking would not help.
  • Avoid having disturbing objects inside your vehicle; soft toys although cute will impair your peripheral vision.
  • Keep your vehicle clean inside and out. A lot can be judged about a person’s character by how hygiene his/her vehicle is.
  • Obey road speeds (although they are ridiculously slow in Sri Lanka)
  • Be courteous when driving, others also have the same rights as you when driving.
  • When ever possible give way for vehicles. Ignore the honking three wheelers or the bus drivers, that’s why they are JUST ignorant drivers and you, are NOT!