It's a compulsory, fully refundable deposit of £1000. The reason is because we rather like to get the sofa-bikes back after you've bashed them about for a thousand kilometres across the biggest hills on the planet. Don't worry about the normal bumps and scrapes, we're well aware that fair wear and tear on the Rickshaw Run constitutes quite a bit of punishment, so you won't get anything deducted for bits of damage caused by the usual rumble and tumble of the adventure.
Money is only taken out of this deposit if you do some really rather serious damage or something incredibly unfriendly like abandoning it without telling The Adventurists and agreeing the arrangements for leaving it behind. If you do have to leave the vehicle en-route for some reason, then money from your deposit will be used to get the vehicle to the finish, and your deposit return could be horribly delayed, or used up.
When you arrive in India you will be given an 'On the Road' contact number which you can call if you have to leave your vehicle behind for some reason. Most of the time you're on the road, you won't have any phone reception whatsoever though. There is the odd satellite phone in some towns. It's rather important to let you know that while we would always try and keep any costs as low as possible if you have to leave your India before reaching the finish line, it is more expensive for us to organise delivery to the finish line remotely than it is for you to organise a truck while on the ground and in the region.
Of course none of you are considering anything other than a glorious, triumphant arrival at the finish line in a dirty, sweaty fusion of tall tales of adventure and bad personal hygiene, but this is an adventure after all so please make sure you have the 'On the road' contact number with you while you're on the Run.