I rented a car not too long ago and noticed that there were some scratches in a couple of places. I put these down on the inspection sheet. I did rent it, and before I took it, I signed, but I did make a note to say there were these scratches in a couple of places. I am guessing that this damage could have occurred when the previous person rented the car and returned it.
I wanted to save some money as well, so I did not take the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW). I was going to return the car but on that day, I guess someone hit it overnight! I could not return the car because I had to get a collision report.
There was a huge difference between the police estimate and the car rental’s repair bill. In fact, it was more than double! I’m wondering if the car rental is taking advantage of me and also trying to make me pay for the damages by the previous renter. Anyone here been through anything similar?
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I think they are taking advantage. But in a way, you pretty much opened that door for them. Sorry to be blunt, but you should have taken that insurance. Let me put it this way; would you do the same thing again? Probably not, right? In trying to save money, you will probably end up losing much more than you anticipated.
If you are someone who rents cars several times a year, it is best to get that insurance coverage. I totally understand why you may be reluctant, especially if money is tight, but here’s the thing; you can be careful but that doesn’t mean someone else is, right?
It is a very tricky situation. You try to save a few dollars and end up paying hundreds more. The thing is, you just never know right? You always think it won’t happen, and a lot of the time, you’re right. But then there is that one time when your luck runs out.
Yes, I know. The problem is, when your money is tight, you feel helpless and forced into taking that chance.
I totally understand. Maybe you should look into your credit card. Speak to them. I believe there is some kind of additional protection for a small fee. So, if damages like this occur, you may be protected. I could be wrong, but check it out. It might be an answer for the future, if you intend to rent again.
You might want to research rental companies too. I don’t know who you used, but I have used Discount Car & Truck Rentals in the past and have never had a problem with them. I found them helpful and if I ever had to rent, I would use them again.
No, it wasn’t them that I used. However, I appreciate your advice on the credit card thing you mentioned. I will certainly look into that. I will also be renting a car at least a couple more times this year and I will not be using the one I used ever again. I’ll go with your recommendation. Thank you, and thank you everyone as well.
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