Car Rental Charges For Damage – How To Minimize the Risk

We’ve all heard the horror stories of people charged excessive amounts for the wear and tear of their rental car, and this can be extremely distressing for people when they are not in the wrong.

Well how do you counter this? A few vehicle checks before you head off with rental car can assist you in the long run, so read on for more…

  • Every car hire agreement is going to provide basic insurance – make sure your contract covers at the very minimum elements such as tyres, windscreen, wipers, hubcaps etc. If the agreement doesnt cover these points, you are well advised to fork out the extra for additional cover.
  • Look for any paint scratches, bonnet and back bumper dents and document them with your car rental representative before you set off on your journey.
  • Go for a test drive. Obviously you will be tired after a long flight or transfer to the car rental depot. The first thing you will want to do is check into your holiday accommodation. But its worth it in the long run to take the car rental for a test drive and make sure that car elements such as the clutch, brakes, and gearstick are in very good working order.  Check the engine oil too so you won’t have any future problems.
  • Find out how the basics such as lights, wipers and electronic windows work.
  • Don’t wait until you are returning the rental car to the car hire offices to mention that the engine is not in proper working condition. Failure to report this can result in a huge bill for damages. Make sure to note the times and dates of any hitches with the engine or with parts of the car. Get in touch with the nearest rental agent provider at once.
  • If you don’t report the information to hand you could well be hit with a huge damages bill.
  • If you happen to report the incident to the car provider make sure to record the date, name of the agent you spoke to, and any telephone numbers exchanged.

It goes without saying that most rental cars are in perfect working order, but elements such as clutches, brakes and gear boxes are obviously at the mercy of past, present and future drivers so you need to be aware of this, and document any problems straight away to the rental provider.

What do you think of rental damage charges? Did you deem this to be fair? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.