Rental Car Damage Scam: How It Works
(with video below) Did you ever rent a car only to have an unpleasant experience when you return it? Imagine this. You've been on vacation for the last two weeks and don't have a care in the world, driving around in a rental vehicle that you are just returning as you get ready to hop on a plane to your next destination.
You drop it off in the lot and go into the office so they can give it a final once-over. And the bad news come. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see in action the sneaky Rental Car Damage scam exposed:
A mechanic walks past the office and gives you an accusatory look. You look back, surprised and confused.
Calling you over he asks you to start the car. When you try to start it, which you've been doing everyday for the past two weeks, it doesn't work. The mechanic takes you back in the office and they draft up a bill with hefty charges for the "engine troubles" you caused. You insist you didn't do anything, but they aren't relenting.
Little do you know, the mechanic flooded the carburetor on purpose while you were waiting inside. The fees they're charging are way beyond what it would cost to fix it.
What's even worse is that shady car rental companies, as seen in the video above, claim that you damaged their vehicle and require that you fix it only at a specific car body shop they work with. In reality, that body shop belongs to them. Needless to say, the prices would be much higher than usual, as that may be a business within a business, questionable indeed.
Rental Car Damage Scam: How To Avoid
This scam is usually pulled on people who are not mechanically inclined. Tell them you've heard of the scam and threaten to call a lawyer. If they're smart, you'll be on your way in no time.
When you look for cheap car hire or discount car rental, make sure you read some reviews online first. Even if you have car rental coupons. Do your homework. Always research the car rental companies on forums or simply by typing in the name of the company in a search engine, with the word 'scam' beside it.
Rental Car Damage Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of the Rental Car Damage scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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