Let's start with where and how it is most profitable to rent a car abroad.
If you want to rent a car at the lowest price, then choose a local company by searching for, for example, “rent a car in Texas”. Large international car rental companies will charge extra money for every careless move. At the same time, a small rental office can provide low prices and inexpensive insurance with no deductible.
Insurance should be as extensive as possible, with a refund even for damage to the windshield, wheels, mirrors and underbody. You can take insurance from third party insurers who work with rental companies. They can be found under the query “Collision Damage Waiver” (it will cover damage caused by the driver) and/or Third Party Liability Insurance (it will cover damage to third parties).
When you rent a car (bike), it is better not only to document all damage on it in the lease agreement, but also to record it on video.
If an employee of the company sees that you are filming a video, he also gets into the frame, and all damage to the car (bike) is recorded, then the likelihood of cheating or in some other way to cheat you is reduced. Travelers have collisions with unscrupulous landlords who accept transport, drive off to "check" it for serviceability, but in fact adjust the damage to the car (bike). In this case, of course, I will demand additional money for the repair of transport.
Therefore, in order not to repeat the negative experience of others, when handing over the car back to the lessor, it is advisable to film it too. Start filming in the car, get out of the car and continue filming in a circle. It is also advisable to comment in English (Spanish) - depending on the country you are in. The main thing is that the local police understand you if something happens.
What to do if you suddenly got into an accident: for example, you lightly touched the side of another car in the parking lot or someone touched your car and you left the scene.
If you have full coverage from the insurance company, then most likely you just need to return the car and keys - this is where your obligations end.
If you have insurance with a deductible, then this deductible will be removed from your card in any case if car repairs cost more than the amount of the deposit.
There are cases of fraud from companies that provide cars for rent:
As a result of such schemes, after a week, the amount of money may be debited from your card, motivating it precisely by the fact that you were in an accident and violated the lease agreement. Either you did not call the police, or you deliberately deceived law enforcement officers and set up an accident.
In this case, you can go to court, write by e-mail to the management of the rental company and ask for help to peacefully solve the problem and return the money. It is also possible to cancel the payment at the bank (“chargeback”). To do this, you need to submit an application to the bank about the ineligibility of withdrawing funds from your card. This procedure will take time as the bank will launch an internal investigation. If everything you said is confirmed and the second party does not provide facts and arguments for writing off the money, then you will be refunded the amount in full.
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