What are my rights in a dispute with a rental car company regarding disputed damage to the vehicle?

Asked 10 months ago - Stanhope, NJ

I recently rented a vehicle and upon return damage was found which I know could not have happened while in my possession. The damage was in a inconspicuous are which I did not look at during the walk around. There is evidence of noticeable corrosion on the damaged area, which appears to be a few weeks old.

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  1. Erik Anderson


    Contributor Level 12


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    Answered . The other poster is correct. To prove their case, the rental company will have to file suit. You need to look at the rental agreement to see if there are any limitations on where and when such an action can be filed. Also, you should talk to your insurance agent about this possible claim so they can put your appropriate insurance carrier on notice. Good luck.

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  2. Alan James Brinkmeier

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . You will have to litigate to make the company prove the damage can be pinned on you. To know what the company is able to prove, you will need to have access to all the prior rental records. Somewhere at some time the damage was caused. The trail starts with the documents in their possession.

  3. Timothy George Kerrigan

    Contributor Level 15

    Answered . You have the right to decline their offer to pay them. They have the right to sue you. When and how will be set forth in your rental contract with them. Whether they prevail will depend upon the facts presented. From the facts you have presented so far, your defense appears presentable.

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