My bf mom got a rental car for 2 weeks. I’m listed on ththe contract as an AAO handicap driver. Someone crashed into the car (not while I️ was driving) so his mom decided to put it in a shop to get fixed before returning the car. The rental car company has been trying to reach her I️ guess she hasn’t been answering so a few days ago they called me and said they were going to report th car stolen and me and her were going to get warrants. I’m on probation I️ can’t afford to be in contact with any law enforcement. So I️ called the rental car company and told them th that address of th shop to go pick it up but the shop owner said he wanted 3000 dollars to remove the car off the lot and then had th car towed somewhere and the towing company wants th full value of the car which is around 20,000. I’m just wondering if I’m going to really get a warrant this has nothing to do with me and I’ve tried to communicate with the company to have them retrieve the car
"I’m just wondering if I’m going to really get a warrant this has nothing to do with me"....but OF COURSE it has to do with you...YOU are on the contract some how, and were driving the car when it got wrecked. Adding to that, for some odd reason, it was taken to a repair shop without notifying the rental agency or apparently making an insurance claim, so now there is a 3k repair bill that likely BF mom can't pay and the rental agency's car has a lien on it.
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Maybe. There are so many issues with this situation that it's completely possible that the Rental company will go after anyone listed on the contract, including you. Add to this that the body shop is working on a vehicle for a party that has no ownership interest in it and the only reason your mom would pay to fix a car before returning it would be to hid the accident, which would probably be considered fraud of some sort. The tow company is hiding the car and won't return it unless you pay the full amount seem like a bit of a stretch for a licensed towing company, so I'm assuming there is an unlicensed situation happening here as well as with the body shop.
I've changed the practice area to criminal defense, as that is what you, your BF and his mom are likely going to need soon. Consult with a criminal defense attorney immediately, as every time you speak to someone you are likely making the situation worse for yourself.
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I agree that you need representation. You're on the contract, which means you are responsible. It is very common for a rental car company to turn the case over to law enforcement. You could likely be charged with failure to redeliver a hired vehicle. Set up a consult asap to get ahead of the VOP.
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Failure to return a hired vehicle is a third-degree felony in the state of Florida. In simple terms, it is the crime of not returning a rental car. It is tantamount to theft. Discharge could certainly violate your probation and you may end up in jail without a bond. You need to address this matter immediately.
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