Dent Repair on a Rental Car: Are You Liable?

dent repair on a rentalDoes dent repair on a rental car come out of your pocket? Our clients ask us this question all the time after a dent turns up on their rental vehicle. We’ll go over the scenarios in which you may be liable and when it’s the renter’s insurance that foots the cost.

Examine the Car First

First of all, always thoroughly examine the rental car before driving it off the lot. The dent may already be there, and it’s possible for staff to overlook a scratch or dent during their own inspection. Snap photos of any dents you notice, no matter how seemingly minor. Report any damage and check with staff to be sure the damage has been documented on their end.

Should You Get Renter’s Insurance to Cover Dents?

Check with your own auto insurance. Some policies cover a rental and treat claims the same as an owned vehicle. You may still have to pay a deductible, though. If your insurance does not cover rentals, then we highly recommend signing up for the insurance provided by the rental agency.

You are financially responsible for all dents, nicks, and scratches if you don’t have insurance. You can be sure the car will be inspected with a fine-toothed comb. In most cases, you will be charged more than what you would pay at an auto body repair shop. This is partly how rental agencies make money.

Let Us Have a Look

If you don’t have insurance and a dent occurs while the car is in your possession, then we recommend bringing the car to our shop for an estimate. We can give you an accurate estimate for all types of dents and auto painting restorations. BodyWorks Auto Rebuild performs dent repair on rental cars all the time and can recommend the best course of action.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

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