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Stupid Tip of the Day: Have Vehicle Damage Officially Recorded Before Leaving the Car rental Facility

Stupid Tip of the Day: Have Vehicle Damage Officially Recorded Prior to leaving the Rental Car Facility

“It only takes under 1 minute to video around the car and focus on something that you may be charged for afterwards whenever a rental company says 'you' did this towards the car. The only real mistake I made was not panning your camera up to show I had been still in the airport and the slot the car was at (will make sure I actually do that the next time).”

Stupid Tip of the Day: Have Vehicle Damage Officially Recorded Before Leaving the Rental Car Facility

You can indeed potentially save yourself some time and trouble with this advice that was imparted by René deLambert of René's Points earlier today; but that in and of itself is not enough: spend a few extra minutes with the agent at the rental car facility to really officially record any anomalies by writing and initialing them into your contract, as doing so may potentially become costly issues – in terms of both time and money – upon returning the vehicle.

Also, gently rub your finger or use a cloth against a small anomaly, as sometimes a simple spot of dirt or dried mud can emulate a chip within the paint. Officially reporting a thing that is not a problem after all is not sensible.

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