It’s been a while since we’ve had a chipped-windshield story. This one comes to us by way of Kenneth Ross, whose wife recently rented a Toyota Corolla through Payless Car Rental in Toronto via Expedia.
“It was dark out and she walked around the car with the agent but didn’t notice the chip in the windshield,” he told me. “It was hidden behind the rear view mirror. She noticed it an hour later but didn’t think to call Payless because it was so small and the car she rented had lots more damage than that.”
You can drive your rental car extra-carefully — stay on paved roads, park in a garage and obey all traffic laws — but you still can’t control the weather. That’s the somewhat obvious but no less unfortunate lesson learned by Yolanda Liu when she rented from Payless Car Rental in Denver.
Liu’s vehicle got caught in a hail storm, and now Payless wants her to pay $813 for the damages. Is insisting on it, actually. The last notice from Payless’ claims agency, Subrogation Management Team, demands full payment immediately or her case will be “turned over to a national collection agency.” (See undated photo of the alleged damage, above.)
For a car rental company perspective on claims, check out this interview with another subrogation company from a few weeks ago.
This isn’t as straightforward as some of the other car rental cases I’ve featured on this site, as you’ll see in just a minute.
It all makes me wonder: Should a car rental company, or its insurance company, ever cover an act of God that was completely beyond the control of one of its customers? (You’ll recall that a few years ago, car rental companies changed their terms so that renters would be responsible for any damage caused by weather or natural disasters.)