Photograph Your Rental Car
Sometimes when I travel to participate in a conference or speak at a meeting, I have to rent a car. Car rentals are annoying and potential money pits due to liability risks. But rental cars are a necessity in many situations because the speaking venue is too far away from the airport to take a taxi or bus. I don’t like renting vehicles because of the cost and time. You often have to wait in line, sign a mountain of paperwork (thanks fraudsters and sue happy people) and pay more than what you thought the total bill was going to cost due to taxes, fees and additional upcharges for services.
To think that I am looking for ways to avoid hassles with car rentals is an understatement. So here is one of the ways I protect myself. I photograph my rental car. Photographs provide some protection against being accused that the vehicle was damaged on your watch. Be sure that the photos are taken before your car leaves the lot. Since your cell phone uses a time and location stamp on all photos, you have a record of when and where you took the photo. Of course, you should document issues on the rental paperwork, but why not take the extra step of photographing the rental before you take it off the lot and when you return the vehicle. You may be glad you did. I’m not a lawyer nor do I play one on t.v.. But photographs make me feel more secure and I suspect they will stand up in court. Time will tell.
About the Author
Stephen M. Vantassel is a Certified Wildlife Control Operator (CWCP®) who helps individuals, businesses, and agencies resolve wildlife damage issues through training, writing, expert witness, and research. He has written the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition. Reach him at wildlifecontrolconsultant at gmail dot com.
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