Renting A Car For Your Summer Vacation Might Get You… Arrested?

Summer travel season is right around the corner, but you might want to think twice before renting a car.

According to WFTS, a surprising number of people who rent vehicles from Hertz are arrested or detained for stealing them.

The station talked to multiple people, including Dina Johnson, who was detained for approximately seven hours while returning to the United States from a trip to Canada.

Border patrol agents noticed the car was reported stolen, so they stopped Johnson to investigate. It was eventually determined that the vehicle belonged to another rental car company and someone had mistakenly returned it to Hertz. The mix up went unnoticed and Johnson was eventually given the ‘stolen’ car.

While being detained isn’t fun, getting arrested is even worse. That’s what happened to Michelle Jones who rented a car from Hertz and then returned it. Approximately two and a half months later, she was arrested and jailed for ‘stealing’ it. Thankfully, she kept the paperwork showing the car was actually returned.

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A Hertz spokesperson told the station that these events are “extremely rare” and “the result of unique and extenuating circumstances.” However, it appears to happen somewhat regularly in the rental car industry. According to Walt Zalisko, a former security director for Avis/Budget, he could recall at least 20 times – in four to five years – where the company gave customers cars that were listed as stolen.

So how can you prevent being pulled over at gun point for ‘stealing’ a car you rented? Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do. However, Zalisko suggested people who want to extend their rental contact the company and inform them about their plans. Customers might not think keeping a car for an extra day or two would be a big issue, but the rental company might assume you’ve stolen it since the vehicle wasn’t return on time.

That being said, there’s not much you can do if an employee lists a car as stolen and then doesn’t update the status once it has been returned.  As a result, the next customer who gets that car could be in for a big, and extremely unpleasant, surprise.

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  • I CAN UNDERSTAND RETURNING TO THE WRONG LOT GIVEN THAT THEY ARE OFTEN LINED UP NEXT TO EACH OTHER BUT TO RENT IT OUT?

    • Caps Lock Police

      STOP YELLING!

      • GET YOURSELF A REAL ACCOUNT AND SCREW OFF. TROLLS WHO COME UP WITH NEW NAMES FOR EVERY COMMENT NEED TO GET A LIFE.

        • yonceous

          and i oop-

  • Callanish

    Imagine there was a rental car company that only had the one type of rental car; a Lotus Elise. I don’t know about anyone else, but that sure as hell would brighten up my business trips.

    • Christian

      and leave the kids at home? HOW RUDE…. Hate MAGA country…

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