What to Do If Your Rental Car Is Stolen

Auto Theft

Previously, our blog addressed what happens if a rental car is broken into, as that's exceptionally common in the City by the Bay. Yet we know outright theft of the rental car itself also happens. More than 92,000 rental cars have been stolen in the United States between the beginning of 2015 and April 2018, most of them not the fault of the renter (a limited number, such as the individual carjacked by a drug dealer during a drug deal are the renter's fault). So how does a renter prepare for the possibility of rental car theft and what does one do if a rental car gets stolen while under contract?

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Can You Be Put on the Do Not Rent (DNR) List for Excessive Mileage?

Excessive Mileage DNR List

Most of the time we book a rental, we seek out rates with "Unlimited Mileage". We're well aware (or should be aware) that "unlimited" refers to a number of miles on the current rental only. For instance, we have various posts about geographic restrictions on rental with an unlimited number of miles (U.S. to Mexico, intra-Europe, and sometimes even from one state to the next), plus specific off-limit areas such as unpaved roads. "Unlimited mileage" simply means that the rate for that rental will stay the same, whether the renter drives 10 miles per day or 150 miles per day in the allowed range. Unlimited mileage does not mean that a renter's next rental will have the same flexibility, and unlimited mileage does not mean that a rental car company has to continue renting to any specific individual. Yes, there is a tiny risk of being placed on a rental car company's "Do Not Rent" list for excessive mileage driven.

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Marriott and SPG Platinum Members Get Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Elite Status

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards

In a previous blog post, we noted how Starwood Hotels had implemented a partnership with Hertz that allowed SPG Platinum members (and those with Ambassador service) to automatically qualify for Hertz Five Star or President's Circle status (if not already possessed). This was a transition from SPG's previous affiliation with Avis; SPG and Marriott have slowly been moving toward commonality since their corporate merger in 2016. In fact, their loyalty programs are expected to be merged later this year but those who have linked SPG and Marriott accounts have the status from one program roll over to the other.  So it stands to reason that the highest-tier elites of each program would have access to the same benefits at Hertz. Platinum members of either program can register for elevated Hertz status from a single webpage.

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Hertz Enters NASCAR's Top Level Series as a Car Sponsor

Hertz Hendricks 24 Car

Rental car companies and automobile racing have a long history, although the idea is a bit incongruous. After all, every rental car company's terms and conditions list racing as a prohibited use and doing so is a guaranteed entry onto the rental company's "Do Not Rent" list. Yet it's undeniable that there's value for the brand to be seen by consumer market segments with interest in automobiles, leading Hertz to announce a vehicle sponsorship in the highest tier of NASCAR competition, currently named the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup. Viewers of the sport will see the familiar Hertz logo starting tonight in the Monster Energy Open, a qualifying event for the annual All-Star Race, on the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of William Byron.

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Shortcut to the Do Not Rent (DNR) List -- Have Your Rental Carjacked During a Drug Deal

New Orleans

"Rental cars and drug deals go together like peanut butter and jelly" is one of the common refrains one reads in the AutoSlash blog's #FelonyFriday series. Rental cars are often used for drug trafficking, drug sales, and other illiciit criminal activities. However, we hadn't encountered a story of a drug dealer acquiring a rental vehicle from a drug purchaser (we'll stop short of saying drug user) until a story from New Orleans, Louisiana crossed our feed. The moral of the story is that one probabaly should not place much trust in a drug dealer!

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