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(KRON4)   Rental agency charges driver for not returning charred wreckage   ( divider line
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5507 clicks; posted to Main » on 07 Feb 2003 at 8:07 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-02-07 04:07:16 PM  
She returned it, it just blew away.
2003-02-07 04:14:49 PM  
Crawlin from the wreckage
crawlin from the wreckage
bits of me are scattered on the trees and in the hedges

2003-02-07 04:15:34 PM  
Counter-sue for PTSD/ pain & suffering, buy new car ,drive by Budget and "thank" them with the flaming dog poo in a bag trick on their front door.
2003-02-07 04:35:47 PM  
mmmmm.... charred wreckage...
2003-02-07 04:36:19 PM  
Any particiular reason the article doesn't use a capital "B" on "Budget" for most of the article?
2003-02-07 04:50:22 PM  
That was the charge for not returning it, and for not filling it with gas. Rental car gas is about $90/gallon. Ever notice that there aren't a whole lot of gas stations around airports? I've spent more time looking for a freakin' gas station coming back from business trips than I'd care to remember. The one time I got pinged for an expense report was rental car gas.
2003-02-07 04:58:38 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

Police Officer: What the hell are you driving here?
Del Griffith: We had a small fire last night, but we caught it in a nick of time.
Police Officer: Do you have any idea how fast you were going?
Del Griffith: Funny enough, I was just talking to my friend about that. Our speedometer has melted and as a result it's very hard to see with any degree of accuracy exactly how fast we were going.
2003-02-07 04:59:27 PM  
Oh man do I love that movie.
2003-02-07 06:21:43 PM  
"Would you like the insurance on that Mr. Seinfeld?"

"Yes I would, because I am gonna beat the hell out of it."
2003-02-07 06:54:03 PM  
Charred Wrekage.

Sounds like my ex boyfriend's cooking.
2003-02-07 08:14:00 PM  
"Hello, my name is Johnny Knoxville, and this is Rental Car Demolition Derby."
2003-02-07 08:15:30 PM  
[image from too old to be available]
2003-02-07 08:17:06 PM  
Coachwdb - that's the first thing that popped into my head. :D
2003-02-07 08:25:01 PM  
It would have been funny if that trucker yelled at her:
"Hey your car is on fire, but its ok, keep going to where you are going!"
2003-02-07 08:25:32 PM  
The firetruck coming to put the burning car out goes WOOOOOO WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2003-02-07 08:26:16 PM  
Budget ought to fire the retards that told her to keep going. NEVER drive on a damaged car. It only gets worse.
2003-02-07 08:29:52 PM  
GIS for rental car gives me this little jewel: [image from too old to be available]
2003-02-07 08:43:46 PM  
it's called releasing the farking parking brake
2003-02-07 08:49:04 PM  
They told her twice to keep going with the auto-destruct-activated-exclamation-point lit up? They really should have their asses kicked, fired, and kicked again for good measure.
2003-02-07 08:49:12 PM  
She ought to sue Budget's ass for endangering her life by not properly maintaining and inspecting their vehicles, not to mention encouraging her to keep on driving. Just because they are a "budget" rental agency dosen't mean saftey becomes an option and not a requirement.
2003-02-07 08:51:30 PM  
Yeah the explanation point in the circle is for ya park break I think.......and having trouble accelerating, hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.....could have been that maybe, bit of fuel/oil under the car..lotsa heat....hahahhahahah
2003-02-07 09:01:20 PM  
E-man - excellent reference! One of the best movies ever.
2003-02-07 09:11:08 PM  
Orange whip?

Orange whip?

Three orange whips.

(I know it's not the same movie)
2003-02-07 09:21:25 PM  
Heh, Blues Brothers rules.
2003-02-07 09:21:28 PM  
I once rented a Nissan Pathfinder and took it 4-wheeling with full coverage insurance, an old high school buddy and a 12 pack.

We cracked the windshield about 8 times with our fists from the inside, crashed into a tree, tested the transmission by going from d to r to p to d to speed, jumped it as high and as far as we could, pulled a tire off of the rim while ripping around a corner and returned it. No questions asked.
2003-02-07 09:33:14 PM  
That's hilarious that everyone trashes their car with insurance. How much extra does it cost? Seems like whatever they're charging, it isn't enough.
2003-02-07 09:44:34 PM  
The rental was $39.00 and the insurance was an additional $12.00. I feel guilty sometimes...but not as guilty as my friend who gets his new tires from rental cars. He just waits until his tires are about 50% used and then rents a car with the same size tires and switches them. I am bad and I have bad friends. Don't be like me.
2003-02-07 09:59:02 PM  
Counter-sue for PTSD/ pain & suffering, buy new car ,drive by Budget and "thank" them with the flaming dog poo in a bag trick on their front door.

i'd do that.
2003-02-07 10:05:02 PM  
My wife and I were stranded an hour south of Atlanta because Alamo apparently thinks transmission fluid for their cars is an unnecessary expense. We pulled in to this Ford dealearship and they looked at it for free (side note, the people in Non-Atlanta Georgia seem to be some of the best I've encountered in the US, well done) and the guy said the transmission was absolutely dry, no fluid whatsoever, we were lucky to get that far (Indiana to S. Carolina, we were on our way back) with it.

The moral of the story being, don't rent from Alamo. The other moral, rental car companies don't take care of their cars worth shiat. Once they've rented them off enough times to make up for the cost of buying them and a hearty profit margin, they just go and sell the cars to unsuspecting folk who don't realize their car is about to burn up on them.
2003-02-07 10:19:17 PM  

That is my favorite movie of all time.
2003-02-07 10:20:35 PM  
The would probably charge him for not having a full tank as well...
2003-02-07 10:28:11 PM  
I worked briefly at a car dealership, and we had a couple rentals for when people had their cars in for service. I've had to take the dealership's tow truck to a gas station to get fuel for the thing (I'm not using my car on work time) because they'd usually bring the car back on fumes, we had a couple people steal the speakers out of the cars, the tires were always a hot item, one time some idiot stole the antenna, another guy took the head unit and the gas cap, light bulbs, pretty much anything that wasn't A: immediately obvious and B: wasn't welded to the frame. I've had to clean barf out of the cars frequently, always fast food wrappers, though occasionally I found change in the seats (once I found a 20 stuck in the ash tray...finders keepers!)

And we only had 3 cars. Imagine how hard it is to take care of 3 HUNDRED cars.
2003-02-07 10:46:10 PM  
they just go and sell the cars to unsuspecting folk who don't realize their car is about to burn up on them.

that's why i love (no, i don't have any connection with them). it's 20 bucks well spent to find out the car's history before buying it. it'll show up on the report if the car was ever a rental.
2003-02-07 11:55:04 PM  
BotoxBarbie: Which movie - "Those aren't pillows!" or "Oh, we get both kinds - country AND western!"?
2003-02-08 01:24:46 AM  
The second quote is from 'The Blues Brother' and the first 'Planes, Trains, and Automobiles'.
2003-02-08 02:51:41 PM  
I read that as "Rectal Agency", guess I was thinking of Customs.
2003-02-09 12:10:05 AM  
The bottom of her dog was on fire?

2003-02-09 12:11:49 AM  
"Joy could only grab her dog. Then, she says, "I turn back around and the whole bottom of it was on fire." "
2003-02-09 02:59:28 AM  
Nutdip, no matter how much you screw with car rental companies, it's like screwing a J.A.P. The screwing you give 'em never lives up to the screwing you get from 'em.
I had one car rental agency claim that I had somehow driven my rental car 600 km and left it parked in the agency outlet across town one week after I had flown back to Nova Scotia. Had to get my boss to actually get on the phone and say "Nooo, he's actually been here working for the last week, I would have noticed if he was in Toronto..." I also had the airline tickets.
Finally not only got my cash back, got a hundred dollar credit after I went ballistic and told them the story would be going not only to AAA but all the Forces people I could get ahold of, who do a fair bit of travelling.
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