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Old 09-01-2010, 01:46 PM   #1
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Damn man. Where the hell have you been?
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Busy busy busy - Pretty much have put the computer down and haven't been on any boards in quite a while.

So many familiar names are still here - Good Job!
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So I took the kids on the big "disney" vacation this year. 2 weeks in Florida - did the whole Sea World, Disney, Epcot, St. Pete, Everglades, Keys, Miami, Universal studios stuff - so it was a long time, and wicked expensive..

I rented the car (a 2010 Ford Fusion) in Orlando, and drove it 9 days without issue. We were staying at a nice hotel on the Keys, and on Monday morning, I was going to drive the family out to Key West. We get on US1 headed west, and the car stars making noise - my keen mechanical skills decided it was the fan hitting the shroud, and a plastic clip probably fell out, probably not a big deal. About 2 minutes later the CEL comes on. I pull over at the nearest gas station, pop the hood, check the oil -- and it's bone dry. So I go into the store, pick up a quart of oil, and engage the clerk in conversation about my circumstances.. He directs me to the Budget Rental car place 8 miles down the road, so I leave the oil behind, head down to the rental car place and change the cars. We continue on our way to Key West, and didn't give this a second thought.

We come back to NH on July 3rd.

2 weeks ago, I get a call from some collections group at Budget. They inform me they are processing a claim against me for the labor & parts to REPLACE THE ENGINE, diminished value and loss of use.. total about $11,000.. WTF

I grab all the car rental paperwork (just happened to be in a desk drawer) and start looking it over. I declined all insurance, including LDW (loss damage waiver). I start reading the fine print and it explicitely states that i "am responsible for any and all damage, whether the cause is known or unknown, etc.etc.etc."

I ended up calling State Farm and American Express (my ins co and cc that I used to pay for the rental), needless to say, "my people" were very convincing to Budgets "people".



happy ending..

"We are no longer pursuing a claim against you"
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Damn that sucks. Good thing you got out of it though
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Both my American Express cards cover rental cars so I never do any of the insurance.
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phuck american express ... just saying..... you know why .... then send me offers in that mail ever since i was 18 .... I still get them... and throw them away.... well finally i said screw i will get one... and they denied me.... so PHUCK EM i dont understand it... they have sent me platinum, black cards you name it with activation #'s

one more thing.... i will never have one... even though they are the **** when it comes to customer service.
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I have Delta Skymiles and Starwood Hotel Xpress cards. I wouldn't use them if they didn't get me discounted plane tickets and free hotel rooms.
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Wow. Sounds like an awesome trip.

Glad to hear AMEX and State Farm worked it out with Budget. Sounds to me like the guy who changed the oil last, his supervisor, and the employee who checked the car back onto the lot should get fired. That's not your fault someone forgot to do their job. Sadly your not alone, I've had friends that have had issues with Budget/Avis.
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That is terrible... I would have assumed it was just under warranty from Ford. Damn.
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wow thats insane. glad you got that taken care of. makes me think twice before i deny insurance on a rental. or at least i'll think to check the oil before i drive off in it!
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Ken my friend, it is lonely here without a fellow jeep enthusiast.
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