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Rental car fee you’ve never heard of can cost you thousands

There are steps you can take to protect yourself from thousands of dollars in unexpected charges for renting a car.

Bob Segall

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Published: 8:53 PM MDT May 10, 2022
Updated: 9:37 PM MDT May 10, 2022

Renting a car for your summer vacation or next business trip could now result in thousands of dollars in unexpected costs because of a fee you’ve probably never even heard of.

Brad Pressler learned about the fee by accident, and the Zionsville businessman is now trying to warn others.

“It really took me by surprise, and I just don’t think people really know about it. I’ve never heard anybody talk about it before,” he said.

Pressler was driving his personal car when he was rear-ended by another motorist on I-465 late last year. The accident required Pressler to get a rental car while his vehicle was being fixed.

At the rental counter, he declined the rental car company’s damage protection plan because his personal auto insurance covers damage to rental cars.

“It’s just automatic. I never get the additional insurance because I already have protection. But that’s when they asked me if was covered for loss of use. I wasn’t really familiar with that at all,” Pressler told 13News.