Another outgrowth of the tremendous damage that the past two hurricane season have caused is the new policy by some rental car companies of holding the renters liable for damages on vehicles caused by natural causes. This is a change in policy that has not been widely announced, and should make a car renter prepared to check with their insurance companies to make sure you are covered.
Car-rental giant Hertz has changed its contracts to make customers responsible for damage from acts of nature.
It told its best customers last month that they’ll be responsible for auto damage from natural causes such as windstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes. In the past, it was the rental firm’s responsibility. Avis and Budget are moving in the same direction.
Hertz informed its #1 Club Gold members of the policy after quietly implementing it last year for the rest of its customers. Hertz says it’s not the first company to make the change, which it says was underway before Hurricane Katrina.