SCAM ALERT: Be careful, many of the small car rental companies in yerushalayim have started a new moneymaking scandal.
Before the car is rented out, the pictures or videos they take are purposely taken in an unclear way.
When the car is returned, they then claim damage to the car, and charge exorbitant fees to fix it.
The companies then pocket the cash and rent it out again, often claiming from multiple people for the same scratches!
This has happened to numerous people i know.
I just wanted to warn the oilom, that if you rent a car in Israel, rent from a large, well known company. If you have already booked with a small company, make sure they fill out a comprehensive damages sheet before the rental, ensuring they mark every small scratch, bump, dent and loose paint.
Or take pictures of the car yourself
What if you don’t pay; or dispute the credit card charge if they wrongfully bill you?
Yup. That’s why many credit cards don’t issue insurance for car rentals in Israel.
Maybe @ywn can do an investigative report for this. Would be great article, and make public their actions so this scheme would stop
Why would anyone want to rent a car in Israel it takes all the fun away and possibly puts the person in danger of accidentally going in an Arab town
CA: What’s the alternative to renting a car?
And a good GPS should keep you out of the Arabs area.
This happens in many other countries too. I just read a report on it from the UK. It’s dishonest anywhere, but it’s a mistake to think that it’s only in Israel.
Not only in Israel. UK papers reported it in many places in Europe. Be on your guard everywhere.
It’s virtually impossible to enter Arab towns by mistake. In Yehudah V’shomron, there are very clear signs indicating forbidden entry to these towns, and there are usually soldiers and/or blockades that will prevent it. Besides, Waze is excellent here, follow waze and you will be fine.
This is not a new scam although people should be aware. Dansdeals has been saying this for years.