A guide to what you should do when something happens to your rental vehicle.
What to do
If the police won't issue you with a written report, ask for a reference/ event number and get their contact details so that we can contact them directly.
Report the incident to the rental company
Tell the rental company what's happened, and ask them what you need to do next.
Get a written report from them about what's happened, and keep copies of your rental agreement and any other documents they give you, including any repair quotes and administration charges.
Report the incident to the police if the vehicle is:
Stolen or in an accident - Report the theft or accident to the local police straight away, and always within 24 hours of discovery. Get a copy of the police report at that time, as you'll need it when you make a claim.
Damaged - follow the instructions of your rental company on whether or not you need to report the incident to the police
Get a quote for repairs
If the vehicle is damaged, get a detailed repair quote before returning the vehicle to the rental company (unless instructed otherwise by the rental company. Make sure you keep a copy of the repair quote.
Minimum documentation required to support your claim
Provide a copy of the police report or their reference number/ event number and contact details
Provide a copy of the rental vehicle agreement and damage report
Provide copies of damage estimates, expenses charged by the rental company and proof of any payment made to rental company.