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Get Gephardt helps Spanish Fork man clear up insurance claim for rental car damage

Mar 27, 2024, 9:48 PM | Updated: 10:47 pm

Now, Hawkins strives to be a “persona onesta,” so when he got back to the rental counter, he fessed up.

I told the people this is the scratch I caused, he said. I’m responsible for it.

The rental car company demanded Hawkins pay for the damage on the spot. So, he handed over his credit card which was charged €610 right on the spot.

The bill that Hawkins got from the company.

The bill that Hawkins got from the company. (KSL TV)

That seemed a tad steep for a little scratch to Hawkins, but he wasnt worried. When he booked the car, he paid extra for insurance. So, he filed an insurance claim.

“They specified some of the things that they required,” he said.

He doesnt have two of those things: a copy of the rental car company’s accident report and a closed rental agreement. The rental car company has those. But now that they also have Hawkins payment, they do not seem particularly eager to help him get those documents. He says they have ignored his calls and emails.

“I threw up my hands and said, ‘I need to call Gephardt,’” Hawkins said.

KSL's Matt Gephardt meeting with Hawkins about his rental car issue.

KSL’s Matt Gephardt meeting with Hawkins about his rental car issue. (KSL TV)

I reached out to the various public relations departments of every company involved on Hawkins’ behalf: Priceline, with whom he booked the rental and paid for the car rental insurance; Enterprise, from where he rented the car; and Allianz, the car rental insurance provider.

And that seems to have unjammed the issue. Each company immediately responded that they were looking into Hawkins situation.

Better yet, Enterprise discovered what happened on its end: their partner in Italy apparently had the email incorrect, a spokesperson wrote. So now, they can send the required paperwork to Allianz.

Better still, Allianz decided to reimburse Hawkins while they waited for the paperwork, writing, We’ve gone ahead and paid his claim for $646 based on the credit card statement he provided to us.”

I was frustrated not being able to get satisfaction, Hawkins said.

He said if this happens again, next time, he’ll make sure he gets copies of all the documents before he leaves the rental car agency.

This is the second time in a month I’ve reported on an international traveler being told by the rental car company they could not leave without paying for the damage there on the spot.

Both were Enterprise rental agencies. Enterprise told us that when you are in an accident or you cause damage to a rental car, you are responsible for it the same way you would be if it were your own car.

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Get Gephardt helps Spanish Fork man clear up insurance claim for rental car damage