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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 14:52

New Legislation Finally Forces Car Hire Companies in the U.S. To Stop Hiring Our Vehicles Unfit For Purpose

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There has been an on-going battle beween the major car hire companies and everyday consumers for quite some time with regards to companies hiring out vehicles which require repair or that have previously been recalled.

The new legislation states that rental companies must refraim form hiring out vehicles no more than 24 hours after receiving an offical recall notice, unless the notice affects more than 5,000 cars within the garage and then this grace period is extended to 48 hours.

This is a great step forward as until now rental companies haven't been this closely audited and consumers have often had to bear the cost for any failures which occur during their rental period. In some cases, this has led to consumers paying for the repair components such as clutches, brakes and gear boxes which almost certainly malfunction through no fault of the driver.

This change in legislation will also give the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration of America the power to carry out spot checks on rental companies and their procedures, practices and programs. This means that compaines like Enterprise, Alamo, Hertz and Budget no longer have anywhere to hide when it comes to championing customer safety.

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