Top 5 Car Rental Abuse Videos
9 Sep 2011 Jason 1
If you’re a rental car company there’s a certain amount of risk you incur when you rent out a vehicle. You trust that the majority of customers will treat your vehicles with respect and a reasonable duty of care. But there are always a certain percentage who feel renting a car gives them license to treat it like it was their brother’s go-kart.
The growing number of ‘rental car abuse’ videos on YouTube continues to highlight the potential loss faced by car rental firms, with much of the damage hidden from inspection on the vehicle’s return.
The videos might be entertaining, the renters are obviously enjoying themselves and in some ways it’s almost become a running joke that rental cars get driven hard. But for insurance companies it’s no laughing matter, and literally costs them millions in lost value and extra maintenance work.
So what are car rental companies doing to protect themselves from renter abuse, and helping to keep costs down for responsible renters who don’t want to be paying for the few who ruin it for the rest of us?
Rental car companies fighting back with tracking technology
The days for miscreants to abuse rentals cars are numbered as companies turn to sophisticated tracking technology to monitor driver behavior. GPS fleet tracking is offering hire companies a range of options to track and report on unwanted driving styles, including certain types of abuse that was previously difficult to detect. The types of activity Telogis telematics is helping monitor include:
- Harsh braking or acceleration
- Excessive revving
- Moving violations
- Vehicle used in prohibited areas such as off-road or high-risk zone
It can be setup to report historically and email the drop-off office, or generate instant alerts to relevant staff. It provides an indisputable record that can be used to show the renter has broken the terms and conditions of the rental agreement.
It can also be used as a way to deter would-be rental car abusers by advertising the fact that extreme driving is monitored and can constitute breaking the rental agreement.
Not just used by car rental firms
The technology is not just used by rental car companies. Other industries that rent, hire or insure vehicles are also investing in Telogis telematics to protect their assets and improve the safety of the fleet. This includes:
- Insurance companies
- Fleet leasing
- Heavy equipment including crane rental
- OEM (vehicle manufacturers)
In fact, vehicle fleets from a huge range of industries are switching on to telematics to improve overall management, control costs, monitor safety and cut down on asset damage.
Top five car rental abuse videos
If you work for a car rental company you may want to stop reading here. The following clips are some of the highest viewed video clips of rental car abuse and destruction. Whether the abuse ever caught up with the perpetrators it’s unknown but if these rental cars had been fitted with Telogis telematics they wouldn’t have got away with it. Please note some language in these YouTube videos may offend.