Q: According to car rent agreement (CA), I am responsible for damage, but not collision?
I am responsible for damage that occurred after I returned a rental car outside of business hours (yes, I had permission to return after hours), according to the California car rental agreement. There was no damage to the car when I returned it. According to CA Code, Civil Code - CIV § 1939.09, the customer is not on the hook for damage unless it results from a collision (and in other limited circumstances). The damage is not obvious and I have no clue what caused it or even whether it is fraud (they could have just chalked the car and sent me photos). Am I responsible (I am the renter)?
This is what I base my understanding on:
"A few states, such as California and Nevada, have enacted statutes governing the types of damages for which a renter can be responsible. In other words, the statutes limit the damage responsibilities that can be passed on to the renter in the rental agreement...."
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