It’s become pretty clear that poor Hertz recordkeeping has been sending customers to jail for no reason. They report cars stolen that have been returned.
Usually, at least, the damage is limited to customers who have chosen to rent from Hertz. At this point it seems like there’s a certain amount of assumption of risk. If you rented from Hertz and wind up in jail – perhaps changed vehicles or extended your rental – it’s you that should have known better.
But what happens when Hertz falsely accuses you of crimes you didn’t commit (and were never even in the state for)? Or when you buy a car from a national business – in this case Carvana – but that car used to belong to Hertz?
A Colorado man has accused online used car retailer Carvana of selling him a stolen, damaged vehicle. …Dennis Atencio paid $300 down and financed over $22,000 with loan servicer Acceptance Corp. to purchase a white 2019 GMC Terrain from Carvana on Dec. 18, 2020.
..[A] repossession company called Anytime Towing showed up at Atencio’s front door on June 23, 2021, to take the vehicle out of his driveway. After Atencio explained to the repossession agent that he was up-to-date on his payments to Bridgecrest, he learned that the vehicle was being repossessed on behalf of Hertz Corporation.
The man who bought the car is now suing, accusing Hertz of stealing it from him, and Carvana of selling a vehicle that wasn’t thoroughly vetted.
According to Hertz, the car was stolen from the Memphis airport on May 6, 2020. The day before, though, documents show that the vehicle was in.. Long Beach, California. The vehicle was returned to the purchaser about three weeks after it was towed.
In this extended montage from Up in the Air when George Clooney is grounded in Omaha he wants to buy a Chrysler Sebring from Hertz. Ivan Reitman should have filmed an alternate ending where Clooney winds up behind bars after completing the sale.
(HT: Robert G)