What to do if when i was renting a car, I grazed a pole before leaving the lot?

I had not checked this car out yet, and was not allowed to leave with the car. I could rub the mark off with my shirt and told the attendant i wanted to take the car as my husband could rub the mark out. They have sent me a claim for $371.36. Do I have to pay for this, as it happened on their lot, and i didn’t leave with the car? I signed an accident report that states it happened on their lot. I did not give insurance info but did give my personal info.

Asked on June 25, 2012 under Accident Law, Ohio


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You are liable for the property damage to the rental car.  Your auto insurance policy may cover the damage to the rental car.  The rental car agency can file a claim with your auto insurance company to receive compensation for the property damage.

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