Should we lie to Enterprise about where we're going?
July 31, 2010 7:04 PM Subscribe
We're renting a car from Enterprise that has unlimited mileage if you stay in a certain geographic area. We plan to leave this geographic area. I want to be up front and pay the extra fees, but my traveling companion wants to lie and save money. Convince me I'm wrong, or help me convince him he's wrong.
posted by anonymous to travel & transportation (15 answers total)
For the sake of this question you can assume that we are going to go ahead with this rental -- it is the cheapest option for what we need at the time we need it, even if we pay the extra fees. The mileage charges would be about $200 on top of a $475 rental.
My friend is of the "don't worry, it will be fine" school of thought, and the stuff I'm finding on the web is all over the map and not enough to convince him. He'll be the primary driver because he has a credit card w/ rental car insurance, and I don't. I could put up a fuss and refuse to sign on as an additional driver, but I'd rather not turn this into a fight if I can simply persuade him.
The doom and gloom scenarios that come with lying:
- Enterprise finds out somehow (GPS in the car; you get a ticket or into an accident outside the geographic zone; etc) and charges you insane fees.
- They make you state on the contract if you're going outside the geographic area or not. Leaving the area voids your contract. This also voids your insurance, whether it's through Enterprise or through your credit card.
From what I've found on the web it's unlikely that Enterprise is going to track us with GPS, and if we get into trouble, we can just deal with it on our own, since our insurance is not through Enterprise. Does anyone know if this is true?
The second part worries me more. Has anyone recently signed a contract with Enterprise? Do they actually make you specify if you're going outside of the geographic area, and if you do so without claiming to, does that void your contract? And does that void your insurance, even if it's through your own credit card?
I'm afraid that I'll need more than a "yes, it does" to convince him, so please if you have any evidence you can point to it would be most helpful.
Alternatively, if you can convince me that I'm worrying too much and this won't be a problem, that would be nice.
Finally, what are the risks to me if we go ahead with the lying, given that it's his name on the rental contract, his credit card, his insurance? Suppose in the worst case we get into an accident while we're outside the zone and I'm driving... what happens to me? (If all the liability falls on him, I guess I can let him choose to take the risk.)