Motoring by Press Association 10/06/2019, 1:49 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Summer is here, and that means it’s the time of year many of us will be flocking to exotic locations such as Madrid, Zagreb and Torquay. No matter where you’re heading off to this year though, the fact you’re reading this suggests there’s a good chance you’re thinking about hiring a car for your trip. Though a simple process usually, it can be a little bit of a daunting experience for newcomers — and so, we’ve put together a guide on what to know when hiring a car. First of all, should I hire a car? If you’re staying in a major city and don’t plan to venture further out, you can probably get away with sticking to public transport links. For those wanting a little more adventure on their travels though, hiring a car enables that — it’s worth keeping the extra cost in mind. How do I hire a car? … [Read more...] about I’m renting a car for my holiday — what do I need to know?
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Oralandar Brand-Williams The Detroit News Published 6:55 PM EDT May 19, 2019 A planned petition drive by Detroit developer Dan Gilbert to put a no-fault insurance initiative on the ballot drew skepticism from Democrats on Sunday but was welcomed by at least one GOP lawmaker who said reform can't wait any longer. Gilbert is expected to roll out a petition drive to collect enough signatures to put a no-fault auto insurance initiative on the 2020 ballot, sources told Detroit News columnist Nolan Finley for a Sunday story. Gilbert is said to be putting together a citizens' initiative similar to a package of reform bills passed by the Republican-controlled Michigan House and Senate in the past couple of weeks. The head of the Rock Ventures empire will need to collect 340,000 over six months. Once the names are gathered, the measure will go to the Legislature for a vote. If the House and Senate approve the initiative with a simple majority, … [Read more...] about Gilbert plan for car insurance ballot issue draws mixed response
Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Personal Finance Columnist Published 4:22 p.m. UTC Jun 6, 2018 How's this one for a summer vacation horror story? Rent a car, return it and then, three or four months later get a bill for $500 or more for damages. Maybe you're being charged for dings that you're convinced weren't there when you turned in the rental car. It's one potential rip-off to avoid during summer vacation season. Angry consumers who have found themselves staring at a bill have turned to the Better Business Bureau and others to complain about their billing and collections incidents involving rental cars and damages. One consumer complained late last year to the BBB saying: "I rented a car from Budget and returned it on July 5th of (2017), 5 months after returning the car I get a bill from Viking Billing Service stating that I damaged the car and claimed $798.01. I know there was no damage while I had the car." Another consumer was upset about a … [Read more...] about Why a bill for rental car damage arrives long after a trip
A week after New York resident Juan Thomas bought a 2004 BMW 745i, in December 2012, the bank that financed the purchase—Wells Fargo—contacted him to say that he needed additional auto insurance for the vehicle. This was a bit odd, mainly because the car was already insured. “It didn’t sound right to me,” Thomas said. A month later, he heard again from a Wells Fargo representative, who again claimed his car wasn’t insured. Soon after, he received a bill and found that Wells had placed a collateral protection insurance policy on his account. “From then on, my [cost] just kept going up going up,” Thomas said in an interview. He repeatedly spoke with Wells Fargo representatives, sent along proof of his insurance, but nothing changed. With the insurance, Wells increased his monthly payment from $413.48 to about $600, at first, to, eventually, $1,000. “It seemed like I was never going to get out of debt for this car,” Thomas said. … [Read more...] about How Wells Fargo Screwed $80 Million Out Of Customers Using Unnecessary Car Insurance
The 2017 income tax deadline is looming, and for car fans (and perhaps their significant others), this can be a time for soul-searching on how to maximize their driving pleasure with their tax refund cash, which is about $3,000 on average. We've culled some suggestions below from our opinionated editors. Related: What's the Best New-Car Deal in April 2018? For the record, the IRS, in its latest report through March 23, says that around 80 percent of filers are getting cash back this year and that the average refund is $2,925. If you haven't filed (as nearly 85.7 million returns already have been), you have until April 17 thanks to the Washington, D.C., Emancipation Day holiday. Need to Replace the Old Buggy? While three grand is a nice chunk of cash, it's not gonna go far to buy a used car outright. A cruise through Cars.com listings indicates you could expect something like a 15-year-old Honda Civic with north of 150K on the odometer. It might have some good miles, but not … [Read more...] about Looking to Blow Your Tax Refund on a Car? We Have Ideas