Yes. If a customer refuses to return a rental car, the company may report it as stolen. The police will come looking for it (and you), and you may be charged with grand theft auto. The company will consider this an extreme step, and they will try to negotiate with you before doing this because it's a huge hassle for the company.
It depends on the company, and it depends on how late you are, and how much effort the company has made to contact you to arrange the return. Reporting a car stolen is a hassle for the rental agency, and they would prefer to avoid having to do it. The company can, however, penalize you in other ways besides reporting the car stolen. Not the least among these is additional charges for the extra time you kept the car, and possibly fines for doing so without prior authorization. If you want to keep your rental beyond the time originally negotiated on your contract, CALL your agent or rental branch and talk to them about it. They want to work it out with you, not give you a hard time.
You are fully responsible for any loss or damage to a rental car. If you do not have insurance to cover this or have not purchased insurance from the car rental company, they will go after you for the full cost of the rental vehicle.
Yes, they can. They can't finance you car if your car is a stolen car. When you put your car from a finance company, make sure that your car isn't stolen and bought it in a big car company.
Yes, you can get arrested if you have not returned your rental car when you were suppose to return it. If you keep the car longer than your were suppose to without contacting the company, they can file a stolen vehicle report.
According to Consumer Reports the best car rental company for 2011 is Enterprise. Consumer Reports also has a lot of information about other car rental companies.
After making a police report, contact your insurance companies claims department right away and report the theft If you have comprehensive coverage on that vehicle, then your loss will be covered under your policy. If you have rental car coverage then the Insurance Company will also pay for a temporary rental car for you to drive. It just depends how much insurance you bought. For vehicle theft claims, It is customary for the Insurance Company to wait a short time to see if your stolen vehicle is recovered for you by authorities.
If it is really stolen by someone and not simply in possession of the lendee. The owner of the vehicle is the only one who can report a vehicle stolen, not the lender. But if the car is taken to the tow companys and yard and is now "missing" then the tow company can report the missing car since they had it in their possession. The first place the police will come to though is your house. The police will not come to your house it is a civil matter.The tow company cannot report the vehicle stolen it is not their vehicle to report stolen.
First, report it to your insurance company and they will ahndle the claim. Second, try not to hit any more cars, rental or not.
Only if the car was actually stolen. Nonpayment isn't theft (a criminal matter), it's a civil matter.
In CA it's just 5 days after the agreed upon return date.