Lowcountry lawmaker believes car rental company attempted to scam him out of more than $20K


CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A Lowcountry lawmaker stated he plans to file a lawsuit against a nationwide automobile rental assistance right after they billed him for damages he did not commit.

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard feels he was ripped off by Funds/Avis following they sent him a bill for more than $20,000 in damages weeks immediately after returning a rental. He stated the vehicle was returned in “mint problem.”

Soon after obtaining the monthly bill, Rep. Gilliard mentioned he referred to as the director of the Charleston Intercontinental Airport and questioned them to examine the incident.

An incident report from the Charleston County Aviation Authority displays that they began investigating an incident on January 27 right after safety movie confirmed the car or truck, a dark gray Lincoln MKZ with a Florida license plate, remaining pushed about by an Avis/Spending budget personnel.

The dispatcher instructed authorities they felt routines of the vehicle in issue “appeared to be suspicious” mainly because it was witnessed coming in and out of equally the outdated and new parking decks and selecting up and dropping off other individuals during the late afternoon and evening.

An employee functioning at the Avis counter within the terminal claimed the car was rented on January 25 and was returned just following 3:30 p.m. on January 27.

A manager for Avis Rental Motor vehicle advised investigators that the motor vehicle was observed on stability movie getting made use of by “what appeared to be an Avis/Spending plan personnel on 1/27/22.” They also think it was found parked at the Embassy Suites that exact evening.

The motor vehicle was claimed as stolen. No other particulars have been delivered in the report.

Rep. Gilliard explained he received a monthly bill totaling far more than $21,199.

“I’m filling a lawsuit on Budget due to the fact they are operating a rip-off on me and only God knows who else,” said Rep. Gilliard. “When I returned the motor vehicle, it was in mint affliction, but some weeks later on, they despatched me a monthly bill for above $20,000 in damages.”

Rep. Gilliard said he feels that if he did not simply call the airport’s director to look into, the incident would have left his credit history and status in ruins.

Information 2 has arrived at out to Spending budget/Avis for extra info. A consultant despatched us the next assertion: “Avis Budget Group has contacted the clients impacted by this issue to take care of the issue.”



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