Consumers in Illinois, New York and California who were charged both diminishment of value and repair costs after renting a car from Enterprise and bringing it back damaged may have legal recourse. According to laws in these states, consumers are only required to pay one of these damages, whichever is less. If Enterprise indeed collected more than what it is entitled to by law, consumers in these states who were forced to pay both damages could potentially pursue compensation for their losses through an Enterprise class action lawsuit.
One Enterprise class action lawsuit has already been filed in Pennsylvania. According to the Enterprise lawsuit, the company charges consumers for diminishment of value of the vehicle, as well as the cost of repair when these damages are above $500. The suit claims that this practice violate laws in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois and California, and further alleges that consumers are only required to pay for the costs of repair or diminished value of the vehicle, whichever is less.
The Enterprise Rent-a-Car lawsuit claims that the rental agreement does not contract that it will charge both repair and diminished value charges, and only states that it may elect to collect these charges. Therefore, the suit claims, consumers are led to believe that they may be charged for one or the other in accordance with state law. The Enterprise class action alleges that these contracts are unreasonable, as they are presented on a take it or leave it basis, with no ability for the consumer to negotiate the terms of the contract.
If you rented a car from Enterprise in Illinois, New York or California and were forced to pay both diminishment of value and repair costs after bringing it back damaged, you may be entitled to compensation.
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