Doublecheck It’s Your Rental Car
Believe it or not, I’ve taken the wrong rental car twice—both times because the hotel valet handed me the wrong keys. It was during a period when I rented a lot of cars, when I could never keep track of the make and color (I’d always take a picture of my car whenever I parked in a lot).
The first time I made the mistake was in Providence, RI, and I didn’t notice until I was 30 miles down the road and started flipping through the preset radio buttons. The second time, I was just a few miles from the lot in Chicago when I saw there was only half the amount of gas there was when I left it. I kept going since I was late for an appointment.
Lesson: Always doublecheck it’s your rental car before driving off—and if you do take the wrong one call the hotel or wherever you picked it up ASAP.
Related: I’ve also had my personal car given to someone else at an LA restaurant. I didn’t panic since I knew the drill.
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