If your trailer or van breaks down or has a defective tire, the manufacturer may need to inspect it before you can rent it.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is issuing guidance on this topic, and it recommends that you check for defective tires on the trailer before you rent it, even if it’s on a vacation.
“If you have a trailer with a broken or defective tire that you want to rent, contact the manufacturer for a free inspection,” the CPSC advises.
If your car breaks down, the CPO advises, “it is a good idea to get a free roadside inspection.”
Here’s what you need to know about the process.
You can’t rent a trailer without a defect test If your rental car breaks or has problems with a defect, the company that rented it may not have to provide you with a test.
But you can still get a roadside inspection if you’re willing to pay for it.
When you drive your rental vehicle to the trailer park or service station, your insurance company will pay for the inspection.
You’ll get a written report, but it won’t give you a test or send you to a lab to perform it.
Instead, the inspection will involve you walking into a trailer service station and picking up a trailer that doesn’t have a defect.
After you sign a lease agreement, the trailer rental company will also send you a roadside report.
The CPSC recommends that if your rental has a defect and the report is sent to the dealership or service center, you can get a repair from the repair shop.
You won’t have to pay the repair bill and won’t get a report from the inspection lab.
If you have an emergency, you should contact the CPS and ask for a test First, you need a roadside test.
If the test shows a defect on your rental, the dealership may need a test to see if they need to fix the problem.
If they don’t, they should have a repair shop perform the inspection, said Mike Eller, a CPSC safety adviser.
But, if you don’t have the money or can’t afford the test, the dealer may not be able to afford it, Eller said.
“When a car breaks in your rental or when you’re in an emergency situation, you shouldn’t be surprised to get the call to the rental center,” Eller told Mashable.
“The safest thing you can do is go in with a reasonable expectation that the rental car won’t break down.”
The CPS cautions, however, that you should talk to the car rental company before you do a roadside evaluation.
“It’s best to get in touch with a trusted business person or contact your insurance agent first, if possible, so they can get the information from your policy,” Euler said.
If a roadside visit turns up a defect or you have trouble with your rental you can pay for a repair The repair shop will send you an insurance report with information about the inspection and the cost.
“They can send you another test report if they find a defect,” Ellers said.
But the repair won’t be free, Ellers warned.
“You’ll have to cover the cost of the repair,” he said.
Eller says you should pay for your repair before you visit the rental company and ask them for the test report.
“I would not advise people to pay up front for a car inspection and then have it delayed for the duration of the rental,” he told Mash the report will help your insurance policy assess whether you need repairs or a tow.
“What happens is that you get a letter from the dealership that says ‘this vehicle is eligible for repairs,'” Eller added.
If, however “they have the test and the repair report and they are satisfied, then they will send that to your insurance provider, but they may be willing to refund you the money you paid,” he added.
The rental company may have a right to a repair report If the rental vehicle repairs the defect, your insurer may be able get the repair done for you, even though the car has a fault.
“Some people think they can make a claim and get a refund,” Elling said.
In fact, “in many states, the insurance companies do not pay for repairs unless they are covered by a policy,” he explained.
But when the repair doesn’t fix the defect and you don, you’re entitled to a free report.
If that repair isn’t covered by your policy, you’ll be able use the report to get repairs.
If it’s covered, you may get a copy of the report from your insurer.
If an inspection shows the repair isn