Re: 4x4 rentals


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Posted by Cecile on February 25, 2004 at 11:10:14:

In Reply to: Re: 4x4 rentals posted by scot on February 25, 2004 at 09:35:18:

I'm not mechanical, but I know you can check under the hood and see if it is engaged or not. We had a guy with a rental 4x on a trip with us once and when we came to a really steep uphill he couldn't make it up it no matter how hard he tried. We towed him up the hill, and at the top in a flat spot, we stopped and the guys looked under the hood. Sure enough the 4 wheel drive was disengaged. We were at a spot where we could direct him on easy dirt roads back to the highway. I'm sure he gave his rental company hell when he got back home.

In this particular instance we were on a commercial tour. We instructed him to get the rental company to reimburse him the cost of the rental, and any tour and travel expenses he had, as well.

It's also important to make sure your rental agreement allows you to take the 4 wheel drive off road to begin with. Some of them don't, as someone else already mentioned. If you took the vehicle off road and got into trouble with it, you are going to have a harder time making a claim against the rental company.

I don't know the names of the rental companies, but there are places in both Bishop and Mammoth. We have had people rent from both, with good luck. In this particular incident, we were in the El Paso's and Rand Mountains, and I don't know where the guy had rented his vehicle from. Rentals aren't as outfitted for off road driving and usually have wimpy tires, and lower ground clearance, though.



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