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Tell us: Have you been the victim of a car hire scam in Italy?

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The Local Italy - [email protected] • 3 Mar, 2023 Updated Fri 3 Mar 2023 11:30 CEST
Tell us: Have you been the victim of a car hire scam in Italy?
Hiring a car should make your Italian trip more enjoyable, but some visitors report being ripped off. Photo by Raphael Wild on Unsplash

Have you hired a car in Italy and then been unfairly hit with fees for damaging the car? Or has the hire car firm charged you far more than you were meant to pay? Share your experiences in this short survey.


It’s a nightmare scenario: you’ve just spent a relaxing weekend touring the Italian countryside in a rental car, and you return the vehicle only to be hit with unexpected fees - either when dropping it off, or later finding the charges on your credit card statement.

Unfortunately, this is exactly the sort of situation readers have reported to The Local. Unscrupulous companies targeting tourists exist in Italy as much as anywhere else, so we’re looking at what the most common car hire scams are in Italy, how to avoid them, and what you may be able do about it if you do get stung. 


If you have a story or a piece of advice to share with other readers, please complete our quick survey below. We’ll use the best responses in a future article.



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