[aprssig] aprssig Digest, Vol 154, Issue 5

KF4LVZ aprssigZbr6 at acarver.net
Wed Apr 5 12:34:25 CDT 2017

On 2017-04-05 10:09, Dave B wrote:
> On 05/04/17 18:00, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
>> ARGH!  Got a rental car and was miles out of the airport when I finally got 
>> the APRS plugged in.
>> And of course, the 12v DC cigarette outlet was dead!  Too late to drive back 
>> and insit on a new car.
>> Lesson relearned for travelers:
>> 1)Carry some spare mini fuses of the 10A variety  (Both kinds)
>> 2)Or carry a 6’ clip lead cord to the battery
>> 3)DON’T LEAVE THE RENTAL PLACE without testing the outlet first!
>> Bob, WB4APR
> Good advice of course...   But be careful with the clip leads, many modern cars 
> have *very* close shut lines!
> That happened to me one time in the US, from Philadelphia airport travelling 
> inland to Kulpsville.
> A local at the hotel said to take the car to a local dealer of that marque, that 
> I did without question, I believe they either billed the rental co', or it was 
> done under warranty being a newish car (some GM model.)
> I never heard anything or saw any "odd" behaviour on my credit card after the 
> trip...
> 73.
> Dave G0WBX.

Most rental contracts state that you have to get preauthorization from
the rental car company first before bringing it in for service.  In some
cases the company would rather trade out the vehicle for another so they
can bring it to a repair center of their choice.

If you do not get preauthorization it is entirely possible to be liable
for any costs associated.  You just got lucky that you weren't charged
for the service.

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