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Well, let's get straight to the point. If you don't pay for your rental car, you could potentially face some serious consequences. It's not as simple as just returning the car and walking away. The rental car company could send your account to collections, file a lawsuit, or even report it to the police as theft. Now, a criminal charge would need more intent. If you genuinely believed you could have paid, it wouldn't be considered theft. But if you have no source of income and still rented the car, that's a different story.
- Rental car companies have different approaches to non-payment. Some might give you a grace period, while others might charge late fees that quickly pile up.
- Not paying for your rental car could be classified as a felony, specifically a category C felony. This could result in imprisonment between one and five years and a fine of up to $5,000.
- If it's your first offense, you might have some defenses available, like lack of intent to steal or that you gained consent from the owner.
Always read the terms and conditions of your rental agreement carefully. If you foresee any issues with payment, contact the rental company as soon as possible to discuss potential solutions.
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