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4×4 Rental South Africa Abuse

I must admit that after a couple of years being in the 4×4 rental industry I am still shocked how some clients go out of their way to destroy what they have rented. I do understand and appreciate that where our clients go with our 4×4 vehicles. A scratch here and a ding there… all good ! But simply trying their best to destroy a vehicle and then they even lie about it. Here are some examples ….

 

Driving on a bumpy road at speed will ensure your grill breaks off. - South Africa 4x4 Rentals, Carel Pienaar
Driving on a bumpy road at speed will ensure your grill breaks off.
How do you roll a vehicle on a straight tar road at 80km per hour...... I simply do not understand this.
How do you roll a vehicle on a straight tar road at 80km per hour…… I simply do not understand this.
No regard for bumpy dirt roads. Lets just drive as fast as we can..... The radiator bracket broke off......
No regard for bumpy dirt roads. Lets just drive as fast as we can….. The radiator bracket broke off……
This client broke off both side mirrors. Not just broke the mirror but drove the mirror so that the screws that goes into the body tears out.....
This client broke off both side mirrors. Not just broke the mirror but drove the mirror so that the screws that goes into the body tears out…..
10 minutes after handing the client their 4×4 rental they phoned us to tell us the tent is broken. They did not see the under cover parking is to low. We tell all our clients not to use under cover parking……….
This client comes back and tells me that this is the worst vehicle he has ever rented because he had electrical problems..... guess what... if you drive the vehicle in water until it looks like this then it will give you electrical problems.....
This client comes back and tells me that this is the worst vehicle he has ever rented because he had electrical problems….. guess what… if you drive the vehicle in water until it looks like this then it will give you electrical problems…..
Bad photo from me. Client has smoke coming out of gearbox. Stop at workshop..... previous client drove through water so deep that we had to replace all diff oils and gearbox oils.... do not go and swim with your 4x4 !
Bad photo from me. Client has smoke coming out of gearbox. Stop at workshop….. previous client drove through water so deep that we had to replace all diff oils and gearbox oils…. do not go and swim with your 4×4 !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some advise. You are not auditioning for YouTube. If you want to go and swim with a 4×4, buy your own and fix it at your own cost afterwards !

What are we doing about this 4×4 rental abuse? Two weeks before your rental when we confirm final details I am going to mail you as a client some 4×4 driving tips for Africa. This will cover rivers, water, basic mechanical checks every day and other things you should avoid while out on your 4×4 adventure. We have also trained our staff to do better mechanical checks when clients hand back their 4×4 at the end of your rental.They will look for specific things as mentioned in this article – 4×4 rental south africa abuse.

Abuse of our vehicles is not included in the rate.

PS – To give this posting balance I also have clients that really look well after our 4×4 vehicles. They comes with  alist of suggestions and many of these we implement. Many thanks to these clients ! They know who they are. BIG thank you to you.

The principle is simple. I give you a very valuable vehicle which we have prepared with love, attention and a lot of money so that you can experience Africa. If you cannot look after the vehicle then do not rent one. Walk.