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      The judge's reasoning is very useful and will certainly be helpful in any other cases relating to third-party rights where the customer has contracted with the courier company by using a broker.
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Hertz EV charging failure led to enforced overnight hotel stay - they won't refund expenses


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Hello, I will try to outline everything clearly.

I am a British citizen and I live in Luxembourg (I think this may be relevant for potential claims).

I hired a car from Heathrow in March for a 3-day visit to family in the UK.

I was "upgraded" to an EV (Polestar 2). I had a 250-mile journey to my family's address.

Upon attempting to charge the vehicle, there was a red error message on the dashboard, saying "Charging error".

I attempted to charge at roughly 10 different locations and got the same error message. Sometimes there was also an error message on the charging station screen.

The Hertz 0800 assistance/breakdown number provided on the set of keys did not work with non-UK mobiles. I googled and found a bunch of other numbers, none of which were normal geographical ones, and none of which worked from my Luxembourg mobile.

It was getting late and I was very short on charge. Also, there was no USB socket in the car, so my phone ran out of battery, so I was unable to look for further help online. It became clear that I would not reach my destination (rural Devon), so I had no choice but to find a roadside hotel in Exeter and then go to the nearest Hertz branch the following day on my remaining 10 miles of charge.

Of course, as soon as the Hertz employee in Exeter plugged it into their own charger, the charging worked immediately. I have driven EVs before, I know how to charge them, and it definitely did not work at about 10 different chargers between London and Exeter. I took photos on each occasion.

Luckily they had another vehicle available and transferred me onto it. It was an identical Polestar 2 to the original car. 2 minutes down the road, to test it, I went to a charger and it worked immediately. I also charged with zero issues at 2 other chargers before returning the vehicle. I think this shows that it was a charging fault with the first car and not my inability to do it properly.

I wrote to Hertz, sending the hotel, dinner, breakfast and hotel parking receipt and asking for a refund of these expenses caused by the charging failure in the original car. They replied saying they "could not issue a refund" and they issued me with a voucher for 50 US dollars to use within the next year.

Obviously I have no real proof that the charging didn't work. My guess is they will say that the photos don't prove that I was charging correctly, just that it shows an error message and a picture of a charger plugged into a car, without being able to see the detail.

Could you advise whether I have a case to go further? I am not after a refund or compensation, I just want my £200 back that I had to spend on expenses. I think I have two possibilities (or maybe one - see below).

It looks like the UK is still part of the European Consumer Centre scheme: 

 

Would this be a good point to start from?

Alternatively, the gov.uk money claims service. But the big caveat is you need a "postal address in the UK". In practice, do I have to have my primary residence in the UK, or can I use e.g. a family member's address, presumably just as an address for service, where they can forward me any relevant mail? Do they check that the claimant genuinely lives in the UK? "Postal address" is not the same as "Residence" - anyone can get a postal address in the UK without living there. But I don't want to cheat the system or have a claim denied because of it.

TIA for any help!

 

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You can use a family's address.

 

The only caveat is for the final hearing you'd need to be there in person

 

HOWEVER i'd expect them to pay if its only £200 because costs of attending will be higher than that

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 I do not hold any legal qualification.

Nothing I say is meant as or should be taken as legal advice.

 

 

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