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344.574

344.574 Limited liability for damage.

344.574(1)

(1) Damage to private passenger vehicle.

344.574(1)(a)

(a) Unless a renter purchases a damage waiver offered in accordance with s. 344.576, a rental company may hold the renter liable to the extent permitted under subs. (2) to (4) for physical or mechanical damage to the rented private passenger vehicle that is caused by any of the following:

344.574(1)(a)1.

1. An accident occurring while the private passenger vehicle is under the rental agreement.

344.574(1)(a)2.

2. The renter or an authorized driver who is using the private passenger vehicle, intentionally or by his or her reckless or wanton misconduct.

344.574(1)(a)3.

3. Theft of the private passenger vehicle intentionally caused by the renter. A renter is presumed not to have caused the theft intentionally if all of the following apply:

344.574(1)(a)3.a.

a. The renter or authorized driver has possession of the ignition key furnished by the rental company or establishes that the ignition key furnished by the rental company was not in the vehicle at the time of the theft.

344.574(1)(a)3.b.

b. The renter or authorized driver files an official report of the theft with the police or other law enforcement agency within 24 hours of learning of the theft and reasonably cooperates with the rental company, police, and other law enforcement agencies in providing information concerning the theft.

344.574(1)(b)

(b) Unless a renter purchases a damage waiver offered in accordance with s. 344.576, a rental company may hold an authorized driver liable to the extent permitted under subs. (2) to (4) for physical or mechanical damage to the rented private passenger vehicle that is caused by any of the following:

344.574(1)(b)1.

1. An accident occurring while the private passenger vehicle is operated by the authorized driver and is under the rental agreement.

344.574(1)(b)2.

2. The authorized driver who is using the private passenger vehicle, intentionally or by his or her reckless or wanton misconduct.

344.574(2)

(2) Limits on liability.

344.574(2)(a)

(a) The total liability of a renter or authorized driver under sub. (1) for damage to a rented private passenger vehicle may not exceed all of the following:

344.574(2)(a)1.

1. The lesser of:

344.574(2)(a)1.a.

a. The actual and reasonable costs that the rental company incurred to repair the private passenger vehicle or that the rental company would have incurred if the private passenger vehicle had been repaired, which shall reflect any discounts, price reductions or adjustments available to the rental company.

344.574(2)(a)1.b.

b. The fair market value of that private passenger vehicle immediately before the damage occurred, as determined in the customary market for the sale of that private passenger vehicle.

344.574(2)(a)2.

2. Actual and reasonable costs incurred by the rental company for towing the private passenger vehicle and for storage of the private passenger vehicle during the period before the renter notifies the rental company of the damage to the vehicle or for 14 days after the damage occurs, whichever period is shorter.

344.574(2)(b)

(b) A rental company may not hold the renter or authorized driver liable for any of the following:

344.574(2)(b)1.

1. Loss or damage to the private passenger vehicle resulting from a cause other than that described in sub. (1) (a) 1. or 2. with respect to the renter or sub. (1) (b) 1. or 2. with respect to the authorized driver.

344.574(2)(b)2.

2. Loss of use of the private passenger vehicle.

344.574(2)(b)3.

3. Any administrative charges, including the cost of appraisal, or other costs or expenses that are incidental to the damage to the private passenger vehicle.

344.574(2)(b)4.

4. Any other charge unless expressly permitted under par. (a).

344.574(2)(c)

(c) A rental company may not hold the renter liable for any amounts that the rental company has recovered from an authorized driver. A rental company may not hold an authorized driver liable for any amounts that the rental company has recovered from the renter.

344.574(4)

(4) Inspection and estimates. A rental company may not collect or attempt to collect the amount described in sub. (2) (a) from the renter or authorized driver or the insurer of the renter or authorized driver unless the rental company satisfies all of the following:

344.574(4)(a)

(a) Allows the renter or authorized driver who may be liable under sub. (1) (b) and the insurer of the renter or authorized driver to inspect the unrepaired rented private passenger vehicle within 2 working days after the rental company is notified of the damage. Upon receiving notice of the damage, the rental company shall promptly notify the renter or authorized driver who may be liable under sub. (1) (b) of his or her right and his or her insurer's right to inspect the private passenger vehicle.

344.574(4)(b)

(b) Obtains an estimate on the costs of repairing the private passenger vehicle, makes a copy of the estimate available upon request to the renter or authorized driver who may be liable under sub. (1) (b) or the insurer of the renter or authorized driver who may be liable under sub. (1) (b) and submits a copy of the estimate with any claim to collect the amount described in sub. (2) (a). If requested within 2 working days of giving to the renter or authorized driver the notice required under par. (a), the rental company shall obtain a 2nd estimate from a competing repair shop and make a copy available to the requester.

344.574 - ANNOT.

History: 1989 a. 328; 2005 a. 173.

State Codes and Statutes

Statutes > Wisconsin > 344 > 344.574

344.574

344.574 Limited liability for damage.

344.574(1)

(1) Damage to private passenger vehicle.

344.574(1)(a)

(a) Unless a renter purchases a damage waiver offered in accordance with s. 344.576, a rental company may hold the renter liable to the extent permitted under subs. (2) to (4) for physical or mechanical damage to the rented private passenger vehicle that is caused by any of the following:

344.574(1)(a)1.

1. An accident occurring while the private passenger vehicle is under the rental agreement.

344.574(1)(a)2.

2. The renter or an authorized driver who is using the private passenger vehicle, intentionally or by his or her reckless or wanton misconduct.

344.574(1)(a)3.

3. Theft of the private passenger vehicle intentionally caused by the renter. A renter is presumed not to have caused the theft intentionally if all of the following apply:

344.574(1)(a)3.a.

a. The renter or authorized driver has possession of the ignition key furnished by the rental company or establishes that the ignition key furnished by the rental company was not in the vehicle at the time of the theft.

344.574(1)(a)3.b.

b. The renter or authorized driver files an official report of the theft with the police or other law enforcement agency within 24 hours of learning of the theft and reasonably cooperates with the rental company, police, and other law enforcement agencies in providing information concerning the theft.

344.574(1)(b)

(b) Unless a renter purchases a damage waiver offered in accordance with s. 344.576, a rental company may hold an authorized driver liable to the extent permitted under subs. (2) to (4) for physical or mechanical damage to the rented private passenger vehicle that is caused by any of the following:

344.574(1)(b)1.

1. An accident occurring while the private passenger vehicle is operated by the authorized driver and is under the rental agreement.

344.574(1)(b)2.

2. The authorized driver who is using the private passenger vehicle, intentionally or by his or her reckless or wanton misconduct.

344.574(2)

(2) Limits on liability.

344.574(2)(a)

(a) The total liability of a renter or authorized driver under sub. (1) for damage to a rented private passenger vehicle may not exceed all of the following:

344.574(2)(a)1.

1. The lesser of:

344.574(2)(a)1.a.

a. The actual and reasonable costs that the rental company incurred to repair the private passenger vehicle or that the rental company would have incurred if the private passenger vehicle had been repaired, which shall reflect any discounts, price reductions or adjustments available to the rental company.

344.574(2)(a)1.b.

b. The fair market value of that private passenger vehicle immediately before the damage occurred, as determined in the customary market for the sale of that private passenger vehicle.

344.574(2)(a)2.

2. Actual and reasonable costs incurred by the rental company for towing the private passenger vehicle and for storage of the private passenger vehicle during the period before the renter notifies the rental company of the damage to the vehicle or for 14 days after the damage occurs, whichever period is shorter.

344.574(2)(b)

(b) A rental company may not hold the renter or authorized driver liable for any of the following:

344.574(2)(b)1.

1. Loss or damage to the private passenger vehicle resulting from a cause other than that described in sub. (1) (a) 1. or 2. with respect to the renter or sub. (1) (b) 1. or 2. with respect to the authorized driver.

344.574(2)(b)2.

2. Loss of use of the private passenger vehicle.

344.574(2)(b)3.

3. Any administrative charges, including the cost of appraisal, or other costs or expenses that are incidental to the damage to the private passenger vehicle.

344.574(2)(b)4.

4. Any other charge unless expressly permitted under par. (a).

344.574(2)(c)

(c) A rental company may not hold the renter liable for any amounts that the rental company has recovered from an authorized driver. A rental company may not hold an authorized driver liable for any amounts that the rental company has recovered from the renter.

344.574(4)

(4) Inspection and estimates. A rental company may not collect or attempt to collect the amount described in sub. (2) (a) from the renter or authorized driver or the insurer of the renter or authorized driver unless the rental company satisfies all of the following:

344.574(4)(a)

(a) Allows the renter or authorized driver who may be liable under sub. (1) (b) and the insurer of the renter or authorized driver to inspect the unrepaired rented private passenger vehicle within 2 working days after the rental company is notified of the damage. Upon receiving notice of the damage, the rental company shall promptly notify the renter or authorized driver who may be liable under sub. (1) (b) of his or her right and his or her insurer's right to inspect the private passenger vehicle.

344.574(4)(b)

(b) Obtains an estimate on the costs of repairing the private passenger vehicle, makes a copy of the estimate available upon request to the renter or authorized driver who may be liable under sub. (1) (b) or the insurer of the renter or authorized driver who may be liable under sub. (1) (b) and submits a copy of the estimate with any claim to collect the amount described in sub. (2) (a). If requested within 2 working days of giving to the renter or authorized driver the notice required under par. (a), the rental company shall obtain a 2nd estimate from a competing repair shop and make a copy available to the requester.

344.574 - ANNOT.

History: 1989 a. 328; 2005 a. 173.

State Codes and Statutes

State Codes and Statutes

Statutes > Wisconsin > 344 > 344.574

344.574

344.574 Limited liability for damage.

344.574(1)

(1) Damage to private passenger vehicle.

344.574(1)(a)

(a) Unless a renter purchases a damage waiver offered in accordance with s. 344.576, a rental company may hold the renter liable to the extent permitted under subs. (2) to (4) for physical or mechanical damage to the rented private passenger vehicle that is caused by any of the following:

344.574(1)(a)1.

1. An accident occurring while the private passenger vehicle is under the rental agreement.

344.574(1)(a)2.

2. The renter or an authorized driver who is using the private passenger vehicle, intentionally or by his or her reckless or wanton misconduct.

344.574(1)(a)3.

3. Theft of the private passenger vehicle intentionally caused by the renter. A renter is presumed not to have caused the theft intentionally if all of the following apply:

344.574(1)(a)3.a.

a. The renter or authorized driver has possession of the ignition key furnished by the rental company or establishes that the ignition key furnished by the rental company was not in the vehicle at the time of the theft.

344.574(1)(a)3.b.

b. The renter or authorized driver files an official report of the theft with the police or other law enforcement agency within 24 hours of learning of the theft and reasonably cooperates with the rental company, police, and other law enforcement agencies in providing information concerning the theft.

344.574(1)(b)

(b) Unless a renter purchases a damage waiver offered in accordance with s. 344.576, a rental company may hold an authorized driver liable to the extent permitted under subs. (2) to (4) for physical or mechanical damage to the rented private passenger vehicle that is caused by any of the following:

344.574(1)(b)1.

1. An accident occurring while the private passenger vehicle is operated by the authorized driver and is under the rental agreement.

344.574(1)(b)2.

2. The authorized driver who is using the private passenger vehicle, intentionally or by his or her reckless or wanton misconduct.

344.574(2)

(2) Limits on liability.

344.574(2)(a)

(a) The total liability of a renter or authorized driver under sub. (1) for damage to a rented private passenger vehicle may not exceed all of the following:

344.574(2)(a)1.

1. The lesser of:

344.574(2)(a)1.a.

a. The actual and reasonable costs that the rental company incurred to repair the private passenger vehicle or that the rental company would have incurred if the private passenger vehicle had been repaired, which shall reflect any discounts, price reductions or adjustments available to the rental company.

344.574(2)(a)1.b.

b. The fair market value of that private passenger vehicle immediately before the damage occurred, as determined in the customary market for the sale of that private passenger vehicle.

344.574(2)(a)2.

2. Actual and reasonable costs incurred by the rental company for towing the private passenger vehicle and for storage of the private passenger vehicle during the period before the renter notifies the rental company of the damage to the vehicle or for 14 days after the damage occurs, whichever period is shorter.

344.574(2)(b)

(b) A rental company may not hold the renter or authorized driver liable for any of the following:

344.574(2)(b)1.

1. Loss or damage to the private passenger vehicle resulting from a cause other than that described in sub. (1) (a) 1. or 2. with respect to the renter or sub. (1) (b) 1. or 2. with respect to the authorized driver.

344.574(2)(b)2.

2. Loss of use of the private passenger vehicle.

344.574(2)(b)3.

3. Any administrative charges, including the cost of appraisal, or other costs or expenses that are incidental to the damage to the private passenger vehicle.

344.574(2)(b)4.

4. Any other charge unless expressly permitted under par. (a).

344.574(2)(c)

(c) A rental company may not hold the renter liable for any amounts that the rental company has recovered from an authorized driver. A rental company may not hold an authorized driver liable for any amounts that the rental company has recovered from the renter.

344.574(4)

(4) Inspection and estimates. A rental company may not collect or attempt to collect the amount described in sub. (2) (a) from the renter or authorized driver or the insurer of the renter or authorized driver unless the rental company satisfies all of the following:

344.574(4)(a)

(a) Allows the renter or authorized driver who may be liable under sub. (1) (b) and the insurer of the renter or authorized driver to inspect the unrepaired rented private passenger vehicle within 2 working days after the rental company is notified of the damage. Upon receiving notice of the damage, the rental company shall promptly notify the renter or authorized driver who may be liable under sub. (1) (b) of his or her right and his or her insurer's right to inspect the private passenger vehicle.

344.574(4)(b)

(b) Obtains an estimate on the costs of repairing the private passenger vehicle, makes a copy of the estimate available upon request to the renter or authorized driver who may be liable under sub. (1) (b) or the insurer of the renter or authorized driver who may be liable under sub. (1) (b) and submits a copy of the estimate with any claim to collect the amount described in sub. (2) (a). If requested within 2 working days of giving to the renter or authorized driver the notice required under par. (a), the rental company shall obtain a 2nd estimate from a competing repair shop and make a copy available to the requester.

344.574 - ANNOT.

History: 1989 a. 328; 2005 a. 173.

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