‘The car hire industry was thrown deeper into crisis last night after it was revealed a major firm was facing an investigation over ‘fraudulent’ repair costs.
Europcar, one Europe’s biggest rental companies, said customers may have been overcharged by as much as £30 million.
The Serious Fraud Office is understood to be planning a criminal inquiry following reports that more than 500,000 customers may have paid for repairs inflated by up to 300 per cent.
It comes on the back of a Daily Mail investigation which found that customers were being forced to pay up to £2,200 in insurance excess if they damage a hire car abroad.
The Daily Telegraph reported last night that the Europcar customers may have paid over the odds for repairs over the course of a decade.’