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Vancouver car-rental customer warns of gouging

Budget franchise billed visitor $1,100 for tiny windshield chip

An Edmonton businessman is warning Olympic visitors to beware of getting gouged by car rental companies. Jim Galpin was recently presented with a $1,100 bill to repair a windshield chip on a Vancouver rental car, a cost he believes is grossly inflated.

"I thought it was ridiculous," Galpin said in an interview. "I'm concerned that charges for damages like this could be a real lucrative revenue generator -- when you have the number of people who are coming into Vancouver in the next few weeks over the Olympic period."

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