Because of your contract with National Car Rental you probably can’t sue National Car Rental in any court except Small Claims Court, thanks to an arbitration clause. While it takes time and effort, when you sue National Car Rental in small claims court usually gets you what you want. We show you how.
Ready to sue National Car Rental in small claims court? Small claims courts are only for certain types of claims, so your first step is to make sure your claim qualifies. There are two things in particular you should pay attention to:
In order to sue National Car Rental in small claims court, you’re going to need to fill out some paper work based on where you live.
Each state has a set of forms that need to be filled out to file a claim, and sometimes counties will provide additional forms. You can find the right documents for free on your state court website here.
Make sure you fill out enough forms. Most states will ask for 3 or 4 copies. If you don’t have the right number, they will not accept your claim and you won’t be able to sue National Car Rental.
When you’re done filling out the court forms, it’s time to give those forms to the court. This process, called “filing” can be a bit complicated.
It is a long process to sue National Car Rental in small claims court, but you are doing well.
Now that you’ve filed the papers, you need to tell National Car Rental that it’s been sued. This is a called “serving” National Car Rental. To do this, you need to deliver one of the stamped copies of your filed papers to National Car Rental.
Again, look at your state court website for instructions on how to properly do this here or search for “[your state] small claims service of process”. Your claim will be dropped if you do not follow them perfectly. So be careful!
When the court clerk gives you a court date (after you file your forms), that is the date of your hearing so don’t miss it.
Make sure you know which courthouse to go to. Bring your copy of your filed forms, and any other evidence that backs up why you decided to sue National Car Rental.
Sometimes, National Car Rental will not show up to oppose you. If you find yourself in this situation, focus on your side of the story and why you deserve compensation.
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