Don’t go to Rent-a-Wreck. Just don’t do it. Specifically the one in North Hollywood.
It is a shady enterprise, so you’d be better off going to the rental agency called Enterprise and saving
yourself a good deal of stress.
I was once a naïve young man, who arrived in Los Angeles with goals and dreams of
renting a car from a reputable company who would look out for my best interests. A previous SULA
attendee encouraged me to go to Rent-a-Wreck, and it sounded like an ideal place where you could get
a mildly dilapidated car for a cheap price.
It was not. The lot was shady, and the lobby had no seating except for the back seat of a
car which had been ripped out and repurposed as a sofa. The man behind the counter, who apparently
works there every day of the week, slowly going insane, gave my friend and I a different price then we
had initially agreed upon, but it still seemed decent so we went with it. This was a mistake, as the car
we received had a ripped interior that looked like someone had attempted to escape from it before
being brutally murdered in the desert.
Luckily, we didn’t have that car for long as a fellow Los Angelian named Apollo rammed
into the back of it while my friend and I were coming home from class one night. This meant we were
getting a new car, with deluxe features like no radio and an engine that would randomly shut off at red
lights. I also was charged a 350 dollar deposit for the accident even though it was not my fault, which
was not returned until several weeks after the insurance had cleared. But hey, what’s 350 dollars for a
student in Los Angeles? Pocket change, I say!
The man there, who I begrudgingly respect for his ability to cunningly deceive people
seven days a week for the last several years without taking a day off, goes by many names –
Nick/Steve/Andrew/Wilhelm. I don’t know if this was a cultural thing or if he was just trying to avoid
numerous arrest warrants. Like the snake in the Garden of Eden, this man will try to tempt you with
promises of low prices and nice cars. He is not to be trusted. Don’t go to the North Hollywood Rent-
A-Wreck, and always consult Yelp! 36 one-star reviews can’t be wrong.