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Apologies ahead of time for jumping on here just to ask a quick question, but I've found that sometimes the best info can be gotten on car forums.

Don't have a Mustang (anymore), but my mom ended up with one from Enterprise after her car was hit. She was driving it yesterday and she said she heard/felt something fall off. There was a black part hanging off the back so she took it back to Enterprise. They are saying she caused it (they say she hit a curb or something) and want her to pay for it.

Mom is old. Her car that was hit was a minivan. She doesn't drive hard enough to break anything. I went by on my way home and the car was still sitting outside so I took a look and tried to get a picture. It's a black plastic box. It looks like it sits up in a recess under the trunk so I'm not sure how you could hit it with anything without doing serious damage to the bottom of the car. The only damage I could see was on the one edge but that looks like it was caused by being dragged, not from hitting something. Based on where the part is, I'll add that it is a convertible in case it is something to do with the top.

Any idea what this thing is and if there are any known problems with it? Bad enough her car is totaled and she has to figure out how to get a new one, I'd hate for her to get screwed by Enterprise too.



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idk what that is but hopefully her normal insurance (or credit card) will cover damage to the rental.


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They said she had to pay them to cover her deductible so that's a few hundred bucks and then I wonder if that would bump her premiums up.
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they may, but that has the look of an expensive part. w/o insulting Mum I wonder if she hit a rock (or something) that bounced up and knocked that part down. The other hassle of damaging a rental car is you normally have to cover the cost of rental till it's fixed.

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Not positive but that looks likely it could be the fuel tank. The black cover looks like the tank cover and that sorta looks like the filler neck going down to it. If it is I'm not really sure how your mother could have caused it. Check and see if the pipe going down to it leads to where you put fuel in the car, if it does then its your tank.

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I think that's part of the evaporative emissions system. I suppose it could have fallen off but it seems unlikely. It really shouldn't just fall off the car unless she or a previous drove over something and it was ripped off.
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If she doesn't remember hitting anything, I'd tell them to pound sand and I'l see them in court. Car should be under warranty anyways.

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Hard spot to be in... I'll have to take a peak under my car tomorrow and see if I can spot that part and give you a better idea of what it is.

How old is your Mom? Is it possible she hit something and did not notice?

It is possible the car was damaged from the previous driver and it fell off while your mother was driving it. We can only speculate on what actually cause it to fall off as none of us (including you) were in the vehicle.

Go look under the vehicle and see if you can spot any points of impact or any signs that the part was actually hit/ripped off. Take more pictures as well..
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If she doesn't remember hitting anything, I'd tell them to pound sand and I'l see them in court. Car should be under warranty anyways.
good luck with that....

With both the sand AND wtty parts

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