The UK headquarters of car hire firm Europcar has been raided by Trading Standards as part of an investigation into overcharging for repairs.

The raid took place on Friday (June 23) as reports emerged in the UK media alleging that Europcar may have been overcharging customers for car repairs by up to 300 per cent.

The Daily Telegraph says that Europcar may have made “millions of pounds” by overcharging for damaged windscreens and other repairs to its rental vehicles.

The car hire firm said in a statement: “Europcar takes the allegations very seriously and is conducting a thorough internal investigation.

“The company is co-operating fully with Trading Standards in its investigations. It can make no further comment at this point.”

Europcar, which is based in France, announced last week that it was purchasing European low-cost car rental firm Goldcar.

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