Last year I rented a car thru Auto Europe for Florence, Italy. A full year after this rental I was charged $166 on my Am Ex credit card for an alleged traffic violation. At no time did I receive a ticket while in Italy. When I contacted Auto Europe they simply threw up their hands and provided no assistance in contesting this charge. They confirmed that a ticket could be issued without being affixed to your car and could take a year to process. In other words a ticket could be issued - not provided to the driver -- and when you are back in the US and unable to challenge the violation they can charge the fine against your credit card which incidentally included late penalties and a 20% VAT. I contested the charge with Am Ex but their investigation simply produced a copy of the car rental agreement and a copy of my so called ticket which stated that I was driving in the limited zone of Florence (which was where my hotel was and as such would have been a defense). I frankly think we tourists are easy targets for scams of this type so beware! Maybe you should find a different way to rent so they can't pull this stuff!!!