I just got notification from my rental car company that I received a speeding ticket from the Salzburg police. I was in Austria in late November. The fine is minimal (70 Euro), and I haven't received any additional details, apparently they will be forthcoming .. I am a US citizen, should I just pay the fine and be done with it? Dispute it? tell them "Nuts"? Any thoughts/information would be greatly appreciated.
If you're absolutely certain you didn't speed, you could try disputing it, but otherwise I'd just pay up. As you say, it's a minimal fee, but not paying these things tends to come back to haunt you later.
Do ask to see the speeding ticket first as some agencies do try to scam customers. If it is a genuine ticket, then you should pay as otherwise the agency may be forced to pay. Strictly speaking, if you are not going back to Austria in the foreseeable future then it is up to you whether you pay.
Strictly speaking, if you are not going back to Austria in the foreseeable future then it is up to you whether you pay.
Not entirely: As a couple of friends have discovered, most "major" car rental firms keep such information and share it amongst themselves, so you could find you are unable to rent a car again, or worse, you might discover when you turn up at a rental desk that they won't then let you have the car you have booked unless you pay the fine (and normally a fee for causing the hassle if it is much later)
On a slightly different subject, from personal experience i've discovered that it's generally easier to pay these things in the long run. I got a parking ticket on a rental car in the Netherlands in May this year, which i am 100% sure was incorrect (it was on a Sunday, in an area where paid parking was Mon-Sat until 6pm only). I tried to dispute it repeatedly, by letter, phone and email.
The only response I ever got back were to my letters, which were all official auto response type thing, basically saying "thank you for your letter, now pay up", and in Dutch only. There was no reply to my English and nothing indicating they had read the letters or giving me info as to how to dispute it or even talk to a damned human. By email I only got an auto response (and even email was only through a general form in Dutch on their website - I never found a "real" email address), and by phone I got bounced through their auto phone system (again In Dutch only), and when i found a human i got transferred repeatedly to other humans then mostly mysteriously cut off mid call. The only time i found a relevant sounding person, he only gave me a first name (no other details or contact info), promised to check it out and call me back and never did. I had no problem paying if i'd f*cked up, but basically said that i'd refuse to pay until i'd found some human to talk to/explain why i had got a ticket.
I ended up having to give and pay it - by that time, i'd already spent many hours and more than the cost of the damned ticket on phone calls etc anyway and got nowhere! A parking ticket doesn't earn points or anything, and it was only 50odd euros. But that wasn't the point. It was principle, gawd damned it. The reason i ended up paying was that by this time, havinf ignored 3 final reminders and seeing the price go up as well, the rental company refused to let me rent again (anywhere in Europe) until they had proof that i'd paid. Which wouldn't be a problem except that it was the same company who we have a deal/book through for work, and i generally end up with at least 1 or 2 rental cars a week for work right across Europe... I was basically screwed.
Anyhow, rant over.
Wait until you see the actual ticket/police form, then as it's not that expensive, i'd say just pay up.