Was supposed to be first thing this morning, but just had a call from the branch saying they can't let me have the car they originally wanted to because the previous customer returned it:
"with a damaged wheel bearing".
It's irritating rather than critical, so I said nothing. However, unless my memory (or experience) is faulty, bearings take thousands of miles to "go". And even then, the few hire cars I've taken (here and abroad) they seem remarkably happy to let them out.
So in the spirit of Call My Bluff ...