I hired a car, a 6-speed diesel Vauxhall Insignia. It came with scuff marks on the front and rear bumpers.
It did not come with that lever one usually finds between the seats for operating a hand brake.
It's just possible the two are related.
What it did have was a button. Stick a fingertip under it and pull upwards, and a noise would be heard and the wheels would be braked. Press it down, and that brake would not immediately release: instead, a chime would sound and a warning light would appear on the dashboard indicating one should press the pedal.
(Which pedal it didn't actually state.)
So I'd press the button, and then press the various pedals to get the light to disappear.
I'd done about 400 miles over the course of a few days (mostly on cruise control, where hand brakes are totally unnecessary) before finally realising that the button pressing part was not actually required. Just put the car in gear and try to drive, and the brake would release without any fuss whatsoever.
I would have found this out earlier, probably, if a manual had been available in the vehicle.
In future, I will insist on that.