SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- I decided I would like to return my car rented in San Diego to LAX instead. To even ask if that was possible, involved multiple phone calls, being on hold for more than 30 minutes, and finally a manager took my name and number and said she'd call me back. She never did, so I called her. She said it would be $150 flat fee. It said I needed to think about it. I decided to do it and called back the next morning. When I called, I was hung up on 8 times in a row. I finally got through and a manager said he was busy but would take my name and number and get back to me. 9 hours later, he had still not called, so I called back.
When I called back, was told he was unavailable and they'd take my name and number and get back to me. While I was arguing with them to ensure I would get a phone call returned, the manager miraculously became available. He told me that my record showed I was dropping off in LAX for $150. I thought I was through with the customer device nightmare, but when I dropped it off in LAX, they had no record of me coming there and were going to charge me over $1,000 for what was supposed to be $400 total. Trying to get this resolved took 4 phone calls to San Diego and there was never a manager to help.
After over 90 minutes, I couldn't risk missing my flight, so paid another wrongly calculated fee which was $250 more than expected. San Diego personnel ensured me that she'd leave detailed notes and someone would take care of me in the morning. So now am on day 4 of the saga... no return phone call and it is late in the afternoon. So, I called them... No manager is available and they took my number and will call me back.
I doubt I will ever get a manager or a return phone call - will have to contest my charges through my credit card company I guess. This company should not be allowed to do business. They are unethical, changed the rate of my signed contract, and have zero customer service skills.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- We arrived at the Orlando airport at 4:00. We went down to the area where we wait for them to pick us up. We waited for about 20 minutes. Then we called them. It took forever for someone to answer the phone. When they finally did, they said they would be right there. We waited for another 15 or 20 minutes. When I was speaking to the guy at the rental booth, he asked if I wanted insurance. I said, "No, I have full-coverage already." He looked at my card and said I didn't.
I know I have full coverage because the car I own is so new. Then he proceeded to tell me that I really should buy the lost damage waiver, which means that if I wreck the car, I will have to pay for any lost time and lost revenue to them while the car is out. I said, "Hold on a sec. And I called my insurance company." She basically said, if they were to take me to court if I damaged the car, they would have to prove that my car was the only car on the lot at the time and they couldn't rent it out.
So, I declined the waiver, but it really upset me that the guy kept pressuring me about it. I've never had anyone treat me that way. He also tried to upsell me to a more expensive car. I turned that down. When we got back to the car rental on the day we were leaving, the guy taking us to the airport asked us what airline we were going on. We told him and he took us to the exact same area where they picked us up a couple of days earlier!! We had to go upstairs and all the way to the end of all the counters to check in with our airline.
I have no idea why he even asked us what airline we were on if he had no intentions of taking us to the doors for departures. I will never, never, never us this company again!! I implore anyone who's even thinking about it to choose someone else. We got a great deal on our rental, but I don't care. I would rather go with someone who actually will not try to rip me off.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- Thieves! The worst experience ever! I made a reservation almost a month in advance. I immediately realized that I had selected the wrong airport location and called 'customer service' to change and was charged a $50 cancellation fee. Needless to say, I did not change the reservation with them, but used a more reputable agency. Unable to give 0 stars. :p
MIAMI, FLORIDA -- NEVER AGAIN!!! This company is a rip off. Made reservations through Priceline months ago, when to pick up the rental and being charged extra. Also supposedly we needed extra insurance after already having insurance that would cover the rental. The customer service was horrible. The guy "**" was rude and kept adding extra charges to the bill stating that they don't work with Priceline and the correct rates are the one they would give, a huge difference. Never again will they get my business.
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA -- I made a rental car reservation through Orbitz, and when I arrived at the airport Advantage Car Rentals had rented out all of their cars, and the attendant said that all rental car agencies were sold out. So I was stranded at the airport, and my only option was to take a very expensive taxi ride to my hotel.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- Cheapest quote on line. Got initial statement of $180 for 3 day rental. Dropped off car and the bill was $333. They told me I signed up for insurance (which I did not) and ripped me off on the gas used. Just be good to yourself and DO NOT USE this completely unethical company. This company should be out of business and ashamed of their business practices.
HEBRON, KENTUCKY -- I am a first time renter and representative never went over the loss insurance. I asked if my insurance would cover and he looked at me like I was an idiot and said I don't know what insurance covers never took the time to explain if a freaking tire from a semi smashed in my rental I would be liable which happened the first hour I was driving a 15 hour vacation drive. Then when switching they would not allow me to add the insurance on the new vehicle. Ridiculous.
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA -- First of all everyone should know that Advantage is not located in the rental car facility at the oakland airport that the other major companies are located so you need to take a shuttle to the main facility then call for an Advantage shuttle that backtracks the opposite direction for what feels like several miles. This happens both picking up and returning the cars.
With our experience the agent told us the shuttle would be by to pick us up in about 5 minutes. After 11 minutes I called again and was told the shuttle did come by but we were not there. That was total BS because we were standing exactly where we ended up being picked up. Also the reservation was for a full size car but a full size was not available so instead of being offered an upgrade I was given a "downgrade" to a smaller car. Also neither shuttle bus driver (coming and going) offered to help my wife with her luggage.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- I rented a car from advantage in
I did notice when we dropped off the car and mentioned it to the man checking it in but I didn't have my original quote readily available and he was in a hurry and we had to make a flight so I thought I could deal with it later with customer service. WRONG - they were no help at all even though they did not give me the quoted price. DO NOT TRUST ADVANTAGE!!
ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- I rented a car in Orlando. It was supposed to have been for $204 for 9 days. The person at the counter told me that this car was the basic model and had nothing. I decided to upgrade it to $10.00 making the rental for 9 days about $319.17. When I returned the car 9 days later, I happen to have been 34 MINUTES LATE (but with a 29 minute grace period it was only 5 minutes late). I was charged $10.69 for the 5 minutes that I was late plus an extra day for the upgrade of another $10.00. I had been told at the counter that there was a grace period of 3 hours.
When I called to complaint, I was told that I only had a 29 minute grace period. However, I was just told today that I was informed incorrectly, that there is no grace period with Advantage rental car. I feel that I was over charged by $26.92. I know that the economy in the U.S. Really sucks but these companies should be grateful that we are traveling and renting cars, otherwise they would go bankrupt. From a very upset customer who will never rent from Advantage ever again.