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Car Rental Olbia Sardinia Bad Experience
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Do you really want to use Atlas Choice or Mida travel?

My wife, six month old son, my wife's cousin and I arrived in Olbia, Sardinia on the 3rd of May 2008. We went to the car rental part of the airport. Atlas choice was the company as stated on the document I printed off after booking on the internet. After not been able to find a car rental company called Atlas Choice I checked the document closer and realized it was not the correct voucher, it was a receipt of the booking. I asked at each of the car rental booths if they took bookings through an internet company called Atlas choice. I was told that mida travel was the car rental company I needed but there was nobody on the desk. The Mida travel representative did not return to the booth for another 50 minutes. When he eventually came back I told him my name, and he told me he had all my details on his computer. When I presented him with the document (not the correct voucher), he informed me even though he had my details, he could not give me the car as the previous 12 times he had done this Atlas choice had not paid them for the car rental. It seemed to me I was bearing the brunt of bad working relationships between the two companies.
I asked him if I could use his Internet, and he told me no and that it was not his problem and turned his back on me.

I then phoned Atlas choice, I asked him if we could cancel the car rental, he told me I could not (I have later found out I should have been able to cancel and receive a full refund) he then asked me if he could speak to the representative at Mida, He then told me he was going to fax the correct voucher through straight away. We waited for over an hour. When I tried to call Atlas Choice back they did not answer the phone or they hung up on me. We then decided to get a taxi to our apartment and then return after getting my parents to fax the voucher to a nearby hotel at a cost of 80 euros for the taxi and fax. When I returned to Mida travel with the voucher, they told me I was supposed to pick up the car at 12 o'clock and was therefore too late.

I was starting to think this was some sort of wind up and was looking out for the TV cameras. No TV cameras came, after a lot of hassle I eventually received a fiat panda. When I returned the car (in the same condition as when we collected it). The person at Mida had a long queue and asked me to put the car keys in the quick deposit box. On returning to England I found Mida travel had taken 228euros out of my account on the 13th of May. When I tried to speak to customer care at Atlas Choice I was told they did not care enough to speak to anyone with a complaint over the phone and that I had to email my problem. When I asked to speak to a senior supervisor I was told if you had a problem with Easyjet you would not expect to speak to Stelios!

I sent my email, they told me my version of events ‘were really near to the truth’ (so they don’t disputed how I was treated and must think it is OK to treat their customers like this as they have not apologized for it) they also informed me the money was taken due to 'glass of the right light on the front was broken. This is just a down right lie. I have just received documentation with a receipt for the 228euros which is dated for the 31st of May 18 days after the money was taken out of my account!

We went with Atlas Choice and Mida travel as they were the cheapest on the internet, to hire the car (fiat panda) for a week ended up costing me over 600 euros nearly £500.

They are the cheapest company for a reason!
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Peter Marko on 10/08/2014:
I would steer well clear of this company based on my recent experience. To this date they haven't even responded to my online ticket within their own support system.

I rented a car online through Atlas Choice in September 2014, whom I found on Sky Scanner. The actual rental company was Megadrive at Budapest International Airport in Hungary. I had no problems with the reservation, initial customer service or the car itself. Everything went fine until the last minute when I dropped off the car. They suddenly found damage under the front bumper that they deemed new even though it was already recorded in their own database as existing damage. However, it was not marked on the check-out report so they could claim it was new.

I talked to the manager and she was relentless. She said that they had to charge the entire deductible (excess) amount because of the damage. This was 1,016 euros! I have been driving for over 40 years without an accident or incident, and I cannot recall anything that would have damaged the car, so obviously I would want to dispute this charge. Even if I'm wrong and the car was damaged without me noticing it (very unlikely), the damage needs to be first assessed for the company to charge anything. One cannot simply charge the maximum deductible for an underbody scratch. Moreover, according to the local representative, the bumper was scratched on one side already and they alleged that i scratched the other side. IF that was the case, I would only be responsible for the difference between the costs of repairing one side vs. the entire bumper, which would be minimal if not zero.

I have checked online complaints against Megadrive and confirmed that mine is not an isolated incident. See for example or

I complained to the Austrian headquarters of Megadrive, and following one week's worth of email exchange, they agreed to refund the total amount. Their reason stated was that the local employee made a mistake (i.e. marking up the check-out report after the car has been checked out).

I submitted a complaint to Atlas Choice to their online support center but they haven't replied to any of my messages, 8 days and counting. Highly unprofessional to say the least.
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Sneaky wording on website will cost you big $
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LONDON (?) UK, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA -- Two+ weeks of car rental for $300 less than nearly all the others? For sure. The website says for a total payment of $533--covers all taxes, fees, surcharges & commissions. Well SURPRISE! on picking up the car, I find that what it DOESN'T COVER is the CAR RENTAL! That was about $470 more--at the maximum, undiscounted rate, making it far & away the most expensive option of all. Watch out when dealing with these shysters.
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trmn8r on 08/11/2012:
I could could not replicate this - I went to the website, chose a car to rent in London, and it said the rate I was quoted included unlimited mileage and various other things. When I got to the final page, it said that rate was for "car rental".
copper_works_ on 08/11/2012:
Where did you pick up the car? I'd be livid!!
bob932304 on 08/11/2012:
I looked at their site and saw the rates are in Pound Sterling rather than US Dollars. 533 sterling = US$836. Could this have been the discrepancy? What is the 'sneaky' part of their website?
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Poor Service
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Atlas Choice are not able to help you if you have any problem with their agent at the destination.

We returned our car, the company refused to check it before we left and then charged us for "missing" fuel. Atlas were useless and the agent simply ignores me. Atlas are cheap because they are rubbish.

Go with a proper rental company.
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