We were forced to rent from another company because the company with whom Auto Europe told me they had booked a car in Saint Lucia said they had no cars at all, and would not for days! The last minute car rental cost us far more than what the same would have cost if we had booked ahead with them instead of AutoEurope.
Upon returning home and complaining, we received almost no response, and in the end asked my credit card to reject the charge from Auto Europe. To only refund instead of offering to pay the difference in charges incurred (for a less nice vehicle than originally booked) left me concluding there is no reason to go through AutoEurope. They take the funds in advance (unlike most car rental companies) based upon a competitive price, upon which they do not then hold themselves accountable to deliver on.
MAINE -- Thrifty Rental Car in SDQ Las Americas Airport is a ripoff. Purchased voucher from Auto Europe, they are also part of the problem. Arrived at 3:00 A.M., no one at counter. Apparently, they staff another office up front. Staff coerced tire and window insurance of $80.00. Refused phone call to Auto Europe. Auto Europe and Thrifty refusing refund. Both con artist companies. Beware!
LONDON -- I give them one star just because I have to give a star in general. In a real life, they deserve 0 stars!!! I booked a car with them when went to visit friends back in UK. Was flying from NY and as told called from the terminal when arrived. I was instructed to go to the bus stop number 23 and someone will pick me up shortly. I was really happy as I arrived before time and thought I'll get to my destination quicker (which is brilliant after a long flight).
Unfortunately, that's not how my experience with this company ended. I was waiting for an 1h30 at this bus stop, waiting for someone to pick me up and calling the office every 15mins. I was tired, thirsty and in need of the bathroom but couldn't move from designated place. It was getting dark and I saw that the office at Heathrow airport closing at 10pm. Finally, after me calling and nagging, the driver picked me up, but he didn't say a word to me. Neither hello. NOTHING.
We got to the office which was packed with people. I was really tired and agitated and asked if they still expect me to queue after keeping me waiting for that long but they just gave me dirty looks. Finally, when my turn came up it came out that the company won't lend me a car as I don't have some DVLA no. Fair enough, I didn't read Ts&Tc's and took it for granted that each rental company has the same rules. I was rushed out the office just before 11pm because their opening hours are until 10pm and left in the middle of nowhere.
I called next day to complain and the guy and the phone was super rude and was blaming me for not having my DVLA no. As I said, I know it was my fault and I can appreciate it, but I was complaining about poor customer service I received from the company. Same night I went to Enterprise who gave me exactly the same price with last minute booking and the whole process took less than 15 mins. Staff was super friendly and understanding. If you ever want to book a car, STAY AWAY FROM AUTO EUROPE!!! Not worth your time and they won't save you any money!
PORTLAND, MASSACHUSETTS -- I purchased a voucher from AutoEurope for a car I rent in Italy but an unpleasant surprise was waiting for me upon arrival. Our flight was delayed and when I stopped by at the car rental counter and presented my voucher I was told that my car was rented to another customer. Their policy is that if you are late even by an hour your voucher is invalid. That is the biggest "hidden" thing. It is not written anywhere in the 3-page voucher contract. I have paid in full for my 10-day rental and it did not guarantee me a car! Stay away from AutoEurope.
MADRID -- We rented with Auto Europe at the Madrid Spain airport May-June 2015. They gave us a car with bald tires, bad engine, and later we found engine empty of oil. We tried to get them to give us another vehicle and they refused saying they didn't have any other. Bald tires put our lives in danger. Engine dies several times in heavy traffic where we were almost hit several times and persons yelled and screamed at us. We complained about the Auto Europe Headquarters and they just gave us the standard sorry but refused to compensate us for such dangerous, unsafe and rude behavior we experienced at the Madrid Airport.
The Madrid personnel barely spoke English. They just wanted to push us out the gate with this unsafe and dangerous vehicle. The whole company only cares about money not customer service. The Madrid personnel very prejudice towards this American and Asian looking wife. We were treated terrible. First time we ever used Auto Europe. Worst treatment we have received in Europe in 35 years. Don't let cheap rates endanger your life. They do not care. They only care about getting their money.
Post rental I called Auto Europe about the option of dropping off in a different city. It was determined the location would not be open on the specific day so the representative suggested I could return it on an earlier date. He stated the car agency would charge an additional fee for the location change. He had more than enough opportunity to honestly point out there would be no refund yet he failed to mention Auto Europe would not refund for the difference of a shorter rental.
I called upon return to find the full charge and the manager said it's states on the agreement on 'page 3 half way down mid paragraph no refund'. All well and good after you get an agreement. So Auto Europe enjoys the economic windfall from the agencies refund to them. I learned during the auto rental agency during pick up I could have received a better deal directly from them.
AUSTRIA -- We have had the worst experience with Auto Europe in our travel history. Hidden charges, rip-offs, extremely poor customer service which put you on music most of the time, too many negative experiences to enumerate. Auto Europe is really a company which main business Philosophy is to rip off their customers as fast as possible and then to get rid of them even quicker. We can only recommend all prosperous customers to stay away as far as possible from Auto Europe. Going by train or going on foot is even a better idea than booking a car with Auto Europe! NEVER AGAIN!!!
WORLD WIDE -- I wish I had checked this site before "reserving" a Mercedes E-Class for a day trip in Croatia. I went through the hassle of arranging a luxury car for my family to make a four hour trip between cities. Instead of a luxury Mercedes Benz, we ended up with the most economy of cars called a "Spoga Rapid". No idea what this car was but it was missing a hubcap and had no upgrades. We had no choice though. We had to get to our destination. By the way, there was no discount given. I paid almost $400 for this piece of you-know-what for less than 24 hours.
UNITED KINGDOM -- Very bad company. We used this company in December on our holiday in Dubai. Worst experience of my life. We arrived at airports and expected a car ready waiting for us but the man at the desk start demanding more money like double the price we already paid. Start ringing back Auto Europe in UK. Made huge phone bills (£150). On the end we have to go to company next door and got car. Since then till today didn't get my money back and different excuses every time I ring. They are liar. Don't trust them!
I have the same problem. I was in Milan in October 2010. I got a car from Auto Europa Sicily by car company. It was Nissan Micra 1.2. 7 days car haven't got any damages and problems. We was in many cities in Italy, about 2000 km was done for 1 week. After we gave car back (I gave keys in office to a man, he said “nothing needed more”. We don't checked car, it was 2 hours on parking when we waited for office opening) and when we arrive to our home country I checked internet bank and saw that there were charged 860 EUR more (first 1200 eur charging was still there, not unblocked).
I called to Auto Europe and they said that car was damaged and this 860 EUR deposit is for repairing. After 2 weeks they unblocked money but not all, minus 380 eur for mirror repair. Also I find real prices for repair. They prices are fake. Mirror cost is only 80 eur in Italy not 180 Eur like they send me some fake papers. You can see them in attachment.
So I recommend to all people, if you get car in this company you need full insurance + photo car when you gave it back + check car with office man so they can't charge you more and damage car after you gave it back like it was with my car. Better to get car from Avis, Hertz, Europcar and pay more. It will be your mistake if you want lower cost for car hire in Italy. They are SCAMmers, they will fraud your credit card and charge from it without your knowing.