ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- Worst car rental experience ever!! Got to MCO at close to midnight with tired kids and the line at Budget was over an hour long. Finally made it to the counter and agent refused to rent a car to me based on last name difference between pre-divorce last name and maiden name. Took another hour to straighten out. Exhausted and screaming kids at this point. Online reservation from third party quoted $578.04; Budget slapped on "upgrade" and "liability insurance" after I told the agent I don't need anything and looked away to calm the kids. Ended up being charged $853.82 ($275.78 and 48% more than online reservation).
DON'T use Budget just because they are the cheapest you can find. You get what you paid for. In this case, I did pay for my lesson. Worst experience and customer service just built more frustrations. Ground agent Adil was especially rude amongst them all.
KAHULUI AIRPORT, MAUI, HAWAII -- BE CAREFUL! Tried to charge me for a full tank of gas when I returned it with 3/4 full. Luckily, I had time to go in and deal with the issue before catching my flight (others may not have this luxury). When I picked the car up, I was told that I could return the car without filling it up and they would only charge me for the amount that it took to fill it up (3 gallons).
When I went in to speak with the SAME PERSON who I rented it from the week before, she reverses her story and tells me that she did not say that!!! I told her that I would be reporting these deceptive practices upon my return to the mainland. She credited the full tank charge and only charged me for the 3 gallons it took to fill it up. Return it full next time or completely empty and watch out for this scam.
ORLANDO FLA -- Just got a surprise charge on my card. I used to rent from Budget regularly as I have a place in FL. From Orlando to a south town I always paid cash tolls. This time they stuck a charge of 15.75 for a 1.00 toll. When I called them on it, they said there was no toll booth and the state of FL takes a a picture of the license and sends them the bill. Budget must be desperate for money to create this new scam. I've traveled this road many times and this has never happened before. They have lost my business forever.
LOUISIANA, LOUISIANA -- On July 11, 2011 I made an online reservation to rent a car from Budget Rent A Car. My reservation was for 6 o'clock. I got to Budget at 6 o'clock and my car was not available. The girl working at the front counter told me they did not have my reservation on file yet and sometimes it takes 30 minutes to an hour after the scheduled reservation time for reservation to come through their system. I then waited 30 minutes after my 6 o'clock reservation before I asked if they could check to see if my reservation had come into their system yet. It still had not.
At this point I asked if I could cancel my reservation and just rent a car without one. The woman told me they were currently out of cars and were only offering SUV's so unless I wanted to pay for an SUV it would be best to wait for my reservation to come through. To make a long story short my reservation was made for 6 and I was not in a car until 8. That was 2 hours after my car was supposed to be ready.
Come to find out the reason why it took 2 hours to get this rental car was not because my reservation had not come into their system but they did not want me to have an SUV for the car price. So they were waiting for someone to return a car before they would rent me a vehicle. Instead of telling me this they lied to me.
So I finally get in my rental and on my way. Once I got my rental car to my hotel I noticed that the headlights were not working. I did not think much about it at the time. I just assumed that the headlights were not turning on because it was still daylight. The next day I drove to Texas during the daylight and once I got there I just parked the car at my hotel and did not drive it at night. The next night though I did need to drive my car at night and the headlights still did not come on.
The parking lights and the bright lights worked but the dim lights did not. I called the emergency roadside assistance number because the Monroe, Louisiana office where I rented the car was closed. I was then informed that corporate could not help me out or send me a new car because the Budget in Monroe, Louisiana was not a car of the corporation which left me stranded in downtown Austin, Texas without a ride so I was forced to take a taxi to my hotel.
The next day was my day to return home and have the car returned. When I got to the Budget in Monroe I let them know the headlights did not work and I was stranded in Texas and corporate told me it should not be a problem for them to refund me one days off my bill because they were not able to send me a working car out. I was then told that they were not going to refund me any money because I did not call them to inform them the headlights were not working. To which I responded with "you were closed when I needed a new car and I was bringing the car back today so what was the point in calling?"
They told me that it was not their fault the headlights did not work in the car, they check all the cars before they rent them out. I know they did not check the car before they rented it to me because it had just come in. Four other people then came to the counter to put in their opinion on why I should not get one day refunded back to me. This one man who worked there asked me if the air went out in a home I rented would I expect money off my rent just because it went out. To which I responded YES too.
Needless to say all I got refunded from my $335 bill was $10.99 so I filed a corporate complaint and when I was filing the corporate complaint they also assured me they did not understand what the problem was with refunding me one day off my bill which was all I was asking for. I am waiting now to hear from someone that working in higher management in the Budget Corporation.
DO NOT RENT FROM BUDGET!!! ESPECIALLY BUDGET HYATT in SAN FRANCISCO!!! I rented a car through Budget on Sat, Nov 27, 2010 pick up 08:00 AM. The day I picked up the car I asked how to return the car. I was told to drop it off with the Valet they will take care of it. Well, that is what I did.
To my dismay, one week later I get charged -93.25. Instead of 54 USD Total. A few Days later I get charged another -24.39. I called budget, they said it was not their problem and I had to dispute it with the desk. I found out that I was charged 2 days and that the car was checked out of the system on Sunday at 23.00. I had returned the car at 07.30 am before a 24 hour lapse. The location closed around noon on Sunday, and charged me the full Sunday.
If I was a tourist, and not renting from my location I would have had a bigger headache. The next morning I went into the location and disputed the extra charge with the manager. He apologized and said he would fix things. He even stated, "usually I send budget an email". One week later I still did not receive my Money. I called the Budget Location at Hyatt San Francisco, again he said he would send another email. Well the story goes that I had to call him often until I got fed up on the 28th November 2010 and wanted to complain with Budget head office.
Head office said they have never received the email. So I told them that this is an internal issue and that they must solve this problem. Budget central called Budget Location at Hyatt san Francisco, the manager did confirm that I was overcharged. And I was promised the refund.
On the 05 January 2010 I had been refunded only 24.39. I called Budget again and they said I was only refunded the day's rental and not the extra charges of late fee, second day of insurances. They therefore promised another refund of 31.01. But this was still 5 USD higher than what I was supposed to pay. I was told that the extra costs were insurances, and I had to contact Budget Location at Hyatt San Francisco and sort it out. I called Budget Location at Hyatt san Francisco, and the manager told me that Budget central had charged me 2 days of road side assistance, instead of one. I called Budget central again and they refunded me the extra 5 USD.
I have learned a valuable lesson:
-Get the car Time stamped every time you drop off a Rental (even though many rental car companies let you drop off keys in a postal box).
-NEVER RENT FROM BUDGET. I as the customer had to sort out their non communication between head office and local rental. This should have been the manager's responsibility to call. He should have realized that I had been calling for 4 weeks, and that the emailing system was not refunding my charges, and should have take responsibility and called the central budget location. Central Location should call their local rental to verify the charges.
Now the question is DO YOU WANT THIS HASSLE? HAVE YOU GOT THE TIME TO DEAL WILL ALL THIS?
Pay a little extra and rent from any other company except BUDGET. My rental agreement number is ** if anybody wants to verify my review.
This letter is stemmed from an unbelievably inconvenient, frustrating and horrible experience I recently had with Budget Rental. To say this was the most dissatisfied I have ever been with a company, would be putting it mildly.
My girlfriend and I were set to move from our NJ apartment to another apartment in about and hour away. The specific move-out date was Thursday, September 30th between 2-5pm. Since our new apartment would not be available until October 6th, we planned on renting a truck for a week and storing our belongings there.
We researched a few places and found Budget Rental to be the cheapest. They had a location that rented out Budget trucks 6 miles away, called Liberty. With a 20% coupon we had, we would be paying $27.99/day + .59/mi, which was great. We booked a 16 foot Budget truck on September 5th. The representative from Budget asked us what time we would like to pick up the truck on September 30th. We told them 1:30pm, as we had a very strict time frame in which we would need to be in and out. Everything was going smoothly.
On the move-out day (Thursday), we were all packed and ready to go. It was 11:30am and I figured I would give the rental location a call to see if the truck was available yet, just get a jump on things. I was informed by the representative at Liberty, "The truck is not here and I'm not sure when it's going to be here." Someone was renting the truck that I needed for a week that morning. I was confused; we made a reservation with Budget and even gave them a credit card to hold it. The man explained that I should call Budget and double-check because this type of thing has been known to happen.
I called Budget and explained the situation. They said the only truck available right now was one in Brooklyn, NY. This trip would have taken a long time. It was not yet 1:30pm, so I figured I would just wait until the pickup time and then go get the truck. I was told that I would be put on a notification list and someone would call me when my truck was ready to be picked up, which could take up to 2 hours.
The man I talked to at Budget did not show any signs of confidence that the truck would be there for me. In fact, He used phrases, such as "I'm not really sure, I don't know, we can try." This made me feel a bit uneasy; all I wanted was assurance that the truck I reserved with my credit card a few weeks back would indeed be there for the time I needed.
It was finally 1:30pm and I went to pick up the Budget truck. When I got to Liberty, the truck was still not there. I waited until 2:00pm, no truck. The representative at Liberty tried calling the person who rented the truck out, no response. I called Budget again, this time from the Liberty location. I was extremely annoyed and frustrated. I explained the situation again and they had no explanation.
The woman I spoke with was just as unsure as the first man whom which I spoke. I asked her how this is possible that a truck I reserved weeks ago was not here at the time I reserved and it was now 45 min past. She told me and I quote, "We don't guarantee the truck, we guarantee the rate." This set me off. How can you not guarantee a truck being there when you make a reservation? I was never informed that the truck "may not" be there when I called, otherwise who in their right mind would use Budget?? The truck being there on time is the main part of the reservation.
I then asked her what she could do to help me. She replied that there are no trucks available and that she would put me on a notification list when one does become available. This was another 2 hours that I didn't have on the same list I was on before, and still did not hear anything from! There was no excuse for not having my truck. More so, they offered absolutely no help, concern or consideration for my time frame.
At the very least, they should have offered to rush another truck there for make up for it. It was now 3:00pm. I realized at the point, they would do nothing to help me and it was a lost cause. The last thing the woman said to me and I quote, was"Maybe you should contact a competitor for a truck." Are you kidding me???
At 3:30pm, I was scrambling through phone books to find another truck at the size I needed. I finally found another truck, which was double the price I was planning to spend. By the time I got to that location, filled out paperwork and drove it to Hoboken, it was now 4:15pm. I had 45 minutes to move my entire apartment into the truck. I had to rush to make the 5:00pm cutoff for when we had the elevators reserved.
My girlfriend called Budget back later that day to AGAIN explain what happened and see if we could receive some compensation for the aggravation they caused us, not keeping a reservation and causing us to resort to a competitor for twice the amount. They said there was nothing they could do about it.
I never received calls for the 2 notification call lists I was presumably on. They did not apologize. If I was unable to find this last minute truck, I would have had to pay a heavy fee for my apartment complex for not being out of my building by Oct 1st. To top it off, I called back Liberty around 6:30pm that day, just so see if the truck was there. Nothing. It was like I never made a reservation at all. There should have been a truck on site for these situations, especially when someone rents it for a WEEK.
Budget Rental was the sole reason for my inability to move out on time. They are fully responsible for the exhausting, irritating and inconvenient day that I had to endure. It was truly the most horrendous experience I have ever had with a company. The conduct in which Budget Rental and its corresponding employees runs its business is disgraceful. Their unwillingness to problem solve was among the worst I have ever seen. There was no professionalism, urgency or regard for my situation. I am utterly disgusted with the provided service (or lack thereof) and will never use Budget services again.
In addition, I will warn everyone about Budget and how unhelpful they were throughout this entire ordeal. They took no responsibility for their actions and did absolutely nothing to make it easier on me. Their solution was to contact a competitor, which I will do from now on and urge everyone else do to as well. Words cannot express my anger regarding this experience. Budget is unreliable, untrustworthy and completely ignorant as a company.
My experience with Budget Rent a Car was that I had reserved a car online for a stay in Ireland. When I got to the end of the reservation form and submitted it the web page seemed to have a glitch and took me back to the beginning. I filled out the beginning again then wondered if I would be charged twice so I closed the window and later checked my email. It confirmed that I was all set. I have to say right here that I had only rented a car once before from Enterprise, and it was a great experience.
When I got to the Shannon airport, I was walking toward the rental counter and noticed that there was a large crowd of customers at the Hertz desk which was right beside the Budget desk. No one was standing in front of the Budget desk. That should have been my first clue. Like a naive person, I never thought to see if there were any consumer complaints about Budget. After all, it's a nationally known company. If they were that bad would they still be in business after all these years? I know. Faulty reasoning, right?
When I approached the nice young lady at the desk, I was told that they didn't have anything reserved for me and that they didn't have anything available except an upgrade. I explained the glitch at the end of the rental form and she (flustered) said "sometimes you have to enter things twice." (???) So I said I had gotten a confirmation email and I showed it to her.
The Manager came over and said they had only a couple of SUVs and that it would cost more. I hesitatingly said "Let me just check with these guys" and started to step over into their queue. He quickly said, "Let me see what we can do." He went into a rear office for a second and called the young lady back as well. After a few seconds, he came out and started poking around on the screen. He MAGICALLY (well, it IS Ireland, you know) came up with a Toyota Corolla which, coincidentally was the exact vehicle I had reserved in the first place. Hhmmmm.
We (my two young daughters and myself - I'm a woman) drove to the Dingle peninsula. After a couple of days, I tried to withdraw some money from an ATM and it said my balance was too low. That couldn't be. I had to have a friend wire me some money to finish out the trip. I got to checking and they had added additional charges, including $800.00 for insurance which they said had to be paid up front -- a year's worth of insurance!
When I complained after bringing the car back, they said "Well, you signed the paperwork". Enough said. My experience with Ireland otherwise was delightful and I had no other shady experiences. It's a BUDGET problem, not an Irish problem. Buyer beware! Stay away from this company. I hope the young lady at the desk (it seems like she had just started working there) jumps ship and loses those losers.
While recently moving, our truck broke down when the steering wheel began shaking so violently that we had to slow down to 10 mph on the freeway just to pull over. Upon calling the company we rented it from, we were told, "What do you want us to do? We aren't mechanics," and given another number to call. A mechanic was sent out within the hour but he ended up on the phone with Budget for over an hour trying to get authorization to repair the wheel bearings. He told us that we were lucky we hadn't gotten it up to a good speed otherwise the truck could have flipped or gone out of control, also that the rental company had to have known the truck had a problem.
I recently had hip surgery and had hired several friends for $12/hour to make it worth their while (nobody likes helping you move for free). We waited... And waited... And waited. At about hour 5 I called and told them the only thing being driven at that point was me into bankruptcy. I was told they couldn't do anything about a refund or compensation until after the truck was turned in. The mechanic finally got the truck running (after replacing the wheel bearings with the wrong parts given him by an auto shop, causing him to do it all over again) but at this point 7 hours had gone by with my whole life sitting on the roadside.
I called to speak with them and was close to having them tow me to my destination when the mechanic said he was done and I headed out. Since they had already broken the contract by not supplying me with a safe reliable vehicle to make it from point A to point B in a reasonable period of time, I opted to not fill the tank with gas before dropping it off at midnight. Now I have been given the runaround ever since; every time I call I am told I will receive a call back. I never get one. Furthermore, I am told that they cannot give me a 100% credit on my rental because it is against company policy.
This company should be ashamed of itself for the poor service they provide. I am surprised that they have any business at all with these dirty business dealings. In a time when this country needs all the business they can get for fear of failure, you would think they might have more integrity and appreciation for the customers they have. I am now out about 450 bucks, which I will keep my word and pay my helpers. Grow a backbone, Budget. I will never rent from you again, nor will any of my friends or family (as well as the countless people who drove by our broken down truck that day).
If I heard tomorrow that Budget was filing for bankruptcy, I would rejoice that bad business practices and poor customer service had finally taken its toll on them. Shame on you, Budget, you spineless weasels.
PARSIPPANY, NEW JERSEY -- We just returned from a road trip to St. Louis. We returned our rental car early to the MCI location (Kansas City airport) of Budget and forgot our contract at home. They couldn't find a copy of the contract that showed that we had pointed out scratches on the hood of the car. I stayed while Rob went back to get the contract. When I handed them to them, they accused us of lying. They said they had no proof that Rob didn't write the S and circle on the hood on the contract. That's not the way their guys do it and they would sign it and take the yellow copy.
This is how it happened on Thursday night. We were late picking the car up. The counter agent was helpful but one thing did make me suspicious. He said the car was pre-checked and there was no damage. We checked the car anyway, in the parking lot around midnight. We found scratches on the hood. We saw the counter agent in the parking lot and told him. He said to tell the guy at the exit booth. I got in our car and Rob drove the rental ahead of me. I saw him hand the guy at the booth the papers. The guy wrote on them and handed them back. We drove away.
We didn't look at it after that, just stuck it in a bag and went on. Maybe we should have but that guy in the booth should know his job better than we would. When we returned the car, the lady at the counter went out to check it and said there were scratches on the hood. I said, I know, we pointed that out when we checked the car out. She went and look for a copy of the contract and couldn't find it. I sent Rob back home to get our copy. While waiting I said they either did a sloppy job on the pre-checks or they are intentionally trying to snare naive customers.
Because, if we could see those scratches at midnight, walking around the car, they should have been able to see them in the daylight. The lady tonight clearly saw them. So how were they missed in the pre-check? How was there "no damage?" So then when I have the papers, the manager comes out and says that maybe Rob wrote in the damage. I said we wouldn't know how they mark it. He said the circled S was common sense, but then he said it's not how they do it. He said the guy standing next to him was in the booth that night and he would do the paperwork right.
Of course, the guy next to him wasn't going to admit to doing a sloppy job, so he went along with it. I was--still am--livid! I wanted to speak to someone higher than the manager. He gave me his card, which I pointed out wasn't higher than him. He said if I called that number, I'd get it. But when I intended to call, he said it would just ring there. I said I'd find the number. I tried on the internet on my phone but I got a mobile site with limited information. So I called the reservations number on the coupon I had. They gave me the customer service number but Customer Service isn't opened until Monday at 7:30am. It was Sunday, about 10:30.
Finally, after I called back again and at least got a sympathetic reservations agent, they said I could leave but the counter agent said the car wouldn't be "returned" and we'd be charged for extra days. I said no. I also said I absolutely would NOT sign any accident report for an accident that didn't happen. The manager said he's close out my contract now but he couldn't give me a receipt without an accident report. I said I wanted it in writing because I didn't trust him.
I told them I'd be calling Customer Service tomorrow and I'd never rent Budget again and I'd tell everyone I could not to rent Budget. They have some serious customer service issues and, in my opinion, are actively scamming customers and maybe getting away with it with customers who give in to their lies.
My son and I happily made advanced reservations online for a Fourth of July trip which was to be started on July 3rd. We made reconfirmations 3 days prior (I am always organized and timely). We were to be picked up by 8 am on July 3rd. At 8 am we called and got a gruff voice that stated "I don't know anything about that. I can't leave here I have 21 reservations and I am alone. When the manager arrives I will call you." This went on till 9:30 am when we decided to drive over there. He insisted for me to drive there and leave the car there even though there were numerous signs saying you will be towed if left there. I was reassured otherwise.
I had my paperwork all ready but was told he did not know where the car was coming from. We waited some more and was told they would be there and was on its way from Daytona Beach (2 hours away) and that the paperwork was overlooked. I was told the car would be there by 12 noon!!! When I insisted on an arrival time. Car was 4 hours late with no pick up at home. You haven't heard the rest yet!!!
Listen up. He swiped my card and told me Equifax was saying do not rent to renter and that it didn't mean I had no money. This time the car arrived but according to them I did not qualify to rent it. I told them it may be a protection for identity theft. I called the bank immediately and the bank representative told me that it wasn't even showing any attempt to remove funds. He hadn't swiped the card it was a phony attempt!!!
I told the Budget representative to redo transaction and it went through. Were it not for my persistence they cared nothing!!! The manager said he would give a 10% discount for the inconvenience (I was already missing an important function being 4 hours late).
On Monday I returned the car in one piece gas level where it was and the representative is asking me where the level was when I took it. Next the transaction rung up over $100 extra. The budget representative (same one barking at me he couldn't pick me up) states it was a late fee return plus an additional day. He stated he was new and that I should return 09:30 next day for manager. I did and was told he was in a meeting. Finally I drove in at 11:00 AM and he pretended never to know me nor the previous circumstance. I told him about the extra day and the 10% discount he had calculated prior to taking the car for the inconvenience.
Nothing done for 4 hours late for me but 2 hour late return has late fee of $10 plus full late day charge of $80. Go figure that disparity!!! I was refunded the $80 after I told him I was going to write this review and then he stated I couldn't have the 10% and $80 off one or the other. Then he asked what kind of work I do? I guess if they don't think you are a lawyer you are in deep doo-doo.
I am glad after all I never allowed him to taint the roads and pick me up in my community. I have learned my lesson and will stick to Enterprise. They are very professional and timely. Only they did not show a convertible and we wanted a convertible. Never ever use Budget no matter what!!! P.S. By the way my son of 12 years did the math and showed the representative the incorrect charges!!!