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FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- I made an online reservation with Budget. I paid for the car rental online as well. After reading the rental contract, I called the location where I would be picking up the car. I asked if the debit card I used to pay for the rental would be accepted at the counter when I picked up the car. I was told yes. I asked for the dollar amount they would be "holding" on my card once I picked up the car. I was told $100.00. I asked why the rental contract says the hold amount would be $200.00? The agent responded with "oh that is just a standard amount used on the rental contracts." odd...but OK. I asked if I would be subject to a "credit check" as this too is included in the rental contract. I was told there would be no credit check.

I went to pick up the car and the agent (Crystal in the Downtown Fort Worth TX location) looked at my card and told me she would not accept the kind of card I had. She would give me no explanation other than we do not accept your kind of card?) I told her to cancel my reservation. Crystal cannot do that. I have cancel it online. OK, I cancel the reservation online and I call customer service to complain. I told the agent that I had canceled my reservation and wanted a time frame for receiving the refund.

She asked if I had requested a refund? Canceling the reservation does not entitle you to a refund? You must request it? she told me that she would request the refund for me and I should receive it within 10 business days. I asked questions about their rental policies and why what was on the contract was different at the counter and vice versa and I informed her about how poorly I had been treated at the counter. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, she informed me that I signed the contract and that I was being rude. She then proceeded to act as if she could not understand me. Fast forward to today, two weeks later and the 10th business day. I have not received my refund. I called Budget again, spoke to Tony who advised my reservation had not been canceled (according to him my reservation was in limbo...odd, I have a cancellation number) and no refund had been requested.

He said he would take care of this for me and that it would be another 10 business days before the credit was received. I told him that the agent I talked to two weeks ago told me that the $50.00 cancellation fee would be waived. He said it would and that I would receive a confirmation e-mail stating that the reservation was canceled and that the refund had been requested. I received the email. The e-mail said that the cancellation fee would be $50.00 and that it was not waived. I called Tony back. Read the e-mail to him...Oh, I'm sorry, I should have told you that the e-mail would say that and that the $50.00 cancellation fee will be processed through another department. I have not received a confirmation e-mail from that department; but I am mad as hell. A monkey could do a better job. I'm now in the process of disputing all charges made to my card from Budget Rent a Car through my bank and informing every person I know not to use them. I find it quite interesting that at the time I write this, Budget has 80% more complaints than any other car rental company on this web-site. Go with Enterprise, and enjoy your trip.
Do Not Rent From Budget, Unless You Have A Lot Of Time To Call Them Regularly
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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 head ache. 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 hade 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 companys 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.

Pay a little extra and rent from any other company except BUDGET. My rental agreement number is 464507400 if anybody wants to verify my review.
"Budget" is a Misnomer
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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 reervation form and submitted it the web page seemed to have a glitch and took me back to the beginning. I filled ut 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 if was a great esperience.

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 plaee. 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.
Budget... how to get ripped off and ignored
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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.
Budget at MCI scams customers!
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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 intentially 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 may be 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 couse, 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.

Cold Unprofessional A Bunch Of Thieves - Apopka, Florida
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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 thereby 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Budget terrible Breakdown Service. Do not trust Budget!
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MUNICH -- Do not trust Budget! Forget “Rent More Save More” from Budget!

In the last year [December 2008], on the Christmas Vacancy we rented small car Opel Corsa [for one week] from Budget company to get our designation in Italy, Canazei [SKI place] from Munich Airport. We came there from Israel.
It was our first time for me and my daughter trip in Italy.
On the next day of our Driving, before about 50 km from our designation Hotel the car was broken. It was so strange faultiness. It had begun problem in conditioner and was seem system failure on car computer. In the next stage was very cold in car and started flash “Service requirement” indicator. Definitely was possible continue to Hotel, but it was very cold in car and we was afraid do not give any damage to car.
We stopped car and called Budget Break Down Service. After two hours our waiting came truck with Service mechanical. He start up engine of car and was surprised, why we called him. He confirmed that everything is OK.
He does not speak English [German or Italian] and it took me so many time explain him problem. And I’m not sure what he had understood. Service Mechanical did not repair car and did not give us another car, but asked Drop all our staff from car with my daughter out to take this car to Service Center.
Obvious it was absolutely impossible. After so many time on cold my little daughter got sickness and I can not allow Drop her out from car on cold [it was winter] in unknown place, in the middle of nowhere.
I contacted to Break Down Service with all explanations and asked take us together with car to Service Center, but Service Mechanical did not agree and left us. After more than 6 hours there on cold did not any choice to leave failure vehicle and get taxi to Hotel designation.
Two days with sickness daughter we were waited in Hotel replacement vehicle, but it not happened. No one come to us to give keys of failure car. After this time, being in despair, we took taxi and came to leave place to return vehicle. I was so naive had hoped have repaired or replacement car. Unbelievable, it not happened.
There all time, every day, I was contacted with Break Down Service and wasted to unsuccessfully conversations a lot of many.
In hopeless situation I had locked another way to return us to Munich Airport. There was nightmares for us. Doubtless all our vacation was broken.
I got apologizes from Customer Service [Fred Winokan], but after my requiring return me all my wasted money, after half year the Budget Company have begun charge money from my Visa card. By the way, the car was rented with super CDW. In another word, it says you will be never surely what event, case or matter you cover in paying insurance of car.
Apparently Budget Company in order to cover falls in service decided throw to customer bearing of charges. This is how they make money!
There no was any accident. The faultiness of car was completely out of my control [of car rental].
Needless to say, I have not rented from Budget since last December and of course I have shared this story with all my friends, customers and my company who had made a note of the event and have been encouraging travelers to have used other Car Rental Companies until we can get this resolved.
Now, I have used Hertz Car Rental Company every month and do not complain.

Definitely, this event turned out to cost Budget, as my friends, customers, my company will not be renting from Budget [doesn’t matter which department].

Break Failure On Route 95 In The Rain At 11:00 At Night
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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK -- The breaks on a Budget vehicle failed on route 95 approximately 11:00 pm in the rain. I managed to maneuver and stopped the vehicle without injury and without running into a WAWA convenience store.

I contacted the road side assistance and because of the late hour they suggested I get a hotel while I waited for my replacement vehicle. Three hours later I had a new vehicle. I took pictures of the vehicle and conferred with a mechanic regarding he identity of the liquid leaking profusely from the vehicle. We bother confirmed it was probably break fluid.

THIS IS WHERE BUDGET MANAGED TO BREACH MOST OF THEIR SO CALLED MISSION STATEMENT. The following experience was wrought with stress. I was not treated with integrity, there was no quality in the vehicle provided or the customer service, I was not treated with any compassion or respect, nor did Budget display any team work to coordinate this effort. (PLEASE SEE BUDGET?AVIS Mission statement - hysterical)

The next morning I contact customer services and the rental location to discuss the incident and to inform them as a result of the vehicle failure that I would be late returning the vehicle. Customer service said to contact the Manager at the rental location. The Manager stated that she would allow me to retain the vehicle for an additional day without charge. She would update the record so when I returned the vehicle all would be aware of the contingencies.

The next day when I returned the vehicle to the location I was told by the Supervisor that the Manager did not update the record to reflect the earlier discussion. She also advised me that the Manager no longer worked at that location and in the Managers' absence she was not authorized to remove any charges from the invoice. But, she did manage to remove the charges associated with the extra day but failed to remove the late fees and suggested I contact the customer service department to discuss the matter further.

Over a two week period I have been attempting to negotiate this matter with customer services and various other Budget employees (not Management, the common customers do not have access to anyone other than customer service).

After great frustration I thought perhaps taking the whole mess to Court might be easier than trying to maneuver through the idiot mine field. Customer service referred me to legal but that number sent me to an automated system where you could leave a message that would reach any lawyer decided to listen or not. In my professional experience Lawyer on respond to Court filed complaints.

Someone in corporate sales manage to contact the new Manager at the rental location who authorized an additional $50 credit that I had to coordinate with customer service to execute.

After discussing the incident with a Supervisor she took off the cost of the hotel and stated that she would remove the $10 late fee. When I contacted American Express she stated the hotel fee had been removed but the late fee had not.

When I called to confirm all credits had been applied I spoke to a feeble minded $5.00 an hour, old poorly educated man who attempted to bully me into not requesting the credits that had been orally agreed upon prior to his brief and unnecessary inclusion. The entire useless conversation was ridiculous considering he had no authority to make any modification to the file.

In order to expedite resolution I had to coordinate with the location Manager (who was very cooperative) to negotiate with his customer service to execute the credit that had been agreed upon.

Throughout this entire process not one Budget employee ever acknowledged that the because of the questionable condition of this vehicle I could have been injured or killed.

I attempted to contact corporate but I was told by a secretary at the front desk of the corporate office she was not allowed to give out names of Management or Legal and was not allowed to put dissatisfied customers in direct contact with anyone other than customer service.

This has been the most dissatisfying encounter I have had with a corporation in quite some time. It will be one I will not forget. But I will certainly forget to consider AVIS and BUDGET when I require car rental services. I will also make sure my organization and our partners in the respective Procurement departments also forget AVIS and BUDGET when considering services.

I would have probably received better customer service by banging my head against a brick wall. AS@@ Holes would be a understatement when describing the unreliable, belligerent, short sided, incompetent budget employees.

A company's stature is reflected by its employees. Employees are a reflection of the tone set by Management and their Mission Statement. I am guessing the BUDGET/AVIS Mission Statement is just a bunch corporate speak that clearly is not executed by its employees or its management. The Mission Statement, Management, the employees have all failed, like the breaks on their cars.
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Avoid at All Cost!! Budget Is a Dishonest Company With No Customer Service.
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Rating: 1/51
ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- Worse 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. Worse experience and customer service just built more frustrations. Ground agent Adil was especially rude amongst them all.
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False Claim That Vehicle Was Damaged After Use
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Rating: 1/51
ALBUQUERQUE, NM AIRPORT, NEW MEXICO -- Budget "Claims" from Florida called to let me know there was some damage to the vehicle I rented in NM & asked me to send some money to "cover" it. This was absolutely false as the car was completely checked when I returned it & nothing was ever said at the time of turn in.
Then I got a letter. When I brought this to Budget's attention via phone call & email, they said it was a scam, yet I received another email on the heels of that one saying it was "legit." (Who uses that terminology professionally?) According to others' complaints online, this is nothing unusual for Budget. I have filed complaints with the BBB, the Albuquerque International Airport, the Albuquerque Police Dept., & the SEC. There is a warning going out over several large social media accounts as well!!
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