I was so excited to find a car for three days with such a phenomenal price with unlimited miles. Get to the counter and first I notice a sign that said "We will deduct $200.00 from your account if you use a credit or debit card. No refund will be issued until car is returned then allow up to 10 days for refund." Deep breathe... Too late to not rent the car but ok... I hand the agent my trusted printed out confirmation and before even looking she asked... "Are you flying in," I say no. "Where are you traveling?" North Carolina. She says "Ok we have to charge you per mileage." I said no my reservations say unlimited mileage.
She said "Well if you flew in that would be true but since you are local we have to charge you. I can add that in for you?" Wait... No why doesn't it say that on my reservations??? "Well you have to look down at the very bottom and it says that." I look all over my trusted confirmation and nowhere on the sheet does it say that. "It must be on the terms and condition page." I walk away totally disappointed and pray that my car will make the trip. I cancelled my reservation once I got home and then I see... "You may be charged for cancelling on the same day"... What the what??? I immediately cancelled the reservation I booked for July. This is pure foolishness.
"Thank you for booking at CarRentals.com. Below are the details of your reservation. When you arrive at the E-Z RENT-A-CAR pick-up location, use the confirmation code. Questions about your reservation? Call E-Z RENT-A-Car customer service 404-761-4999.
Your Confirmation Code. Reservation Details. Nissan Versa (or equivalent Compact). Unlimited mileage. Air Conditioning. Automatic. Pick-up. Friday May 20th, 2016, 10:00 AM. ATLANTA - Hartsfield International Airport (ATL). Atlanta International Airport 6000 North Terminal Parkway Atlanta, GA 30320. Drop-off. Monday May 23rd, 2016, 10:00 AM. Atlanta - Hartsfield International Airport (ATL). Atlanta International Airport 6000 North Terminal Parkway Atlanta, GA 30320."
CALIFORNIA -- I Googled for car rentals near LAX. One of the first that popped up was CarRentals.com. Looked legit with all the major companies listed. Booked a rental with the lowest priced one - Economy Car rentals. Never heard of it, but whatever. Done deal.
Got into L.A., but plans changed and had to cut my three day stay short. No worries, I'll just return the rental and get refunded. Wrong!!! Economy Car rentals didn't want anything to do with the refund - "call CarRentals.com," I was told, "and they'll refund you." I had to insist to get a receipt which stated that I returned the vehicle early... A little unnerving.
Sent an email to CarRentals.com explaining the situation and requesting a refund, and here's what I got instead: "Unfortunately, you had a prepaid rental which could not be cancelled, changed or refunded. You agreed to these terms at the time you purchased it. As such, there is no refund for early return. Sorry."
Maybe I misunderstood the terms when placing my order. I know I misunderstood the part that says I am not dealing with the actual rental company, but a middleman (Maybe it didn't say that anywhere?). A middleman that does not want to give up a penny they have received from you! I've never heard of such terms with a car rental!
I honestly thought I would be dealing with the actual rental company. Just like you do when you buy an airplane ticket from CheapOair or Orbitz or something. You can call the airline and deal with them. Well, not here. WHY did Economy Car Rentals not tell me this when I went to return the car??? I would have kept it for the duration and let my son use it.
Never, never, never, never again! This goes for both of these dishonest, pathetic, Fly-By-Night companies. These guys haven't even HEARD the word "customer service"! Don't try to save $5/day like I did, go directly with a reputable company. Don't get ripped off! Take your money and RUN away from these highwaymen!!
I canceled a reservation within the time frame allowed... The reservation did not complete as expected and I didn't receive a confirmation notice. Unfortunately I was on the road in Europe and had difficulty checking my email to see whether it eventually came through. Only to find that it did not cancel and I did not receive a refund for my prepaid rental. I contacted support only to be told that it was beyond the time that I could cancel. Making it difficult to cancel within the allowed time frame is a bait and switch technique to rip off customers. In the past I was extremely happy with CarRentals.com, but no longer.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- I booked a HERTZ rental car through CARRENTALS.COM for pickup at Panama City Beaches Airport (ECP). What happened was they deceptively lie when you are making the reservation about where your car will be, then they leave no phone # ANYWHERE to contact them. Only AFTER you make your non-refundable reservation do they tell you that your car needs to be picked up 23 miles from the airport and that you will have no transportation to go pick up your vehicle. Then they refuse to help you after stealing your money. BEWARE. Avoid CarRentals.com at all costs or be sorry like we were.
BANGKOK -- Booked a 7 seat SUV to pick up at the airport on my arrival to Bangkok. The website said book now as this vehicle was popular. I did this and entered all my details and credit card. On arrival to Bangkok I went to rental counter and signed all documents as requested and was shown to my car. A 5 seater sedan was the car they had for me. So now how do I get my family to fit 5 seats when we need 7? Disgraceful car rental company and they did nothing to assist, resolve the problem. They also continued to advertise the 7 seat car for the same period as being available.
My advice is to keep well away from this company and use the more reputable companies. They totally stuffed up the start of our family holiday and caused us to remain in Bangkok for 2 days to enable us to book another car to go on our trip. The worst rental experience I have had.
I booked an Advantage Rent A Car rental car via "pay now" on CarRentals.com and made a minor mistake - I had put Thursday instead of Wednesday on the pickup day. I immediately noticed the mistake and called Advantage, where the representative said I had to email CarRentals.com.
When I explained the problem by email, they said that I had to either pay them $50 to cancel or book a new non-refundable reservation, which would mean paying them another $200 after already paying them $185, and then request a cancellation of the original reservation to get the $185 back. All this so I could add one day to my reservation!
BUCHAREST -- I rent a car for Bucharest Airport. Then Carrentals.com, they charge my credit card immediately I made the reservation in the amount they said. My flight delay and even on the rental was not said. They ask for $35 on pick up extra and $35 extra on drop off because in not during working hours. I ask them what about the advertising. The gent said it's not his job. Of course I need the car and I pick up with this new charges. I said OK, $70 extra, what I can do.
Surprise came when I check by credit card and the charge me again the extra and the rental cost. On drop off they said the car has a chip on windshield and was not there. I was relax because such is about $10-12 in US and even in Europe/Romania. Second surprise came when they send a bill for $393.18 and refuse to explain what and why. Not even explanation for double charges. I rent cars all over the world but DO NOT RENT CARS IN ROMANIA AND DO NOT THINK TO RENT CARS FROM ECONOMY RENT A CAR. I doubt they are a legit business.
RALEIGH-DURHAM AIRPORT, NORTH CAROLINA -- Booked a car with unlimited mileage to pick up from RDU airport. Upon check-in I was told by the Advantage Car Rental agent that since I am a local renter with no flight itinerary, my rental is subject to $350 deposit, a maximum of 150 miles per day, and 0.50 cents per mile after. I showed them the e-mail confirmation from carrentals.com with the unlimited mileage that I booked for. They showed me their hardcopy showing the the local renter rule fine print, which upon close examination with the copy that carentals.com sent with the confirmation email did not match.
I cannot possibly accept the "new transaction details" because we will be using the car for a long drive. The agent and manager were not very helpful with my dilemma, even when I have called again to seek help regarding the matter, and was told to call carrentals.com. The problem is, the carrentals.com customer service number is directed to the same Advantage rental company number. I ended up not taking the car but my CC was still charged because I was baited and hooked through deceptive business practice.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA -- Rented using their Apple app, CarRentals booked reservation. Went to get the car, and they would not give me the car because we did not have local insurance which I was mislead to purchase online for $9 per day plus $18 for extra. I could not take the car and then they have no phone number to call only email, and they give a runaround via the email as well.
They give you no refund and options that make no sense like "Book another car and we will give you a refund, or an administrator fee which is more than the rental." Bad choice, as well as they write on their website that they are an Expedia company and when you call Expedia nobody knows who they are or how to call them. Total fraud.
I had to change my travel dates due to a death in the family, and at first I had difficulty finding anyone to discuss my options with, as the number provided in the confirmation email is for the actual car rental company, but they tell you only the website providers can assist me. The only contact I could find for carrentals.com was an email address, but the response was quick, personal, and very helpful.
I made another reservation through their website and they were able to work with the car rental company, due to my circumstances, and refund the original reservation, even though they do make it clear at the time of purchase that sales are final and there are no cancellations. This website had the best prices and was easy to use and I was very satisfied with their customer service. I would use this site again and recommend their services.