NEW YORK, NEVADA -- On July 11, 2016 I prepaid a car rental to the Irish Company owned by Dollar Rental Services reservation number **. I prepaid it because I knew I was going to need it and by prepaying I saved a few dollars. When I arrived at La Guardia New York airport on July 19 at about 10:15 PM I went to the shuttle area and waited for the Dollar shuttle. It never showed up and I called the number on my reservations confirmation but there was no answer so at 11:45 PM I hailed the Budget Shuttle and went to their location and rented a car for 2 days which I thought would be enough time to correct the Dollar error. It wasn't.
Dollar was very arrogant about the issue and seemed to care very little about what had happened. It is now 1 month later, I have called Dollar 4 times and each time I have been handed a load of BS about the situation is under investigation. Nothing is happening and they are giving me the runaround. Refund my money.
ST LOUIS AIRPORT, MISSOURI -- We reserved our Dollar rental car on the internet. It said unlimited mileage. When we arrived to pick up the car, the woman said, "Where will you be driving to?" We said we didn't know, just traveling around for 2 weeks, several states and maybe Canada. She said, "Well then you can't rent a car from us and nobody else will rent to you either." We assumed she meant because of Canada so we said that our plans were not firm, we didn't need to go to Canada if that would be a problem. She said we could only travel to Missouri's four contiguous states (???) in their car, and not to Canada.
We had read their "terms and conditions" on the internet and certainly saw nothing about 4 states only. Not going to Canada was not a problem for us, but we did want to go to several states. She was adamant (and very rude) so we took the shuttle back to the airport to talk to other car rental companies. The shuttle driver was extremely helpful and kind.
We related our story to the people at Enterprise, who seemed as surprised at this as we were. With Enterprise we could go wherever in the US we wanted. We rented from Enterprise, had no problems, did not go to Canada. However, all the fussing around had cost us almost two hours and a lot of stress. Will never use Dollar again.
PUERTO VALLARTA, ALASKA -- I recently made a reservation for a compact car through Dollar in Puerto Vallarta for $84.06. The advertised price stated that the car would be rented in the airport. However, when we arrived in Puerto Vallarta, we were taken on a shuttle down a random Mexican backstreet to Dollar's rental center, well away from both the airport and any reasonable competition. There, after a long day of travel, with a tired baby and a sick mother, we were told that we needed to pay $42 per day for basic insurance. I explained to them that I had already made my reservation and agreed on a price, but they did not seem to care about our original agreement.
Since neither ** or ** could tolerate any more traveling in the heat, and the neighborhood did not feel safe enough to try to hail a cab, we were forced to pay the exorbitant rates - nine times the original price we were quoted. We were also told we would be given a free upgrade to a larger car, which we were instead later charged for. I have spent months traveling in Latin American countries, and have never been robbed so severely - to my surprise by a supposedly reputable American company.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- I ordered a car through Orbitz and purchased insurance. When I arrived at Dollar Rental Car, I had to wait 1/2 hour to be served. Then the representative charged me triple the price! I asked why, he said Orbitz was only charging to hold a spot. He also charged me for unnecessary insurance, even after I explained that I purchased insurance. After being there for 1 hour, I had to take the car to get to my appointments. My vacation consisted of me arguing on the phone with Dollar Rental Car every day and getting the run around! Don't deal with Dollar Rental Car or Orbitz!!!
SAN DIEGO, OREGON -- I have rented cars from Hertz, Enterprise and Dollar for local needs lasting a day or two and trips lasting 7 days or more. In each instance, hands down, Dollar outshines them all. Flying into a strange airport, not knowing where to go next... no problem. The driver was right there to help with luggage. Fast, friendly! And those long lines...? Hah, with Dollar, make sure you sign up for their express service. I was waved right on through past all those people, contract ready, car ready... it was amazing. Car rental heaven.
They just pointed to the area where the size of car I had reserved and said pick one out. Unfortunately I had back issues with that car, so I had to arrange for an exchange. And that experience was terrific as well. Everyone... and I do mean every person I talked to and dealt with in San Diego at the airport and LAX, were so helpful and polite. Until they give me a reason to do otherwise, I will never rent from anyone else again!
WINDSOR LOCKS, CONNECTICUT -- San Diego, CA 11/5/2010. My review got kind of long so if you don't read anything else know this, car rental reservations are not set in stone so it is not too late to book with a better car rental agency and just cancel or no show for your dollar reservation. I wish someone would have told me!
Renting with Dollar was the worst experience of my life! The shuttle took forever to arrive. We saw several better shuttles pass by while we waited. Then the lady at the counter set a new low in rude service. She barks at people and isn't helpful in the least. I had a reservation for a Toyota Camry but they put me in a Kia Spectra. Our luggage didn't even fit in the trunk. I would have complained but I just didn't want to deal with the rude lady so I accepted it.
They charged us $15 a day for GPS rental (it would have been cheaper to buy one) and it didn't work. It was like 7 years old, the kind with a fat back and no touch screen. When the GPS crashed for the third time before we left the parking lot I took it back in and they quickly swapped it out for a slightly newer one. If they know it's a piece of junk why do they give it to people?
Upon returning the car we pulled to the door to unload our luggage in the pouring rain. The lady came out and instead of helping unload, she barked at us to move the car. We parked the car around back and my more patient wife went inside to deal with the rude agent while I unloaded our bags by myself in the rain.
After I unloaded the bags I went inside to find my wife losing her zen-like patience with the counter lady. We were returning the car with a full tank of gas but we didn't have a receipt so they still wanted to charge us a penalty. I was about to lose my temper so I went out and started loading my bags on the shuttle, it could have been hours until the next shuttle came.
When the shuttle driver came on board he reminded passengers to check for cell phones and chargers because they frequently find them and they have a whole box full of them in the back. One passenger joking asked if they had iPhone chargers and the driver said "let me look."The shuttle driver brought two boxes full of lost and found and let the passengers go through them and take what they liked!!
My wife asked for the manager's name to file a complaint and the lady said she did not know it. Before this experience I thought that all car rental companies were pretty much the same, but this experience taught me that is not true. Stay away from Dollar car rental like the plague. I plan on posting negative reviews as much as possible if only to warn fellow passengers to stay away!
CANCUN -- I was on a four day vacation with my wife for which I rented a car from the airport location. On the second day of my trip (Friday, August 16th), I had filled up the gas tank and on the way, I had a flat tire while driving from Cancun to Tulum, near Playa Del Carmen. I was waiting in the heavy rain for any passer-by to assist me in changing the tire as the airport location wasn't helpful at all in calling someone to help me out.
After an hour and a half of waiting, a cab driver finally agreed to change the tire for US $30. Then, I called the airport location again and was told to return the car at the Playa Del Carmen location in exchange for a new car. When I reached this location, I was told that there are NO new cars available and that they will need to fix this spare tire and so I need to wait.
From here on, our vacation plans went downhill. It took the staff at this location TWO hours to have an update for my car. After the long wait, I was told that the car couldn't be fixed and that they will NOW find me a new car. I thought this was ridiculous since they had firmly told me earlier that no new cars are available. So I was lied to and made to wait without any reason. This is UNACCEPTABLE and UNETHICAL. We were simply taken advantage of as tourists by this unprofessional, discourteous and useless staff.
As it was almost the end of the day approaching with your unplanned and unequipped staff trying to find us a car, we could not go to Tulum and had to turn back and drive to Cancun. The next day (Saturday), we decided to return the car to a nearby location to our hotel (Live Aqua). This location is next to Fiesta Americana and we were told about this location by the airport location staff when we were renting the car. We were told that we could return the car to this location in case we didn't need the car.
There comes our next shock, almost unbelievable for an established rental company such as Dollar. The one person sitting at this location heard our story and I told him that I want to return this car and should not be charged for the previous day as that was a waste just waiting on an unreliable staff to help me. This person simply told me he can do NOTHING. Not only could he do NOTHING, he said he doesn't have a way to reach his supervisor. He said his landline doesn't work and his cell phone doesn't have any balance.
Then as we were leaving, he tells us that he is talking to his supervisor via Yahoo messenger and the supervisor cannot do anything to help including waiving off a day's charge on the rental, or compensating us for the gas we filled or the $30 we gave to the cab driver to get the car fixed. So we wasting another couple hours with this lazy, half-asleep, so called Dollar-employee!
The next day as we went to the airport to fly back to USA, at the car rental office, I was given the same cold, unhelpful, useless attitude and was INSULTED by being asked by the staff manager “So if you don't want to pay one day's car rental, do you only want to pay a dollar?!” I was shocked at his guts talking to a customer in this tone. What an ill-mannered, uneducated staff!
He did not help out or understand our plight one bit. Instead of feeling bad for our ruined vacation, he talked to us in this airy and condescending tone. I have spent a good amount of money on my vacation and am not frugal in any way. I was asking for only what is fair and ethical, and what a company like Dollar is beholden to do for its customers. Instead, I had to deal with a bunch of morons who not only are pathetic at their jobs, but also lack basic common sense and ethics. I hope after reading this, you can better plan your car rentals and can actually enjoy your vacations.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- Consumer Warning to any travelers renting from Dollar Rental Car at the Indianapolis Airport. Questionable practices! First of all, our trip to Indianapolis was a wonderful experience as we moved our daughter from Casa Grande Arizona to Butler University, except for our rental car nightmare.
We rented on Friday when we flew in and drove straight to the hotel. However, the next morning was a nightmare. As we were all loaded up and ready for the exciting trip to Butler, the battery was dead. Of course our daughter was upset over the thought of missing her move-in time along with orientation meetings. We called Dollar Rental Car and asked for a new vehicle (as we knew we had not done anything to drain the battery).
Additionally, my husband, who is a mechanic, even noticed that the battery terminals had been recently cleaned indicating that this vehicle had probably had previous problems with the battery. We thought Dollar Rental Car would be happy to help us out. However, we were told that because we did not buy their roadside coverage they would not replace the vehicle nor send help to fix the problem (we had AAA and did not need their coverage). We were told we would have to contact our own roadside service.
I was amazed at their lack of customer service or willingness to help stranded customers because of a faulty vehicle. We called AAA and they were there to save the day in minutes. Interestingly, AAA attempted to test the battery, but the battery was completely bad. We were told it could not even be tested, let alone charged. We had to replace the battery in order to use the vehicle to get our daughter moved in and to orientation at Butler. AAA filled out a receipt indicating that the battery was bad and the replacement charge.
When we returned the vehicle on Monday and again explained what happened and that we had to purchase a battery. Dollar Rental Car made copies of all documents so we were encouraged that Dollar Rental Car would step up and take care of their customers. We were told that ** (manager) would call us back. However, when ** called us back, she was very defensive and told us that we should have called them about the battery and that they would have given us a new vehicle; therefore they were not going to pay for the battery.
We told her that Dollar Rental Car was the first place we called, but we're told we had to call our own road side service. She then became even more defensive and told us that they would only pay for half of the battery replacement charge because we should have had the battery change authorized first, and because we did not they would not pay for the entire charge. Really?! Again we reiterated we tried to get help from Dollar Rental Car as soon as we had the faulty battery problem, but were told we had to use our own roadside service.
We explained that we tried to get them to initially fix the problem, but they refused. We also explained that we did not and still do not see any mention of pre-authorization of replacing a faulty battery in our contract. We have spoken with numerous people from Dollar Rental Car including the owners of the Indianapolis Airport location. They were rude, and resistive to taking responsibility for renting a defective vehicle. They have even stopped returning our calls.
We are appalled at the way we were treated and want to warn other travelers to avoid using this company for their rental vehicle needs. I think we will stick with AVIS and Hertz as we have always used in the past with excellent service.
DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA, FLORIDA -- Public BEWARE! If you're thinking of renting a car you should know the facts. The rental companies especially Dollar Thrifty are in business to trick you into spending your money. This starts from the time you book your car reservation till you arrive to pick your rental up. The sole role of the person at the rental car counter is to attempt to up-sell you a different car, small to large, etc. You will be told that some smaller cars don't have certain equipment, this is not true.
Should you reserve or rent from the Dollar Thrifty at the Daytona Beach Airport you will be subjected to harsh and continuous sales tactics. You must understand that these Rental Sales Agents are motivated by the fact that they must meet certain sales quotas or face being written up and then fire. The management of Dollar Thrifty based in Orlando FL has a financial part in this factor. When you book online with this company you are sent a random survey asking you to respond with your rental experience.
Most people figure that if they turn in a bad review they will be sent coupons that will save them on their next rental. These survey reviews are sent to the Rental agents for their review and they see what the customers are saying about their rental experience. I'm sorry to say that most of these reviews are lies from the consumers. Just remember "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR" and "YOU MUST PAY TO PLAY". You will never get the deal you're looking for from this company due to the ruthless people running the company.
Also, a special note to all you local people renting in Daytona Beach and surrounding areas - smarten up and get your own car as you are getting ripped of by Dollar Thrifty every time your rent at the counter at the Daytona Airport. THIS COMPANY IS A RIP OFF for everyone.
TAMPA, FLORIDA -- This past September I took a trip (Business / Personal) to Bradenton FL (just south of Tampa). I rented a car as I do most times from Dollar and was given a Ford Focus. To get from Tampa to Bradenton you get on I-275 at Tampa International and stay on it until you arrive in Bradenton, FL. 1 road with a bridge toll. To get back you take the same exact way.
So why is it a month after I was in Florida I received a notice from Dollar that my credit card was charged $4.00 for tolls that I "failed to pay for" and $100 for letting me know. $104.00 for running tolls that I DID NOT run. They stated that I ran tolls that were to the East Side of Tampa, which I had never been to, on a road that I had no business being on. Additionally I found after some investigation that the toll violations happened when I was in a business meeting in Ellington FL at a Starbucks with a co-worker. I have 3 receipts showing that I was at this Starbucks 1 hr away from the tolls that were supposedly violated.
So with this information I disputed the charge with AMEX. I let AMEX know that I make the charges for the Starbucks on my AMEX card as well so that they could check the times of the violations with the time of my purchases. And then I waited. I received a letter from AMEX a month later with A Lot of documents stating that they had found in favor of Dollar. WHAT!! I called to find out what was going on and the lady could not find a record of where I had told the AMEX person of the Starbucks charges, so she logged it this time.
Additionally I read every piece of paper that was sent from Dollar and found that the documents stated that the car that violated the tolls was a Dodge Magnum, NOT a Ford Focus. I did not have a Dodge Magnum and I have to say at this point I am a pretty frugal person when it comes to rental cars and will only rent the lowest priced car available (Ford Focus, Kia Rio, etc). I have never even had a Magnum.
So now I have proof that I was over 1 hour away and the car that violated the tolls was not even the car that I had possession of for my trip. I have at this point offered signed notarized affidavits from my co-worker and my friends that I was staying with stating that I had a Ford Focus.
I am not sure what more proof they need, but..... For sure I feel that I am being screwed and probably due to Dollar Rent A Car's computer system error or human error at Dollar Rent A Car! I have disputed the charge for a second time now and I have faxed the receipts from Starbucks to AMEX. I will wait and see if they find the truth this time.
DO NOT, DO NOT RENT FROM DOLLAR! DO NOT, DO NOT EVER LET THEM GET AWAY WITH CHARGING YOU FOR THINGS YOU DID NOT DO! After a different situation I have started to photograph all angles of the outside and inside of the cars I rent with Time Stamp before leaving the rental location. I email them to myself from my laptop so that again it can be traced back to the time and date the photos were taken. This way I will not get another $700 charge for a dent that I did not make.
I know that everyone is on hard times, and I feel that many companies are looking for ways to add extra charges to their customers. They are banking that we the people they are screwing do not have the energy to fight back. PLEASE DO FIGHT BACK WITH ALL YOU HAVE!