ALBANY, NEW YORK -- I am writing this to share my most recent experience with Enterprise. It is this experience that I can honestly say has ensured that neither my wife nor I will ever consider doing business with Enterprise again. Planning for an upcoming business trip I booked a hotel and car rental with Expedia.com, something I have done numerous times in the past without incident. This occasion seemed no different. I was able to book my reservations online, received confirmation e-mails from both Expedia and Enterprise verifying the reservations.
My confirmation from Expedia stated that all I would need to rent the car was a print out of my confirmation, valid driver's license and credit card. Since I do not have a credit card I called my bank to confirm that my VISA debit card would be an acceptable alternative. My bank reiterated to me that the VISA logo on the card meant that it could be used anywhere a VISA credit card was accepted. I received a second confirmation, this one directly from Expedia. Out of habit I browsed through the terms and conditions, noting that a deposit would be required. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
Having rented numerous cars in the past I had no reason to be concerned and thought that everything was in order. However, when I showed up at the Albany Airport at 6:00 am for my scheduled pickup, my wife and I found ourselves in a situation we did not expect. I was greeted by a young man whose attitude made it clear he did not wish to be there. The young man asked me for my information and I promptly supplied him with my confirmation e-mail, driver's license and VISA debit card. No sooner did I hand the items to the young man he handed them back saying that Enterprise does not accept debit cards.
When I stated that it had a VISA logo on it, he reluctantly took the debit card informing me that he would have to run the card for a $250.00 deposit in addition to the rental car fee. Expecting this, I readily consented. However, the customer service representative stood there with an air of expectancy. When I asked if he needed anything else he said that he was going to need additional proof of identity, proof of residence and my most recent paycheck stubs.
Both my wife and I were completely floored. We have rented from every car rental place in the Albany Airport, with this being our first time at Enterprise, and have never been asked to provide the documents requested today. This put us in a very precarious position since I was scheduled to be at my job for departure at 7:00 am. It was already quarter after 6 and I was being asked to provide information that I did not have with me.
Explaining that I did not have time to go home and get all the required paperwork the customer service representative stated that this was their policy and that this confusion was due to my using Expedia to book my reservation, since Expedia and Enterprise do not share the same terms and conditions surrounding their rental policies. After looking in the car for any kind of document that might be acceptable my wife and I returned with several documents, including a previous electric bill - all of which the customer service representative had said was acceptable.
I submitted the new set of paperwork to the young man, to which he promptly said that he could not rent me a vehicle since the bill I provided him showed a past due balance. I explained that it was an old bill and that it was all I had. The representative's response was that we obviously did not have the credit to rent a car and by allowing us to rent a car he could lose his job. After a half hour of trying to rent a car I had a reservation for, along with the required documents, payment and deposit, I was denied. I have never been so humiliated in public and by a complete stranger that I was trying to do business with before.
Due of this exchange I found myself running late to my job, therefore delaying other members of my party I was to travel with. I found myself out of time and without a car, forcing me to take the family vehicle so that I would still be able to attend my out of state business trip. By doing so, I had to leave my wife and our children without a car until Saturday morning. Even more worrisome, our oldest daughter is pregnant and due to have her baby any day. It was for this very reason that I did not wish to leave my family without a car. My wife tried calling Enterprise to discuss the matter.
She was told by a representative that the problem was that we did not read the itinerary, which states that we would have to call the location to see if they took debit cards, at which time they would have informed us about the additional documentation required to rent from their facility. We have both looked at my e-mail confirmation and it says no such thing. When my wife stated this the representative began to argue with her. My wife repeated that neither the company's terms and conditions or policies stated any such thing on the website or in the e-mail. The customer service representative stated that the problem was using Expedia to book the reservation.
I find it interesting that out of the many, many times my wife and I have used Expedia we have never once had a problem until today. I have rented cars from various rental companies over the years and only Enterprise has provided such a blatantly rude, unnecessarily intrusive and humiliating experience.
While Enterprise claims that Expedia is to blame for the 'mix up', it was Enterprise that denied me a car rental because of Enterprise's own policies - policies we were told prevent the company loss. I would hope that the irony of this situation is not lost on Enterprise because it is Enterprise's loss prevention policies have ensured the loss of any and all of our future business.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA -- I have rented from Enterprise many times before and I must agree with a previous review I read about the employees being much more thorough when checking you out than when checking you in. I recently rented from PBI in FL. The young lady checking me in did not even walk around the entire car with me and every scratch I pointed out she said was cosmetic and normal wear and tear. Now seeing as I am not an Enterprise employee, I do not know EXACTLY what damage is considered... I believe this is why they have someone there to assist you. Well that was a giant FAIL.
When I returned the car after renting it for only 3 or 4 days, the manager checking me in claimed there was damage to the driver side, damage by the gas lid, damage on the front bumper, damage on the passenger door, and the entire roof was dented. I'm sorry but what did you think I did while I was there for 3 days? Drive the car through a hail storm of sorts? He told me they would have to check to see if there were previous damage reports and he would be filing a claim. Great. A week later a gentleman calls to discuss the claim but I'm working and cannot answer. I return the call the same day, but no answer.
Next day the guy calls again while I'm working and I return the call once again with no answer. This happens once or twice more over the next one or 2 weeks and finally the calls stop. I then call the number I had been calling back to tell them that since no one is returning my calls or sending me information via email which I requested in the last voicemail I had left for the gentleman, that I would be assuming the claim was not being followed through. The voicemail I reached this time was that of a woman... and she didn't return my call either. Now it's a month later and I get an envelope in the mail saying I owe over $2600 in damages! I'm in awe.
I did not put a single scratch on that vehicle and with the amount of damage they claimed occurred, it is amazing to me that no one else ever caught it before my experience. The amount of damage and the fact that is it on every side of the car is not even a reasonable amount of damage to occur in a 3-day period. AND on top of that the pictures that they sent me to review are in black and white and you cannot see a single dent. I have spoken with a lawyer who has told me to dispute the charges until he has further reviewed my issue and to request color copies of the damage because black and white is not acceptable.
This is not an issue of money, because I have it if I needed to pay. However, I legitimately did not put a single scratch on this vehicle and I refuse to pay for damages that someone else caused and that it was overlooked by other employees in the past. I will not be the scapegoat. I WILL NEVER RENT FROM ENTERPRISE AND NOR WILL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT TRAVEL OFTEN AND HAVE RENTED FROM THEM IN THE PAST!
LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA -- Scheduled a vehicle for vacation 2 weeks prior to our vacation, and held it on my Amex Card. Rate was agreed upon with a confirmation number. I showed up, and the rate had jumped up to almost double, so I objected, and informed the person that I had a confirmation # with my rates included, which I had left at home. He stated that he was sorry, but the rate was over 150 a day, and as I continued to explain that was not what I had agreed to, and held the reservation on my Amex card, he actually raised his voice at me and told me to be shut up and let him figure out why my rate was different.
He even threatened to cancel my rental, as if he were in charge. I was not loud, or out of line, but firm I had not agreed to that rate. I actually think this guy has some anger issues, and felt intimidated and I didn't respond, as he was aggressive. He finally ceded that they had included the insurance which I declined, and after 15 mins, said I would get the rate I was confirmed for. He told me I had to inspect the car, (and my first thing I noticed, it had a LIMU sticker on it????) and when he raised opened the back door of the vehicle, he showed where the tire tools were (???) and told me to look where the spare was.
When I was looking, he slammed the door down on my head, and I was stunned, and shocked, and obviously hurting. He then stated I was really having a bad day, and reminded me how my rates were messed up. I think this guy is a half ** individual, but I only wanted to leave, and get out of there. On Monday, my husband planned to go with me to return the vehicle, but he was not there. My issue NOW is we left our GPS in the Vehicle. Didn't realize it for a week, and of course, no one, after contacting the manager **, has turned it in. I got a sense of "you're never going to see it again" and "we aren't responsible for items left in the car".
Well how about being responsible for slamming my head on the back door, and having a psycho yell at me? I know, and they know, that GPS was found in cleaning, as it doesn't belong with the vehicle. No one but staff has that GPS. Period. I swore by Enterprise rental prior to this, but I am disgusted with my last experience.
The guy that dropped me off the day I turned it in was great! He needs to run and find a better place to grow his career. His pleasant demeanor doesn't fit in... I wanted to tell this manager about all of my experience, but there was no interest in hearing any of it. I am sure it happens a lot, and thanks to their policy, no one cares, or will you ever get your personals returned. I think I am going to file a police report, so at least it makes me feel better.
ESSEX, MARYLAND -- I had a small mishap with my car. I was told I had to use Enterprise by the insurance company. When the time came to get the rental, I was told by Enterprise that they did not have a car for me. 5 minutes After cancelling an appointment at the local repair shop, they came up with a car for me. It was snowing really hard and the car was covered with snow to where you could not even tell what color the car was. I had the car for 1 week and only put 31 miles on it. Upon returning the car to Enterprise, the person in Enterprise said they had to do a walk around inspection.
Before they got to the car, the girl who did the inspection ran up to the car's front end and said I damaged their car. She wasn't even close enough to see it yet. It was like she already knew about the scratch on the bumper. One of her friends was driving it and she called her friend to bring it back because I needed it. After about 5 weeks later, I got a bill for 800 dollars for the repairs. No investigation was done and the car got fixed before it was reported to my insurance co. Now I have a deductible to pay for someone else's car and still to this minute can't figure out how a company this size can continue to do whatever they want to whomever they want.
I guess this is the way they cover their ** so they don't get in trouble. If someone was to hit my car, my insurance company won't let anyone touch it until they assess the damages. The scratch on the bumper could not be seen when I picked the car up because it was covered with snow. They wouldn't even clean it off for me. I was told there was not a thing I could do because they say the damage happened while I had the car because it wasn't discovered before then. Every single business has certain protocols that they must follow to protect the rights of the customers. Why is Enterprise an exception to the rules?
I know I'm not alone because I have read many reviews like mine. How many people are going to get screwed over before something can be done about this? This happens so often, there is actually a category in the complaint section called "charged with damages you did not cause". Now, my advice to everybody who ever has to deal with Enterprise - Make the representative clean the car so you can inspect it yourself completely. All the way around, underneath, and especially inside. Maybe together we can change the way Enterprise rentals treats the paying customers. The paying customers are the reason Enterprise is still in business. Or is it...
AUSTINTOWN, OHIO -- The car dealership paid for the rental but still I would have been better off walking to work. I recommend walking over renting a car from Enterprise even if the dealer is paying for it. The car smelled like cigarette smoke, and no one even bothered to to press the button on the dash that shuts off the recirculation of the air mode. I was in a rush to get to work so I didn't have time to say anything about that. I had an appointment to drop off my car to be repaired at 9 AM and I had to be a work by 10 AM. I just opened the windows, turned the air recirculation off and went to work.
Even though the car dealer paid for the rental itself, Enterprise still tries to get you to pay around $14 because if a scratch gets on the car you will have to pay for it unless you pay the $14. I decided not to pay the $14 because all I needed the car for was to go to work and back one time. Since I didn't pay the $14 they recommended that I bring the car directly back to them instead of bringing it to the dealer, because If something happened to the car between the time when I brought it back to the dealer and when they received the car I would still be held accountable for it. I brought it back directly to them without a scratch and I got a ride back to the dealer and my wife was now with me.
I asked if my wife could be dropped off at a location on the way between Enterprise and the dealer. They said that they couldn't do that. Then I told them about the car smelling like smoke. They said that it doesn't do any good to tell them about the smoke after I have already dropped off the car. Apparently, they're not interested in airing out the car for the next person who might get in the car either. My advise to you is just walk. The exercise will be good for you, and avoiding the stress of being a Enterprise customer will be even better for you.
LAKEWOOD, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- We were picking up a new vehicle in Lakewood, New Jersey. Closest we could fly into was LaGuardia so we rented a one way to drop off in Lakewood following morning. This was a $200 rental. Picked up car as per usual, did walk around etc… The following morning, as I dropped it off I was informed I had had an accident. Obviously I was surprised, would have thought I might have known that. Went out to car and they showed me a piece of plastic popped away from car body, no scratches, nothing, but glue was clearly visible under the plastic. I pointed out this wasn't an accident, but a defective repair. They didn't care, I had to pay.
Called roadside, they confirmed the car had recently been in an accident and repaired, same spot. They said "Put me on with manager", I did, manager listened, said "ok", hung up, looked at me with a grin and said, "You are paying anyway". I said "Call the police", he said "No, you call the police". I called my insurance company, relayed the story, they said, "Put me on with the manager". They told him "you do not move that car until we get an adjuster there", and then told me "Go ahead and leave after signing". Upshot, the Enterprise location then billed me, immediately, without the car being looked at, for $480 for the “regluing” of this part.
I called Amex and stopped payment, called Enterprise, anyone ever try to get customer service in corporate? There is none. The damage department said they would not step in, even though they also could see that this was previous damage. There was absolutely no assistance. Regional representative would not do anything, told me he would get back to me and didn't, although he was also pretty useless, said he backed his employees, and that they “did the right thing”.
Finally called NJ AG's office, they started investigation and suddenly Enterprise couldn't wait to credit the money back to my card. Funny how that worked. Never want to use Enterprise again. They have some real crooks working for them, and no recourse within company.
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OCEANSIDE, CA, CALIFORNIA -- My car was hit in an accident. The driver responsible claimed to be insured, but could not present any information. In the interests of time, I chose to work through my insurance and have them collect from the other driver. My insurance includes 80% of $500 towards a rental car. I was told, by State Farm that I could get a car to $21.95 or $24.95 per day. However, when I got dropped off at Enterprise by the auto body shop, all they could offer me was $37.95 per day - which is a little more than the basic rate I can get on the Enterprise web site.
As my car was going to be in for repairs for 3-4 weeks, I asked if I could get a weekly rate instead. This is available on the website and is about $122 a week. I was told no, as the insurance company rates are only daily rates and are negotiated. This has to be a lie. Why would State Farm negotiate rates worse than the standard rates available on the website? What I got for my $37.95 was a stinky (seriously bad odor covered by that rental car scent) Prius with the "requires maintenance" indicator on. The car has never driven like any other Prius I have ever driven. It seems that engine is always running - it never runs on battery, even if I inch forward.
I tried to explain this to the agent and he told me that it's working fine. He didn't even go to the car to check this out. Apparently, he has magic powers to diagnose cars from the counter. Essentially he told me I was stupid. Right now I'm going to use up my $500 allowance in two weeks. My car's repair has been extended to five weeks. So, at this time, I am going to be stuck with an additional $600 in rental charges for a lousy car replacing my car that was in an accident that was not my fault. NEVER EVER USE ENTERPRISE. THEY LOOK LIKE A THIRD RATE OFF-BRAND CAR RENTAL OUTFIT AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE
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CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE -- I first tried to reserve a car online at the location closest to me on Wilma Rudolph. The website said the location had cars but when I called to arrange a ride, the woman told me they were completely out of cars. Turns out cars that are broken or "in the shop" are counted as available online when they actually aren't. So she gave me the number to the next nearest location, but they too were out of cars.
They sent me to the location on Ft. Campbell. This location had cars but because I lived closer to the other locations, I was too far to come pick up. I wasn't offered any other options, just told they could not come get me. I called around for a ride, and called a cab for a quote and they said it would be $20 to drive me to that location across town. So I began looking for closer rental car companies. I called Hertz and they offered me a similar price ($8 more but a much nicer car) and said they would gladly come pick me up, even though they were further away than this location.
When I called this location to cancel my online reservation, the woman told me "they could work something out and come get me anyway." Where was this customer service before? As soon as I said I would take my business elsewhere, suddenly options started opening up. Enterprise lied to me on their website, made me call around looking for a car, then made me call around looking for a ride, then expected me to call Hertz back to cancel after I found what I needed...
The whole thing took an hour. They said they would not give me a discount for my trouble if I still choose them, and would have to come pick me up right now, not at noon when I needed. I called Hertz and they had a car, would call as a courtesy before they came to pick me up, and it took less than 5 mins. I'll be working with them from now on. When a company is trying to get my business and money, I expect better cooperation.
Carolee, our team would like to make the proper management aware of your concerns. Please email us at: Care@Enterprise.com. Please include your contact information, rental agreement number and any additional details you would like to share about your experience. Please attach reference #140325-002808 to your email. Thank You. -Christina
BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN -- My insurance company got this car for me when mine was totaled. I was broadside when the other person lost control in bad weather. I was given the choice at the rental company of a huge pickup truck or the Hyundai Santa Fe (bigger). As I was injured in the accident, I drove only when necessary until the end of the rental when I tried to find a replacement car and drove approx 150 miles.
On returning to my home, the service light went on. I could not find how to open the glove box. I called the rental office. He said the button had to be there. He seemed totally unconcerned about the service light. I had to go around to the passenger door and leave it open to see the button, vehicle had all-black interior. The button was all the way to the left of the glove box deep in shadow. Not an easy thing to do with a badly sprained ankle in very cold weather. The manual was not there.
I decided to take the car back a day early. Went to fill it with gas as they charge more than a dollar a gallon over pump price if you don't. Could not figure out how to open the gas cover. Asked a stranger, it stumped him, too. Called Enterprise, remember no service manual in vehicle. Female clerk gave me 2 options. Release button was in neither place. She said "bring the car back and I will not charge you for the refuel."
I returned the car. She informed me that the release button was underneath the door handle where I could not see it. She did charge me for 2 gallons of gas. Also charged the account for 6 days although I had it less than 5. Rent from someone else if you have a choice. Oh, one of the last things said to me was, "We try to give the very best customer service."
NAPLES, FLORIDA -- I recently rented a car through my insurance company while my truck was being repaired. I was contacted by Enterprise once they received notification from my USAA insurance and I was told everything would be ready once I got there. However.. they could not find my reservation once I was there, which caused a delay. While I was waiting for them to find the information 2 ladies came in to return their car, eating a bag of popcorn. After a 15 min delay they found my reservation and handed me the keys to my rental car. The sales men walked me around the car and I noted that there was no damage, but the windshield was dirty, my comment was ignored.
The salesman opened the car door and checked the gas which he told me was 5/8 of a tank, asked me to bring it back the same and handed me a paper to sign. Then he promptly walked into the store. I got into the car, late for work and noticed popcorn on the floor of the car, then more in the back seat, and more in the console. That combined with the dirty exterior led me to believe that they just gave me the car that the ladies dropped off, not cleaned!! I called and asked to speak with someone and asked if I could take it to a car wash and be reimbursed, I was told no. I had to bring it back to them, which was not at all near my work.
They were not that busy, it seems just lazy. I had my husband take the car back and he again informed them that I received a dirty car. Nothing was said, or addressed, just a shrug of the shoulders. I fully expected to receive a survey or a phone call of apology, but it has been 3 weeks and NOTHING. Very disappointing. I have reported this to USAA, maybe they should reconsider who they use.