LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- I rented a car in Los Angeles. While on the road, at 4 pm, I had a blowout. I got out in the pouring rain to change it and discovered there was no spare. I spent the next 45 minutes calling the only phone number on the rental agreement, which was the number of the office where I rented the car. I called 118 times and each time got a busy signal or no answer. I finally called the hotel where we were staying and they gave me the number of a towing company. I had the car towed into the nearest tire store because there was a hole in the sidewall of the tire. I had a new tire put on.
When I went back to the Payless counter at Fox Car Rental at LAX, they told me that I had to get the money from the insurance company. I explained that I hadn't been in an accident, but he said that didn't matter. I submitted the receipts and paper work to the insurance company and after three weeks was told that since the damages were only $208 and there was a $250 deductible that they wouldn't pay. I'll take the bus before I ever rent from these clowns.
Whatever you do, DO NOT RENT FROM THESE PEOPLE. We rented a car for three days at the Memphis airport. It was so filthy and stinky when we received it. My husband had to stop and clean the windshields in order to see, had to throw out food wrappers and trash and we had to put an air freshener in order to stand being IN the car. We returned it in three days but no staff was there from Payless to receive it or to help us at the desk. So they charged us for FIVE days.
After multiple invoices and dozens of calls (Memphis office rarely answers the phone), they finally adjusted our charges. And then, 13 days after the rental was adjusted and closed, we just received an ADDED cleaning fee charge of more than 150 dollars for a car we returned in much better shape than we received it. Memphis office says call corporate, corporate says call the Memphis and they don't do callbacks. Cannot even get to a Customer Service Rep or Manager to get this resolved. Unbelievable! Dysfunctional, inaccurate and beyond horrible customer service. DO NOT RECOMMEND EVER DOING BUSINESS WITH THEM EVER!
WEST PALM BEACH AIRPORT, FLORIDA -- Reserved a car at Payless. Arrived at PBI at 10 pm. I go to Payless and they said they overbooked 20 cars that day. I had to go back and rent from Enterprise for more than double the price. I called Payless the next day and put a complaint in. I received an email with this gripe.
"Thank you very much for letting Payless know about your unpleasant experience. On behalf of our entire Payless team, I apologize for the situation. Be assured that a copy of this letter, along with the details of your report, is on its way to the appropriate management team. Unfortunately this situation is something we do not compensate for. We take great pride in providing dependable cars and attentive service at a great price, with no surprises. Your feedback is extremely important because it helps us maintain our high service levels. We appreciate your business and hope you will give us another opportunity to meet your rental needs in the future."
I thought having a confirmation number was the same as an agreement. If they had requested pre-payment and I didn't show up, you can be sure they would have charged me. At least with Enterprise, when I returned the car and told them there was no washer fluid, they took $40 off the bill.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- Reservation was confirmed. Buses from LAX supposedly run every 10 minutes but if they are full they cut their route short and return to agency leaving other terminals waiting. Long line for check in but Fox counters stepped in to help out. Once contract printed you go wait in a Russian-style bread line with a bunch of other people for cars that are non-existent and they do not know how long it will take. At least they cue the waiters by the time the contract was printed.
Plan for at least an hour, possibly 2 or more. There ought to be consumer protection laws for companies renting cars they do not have and apparently have to beg, borrow or steal from more reputable agencies! BTW... Rental booked through HOTWIRE so they have some shared culpability in this mess... They need to screen their partners better!
TANPA, FLORIDA -- Charged more than advertised price. Added on car breakdown service that I did not need due to having AAA. Refused to remove charge. When I complained to Southwest who booked it all they did was forward my complaint. I will never rent through Southwest again either, they don't stand behind their offers. When I complained to Payless, they did not respond. Will never rent from them again. They advertise the lowest price, then switch it when they get trapped in their office.
TAMPA, FLORIDA -- Our family vacation began with a flight to our usual place of destination which meant we were flying into Tampa Fl. Our reservations were made 6 months in advance and now it was time to soak up the sun. First we got on the shuttle to the off site rental facility of Payless Car Rental in Tampa, FL. When we arrived and noticed two people ahead of us we figured that this would be quick and painless at Payless, but instead it was the beginning of a NIGHTMARE!
I was listening to what the rental agents were saying to the people as they were being processed and a lot of it was concerning to me and sure enough my wife and I were next after waiting 45 minutes. They asked for the driver's license of all licensed drivers that would be in the vehicle, not of just the driver of the rental. Next we told them again the two car seats we needed even though this was already on our itinerary and listed on our confirmation.
The agent that was helping us started to go into a sales speak explaining to us what our charges were and what extra protection we should take. The first thing that caught my eye was the base rental fee of $589.00... WHAT?? We were quoted and reservations were made with a price of $245.00. Even though we had this set price that did not include the taxes and list of 6 other additional fees and then proceeded to tell us that did not include the car seat rental even though it was listed on our reservations and listed on the quote.
Continued by scare tactics for us to pay another $19.99 per day for protection that your insurance company would not cover... what was that I ask? The agent explained to us that in the state of Florida if I were to not take their insurance and there was damage to the vehicle whether my fault or not we would be liable for rental fees as long as it takes to get that vehicle back into operating condition... most likely that would take 30 to 45 days and we would have to put an additional $280.00 deposit down if we opted out of their insurance.
When you think that is the end we are only half way there... My wife saw another additional charge of $80.00... for a second driver. I was the only driver and I was the only driver listed, but in the state of Florida as was quoted by the agent all licensed drivers must be charged this fee! At this point I was ready to take the shuttle back with my 16 month and 4 yr old boys and head back to the airport... were told that we would still be charged and that we would have to dispute these charges with our credit card company!
We sucked it up, took the rental, walked out to get in our full size rental vehicle to find a Nissan Altima! Nissan and all other rental companies list this vehicle as mid-size! When we returned home to contact Orbitz and Payless we got a credit of $27.00... Our final bill $554.00 Our quote $245.00 difference $309.00 more than quote and a bad start to a much needed vacation! BBB here I come!
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- I received a price from Hotwire for Payless Car Rental for around $121. When we arrived at the Payless Car Rental facility, I had about 6 to 8 people behind me with only one agent. I showed him the Hotwire paperwork and he immediately started trying to hard sell me on getting additional insurance but I told him that my insurance would cover the rental but he kept on going about that it wouldn't cover this and that, windows, etc. minor damage, etc. After 4 times of saying no, he finally said OK and that he could put me in a Chrysler 200 convertible.
Wow, I told him that would be great. He never once mentioned ANYTHING about additional charges or upgrade or anything to indicate this would cost me more money. In fact the customer in front of me was upgrade (for free) to a VW Jetta so I didn't think anything of it. He then told me they would have to hold $280 or so until I brought the car back but it would be refunded to me. I thought that was pretty high but I had people waiting behind me and appointment to make. I would say about 4 days later I remembered this and looked at my paperwork. It showed that the agent had charged me an upgrade cost of $25 a day for the Chrysler for $125.00 extra.
I put in a complaint to Payless Car Rental through their web site but as of this complaint I still haven't heard a word from them. When I brought the car back, the agent I worked with was working so I went to him and explained my issue with being charged $125 extra for this upgrade which he NEVER mention any additional costs at all. I told him that if he had mentioned any type of charge in association with the Chrysler, I would said no way. His response was that I should have known better.
He said that he had circled the total cost and that I had signed the form showing the cost. I told him that I thought that was to deposit that he told me about and why hadn't he circled the upgrade cost of the Chrysler since he was being so upfront, he had no answer. He told me he would give me $60 back but I told him no since I shouldn't have been charged the $125 in the first place. He never once disclosed that he was charging me more for the Chrysler. The whole process seemed very under handed and high pressured. Not to mention that you are charging someone an additional $125 a week is dishonest. DO NOT RENT FROM THEM.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- My husband and I travel quite often and have rented cars a countless number of times in the past. I've never been through a worst experience than Payless. The staff was rude, they ripped us off, the manager threw the contract in our face when we refused to take "the extra coverage". It was HORRIBLE and a bad way to start our vacation. It gets better. When we wrote to complain to their corporate office, they made it sound like we were complaining about the extra charges not about the abuse of their employees. Don't ever rent from them especially out of Vegas. Their employees there are beyond rude and horrible; especially the manager. Will complain to consumer affairs.
TAMPA, FLORIDA -- They try to scare people to get insurance that you don't need which cost more per day than the car. They did that to me in Vegas and I fell for it. When I got home I called my insurance they said I'm covered it's a hard sell by some of the rentals. This time he said if I get a flat or run out of gas just call and they would come out and get me going, however when I signed the paperwork it was 30.00 more than my online quote they said because I elected roadside insurance. At this point I just wanted to get out of there. I will never use them or any car rental company that uses such sales tactics again. The name should be pay more not Payless.
TAMPA, FLORIDA -- Stay away from Payless car rental company at Tampa airport. Extremely dishonest company lying about the rates. I attracted by rates and booked a car through internet just recently at the end of August 2014, but when I came to pick up the car they increased a total price three (!) times from internet total price for same type of car. Moreover, I reserved to pick up a car at say 11:30 a.m., but my flight was delayed because of weather conditions and I came to pick up at 4 p.m., because of this they charged me the extra day of renting. The personnel is rude. Don't rent thru this company, they behave like a scam.