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Rating: 1/51

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- I got a great deal online that told me if I prepay upfront I will receive a discount savings so I prepaid for a rental and got to the location and was told they do not accept the card. Well it's funny, you don't because there was no problem taking the money off for the prepayment. They said there was nothing they can do so I attempted to get my money back for prepaying and Customer Service stated they do not offer any refunds. So how can I not get a refund when I have been clearly told I can not rent a car? You prepay with so you can get a car not so you can get nothing and no refund. I will never rent here again.

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Thieves
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Rating: 1/51

TAMPA, FLORIDA -- The company name should be paymore car rental. On July 19 2016 my wife and I had an agreement with Payless of $169 for a week's rental. When I went to the counter the manager waited on us and gave me a total of $275. I was shocked. They were charging $65 extra for my wife to listed as a driver and some other fees that were not on my agreement.

I questioned why and was told that if I take an upgrade at 1/2 off he would waive the fee for my wife (who is an insured driver). I reluctantly agreed then he wanted to add on a bunch of different insurances at $6 a day to cover deductible, roadside assistance, etc. to a total of over $500 dollars.

I declined and was warned that if I'm in an accident I would be charged the daily rental fee while the car is out of commission until repaired. I told him if I'm in an accident I will make sure the car is totaled. Upon returning the car the cashier was rude, just stuck his hand out for the key, didn't say a word and walked away. I hope this company goes out of business. One last thing the cars are equipped with Ez pass. If you choose to use it which no one explained the policy I used it once and then read the contract they charge you $3.95 per toll and can charge $16.95 for fees.

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Rating: 1/51

MCO, FLORIDA -- This is the worst company to do business with. The shuttle drivers are nice and very helpful but the front desk is pushy and the phone personnel is very rude and inefficient. They should all be retrained in customer service. I am surprised you are still in business.

We rented two cars in March 2016. They were both prepaid and confirmed 11/2 months before the scheduled trip. The insurance was declined because we are covered through our credit card and existing car insurance. When we picked up the first car in Florida we were offered the insurance again. Scare tactics were used. The insurance was declined. We were told to initial two spots and sign declining the insurance and accepting responsibility.

We used that car for two days and returned it. Two days later we picked up the second car. Went through the same song and dance at the pickup counter. Returned the car three days later. Now I am back home and reviewing my credit card charges. There is an insurance charge for the first car and roadside assistance for the second car. I have called the office and a very rude customer service representative told me that we had signed for the service and she could do nothing about it. She rattled off a phone number for me to call. I asked her to repeat it twice and she hung up on me.

I have called another number I found on the internet because the number she gave me was a number to rent cars. I have left a message and no one has returned my call. I have contacted my bank to dispute the charge. I hope corporate reads this and take the needed steps to improve their business.

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Horrible Experience. CUSTOMERS BEWARE!
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Rating: 1/51

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!

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Payless = Care Less
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Rating: 1/51

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.

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Ridiculous Wait Times; Overbooked Supply Of Cars
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Rating: 2/51

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!

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Rude and Heartless
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Rating: 1/51

ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- Wow if only they had zero rating! That's truly what I want to give. This is the first time I used them and it will be the last! When I went to pick up my reserved car in Atlanta it was not ready so they offered me a lower class style car for the same money. I said no. The man tells me to wait 20 minutes and he would have something then. I go back and shifts were changing. There was a female at the desk. She said they had no cars except this economy car. She said "besides when you reserve a car with us there are no guarantees that we will have any car for you."

She was so rude and nasty going on and on that it was not her problem and telling me I can wait another hour or go to another car rental place. So you know what I did I went to National. They were super kind, quick and honored me a similar price and car. In fact when I went to get the car they let me go to the lot and pick it out myself! Goodbye Payless car rental and Hello National!

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Beware Payless Kansas City Airport!
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Rating: 1/51

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI -- In a rush and in an effort to save time, I told the agent that my personal auto insurance had excellent rental car coverage, and that I did not, under any circumstances, want any additional insurance coverage with my rental contract. She immediately put a piece of paper in front of me and told me to sign it to DECLINE any additional coverage. When I returned the car and saw the total of the bill, I told her there must be some mistake. It was a 3-day rental at the most basic rate. She then pulled out the piece of paper and showed me I had signed up for ADDITIONAL INSURANCE COVERAGE!

So, she took advantage of the fact that I was in a hurry when I picked up the car, lied to me about what I was signing, then refused to refund the extra charges. I had subsequent phone conversations with the manager at the location, who also refused to refund the extra charges. So clearly this is part of their revenue generation. They scam the customer by advertising a low base rate, then make their money by fraudulently upcharging the consumer. DO NOT RENT FROM THIS COMPANY!

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Was FORCED to Purchase CDW Insurance or Could Not Rent the Car! Liars!!!
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TAMPA, FLORIDA -- **, the counter representative from Tampa Payless (1965 W. Shore Blvd) lied to my face and told me I was required to purchase CDW Insurance even though I had coverage through my credit card. He told me it does not count and that it is required if I want to rent the car. Since Payless is the only offsite co., I could not go to another company.

FYI: Payless is the ONLY car rental company that is offsite from the Tampa airport. I told him I have a confirmation and the rate says nothing of required insurance. It should have been disclosed in the confirmation. I believe he bullied me because I was a woman traveling alone. He told me if I have any complaints to call 1-800-Payless.

I immediately called while sitting in the rental car before I left the lot. That person opened an email complaint and said it is the only thing I can do. By the time I got home and followed through, the company said there is nothing they can do because I initialed the box for approval. After reading the online reviews I realize Payless is involved in the fraud and it is not just ** in Tampa.

Be warned!!! I will NEVER rent from Payless. When it is all said and done you will end up paying more than the other companies. it is classic bait and switch! However, if you HAVE to rent from Payless, read the paperwork before leaving. There is fine print that says the insurance is OPTIONAL. Point that out to them. Better to save your money and go with a better company than be held hostage and blackmailed. NEVER NEVER NEVER!!!

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Dangerous Car
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Rating: 1/51

DENVER AIRPORT, COLORADO -- They had an attitude about us using the AARP discount. The non-smoking car had the strongest cigarette odor. Should have changed it immediately but wanted to get started on our vacation. Warning light came on 10 minutes on the expressway, not sure what it was. Finally researched online, it was the tire air pressure, two of the tires were nearly flat. On the second day, the car started stalling in the Mountains!! Called the office. No answer, finally answered, said we had to try to bring the car back to Denver. Vacation ruined, so we attempted to keep driving the car.

On the way back to Denver, the car stalled on I-70 in heavy traffic, got it restarted and luckily got off the road. Called for help, got the car towed back to Denver, had to ride in tow truck with no air conditioning or seat belts. Denver Payless Car Rental showed no concern about our dangerous situation and even tried to charge us extra hours for bringing the car back late. PS. We made it to the airport on time, but our flight was cancelled.

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Payless Car Rental
P.O. Box 699000
Tulsa, OK 74169-9000
1-800-729-5377 (ph)
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