LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- Do not get your car rental from U-save. Go with a national brand with good reputation. I made a mistake by going to U-save because they offer good rental rate and it was one of the biggest mistake I made. They forced me to buy their very high-cost insurance ($29/day) although I have full insurance coverage. They will find all reasons to force the insurance on you. The guy at the counter tried the scare tactic and said a small scratch or dent will result in hundreds of dollars in repair and without the insurance, I will responsible for any small damage.
I talked to several friends who had the same experience. They all said U-save starts the sale pitch once they know you are from out of state and have no choice but to rent from them. Sure enough, the guy at the counter forced me to buy insurance after he photocopied my out of state driver license and knew I had no choice but to get a car from them. There are many choices when it comes to car rental at LAX. Please save yourself the trouble and only book with reputable companies.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- When we arrived at the counter to pick up the vehicle on Feb. 22, 2017 they showed us a separate piece of paper that we had never seen before, that stated that 'proof of US Liability Insurance is required", and that "International, Canadian, or other policies issued outside of the US are not accepted as proof of US liability coverage".
In other words, the Rental Agreement that they had us sign indicating that the damage waiver is "optional" is not optional at all and we were forced, under duress, to initial that we were accepting the "optional" insurance because if we didn't they would not release the car to us. They charged us $30/day USD for insurance we did not need or want or had agreed to when we paid for the car, using our credit card well before we arrived in California.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- I should have known by the shuttle service but ignored my gut feeling. Where do I begin? I was forced to take additional insurance despite the fact I was covered by my personal insurance. The rate quoted online was considerably higher than at the counter. The car's front undercarriage was dragging and the representative says "no problem, it's ok". I am still trying to get the difference held on my credit card refunded and it's been close to a month!!! Please save yourself the trouble!!!
LAX, LOS ANGELES, TEXAS -- Please save yourself the time and the headache of renting a car from here. Red flags popped up the moment I arrived but foolishly I ignored them and continued to rent anyways. This was a nightmare and overall ruined my trip. While there are 2-3 employees working shift, only 1 employee actually assists the customers, even when the line is literally going out the door. They tell you that you must have good proof of insurance but don't tell you that they don't insure the vehicle when you provide your insurance info.
The 2016 car I rented overheated on the freeway and stalled. The car never started back up and I was stranded with no help from them. The reps were irate, disrespectful, and actually hung up on me a few times. They offered no help or resolution for the issue I found to be their fault. I had to have the car towed back to the location and pay all expenses out of my pocket, costing over $500. Turns out the radiator blew on the vehicle. The manager promised and even wrote a signed letter stating I would be reimbursed for all expenses and refunded for the rental within 7 business days.
Here I am going on 3 weeks later and still no check. When I was dealing with the manager about the refund 2 additional customers came to swap out their vehicles that were having mechanical issues for another one. Their cars are not reliable, the employees are not respectful, and the manager is a liar. Don't waste your time here and go with another company. If I could give 0 stars I would.
On the upside, there is a gentleman that works there named Diego. He was pleasant, respectful, and helpful. He needs a promotion, raise or a better job with a better company who has better morales. It's unfortunate that a great employee has to get a bad representative because of the company he works for.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- I have intentionally set myself up with the proper credit cards as well as car and liability insurance to specifically avoid the cost of the extra coverages all the car rental companies want to charge us for. U-Save forced me to get the extra SLI insurance or they would not let me take the car off the lot. Any other car rental place I've been to allows you, even if you don't have proper insurance coverage, to take on the risk if you choose to. U-Save never showed me any written policy to support this ridiculous claim. This must be illegal. If you had a similar experience please let me know and maybe something can be done.
So early May 2011, I rented a car from U-Save at the airport, in Myrtle Beach, SC. When I went to return it, I left my backpack in the car. The car was left for 5 min. In that 5 min, an employee took the car to get washed in a back lot. An employee found the backpack, took it out of the car and went through it behind closed doors or a sketchy garage. He then abruptly left work. He stole a brand new Canon camera worth over $1000 from my backpack. He never punched out. He left work nearly 2hrs early. He never called the front desk to inform them that a customer left behind a personal item.
When I made it to the front counter to turn in my car and tell them I left my backpack in the car, one of the managers named Dave told me that the employee that found my backpack is the most honest employee he has and he would never steal anything.
He couldn't answer my questions as to why the employee left early? Why he didn't call the front desk to turn in the backpack? Why he took my backpack into a garage? Why he didn't punch out that day? He didn't even know his best employee's last name or cell phone number. He became so furious with my questions that he actually tried to start a fight with me. The Horry County police dept. stepped in and stopped it. The manager actually said to me, "you staring hard boy." He then went to square up with me and that's when the police stepped in.
I've called the corporate office of U-save, followed up with them on their website. All much to no avail. I even spoke with the regional director of usave for the South. Doug told me they would not refund my camera because it's my word vs theirs. And they are not responsible to lost items. Doug was also supposed to call me back regularly with negotiation updates... he never phoned me back once.
This is typical customer service @ usave. I asked if they would refund my car rental fee b/c of the way the manager treated me. Doug said they would not b/c the franchise owner, Rock, was angry that I posted negative comments. I also learned they did not terminate employment of the manager that tried to pick a fight with me.
I spoke with the main manager of Usave in Myrtle Beach. He told me that they do allow their employees to go through anything left behind in a rental car. He told me they allow this "so we can see what's been left behind." How about we go through our customers belongings in an effort to find identification in an effort to return any items left behind? Or how about having a lost and found box? Or what about some security cameras where the cars are cleaned.
I also found out that each Usave is its own privately owned branch. Usave corporate office clearly doesn't care about each branch. One review after another rips the car's quality or their shady practices, or how the folks are rude. The cars may be slightly cheaper over the course of a week. I'd personally rather spend $40 extra over a week and not have to deal with rude people who go through your belongings and can't consistently produce a quality product. Save yourself the aggravation... rent from a mainstream car rental agency.
GREECE -- I booked a car on 06.02.2016 through CarRental.com and yesterday on 28.05.2016 when my flight was due I contact U-Save office from Athens for the confirmation and they told me they don't have an available car!!! I want to mention that luckily I contacted them to make sure we still have the reservation otherwise we would have been left without a car, considering the fact that they didn't even let us know, and besides, they were very unpolite when we asked them for explanations. I suggest to interrupt the collaboration.
ATHENS -- Hello, I booked a car on 06.02.2016 through CarRental.com and yesterday on 28.05.2016 when my flight was due I contact U-Save office from Athens for the confirmation and they told me they don't have an available car!!! I want to mention that luckily I contacted them to make sure we still have the reservation otherwise we would have been left without a car, considering the fact that they didn't even let us know, and besides, they were very unpolite when we asked them for explanations. I suggest to interrupt the collaboration.
MYRTLE BEACH AIRPORT, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Just a heads up folks! I rented, waived the insurance, asked about early return policy prior to counter opening, followed all procedures as instructed. Guess what? Got a bill for "damage" to rear door panel driver's side "fist sized" per manager. $1284.00 Why? Because I was not present during the return inspection! THERE WAS NEVER ANY DAMAGE OR INCIDENT WHILE IN MY POSSESSION.
Contacted my credit card to withdraw payment pending investigation on damages. Notified my own auto insurer to investigate, and U-save couldn't come up with any proof of damages. No pictures, car was rented while this dispute was going on AND here's the best part: The bill for collision repair included, rt. Side complete body panel, luggage lid, rear tail lights, bumper, paint! What happened to the "fist sized" dent on driver's rear door? Funny how they continued to rent this vehicle in this condition! NEVER AGAIN. The claim was dismissed by my insurer due to insufficient evidence provided. Found out on this site, I'm not the first VICTIM!
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- I reserved a car with U-Save at LAX as part of my airline reservation with Southwest. When we arrived at the U-Save location, I immediately had a bad feeling. There were 2 people behind the desk, with 3 customers waiting, but no one seemed to be actually interacting with the customers. Did not see the usual exchange of info and paperwork. When it was finally my turn I referred to my confirmation number and was told they had no cars. At 3pm in LA they did not have a compact car for me. Did not have ANY cars. Sorry. Yes, I had a confirmation, but, NO, they did not have a car for me. They would arrange a car rental for me with National.
Of course, there was a $30 difference in price. Here's the catch - I had to pay the higher price, and afterward I should send U-Save the invoice for the cost difference, and they would send me a check. Sure they would. I argued that this was not the right way to handle the problem, that U-Save was responsible for the problem and should be picking up the tab for the difference, etc.
After several minutes of arguing I could see this was going nowhere. I got my rental from National, have sent U-save the invoice for the difference in cost, and am still awaiting my refund. Not feeling optimistic - hope I can save someone else from experiencing the inconvenience of dealing with U-Save. It's just not worth it!