U-Haul can suck my left one!!!
Okay, so we had to make a move from Flagstaff, Arizona to Knoxville, Tennessee and I knew I should have listened to my gut instinct and gone with the Budget truck, but instead I chose U-Haul. Big mistake. Huge.
First, we were told they would call us within 24 hours of our pick-up time. That didn't happen, so we had to call them. Then, we get to the rental place where we pick up a 17' truck and a tow dolly. We wait around 15 minutes before someone actually comes out to hook up the dolly and then they have me guide my husband into the hook-up. Then another employee comes over and yells at me for not waiting for help, where I motion to the guy supposedly "helping" us, then both employees proceed to laugh.
Then, they strap down our car onto the dolly and after our concerns and questions of "how did you do that" and "what do we do if they come loose," the employees reply, "those straps will hold the whole trip." I'm sure you can guess that they did not.
We drove about ten hours with our 4Runner bouncing all over the place on that dolly (and on the expressway) because we actually believed the employees know more than we did. Big mistake. Huge.
So, I decide to call the 800-uhaul number and ask what we're to do. Here is where the real trouble starts. I get an operator who immediately places me on hold while I wait for 10 minutes while she does who knows what. When she gets back on the line, she asks me the problem and before I can even get out two sentences she cuts me off and tells me she'll transfer me to someone who can help me.
This is where I wait 20 minutes before someone by the name of Danielle Joss gets on the line and ends up insulting me. I try to begin to tell her the problem and she yells, "MAM, LISTEN TO ME AND TELL ME WHERE YOU WANT TO BE CONNECTED!" I'm a little shocked because she's yelling and because I (foolishly) assumed when the last woman said she'd put me onto someone who could help, someone who could help would answer. Wrong.
I again try to explain to this woman my situation when she tells me I'm STUPID (yep, that's right, she called me stupid) for not listening to her, she only wants to hear where I want to be connected to. After I fight with her to get her name (once again, Danielle Joss--stay away from this horrid woman) I then try to ask her where she works (as in which department) and she replies, "U-Haul, Duh!" And then she hung up on me! Big mistake. Huge.
So, I call back...again. And get placed on hold...again. When I finally get someone who says they can help me, they ask me if the tow dolly straps are broken or damaged. I tell him, I don't know, they're just not strapped to my car and I need to know how to reattach them or where to take it to get this done. Once again he says (and this time more forcefully and bored sounding), "Mam, are the tow straps broken are damaged? We can't help you unless they are broken or damaged. Otherwise, they are your responsibility." By this time I am fully agitated and I respond, "Sure. Both. Tell me what I need to tell so that you will help me. Better yet, get me your supervisor."
When the supervisor gets on the phone, I try to reiterate my frustration and my situation when the supervisor tells me, "Mam, I don't need to know this, I only need to know about the straps." I try to tell him that this is the full situation and it is no longer just about the straps. He cuts me off repeatedly and starts yelling, "I DON'T NEED TO KNOW THIS. I DON'T CARE." By this time I am disgusted and in tears and my husband takes the phone.
Apparently, he tells my husband (while on the phone in an entirely different city, mind you) that our tires are oversized (which they are not) and the problem with the straps is our own fault and if we want U-Haul's help, it is going to cost us. My husband finally is able to explain to the guy that our tires are not oversized and even if they were, we should have been told this originally and explained to how the straps work! (To borrow from that horrid employee, Danielle Joss...DUH!)
We eventually get the straps back on (and on...and on...and on again after they fall off at least a half dozen more times on the way to Knoxville) and are told that we can file a complaint at the office where we return the truck and get "compensation" there. Yeah, right. Big mistake. Huge.
When we get to Knoxville, we decide to return the tow dolly immediately but keep the truck for the extra few days we have it played for. Once we get into the store and tell them the situation and that we'd like to file a complaint, one employee tells us we can't because it's not U-Haul's fault because our tires are oversized. Once again, my husband and I try to tell them the tires are NOT oversized and ask them to please measure them. Suddenly, the manager comes out and tells us that won't be necessary, that our tires are not oversized, but we still can't file a complaint with them because it's not technically that stores fault. Instead, he gives me a number.
Well, after we're all moved in and settled, and before I make the call, we return the truck where we're told that we have had the truck for an extra four days past what our contract said and past what we paid for. Luckily, we had our contract, which stated U-Haul was in the wrong (too bad I didn't have tapes of that horrid employee Danielle Joss calling me stupid!).
Finally, I muster the strength to call the number and file my complaint. And of course, I'm put on hold. When I get an operator, she tells me I'm complaining to the wrong people. Before she hangs up on me, she gives me the Knoxville area district manager's 800 line. When I finally reach an operator on that line, I'm told I have the wrong number again and I'm given the Flagstaff area district manager's 800 line. When I reach an operator on that number, she tries to give me the Knoxville number again. I try to explain that too her and of course, I'm rudely told, "I gave you the number, mam," before I'm hung up on again. Big mistake. Huge.
I try the customer service number yet again and they try to give the same numbers, but I'm finally getting wise to their game. I decide to try a different tactic. I tell the woman I want to speak to her manager. She rudely tells me to hold. When she gets back on the line she tells me she needs to know what this is in regards to. I tell her it's a complaint. Of course, she tries to pawn the useless numbers off on me again. Forcefully I tell her, "No, I don't need those numbers, I need to speak with your manager." She puts me on hold again. When she gets back on the line, she tells me the manager needs to know what the complaint is about. I tell her, "EVERYTHING! Now, could you please put your manager on the line?" Of course I'm put on hold again and this time before she hangs up on me she tells me the manager refuses to speak to me!!! Big mistake. Huge.
I am furious (but not surprised) and I call back the customer service line again (what a joke!). This time I tell the operator she better but me on with someone who can take my complaint, the whole thing! Not just someone who will shuffle me around and give me more numbers! And, I'm practically hysterical and crying! While on hold, I collect myself before some woman answers and is finally able to hear my complaint! (Only an hour and a half later! I suppose that's much better than the two hours I spent on the phone the first time!)
Well, I'm rattling off my story, finally feeling vindication, when she stops me right around the time I'm telling her I was being shuffled around earlier that morning and says, "What exactly do you want out of this?" Of course I'm stunned. I respond, "Excuse me? What do I want? Well, I guess it would be too much to ask to speak to someone who is sympathetic and most certainly apologetic." I can barely spit the words out when she changes her tone and says, "Well, I'd first like to start off by apologizing to you for what happened..." Are you kidding me?!?! If you 'first wanted to start off by apologizing' you would have!! You would have sounded shocked that this happened to me, not bored. And certainly not like this happens everyday (which sadly, it seems as though it does). Then, she tried to offer me $200 worth of U-Haul coupons. When I laughed, she said, "Is that not to your expectations?" Well, no they are not...ESPECIALLY SINCE I'M NEVER...AND I MEAN NEVER...USING YOUR COMPANY AGAIN!!!! She then tells me she'll send this complaint to some department and they will call me back at the number I've provided her. "Okay," I say, and just as I'm about to hang up, I yell, "Wait! I never gave you a number. You didn't even ask me what my name was!!!" Jesus Christ!! I tell you. U-Haul is a shady company. I'll give you a word of advice...USE BUDGET OR PENSKE!!!!!