ESSEX, MARYLAND -- Scheduled a 9am pickup for a 15 ft truck for an out-of-state move. When I arrived, there was ONE Uhaul truck with the flattest tire I have ever seen (possibly slashed?). Called customer service on 4 different phones & spent an hour trying to get it sorted out. Their only advice: they can provide a replacement within 24 hours. Never mind that there are multiple Uhaul locations within 10 miles. For some reason we weren't offered an immediate replacement truck from one of those locations. I had hired paid movers and had to drive 8 hours to my new location and had already taken half a day off of work for this move.
In the end, I went down the street to Penske. They had dozens of trucks available and were able to get us a truck in 15 minutes. The next day when I contacted Uhaul regarding my experience, I was hung up on three times by customer services representatives out of the corporate office. One of them, who identified herself as Katrina out of the executive office in Phoenix, was so incompetent she wasn't even able to locate my contract. Her colleague was able to locate it immediately, so obviously Katrina was not competent to perform her job.
Finally someone offered me a $50 reservation guarantee credit, which doesn't even begin to rectify the 2 hours delay, extreme emotional distress suffered, and pitiful excuse for customer service I've experienced by virtually everyone I've spoken with from the company.
In addition, one of the customer service representatives, who hung up on me, offered me a replacement truck... three days after the date of the contract... for an out-of-state move. Absolute incompetence. I will NEVER use Uhaul again. Penske was $400 more expensive, and worth every penny. DO NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE I DID!!! Definitely contract with a competitor over Uhaul. Unless, of course, you have hours to waste waiting for someone with an ounce of competence to assist you in customer service.
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY -- I will never rent another you haul truck again. I had a rental truck for a couple days at the end of May. After my contract was final the total cost was $406. Uhaul took over 700 dollars out of my account without my permission. I don't drive so my only mode of transportation is the city bus and I live outside of the city. Knowing I had money in my account, my wife and I took the bus to the city with the cash we had, thinking we could withdrawal more at the ATM in the city.
When we get to the ATM it says that we have no money and I call to find out that Uhaul had overdrafted my account. Also the main reason we went to the city was to turn my phone on so I now have to call on a phone at a gas station. We realize that they aren't going to help us that day so we have no choice but to walk for over 2 hours back to our house to try and solve the problem. After being disconnected and hung up on several times, we are able to get someone to put MY money owed to me back on the card.
They tell me this is going to take another 4-5 days to be accepted by the bank after taking 3 days to have Uhaul solve the initial problem. I tell the lady of my immediate need for the money and she questions me, only to tell me she feels sorry and can't help. For the 7 days it took to resolve their negligence, my family is living without any food or money. I also have 2 dogs that are unable to eat.
On top of this my rent is past due and I face eviction. My wife pulled muscles in her leg on the walk back from walking so far and we have to pay our bank overdraft fees. The customer service was horrible and everybody seemed to tell us something different. Worse experience of my life and I will never use another rental from them again. GO PENSKE!!
CALIFORNIA -- False advertising, bait and switch: U-Haul website advertises a 15' truck at my nearest location, which I reserve. I get a call shortly after confirming me for a 10' truck and they'll get back to me on if a 15' or 17' becomes available in the area. I then found out (online) that the 10' truck doesn't have the ramp I need for heavy items. I went back on the website the following day and find another nearby location that says in large bold lettering above the location that a 15' truck is "currently" available there. Great. I booked it, then got a call that it doesn't have a 15' truck, but I can get a 10' truck.
Observing a pattern at this point, I voice my frustration at the sloppy advertising. I am rudely informed that the fine print says trucks might not be available at the location where they are booked. I reiterate that the less-fine, large, bold print atop the online booking for the location said it was currently available at that location.
Also, don't be fooled by the $50 guarantee. U-Haul gets around this by calling both your online reservation and subsequent phone confirmation "reservations." Only the latter phone confirmation triggers their guarantee. So, even though you "reserved" the truck online, that isn't the "reservation" U-Haul guarantees. I cancelled my reservations. I have used U-Haul in the past and been satisfied, but doubt I will be using U-Haul again.
EL PASO, TEXAS -- Reserved a truck with Uhaul from El Paso to San Antonio and verified with Uhaul that truck was available. A day later Uhaul called to change my reservation to another city 40 miles away and notified me they did not have the size of truck I reserved only smaller. I explained to them that came from SA to ELP for the sole purpose of moving my furniture from storage and did not have a way to get to the other city. I asked if they could drive the truck to ELP and they said no. I asked if they would cover the cost to pick up the truck at the other city and they said no.
After all of this we moved the reservation one day. Later I got a text message saying they are going to change the reservation ANOTHER time to another location and a different time. I asked if they could guaranteed that this time they would have the truck I reserved and they stated no. I was left with no good option.
Through it all Uhaul reps were not sympathetic and kept on saying, "I don't know what to tell you", when I would ask why and what happened. First and absolutely last time I use Uhaul. I have used both Budget Truck and Penske before and never had any issues and received significantly better service.
EDMONTON -- Complaint about a Canadian U-Haul at Edmonton (9521-51st avenue, Edmonton, AB T6E4W8 Canada). Complete dissatisfaction with the unprofessional services and disrespect demonstrated by several staff members. The experience has left us with the impression that U-Haul's advertising is completely false and we will not be recommending your business to anyone in the near future.
We booked a 26' truck at U-Haul online more than 3 weeks in advance for our planned household move. We were supposed to have it at 9 am. My husband arrived at the pick up location on time but was told to wait. The staff members did not have the courtesy to give a word of explanation as to the status of the rental despite my husband having asked several times.
He was finally told at 10:15 am that there was no truck available and that he could register on a waiting list in case a vehicle suddenly became available. My husband was very dissatisfied as he had waited for so long for nothing, and also considering that he had asked for a day off at work and that several people were also waiting at home to help us move. This created a huge loss of time for several people.
My husband decided that U-Haul had wasted enough of our time and decided to leave and asked for a refund as per the slogan you so proudly display on your website as $50 back if we cant provide you with the vehicle you booked. Not only did the staff member tell him it was not possible to give him this refund because he had changed his reservation (and please note SHE had changed the reservation by putting him on a waiting list) but in addition, if he left, he would be charged for not picking up the vehicle without a 24 h notice.
This was completely inappropriate as you not only failed to meet your commitments in the first place, you then expect your customers to pay for multiple mistakes due to mismanagement and poor organization. My husband, who does not speak fluent English, as we arrived from France last year, asked for better explanations. Other customers present had supported him, saying it was ridiculous to take so many online reservations without checking the availability. He was then referred to your on-site manager. She was obviously not happy to deal with the situation.
Several times while my husband was trying to find his words in English, the on-site manager interrupted him and prevented him from speaking by talking louder and louder without listening to him. My husband finally lost his temper and demanded that she let him speak.
Suddenly, she portrayed herself as a victim, claiming she would not tolerate his attitude and that she was calling the police. For what? For having not been able to do her job respectfully and properly? For having taken advantage of someone who could not communicate as easily as she could? For choosing to ignore a problem she was supposed to deal with as a manager and for which U-Haul is completely responsible for? This is a much more serious problem than mere incompetence or unprofessional customer service.
Her attitude, mixing bad faith and dishonesty, is an intolerable lack of respect for my husband, as a customer first, but as a person above all, that should not be tolerated from anyone.
It is a shame for a company such as yours, internationally recognized, claiming to be the largest moving operator, to offer such poor quality service (incompetent and disrespectful) as your agents and manager displayed. After reviewing the many bad customer reviews on your website, it can be clearly seen that I am not inventing or dramatizing the situation. There are many similar disrespectful situations presented there. For the reasons discussed above, I have sent this letter to you and I intend to forward this complaint to anyone dedicated to these kinds of issues.
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK -- I sent this email to the CEO Joe Schoen:
"I've run into a sticky situation with your U-Haul's of Brooklyn NY. I think you would be interested to know that there are some poor practices going on in that area. I scheduled myself to pick up a truck at the New Utrecht location at 10 am ((718) 232-1400). I'm not complaining about the service at this location, although I should. I counted 25 people in line on a Sunday morning at 10 am and we were all there for an hour or more in line. It just didn't move. I did get my truck, having arrived early, received it at 10:30 am (my pickup time was 10). No biggie, right? OK.
My scheduled drop off time was 10 pm, same location (contract number **). When I arrived at 10 pm the location was closed with a big fence locked around the place. There was no drop box for keys, as my contract indicated there would be. Perplexed, I called U-Haul Customer Service (1-800-GO-U-Haul) and spoke with two fine ladies, ** and **, who both told me to take it to the nearest location with a drop box. I didn't like this solution, but I had no other option, I live in the city without a car and it's a decent-sized headache to get to these U-Haul locations.
So off I go to the closest U-Haul with a drop box, 88 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY - (718) 788-3370. This location is so awful, it should be immediately stripped of any right to the name of U-Haul. There is a chained dog which greets the visitors with vicious barking. There is a non-English speaking employee handling the drop-offs. He made me move the van 3 times before I gave up and handed him the keys. He refused the keys so I put them in the drop box myself, and left. I walked under a dark bridge to the nearest subway station in Brooklyn at night thanks to the unclear policies of the New Utrecht U-Haul. But wait, there's more.
The next day I have my $80 mandatory pre-payment from U-Haul on my card PLUS a $143.78 charge for dropping off the U-Haul truck at the wrong location. The location which U-Haul told me to drop it off at. And that's nothing to mention the gas I used and the miles I used (which I will have to get reimbursed for) to get to the new location. So now you see my $19.99 truck has cost $220. Not good.
The worst part was being shuffled around general customer service, the regional district, the New Utrecht store, and the non English speaking Park Slope address. I would particularly like to point out that ** at 718-522-4924 who is a reservation manager kept me on hold for no less than an hour and a half and a couple of times, pretended she hadn't already spoke with me, and rudely told me repeatedly that it was my fault, despite listening to my explanations.
My request is this: a full refund for the $80.00, plus any additional mileage or gasoline fees New Utrecht U-Haul might add on, plus a refund for the $143.78. I've had an awful experience and I would appreciate your support at this time. I have used U-Haul before and had a very positive experience, I hope we can resolve this matter in a manner that benefits both of us. Thank you for your time."
PLEASANT VALLEY, MISSOURI -- This is perhaps more on safety storage: 7101 Stewart Rd, Pleasant Valley - (816) 781-0007. I made reservation # ** on 11/06/09 for a truck and tow dolly. The safety storage lady called me back as U-Haul promised right at 6 pm on Friday night (thought that was latest time they would, not actual time).
The clerk, a woman, called and repeatedly asked for me, I repeated phrases like "speaking", "this is him", "you're talking to him" before the incompetent could comprehend that they were actually talking to me. All the while being extremely irritating by not disclosing who they were or the nature of the call. I believe with the name repeating and what not, it may well have been 3 minutes before she even would say who and what she wanted. Not a good start.
I arrived this morning to pick up the equipment, and was surprised to see the equipment I ordered was not even on the lot. I entered the store, gave ID, CC, etc. to learn my order had been changed from a car dolly to a trailer. I asked if there was a cost difference and she replied she did not know and it should not be much if so. This made me fee uncomfortable yet I played along, trying to get to the bottom line what's it really going to cost me.
I expressed my fears of a cost difference and my hesitations on the difference between my internet order and what I was actually receiving and the possible cost difference. It was at this point the woman picked up the papers I had already signed and told me to forget it then. I asked her what she meant and she flew off in some tirade about me belching in her face (???) and told me to get the hell out of there.....
WTF!??? Not only do I have no reflection of belching or passing any other bodily gasses, just some poor stiff trying to move. Long story short, my card was charged $292.19 for equipment that I did not receive or use with a promise of a refund some 7-10 days from now. The best part is that I have this weekend to evacuate this house and move or be homeless. I now have no money to rent a truck or trailer from anyone and no other way to move my belongings some 200 miles.
Was on the telephone the rest of this morning trying to get a refund receipt number to expedite the refund and after 3 hours, that was not forthcoming either, so here I sit with packed belongings, no truck and no cash left to rent one. Most are happy to rush in a cashless society, remember this story well before you hand your card out to anyone you could be on the street and penniless too.
Thanks U-Haul for nothing, you are all a bunch of crooks, mostly safety storage of the Kansas city area. Stay way away from these people. I notice they try to gloss over their incompetence here with replies. I spent my time this morning trying to get another truck or a direct refund. It was not forthcoming and will never be for any other either. They are crooks.
My name is Maria Palmisano and I am with U-Haul International. I first would like to apologize for the rude behavior and inconvenience you received from our U-Haul dealer. As you realize, this U-Haul dealer is an indepedent businessman. We do have a regular program for counseling with dealers to give them the benefit of our experience in successful U-Haul service. As independent businessmen, they are free to accept or reject our suggestions in accordance with their own independent judgement. Please be assured this matter will be addressed and corrective action will be taken as needed. I did verify that a full credit was issued back to the same credit card that was charged on the same day as the charge. The credit should post on your next credit card statement if not already. As we value you as a customer, I would like to send you some VIP Certificates for future use in the hopes you will allow U-Haul to redeem itself in the future. Please forward me your current mailing address or email to me at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
TORONTO -- ***UPDATE*** After U-Haul offered me some useless coupons in exchange for the nightmare move they stuck me with, I got the paperwork to file a civil claim against them and sent them the contents of my claim. Briefly, my intent was to sue them for the total cost of my move, including the rental fees, gas for the wrong truck they gave me as well as gas for my personal vehicle, legal paperwork fees, hired help fees and punitive fines in the maximum amount of $10,000. I was ready to go - on principal alone.
U-Haul had a rep contact me and I was issued a full refund for the rental and gas for the rental as well as my personal vehicle, in addition to the $35 I spent on small claims court paperwork. FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS - UNTIL YOU DO, THEY WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE UNWILLING TO FIGHT.
ORIGINAL POST: U-Haul made this the single worst moving experience I've ever had. What was carefully planned to be an easy 4 hr move turned into a grueling 18hr marathon from hell. We made reservations for a 14ft MOVING TRUCK (or larger). Sometime mid-afternoon the day before our move, we were called by U-Haul and informed that they could only provide us with a tiny regular van – or we could pick up the truck we made reservations for 200 kilometers (120 miles) from our location (that's 400km before we could even start loading the truck!!!).
We were moving from one city to another, and U-Haul was made aware of this when we made reservations. It would not have taken a stroke of genius to inconvenience someone moving locally with a smaller vehicle than to do this to people moving to a different town, nearly 100 km away.
Additionally, their customer service representatives were rude, under-trained, and besides what I believe was breach of contract, their staff engaged in record falsification. For example, U-Haul's records of our telephone conversations state that I agreed to a van pick up. I did not agree to this. I was GOADED into it through lack of choice due to U-Haul's failure to provide the services it contracted to offer me when I made my reservation.
Finally, U-Haul's failures resulted in substantial additional expense in labour costs (400% over budget), as well as fuel costs (3 return trips from Toronto to Acton versus the budgeted single one-way trip). My time is also very valuable and I cannot put a price on it - U-Haul cannot refund me my time. I am completely disgusted with this company and its irresponsible, thoughtless, & sub-standard employees and suggest to that a complete refund of my costs would hardly be a satisfactory outcome. As far as I'm concerned, they should be run out of business completely.
I would love to hear from a reputable class action law firm how running a business that compromises people's situations to such a large degree can possibly be legal. I can only imagine how many countless other U-Haul customers have been victimized by their outrageous business practice.
STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA -- Useless Roadside Assistance and unsafe truck. On Nov 2007, I was helping my friend move to the Bay Area and told him I would drive one of the U-Haul trucks. The truck that I was assigned was old and somewhat beat up, but I assumed would be in good working order. The trucks 'check engine' light was on.
The problems started when I was traveling down the hill to I-580 when I applied the brakes and the pedal hit the floor. I pumped the brakes and the brakes and the truck slowed down just fine. As I was traveling on I-580, I heard a loud pop from the left rear of the truck. The pop was the inner left rear tire. I immediate pull off to the shoulder, where I notified my friend and U-Haul emergency roadside service.
At approximately 10:30 am I contacted the U-Haul roadside emergency service and explained to them about the flat tire and my concern with the brakes. I gave the operator my location W/B I-580 in Livermore. That stretch of I-580 is a three lane Highway posted 70 mph. The operator was polite took my cellular phone number and told me that help would be on the way.
At approx. 11:30 hrs, I re-contacted the emergency roadside assistance and was told that they were working on the problem and they would call me back. As I was standing alongside the freeway, I noticed a yellow truck about the size of the U-Haul driving towards at me at approx. 25 mph. I soon realized that the driver was looking into his side mirror and talking on a cellular phone. At the last minute the driver saw my disabled truck and swerved into the highway causing a non-injury auto accident. He could have easily hit the U-Haul or run over the two working safety triangles supplied by U-Haul. The third triangle was broken.
I believe Federal law requires three working safety triangles. After helping the people in the accident and calling Highway patrol I received a voice mail from U-Haul emergency roadside service. The operator told me that they were unable to finding anyone to help me and that they would be calling me back in 30 minutes. Time approx. 12:30 to 12:40 pm). After waiting for over 30 minutes and failing to hear from U-Haul I recontacted the road side service and asked the operator what was going on.
The operator told me that they were trying to get a hold of a supervisor who could authorize a mechanic or tow truck to help me. The operator said they were having a hard time getting in touch with an on call supervisor. I ask the operator if I could speak to her supervisor, at first she told me that he was not available then connected me after I pressed the issue.
The supervisor was polite but was unable to help me. I told the supervisor that I was concerned for my safety and if I could move the truck off of the freeway. Closest exit was approx. 1 mile down the freeway. The supervisor told me that they were doing the best they could and call back when they knew someone was en route to help me.
During the 1 o'clock hour I again recontacted U-Haul and was told that they were trying to get someone out to my location to help me and that they would call me. The operator did agree with me that the wait time was unacceptable and that she would not want to be in the same situation. The operator did advise me that if I left the truck on the freeway it would be concerned abandoned, even though I told her I had given them the location of the vehicle.
I again expressed my concerned for my safety about being on the side of the freeway with traffic driving by in excess of 70 mph. The operator told me that U-Haul was concerned for my safety and that they were doing the best they could to get someone out there to help me.
At approximately 2:14 pm I re-contacted U-Haul roadside assistance and was told that they a tow truck was en route and should arrive to my location in 90 minutes. I again asked to speak to a supervisor and was told that one was not available. Again after pressing the issue, I spoke with a supervisor who told me that the tow truck was coming from San Jose. Livermore and Pleasanton are closer to my disabled vehicle.
I again explained to the supervisor that I was concerned for my safety and had not eaten or used the restroom since 8:00 am. He was polite and apologized fort the inconvenience but told me that was the best they could do. The supervisor said they would check back within 90 minutes. At approximately 4:00 pm the tow truck arrived. The tow truck driver was unable to tow the U-Haul truck because U-Haul roadside assistance failed to tell him that the truck was loaded. After waiting for approx. 30 minutes, I was told I could drive the vehicle to the closest U-Haul. The closest U-Haul is in Livermore.
Note: U-Haul failed to call or check on my status. Upon arrival at the Livermore center and after telling them what had happened, they were more than helpful and apologized for the U-Haul roadside assistance had handled the incident. After replacing the tire and checking the brakes (low brake fluid) the supervisor told me that the Stockton U-Haul should not have let the truck leave the lot. He assured me that the truck would be taken out of service once it reached Fremont U-Haul center.
I was very disappointed in the U-haul Roadside Assistance because of the horrible way this whole situation was handled. The operators were polite but did not seem to care about my situation.
Here is what was especially upsetting:
1. The U-haul Roadside Assistance was useless and could not offer any kind of help in getting the tire replaced or me to a safer location.
Having a customer wait 5 1/2 hours along the side of a busy freeway for a tire replacement or tow truck is absolutely unacceptable and shows that U-haul does not care for the safety of their customers.
That U-Haul would let an unsafe vehicle leave their lot.
In the end I (Do to time constraints) was unable to help my friend unload the other two trucks. Through U-Haul overall incompetence I will never do business or recommend others to use their services.
Thank you for your anticipated assistance in resolving my problem. Please contact me at if you have any questions.
PARSIPPANY, NEW JERSEY -- I have had a TERRIBLE experience with UHAUL. I acquired the truck as a birthday present for my mother, to help her move to a new apartment, and believe me, she has no idea how much grief and aggravation I saved her by dealing with it myself.
I received NO call to tell me when or where to pick up or drop off my UHAUL. When I called (at 3 pm the day prior) to find out where, I was put on hold while I was at work for 25 minutes. When I finally spoke with the apathetic representative, they could not tell me when store would even open to pick up my truck, so I had to call them on my own. My truck was loaded with empty UHAUL boxes and blankets when I picked it up, which I did NOT ask or pay for. They were only in the way while I was trying to load and unload the truck.
When I attempted to return my truck, I was met by a sarcastic, and downright mean attendant who continually talked down to me and told me I would be "getting charged" for certain things. For example, he told me that the gas was low, and there would be a $30 charge plus gas for returning the truck low on gas. The readout on the dash (which is in a COMPLETELY different format than that of the readout on paper, making it IMPOSSIBLE to put the exact amount of gas in that was there when I picked up the truck) looked pretty close to my novice eye, and there was no need for him to give me an attitude.
Despite this, I told him I'd take the truck to the nearest gas station and fill it up with gas. He replied "you better hurry up, we close in 10 minutes" with a sneer. To reiterate, I was never told when the stores opened or closed. When I returned, he opened up the back of the truck, to see the 2 boxes of moving boxes and the blankets in the back of the truck. Once again, he proclaimed to me, "you're going to get charged for that". Keep in mind, that I DID NOT ask for or want the items that were in the back of the truck, nor was I charged for them initially.
Also, there was trash in the front cabin when I picked the truck up. I relayed this information to him and he came back with some sort of sarcastic response. I told him that I was NOT going to be charged for anything related to these items that I did not request. He said he'd talk to his boss and for me to call back the next morning to straighten things out, because his boss wouldn't speak with me at that time because he was "digging a hole in the back".
Further enhancing the hassle that UHAUL had ensnared me in, I attempted to call the UHAUL store the next morning, 10/1/07. Once again I was met by a rude employee who told me that "there's a line of customers out the door" and he couldn't talk to me at that point. I was told I could "try" back later. I asked him what my further obligation was at that point, and was told "nothing" and that I would get an invoice in the mail.
Today, I checked the credit card account on which I made the initial charge for the UHAUL. To my surprise, this UHAUL store had made an additional charge of $12.84 to my card, without my authorization or notification. Because of the hard time and obstinance I have been met with at this UHAUL store already, as well as the time of mine that they have wasted, I do not want to deal with them again, even if to inquire about or dispute a charge.
This was my first time using UHAUL services and will definitely be my last time using them. Once I find out what the additional charges are for, I will undoubtedly be contesting them. I suggest that the UHAUL corporation really take a look at itself and the way it does business. As of right now I will be an ADAMANT opponent of anyone (friend, family, acquaintance, business associate, passerby) using UHAUL services. I have never used another truck rental company, but I doubt that they could be any worse than UHAUL.