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U-Haul can suck my left one!!!
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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!!!!!

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Anonymous on 08/18/2006:
Well I was going to ask left what but on further consideration I think I don't really want to know, whose left what this place should do what to. :P
spiderman2 on 08/18/2006:
U-haul stinks that's for sure. I don't understand why you keep saying in your letter "Big mistake. Huge." What does that mean? They made a huge mistake -- you make it sound like for every time they screwed up, you got a lot of money or something. I would NEVER use U-haul after reading all the horror stories, but in defense of the last woman you spoke to, how was she supposed to know what to apologize for if you didn't tell her the story.
Anonymous on 08/18/2006:
Tire straps are not rocket science!
Anonymous on 08/18/2006:
I wondered about all those "Big mistake. Huge" comments too. I was all prepared for the part where she would visit headquarters with an uzi. The ending was kind of disappointing. I think UHaul won this round.
Noneill on 08/19/2006:
U-Haul's prices must be very low because people keep using them despite their reputation. You get what you pay for.
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I gave them a second chance! Now I regret it!
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OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA -- When my husband and I moved from Phoenix to California we decided to drive the truck ourselves and use Uhaul's emove service to help with the load unload of our stuff. When we got our truck in Phoenix the truck had over 300K miles on it, and the A/C didn't work. We complained as it was May and crossing the desert in anything without a/c would have been a death sentence. But we decided to drive at night and deal with it. Our movers doing the load called to cancel and reschedule for early a.m. the next day. I told them to arrive as early as possible as we wanted to get across the desert before the heat hit. As it would turn out they got there at 8a.m. and finished at noon, wonderful time to head across the desert! But we decided to just deal with it, got a ton of bottled water and Gatorade and headed out. That was when we discovered the radio was broken and that the engine made the cab even hotter. We had to stop every 30 minutes literally because our butts were getting hot and we felt like we were going to faint. A drive that would normally take 6 hours took 10 hours! The next day the movers showed up bright and early at our new home and unloaded us in two hours, they were wonderful.

After that experience since the movers were so great and we were only doing an intown move we decided to try UHaul again. No one ever called to confirm the reservation and I had to call the night before the move. They called the morning of the move and told us that our truck was available but that we had to get there before 4:30 because at 4:30 they stopped helping customers (what a wonderful attitude). We got there at 2:00 got the truck and they could hardly start it. They told us it was because it had been sitting all day and that it wasn't "warmed" up. I asked for another truck but they told me that there was none other in the area (we reserved a 26' truck). Also the truck was full of trash left over from the people who had used it last and one of the panels on the inside was hanging down into the interior of the truck and the guy at the Uhaul used pliers to rip it off. This showed me the wonderful care they took of their vehicles. So we get the truck and later that day the movers show up to do our load. The movers were inexperienced and slow, too slow, it took them 5 hours to load the truck and they didn't even get 1/2 of our stuff in it, and we came out in the same size truck a few months ago! When we went to start it, it was dead, no starting, nothing. We called Uhaul and they sent out AAA mechanic. He tried to jump it, but it wasn't the battery, it was the starter. So, he called Uhaul and they said we would have to wait until the next day to get another truck. We had already spent $50 per hour on the load with the movers and now we couldn't move the truck! Thankfully my husband had the bright idea to push start the truck. Pushing a 26' loaded diesel was not my idea of fun, but it worked. So we get it started and over to the new house. Our movers proceeded to scratch every wall and piece of furniture that we own. I think they were pissed because of the crappy truck we got and the fact that they were now 3 hours late for their next move. We called Uhaul again and told them that we got it moved but it had to be push started. They told us to push start it again and bring it to a service center that was close to our new house. We did this and the manager at that location knocked 50% off of our bill. Three days later I am still getting calls from the original location wanting to know where their truck is. I have spoken with 2 individuals now at the original rental location to inform them of the trucks issues. They keep calling me and I don't know why they can't communicate with each other. And to top it all off we left our garage remote in the truck. I called the UHaul where we took the truck to see if they could find it. They said they had it and they would hold it for us. I went by yesterday to pick it up and the girls behind the counter were shouting at each other. I thought they were going to brawl right there in front of me and the other customers in line! It was unbelievable!

I read some of the other responses on here by peple who work for Uhaul. My advice to you is to get a clue. If customers wanted to have to read a manual on how to deal with your company you should preface that before we get stuck dealing with your crappy people and crappy trucks. I work in customer service and would never think of raising my voice at someone let alone one of my co-workers. If your company cared at all about their customers you would be available 24 hours per day (people move after 5p.m.!) and you should put more money into your vehicles and maintenance. And if you really cared at all you would survey your customers like any major organization and find out what areas you need to change in order to serve your customers better. Individual locations should be required to have all of their vehicles maintenanced and you as the parent corporation should inspect these on a regular basis. You should also be surveying the customers that deal with the employees of these satellite stores to see what our perception is. Someday the work will get out there that the big wigs don't care and the $$ will start to go away and to rental companies like Penske and Hertz that are organized and forward thinking. All I see is a big corporation hogging money from their customers and employees (most are hardly trained and have never been to a customer retention seminar in their lives) because it is glaring obvious that they have not invested in anything besides their corporate office and their website. DO NOT USE UHAUL!!
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ejack053824 on 04/05/2005:
I've always used Penske and will continue to do so with all my future moving needs. Superior service and very decent equipment.
tpebop on 04/05/2005:
I have also had bad experiances with U-Haul with bad equuipment and even worse cust service however I have had one decent experience as well
kb_282000 on 04/25/2005:
I do apologize for your inconvience and I feel the 50% cut was generous of the dealer. However the air conditioning could've been replaced on any day M-F and your contract would've been extended for the downtime. As for the starter problem, I'm no mechanic but how do you detect if a starter is going to die? I guess that's just bad luck....
u-haul42030 on 04/29/2005:
as a company we are working on our cs we are developing prgrams where we send our emplyees if they get a complaint towards them and we also have mystory customers who test employees customer service skills. As some places still need work Bing such a large company we are trying to deal with the problem directly
BOTHSIDES on 12/07/2005:
the problem with customer service in uhaul is that the problem is delt in house, any other company complaints are sent thought the coorporate office, uhaul sends it to the gm of the store you complained about, the gm couldn't care less, most of the time it's the gm's fault. all complaints need to be sent straight to marketing company presidents, that would fix a lot of the problems.
BOTHSIDES on 12/07/2005:
while I'm at it, the maintenance problem company wide could be fixed if the afm's (the afm is the person that finds the gas station and puts uhaul's on their lot, in return the afm gets a bonus off their revenue, if the afm doesn't add so many stores a month to the uhaul network they are fired)were actually researching their stores, it's not their fault, they are forced to add anybody they can so they can stay employed. These dealers aren't being monitored, the customer service training and mystery shoppers mentioned above are not done for these stores which make up the majority of the uhaul stores you see in the phonebook.
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17 foot death trap makes money for U-Haul
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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA -- My roommates and I recently rented a truck from your company this past weekend to move from New Orleans to Fort Worth,
Texas. I wish I could report that it was an enjoyable, hassle-free experience, but in reality, it was quite the opposite.
The problems began almost immediately.
To begin with, the truck was supposed to have been available for pickup at the St. Claude Avenue location in New Orleans. A
night before we were supposed to leave, I was informed that I would have to travel to Mandeville – 45 minutes from where I live,
and across the Causeway no less – to get the vehicle. I had reserved this truck two weeks in advance; this change in plans was
not acceptable.
After calling to complain about the truck location, one finally became available at the St. Claude location, so that issue was settled
and we proceeded as planned.
My friend and I picked up the truck Saturday morning, June 26. Although it was filthy inside, it was the only truck available so
it had to suffice – I could not put my plans, and my roommates’ plans – on hold for a failure on your part to make sure the truck
was sufficiently cleaned for our rental. To delay even so much as two to three hours would have left us unable to secure our
apartment in Fort Worth. Again, another letdown, but we had to make do.
Upon loading the vehicle with my possessions, we were about to leave when yet another problem arose – the key provided
didn’t open the doors. Who rents a vehicle that doesn’t have an operational key to open the locks? Do you expect me to travel
10 hours and not be able to secure my possessions? Unacceptable.
I called the U-Haul hotline and was informed that a service tech would be out to fix the problem within 45 minutes. As two hours
approached, and our schedule became more and more delayed because of your ineptitude, I could finally get a feel for what kind
of organization I was dealing with.
The service tech finally arrived, delayed as he was. But instead of fixing the key issue, his only suggestion was that we use
the small triangle window as our “key:” push it open to reach in and unlock the door should we lock it. It would have been hilarious
had it not actually happened, but as it was, it was downright ridiculous. What kind of solution is this? Is this company policy when
faced with non-matching keys? Who puts a truck out on the road that doesn’t have a working set of keys anyway? Is there any
oversight to the condition of the trucks? This one obviously had its locks changed in the past as was evident by the new installation
on the passenger side, and who knows what happened to the driver’s side lock – the entire door had been changed out because
the paint didn’t match and door didn’t fit in its frame.
Regardless, as has been mentioned previously – there was a timeline to meet and this was the only opportunity we had to meet
the requirements of getting into the apartment in time and returning to work as scheduled, so we had to accept this problem and
make the best of it. So we did, albeit under duress.
After the key problem was “solved” – and I use that word ever so sparingly – we had to fill up for fuel, as the truck was provided
to us with the tank reading “empty.” We filled the truck up in New Orleans, however once we set out, we realized the gauge didn’t
work, because even though the truck was full, it only read 3/4 of a tank. This would serve as a huge detriment throughout the trip
– the gauge apparently was broken, as it would read anywhere from empty to 3/4 full at any given time in the trip. Not knowing
how much gas we had, much less how much it was using, forced us to stop on instinct so as to not run the truck out of diesel.
Operational gauges are a requirement of any vehicle, much less one rented for profit by a national company.
As we set out to the roommates’ apartment to pick up their belongings, we realized more problems of the vehicle, such as why
the air vents were aimed away from the passengers – the “air conditioning” promised by your ads on the side of the truck blew
nothing but hot air. And lots of it.
The AM/FM radio, promised as well on the side of the vehicle, would work when it wanted to. Which wasn’t often. And with the
roar of the engine – plus the fact the windows had to stay down because of the intense heat and lack of aforementioned a/c, it
was basically worthless even when operational.
We were also glad that we had two people in the cab at all times to see each side, considering the mirrors were worthless due
to the fact that they were broken and despite all attempts to angle them at the proper places to see the traffic and maintain safety,
it was a losing effort.
Upon leaving in the early morning for Fort Worth, we realized at our first stop that the problems would continue.
After fueling the truck, we tried to start it to leave. It cranked twice before going completely dead. Had it not been for the
kindness of a diesel-driving stranger in rural Lafayette at 5:30 am, we would probably have been totally screwed as far as our time
constraints. As it was, the delay took 45 minutes to correct, and then we were advised – correctly, looking back – that we had to
leave the truck running the rest of the way for fear of it not starting again.
Finally on the road after yet another delay, the trip was delayed again as we were traveling up Interstate 49. In addition to the
previous pitfalls of the vehicle, all the other gauges began to fail. Oil pressure – up, then down, then fine, then no pressure again.
Battery gauge – non responsive. Headlights and turn signals? Nonworking. Horn? You guessed it. This was a traveling road hazard
that your company set us out on the road with as “operational.” What a joke.
As it was, your failure to provide a functional vehicle was something we could not have planned on, so we had to continue for
fear of being stranded in rural Louisiana when we had to arrive in Fort Worth by 1 p.m.
It’s amazing we weren’t involved in a traffic accident of the worst kind, thanks to your negligence. In a driving rain with alreadyslow
windshield wipers, they stopped altogether as we were driving in some of the worst weather I’ve seen in a while. This equipment
failure occurred just a mile after a hard curve in the interstate – I hate to think what would have happened had the wipers stopped
working in that area of the road. And to make matters worse, with the nonworking air conditioning the windshield was one solid
pane of steam; my passenger had to continually wipe the fog from the driver’s side just to see even the slightest. We had to make
an emergency stop in the striped-triangle area of an exit just to gather our senses, then limp the vehicle off the interstate and into
a gas station to see what could be done.
After buying Rain-X to help the situation, the rain let off slightly — and surprisingly, the wipers came back on, however extremely
slow they were. The gauges and lights, however, remained inoperational.
We finally made it to our destination – hours late and stressed out from driving the rolling road hazard known as your U-Haul truck
- and got everything unloaded.
Then came time to return the vehicle to your office.
What better way to end the trip then – you guessed it – another breakdown. The truck wouldn’t start. Not even cranking. And it
left an oil stain – in a brand new development, I might add – the size of a large puddle on the freshly poured concrete.
Perhaps the only thing worse than this debacle of a rental vehicle was your customer service following the demise of the
aforementioned truck. Never before have I been given the runaround and treated so poorly in my entire life.
After summoning the hotline again as to how to get the truck out of my future driveway, I was insulted by your customer care
clerk as she attempted to blame the failure on me. I know what diesel fuel is and I certainly know how to start a diesel engine.
Talking down to me and insulting my intelligence was the last thing I needed from your organization.
After speaking with the “dispatcher,” and her insulting me, she promised a service tech would arrive within a half hour.
Two hours passed, during which I attempted to speak to someone “in charge” to resolve the myriad of issues this vehicle had.
No one would connect me with a supervisor. Countless roaming minutes on my and my friends’ phones were logged on hold, all
while waiting on the elusive person who could resolve the problems that plagued us from the moment we picked this truck up.
There is no reason this truck could not have been towed back to the rental center. It was in no shape to drive – legally nor
physically. But your staff insisted that once it was running I would be forced to drive it back to the rental station, endangering my
life and all I came in contact with en route.
Even though, after the two hour wait and hour-long repair got the truck started, it was still not legal or safe. The gauges didn’t
work. It was constantly near-dying, requiring me to keep the gas pedal revved. And who knows how much oil had drained out of
the truck during the travel period? Your insistence – no, absolute decree – that I physically drive the truck back to the center put
my life at risk yet again and could have been much better handled with a tow truck.
I scoff at your pledge that “safety is number one” – you proved your reckless disregard for my experience and general safety
when you forced me to drive the vehicle 10 miles to return it.
After returning in the morning, and yet again getting the runaround from everyone I spoke with – who knows how many hours I
wasted trying to talk to ANYONE in change – your manager in New Orleans completed the insult to injury.
To begin with, he lied that he had personally checked the truck out and personally driven it to the St. Claude location. Is it normal
protocol for a manager to lie to consumers? I guess at least for Willy at the St. Claude location, it is.
And it’s also OK for managers to joke about death, it seems. In discussing our near accident, the manager told me that U-Haul
would have covered the funeral expenses had we been killed. What kind of sick answer to our serious issues is that? That kind of
unprofessionalism warrants discipline of some sort, if not outright dismissal.
To put it bluntly, this has been one of the worst commercial dealings I’ve ever encountered in my life. The drive with the truck
was bad enough. But your lack of respect, utter incompetence and outright failure to find solutions to our issues, not to mention the
lies and disrespect to close the transaction, made a bad situation exponentially worse.
I expect an appropriate response, in a timely matter, to this letter.
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joebass on 07/06/2004:
I have used uhaul twice and have had similar experiences both times. Never again. In the latest experience, the manager closed the store 20 minutes early, saying he goes by "Uhaul time", not the time everyone else went by. There was a whole bunch of angry customers.
Roger&Out on 07/07/2004:
With luck like this, I'll assume that when you hit I-20, you didn't think once about hitting the Bossier City casinos. Too bad you didn't make Cowtown on the 4th for Willie's picnic!
waxlips24 on 07/10/2004:
That was one of the funniest reviews I have ever read.
dsb on 08/26/2004:
This is exactly how UHaul responds to emergencies. They don't care...they are unresponsive and rude. Likewise, they are not concerned about customer safety. As long as they get their money, they couldn't care less!!!

Somebody needs to stop this company from continually putting people's safety at risk!!!!

absolutlyscrewed on 10/07/2004:
Usually I'll have some sympathy for the customers of UHaul, but NOT for you!! While UHaul never should have rented you equipment that was clearly in such an unsafe condition...YOU chose to drive it. YOU chose to contine driving after the conditions went from comfort to safety issues. YOU chose to continue driving in the worst weather you've seen in years. YOU put your lives and the lives of everybody on the road at risk to keep your precious time line. After all that, what's 10 more miles in good weather to return the truck? Shame on UHaul for letting that truck off their lot, but F-you for driving it as long and as far as you did knowing it's unsafe condition!
mtls2 on 08/22/2005:
If you read the terms/or listened to the customer Rep upon making your reservation you would know that eq is subject to pick-up location and time. Location is not guaranteed nor is time. I rent U-Hauls in the state of Louisiana and have for years. I have never rented or have I seen a truck in that condition. I find it very hard to believe you had that many problems. You probably got a smart-ass remark because you were being a smart-ass. YOU THINK? What would you expect calling someone on the phone yelling at them and cursing.
Good Luck to any future rentals even though they won't be U-Haul.
Dan J on 08/23/2009:
Here's my automotive review of the 17 foot uhaul I rented to move from Boston to DC. Good times baby.

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Unauthorized charges to credit card!
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BELLEROSE, NEW YORK -- This is very lengthy but if you are considering doing business w/Uhaul, please read.Instead of retyping my ordeal I am pasting below the actual complaint I sent to their website:
I have a storage room at UHAUL for which I pay about $215 a month, I have had it since July '03. My storage fee is due on the 5th of every month and if it is not paid, they charge a $15 late fee. Then 15 days later they charge another $15 late fee and start sending threatening letters about how they will seize your property if they do not receive their payment. I knew of all this since day one and since I am one to usually be late with my bills, I almost always got stuck with the $15 late fee for being a day or so late and on 2 or 3 occasions paid the $30 late fee for being 15 days late.When I signed the initial contract with them to rent the storage room I was asked if I would like to have the monthly fee automatically deducted from my credit card and if so I should fill out the necessary credit card info and authorization which was a small box located on the contract.I declined this option, preferring to pay cash.Then, I proceeded to pay my rent fee every month (usually late but never more than 15 days) and always paid the late fee as well.I always went in person to pay my rent even though they sent me a letter in the mail every time I was late(the letter would come a day or so after the due date) and this letter always offered for me to "sign up for the monthly storage fee to be automatically deducted from my credit card and we will waive the $15 late fee" and it requested for me to provide my credit card info and signature and send it back to them.This option never appealed to me and I always chose to pay in cash in person.At this point, I should add that the employees in this location have horrible attitudes towards their customers and are lazy, impolite and downright rude. On every occasion that I arrived to pay my bill whether there were NO customers in there or 1 or 2, there were ALWAYS several employees standing around doing nothing and they never greet me or even look up to acknowledge me.I always spend about 15-25 minutes in there paying my bill(which shuld only take a minute) and I get to listen to the employees speak among themselves about what they are going to "have for lunch" or "who did their nails" or how their "scalp is itchy because of the oil they use in their hair", etc. etc., etc.I have NEVER in my life experienced such a lack of customer service in any business establishment in my entire life.Anyhow, to get to the issue at hand. On one occasion several months ago I paid by credit card because I was short on cash. I was again offered to have my credit card kept on record so that they can automatically bill me every month and I declined this stating that I was just using it "this time" and I would usually be paying cash as I preferred to. I did NOT sign anything authorizing them to automatically deduct any future payments from my credit card, nor did I receive the $15 late fee being waived since I did not sign up for this method, I merely used it on that occasion. I only signed the receipt for that particular transaction as I would for any routine credit card purchase.Since that date, I always paid cash as usual for the next few months and usually "late" including the late fee. Since the same employees are always working there when I go, they pretty much know who I am and that I always come in and pay cash somewhere between the 5th and the 20th of the month(rent being due on the 5th).I always get the same letters from them every month, the first letter stating I am late and I am being charged $15 dollars and if I do not pay within 15 days and additional $15 will be added and very rarely I get a telephone (maybe 3 times in 7 months)message that is usually not understandable except for the fact that I hear the word "UHAUL" along with a lot of jibberish and I assume they are calling to inform me my rent is late.I have never paid my rent later than the 20th of the month (which is 15 days late)but I am almost always late and I always pay in cash, in person. Then, in the month of 12/03, I did not pay my rent on time on the 5th(as I hardly ever do) and I received the letter on the 6th or 7th informing me of the $15 late fee, as I always do, and I had planned on dropping by with my payment later on that week as I always do. Suddenly, on about 12/10/03, my credit card was charged $230 (the rent fee plus the first $15 late fee)!!!It was charged without my permission!!I did not authorize for them to charge my credit card and I was outrage dthat they even had kept my credit card number on record and used it without my consent and without my signature and my rent was not even 15 days due yet!!Prior, to this it had gone up to 15 days past due and I was charged a $30 late fee (total of $245) and paid in person by cash and I could not understand why they would take it upon themselves to just charge my credit card out of the blue. On top of this, the letter I received stating I was late and I was being charged a $15 late fee also offered me the option of the automatic credit card deduction(as it always did) if I signed the form and provided the info and mailed it back and it also offered to waive the late fee if I chose to do so(as it always did). But the point is, I DID NOT CHOOSE TO DO SO, I did not sign anything or authorize anything and they just charged my credit card INCLUDING the $15 late fee. This made me exceed my credit card limit causing me to incur additional penalty fees with my credit card company.I immediately called UHAUL and provided the associate with my name and storage room number and asked her why they charged my credit card without my permission.Her response was "I didn't charge your credit card", I asked her "what do you mean?,I was charged $230 by UHAUL" She replied (emphasis on the I) " "I" didn't charge your credit card" very rudely. I said "well, maybe YOU aren't the actual person who charged me but when I see YOU, I mean you people who work at UHAUL". She said "well, I didn't do it", I asked her "who did?" she said "you will have to speak to a manager", so I requested the manager and was then told she was not there and I should call back tomorrow after 10:30 AM. The next day I went in person around 12 noon and requested the manager who happened to be not there again, I told the employee that I was instructed to call after 10:30 and it is now 12pm, so how come she is not here. I was told she was in but she left already. I then explained the situation to a male employee who asked me if I authorized them to charge my credit card, I said "no", he checked his computer and verified that I was not on their "automatic credit card deduction program" and gave me the business card of the manager.I also took a comment/complaint postcard to fill out and asked him for the location # so I can put it on the card and he told me that I should call the manager and she will give me the information(he wouldn't even give me the location # to write on the comment card!). The next day I tried to call in the afternoon and she was not there again, I pled my case to another employee on the phone stating that I wanted to ensure this does not happen again and I cannot keep calling every day if the manager is never going to be there. I was then put on hold for an extended amount of time until I hung up. I waited a day and called again the next day and I still could not contact the manager and the employees would not take a message for her, they just kept telling me I would have to call her back. After that I found myself to be very busy with the holiday's and then I was involved in an auto accident and the matter slipped my mind since I had other things to deal with and I was pretty sure that at least it would not happen again since I was clear to the employee's I spoke with that I did not authorize this to be done and my overall intention after that was to try to move my items from that storage location before 1/5/04 and to write a complaint to the BBB. Well, like I said, with the holiday's and the accident, before I knew it , it was January and the incident was far from my mind. That is, until 1/08/04 when I received my monthly UHAUL letter stating that my rent was due on 1/5/04 and a late fee of $15 has been charged to my account and an additional $15 will be incurred if it becomes "14" days late (notice I stressed the 14 days because it used to say 15 days and they suddenly changed it, I will comment on that later). It stated that my balance was $230 and again it offered to waive the $15 late fee if I sign up for the automatic credit card payment plan. When I received this letter, it reminded me of the previous month's occurrence and I made a note for myself to write a complaint to the BBB and also to go down to UHAUL next week to pay my bill before it becomes 14 days late and I figured maybe I would catch the manager at that time to speak with her. Well, could you imagine that on 1/10/04 they charged my credit card AGAIN!!!! They charged me $230 AGAIN (the storage and the $15 late fee) as they did the month before without my permission and again the rent was not even 14 days late yet, I had just received their letter 2 days before!! Now, this credit card that they were charging (that I had used once in the past for ONE payment) is actually not even my OWN credit card account. It is a card in my name that my father had gotten for me to use for emergencies only and it is actually HIS account, he receives all the statements, I just have an extra card with my name on it. That is really the main reason I never chose the credit card billing option and also the reason I only used it once when I really did not have the money to pay my rent. So, he was the one getting stuck with the penalties for going over the card limit(which happened again!) when they chose to charge this card without anybody's prior consent! Like, I said, I only have the card for emergencies and I never use it without asking him first since he knows the balance and the amount available to use. For the $230 they charged on the card in December I had to pay him instead of paying UHAUL so that he could pay the balance on the card but he incurred the penalty and now this month, he had to cancel the credit card completely since he was very concerned about them charging the credit card again without us knowing and him having to get stuck with all the fees. So again, I jus t visited him today to pay him the $230 that I would have paid to UHAUL directly (today is 1/12/04) had they not chosen to charge the credit card for a second time without our consent.This also caused a rift between me and my dad since he thought I took care of the issue last month, which I tried to but never was able to contact the manager but thought I was very clear that this card should never be charged without my consent to every employee that I did speak with. On the day the card was charged I tried to contact the manager with no success as usual so then my father called UHAUL and amazingly he was able to reach the manager. I now think that she was purposely avoiding me since I gave my name each time I called but when he called(he has a different last name), she was caught off guard and did not realize that he was calling for the same issue as I was. All she told him was that she would make sure not to charge the card in the future and proceeded to tell him that if I do not pay my rent in time that they would seize my property that is in storage and auction it off and sell it!!! Can you believe the nerve? My dad is an older man and instead of demading an explanation from her on "why?" and "how?" they charged our credit card without our consent and signature, he let her turn the conversation around on him and make it seem like I'm going to have my property seized and auctioned off since I keep paying my rent late and she got him all worried about that so he just thanked her for her time and then called me to warn me about not paying my rent on time! I then tried to call and she was gone for the day already (supposedly). My point is this: we never received an answer on why they charged the credit card in the first place, not once but twice and with the late fees(since the letter states if I choose to use the credit option they will waive the late fee), even though I did not choose this option, they still charged me and they still charged the late fee and then she had the nerver to make it sound like my property was going to be seized from me!!!I NEVER EVER once paid my rent more than 15 days late, and because I pay my rent late I am charged a late fee and I know this but I CHOOSE to pay that late fee because I CHOOSE to pay my rent late!! I am not worried about my proeprty being seized since I know that I will never NOT pay my rent!! I will always pay my rent as I always have for the past 6 months, whether I choose to pay the normal fee of $215 on the 5th of the month or pay $230 after the 5th or pay $245 on the 20th. I have never let it go THAT FAR!! How dare they use my credit card without my permission and scare my dad into thinking I'm not going to pay my rent in time and my stuff will be seized in order to turn the tables on him and make him lose sight of the issue at hand. So, that is my MAIN concern and the issue that is at hand. I want to add one more complaint to this form while I am here. A few paragraphs above I mentioned how this last letter I received from UHAUL stated that I would incur an additional $15 late fee if my rent was "14" days late instead of it saying "15" days late as it did in the past. This was an issue I had with UHAUL several months back, the first time I was ever charged for both late fees in one month bringing my late fee charge to $30 for that month. In that month, I went on the 20th of the month to pay my bill because I understood the letter I received to mean that as long as I paid my rent by the 20th (which was 15 days from the due date) that I would not incur the second late charge, I believed I would only incur that charge if I paid after the 20th. When I went in person to pay my bill and was being charged $245, I questioned why I was being charged the additional $15 since it was the 20th and the rent was not 15 days late yet, it would have been if I let it go past that day and that was the reason I went there on the 20th so that I did not incur the additional $15 late fee. I was used to paying the first $15 late fee many times in the past but had never had to pay $30 and I did not understand why I was being charged. The first employee I was dealing with (a woman) was very uninformative aand rude and said "the late fee was charged this morning and once it goes in the system, I cannot take it out, there's nothing I can do". I asked her for a manager at that time also and I was told I would have to call Arizona. At this point, I did not know your headquarters were in Arizona and I asked her why I would have to call Arizona. She said that if I wanted to speak to a manager, the manager is in Arizona and I would have to call there. We proceeded to argue a bit because I was getting very frustrated because I did not understand what "Arizona" had to do with my storage room in New York and the employee was not explaining anything to me. I said to her " I don't pay anyone in Arizone, I pay you and I would like for someone to help me here at this location". She did nothing. I went on stating that I had a contract with THEM in NY, I signed a contract in New York and I have no dealings with Arizona and what was she talking about? She got all confused and asked another employee to assist me. The other employee was no better, she at least explained that the headquarters are in Arizona and the late fee was charged through their main system and could not be changed by them once it is charged and I would have to contact Arizona for further assistance. At this point, I tried to plead my case to her, asking her if she understood where I was coming from (she did not). I slowly explained to her that if my rent is due on the 5th and I pay on the 5th it is $215.95, and if I pay any day after the 5th I incur a $15 late fee as I always do and I usually pay $230.95 when I receive the letter which states to me that I have an additional 15 more days before I will incure another $15 late fee. So, if it was the 20th of the month and I came there specifically on that day so as not to incur an additional late fee and not to let the rent become over 15 days late, then why am I still being charged the additional $15 late fee? She said she all she knows is that the charge went into the system early that morning and that she could do nothing to take it out and I have no choice but to pay and take it up with the people in Arizona. I told her that I refused to pay because it made no sense and it was ridiculous and there was obviously some mistake made and I did not believe I should be charged this additional late fee. I then showed her my letter and asked her why the letter said I would only be charged the additional $15 if the rent was 15 days late and if I am there on the 15th day then I am NOT late, I would only be late if I paid on the 21st or later, so I would like her to explain to me why I was sent a misleading letter by them. At this point she got defensive about how "She" personally did not send me the letter, and I had to explain to her that whether it was "her" or any other employee at Uhaul, somebody sent me a letter leading me to believe I would only be charged an additional fee after the 15 days and yet it turns out to be false. She said I should have paid it that morning. I was dumbfounded!! What difference did it make, morning or afternoon, it is still the same day and still during their business hours. Since, I was not happy with their answer, they wrote down the Arizona phone number for me which was not toll free and told me to call Arizone. At that point, I requested that THEY call Arizona, since I should not have to also incur the long distance phone charges and also , I did not want to drive home and have to make another trip back to Uhaul after calling Arizona. So, she called the number and started speaking to someone on the phone but she was not clearly explaining the situation she was basically just saying " acustomer does not want to pay her late fee, etc. etc." but not explaining "why". I asked her if I could speak to whomever she was speaking to but she ignored me and I asked her at least 3 times making full eye contact with her while she proceeded to avoid my eyes and look down and say "um hum, uh huh, OK" and then hang up and tell me that they are not going to take the additional $15 off my account!! She did absolutely nothing for me and I'm starting to wonder now if she was even really on the phone with anybody!! Now, I was really aggravated and tried to get any one's attention who worked there who would here me out. I asked them if there was no manager on the premises, then who is in charge? I did not understand how nobody could be incharge and since these 2 employees were completely unhelpful, I wanted to speak to somebody who could help. Finally, a male employee who was at least more polite and more informative at answering my questions came to assist me. I aexplained to him that it made no sense that the other 2 employees said if I paid this morning I would not have incurred the late fee. I said that if the bill has to be paid by a certain time it should be stated in the letter I received, because an average person would believe that the payment can be made any time during business hours that day (like is true with any other company awaiting a payment on a certain day). After looking in his computer he said that I was charged the late fee at 7 or 8 am and that they were not even open at that time so I would have actually had to pay the day before (the 19th) in order to avoid the late fee. So that would have been 14 days not 15 and the letter was not accurate!! He explained to me that the letter was meant to be understood that on the 15th day the late fee would be charged and that I was understanding it differently. So finally, somebody made sense!! I understood him but still felt that the late fee should be taken off my account since the letter was misleading but since they could not help, I would pay the fee for now and send in a complaint to Arizona later. So that was that. I did send one of those postcards in explaining this issue but I never heard back from anyone and it was only during my last Uhaul visit when I took another comment card that I noticed that it requested the location #. Since I did not provide a location # on my previous comment card, maybe that is why I never heard from anyone. You may want to look finding that comment card sent several months back. Anyhow, it's quite ironic how the new letters you send out correctly state "14" days instead of incorrectly stating "15" days as they did in the past. This lead s me to believe that my comment was in fact looked into and I was in fact correct but instead of receiving the credit I was due, Uhaul just decided to correct their letters and ignore the fact that I was the one who brouught up this issue and ignore the fact that they owe me that $15 due to the misleading information on that letter. I am sure you agree that just by Uhaul changing the 15 days to 14 days is an acceptance of being wrong on your part but instead of attempting to resolve that issue with me, they just decided to start a whole new issue and start illegaly charging my credit card without my consent or approval or signature. My intent now is to take this up with the BBB but when I checked their complaint form on their website it instructed me to attempt to solve this first with Uhaul directly. This is my last attempt to give you a chance to right these wrongdoing's and offer me some sort of explanation. I am saving a copy of this letter I am sending you so that I can show it to the BBB should I have to contact them in the near future if you do not show some concern about this matter. I will also look into having the credit card company take legal action for the fraudulent use of the credit card if necessary if this matter goes unresolved.
*******For the record, the response I received to this was "please take this up with the original location of storage". To which I sent another lengthy response explaining(as I did previously)how I could not receive any help at that location and they referred me to the headquartes in Arizona(the website form I used for my complaint) and my next response from them was "please contact the regional office in Brooklyn" and I was given a telephone number to call. My response to that was "I refuse to be thrown around from one location to another and yet another and if they had any customer service ethics, they would forward my complaint to the proper person who handles it instead of wasting my time having to explain the same story over and over to Uhaul employees who seem unconcerned and offer me no explanation or resolutions and I stated that if the matter is not handled ASAP I will promptly pursue further action with the BBB and Attorney General, etc, etc." I am awaiting their response at the moment but I have been researching Uhaul via search engine and I have so far came across over 1000 web sites dedicated to spreading the word about Uhaul's unethical business practices. If anyone has a similar situation regarding the unauthorized credit card use, please respond with advice or explain how you handled it. Thank you.
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sunbirdgrl on 12/12/2004:
first of all, you are authorizing use of your card when YOU put it on your reservation, second off all, you only get charged for things like, your rental, going over on mileage, extra days. READ THE CONTRACT NEXT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BOTHSIDES on 12/07/2005:
she is complaing about charges to her storage room, you have to check the box on the contract for uhaul to legally charge your card for rent
NY3email on 09/21/2006:
Thank you bothsides for clarifying that....this matter was regarding storage space NOT a truck rental and I did not EVER authorize automatic withdrawals from the credit card. I did not check the box which stated if I did so I would receive a discount. I paid cash from day one and only used this credit card for one payment, and then they started to automatically deduct the payment from the credit card when I was a day late on payment, do you understand? If I had signed up for automatic deductions then why would they automatically deduct it a day after it was due and then add the late fee? It was all a big scam. I ended up taking my stuff out of there after many problems with them and in the end I believe they gave me a $30 credit for the late fees they took out that they were not supposed to....problem was...it was not a $30 refund...it was a credit they gave me after I stopped using the storage space and the credit could only be used for their services which I would NEVER use again. beware of UHAUL. And by the way, I recenlty neede to rent a truck and I used PENSKE and what a difference!!! Much better customer service, much nicer more reliable truck and easy6 transaction.
montcalm on 12/12/2008:
I paid cash for a U-Haul rental and told the woman I would not authorize any charges to the card, she said she was checking a box to not allow the card to be used ( she said they required the card only for identification) I ended up being charged for extra miles PLUS $280 after the thing broke down and had to be towed.

and this was after I had reserved a 17' truck and had to take a 26' one I did not want or like and had to drive the extra miles by highway rather than take a shorter route.
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Serious Issues with U-Haul Lewisville TX
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LEWISVILLE, TEXAS -- I am writing this review to expose some very serious issues. I recently rented a U-Haul trailer (my first experience with U-Haul) and was given a rate of $29.00 for the trailer. Everything went smoothly and I was told to return the U-Haul by 6 P.M. There were no specifications to what location the U-Haul must be returned but that it simply must be returned by 6 P.M.
The next day I noticed an unauthorized pending charge of $73.75 and called to find out what the charge was for. I was told that it was simply a hold in accordance to U-Haul policy and it would disappear within 3-5 business days. Satisfied with this answer I did not further investigate. However, on 11/3/2010 the additional $73.75 charge had gone through and had created an overdraft in my account and I was charged an additional fee of $34.00. I am never overdrawn and am very cautious with my money so I was very frustrated at this point. I called the Lewisville store located on 525 North Stemmons Freeway (College Pkwy) Lewisville TX 75067 and spoke with the general manager there. It was the most unprofessional and inappropriate call I have ever experienced and merely exacerbated the stressful situation. The manager told me “It’s not our fault you didn’t return the U-Haul here” and “You should have known” and “If you tell me you will bring my U-Haul back here then I will just believe that’s true.” (Please note on the last quote that I had never spoken to him before and I was neither informed that the U-Haul must be returned to that location and I never told anyone at the store that I would be bringing it back to that specific location either). He also continued to cut me off in mid-sentence saying “Listen to me, listen to, hey, listen to me.” He was argumentative and offered no apology for the miscommunication between his staff and I; he offered only blame and false scenarios. Toward the end of our exchange he told me “Hey there’s nothing I can do anyway because the other store charged you! So you’re not helping by being mad at me!” I responded in frustration “You should have informed me of that at the beginning of this conversation and apologized for the inconvenience and given me the number to call the other location instead of being argumentative and inappropriate. I cannot understand how you became manager with this level of customer service.” His response was merely “Well, ma’am, thanks for that suggestion and now I’m going to let you go so you can call them.”
I proceeded to call the other store and spoke with the manager there. I relayed all that had happened and he did everything in his power to help for which I am extremely grateful. Unfortunately the corporate office instructed him to call the other manager to ask that the extra charges be dropped, of course, the other manager refused saying “We told her to bring it back here and she didn’t so we will not refund anything.” As I stated above I had never spoken to him and was never informed of this policy or I would have adhered to it.
This is my last option and I am pleading that someone take care of this matter. The Lewisville manager will be able to continue on with his week unaffected by this matter while I attempt to recover from the damages. I expected only to pay $29.00 for the U-Haul but instead (including the NSF fees) have spent approximately $150.00 dollars and counting if other transactions are processed. This is bad enough in of itself, but the real tragedy for me is the money I am spending to recover from this is the money for my wedding dress I have been saving for my wedding in early December this year. Because of this incident I have no way of purchasing my dress and I am devastated by this ordeal. I truly hope someone will read this and rectify this needless situation.
Melissa Wall.
I can be contacted via email at mwall7286@yahoo.com by any U-Haul personnel that can assist me.
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MadMelody on 11/12/2010:
Melissa, I'm sorry for all your aggravation. I have had horrible experiences with U-Haul , as well. Haul stans for: Horrible, Awful, Unfair, Lousy service. If you can even use the word 'Service'! Next time try Ryder rental or any other truck/trailer Rental company. Regrets
Anonymous on 11/12/2010:
I have used U-haul numerous times and knew without asking to return the truck to the same outlet that I rented it from.
My only complaint was how they gouge you for gas if you don't replace it but it is on the contract.
Sorry for your use of poor judgment, not using cash and leaving without knowing what is stated on the contract.
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Where to get heard in UHaul
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PHEONIX, ARIZONA -- I worked in a regional office for UHaul. What I heard and saw UHaul management do to customers went from helpful, to uncaring, to down right detestable. Obviously I've distanced myself from them. So, in helping consumers rectify bad customer service at UHaul, I will provide suggestions;

1. When reserving equipment, call BUDGET and PENSKE first, then call UHAUL and request they match their rate. Regional traffic offices at UHaul have the authorization to match or beat rates. Just be sure you have the exact amount because UHaul does ghost the other companies and does inquires of their own while you are talking to them.

2. If you have an issue, on the exit door to every corporate UHaul center there is the regional cell number of the Marketing Company President. Basically they are the president of that region and they will often try to resolve your issues.

3. If talking to the MCP doesn't help, here are a couple of names and numbers at the corporate office that do have the power to change things (and if not change things, at least you can put a bug under someone's butt);

UHaul Corporate switch board; 800-528-0463
VP Field Operations (#2 man at Corporate):
CEO: Joe Shoen

Just ask the switchboard operator for the offices of these people and they will pass you through. Believe me, they hate getting calls into Corporate and heads will roll.
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leticia diaz on 06/28/2013:
On 6/25/13 I made a reservation for a truck got my conformation num,thinking that I'm all set to move on 6/29/13-6/30/13.a day before picking up the truck I get a call at work from the uhaul in westfield mass,stateing that the truck waz promise to someone else and that I need to pick up the truck on 6/29/13 at 9:00am drop it off at 3:30pm that same day.I said I couldn't be cuz I waz getting the keys to my new home on Sunday,he said that theres notting he can do cuz thiz other family had been promise the truck first,I waz never told that the truck waz promise to someone else he canclled my reservation on me and now I have no truck to move....I will never return to any uhaul again I will let my fam and friends about thiz so they don't have to go through thiz......
Muiche on 09/21/2013:
One big problem with U-Haul is that most U-Haul trucks are rented not from sites owned/leased/run by U-Haul, but instead from independent businesses that provide U-Haul trucks on the side. Therefore U-Haul cannot control these independent sites very well. Sometimes the employees at these independent sites are not familiar with U-Haul services, such as insurance. More than once, an employee has told me inaccurate information about SafeMove versus SafeMove Plus insurance (you want to get the more expensive of the two, or you might feel screwed).
Jean on 09/30/2013:
I put all of my belongings into U-Haul storage in Beaverton, Oregon. I later found that U-Haul reduced our storage space by 2/3 without even telling us. My furniture was missing and my boxes were crammed every which way into the tiny small space they'd given me. This should be against the law.

Then this last week I tried to check the exact date my storage fee is due. For a number of days now, the Beaverton location has been forwarding all their calls to the rude clerks at the Call Center. The clerks claim that Beaverton is "too busy" to take their calls. "Too busy" at the end of September? "Too busy" to serve their customers?

The Beaverton location has more trucks and such than probably any U-Haul in Oregon. But they rarely have much business. Why? They have many employees milling around but only one clerk at the counter to help customers. So everyone has to wait and wait. I go there to pay my bill but can hardly stand it. They close at 7pm weekdays, and did so all summer. They have no caring whatsoever for their clientele.

Boycott U-Haul.
abdoulaye diakite on 10/16/2013:
I buy a truck from U Haul in the Bronx 230 West 23 Street the assistant managers sold me the truck for 2500. and I asked him what's wrong with the truck. and he said that is nothing wrong with the truck is everything is good. so I believe in him because U-Haul is a big company did not goinhplaying games. so when I finish paying the truck. and they make me to sign the papers. so I Drive the truck from there to the highway. the truck was not going fast. and I called the manager and explain to him he told me to do the maintenance two days later I do the maintenance and the truck was still the same. I was driving the truck and the register blow up. I put a new radiator. den I called the U Haul. In I told him that there the truck is not at all and I say what are we going to do. and he told me you already signed the papers. so there is nothing we can do for you. I fix the transmission for $1600, and the truck is still have mall problem. but there is nothing I can do God is my witness and I leave everything on the Creator hand hea
Dee on 12/17/2013:
I am having financial problems and I have been with U-Haul since 2007 in Dallas Texas off of Harry Hines. I usually pay 2-3 mnths at a time due to being in between jobs. But I pay it up. I am asking them to please give me extra time for this payment due to my mother having surgery. They said to me that they cannot accept partial payments. This is such BS. I have been with them for over 6 years and they cannot help me out. I decided that I will figure something out to move out of that storage and I will never use them again for nothing. They are not loyal to their customers at all.
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Money for Nothing
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CORNWALL, ONTARIO, CANADA -- This was a while ago, so I find it really funny now. My lovely wife went on line to rent a truck from U-haul in The Cornwall, Ontario region, and we had arranged a Truck for moving day. When we arrived the truck was not there and the fellow said that he did not receive the notice. All trucks were gone, and none would arrive until 3 days later. We provided the confirmation and he informed us that meant nothing, because he was not hooked up to the system. We were fortunate enough to find one elswhere, and everything was hurried, but got the job done.

Here is the fun part. On our credit card was a charge of $19.95 from the on-line service. When my wife called to have them reverse it, they said that it was not possible as they had provided us with the reservation. We said that the reservation was not received, please reverse the charge. They said that the owner probably received the reservation but forgot about it, and that we should get the money from him. We said that we had moved over 3 hours away, that it would cost us long distance, and that it wasn't our fault that they had screwed up, please reverse the charge. They said that we could submit a claim for the charge by filling out a form, get it back to them and they would get back to us. We said, sounds like too much work, and we would call the Credit card company and reverse the charges ourselves. they said that if we did that, that they would rechage our credit card, with an admin fee. we said we would have that reversed again. They said that they then would take us to court and have us pay lawyer's fees and court costs. We said that we would counter sue for damages, failure to provide a service that was paid for, duress, and whatever other avenues we could think of. They said that our call was being taped and thay had proof that we were being difficult, and would use it as evidence. We said, by all means please do, since it would probably be the funniest conversation a judge has ever heard. They said that we were being rude and a judge would not find it funny at all, we said that a judge would proably compliement us on having the patience to deal with a person who had the ethics of a conman. They told me (quote) go F yourself. We said, how do you think the judge would interpret that in court. They hung up.

We called the credit card company (MC-who were awesome) explained the situation. They said that U-Haul did this all the time, that they would reverse the charge right away, and put a note on our file saying that no charge would be allowed from that address.

To this day, every time I see a U-haul I laugh.
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memoryx57 on 05/14/2009:
Good for you for not letting them bully you !! Glad it worked out..
Anonymous on 05/14/2009:
I like that you were able to see humor in this situation. A lot of people would have been really upset. Sounds like you kept your cool. Glad the cc company was helpful and reversed the charges
dionayass on 02/02/2010:
You are better than I would be in handling this situation. I find no humor in the way their employees handle situations. This I speak from personal experience. I am glad at least someone received some satisfaction.
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Uhaul One Way Move - What A Ripoff
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76013, TEXAS -- So I finally got moved to Abilene before Christmas, I ended up using Uhaul to do the move. I made a reservation online for the truck and picked up from some back alley franchise place less than 3 miles from the Uhaul service center in West Arlington (this should have been the first sign) the employee told me that if I returned the truck early and under the allotted amount of miles I would receive a partial refund for doing so....

So I think to myself I can do a move from 2nd story apartment drive 200 miles in 4 hours and move into a 2nd story apartment in less that 24 hours and get the truck turned back in the following day and get a partial refund.

It was nice that day probably about 65 degrees outside @ 10 am so I get started and get everything loaded up and I am on the road by 3 pm. I get to Ranger, Texas which is about the 1/2 way mark to Abilene and realize that a cold front has blown in and it is cold probably 30 degrees with the wind chill and all I have on is a windbreaker, polo shirt and a pair of river shorts and all of my clothes are inside the Uhaul at the front of the truck.

I make it to my new place around 730 pm and try to find the cowboys-ravens game on TV but I am screwed because its on the NFL network. I start unloading and it is really getting cold outside. I think about saying forget the early return on the truck and just crashing out on the sofa and starting early in the morning but decide not to because I can get a partial refund and the sooner I get unpacked the faster I can get to my warm clothes boxed up in the front of the cab of the Uhaul.

So I unloaded the truck till 4 am in shorts and polo shirt--- the low temp that night in Abilene was 20-something, the wind chill was ungodly I get up the next morning gas the truck up and get it turned in 18 minutes before the 24 hour mark on the contract and I am pretty amazed that I pulled it off all in less than 24 hours. So I ask the guy @ the drop off what the refund to my card would be and he just kind of laughed and said "they told you that? ' and he goes on to tell me that they tell people that all of the time and proceeds to tell me that there is no refunds for turning a truck in early and under mileage. Uhaul will charge you for going over the mileage and keeping the truck out past the due date, but they give you no credit for returning it early. He tells me to call customer service and raise hell and they will partially compensate me for my troubles....

Uhaul customer service was a joke, I filed a claim and was told someone would contact me within 48 hours and they actually did (first time Uhaul kept their word) 2 days later as I am laid up on the couch sucking down bottles of nyquil and eating benadryl like they were m&m's because of the cold I picked up from working through the night. I get the call the representative offered me 30 dollars in Uhaul bucks for my next rental and didn't even apologize....I was so pissed that they thought they were going to buy me off with 30 dollars in Uhaul bucks as if I was ever going to use them again. Since I wasn't satisfied with the offer someone from Management would call me back in 48 hours. I guess they have so many complaints it takes them 2 days to resolve an issue. No one ever called me back, I waited 7 days and fired off another email to customer support, got a call back this morning from some ass in fort worth who was insistent that no one promised me a refund for turning the truck in early, he claims that the owner was at Streamline Auto that morning that I picked up the truck ( which he wasn't, if he was he must have been under the desk) and that the owner never promised me a partial refund for turning the truck in early..

Bottomline...... Uhaul sucks..... I screwed up by not calling Penske Truck Rental, their rate for a 24 hour one way 1000 usable miles 157 dollars, 100 less than I paid. UHAULSUCKS.
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RestaurantGuy on 12/31/2008:
Read the rental contract. If it is not in the rental contract then it doesn't matter what anyone tells you. I have used uhaul numerous times as well as other truck rental companies. The thing about uhaul that I hate is that they make you drive all over town to pick up there equipment. Do your self a favor and use another company but they won't refund money either if you return it early
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Do Not Rely On A U-Haul Reservation
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CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA -- In preparation for taking my son down to college, first year off campus, my wife and I went to our local U-Haul dealer on 9 August 2008. We reserved a 10' truck for pickup on 15 August 2008 for a one way trip to Blacksburg VA.

We were told that we would be called the evening before to tell us the local dealer we could where we would pick up the truck.

As promised, we were called on 14 August and told that we could pick up our reserved truck at the Chantilly, VA location after 4:00 PM on 15 August, but that the truck would be a 14' because no 10' trucks were available. We agreed to accept a 14' even though that would mean higher fuel costs.

On 15 August we were called by U-Haul less than 2 hours before our pickup time and told we would have to go to Winchester, VA to pick up the truck. Winchester is approximately 50 miles away almost a quarter of the way to Blacksburg.

The allowed mileage on the truck would have been enough to cover our originally planned trip, but not to cover the addition of the mileage to pick up the truck. Also we would have had to pay for additional fuel for the truck, plus a 100 miles of fuel for the car to go pick up truck.

The local U-Haul refused to pick up the truck in Winchester, and the Winchester store refused to bring it to Chantilly. The local dealer told us we would have to call U-Haul reservations to resolve this issue. We called the number provided 3 separate times, waiting with a phone ringing up to 25 minutes.

We finally decided to find another source for the truck, because of the short (no) notice, the only thing we could find was going to be approximately $800.00, over 2.5 times the price we had planned.

We were forced to change our plans and reschedule our trip until mid-week. We now have another reservation with another rental company.

We had made our plans around the original schedule. Because we had to change our schedule, we also missed our granddaughters birthday party, had to reschedule the install of cable and internet in Blacksburg, had to reschedule the unload help we had arranged in Blacksburg, both my wife and I had to reschedule dentist appointments, we had to reschedule time off from work, we had to reschedule our dog/house sitter.

After, we had rearranged our plans, more than 3 hours after this mess started we were called by U-Haul saying they had a truck in Arlington, much closer, but we had already made a new reservation, and had rescheduled everything except the dentists appointment.

Obviously, having a reservation means nothing at U-Haul and I think all potential customers need to know that.

I have also entered this same info in the U-Haul customer service site. I did get an email back asking me to contact them at a given number, despite trying three times I have not been able to get through to the person who sent the email..


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Nightmare Experience
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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA -- DO NOT USE THIS U-HAUL LOCATION!!! My entire experience has been an absolute nightmare. I am currently awaiting an acceptable response via the Better Business Bureau. The equipment I reserved and needed to complete my move was not supplied (as contracted). According to Tina (Uhaul rep), a "reservation" is not guaranteed. "If someone comes in off the street and needs that equipment, we have to give it to them" and "woman to woman", I should have been able to handle my moving my washer and dryer without any assistance. Tina should not be allowed to speak with upset customers. My frustration was escalated after my conversation with that rude woman. What an embarrassment for the business as a whole! I was offered a $50 refund (total spent was closer to $450) and a $50 "VIP" future credit. I'm guessing that "VIP" carries as much weight as Uhaul's definition of a "reservation", therefor I declined. If you're looking for a moving solution, do yourself a favor and look elsewhere.
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