WICHITA, KANSAS -- Let me start by saying U-Haul must have the dumbest people working for them. I wanted to rent a car dolly to pull a truck. I went to the website to gather information on U-Hauls car dollies and this is what I found. A car dolly is designed for the front axle weight of the vehicle, not the entire weight of the vehicle. Here is what is written on the web site:
The vehicle being towed: Must not weigh in excess of 3,450 lbs. if it is front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and 3,900 lbs. if it is rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Must have a maximum outside-to-outside tire width of 72". Must not exceed a body width (at the doors) of 75". Note: body widths over 72" must use late-model U-Haul Tow Dolly (identifiable by silver galvanized color). Low-hanging equipment on the vehicle being towed such as spoilers, air dams, ground effects, etc., may be damaged by contact with the tow dolly during loading and unloading. Make sure there is enough clearance for these items. Tow lights (tail/stop/turn) required at rear of vehicle being towed.
VEHICLE TO BE TOWED: The vehicle that I wish to tow is a 1991 Ford F-250 super cab, front axle weight is 3765 pounds according to the manufacturers sticker inside the door. The outside-to-outside tire width is 71” according to my measurements. I have established the truck I want to tow is within the guidelines posted on the internet.
TOW VEHICLE: Now the truck I am planning to pull this truck with is a 1990 Ford F-250 super cab, 460 cui engine, 1-ton towing package including a automatic transmission made for towing, receiver hitch rated over 10,000 lbs. (I use this truck to pull a bobcat skid steer and with the trailer on my truck, skid steer on the trailer and the weight of the towing truck I am somewhere in the weight of 18,000 pounds total that's including my topper and tools in the bed.)
I have the correct mirrors, operational trailer light hook up and interchangeable receiver hitch balls. Now there is no question I am equipped to pull a U-Haul car dolly, using their internet guidelines for the dolly and the vehicle I want to pull. U-Hauls internet guidelines is as follows:
Your towing vehicle: Must be equipped with a full hard top if it is a sport utility type vehicle. If the top or any portion of the top is removed, or is not a hard top, your sport utility type vehicle cannot be used for towing U-Haul equipment. A full hard top must be in place. Must weigh at least 750 lbs. more than the vehicle being towed. Must have Class 2 tow hitch (3,500 lbs. minimum weight-carrying rating).
Must have 1-7/8", 2" or 2-1/8" hitch ball (3,500 lbs. minimum). Must not exceed maximum allowable hitch ball height 25". Must have external mirrors on both sides. Must have fully operational lighting. Tow dolly lighting must be operational at all times, day and night, loaded or unloaded. Maximum recommended speed is 45 MPH
I drove my 1990 Ford truck to a U-haul dealer, I informed the salesman behind the counter that I wanted to rent a car dolly for 24 hours. I was asked what my pulling vehicle was, I gave him the same information I wrote above for the tow vehicle. Then I was asked what kind of vehicle I was planning to tow. I gave him the same information I listed above for vehicle being towed. The U-Haul salesman proceeded to tell me my front tire width was too big and my truck would not fit. I told him I measured the width and it was 71” and I told him I measured the car dolly and it would fit on the dolly.
Then the U-Haul salesman tried to tell me my truck to be towed was too heavy. I told him the weight of the truck did not matter because the tow dolly utilizes the axle weight and the front axle is rated at 3765 pounds under the 3900 pound limit which is listed in the website for U-Haul. Then the salesman tried to tell me my truck transmission wouldn't handle towing another truck after I told him the transmission in the tow truck was for towing.
The salesman then entered all the specs I gave him for the truck to be towed and the truck that is doing the towing in his computer. GUESS what I was told, my towing truck was not big enough to tow the other truck. Therefore he could not rent a car dolly to me. For grins an giggles I asked him to enter my Crown Victoria as the vehicle being towed using my towing vehicle information (The 1990 Crown Victoria weighs 3715 pound total). Its gets better, the computer says my truck is still not big enough to pull the Crown Victoria.
The website gives the information you need to see if you can use a car dolly and because the program on their computer says something different I cannot rent a car dolly. The sales people DO NOT FOLLOW what is even written in their brochures (same as the website). This only gets better. I called 2 different numbers for U-Haul and not one person I spoke to could over ride that damn computer nor did they have any answers for me that would help.
Since no one can override the computer and what is written on the computer is gospel, I stand to lose a truck I really needed to get home. A car trailer would work if my truck had steering and a transport company wasn't too expensive.
TO YOU U-HAUL: Let me suggest that you gather your information from people in the real world who pull trailers for a living, not from statistics or from some educated idiot who thinks he knows what's going on. Teach your employees to think for themselves instead of letting them think your policies have no options. I think your services suck and here is a list of websites of people's complaints about you. I think you better get a clue as to why your sale's is down. I also want other people out there to know they are not alone with bad experiences. I will NEVER use U-HAUL in the future and I hope other people who reads this will learn something from it.
The CEO of U-haul gave out his cell phone number last night on an episode of Inside Edition, inviting consumers to call with complaints or questions. Joe Shoen explained saying, “People can't get this organization to behave, I can.” That number is 602-390-6525.
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 granddaughter's 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..
Also the email contained the following veiled threat: "You are hereby on notice that this e-mail message is confidential and proprietary. This e-mail message is specifically intended for use by the recipient for which it is addressed. As the designated recipient or unintended recipient, you are hereby PROHIBITED from any DISCUSSION, DISSEMINATION, DISPLAY, DISCLOSURE, REPRODUCTION OR COPYING of this e-mail message. Any third party disclosure is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail message in error, please delete."
N. MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA -- Be aware trucks only get 5-7 miles to the gallon as quoted to me by the executive office when I questioned how I could have used $35 for 63 miles. I rented a 14' (only one available to move an upright piano and 2 small end table) at the N. Miami Beach depot. Did 63 miles (question that to). Gas gauge never worked properly and was checked out at 1/4 of a tank until we started to move then dropped to empty. Drove a couple of blocks to a gas station and threw in $10 just to see how much it would register, never moved off the 1/4 on idle. Gauge remained at 1/4 or was always a hair over on each fill up and while driving went to empty and at idle a hair under.
Threw in another $10 after driving aprrox. 30 miles for the return trip approx. 33 miles according to the odometer, again the needle registered a hair over the 1/4. Upon returning the truck I explained to the check in person there was something wrong with the gas gauge only to fall on deaf ears. The gauge resisted a hair and I mean a hair under the 1/4 making it $20 a total of 63 miles (which I also questioned) as their estimate for mileage was 50 miles from point A to point B and we drove a very direct route that I drive the exact route frequently and never was 60+ miles.
The check-in person make it at 3/16 of a tank and they said I would have to pay $30+ their cost of gas if I didn't add the 1/16 to make it 1/4 of a tank. So now I drive it next door to the gas station and throw in another $5, needle never moves, throw in another $10. Now it registers at a hair over 1/4 and they sign me out at 5/16 of a tank. Making it a total of $35 to do the 63 miles.
Customer service are robots and are not interested in anything you say. I paid the bill and called the main office to complain the next day. Customer service person wasn't interested in anything I had to say, cut me off and said they had my complain already on file and someone would call me in 48 hours to resolve the discrepancy.
Ha! 5 days later no one ever called! I call again giving the complaint # it was given and CS just wanted my information all over again, then said, "Well if no one ever called you an you need to speak to corporate." Gives me another # to call. I call and of course not the right department gives me another # to call and again not the right dept but transfers me to who knows were.
Finally I get someone who says they handle the complaints and she tells me there was nothing wrong with the gas gauge that 5.48 miles to the gallon is right, their trucks only get 5-7 miles to the gallon. Renters Beware! Their rates may be cheap by the day but it will cost you a lot more in mileage and gas.
I experienced two thefts. Told I would be ok after the first but before I could retrieve my remaining property I was robbed again! Lost nearly everything including all my clothes, stereo equipment, art books, and music, as well my photos and art work. I HATE these guys and would NOT recommend U-Haul to my worst enemy! DO NOT TRUST U-Haul!!!
SAN ANGELO, TEXAS -- Went 3 times to get bottles filled. 1st time they said [hose] was cracked. 2nd time no one qualified to pump propane was there. 3rd time I called ahead and was told no problems they could fill my bottles. When I arrived (45 min later) they said they were out of propane and couldn't help me. If they are too lazy to fill bottles they should take down the signs and not advertise that they do.
CORNWALL, ONTARIO, CANADA -- This was a while ago, so I find it really funny now. My lovely wife went online 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 elsewhere, 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 recharge 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 probably compliment 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.
COEUR D ALENE, IDAHO -- So I got a U-haul. The first month is free and my payment was due on June 30th. Well I decided to make my payment for the $79.99 storage unit 3 days early. Somehow it went to $84.98 is what they said. Okay no big deal, tax right? So everything went good with the payment until my bank account balance automatically text me anytime anything is spent on my account. It said the charges were for $97 and 69 cents.
So naturally I call the local store. They said a supervisor would call me back. Well, I got no call back. Then I call corporate and was told they are working on it and would call me back, still no resolution for days later. I have called the store, spoken to many customer service representatives, and even corporate. I have been hung up on and they have sworn they only took that much money yet my statement says otherwise.
Trying to get this matter resolved is near impossible so I will be taking them to court for false advertisement because the advertisement was get a storage unit. Want first month free $79.99 a month, not 97 dollars in 69 cents a month. I have talked to an attorney and what they did is considered false advertisement and theft. I am in the middle of filing Better Business Bureau dispute. And before I got the storage unit, I rented one of their trucks and they told me the gas tank was full, it was not. I had to fill up the gas tank from half way and yet they would not result that matter with me also.
When I first got the storage unit they did not explain to me anything. "Where was that?" I had to ask other people where to go. This whole uHaul experiences been very stressful, very time consuming, and now has over ** my account costing me way more money than it should have. The resolution I am seeking in this is training for customer service representatives, new management at court Elaine, and all my money back for the uHaul truck for storage for my time, and a free month of storage. Because a true customer service department would have helped me get through this and the store would not keep ignoring me.
I have tried to go into the store and was told somebody is in my account working on this and yet nobody is. Because when I call corporate, they said they do not have any information on this and I will get a phone call within 24 hours. It has now been 5 days. This is not OK. They think that people have all this money when we don't. I live on a limited budget income for me, my wife, and my 5 kids. As is, we are already homeless living out of a hotel.
TEXAS -- Several months ago, I was planning a cross-country move and checked into UHaul's U-Box Pods system. I spent an entire day on the phone with them, because I kept getting "transferred" and cut off. I spoke with seven different people, and got seven different quotes for the exact same scenario. They refused to send me a quote in writing (ie. an email) until I'd paid them an amount ranging from $240 to $650, depending on who I was talking with. I asked to speak with a manager, and kept being transferred randomly to various non-managers. Not that it mattered, because when I did get someone who said he was a manager, he was as clueless as the rest of them.
I had such bad vibes about the company that I changed my entire plans for the move and did NOT use UHaul. Now my son has made a cross-country move, and he did use UHaul's U-Box pods. He's been in his new location for a month, and hasn't gotten anything except a runaround from UHaul. They didn't show up to pick up the boxes the day they said they would. They sent him an email stating they were going to charge him for storage, even though he doesn't want anything stored. They were supposed to have delivered the boxes within two weeks. It's a month - no boxes, and no one seems able to tell him where they are or when they'll be delivered.
He's been reduced to threatening them with legal action if they don't deliver. Carry your worldly goods on your back if you have to, but avoid UHaul like the plague. I've never dealt with a more inept, unprofessional, poorly run company in my life, and that includes spending endless hours on hold with AT&T's laughably named customer service. I did get to hear at great length about one UHaul rep's daughter, who's a long haul trucker, so if that's what you want from a moving company, then maybe they're right for you. Anyone who actually wants to move their possessions would be well advised to look elsewhere.