E-Z Rent A Car Complaint - Don't Ever Rent A Car From This Company
On Monday March 21st I rented a car from a small location at 7975 San Fernando road. Sun Valley, ca, 91352. Their phone number is (818) 767-8816. The rate was $36/day and I had a 200 mile a day deal. I rented the car for 3 days.
I was scheduled to go to San Francisco from Monday 3/21 through Tuesday 3/22, it was a short trip so I had a tight schedule to complete all my tasks on very little time. On the Morning of Tuesday March 22 I was on my way to my first scheduled stop and on the way the car started to make a very loud and frightening grinding sound. I started to become alarmed but was trying to remain calm as the sound kept coming and going, after 10 minutes of this my concerns became greater and greater as the car continued to make the sound and it increasingly got worse very quickly. I stopped and immediately called EZ rental hoping for assistance as my whole trip would be a waste if I did not resolve the problem in a timely manner. I was told by the man on the phone that the noise was pre-existing and to continue driving the car. I got back in the car hoping that what he had said was true and I could continue my trip uninterrupted but as I started driving the car again the noise had become severely worse and consistent with no break and the car began to jerk to the right, we had planned many things for that day and there was a 4 month old baby in the car and at that point I knew that it was unsafe to continue driving under those conditions. I had no choice but to turn around and drive all the way back to our hotel to plan other arrangements. I was told by EZ rental to take the car to Firestone, I called Firestone and they were booked for the next 3 days and referred me to another mechanic, I took the car there and and after a brief inspection they told me that the car was not safe to drive due to a damaged wheel barrel, I called EZ rental again and the employee said that he refused to pay for repairs and insisted that we drive the unsafe car back to Los Angeles. I refused to endanger myself and my passengers especially since I was warned by a mechanic not to attempt to drive the car and took the car to Firestone for repair, Gilbert store Manager of Firestone contacted EZ rental and the agreement was that we would leave the car there for repair and pick up. I had to cancel my trip and purchase 2 train tickets back to Los Angeles for a 7 hour detour and a very unpleasant experience all together. My trip was ruined, I spent much more money than I had planned, the car ended up taking over any time I could have used to complete my scheduled plans, your company was very unhelpful in assisting me with alternatives and basically left me stranded to figure out how I would return home. The car was used for 1 day and the rest of the trip was running around trying to figure out how to resolve this disaster.
I expect a full refund on the car rental expenses and to be reimbursed for the alternative train tickets that I was forced to purchase in order to get back home. I believe this is the least your company can do for me after endangering me and my passengers, ruining a very long anticipated trip and leaving me stranded miles away from home.