Enterprise Rent-A-Car Complaint - Drop off charges ????
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA -- I recently rented a car from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport location. My husband and I flew into Raleigh-Durham and rented a vehicle from Enterprise to drive home. We had a lot of business to take care of and were going to be coming home with a lot of belongings so we decided to drive home. I have rented from Enterprise in the past and have always had a positive experience. This time it turned into a nightmare. I made the reservation online and even had a live online chat with a customer service representative. When we got to the Enterprise office in Raleigh, it was so crowded. There were people everywhere. By the time it was my turn to go up to the counter, it was such a rush and when they asked me if anyone else would be driving the vehicle and I said, yes, my husband, they only asked me for his driver’s license and didn’t need to see or talk to him. He was standing outside with all of our luggage. They just took my driver’s license, his license and my credit card and the woman who took care of me only asked me if I wanted a Sonata or a Taurus and then told me to come outside and get the car. We were rushed outside, she pulled the car up and handed me the keys. I asked her if she was going to inspect the vehicle before giving to us and she said “Oh yeah, it’s so busy here today, I almost forgot”. I also had to ask her to mark how much gas was in the vehicle because it was only ½ full.
The trip was fine but here is the really bad part. We drove back to New York and when I went to return the vehicle to my local Enterprise office, they looked at me like I had five heads. The Customer Service Representative told me that they do not accept cars from other branches. You cannot even imagine this ordeal. I have never had a problem like this with any other company I’ve rented from and have never heard of such a policy. The CSR then proceeded to call the Raleigh office and put me on the phone with a CSR there who was very rude to me and said that they do not do “one way rentals”. I never knew about this. When I made the reservation I clicked on “drop off at another location” and that was it. I never thought about this nor was I ever informed about this policy. Apparently though, if you rent from an Enterprise office, the vehicle must be returned to that office no matter where else you drive to. I was shocked. There was no way I would have ever rented the vehicle from them if I knew this. They said there was going to be this big drop off charge and when I told them no one had ever informed me about it, they said I should have known before I rented the vehicle. They then put me on the phone with a manager and he was also very rude to me. I explained that the day of the rental, I was rushed out and when they asked me if I would be driving anywhere else, I said yes and they never asked me where or anything. They give you unlimited mileage but you still have to drop the vehicle off at the location you rented it from. I was really both annoyed and shocked and frankly, very very nervous. Since the manager was rude to me, I asked him very sarcastically, “So, what if I drove to California, would I still need to drive the vehicle back to Raleigh”, he chuckled and said “yes” and then I said, “This is absurd, I can’t believe how this company operates” and with this awful rude tone he said to me “Then you should have rented with another company”. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and then I got more annoyed and loud and he started saying they were going to charge me $2.00 per mile which would have come out to around $1,100.00 plus the rental, which was only $206.00 to begin with. I told him I didn’t have that kind of money and he started saying he’d have to pull someone from his office to come and pick up the vehicle and when I said, “Can’t someone just rent the car from there, he said they don’t share vehicles. I said “How was I supposed to know that?” and he said, “You should have asked”. Whoever heard of such a thing? He then said I should read my contract and I told him, “Are you kidding me, I was rushed out of there, I’m lucky I got my full name on the line”. So after this whole back and forth drama and the manager at the Enterprise office I was attempting to drop the vehicle off spoke to this guy in Raleigh, he gets back on the phone with me and tells me that “he doesn’t normally do this for anyone and can get in big trouble but he’ll do me a big favor and ONLY charge me $550 plus the rental”. Now I only had $500.00 to go on my credit card, they took a $200.00 hold and the rental was $206.00 so I thought I was covered for the initial rental and told this person that I did not have enough to pay for it and he told me to “Figure it out”. I then got very frustrated and the manager where I was took the phone from me and was trying to work something out. He took the keys and said he was working it out and was going to check out the vehicle to make sure there were no damages (which there were none) and that I had enough gas (which there was a full tank) and then told me everything was okay and that the Raleigh office would be contacting me to “negotiate” something.
I did not hear anything from them and kept trying to call and left several messages. When I checked my credit card online, I saw that there was no balance left and when I called the credit card company, they told me that the card was charged by Enterprise for $550.00 and when I told them I did not authorize the charge, they told me that I had to call Enterprise and that there was nothing they could do for me. I kept trying to call Enterprise, left more messages, sent emails and to no avail. Today I looked at my credit card statement online again and there was now a charge for $899.28!!!! I cannot figure this out. I am so upset and now I am going to be charged who knows what from my credit card company for going WAY over the limit. I finally had a chance to calm down and read the back of the contract and there is a part that says they can charge a drop off fee of $100.00 or $.50 per mile if the car is dropped off at another location, whichever is greater. So to the best of my estimation, at 550 miles charged at $.50 per mile, would come out to $275.00 and even if they add the $206.00 for the original rental that comes out to $681.00. What is the extra $218.28 for? I am so confused and keep calling to get them to send me a bill or an estimate, a breakdown of what they are charging me but I cannot get anyone’s assistance. This was just not a pleasant situation, there’s no way we would have rented this vehicle had I known any of this, I would have made other arrangements for sure and I know it is my responsibility to read this contract, but it’s a four page contract, in tiny little writing and it was such a rushed rental, I just don’t know what to do and how I am going to pay for this. Can you imagine a person wanting to go through this? Had I known any of it, I never would have bothered. Was I supposed to guess that this was their policy? Do I let them just get away with this? How do I know they won’t charge me more money again??? I am really very upset and need some guidance on this one.
I do not feel this was fair treatment and I was treated very rudely. Does anyone out there care about consumers? Are we all just to be made to bow down to these big companies and have to deal with whatever they dish out? Am I just another number? Someone, please help!