Thrifty Complaint - The Worst Rental Car Experience in Thrifty!
We were suppose to pick up the minivan in Las Vegas airport that we have reserved on Thrifty.com about 1.5 month before. Even with drop off in San Francisco, weekly rental, unlimited miles the price was pretty good, about $450. The pick up time we indicated on reservation was 11 am. We came to airport 11:10 am, huge line, so we got to the counter around 12:15 pm.
Customer service lady refused to honor our reservation price even after I showed printout, actual email received from Thrifty and went to Thrifty web site on my iPhone to show her the reservation. As a robot she was saying continuously: "There is nothing I can do, computer shows different price, your rental price is $575 instead." For some reason she looked surprised that we had a nerve to argue with her. 15 minutes after she finally called manager. New lady went over our reservation, said she will do a "special" arrangement for us (!) to honor the price the company gave us! What "special" arrangement?! All you have to do is honor your own reservation! Manager promised us that she will adjust the price, but since it will take time, meanwhile we can go pick up the car, and she will meet us there with modified invoice.
Anyway, another 40 minutes were spent trying to decline their additional insurance and trying to prove that our own car insurance does cover rental cars. We had to call our insurance to get them fax our policy, otherwise Thrifty won't agree. Advice to everyone renting car: if you are planning to use your own insurance make sure to have your policy on hand where it's clearly defined!
Finally we went to get a car, we waited another 30 minutes, no one showed up. We left deciding to call Thrifty and resolve this matter over the phone.
Wonderful week in California passed by, we got to San Francisco about 4 pm and went to return car to one of the city locations.
I somewhat expected problems so wasn't surprised when a technician gave as a printout of total price $865 after we returned the car. After we asked what is going on he just said a computer gave me this price. Here we are again at customer service counter. Plus side, only 1 person ahead of us.
We got to the counter, the nightmare is all over again:
1. there is no mentioning anywhere that manager in Las Vegas adjusted the price
2. our reservation had unlimited miles, their's reservation had 1500 miles we we were hit with additional miles charge
3. we brought the car too early! The weekly charge kicks in ONLY when car is returned at 5 pm, not a minute before. Since we returned car 4:05 pm our weekly reservation disappeared and some day by day change appeared! The funny thing is that manager suggested us to get the car again and drive around for an hour, and come back at 5 pm because the computer (again) won't let him to adjust anything! Finally we negotiated to not getting a car, and simply come back a hour later and he will make another adjustment that looks like we returned car at 5 pm.
Saying that we were furious would be a big understatement, we travel quite a bit, rent cars very often, sometimes we have issues, but not anywhere even close to this one.
I have to thank the manager in San Francisco who spent quite some time with us, on a phone with Las Vegas, Thrifty and finally resolved the whole issue. He even apologized for all our trouble, something that no one in Las Vegas never thought of! Actually our final price came about $30 less than our original reservation. We haven't complained, but for all the time and troubles they should have given us the car for free!
Avoid Thrifty even if they have lowest prices (though I assume this could have happened to any other car rental);
Always have your insurance card AND insurance policy if you want to decline rental's insurance;
Call your rental company before pick up and triple-confirm price, pick up time, drop off time, miles to avoid surprises (though, again, it might not help).