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Rating: 1/51

HOUSTON, TEXAS -- I had reserved a car through Travelocity, which I have done many times and it has always been great. HOWEVER, my last reservation with a car rental with Budget was TERRIBLE. I feel I was tricked into coverage I did not want. "Just keep clicking the box at the bottom to get to the signature screen" was what the Budget Counter help said. What I found I was doing was making a $70 rental into a $140 rental. Did I sign? Yes. Was I too trusting of the counter "help"? Clearly. BUT, I will NEVER use Budget or Avis again. Their answer? "You did sign after all. We can take 15% off." RENTER BEWARE. I do NOT recommend these people. This was not Travelocity issue. This is a BUDGET issue. I love Travelocity.

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Rating: 3/51

MADISON AIRPORT, MICHIGAN -- They lost cars in a flood apparently and they tried to downgrade us without telling us - and without taking money off. We specifically paid more money for a larger vehicle WEEKS in advance. We would have been totally understanding if they had called to explain ahead of time that they had problems with vehicles due to the recent floods. Nobody ever called or explained anything and just expected us to downgrade for the same price. We complained and got what we paid for/reserved but we had to wait an hour for them to find the vehicle. The employee literally wandered around the parking lot mindlessly for an hour.

Never Renting From Them Again
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Rating: 1/51

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- I have never had a worse customer experience in my life than I've had with Budget rental today. I set up this rental car for my boss. The location (4555 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States-(ID3)) was completely unresponsive and did not answer their phone over 20 times. We requested a pickup, and they never showed up. My boss was finally able to get through to them, and they were rude, then put him on a hold which disconnected after 10 minutes.

After multiple call-backs and multiple disconnections, they refused to serve him. Meanwhile, I could not get through to the location and was continually transferred to the corporate customer service line. The corporate service line over and over told me I needed to call the location- an impossible task, as I could not get through to the location. No one on the customer service line could offer any solution. I was continually transferred.

After being transferred finally to a manager, the manager was incredibly rude and unwilling to listen to a word I said. This obviously escalated the situation. I definitely raised my voice; He continually was speaking over me not listening to a word I was saying. He kept accusing me of not knowing what was going on, when I kept telling him I just explained what was going on.

His rudeness was completely unacceptable. He refused to transfer me to anyone else and refused to help me. Long story short, and over two hours of aggravation later, my boss was left with NO solution, and Budget did not even try to provide one or make the situation right. I will never use Budget again if I can help it.

Absolutely Horrible
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Rating: 1/51

ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- I prepaid 2 months ahead of time. When I got to the counter there were 2 police officers detaining a man. I surmise it was an irritated customer. There were (I am not exaggerating) 35 people waiting. Instead of taking 1 agent at a time they were talking to all of them at once. We waited more than an hour to get to the counter. We even cheered when a customer finished at the counter. They gave me a space # but forgot to mention that the space was in another car rentals area. Of course there was no one around to help. I was a nervous wreck when I got out of there.

This is the second time I have experienced this in the past year at this location. I blame the management and the company for not seeing it. There had to be at least 4 people that left the line and went to another rental. I don't know if they realized that there was a penalty for being a no show or canceling. But there were a lot of people pissed off about it including me!!!

Beware - Do Not Rent From This Company
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Rating: 1/51

KAHULUI, HAWAII -- Beware and do not rent from this company. These sleazebags are trying to charge me $272 for a bald tire that blew out. Roadside service said this and one other tire was disintegrating and unsafe to drive on. Budget is actually trying to hold me responsible for this wear and tear item caused by their irresponsible maintenance of the vehicle. They expect me to pay for an existing item that occurred over thousands of miles which I did not cause.

My bank is reversing the charges and said Budget has no right to charge me. Budget states they will continue to aggressively pursue collection on it. It is interesting to note that Budget Rent A Car has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau, and this rating is reflective of worldwide corporate owned rental locations.

Incompetent Personel, Greedy Company
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Rating: 1/51

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA -- Two or three years ago I had very pleasant, courteous and professional experience with BUDGET in Sunnyvale, CA. And the price was right too. At that time, I decided to stay with BUDGET for my future needs. Disclaimer: I do need to rent a car once, sometimes twice a year. In other words, I am not a heavy user of the rent-a-car service(s).

My experience from Jan 14th, 2015: I needed a car for 5-7 days from Sunday Jan 11th, 2015 onwards. Called BUDGET's 800 number to make reservation. A lady on other side was very nice, polite, friendly and fast. Her name was Aisha, Usha or something similar - Japanese name. We agreed about the car (Ford Focus or similar). She gave me a quote for CCA $580, including full insurance, unlimited mileage and taxes. She said that cancellation of the reservation will cost me $10. If I do not pick up a car (or something similar) I have to pay $50. I agreed and gave her credit card number.

Unfortunately, my traveling plans changed before the pickup day. I needed to cancel or change the reservation. I was willing to pay $10 fee. Called 800 number. After many automated questions, I got on the phone a live person. I do not remember his name. His attitude, during the conversation was "I do not care about anything, I have to do what I am paid for." No friendliness, very annoying attitude.

On the bright side. He understood what I want to do. I wanted to change the reservation day from Sunday, Jan 11th. He said "No." He also said, "The full price is going to be $40 less than the original quote ($580)." I said, "Great, I like to Wednesday Jan 14th, 2015." He said, "No problem, I can do it for you." I asked him if I need to pay for the change outcome.

On Jan 14th 2015, I've showed up at the BUDGET office (San Jose International Airport) to pick up the car. The sales associate asked for the reservation number. I gave it to him. He checked his computer and said that I need to have another reservation number, because my reservation number was for the past Sunday Jan 11th 2015. I told him, I do not have any additional or new reservation number.

He said, in such a case, he will use the original reservation number to proceed with the process. The price is going to be $880 + $80 for GPS. Total of $960. I could not believe my ears. The price went $300 UP just because of the change of the pickup date. If I would have known that, when I changed the pickup date, I would cancel the reservation and go shopping elsewhere for the better price.

Reminder: the person, who made a change over the phone four days before, told me that the price is going to be $40 less than the original quote. I told sales associate that I am going to one of the competitors to get a better deal. Another reminder: I was at San Jose International airport where are CCA, 10 other Rent-a-Car offices in one row. He said, that I will not find a better deal, because today was a very busy day for all of them. Most of the cars in my category were gone. I said to myself... "Hmm this is a bummer."

Then I told him that I would like to talk to his manager. He said, "Ok...just wait, please, for a sec." Then I waited, 5 - 10 minutes. Nothing. I got bored and decided to talk to another car rental company (SIXT). The lady was very polite and friendly. She said, "Yes, we have car for rent, but not in Ford Focus price range. It is going to cost you $680 all included + GPS as a complimentary." So, I got 4-door BMW with GPS.

Went back to the BUDGET front desk. The manager did not show up yet. The initial sales representative was not there either. Few minutes later another gentleman came to the front desk. I thought... "Wow...great." This is the manager. I approached him and started to explain my case. He listened to for a minute, saying nothing. Then a lady next to him said, "No, he is not a manager. He is sales associate on training." Few minutes later the first sales associate came back (no manager yet) telling me that they cannot do anything to accommodate me. The price is $880.

I said to him "Ok, then please cancel my reservation." He answered, "No, I cannot do this. You have to talk to the company who gave you the reservation." I told him, "The company was the BUDGET and you work for BUDGET." He was firm. He said few times in a row, you have to call the company who gave you reservation. I wished him a nice day, left the BUDGET's desk and went to SIXT. Paid $680 to SIXT. Got a better car, paid $200 less than BUDGET and got GPS for free.

Came home, called BUDGET, one more time, to cancel the reservation. I explained to the gentleman the whole situation and asked for refund. He said, "Ok, I can cancel the reservation. It will cost you $50." Again, I could not believe what I heard. I told him that I was in the BUDGET's office to pick up the car on time. He still did want to waive the $50 fee. Then I asked him to transfer the call to his manager.

A nice person (Daryl) answered the phone. He was very polite, he listen to me, and he apologized for all troubles I had with their sales representatives. He also told me that I will get a full refund in 2-3 days. Conclusion: Stay away from BUDGET. You can spend your time better.

Budget Rented Me a Faulty Car
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LOUISIANA, LOUISIANA -- On July 11, 2011 I made an online reservation to rent a car from Budget Rent A Car. My reservation was for 6 o'clock. I got to Budget at 6 o'clock and my car was not available. The girl working at the front counter told me they did not have my reservation on file yet and sometimes it takes 30 minutes to an hour after the scheduled reservation time for reservation to come through their system. I then waited 30 minutes after my 6 o'clock reservation before I asked if they could check to see if my reservation had come into their system yet. It still had not.

At this point I asked if I could cancel my reservation and just rent a car without one. The woman told me they were currently out of cars and were only offering SUV's so unless I wanted to pay for an SUV it would be best to wait for my reservation to come through. To make a long story short my reservation was made for 6 and I was not in a car until 8. That was 2 hours after my car was supposed to be ready.

Come to find out the reason why it took 2 hours to get this rental car was not because my reservation had not come into their system but they did not want me to have an SUV for the car price. So they were waiting for someone to return a car before they would rent me a vehicle. Instead of telling me this they lied to me.

So I finally get in my rental and on my way. Once I got my rental car to my hotel I noticed that the headlights were not working. I did not think much about it at the time. I just assumed that the headlights were not turning on because it was still daylight. The next day I drove to Texas during the daylight and once I got there I just parked the car at my hotel and did not drive it at night. The next night though I did need to drive my car at night and the headlights still did not come on.

The parking lights and the bright lights worked but the dim lights did not. I called the emergency roadside assistance number because the Monroe, Louisiana office where I rented the car was closed. I was then informed that corporate could not help me out or send me a new car because the Budget in Monroe, Louisiana was not a car of the corporation which left me stranded in downtown Austin, Texas without a ride so I was forced to take a taxi to my hotel.

The next day was my day to return home and have the car returned. When I got to the Budget in Monroe I let them know the headlights did not work and I was stranded in Texas and corporate told me it should not be a problem for them to refund me one days off my bill because they were not able to send me a working car out. I was then told that they were not going to refund me any money because I did not call them to inform them the headlights were not working. To which I responded with "you were closed when I needed a new car and I was bringing the car back today so what was the point in calling?"

They told me that it was not their fault the headlights did not work in the car, they check all the cars before they rent them out. I know they did not check the car before they rented it to me because it had just come in. Four other people then came to the counter to put in their opinion on why I should not get one day refunded back to me. This one man who worked there asked me if the air went out in a home I rented would I expect money off my rent just because it went out. To which I responded YES too.

Needless to say all I got refunded from my $335 bill was $10.99 so I filed a corporate complaint and when I was filing the corporate complaint they also assured me they did not understand what the problem was with refunding me one day off my bill which was all I was asking for. I am waiting now to hear from someone that working in higher management in the Budget Corporation.

Do Not Rent From Budget, Unless You Have a Lot of Time to Call Them Regularly
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DO NOT RENT FROM BUDGET!!! ESPECIALLY BUDGET HYATT in SAN FRANCISCO!!! I rented a car through Budget on Sat, Nov 27, 2010 pick up 08:00 AM. The day I picked up the car I asked how to return the car. I was told to drop it off with the Valet they will take care of it. Well, that is what I did.

To my dismay, one week later I get charged -93.25. Instead of 54 USD Total. A few Days later I get charged another -24.39. I called budget, they said it was not their problem and I had to dispute it with the desk. I found out that I was charged 2 days and that the car was checked out of the system on Sunday at 23.00. I had returned the car at 07.30 am before a 24 hour lapse. The location closed around noon on Sunday, and charged me the full Sunday.

If I was a tourist, and not renting from my location I would have had a bigger headache. The next morning I went into the location and disputed the extra charge with the manager. He apologized and said he would fix things. He even stated, "usually I send budget an email". One week later I still did not receive my Money. I called the Budget Location at Hyatt San Francisco, again he said he would send another email. Well the story goes that I had to call him often until I got fed up on the 28th November 2010 and wanted to complain with Budget head office.

Head office said they have never received the email. So I told them that this is an internal issue and that they must solve this problem. Budget central called Budget Location at Hyatt san Francisco, the manager did confirm that I was overcharged. And I was promised the refund.

On the 05 January 2010 I had been refunded only 24.39. I called Budget again and they said I was only refunded the day's rental and not the extra charges of late fee, second day of insurances. They therefore promised another refund of 31.01. But this was still 5 USD higher than what I was supposed to pay. I was told that the extra costs were insurances, and I had to contact Budget Location at Hyatt San Francisco and sort it out. I called Budget Location at Hyatt san Francisco, and the manager told me that Budget central had charged me 2 days of road side assistance, instead of one. I called Budget central again and they refunded me the extra 5 USD.

I have learned a valuable lesson:
-Get the car Time stamped every time you drop off a Rental (even though many rental car companies let you drop off keys in a postal box).

-NEVER RENT FROM BUDGET. I as the customer had to sort out their non communication between head office and local rental. This should have been the manager's responsibility to call. He should have realized that I had been calling for 4 weeks, and that the emailing system was not refunding my charges, and should have take responsibility and called the central budget location. Central Location should call their local rental to verify the charges.

Pay a little extra and rent from any other company except BUDGET. My rental agreement number is ** if anybody wants to verify my review.

Stay Away From Budget!!! Horrible Experience
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This letter is stemmed from an unbelievably inconvenient, frustrating and horrible experience I recently had with Budget Rental. To say this was the most dissatisfied I have ever been with a company, would be putting it mildly.
My girlfriend and I were set to move from our NJ apartment to another apartment in about and hour away. The specific move-out date was Thursday, September 30th between 2-5pm. Since our new apartment would not be available until October 6th, we planned on renting a truck for a week and storing our belongings there.

We researched a few places and found Budget Rental to be the cheapest. They had a location that rented out Budget trucks 6 miles away, called Liberty. With a 20% coupon we had, we would be paying $27.99/day + .59/mi, which was great. We booked a 16 foot Budget truck on September 5th. The representative from Budget asked us what time we would like to pick up the truck on September 30th. We told them 1:30pm, as we had a very strict time frame in which we would need to be in and out. Everything was going smoothly.

On the move-out day (Thursday), we were all packed and ready to go. It was 11:30am and I figured I would give the rental location a call to see if the truck was available yet, just get a jump on things. I was informed by the representative at Liberty, "The truck is not here and I'm not sure when it'€™s going to be here." Someone was renting the truck that I needed for a week that morning. I was confused; we made a reservation with Budget and even gave them a credit card to hold it. The man explained that I should call Budget and double-check because this type of thing has been known to happen.

I called Budget and explained the situation. They said the only truck available right now was one in Brooklyn, NY. This trip would have taken a long time. It was not yet 1:30pm, so I figured I would just wait until the pickup time and then go get the truck. I was told that I would be put on a notification list and someone would call me when my truck was ready to be picked up, which could take up to 2 hours.

The man I talked to at Budget did not show any signs of confidence that the truck would be there for me. In fact, He used phrases, such as "€œI'€™m not really sure, I don'€™t know, we can try." This made me feel a bit uneasy; all I wanted was assurance that the truck I reserved with my credit card a few weeks back would indeed be there for the time I needed.

It was finally 1:30pm and I went to pick up the Budget truck. When I got to Liberty, the truck was still not there. I waited until 2:00pm, no truck. The representative at Liberty tried calling the person who rented the truck out, no response. I called Budget again, this time from the Liberty location. I was extremely annoyed and frustrated. I explained the situation again and they had no explanation.

The woman I spoke with was just as unsure as the first man whom which I spoke. I asked her how this is possible that a truck I reserved weeks ago was not here at the time I reserved and it was now 45 min past. She told me and I quote, "We don'€™t guarantee the truck, we guarantee the rate." This set me off. How can you not guarantee a truck being there when you make a reservation? I was never informed that the truck "€œmay not" be there when I called, otherwise who in their right mind would use Budget?? The truck being there on time is the main part of the reservation.

I then asked her what she could do to help me. She replied that there are no trucks available and that she would put me on a notification list when one does become available. This was another 2 hours that I didn'€™t have on the same list I was on before, and still did not hear anything from! There was no excuse for not having my truck. More so, they offered absolutely no help, concern or consideration for my time frame.

At the very least, they should have offered to rush another truck there for make up for it. It was now 3:00pm. I realized at the point, they would do nothing to help me and it was a lost cause. The last thing the woman said to me and I quote, was"€œMaybe you should contact a competitor for a truck." Are you kidding me???

At 3:30pm, I was scrambling through phone books to find another truck at the size I needed. I finally found another truck, which was double the price I was planning to spend. By the time I got to that location, filled out paperwork and drove it to Hoboken, it was now 4:15pm. I had 45 minutes to move my entire apartment into the truck. I had to rush to make the 5:00pm cutoff for when we had the elevators reserved.

My girlfriend called Budget back later that day to AGAIN explain what happened and see if we could receive some compensation for the aggravation they caused us, not keeping a reservation and causing us to resort to a competitor for twice the amount. They said there was nothing they could do about it.

I never received calls for the 2 notification call lists I was presumably on. They did not apologize. If I was unable to find this last minute truck, I would have had to pay a heavy fee for my apartment complex for not being out of my building by Oct 1st. To top it off, I called back Liberty around 6:30pm that day, just so see if the truck was there. Nothing. It was like I never made a reservation at all. There should have been a truck on site for these situations, especially when someone rents it for a WEEK.

Budget Rental was the sole reason for my inability to move out on time. They are fully responsible for the exhausting, irritating and inconvenient day that I had to endure. It was truly the most horrendous experience I have ever had with a company. The conduct in which Budget Rental and its corresponding employees runs its business is disgraceful. Their unwillingness to problem solve was among the worst I have ever seen. There was no professionalism, urgency or regard for my situation. I am utterly disgusted with the provided service (or lack thereof) and will never use Budget services again.

In addition, I will warn everyone about Budget and how unhelpful they were throughout this entire ordeal. They took no responsibility for their actions and did absolutely nothing to make it easier on me. Their solution was to contact a competitor, which I will do from now on and urge everyone else do to as well. Words cannot express my anger regarding this experience. Budget is unreliable, untrustworthy and completely ignorant as a company.

"Budget" Is a Misnomer
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My experience with Budget Rent a Car was that I had reserved a car online for a stay in Ireland. When I got to the end of the reservation form and submitted it the web page seemed to have a glitch and took me back to the beginning. I filled out the beginning again then wondered if I would be charged twice so I closed the window and later checked my email. It confirmed that I was all set. I have to say right here that I had only rented a car once before from Enterprise, and it was a great experience.

When I got to the Shannon airport, I was walking toward the rental counter and noticed that there was a large crowd of customers at the Hertz desk which was right beside the Budget desk. No one was standing in front of the Budget desk. That should have been my first clue. Like a naive person, I never thought to see if there were any consumer complaints about Budget. After all, it's a nationally known company. If they were that bad would they still be in business after all these years? I know. Faulty reasoning, right?

When I approached the nice young lady at the desk, I was told that they didn't have anything reserved for me and that they didn't have anything available except an upgrade. I explained the glitch at the end of the rental form and she (flustered) said "sometimes you have to enter things twice." (???) So I said I had gotten a confirmation email and I showed it to her.

The Manager came over and said they had only a couple of SUVs and that it would cost more. I hesitatingly said "Let me just check with these guys" and started to step over into their queue. He quickly said, "Let me see what we can do." He went into a rear office for a second and called the young lady back as well. After a few seconds, he came out and started poking around on the screen. He MAGICALLY (well, it IS Ireland, you know) came up with a Toyota Corolla which, coincidentally was the exact vehicle I had reserved in the first place. Hhmmmm.

We (my two young daughters and myself - I'm a woman) drove to the Dingle peninsula. After a couple of days, I tried to withdraw some money from an ATM and it said my balance was too low. That couldn't be. I had to have a friend wire me some money to finish out the trip. I got to checking and they had added additional charges, including $800.00 for insurance which they said had to be paid up front -- a year's worth of insurance!

When I complained after bringing the car back, they said "Well, you signed the paperwork". Enough said. My experience with Ireland otherwise was delightful and I had no other shady experiences. It's a BUDGET problem, not an Irish problem. Buyer beware! Stay away from this company. I hope the young lady at the desk (it seems like she had just started working there) jumps ship and loses those losers.

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