[Resolved] Alamo Damage Recovery Unit / charges for damages we did not cause

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We received a letter from Alamo's Damage Recovery Unit 10 days after our trip to California in April 2014. The letter stated that we caused damages to our rental minivan and asked for either our insurance or credit card information, but mentioned nothing about location, cost etc. When we called on Monday, April 21, the agent told us the location of the alleged damage we caused, but would not tell us the cost, simply that "we've already billed you and it will get to you shortly". My husband told the agent that we were denied a walk-around upon returning our car, and she said "we don't do them at the airport". In the same conversation she told him that the report indicated the agent "confronted" him about the damage. I'm wondering how we would have been confronted if they wouldn't do a walk-through? Also, would they not have a signature acknowledging the damages? We received a second letter roughly a week later, dated the day AFTER our April 21st phone call, with black/white photos of a scratched bumper and a damage total of ~ $600. The email address [protected] was listed in the bottom, so we sent them a polite email asking for, among other things, date stamped copies of the damage as well as any signed paperwork acknowledging the damage. We got an immediate auto-response that acknowledged receipt of the email, and informed is they would forward it to the correct department. Then...nothing until May 13, 2014. Another letter (postal mail) with all the same info but the name Dionne signed at the bottom. I emailed her the same day, again requesting date stamped photos along with other things. I have yet to hear back. As an honest, hard-working person, this whole experience is very disheartening. My brother worked for Enterprise (Alamo's parent company) for almost 10 years, and always portrayed them as an honest, fair company. I feel like I did a deal with the devil - there's no way to go back in time, and I'm stuck dealing with an issue from over a month ago two states away and can't even get anyone to send me a personal response. I have lost faith, trust and respect in Alamo/Enterprise/National, and will NEVER do business with them again. On another note, I do have an inquiry in to the Insurance Commissioner for the State of California, and plan to file a complaint with the Attorney General as well. Good luck to anyone else in my situation

  • Resolution statement

    Customer care service did everything in their power to resolve this complaint. All attempts to contact the complainant have failed. Therefore, this complaint has been annulled and must not be considered where image of the company in question and it's services are concerned.

  • Alamo Rent A Car Customer Care's Response, Jun 04, 2014

    We take customer service seriously and want to assist you. Please email [protected] with: o Renter’s full name
    o Current phone number
    o Location rented
    o Rental agreement (RA) number
    o “DX” or claim number
    o Description of the concern – this may include the original tweet or web article and/or email of details the customer submits to us. Your reference number is 140604-001769. -Tatiana

  • Alamo Rent A Car Customer Care's Response, Aug 05, 2015


    Thank you for your email and all of the information. Our team acts as a bridge between our customers online and the upper managers that can best address your concerns. Based on the information you have provided, I have forwarded our correspondence over to the corporate office that handles the Islip location to address further with you.

    If you have any further questions or concerns, please email us at [protected]


    Tatiana Jackson
    Social Monitoring Coordinator

  • Alamo Rent A Car Customer Care's Response, Mar 22, 2016

    Thank you for your comments. We have taken note and would like to speak with you directly about this. Please send a detailed email to [protected] including the exact rental location information, your contact information, your claims, rental agreement or reservation number and any further information regarding your experience with us.
    When emailing, please list Reference Number 160322-000557 in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you.
    Carol H.
    Social Media
    Alamo Rent A Car

  • Alamo Rent A Car Customer Care's Response, Aug 22, 2016

    Hi Mark,

    We would like to look into this further. Please email [protected] and include a good contact telephone number and email address so that I can look into this for you. Please include reference number 160822-004512 in the subject line of your email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Social Monitoring Coordinator
    Alamo Rent A Car

  • Alamo Rent A Car Customer Care's Response, Sep 14, 2016

    Ilanym, customer service and satisfaction are very important to us at Alamo. I would like to follow up with you. Please email me at [protected] with the complete details, contact information and any rental agreement numbers. Please reference #160913-000206. I look forward to hearing from you soon, thank you. Chris, Social Monitoring Coordinator, Alamo Rent-A-Car

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  • Ge
      Jul 06, 2015

    Geraldine M Van Ness 813 684 1685 1225 Astor Commons Pl Apt 102 Brandon, Fl. 33511 MY ACCIDENT REPORT
    Enterprise Mc Arthur Isl;p Airport Bohemia
    RA # z2829161874
    Ref# 140164-001769 Tatiana

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  • Jo
      Sep 28, 2015

    To whom it may concern.

    Jose Valdovinos
    8215 Sugar Cane dr. Baytown TX 77523
    My accident report. # 15-12826 (attached)
    I rented a auto at LAX location Friday September 18 2015.
    I had a minor accident; see report attached.
    I was backing up slowly from a parking spot when suddenly a pick up t truck passing by driving about 25 to 30 miles per hour on a 15 mph zone and hit me on my rear bumper. The driver did not have a valid driver license, and he did not want cooperate exchanging information; he said he lives in the next street and he left the accident scene. I took pictures of the driver and the truck plates plus damage areas of the cars. I called the cops to make an accident report, when they arrived; cops went to get the driver of the pickup truck to fill out the report. The pickup driver had insurance but no valid driver silence.

    Please send me updates on this matter. at [protected] or text or call 832 226 6327

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  • Ku
      Sep 30, 2015

    I received similar letter, as mentioned in above post from 2014, from Alamo Damage Recovery unit about damage or loss to rental vehicle 10 days after my trip. There was absolutely no damage, caused by me. Alamo staff checked the car thoroughly and everything was found to be good; she was quite satisfied. Email address on the letter I got is [protected] which is different than what's mentioned in above post from 2014. I am wondering if the letter is really from Alamo or from some fake company. I travel so often usually rent from other companies. I rented from Alamo for the first time after many years to try them out, and the experience was great until I see this letter about damage to the car out of the blue. I have emailed [protected] and also reported on Alamo's web site. I hope Alamo will respond soon and I can stop worrying about this thing. I certainly was looking forward to such harassment.

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  •   Oct 01, 2015

    @kumarrajes, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Please send us a detailed email to [protected] with complete details including: Renter’s full name, current phone number, location rented, rental agreement (RA) number, “DX” or claim number and reference # 151001-002462. As customer service is of the utmost importance, we would like to look further into this situation for you. Thanks for posting and we look forward to hearing from you soon. -Tatiana

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  •   Oct 01, 2015

    Jose, please see the email I just sent you. -Tatiana

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  • Ku
      Oct 01, 2015

    Thanks Tatiana. I had emailed [protected] with all the details last evening. I received a reply along with reference # this morning from one of the Social Monitoring Coordinators at Alamo. Hope this gets resolved soon.

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  • Ra
      Mar 21, 2016

    Echoing what others have mentioned here re Alamo claims unit. I received a voice mail from Alamo after 2-3 days of my trip, asking if I had seen any damage. I called them the same night, but there was no one to receive my call. Then a month and a half (today) I receive a mail stating that I owe $810.39 with a photo of the damage. The car was thoroughly checked for damages and fuel, during our drop off at the airport. This is frustrating that we had to deal with issues that we didn't cause in the first place. Never going to rent again from Alamo, not sure how to go with this.

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  • Ma
      Aug 18, 2016

    I am now face with the same situation. I rented a car at Alamo in NYC (332 W 44th) through Priceline on Thu July 31. The service was great. We returned the car - DAMAGE FREE - to the airport in Albany NY on August 4. The confirmation was 1012172451COUNT. I received a “Dear Sir/Madam” letter from the Damage Recovery Unit of Enterprise Holdings on Monday 8/15. The letter wasn’t dated and it showed no reference to me or to my recent rental. It was in a FedEx overnight envelope and return address was from Gainesville FL. It was shipped on August 12 and received on August 15. I immediately emailed [protected] and have not received a response. Today, 8/18, I receive a letter from Alamo that read basically the same - addressing claim number 09504296. Like the Fedex letter, i was told to fill out an Incident Report and return it to the Alamo office at PO 801770 in Kansas City. I can be contacted at [protected]

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  • Il
      Sep 12, 2016

    Same story here but mine is better! (Or perhaps I should say MORE upsetting!) I rented a minivan from Alamo at LAX airport. Before leaving the lot, I noticed damage on the car (I took the car anyway since I liked the model) but took a picture (attached). Since they do not conduct walk-around inspections before rental, as I pulled out of the lot I told the woman in the kiosk about the damage. She said she'll take a note of it. When I asked her for proof of the notation, she looked at me incredulously and replied, "I have already marked it on your contract in our system". Nine days later, I return the car and the Alamo guy sees the damage and asks if I'm aware of it. I told him that I already told the woman at the kiosk upon starting the rental! He says that there is no record of it and that I should sign a waiver stating that the damage was there already. Today I received a letter from the Damage Recovery Unit!! VERY unhappy with Alamo! I've rented dozens of times from Enterprise and NEVER had such an issue!

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  • Il
      Sep 14, 2016

    Thank you Chris. I have just emailed all the details and look forward to this issue being promptly dealt with. I will update this forum with my experience as soon as this is resolved.

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  • Va
      Oct 31, 2016

    I received a similar letter asking to report the incident to [protected] and provide insurance details when the car was returned damage free and thoroughly checked by the Alamo executive at the rental location. I sent an email asking for the proof of damage, car mileage etc. and have not received any response. However, someone called the emergency contact number that I had shared. Going by this thread, it looks like a long running scam. Wish I had read this blog before renting the car from Alamo.

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  • Il
      Oct 31, 2016

    Just as a follow-up to my previous post- Alamo finally contacted me and removed the claim. Although I am glad they removed the claim, I have to say that I am annoyed and surprised that I received no apology for such a blatant 'oversight' and carelessness. This is not to mention that I'm sure there where no changes of procedure implemented to avoid something like my scenario repeating itself again...

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  • Va
      Nov 01, 2016

    Received another letter, this time on Alamo letterhead, with same content as the first letter. No response received yet from Alamo on my mail sent to [protected]

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