Avis Rent A Car, LLC - Dishonest Company. I rented from them six months ago. When returning the car I rubbed the bumper leaving a small black mark on it. Neither the integrity of the paint or fiber glass were harmed in any way. It should have taken a solution at the car wash to take this spot out for about $15.00 US dollars. Otherwise, the car was perfect and sparkling-clean. Being the honest consumer that I am - I reported the issue right away- they made me fill out paper work with insurance information, etc... Instead, some five months later I receive a bill for 611.00 us dollars, phony photos with claims for repair to both front and back bumpers. I don't know if the pictures are altered or if this was damaged done over the five months by other renters and then they just decided to try and pin it on me. I believe the photos to be altered. The repair reports they sent in were phony & I believe generated from their own system. Fortunately I was smart enough to take my own photo of the mark before leaving. Even though the paper work I filled out shows the mark in one area of car-they are claiming all kinds of damages to the front and back bumpers. When I called them on the phone they tried to con me into promising to pay an amount but then wouldn't tell me what the amount was. I remained firm because I knew this was non-sense. They finally said the actual damage was really only $500.00 us dollars but would I agree to pay $300.00 us dollars. I told them I did not like their business practice & I would respond to them in writing. I sent certified paperwork with a return receipt in my hands dated Feb 28th, 2008. I received another letter dated March 10, 2008 stating that they've made repeated attempts to reach me...failure to respond may be deemed as admission of liability. Keep in mind that not a single letter is signed by anyone.
Who runs this company? It is very seedy business practice that left a bad taste in my mouth.
If anyone has had a similar issue I would be willing to back you up with a written statement pertaining to my experience. You are not alone. From my experience they do fraudulent business and have a very bad bed-side manner for doing business. I feel that businesses like this should be banned from doing business in the US.
As a consumer I do my best to report stuff like this to prevent others from being taken advantage of. I have never had a problem with other car rental companies in CA before.
My issue with Avis is not resolved at the time this post is going up.