Complaints & Reviews


I have booked an car via HolidayCars agency for Canary Islands between 20th-26th January.On this booking i have paid insurance from the begining.When i have arrived at the airport to pick the car from GoldCar they mentioned that we should pay another insurance as the one from HolidayCar it is not available there.We called on the call center`s HolidayCar and they mentioned if we will pay they will refound the amount.On the contract it is mentioned :
"You have pre-booked the NoRisk Warranty, therefore you DO NOT need to purchase any local additional Super CDW insurances"
Contract no:[protected]
No other solution was proposed for us.How we can solve this or where should we address?
Thanks, Oana

Car hire

Rental [protected]
I hired a car through you for pick up at Funchal Airport, my experience was appalling. Over the years I have hired cars for pick up at airports throughout the world more than a hundred times, this occasion was the worst. I make the following points :-
1 :- The car hire reps were not at the airport to great us
2 :- Funchal airport help desk could not help
3 :- We had no contact details for the car hire company, SurPrice. Had to phone UK for hire company phone number
4 :- Contacted SurPrice to pick us up, waited 30 minutes
5 :- Asked driver to help me with my cases and was told "I am not a baggage handler". I am 81 years old and a registered disabled, what a disgrace
6 :- Taken to Sur price compound and asked why they did not meet us at the airport and were told they did not have our flight number
7 :- Agents then demanded a surcharge fee because it was 20mins after 20.00hrs. It was after 20.00hrs because it took us 1 hour to be picked up. What a disgrace.
8 :- My name was spelt incorrectly on your booking form so they would not accept my credit car as bond, after 20 mins of arguing they relented and still wold not accept my card but accepted my Son's
9:- SurPrice driver and mate refused to give me their names for future complaint although the senior of the two eventually gave me his name.
10 :-The car was excellent, no problems whatso ever. In light of this horrible experience that could have ruined our holiday, I am looking for substantial recompence for this incident. my discomfort from this situation nearly justifies publishing on Social Media. I strongly recomend that the two Surprice employies be removed from their position.
R M Banks

car hire

I have submitted an Insurance Claim to Holiday Cars.Com and have heard nothing from them other that the holding email saying it could take 28 days.

That was on the 18th June.

I am out of pocket with an unpaid insurance claim, after having take out the full insurance with them.

I have tried calling and after 17 minutes of hold music, they hang up. I have also emailed again through the portal with no response.

Kind regards
Sarah Rice

non existing reservation

Reference number: US600832390
I made reservation for the 31 May to rent a bigger car of 7. I called in advance 4 days before picking the car to change the dates to 02 june and return 03 June.
The lady from your customer support told me all was fine and i should receive a confirmation mail the next day. As i did not receive this confirmation mail i sent an mail to customer services asking what had happened. The mail i then received back said no action was taken on your requested changes. Lord! My second attemt call to customer services, i request the changes once again and tell them about my previous call once again they tell me all is changed now. The lady from your customer services confirms all is fine now and all will be fine and i should use the same confirmation number, what seems weird and wrong to me. I had to trust her because as i had no choice, even at this time her tone on phone changed. She wanted just to get rid of me, due to all my questions and the clarifications i need answers to. I ended up trusting this woman from your customer servives (what was i to do?).
The day of pickup came that's when the diserstar began. The address for pick up was wrong and we went looking for the place in more than an hour asking around and nobody knew anything. Am having my 6 visitors waiting (note this). After a long wait on phone to get in touch with ACE, the car renting offices, the customer services note me that the adress we had was very old more than 1 year ago. We then drove to the this new adress..note that you customer serves was is closed during weekends. When arriving to ACE offices i handed the voucher and it was a non exicting. The voucher for the new dates that was confirmed on phone was non existing instead, there was no show on my first booking for 31 May, which was to be cancelled from your offices. To me this seems as your sytem does not work together with ACE sytem plus this lady at ACE had never heard about holidaycar. How many mistakes can you guys make in a this case i think your customer services would at least have called to check with ACE if there was a car for good service, instead of confirming something out of the blue. Ace said this is normally how other companies work.
Truely you guys are bluffed me with my reservation and time as well! Shame on you guys!
Unfortunately ACE did not have any cars for 7 that day so we ended up making a whole new reservation which cost us bubbel the price since it was last minut and we also ended up waisting more than 3 hour on your so called bluff reservation and confirmation having 6 people waiting. You guys are a joke! I have already started sharing my story and will keep on since this is awful. NEVER EVER HOLIDAYCAR and i do not want to receive anything advertisning on my mail since its all junk.
Thank you for reading !!!
Best regards
Jacqueline Svensson

Holiday Carsrental car

I booked a rental car (and paid a hefty deposit!) and tried to cancel it in the free cancel window (up to 48 ours before pickup). I called multiple times and made three online mail attempts to cancel the car. I received no response until less than 48 hours until pick up when they wrote back that they would not cancel the booking. Still no one is picking up the phone and now not replying to my other emails or requests for communication. I want my money back!

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I booked a hire car ref above. I arrived at Green Motion at Edinburgh airport and had all the relevant paperwork except I had left my debit card at Heathrow. I was, therefore, unable to provide this to the Green Motion staff. they would not accept my American Express card and therefore refused to hire me the car. I spoke to an employee of Holiday Cars ( Cherif) in your office who was unable to use my payment with an alternative car hire provider and she promised to process my claim for reimbursement for the £185 paid. I have heard nothing from you even after emailing now three times to your support team. in summary, Green Motion has not been paid, they did not provide a car to me so were able to rehire this vehicle and I had to use an alternative provider at the airport at considerable cost.

Also inSpetmeber 2018 I was also unsuccessful in hiring a car through your organization via Green motion as I was not told to provide a DVLA check code this again meant I had paid Holiday cars for a vehicle that I was not allowed to have by Green Motion another loss of £200.!! You must ensure that on the voucher you tell your customer to provide this check code. You do not and whilst at the Green motion desk, two further customers were unable to hire cars from Green Motion. Finally, Green Motion is a rubbish company I have never experienced such appalling customer service and rudeness.

I await your response

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I booked a car in Barcelone, Spain. Needless to say, they were veeeeery quick in taking my money. Just BAAAAM and it's gone...
I waited for 2 days or them to send me a confirmation email. but had never received it.
Then I called their customer support and wrote a couple of emails. Never replied. Don't know what to do.
I would even be happy to cancel this crap, but I don't know how. I mean I know how I am just not sure my money will be refunded.
Who knows what I have to do next?

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I always plan wayyyyyy ahead of time, so I rented a car almost 2 months before visiting. I paid all the money they wanted and waited for my vacation. However, two days before my trip I found out they canceled my reservation. Thanks to my natural paranoia I was checking everything before leaving and noticed it on their website. I didn't get any email from them. What would have happened if I hadn't checked it? Their customer service didn't offer anything to simplify my life and didn't provide any adequate reason for cancellation. What they wanted from me was more money, and these actions I consider a total scam.
Thank you for my ruined trip.

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    Carol Lorden-Lancelin Mar 22, 2019

    WOW, this sounds horrible. I booked with them over a month ago and my trip is three weeks away. I'm a planner also and decided to check on my reservation today and on the company to find all of these complaints. Thanks for the heads up I think I will attempt to make another reservation without paying until pick up just in case things fdon't work out as planned.

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    Janie Paige Jul 17, 2017

    A very similar thing happened to me! Traveling with my boyfriend, we rented a car under his name with my credit card. It said nothing on the site that this was not possible, and in fact the form allowed me to put in a different credit card name from the driver. When the rental went through, I received general conditions and contacted the office about this credit card issue. They said we could not take out the car but would not refund us our money. If this were the USA I'd report them to the Better Business Bureau immediately. Is there a way to do this in Europe?

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