National Car Rental
Saint Louis, Missouri
United States - 63105
Hired a car from national car rental at heathrow airport. Returned sat 5th january 2008. Received a receipt upon return which states car in tact and undamaged. There was previous scratches to the car which was pointed out to the gate when taking other than there was no damage to the car. They made a charge on my credit card of 25 pounds for tires and windshield which I have no idea what they are talking about. This charge was never authorized by me and so amounts to theft.
I am prepared to attend court rather than let the thieves get away with. I am a former british citizen and this reflects badly on the integrity of british business. I will never use them again. I will also be making a complaint to my credit card company.
I wonder how many times they do this. It is criminal no more no less.
I booked a car on line with one of those direct links from an airline - I noticed that it didn't ask for my Emerald Card number (I am an Executive member although it means nothing). The rate was $52 (usd) which also bugged me but I printed off the contract and took it with me to the airport counter in Edmonton Alberta. I was greeted with - I am sorry but we don't have any vehicles right now. It won't be any longer than an hour." yuck. But thats not the worst, when I asked the clerk to add my emerald club number to the file she seemed very confused and asked other people what the message on her screen meant. The she asked if she could have my card back and said shed have to destroy it. WTF?
I instructed her to give the thing back and Id deal with the problem when I turned in whatever I finally got (a G6). I returned it the next day and this time they told me they still had all this information from my previous address and thats why they had a problem. Well she asked me the same questions three times trying to enter it into the system at which point I wanted to say... please destroy my card!
In the end I was charged over $90 Canadaian for the rental - hello, hello our dollar is trading at 98.5 so $52 USD does not equal $95 CDN. I hate this and I am fed up with this company. Won't rent with them again and hate the over zealous exchange rate with arbitrary rates.
Before traveling to Ireland back in February through AutoEurope website I booked and paid (QSP 6141302) for a car rental for 6 days with National Car Rental. After clearing customs in Shannon Ireland on Sunday morning I went to the National Car Rental booth only to be told by the person behind the counter that they have no cars at the moment. Instead I was given a business card and told to give it to Declan at the Hertz Car Rental booth and he would give me the same deal. I proceeded to Hertz but they would not honor the rate confirmed with National Car Rental and on the spot I had to work out the best deal that I could. I did go back to the person at the National Car Rental booth but they were not interested in helping at all. In fact they were obvious that I was annoying them. After negotiating with Hertz the rental charge was $82 more than what I had already paid when I booked with AutoEurope. When I returned from my trip I worked with my credit card company to get a refund from Hertz for the over charge of $82. This accomplishment took numerous letters over a 4 month period. In June I wrote to National Car Rental ("Wilson, Tara" Email User) because all the problems I had getting back what was overcharged was caused by National Car Rental. I told them at the very least they should acknowledge that point and apologize but they replied that my grievance was with Hertz. Again I wrote and explained that they can not take a prepayment for a car rental reservation, then not provide a car, send their customer to a competitor, have their customer negotiate with a new company, get overcharged, work to get the overcharge refunded and not be held responsible. They did not reply. In turn, I wrote to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) because I would not have expected to have been treated so badly by such a large well known company and I did not want anyone else to go through the same experience. About a week after writing to the BBB I received an email from National Car Rental saying that for all my trouble they are offering me a coupon for 2 days free car rental in the US or Canada to be used before the end of the year. Again I had to write to National Car Rental letting them know their offer had no value to me as the only place that I would be renting a car was Ireland in 2008. They replied that they would not send a coupon voucher for any country other than the US or Canada In closing, I would not have thought in my wildest dreams that working with a global rental company like National Car Rental would have been such a bad experience and that not one person at National Car Rental had the inclination on how to treat a paying customer. Your viewers should be aware that even though you pay National Car Rental in advance to reserve a car it does not mean that they will provide you with a car and certainly they will not treat you well. Service I must report is not at the top of their list.
Real Simple. I rented the car at the Los Angeles. I returned the car in Orange County. My weekly rental rate was $148.88 on my original contract. Because I returned the car at the Orange County Airport instead of LAX, they charged me a $75.00 drop fee which I did not mind a bit and fully expected. Then upon my return they changed my weekly rate to $374.39 from $148.88 without notice or warning. I spoke to three people including a supervisor. All three including the supervisor refused to re-adjust my rate to $148.88 which was on my original contract. These people are crooks. They are by the essence of their business practices completely dishonest. Not only would I NEVER consider renting from them again, but I am going to tell everyone I know everywhere my story so other people don't get ripped off as well.
I was on a business trip in Charleston, SC last month and got a National rental car at the airport, based on...