Rental Car Scams Part 2
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Well, I did a post a few months back about Car rental places scamming your money and it seems they still practice this! I am really shocked at this!
This scam was different than before – it seems they have many ways to get you…who knew?
You have to be so careful when you rent a car through these places now – your original quote from your email rarely matches what you end up paying.
Make no mistake – the workers are on commission and will try to get every penny out of you.
If you remember nothing else from this post, remember that.
So, I turn down the extra insurance, “full tank charge” and something else that was worthless and initial I am taking the car – no price on the screen.
My rental went from 4pm Monday to 4pm Thursday so 3 full days.
I took the car at 3:17 Monday.
No mention of extra charge.
No mention of being early 43 minutes.
No mention of option of waiting till 4pm so it wouldn’t cost more.
I can guarantee you the agent was trying to get every penny and just clicked “Early pick up- 1 hr. – $25” or something like that.
Funny thing though when we returned our car on time the Thursday, the original price from the email was on my receipt, so I had no reason to suspect anything – why would I?
Lucky I check credit card statements regularly.
There was an extra $25 tacked onto my bill?
Is this even legal? Well, it probably is the way they do it – even though my receipt said $25 cheaper.
Now after communications back and forth for a week I finally get my $25 back.
I have 3 problems with this scenario (which probably happens to many every day)
- my receipt says one amount, how can my credit card be billed for more?
- the blatant dishonesty of the company re. no mention of extra charges or any options like that. (don’t get me started on the “extra insurance”)
- the fact I had to argue back and forth for a week to get $25 back
Next time you get a rental car – remember they are out to get every penny.