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Just don't use Goldcar
1900 Euro deposit not returned after 5 weeks
The car we hired was great, and the actual hire fee was good value, but I am having problems getting the deposit refunded. I paid 1900 Euros deposit on my credit card and this has not yet been refunded, even though it is now 5 weeks since I returned the car in perfect condition. I have emailed and tried phoning but can't get through. So I am not happy with the service as I have now had to pay the amount on my credit card - which is a lot of money - and have no idea when I will get it back.
Terrible client service! Go elsewhere!
Background: I'm somebody who reads all the fine print before signing anything and picked my credit cards in part because of their insurance benefits.
So first, the lady at the counter told me I had to get extra insurance because otherwise I wouldn't be covered. I told her I had a zero-deductible Collision Damage Waiver from my credit card, but she insisted that it wouldn't work, that their company's policy doesn't accept those. I said I'd read all the terms and conditions and that I would take my chances (to which she replied: "since you know the contract so well maybe you should work here" - i thought it funny at first, but she wasn't smiling).
During the process she wasn't very polite or accommodating, which I can live with since the rentals really are very cheap, but that doesn't excuse snarkiness! One example: my driving license was exchanged in another country last year so the license date on top is from 2015, with the actual test date (2011) on the back. She said I'd have to pay extra new driver insurance, so I pointed out the correct date to her, to which she replied "wow you really don't want to pay anything extra!". Um, not if it's not justified, no?
We moved on to the deposit, which is of 1350 euros. I handed her my credit card but the transaction wouldn't go through; I handed her the other one, same problem. She said that since it didn't work we'd have to buy the extra insurance. I said I'd call my bank and she asked us to step aside. No problem there. (Fun fact: from where we were standing, we could see her screen and the only open window was Facebook.)
While I was on the phone with my bank (who confirmed that there was nothing wrong with my cards, that it was a connection error with the card reader), two German clients were in discussion with the service rep, because they'd bought insurance online when they booked the car and she told them it wasn't valid and they'd have to pay an extra 90 euros to be covered. They looked really confused so I told them, in German, that she was also trying to get us to pay insurance and not to let her bully them into buying unnecessary insurance. The service rep started YELLING at us to get away from the clients, that we were bothering them, and when a manager came over to see what was going on she told him we were refusing to stand on the side and that there we were bothering the other clients.
The manager took us aside, I told him that I was very unhappy with the service we'd received and that we were about to just go to another car rental place. At this point I didn't care how much one of the more established places would cost, I just wanted to get out of there already.
The manager was a lot more helpful, he said he would try my card again and lo and behold, this time the transaction went through without a hitch. The lady scowled at us and said we would have to wait a half hour for our car because it was getting cleaned. We went to the car park anyway and it was ready in five minutes.
I apologize for the rant, I don't usually write long-winded negative reviews but I just wanted to warn anyone who has a bit of extra cash to go to one of the reputable car rentals at the airport in Malta. This saga put a real damper on the beginning of our trip. And on my birthday too!
Final note: the side of the car got scratched up somehow (maybe while it was parked), Goldcar charged me 970 euros for it, which were covered in their entirety by my credit card company. So booyah.
Perfect cheap rental
Tout s' est bien passé lors de ma location qui a duré 5 jours. Très peu d'attente lors de la prise en charge à l'aéroport et aucune à la restitution.
Par ailleurs, j'ai dans un premier temps fait le choix d'une boite automatique puis j'ai changé d'avis et l'échang de véhicule s'est fait très simplement et sans frais. Mon véhicule était en exellent état. En fait, il était quasi-neuf (2600 km)
concernant les assurances supplémentaires proposées, elles ne sont pas obligatoires. J'ai fait le choix de m'en passer et je n'ai pas eu de problème.
Personnel serviable et à l'écoute.
pour louer à partir de la France, je suis passé par Rentalcars.com.
Très bonne expérience, rien à redire.
VIA GOOGLE TRANSLATE:
I worked it out well during my rental that lasted five days . Very little wait when picking up at the airport and no restitution.
Moreover , I initially opted for an automatic gearbox and then I changed my mind and EXCH vehicle has done very simply and without charge. My vehicle was in exellent condition . In fact, it was almost new (2600 km)
for additional insurance proposed, they are not mandatory . I made the choice to live without it and I have not had a problem.
Helpful and attentive .
for rent from France, I went through Rentalcars.com .
Very good experience, no complaints.
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Not good, not that bad either
Booked a car for 3 days. After doing the queue twice because the desk girl didn't want to change our reservation, we ended up getting the car ensured when the girl said us "Good luck" when we first refused.
The car didn't have major issues: a couple of scratches and a deflated tire. We had to fill it up 10$ more than what we received, because the gas meter was stuck just below the target.