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We rented a 26’ reefer for harvesting from the Penske Tallahassee Florida office. Two weeks in, the transmission failed on our first truck. We were stranded an hour out from home. Penske brought a replacement the next day. The replacement truck’s reefer blew a fuse and fan a week later. We called SOS and a technician replaced and repaired that. Two days later during harvest another fuse blew. SOS was called and an hour later it was repaired. We immediately drive to the packing house per the SOS technician instructions. Half way to the packing house we received “alt-aux” error and the reefer shut down. Each of these shut downs resulted in a rise in temperature. We called SOS again. They GPS tracked us to the packing house and home. A technician came out at 9pm and said everything was running fine.
The Tallahassee office, after hearing the reefer was running fine, chose to classify our report as fraudulent. The Tallahassee office then dispatched a recovery team to pick up the vehicle at 1am without notifying us. We had harvest supplies in the truck. We contacted them Sunday and requested the return of our supplies and they did return them by 4pm. Monday Penske contacted us to inform us we are banned from future rentals due to fraud. This adds insult to injury because of the failure of Penske equipment, we lost over $15000 worth of product. We were not going to use them anyway, but to ban us when all matters were due to Penske equipment failure is at a minimum UN-professional.
I had decided to buy a used truck from Penske since they had a down payment match up to $5k. I looked at the truck in person the last week of March and decided then and there that was the one I had wanted. It is now May 16th and I still do not have a title. The Penske Rep that I was told was assigned to me has never once answered a call from me or returned any of my voicemails. When I call the 800 number to talk to a random rep. They are very easily able to get in touch with him instantly IF he's in the office.
Meanwhile I have no truck and I have already been told to move forward in the process to put insurance on it. So for a few weeks now I have been paying insurance on a truck that is not even in my name/possession yet! I would not recommend buying anything used from Penske as this is ridiculous. Did I also mention that I also live a few miles down the road from their offices in PA? Where I have told them multiple times that I can just come in to sign/verify things in person if needed.
I bought a trailer from Penske for 12000 which I find out after I got it that it isn't worth 5000. It took them two months to get the trailer ready for me after I put the deposit, they told me someone was renting it and then they needed to do a dot inspection on it, it turns out this trailer was in an accident and they rebuild the whole box on the trailer which is what took them 2 months to do it, I got two blowout tires the first week I got it, the rims were painted white which I thought were new. I think I'm gonna end up going in bankruptcy because I decided to buy this trailer from Penske. I suggest for no one to use them for anything and I hope they run out of business. Oh I forgot to say, if you do the mistake to use them, after they got your money they will always be on lunch or on vacation.
In a leased Penske truck my driver broke down again. After calling for a replacement at 1:00 am they sent a replacement at 7:45am. I would like to say this is not normal but this has happened to us many many times. 2 times in less than a week both times they let my driver set for that length of time. This is how they sent us the truck today and it had trouble maintaining 25mph while it limped back so this is how they take care of you in their trucks.
We rent Trucks from Budget couple times a week. They did not have any so we rented from Penske. Truck was fine. We fill the tank all the way until its fuel pours out of the tank (pass click) and digital gauge showed 4/3 analog showed full so I drove the truck till next gas station to see if it gets the correct reading but it did not. So I decided to try some more gas and barely I could put any more gas. It was still same. I explained to the agent but still I was charged $200 for gas shortage. DO NOT RENT from them.
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Our company talked to a Penske salesman who gave us a discounted rate so we thought. After returning the truck after 5 days we were expecting a bill with the rate we negotiated with the salesman. We noticed over a $1,000 dollars was taken out of our account. Another thing always check your paperwork, they add extras without informing the client. This company is money driven, not customer driven. After getting the bill emailed I noticed so many extras we didn't ask for. The guy we made the reservation with 5 days ago, now is no longer there. The Penske in Plymouth MI on Eckles has the biggest turnover I've ever seen. So I talk to the assistant manager who told me a Dylan (GM) would call. No call. So I call corporate. Penske being from MI. but based in PA. to which they transferred me around to a district manager in MI. Talked to this guy who kept trying to get me off the phone and I was talking normal. Finally he simply hung up on me.
Case in point. Very disappointed in a man who company I once worked for (Roger Penske) 20yrs ago who was centered on customer service to now a company that doesn't care about customers, just $. Even his corporate accounts don't matter. The ones that rent 15 to 30 trucks a month. We will be changing our account. If you ever rent a Penske from Plymouth MI. the Eckles road store look at everything before you leave.
Made a reservation for a Penske Truck Rental. Tires were in poor condition. They were going to change tires while driver was going to wait. So driver quit!!! And Penske staff did not think this was a serious issue. Thought it was perfectly OK to change tires on the truck while driver was going to wait!!! It is not the first time we have problems with Penske rental trucks. Dirty, not maintained, with tire issues. And if you get stuck because of a truck failure... you are out of luck. You will be waiting for hours. In case Penske forgets, I am renting a truck from them because I need it fast and because mine has a mechanical problem. And since I am paying good money for it, I'm expecting it to be ready and in good shape.
As a small business owner, we depend on our on hand cash. This company Penske at 350 Victoria Road, Youngstown OH 44515 has a policy for commercial vehicles a $5000 deposit which they take immediately from your credit card or debit card. They also have access to charge your account additional charges without your consent. Rental from 10/25/17 to 11/21/17.
Due to breakdown of own truck. Each week charges would show up without explanation. The rental broke down! So we called their roadside service, which in turn they charge my card for this breakdown. Phone call after phone call was made to try to rectify my account. ** and ** never returned a call. Each one said to me office in Akron handles billing. Lies! I call Akron office. Their billing clerk ** or ** ignores your call or acts as if she knows nothing. Each of these Penske are individually owned (franchise) in which the company owner really needs to read complaints about these franchises.
There are charges on my credit card which have not been explained. I have read about numerous complaints where people have problems with their deposit return. I have never worked with such an awful business. No integrity. A bunch of deflectors and liars. Penske stated it takes 3 to 5 days for deposit return. It’s been over a week. They have the capability to take it immediately so it should be able to be reversed immediately! These folks have gotten away with stealing from their consumers and giving poor service. Small business owner.
I do not recommend anyone using this company. I reserved a truck five days in advance and when I went to pick it up it was not there and they couldn't tell me when it would be available. I was told I would get a phone call when the truck arrived. Well it is a week later, and I still have not received that phone call! BUT, I was charged $100 on my credit card for being a no show!!! All anyone could tell me is they were sorry and will credit my money back within 5 days. Would not use them or recommend them to anyone!
I rented a truck in Lakeland Fla. Returned it to Chicopee, Ma. I was told to avoid going through tolls which I did according to my GPS. A month after returning the truck they charged my debit card over $40. For 2 tolls I was suppose to have gone through. Had I gone through a toll booth I would have stopped and paid it but I didn't. What tolls cost that much? I called and they said they would reimburse me the $25 processing fee and to please send an email so they could reimburse me. I did and since then have sent several emails as well as called several times all to no avail. No one ever returned my calls or emails like they promised. I have always used Penske but never again. How can they hold you accountable for going through tolls you didn't even know you went through and then also tack on more charges? If possible do not use this truck rental service.
I need to get my story out in regards to Penske. The pain and misery financially and emotionally that I've endured with Penske and the truck 2011 commercial truck that I purchased from them November 2016 is more than any business owner could go through in a lifetime. I have now had possession of the truck one year. From the day it arrived not even 24 hours this truck has been in the shop. I have spent over $18,000 in repairs on this vehicle with Penske avoiding all texts and calls and the initial help with only one of the repairs. This truck has made a total of 8 runs within this year with me having to pay to have it towed on two of the runs.
I'm seeking a lawyer at this point because I know that this is against the law to sell someone a vehicle knowing that it was in this condition. Prior to delivery which I have proof in an email, Penske states that the truck will go through a two-week inspection before delivery. They will not produce the paperwork on this inspection. It is my hope that my story gets told so that this never happens to another person.
Reserved truck when I went to pick it up I was there at 9:55 open sign on door unlocked. He said, "How can I help you." Me. "I have a truck reserved." Him very rudely, "We're not open and the girl that does that isn't here." I said, "Well I'm sorry. Your door was unlocked and the open sign is there." Never spoken to so rudely in my life. I told him, "Never mind. I'll go elsewhere."
Sitting in my car looking for another rental place. After about 5 minutes he comes out. And very rudely says, "We don't have your truck." Me, "But I reserved one!" Him, "Well we're just a drop off pick up place and wish we weren't." I said, "And you're very rude." His response, "Ya well call 1800 Penske" and walked away. 15 minutes later I get a call from Penske telling me they have a truck. For me that is a 30 minute drive. Was also told my reservation was never confirmed. I have email telling me it was!!! I have always used Penske. Never again. I have never been treated so rudely!!! If you don't like your job find another. For all I know he was the owner.
I see so many bad reviews of this company. I had a different result. I shopped around, U-Haul, Budget and Penske. Penske was 2/3 the cost of U-Haul. I went to look at the trucks before the move and found the 16 foot to be more than enough for my move but it was the smallest I could get with the car carrier. I picked up the truck on my move date. The truck had 66k miles on it with a new car carrier. It was clean and had a few dings but nothing unexpected. The tires were new, the fluids topped off. The rep made sure I understood everything on the truck, adjusted the mirrors and helped me load my car (There is a good video on YouTube to explain how to do it.).
Truck drove fine the whole trip with the occasional transmission revving too high when going up or down a hill with the button for the tow/haul engaged. I would just hit the button, the gear would change and then I would re-engage the button. The only downgrade for the truck is it didn't have any way for me to charge my phone. Constantly running the maps drained the phone battery but that isn't the fault of Penske. I wasn't thrilled with the gas mileage but that is the way of trucks. I averaged between 8-9 MPG on a 1600 mile one way trip.
The drop off spot was perfect and secure. The rep allowed me to store the truck there for a day while I removed my car and looked for an apartment. I really didn't want to drive around a metro area looking for an apartment with a truck and car carrier. It isn't easy making corners, you are fighting with traffic and lights. Also, unscrupulous rental agent would see the truck with a carrier as a sign of desperation and possibly charge more rent. The rep from Penske even recommended some people to assist me with moving in. I would use them again and I would recommend them to others.
Moving furniture out of state has turned into an un-imaginable nightmare. I rented a Penske Truck and have been on the side of the road for hours. They sent a mobile mechanic to look at the truck, we have now realized this Penske Truck has major mechanical issues, and is low on transmission fluid (this did not happen overnight). This 14 hour road trip will now take over 24 hours. We will now have to wait on a tow, and assist with moving all of our furniture to a new truck. This is unacceptable... Obviously the vehicle is not up to date on maintenance as this is not an overnight issue. We have been on the side of the road for 4 hours in a hazardous area. Still waiting for help. Please use another service, and save yourself a headache.
I reside in a house downtown Lake Worth, Florida. A fence separates my house from my neighbor a huge free parking area. We have cameras that show a Penske Truck backing up right into our fence! On film a lady with leotard tights runs around to our side to check out damages and then lifts up all our garbage containers that were knocked down. Then took off! Clearly she did not report this to Penske. We are now having to use rope and tethers to keep fence up! The city has the lot surrounded by shrubs, those the truck hit have died. I have decided to notify the city commissioner of the district here, as no one has come forth for repair. Penske please respond!
Hello, My name Is Curtis **, I have to start by saying this is my third Rental this year with Penske. This last trip I went one was the worst customer service experiences that I have ever had from Penske, I have to start by saying, I requested this truck three months in advance, I had SPECIAL requests and needs for this move. On your customer service line it says all customers have unique needs and Penske promises to meet all those unique individual needs. SO that being said, My special minor request were simple... I requested the newest Highly maintained truck possible, I requested that it was NOT a FORD, I’ve had bad luck with them, I requested AIR RIDE for AIR BREAKS, I requested 6 dozen pads, I requested low miles vehicle, with all fluids topped off. These were my needs, and a car hauler, and Two wheeler dolly.
WELL let me tell you... I get to the pick up location in TILTON HOME DEPOT, TILTON NH, Where I am stopped in my tracks when I see the OLDEST truck in the FLEET, the trailer was good. But listen to this... No pads, not swept out, fuel was minus a tiny bit, but worst of all There was NO AIR RIDE, and THIS TRUCK HAD MAXIMUM MILES TO PENSKE STANDARD. WHAT HAPPENED??? I came back the next day another two hours because I thought maybe they would give me a different truck. Ok, The lady overseeing that Home Depot, the CENTER overlooking it, laughed in my face. Said, “Sorry get what you get.”
The total was ranging in the $3,000 range because I was going to California from Vermont, the MOST miles you can go with a truck. SO... The lady tells me over the phone laughing is what it is basically, I paid cash, now keep in mind the lady at the Home Depot now said, “Ok, Cash will be a Hundred dollar deposit,” I pulled out another hundred. SO I take this truck, I drive almost 3500 Miles. So going over the Colorado Rockies this truck ate up so much gas, also NO DEF is ILLEGAL IN CALIFORNIA PENSKE. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING. So I use twice as much as budgeted in fuel, I go thru deserts, and mountains...worst fuel mileage I have ever had in any rental EVER! Sooo It gets better. ENGINE overheats every few hours. Even when I turned off the AC for miles.
SO I get to the delivery, I go to return the truck, and the agent tells me There’s NO PROOF of my $100 deposit. SO THEY NEVER GAVE ME BACK MY DEPOSIT, after I fueled it all the way back up. WORST RENTAL EXPERIENCE of my life. I am truly disappointed Penske, I am going to tell everyone how pathetic this was for you to do this to me. A PAYING LOYAL CUSTOMER. I asked for special needs on this one
This is all pretty serious Penske, NOT just for my contract, but for the hundreds of people that will see this post, I may even pay for a newspaper ad and tell my community. I HAVE BEEN SCREWED SO HARD BY YOU. You lost me as a customer. Learn to train your team in customer service skills. YOU ARE lacking big time. I CALLED SIX TIMES on RECORD to follow up to make sure you gave me the best truck possible for this long trip. Documented. But I guess my hundred bucks wasnt documented huh. My one piece of the puzzle is now a snowball effect for losing customers. I know a lot of movers, and a lot of business owners, this was your biggest mistake yet. Thanks for the ** service and for ripping me off!!! Regretfully your last rental from me. Get your ** together!!!
From start to finish, Penske made my move as smooth as possible. I rented a 16" truck and tow dolly. Since parking near my apartment complex would've been near impossible, I asked if I could pick up the tow dolly right as I was driving out. They added it to the notes on the account and agreed. When I went to pick up the dolly, it was gone. There was only a car carrier (which is typically more money). But Penske let me rent the carrier for the price of the tow dolly.
Then, unfortunately the truck had a leak in the corner (of course it poured as I was packing) but I worked around it with some towels and only putting my plastic storage bins in that corner. On the 4th day of driving across country, it rained again and the wipers were terrible. Luckily there was a nearby truck stop where we purchased new wipers. We let Penske know about the leak and the wipers and they were happy to give us a reimbursement. I will gladly use Penske for all of my future truck rental needs and I highly recommend them as a quality company who cares for their customers.
Rented a truck and car hauler from a CO Penske site for a move to CA. Truck and trailer looked to be in good condition so I checked out and drove away. After loading the truck and car I took off on my 2 day journey to CA. Was 2 hours into the move and the front steer tire blew up and shredded. Fortunately for me I was climbing a steep grade in UT and the truck was grossly under powered so couldn't top more than 30MPH when the tire blew almost ripping my arm off trying to control it to the side of the road.
Upon inspection of the tire I noticed that the tread on the both tires was non-existent and the steel belts were showing through almost the entire circumference of both tires. Clearly a DOT violation at least in the CDL world. Had I been descending a grade I am positive I would not have been able to control the truck and trailer and would have crashed. Can't help but wonder what liability Penske has for allowing a vehicle to dispatch with such a clear safety violation as any CDL vehicle would have been cited and forced to park had an inspection occurred by a highway patrol or scale location.
The inspection sticker was several years out of date as well which also makes me wonder if they are following the DOT requirements. I will be reaching out to my DOT contacts and possibly pursuing legal action to the negligence on their part for allowing a vehicle to dispatch with such a blatant safety issue. On a positive note the 24/7 line was quick to help and the company they dispatched to fix the tire was top notch.
This truck almost kill me today on 465S in Indianapolis today 28th June 2017 around 10:15am as a result of his inexperience. The driver is not operating the truck in a safe manner. He need to be cautioned before he assassinate all road users. I call the company to make a complaint, I was told by the agent to call the police because there's nothing she can do when such a thing happen. Really, that's awful... If I have been killed in this incident I bet the killer driver would not live to see the next hour that's what I know for sure. I always use all caution while am driving my car while I also obey all traffic rules. Only God Almighty knows the state that grant this idiotic killer driver his CDL. I will not hesitate to share the pics with families and friends for them to be careful when next they see this killer on the road. He is dangerous to the society and there's a special place for such a person since the employers also display a high level unprofessionalism.
I rented a Truck in Arlington, VA. 1-800 was great. In location person very knowledgeable but, things went south from there. Penske advertises Trucks full and ready to go. Upon pickup 22 ft truck wasn't ready so I got a 26 and DEF fluid was below 1/4 of a tank. Fuel wasn't full either. Truck broke down in NM. Things happen but, the location took forever for diagnostics and they determined that the truck could be fixed. Load change to another truck was a disaster. They hired another company which were not professionals at all. That stacked heavy items on small items. On top of that they wanted me to sign a form to relate liability for moving the items. We ended up doing it ourselves.
Truck they gave us required 4 fill ups in a day as opposed to the other truck which was once a day increase the cost of fuel which we booked with Penske because of the newer trucks and diesel fuel. Have contacted Penske to make it right on 6/21, 6/22, 6/24 and 6/26. Was promised phone call back from Roger and Roger has yet to return it. This would be my second bad experience with Penske. Pick another company.
On May 31st at the Las Vegas Hacienda location an employee named Morgan assist me in getting my rental truck and car dolly. I did the paperwork and he put the dolly attach to the rental truck. Then he told me to drive my car onto the dolly. Morgan strapped on my car himself which I witness (not using the chains to strap on) and check out the straps and told me we were good to go. So my journey was to get from Las Vegas to St. Louis, MO in one piece. What happens next is shocking.
Once I got to Hays, Kansas I was pumping gas and my car was attach. An hour and half later in Salina, KS I get out and my car vanished. So I made some phone calls including the Kansas State Troopers and they tell me it fell off at a bridge 14 miles off of Hays and that the autobody shop tow it to their location. I called the autobody shop but it was closing time so had to wait till the next day. I also call Penske roadside service to file a claim on their end.
The next day I go to the Salina Penske and they inspect the dolly which was in good shape. I tell them what happen and they told me that the Penske in Las Vegas was suppose to give me a video, manual and that it was my responsibility to hook up my car which in Vegas they never did and took it upon themselves to hook it up. After going to the Penske in Salina and finally learning how to hook up my car by them describing how, I drove 93 miles backwards to the autobody shop in Hays Kansas and was lucky it was still driveable and that the damages which now amount to over $6000 were on the outer surface of my car. I after paying the impound fee got my car on the dolly and not only strap it but chain it up also and that day on 3 hour later drove all the way to St. Louis.
Once I got in St. Louis, started not only trying to get estimates on my car but it was hell in some ways trying to get a hold of the district manager of Penske to talk to us, but we did. We also called Penske's claim department and told them bit by bit what happened. After a week later Penske finally got their adjuster to come out to inspect my car. Also by this time the one who originally was suppose to handle the claim got in touch with us. We email back and forth and show him documentation of the estimate and other cost associate with my car. The trouble was when I got back into St. Louis I need my car for work, not to just drive for work but it was suppose to be use as what I needed to work so I was without making money.
So to fast forward today on 6/19/17 I had a long chat with the person who was handling the Penske claim and it didn't go in my favor, in fact the complete opposite. The Penske employee named Morgan confess based on Penske he didn't not strap on my car when in fact he did. Morgan also did not tell me about the video or manual. Morgan took it upon himself to strap on the car himself. Now I am finding out if the Penske place in Vegas has a camera there both in front of their store and inside to document this situation to show proof he did as I said. When your Penske employee lies that's not a good sign. Either he forgot or is saving face from losing his job or doesn't want to get demoted. Either case I am getting screwed from his lie.
Also the person who was handling Penske claim said that nothing happen for the first 1100 miles of my drive but then falls off in Kansas. I did not touch the Penske dolly the whole time nor was I told by Morgan to check the straps either at when he strap on the car. The only thing I did when I was park at a motel was get in my car to get the keys out since it was in neutral and couldn't do so when it in this position, so every evening when I was parked put my car in park and took the keys out but never touch the dolly. In the morning I would put the keys back in and put car in neutral.
I am truly so piss off of this situation. I would think Penske with all that I have shown would help me out better but they let me rot in the dust. I wish Penske would train their employees efficiently because this is not right on their part and that I should get compensated as a result. One very unsatisfied customer indeed.
Reserved the truck online, very easy to do. We did purchase the additional insurance. We chose very convenient pickup and dropoff locations, as this was a 1-way rental, from NJ to FL. The truck was brand new, easy to load and no mechanical issues for our 1000+ mile trip. If we ever need to rent a truck again, Penske will be our choice.
I rented a small truck for a one way haul for some couches on April 14, 2017. We picked it up at a Home Depot location and it was filthy. We also were charged a $100 deposit, which we were never told about. I even went back to the website and my reservation confirmation email, there is nowhere even in the fine print, that states you will be charged a deposit. U-Haul places a hold on your account and only charges you when it is dropped off. They charged me over $200 for a 30 mile trip. I had the truck for a three day rental a returned it on April 15th, the drop off location was closed that Saturday, probably because it was Easter weekend. I called Penske the following Monday asking about the refund of my deposit. They said it would take 14-21 business days to refund to my debit card. It never did, so I called them again, and they said they were sending a check. Which was funny because I never gave them an address before. Red flag.
I called every week since. I have been getting the runaround every Friday that a check has been sent. I have emailed, live chatted and requested a corporate number so I can talk to someone in charge. They gave me a corporate call center. I Call Center. That can't do anything, they don't even communicate with one another. I talked to someone named Jeremy who told me he was the call center's supervisor. He constantly shut me down and would not let me speak. He said it did not matter what happened to me before I spoke to him, that I had HIS WORD that he would send a check via FedEx. That was two weeks ago, so I assume it's on an island somewhere with Tom Hanks, because I still don't have it.
I called them again, today and got the same damn runaround and that no record of a check had been mailed. I am at my wit's end. I only used them to save $14 using my AAA card, so obviously if I used them to save $14 the $100 is a whole lot more important to me and my kids? This company is a scam. I wish I had done more research but seriously it's a rental truck I didn't think I would need to. It should be pretty cut and dry. It has been a stressful irritating 7 weeks. I just want my refund, is that too much to ask? And to stop being lied to. Has anyone ever actually gotten their money back? Or is this company a complete scam?
My experience with this company has been less than ideal, after a purchase of a truck with Penske. I purchased the truck with a Standard warranty of roughly $2,000.00 USD; while I know that any "pre-existing conditions" are not covered under warranty, Penske should have taken responsibility for the Truck I was sold. I had to take the truck to the manufacturer for repairs of said "pre-existing conditions". Penske at this point said they would no longer take the truck back for repairs.
After a back and forth (mainly one-sided) correspondence with Penske representatives, no proper resolution has been made. Their final answer has been that I should have read the fine print in the warranty; although after thoroughly reading the warranty there is no mention of fault on my end. I have recently received a check from them that covers approximately 1.3% of my troubles; which makes me neither happy nor convinced that they are taking my complaint seriously. To make matters worse I just received an invoice for all the damages in said truck totaling $5,200.
I had the worse experience with Penske on 5/7/17!! Let me start at the beginning. I rented a 22 foot truck going long distance and when I left the place, the truck immediately was losing power and shaking. I turned back around to the location in Greensboro North Carolina to inform the guy this was happening. He tells me this is normal for a diesel vehicle, not knowing that I have a CDL and I have drove commercial vehicles that require diesel fuel and this is not normal!!! But he is adamant that it has to do with diesel and once I get going and driving at a higher speed this should not continue. So I proceeded (which I should not have BIG MISTAKE) to my POD to load the 22 foot Penske truck. It still did the same thing, the truck was losing power and it was shaking.
I called customer service to inform them of the situation, at this point I'm in Virginia. I have to wait for a service guy to come out which I was told would take 70 minutes which ended up being longer than that. The service guy/mechanic gets there, I ask "Are you going to get in or drive the truck so you can see it's losing power and shaking?" He informs me that no he will just follow me and he should be able to tell that I'm losing power and the speed it drops to!! Now I'm not a rocket scientist and I wasn't born yesterday but driving behind me you can actually tell the exact speed that it drops to, losing power and the vehicle shaking, THAT'S BS!! Why the mechanic did not get into the vehicle. I don't know but he proceeds to tell me that his shop is only 8 miles up the road, while I've been sitting here for over 70 minutes waiting and your shop is 8 miles up the road. What the hell!!!
Get to the shop he still never drives the truck, all he did is hook it up to a little black box and says "Oh, nothing showed up and let me call Penske to see what they want me to do." He says Penske said just get back on the road, REALLY even though the truck is losing power and is shaking and I'm driving long distance from NC to Ohio with a 22 foot truck through the mountains!! To top it off the mechanic tells me all of this is NORMAL for these type of trucks to lose power, down to 45 mph which is a bunch of BS!! So I get back on the road and the truck still continues to shake and lose power throughout the whole trip.
I called back customer service to let them know I am still having a problem with this truck and it's a hazard and dangerous when you have a flow of traffic that at some point going 65 mph to 70 mph and all of a sudden the truck am in loses power and it starts to drop to 40-45 mph. The guy on the phone tells me well I could pull over again and wait for service guy to come out, I don't have this it do, to be told more BS!!! No thank you!! This trip was supposed to be seven hours, this trip took over 10 hours!! Ridiculous and unacceptable. So I guess since I'm a female and I'm telling you the truck is losing power they don't seem to take it serious and think it's a big deal!!!
I finally made it to Ohio, by the grace of God!!! I call Penske on 5/6/17, to explain the horrible experience that I had driving long distance with your truck!! The guy of course apologizes because when you're providing customer service that's the protocol. But didn't seem to get that I should be compensated in some way for the inconvenience. Keep in mind I have rented trucks several times from Penske and didn't have any problems!! He says, "Well I could take off $75.00, which is taking off 25% since you already received 22% off having AAA/using a code off-line!!" Wait a minute, this was with no issues, no problems and no inconvenience!!! So to me this was the ultimate slap in the face your 25%!!!
Then he kept asking me, "Well what do you think is fair?", so I threw it back on him, "What do you think is fair if this was someone you knew, a family member or yourself that experience this, what would you do???" He says "Well I can take off another $25 which is a total of $100 being taken off!!!" Then he asked "Well is this fair?" It's not a question if it's fair, the question is what is the right thing to do if someone has experience something like this!! I get things happen but for Penske to downplay the situation and the severity of a truck losing power, is unacceptable.
The bottom line is Penske YOU DROP THE BALL!!!! If I could have had another company bring me a truck, I would have gladly unloaded the Penske truck and left it on the side of the road, this is how bad the truck was driving!!! I am leaving this comment/review because I do not want, (especially a female) to go through or anyone else renting a truck, especially long-distance, to experience this. I will NEVER USE PENSKE TRUCK RENTAL AGAIN!!!! Terrible experience.
I purchased a company that unfortunately leased Penske trucks and trailers. Penske will only lease to you if they can draw the payments directly from your account (ACH) so they can charge you anything they want for "damage". I have been around the truck and equipment business for 25 years and one thing I have learned is that trucks break. It just happens but to Penske everything is damage. I just had a truck break a drive shaft. The truck is an automatic and was on dry roads. We were hauling 47,000lbs. Well within the 80,000 gross the equipment is rated when the truck shifted into 3rd gear it broke. To me and all the truck shops that I talked to this just happens but to Penske it is damage due driver error.
Michelle ** the operations manager for Penske Reading lied to me and said my driver told her he was stuck in a snow bank. When I called her out on the lie she admitted that she lied and that she just heard being stuck can break a drive shaft then they tried to take 2,000 from my account for that repair. The trailers are about 9 years old and the wood floors are starting to rot but to Penske their wood never rots (if I had the secret to this I would sell it and be a very rich man) so everything that happens to them is damage.
They told me that they have an "expert" look at it and it's damage when we get a hole in the floor because we overloaded it. I can guarantee that expert has never seen any of my loads or has any idea as to how much we haul. So I stopped the ACH payment and sent them a check for the legitimate amount but that is not good enough so they sent District Manager Brian ** to threaten me that I am in breach of the contract and their attorney will attack me.
Never again will I rent Penske. I chose to use them because I thought they had more reliable equipment than Uhaul. I have used Uhaul 5 times in the past 6 years and never had this many issues no matter how minute. I had to drive 4 1/2 hours with no damn A/C. When I roll down the windows I have someone else's trash, cig butts, coffee cups blow around. No wash fluid. Inspection done wrong and incomplete.
I contact district office and all they want to comp is cleaning fee of 30$ because they say they can’t prove the things were wrong. I said, "Can't you call the Home depot and verify the A/C is not working." They said, "No, it would have needed to be shown on the inspection report that you already stated was incorrect from the LA Home Depot." I cannot believe this garbage I have to eat the cost of this because the Home Depot didn't do their damn job. Save yourself time, energy, comfort, and money (because Penske costs A LOT more) and rent Uhaul.
I've rented a truck for one day and made sure I filled the gas to the top before return. The company charged me $407 and charge for refueling. I showed them the receipt and said they would credit me, and week later I still don't see any credit. I see why customer don't have anything positive to say.
I'm an independent trucker and last week my truck broke down. I had to rent a commercial truck tractor to complete the delivery of the load I was hauling. I called the Penske office in Pensacola, Fl. and after making sure that my truck's towing and repairs were properly scheduled, I went to the Penske location to get the rental. Because it was my first time renting a commercial truck from them, I had to leave a deposit of $5000.00 over and above the cost of the rental. Four days later I returned the rental to their location in Mobile, Al. which is where my truck was towed for repairs. I had to check in to a hotel until it was fixed, and I was relying on the $5000.00 deposit being returned to my account so I could pay for my repairs when they were completed.
A couple of days passed with no reimbursement so I called the Mobile office and they explained it would take a few days to process, and I would see the funds returned by then. I waited four days with no refund and started calling both offices for an answer. Now I was told a check would be mailed to my residence and I should see it in the mail in a few days. I asked why they didn't just return it to my account and was told this is their procedure. That's not what I was told initially! This sounded like a stall tactic to me so I decided to call their corporate office in Reading, Pa. I told them my story and they said it had to be handled by the original office in Pensacola. So they weren't very helpful. At that point I was convinced that they were going to hold onto my deposit for as long as possible.
I know this situation probably only applies to commercial rentals, and the average consumer may not need to leave a deposit. But just because I own my equipment doesn't mean I'm made of money. That deposit put a massive strain on my being able to pay for operating expenses and the repairs to my truck. Small business that are close to the edge of losing their business, can be pushed over the edge by situations like this. I hope I never find myself in this position again. If I do, at least I wouldn't be a first time commercial renter with Penske and wouldn't be subjected to the deposit, but I would caution anyone else to expect waiting for your reimbursement a long time. And maybe shop around for a company that doesn't have that policy.
Three weeks ago I purchased a used 26' reefer truck from Penske from their Miami/Medley office. The process was supposed to take 10-14 days. It took over a month a half. When I asked what the delay was they kept giving me excuse after excuse. I inspected the truck and found minor damages that they fixed. I used the truck locally for over 2 weeks and it was running fine. On my first trip away from Miami, I was traveling to Orlando, Florida, the truck broke down and would not start. I had to tow the truck to a repair shop were they informed me that the DPF filter was too clogged and the regen system could not work properly. They informed me that this filter gets clogged around 280k-300k miles. My truck has 304k miles. He said it had not regened properly in quite a while.
I remember asking the maintenance supervisor Robert what the delay was in getting me the truck because I noticed a weird smell like fumes when I went to inspect the truck. He said nothing was wrong and that I picked a great truck since this one DID NOT HAVE A DPF SYSTEM. I truly believe that they were aware of the damage to the DPF filter. Penske says they are not responsible because it's been over 2 weeks since the purchase date. The repair cost is over 3k plus I'm already out almost 1k between the tow and the cost of being broken down in the middle of nowhere. Use them for rentals but for purchases beware! I purchased from Penske because they offer maintenance records and have their own shops and are supposed to be reliable. At the end of the day they should be considered as any other truck dealership, they need to sell trucks and will screw you if possible!
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