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Wife and I had a CRV reserved weeks in advance for our trip up to Vermont. When we arrived at the garage to pick-up the car our reservation had been cancelled and we were forced to pay several hundred dollars more for a Avis Rental. The extra cost and time to rent the Avis car put a damper on our departure and vacation. As a general rule I have found most of their cars require Servicing and are outright filthy. I have just downgraded my plan from the $50 EVP plan to a $7 per month plan and I would cancel the Account totally if it weren't for my 2 sons who are still using it. Poorly managed and run company and it appears as though all of their "Customer Service" are outsourced overseas. I am shopping around for alternatives given the cancelled reservations. This is the 3rd time my reservation has been cancelled. Their systems are being hacked and it's going unreported. Manhattan Systems Guy.
I reserved an SUV for about 8 hours couple days ago to go run some errands and pick up some large items and packages. Arrive today at the pickup location for the car to find that the SUV was not there. Called the customer service. Can’t give any answer as to where the car is or offer any solution other than to cancel the reservation and give me a credit towards a future reservation after I wasted my time and money paying someone to take me to where the car was just for nothing to be there. They can’t find me another SUV at the only place they have them in my area so my day is screwed and can’t do anything I have planned on doing. My only other option at this point is to spend even more money to rent from Enterprise which means I have to go through extra hoops to get the car since all I have is a debit card to use at the money. Thanks a lot.
Zipcar charged me for a violation that clearly was not mine. I dropped the car off two hours before my reservation was due, and the parking violation was an hour after the end of my reservation. I have called for almost two months and all I get is an email telling me that it is my violation. I have no way to get further information on how this is my violation. When I do call all they can tell me is that they will send it to customer service. My frustration is at 110.
Filthy cars, inside and out. I washed it once out of pocket because I was tired of getting salt residue on my hands and clothes, and cleaned the interior before every trip. The parking pass didn’t work and the garage customer service agents gave me a hard time on numerous occasions. This was after I reported the faulty parking pass to Zip after the first occurrence. They never did anything about it and it happened several more times before I canceled my membership. The Zip customer service reps always said the right thing but didn’t follow through. Too many options in the marketplace to put up with substandard service. The Zipcar brand is essentially built on convenience. It stopped being convenient and became a hassle. Poor management and maintenance. Look elsewhere.
I have been with Zipcar since 11/2017 and it has been nothing but issues. The sad issue is the money comes out right away and then when you get to the car like I have it's several issues like (flat tires - you can't move the car) + (dirty cars - which you can be blamed if you don't report it) +(reservation - moved around on a moment notice to a different vehicle) + (cars - people taking wrong cars). This company is not established enough but money is the main source and all they care about, they don't care about people plans or vehicles they need at the appointed time and when all is said and done you wait 3-5 business days for a refund. Me myself just joined Enterprise CarShare and Enterprise been around with rentals for years. I will be buying my own tax time; far as Zipcar, they can zip out of business they are not doing a good job with this company at all and people will walk soon enough. Time for an investigation. Bad practice.
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I joined Zipcar for a low cost option to rent cars since I am living in a city and opted to not own a car. I found much better rates on Rentalcars.com and am better off renting for a day than using Zipcar's hourly option so after a year opted to terminate my membership. The most disappointing part of their service is the inability to cancel online. Unfortunately I needed to cancel my membership while in Europe. Given they use your telephone number for identification, my Skype out could not be used to make a low cost call. I was on hold for quite a while, and after requesting they stop using the sales script to convince me to stay in order to reduce the cost of the call, they continued to follow the script. This is ok for indecisive clients, but those of us that stick to our decisions and are wise enough to make a choice without influence, it's very painful. I will never use the service again given the antiquated system and pushy sales pitch in the contact center.
I had the most terrible experience for the last three weeks. Dec 16, tire was flat by the time I went a few blocks from location to pick up my girlfriend, could not get me another car. Dec 24, rode 11 miles on my Harley in freezing cold to University location only to find a dead battery in car, could not provide me with another car in surrounding area. Had to go back home and see if I could find another nearby my home. They said in an email they would give me $25 credit automatically to my next reservation. Jan 1, reserved a car to drive around and drove for approx 104 miles in my long Island NY area according to my GPS, ZIPCAR says I drove 297 miles so they charge me for 117 miles @.45 per mile. ZIPCAR get your tech working correctly. On top of that, they never gave me the $25 credit I was entitled towards my latest reservation. It takes days before you get any answers because customer service does not make any decisions.
One of the worst customer service I have ever experienced, not only did I have questions of my account which I'm entitled to know what is going on but they gave me a response in about 7 days, then after they had their final decision I called to know more info and to specify on the reason for their decision, they told me I had to wait another 2 days for a response back. I asked them to speak with a supervisor or anyone above the person I was speaking with so they can further assist me. And she told me I couldn't speak to a supervisor because I am not an "active" member no longer and that it’s part of their policy. I am highly dissatisfied with their customer service and would not recommend them to anyone. I been a member for over a year and some change. And this is the way they treat their loyal customers.
I was, until recently, a daily driver of Zipcars to commute to my job for the past six months. Living in NYC, cars are expensive. But for the many of us that commute to NJ or upstate, Zipcar provides an affordable solution. That is, if you are willing to deal with being at the whim of Zipcar. I've had reservations canceled and moved to garages 20 blocks away with less than an hour notice. I've had my car swapped out on me at the last minute. I've been mischarged, given the runaround, and had to deal with 20+ minute wait times with their customer service. Yet, this is worth it instead of having to pay 400+ a month in garage fees (Welcome to NYC!).
I had been putting up with this for months because, realistically, this was my only commuting option besides slow and unreliable buses. That is, until I crunched a mirror on a Zipcar pulling out of a parking space. The mirror was still attached and the damage was largely superficial. Commuters in NYC experience this daily, it happens, and it's inevitable. No big deal, right? Wrong, because after giving Zipcar roughly 6000 dollars for their services and a week of dealing with their claims department they decided to cancel my account. The day after Christmas. Stranding me without notice, without quarter, or without the ability to appeal whilst visiting my family for Christmas.
I will now have to deal with the fun challenge of either buying a car or getting a bus at the last minute. If you are looking for a carsharing program to use once in a while, when reliability, customer service, or fairness isn't a priority Zipcar may work for you. Perhaps as a once in a blue moon thing. But if you need something reliable, consistent, and dependable look elsewhere. Zipcar absolutely will leave you stranded without a ride and not even bother trying to help.
You damned if you do and damned if you don't. It's scary. GOODBYE ZIPCAR.
I have several issues with this company. Yes it is a great idea, but they are not consumer driven (pardon the pun). Recently, I had a reservation cancelled by Zipcar. I was not given 3 hours notice, as they require of me, nor was I called. I was emailed early on a Saturday morning and had I not awoken early on a Saturday morning and had to make a phone call I would have never known. I had to call their customer support line and everything was going to cost me. Either be reimbursed for a very expensive Uber ($25 each way) or another car miles away that I would have to again Uber to and from. Ultimately I had to cancel my appointment. It's bad enough, that it takes a week or more to get your refund, but I should have received equal compensation for another reservation, plus more time for my inconvenience. I find it hard to believe they have no one local who could have brought another car from one location to my location.
As not to be charged the low fuel fee because the user before me left me with just a 1/4 of a tank I went to fuel the car and their gas card was declined. I went to 3 different stations same result. Called customer support and again I had to pay for the fuel and send them the receipt to be reimbursed and again was offered no compensation for my inconvenience and embarrassment. Customer service reps are terrible. As someone who spent years in customer service the last thing you say is "it's our policy to" in response to every problem, complaint or question.
Zipcar is an absolutely ridiculous company. I've been trying for almost a month to register online. Every time, I get an error page that says "our website is down please try again late." I call Zipcar, finally, because you can only call, there is no other contact method. The person on the line says to go online to register. He can't help me. His only message to me is to try again. I'm sorry, but a month of trying every couple of days from different browsers and different computers (which was his only recommendation and I've already done that) and you can't offer any support when I call? That's not a business. I'm not sure how they even stay afloat with such a poor customer service model.
I have been long time member and they treated me like garbage, the member service team does not care about their customers one bit. It is probably the worst place to rent your care because they steal your money and their customer service is horrible and I feel like their management does not care either. I was charged a late fee due to a technical issue that was not my fault and they suspended my account, which was not fair. I have spent countless amounts on this company and they could care less. I was arguing with the guy on the phone who was a supervisor and told him to lift my suspension but he did not want to do it. I told him it is not fair to suspend an account when it wasn't our fault and he said, "We are just following the rules." And I told him, "How do you sleep at night lying to people?" And this is why you have two stars on your Yelp page and your company is going down because you guys do not care for your customers.
For the week of July 4th, I rented a Zipcar, which I used to travel to New York City from Boston. On the way to New York, 180 miles from Boston, the car got a flat tire. I was with my wife and 4 month old daughter. For color, the car had been serviced the prior day by Zipcar and should not have had any issues. When I spoke to customer service at Zipcar, I was told to leave the car to be towed. Regarding the rest of my trip, I was told that I should do whatever I need to do in order to complete the trip and return to Boston, including taxi, flights and alternative modes of transportation. To that end, I got an Uber from Greenwich CT (where the car broke down) to New York City.
I then took a car service from New York to Boston on July 8th. The total cost was $1000. I submitted my receipts the following week to Zipcar. I never received a response from Zipcar, but when I called, I was told that my reimbursement request, which was approximately $1000, was denied. This is in stark contrast to the original agent’s guidance and reassurance that I should do anything it took to complete my trip and submit the expenses to Zipcar. Their cars are in terrible condition, the customer service follow-up and feedback is terrible and they do not follow through on their promises.
When I applied, I did it because of the good reviews and good stories I heard from this company. However, my own experience was very disappointing. I submitted my application and provided my credit card. A week later, I received the card and a welcoming letter and I was charged $33. I thought, it was it, I thought I could start renting. Wrong. According to Kristy from Member services, they couldn't access my driving information, although I drive every day, and I have no issues whatsoever with my DL or record. They ask me for the same information 3 times, later they asked me for a copy of my DL. To me, that's already fishy, specially with all the fraud going on online in these days, please note that I am not very savvy on technology. I refused to send that copy and I requested the end of the contract along with my refund.
First, they said they will keep the $25 fee to pay for a driving record. I wrote back an email saying that they actually took $33, and asking what driving record if, according to their previous emails, they couldn't access my information. Then, Kristy wrote stating that the charge was $30 for the application and it was not refundable. I am disappointed because: They should tell people of that fee at the moment of application. I think that is an important point to be told to people and not to expect people to read the entire contract to find it out. The misleading information. First they said the fee was $25, then they said it was $30. First they said it was for a driving record, then they said it was for the application.
In my particular case, I provided the information. What did they need a copy of my driving license for? Why did they charge me if, according to their own emails, they couldn't access my information? If that is true, they and their system are responsible, not me. What labor they did to deserve that payment? I was not rejected nor approved. I don't recommend the company at all. There are too many better companies out there to chose from. I am a member now of "Car to GO," although, I haven't rent a car yet, at least they didn't steal my money using ridiculous excuses.
I purchased a $150.00 Zipcar coupon for my sister who was staying in a hotel in Baltimore. She brought her daughter to Johns Hopkins Hospital from Los Angeles where she was undergoing a lifesaving transplant. My sister had a Zipcar account, so I thought it would help her get back and forth to the hospital; she had been walking at all hours of the day and night to save money. Both of us received the confirmation email from Zipcar with the code to use to rent a car; my credit card was charged for the $150 purchase, however my sister could not redeem the coupon!
She made several calls but was told that "it was being researched and someone would call back." After two days without a return call, I called and was told that they could not discuss it with me because the coupon was not in my name despite the fact that I made the purchase! When my sister called, she was told that they could not resolve it with her because the coupon was purchased by someone else! One week later no coupon no return call to either of us. I finally filed a dispute with USAA for the charge to my card. WTF???
My situation may not be shared by many, but, in the end I had to break my relationship with Zipcar because it was impossible for them to work around a safety rule, which, didn't protect either myself or Zipcar when applied. When you sign up they must mail the Zipcard to the same address as the one linked to your bank account or credit card. I'm sure this has to do with fraud protection, yet, I am living at a temporary address in an entirely different state from the one my bank account is linked to.
I can confirm, yes, that's my back account they have charged. Grant permission for them to continue to charge it, but, they insist on sending my Zipcard to this former address, where, quite frankly I don't have a quick or reliable way to retrieve the card. I also find this doesn't protect anyone in this situation, defying the reason for the rule to begin with. The only thing I got from Zipcar was a cold corporate mentality; since I couldn't be the square peg I felt I had to cancel my membership, oh, and of course forfeit the $25 'membership' fee.
Overall I have good experiences with Zipcar. But there is one major problem I have. If you rent a car you better know exactly how long you will need it. If whatever you need doing takes longer or traffic is really bad you may need to extend your reservation. And you can do that IF... And that's a big IF... IF nobody else made a reservation right after yours. If they did you pay a $50 an hour fine. And there's nothing you can do about that.
I know I need to return the car back on time but it doesn't always work out that way. ZIPCAR can be more flexible about that. They can let the other client know the car will be available an hour later, or they can offer them another car. Most of the time they will be ok with that. But no... So if in doubt you better reserve the car a few hours longer then you expect to need it, or you may end up paying big-time. It's a lottery if you need to extend your reservation. And that's not something people think about when making a reservation. P. S. Their gas-card also doesn't work once your exceeded your reservation.
Horrible** service. They do not even accept customers at their location, yet their ** website says they do. They took money from my account before even mailing the card to me, so how the hell am I supposed to get the car out of the garage if I don't know when the card is going to be mailed to my address??? I want all of my money back, and I never even used Zipcar before!!! I will be reporting that ** service to the better business bureau because they annoy me so much with the way they handled my situation. I am so angry right now I am literally going to create a Facebook page to protest the extinction of their useless customer service! The supervisor was not even helpful at all!! He basically just repeated what every single employee repeated about Zipcar being mailed to your address and having to wait about 3-7 business days to be mailed, but can't even pick it up at their location!!!
Why do they even have a customer service at their location if they are no help???!!! Why still charge my card and wait months to mail me a new card!!! My new card is not here yet!!! I want my money back!!! I will never attempt to waste my money on this ** company ever again!!! I don't give three ** if this review is disgusting, but their company is disgusting and they wasted my time and my money. So report review if you want, Zipcar. I am reporting your ** service!!!
They were very friendly. Anything I needed they did. Not a bit rude through the whole time. The first thing they did was greet me well. They had a smile and kept that smile all day. They made sure my needs were met. Anything I asked for they would try their hardest to achieve. I really would like to thank them. Another great thing was selection. They had everything. I gave them five stars because of that. I have never seen a company with the selections they had. If I were a company I would take all my advice from them to help my business grow to the highest rate possible.
Their value was ok. I mean i have seen better. But overall they were great. I would go to them anytime I would need them. I feel as if Im fully accepted there. They show me the utmost respect and care. I really love it all. Simplest checkout ever. I had not a single problem. They were there to help. I feel even if a problem were to occur that they could handle it fast and effectively. Absolutely amazing. Awesome.
Well the service was very exceptional. I would definitely use their services again in the future. I appreciate the way they helped me through the process without being too pushy. Great selection. Their selection of cars was way way way better than others. I felt like I was a very very rich man picking out a new car to buy for myself. Everyone should definitely consider using the services of this great organization. I highly recommend this to every one that is constantly on the go. The process was definitely great with checking out. I appreciated the ease of checkout. For someone who is constantly needing to move from place to place, I need that kind of reliability.
Decent people who are willing to help you out with any and all questions. Attentive to details. Able to get the best choice of vehicle for my particular needs during my visit. The staff were eager and willing to list for me all available makes and models which allowed me to choose from a variety of vehicles and make sure that it was the best option for me at the time. I have rented vehicles numerous times over the years and from a variety of different companies, and as far as I am concerned, the bigger the company, the more I pay. The checkout process was quick, easy, painless. To the best of my recollection, I was in and out in under ten minutes, and wasn't surprised with hidden fees.
Customer service representative was very friendly and efficient. Any questions I had were answered and things were well explained so I knew what to expect. I had no issue with the selections. I got something that suited my needs and had no issue with the vehicle. Everything went well and I was satisfied. The price was a bit higher than I would have liked, but the vehicle was well maintained and clean. The customer service made the slightly higher than expected price worth it. Check out was very easy. All I had to do was turn in my keys and sign a paper. They already had my payment details so that was taken care of.
Called and ordered a car to pick me up and they were there when I needed them to arrive. The customer service was very friendly on the phone and got all the information that they needed. Very happy with the opinion from from Zipcar. They are a very good company to work with. Everyone was very friendly on the phone. The prices were very reasonable and I think I would recommend them to family and friends. Will use the company again when I need a car. Speedy service when I went to the check out. Had the car ready and then presented my credit card and it went through right away. Had no problems with the company.
They were very kind and willing to help you if you needed it. Great customer service and great to work with. A plus all the way. Would highly recommend to my family and friends. They had great options to fit any budget and would really work with you if you needed it. Great selection of styles as well. Which is great and really cool and fun. Just wonderful all the way. Very good value. And very cost effective which is also great. Worth every penny. And that's great nowadays to be able to find something like that. Very fast and helpful and useful which is great. Can't find that just anywhere these days. Everyone is always so busy. Any way you can save a little time is great.
I felt that everyone I dealt with was competent and helpful. I found my experience to be pleasant and easy and was extremely satisfied with my experience. I was happy with my option choices and felt that any of my needs would have been met depending on what they were. Other companies I've used in the past did not have as vast of options. I'm someone who is always looking for a super cheap deal so this rating is hard for me but I still felt I got a good deal and it was worth the money for my great experience. I dread checkout times and am a very harsh critic when it comes to this but I was pleased with my experience with Zipcar. It was easy and painless!
Easy and personable and customer driven. Convenient enough and friendly associate on the phone. Answered all of my questions with no issue and I'd recommend them. This was easy enough because my school had only two cars but they were both new and nice and I enjoyed driving it to the airport to get a friend. Even to go the airport was like 10 dollars and that is a very very far drive from my school and since we could share between four people it was good value. Quick and easy and the app was convenient and easy to understand. Very user friendly and good to share fare between multiple riders in the car.
I was extremely satisfied with the customer service. They were so helpful and willing to work with me. The selection process was easy as was the rental process. The selection process was extremely easy. I was able to book my rental online and claim my car the next day. The car was clean and well taken care of. The value was great for the money. I plan to do this often because it's easy and cheap and totally worth the money. The checkout process was so easy for me to use. I was very satisfied with the whole process. I am definitely going to recommend Zipcar to all of my friends and family.
The customer service for the car I rented was adequate and exceed what I expected to receive from a company that I had never experimented with like Zipcar. When I arrived at the rental station, I was supplied with a variety of option which included many different cars in which I had never driven before. There was also no extra fee for whichever option I could choose. I'd say the value was much better than previously expected before I arrived at the car rental station. I felt as if I received a pretty good car for the amount of money I was willing to spend on the rental. The process of checking the car I wanted to purchase was good for the most part in terms of customer service but the amount of time it took to fully check out was a little bit below my expected standards.
A great way to get a car for just a day. I found the process quick and efficient. It was very easy to get a car for the day and I was very pleased with the car itself. Everyone I dealt with was nice and pleasant to deal with. I feel that there were enough options to make it an enjoyable experience. The choices were not as vast as at a traditional car rental agency but the ones I had to choose from were well taken care of, clean and seemed to be in good repair. I had no issues with the car I chose.
I have to say that being able to rent a car on an hourly basis was a very good experience for me. I was able to save quite a bit of money compared to having to rent from an agency. The car I used was very fuel efficient and it only cost me $8 in fuel for the time I used it. The check out process was easy and convenient. A very intuitive interface that is pretty standard. No surprises, simple and straightforward. I was completely happy with the way it worked and had no problems.
Zipcar expert review by Lauren Fix
This ride share program is a smarter way to get around the city. Drive cars by the hour or day in neighborhoods, cities and airports across the globe. There are over 11,000 in their fleet.
Benefits: Gas & insurance included. Save hundreds over car ownership.
Car Choices: Choose from sedans, hybrids, vans and more.
Cost: Membership starts as low as $7 per month.
How it works: Download the app, join and get your Zipcard. Then reserve your car on the app, online or by phone for a couple hours or for the day. Go to your car and hold your Zipcard to the windshield. The door unlocks and then drive away.
Locations: Major cities, airports and 300 university and college programs that are bases for expansion into individual and fleet membership in the surrounding city.
Best for: Those with cars in repair and those who don’t own cars.
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