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    Default Car Rental Rip Off!!!!!!!

    I rented a car from Sandro's rent a car in Cabarete. They gave me a piece of crap car with the gearbox that sounded worse than a coffee bean grinder, the battery was no good, and the alternator was also damaged. Since you pay up front, they won't give you a refund and you have to deal with what they gave you. The car broke down, and they gave me an even worse piece of crap, one with an exhaust leak, no brakes (I had to pump the pedal to make them work) and electrical cables all over the dash, of course no radio, no dash lights. Out of four people in the car three got sick from the fumes. These people don't give a crap about you once you pay them. I'll never rent a car from them again, and I suggest to other people to stay away from Sandro's Rent a Car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bronco
    I rented a car from Sandro's rent a car in Cabarete. They gave me a piece of crap car with the gearbox that sounded worse than a coffee bean grinder, the battery was no good, and the alternator was also damaged. Since you pay up front, they won't give you a refund and you have to deal with what they gave you. The car broke down, and they gave me an even worse piece of crap, one with an exhaust leak, no brakes (I had to pump the pedal to make them work) and electrical cables all over the dash, of course no radio, no dash lights. Out of four people in the car three got sick from the fumes. These people don't give a crap about you once you pay them. I'll never rent a car from them again, and I suggest to other people to stay away from Sandro's Rent a Car.
    Didnt I just read this somewhere else?????? Chill out guy people will see the 1st post, You dont have to keep posting in every forum

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    Default What, you no see?

    Bronco, didn't you visually check the vehicle & listened to the engine before paying for it?

    If they won't let you test it out first, surely they're trying to hide something. You should have known that! Caveat emptor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bronco
    I rented a car from Sandro's rent a car in Cabarete. They gave me a piece of crap car with the gearbox that sounded worse than a coffee bean grinder, the battery was no good, and the alternator was also damaged. Since you pay up front, they won't give you a refund and you have to deal with what they gave you. The car broke down, and they gave me an even worse piece of crap, one with an exhaust leak, no brakes (I had to pump the pedal to make them work) and electrical cables all over the dash, of course no radio, no dash lights. Out of four people in the car three got sick from the fumes. These people don't give a crap about you once you pay them. I'll never rent a car from them again, and I suggest to other people to stay away from Sandro's Rent a Car.
    Don't ever rent from the locals. Go to Avis, Budget, Hertz...the major car rental places.

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    Default Not sooooooooooooooo

    Quote Originally Posted by The Voice
    Don't ever rent from the locals. Go to Avis, Budget, Hertz...the major car rental places.
    These is perfectly fine local rental companies that some of us have had absolutely no prolem with.

    Lots has been written on this already on these boards.

    Kiwi Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwicanuck
    These is perfectly fine local rental companies that some of us have had absolutely no prolem with.

    Lots has been written on this already on these boards.

    Kiwi Bruce
    I rented from a local Dominican outfit in Cabarete based on a post in the "Best of DR" forum here and had an excellent experience. I've already been in touch to let them know I'll be making a reservation for my next trip in February.

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    I've rented many times from Universal Car Rental (locally owned and in Cabarete). They have beat up cars but they work and they are very reliable. I prefer them over Avis and the likes.

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    Brakes that don't work, dead battery, coffee-grinding gearbox...man, that's what I call Adventure-Driving ..and all that for a little money! Great!!

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    I usually go with the big name companies. If you rent in SDQ and your car breaks down in STI or POP, your covered. If you get an overcharge or any problem while on the island, just write to customer service when you get back home.
    I usually rent with Alamo or Thrifty.

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    I wouldn't be so quick to praise Hertz. The Hertz locations in the Dominican Republic are privately owned franchises and Hertz can do nothing to help you if there is a problem. I am a Hertz #1 Gold Member since 1986 and they could not help me when I had a car accident. I hit a pothole at 15 mph and it caused the airbags to activate as well as putting a crack in the transmission case. I had paid $21/day for full coverage insurance with no deductible and AFTER I left the Dominican Republic they told me the insurance company in the DR would not pay because I did not hit anyone or another vehicle or tree. They said the damage was done by a raod hazard which is not covered under the policy. I tried to fight it with American Express but due to the laws in the DR they could not help me after 9 months of dispute. In the end I was forced to pay $4328 for damage in addition to $210 for insurance which did not cover the damage ($21/day X 10 days). So those of you who think you are protected should NOT buy insurance when you rent the car. I have learned a lesson. What you should do is call your credit card company and tell them that you are renting a car on vacation and purchase the insurance on the car through the credit card that you will be using. That will protect you.

    Just my 2 cents worth to all of you.

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