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State Massachusetts
City Boston
Address 184 High Street, 7th Floor Suite 701
Phone 855 454 9316

CarTrawler Reviews

  • Oct 4, 2019

I followed all of the instructions CarTrawler provided and upon arrival in Rome went to the SIXT desk at FCO on Saturday 1st September with all of the documentation that CarTrawler had instructed me to take. The woman at the SIXT desk asked to see the hardcopy of the email that CarTrawler had sent me and the hardcopy of the provided voucher. Initially her attitude was friendly and helpful but when she saw that the booking had been made through CarTrawler her demeanor changed. She asked to see my drivers’ license. I provided my UK drivers’ license which she would not accept because my residence is the US. I provided my US drivers’ license which she did not accept because she said it was not valid in Italy (not only is this factually incorrect because of the reciprocal arrangements between the US and Italy, but I have never had an issue using a US drivers’ license to hire a vehicle anywhere in Italy in the 15 years I have been travelling there). I started to suspect that something was wrong and this was confirmed when she told me I needed to have an International Drivers Permit. Here’s the thing – I do actually have one of those. They are very rare and not needed in Italy but I was able to show this to her along with my passport and valid credit card. I was then told by the woman that I would not be allowed to take my pre-booked and pre-paid for car because I had made the booking on the CarTrawler website and not on If you have a similar experience to this you need to know that all of this was a smokescreen. Subsequent investigations and conversations with members of staff at multiple vehicle rental desks at FCO have shown that these companies simply will not honour CarTrawler bookings. CarTrawler know this and continue to sell rentals to customers safe in the knowledge that they will get to keep the money, not have to pay the third party (in my case SIXT), and then just fob the customer off when they complain.

As soon as I left the car rental office I called the CarTrawler customer service number and explained what had happened. The representative I spoke to immediately started trying to invent reasons for the SIXT woman’s behavior but this was not appropriate because only she and I were involved in the discussion and I can categorically state that the sole reason given by her for not allowing me to take the car that I had booked and paid for was that I had made the booking on the CarTrawler website. I therefore followed CarTrawler’s complaints process and requested the immediate return of the $120.08 that I paid for this car rental. My CarTrawler case number is 00917430. In order to investigate the case CarTrawler requested the following documents all of which were provided:

The photo/scan of the Payment Card used at the rental desk showing the following information: the first 6 digits of the card, the name of the card holder, expiry date and the bank's logo (please cover any irrelevant information).

A photo/scan of the drivers licence.

A photo/scan of the International Driving Permit.

A photo/scan of the additional form of the photo ID (passport).

A proof of your own Loss Damage Waiver Insurance presented at the rental desk.

A copy of any receipts/ documents/ photographs that are relevant to your case.

Your flight details and flight number.

Incredibly, after providing everything they asked for, CarTrawler then invented a story where I was a ‘no-show’ at the vehicle rental office at FCO writing that as a result they are “not able to offer a refund on this occasion”!

They explained that “A 'no-show' occurs for the following reasons:

1 - You didn't inform us about your cancellation prior to your pick-up time.

2 - You failed to pick up the car at the arranged time and date.

3 - You failed to provide the documentation that's required to pick up the car.

4 - You failed to provide a credit card in the main driver's name with enough available funds on it.

In the event of any of the above, no refunds will be made to you.”

Since none of these criteria applied in my case I again got in touch with CarTrawler and asked again for the return of my money explaining why their justification for not returning was invalid in each case. They are still to this date refusing to return my money.

At the time of writing there are 47 pages of complaints about CarTrawler on TripAdvisor and I am not at all surprised. They have been described variously as conmen and crooks and that has certainly been my experience.

  • Dec 25, 2015

I was travelling to South Africa and needed a vehicle.

Holiday Autos came up as a first sponsored ad choice and I went in and made a booking. I did not check out reviews - my error as I normally do. If I did, I would have known not to deal with them.

I booked a car. They chanelled me through to First Car Rental in South Africa. Holiday Autos made me pay them directly and deducted the money from my bank account. They sent me the voucher and their terms and conditions speaks about no shows, cancellation 24 hours or after 24 hours before due date to pick up vehicle. Nothing more.

I collected the car on the appointed date. I used it for a week and because of travel plans changing, returned it to First Auto. I called Holiday Autos and they refused to give me a refund for the unused days. This is, even though the booking voucher does not mention anything about cutting short the rental period.

Furthermore, they sent me to First Car Rental. I can understand why. This is a cheapie company with not very much choices in vehicles. When I asked for an automatic, they did not have one. I wanted to upgrade to a larger vehicle, They didnt have one. When I returned the vehicle, I filled up the gas tank and have the invoice to prove it. The gas station is less than 2 kilometers from the car rental place. First Auto charges me ZAR 158 to refuel. How on earth can they refuel when I already refueled the car and have the documents to prove it. The attendant who took the car told me that everything was good. He did not give me a notice to say that the gas was short.

For all I know, they must have been driving the car that night as the attendant put his personal belongings in the car as soon as I returned it. He must have used it to go home that night and back the next day.

Between Holiday Autos and First Car Rental, they are scammers.

DO NOT deal with these companies. You will only regret it.

  • Sep 12, 2015

Aug 2014- booked a car with argus hire in Athens central city. They wanted me to take the car at the airport(60 km away). When i asked to cancel was told deadline for cancel was overpassed. But i insistid and had to phone them a couple of times to have my money back.

Second complain

Aug2015-booked a car with Cartrawler which belongs to the Argus Hire for Bucarest airport. Thye local supplier Right Cars was adding and adding the amount with different supplements and total amount was reaching almost the double. Called ArgusHire (paying a lot of roaming call) that spoke with the supplier and there was misunderstood between them and was told to pay the extra that i would be refunded. I deny of course and asked to cancel the booking, again deadline...and the employee made a report for customer service . Till now no answer...

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