The minute we walked into the showroom we where pounced on by a sale man. We told him several times we where only there to look and did not intend to buy but that made no difference.
Our downfall was when we took an interest in a Renault convertable. From that moment on we where badgered, harassed and relentlessly persued by the saleman. Yes we had a free will, Yes we could have walked out but we tried to be polite and not rude (we should have been) and eventually after FOUR HOURS we signed up for the car !!!
We where promises a full 124 point check, additional warranties, and that the minor scratches we had found etc would ALL be sorted by the time we picked the car up.
Surprise surprise when we went to pick up the car NONE of this had been done. The Manager was called and assured us he would personally oversee the work and so we arranged for the car to go back to them the following week. The work was supposed to take half a day but they rung us late in the afternoon saying they had no finished and needed the car an extra day. 2 days later we picked the car up and everything did look good. The following day, when in town in the car I pulled into a car park and opened up my glove box to get some change from my "parking purse" (a little childs purse I keep in my glove box with a few pound coins for parking meters) to find it was missing - and so were THREE CD'S! I contacted Carcraft immediately to let them know and was told straight away that ANYONE of the staff had access to my car and that there was nothing they could do about it!! I considered contacting the Police but thought they had better things to do than investigate the theft of 3 CD'S and about £8 in coins - wish I had now!
About 6 months later, totally unhappy with the car, I sold it - at a BIG loss. Put it down to experience and vowed never to visit Carcraft again!
Last month I received a phone call from a salesman at Carcraft telling me that it had been a while since I bought my car and would I be considering a change of vehicle in the near future because they had some great new deals in. I immediately told him that I had already sold the car, that Carcraft where thieves, and that I would never use them again. I asked for all my detailed to be removed from their system and he assured me he would do that. About 3 weeks ago I received a phone call from ANOTHER saleman at Carcraft trying to sell me a car again. I told him I had already asked for all my details to be removed from their system and asked why he was ringing me - he said he was not aware of any previous calls but assured me he would remove my details. Guess what - last week I received ANOTHER phone call from Carcraft, this time from their Sales Call Centre. Again I said I wanted my details removing, again I have been assured they would - we will wait and see.
Liars, thieves and stalkers - and they are the good points!!
Avoid at all costs.
My son was on Orange contract which was due for renewal at Christmas so we upgraded his phone and took out a further 2 year contract with Orange as he had been quite happy with them.
The first problem started when he tried to get access to his "swapable" which Orange where giving free with the particular contract he was on. My husband works in IT and my son is very savvy with mobile phones but neither of them could get this swapable to work. We phoned Orange and where promised a call back - they never did. Over the course of 2 weeks through Christmas and into January we where given so many reasons / excuses why it could not be connected - no 2 answers where ever the same. We were promised call back on 4 separate occassions - we never received one! Eventually my son went into a store at Carphone Warehouse who sorted it out for him.
In March this year I then received 2 separate letters, with 2 separate account numbers, from Orange telling me that my contract fee was going to be increased - as I have only ONE account in my name with Orange (the one I have for my son) I was very concerned about this. This is where the REAL problems started.
It took a total of 8 phone calls, 3 promises that a Manager would ring me back (none ever did), 2 emails - both returned saying their system was being "upgraded" and they could not response by email at this time (it didn't tell you this until after you had spent a considerable amount of time composing, and sending, your email first!!) to discover that because I had asked for my sons mobile number to be transferred over to his new contract, which they did, their system had somehow managed to default another mobile number to his old contract and I was actually paying TWO contracts - and had been since January!!!! They offered NO explanation, NO apology, NO compensation.
Customers are clearly an inconvenience to Orange. Yet another company who has got "too big for its own boots" and doesn't give a dam about you as long as they are getting your money.
A few months ago I used this company as they where offering one of the best prices for courier service - I soon realised why they where so much cheaper because it really it true that you "get what you pay for".
I got no acknowlegement of my order, nor an invoice (which their systems says you will received within 5 to 10 minutes after placing your order). By 3.30pm and with no sign of a courier to collect my parcel I emailed them - no reply. At 5.00pm I rang then on an 0871 number at 10p per minute! An asian lady who spoke NO English answered the phone. I tried several times to tell her what the problem was but after 5 minutes (and 50p of my money) I gave up. I emailed the company again to tell them to forget it and refund me my money as I needed to get the parcel to my customer asap - funnily enough I got a response within 5 minutes to that email!!!! Just saying sorry, not how they normally work and hoped I would use them again.
Today, several months later, I decided to give them another go and have had EXACTLY the same thing again. No confirmation, no invoice etc for several hours after placing my order. I emailed them again and this time I did get a reply - advising me my order had been placed to be picked up by UPS tomorrow! My collection was for today - my customer is expecting her order tomorrow! I emailed them straight back asking for confirmation of pick up - today or tomorrow? AGAIN I got no reply until at 5.55pm realising there was no chance of a pick up today I emailed them to say I wised to cancel my order and wanted a refund. Surprise surprise I received a response within 5 minutes again (seems you only get a response from this company when you tell them to cancel and issue a refund).
I asked why my order was down for collection tomorrow when it was needed for today and was told it was an "internal problem without going into details"? What does that mean?
As a small business my reputation means EVERYTHING and I cannot afford to let my customers down like this - unlike Paysend.
Nightmare company - if you value your reputation and want / need a reliable courier service avoid Paysend at all costs.
Whilst searching on line for the best price for a Citroen C4 we came across allbrandcars.
At first we were a little reluctant to purchase a car on line without even seeing it but the prices of their cars are amazing. The model of car we were hoping to purchase was at least £1,000 cheaper than any other we could find for a comparable vehicle with any other dealer. When they offered us an excellent price for our part exchange car too this sealed it for us.
The arrangements where made and within a week our new car was delivered to our door, and our part exchange taken away - we didn't even have to leave our sofa (other than to check around the car on our drive when it arrived).
The car is perfect, the deal was amazing, and the customer service is second to non. For anyone thinking about buying a car on line but not too sure I would suggest you give allbrandcars a go - I doubt you will regret it.
This car was for my husband. My car is due to be replaced next year and I know where I will be going for my replacement.
We booked a villa in the Algarve in Portugal - P3080 - for our summer holiday this year through Owners Direct. It is the first time we have used this company and it will most definitely be our last!!
We choose this villa for its secluded location as privacy and relaxation are our top priorities for our annual holiday.
The villa was actually quite nice but the main problem was the owners who “lived nearby”. This villa is clearly their own house that they rent out in summer and while that meant the villa was very well equipped it also meant that the owners where reluctant to leave us alone!! We booked the villa for 10 days and during those 10 days we saw the owners FIVE times - so much for a relaxing holiday!!
There where several things advertised which where clearly not correct. They advertised a sun terrace for private sunbathing – the gate to this was locked. When we asked about the terrace we were told it could not be used because of a new roof? A Wii was advertised for “family fun” – there was a Wii in the villa but NO games so it was pretty pointless. Weekly changes of linen and towels were advertised but we did not get this either. The owner promised us a welcome pack but, once again, this was never given. On our return home we double checked our emails to make sure we had not dreamed up this offer of a welcome pack (we hadn’t) so contacted the owners to ask them. They initially denied the offer but then, after being sent their own email, said they would refund us £20 – we never got it.
We contacted Owners Direct to tell them of the issues we had at the villa, including the incorrect listing for several items which we never received and, like others who have posted here, they told us that they were simply there to advertise the properties for the owners and would NOT get involved in any issues between the owners and the renters – they are happy to take the money for the listings but then wash their hands of any other involvement – great customer service!
We have been renting villas, all over the world, for the last 7 years from Europe to the USA and have NEVER had a problem until we choose Owners Direct.
I did ask Owners Direct why they did not have a “review” section with each listing so that people could see what other holiday makers thought of each property before they made their decision to rent, or not (this is something that most other villa rental companies offer) and was told it is something they are thinking about! I know what my review would have said if I had the option to add one – perhaps that is why they won’t add a review section because they know what will happen!!!!!!!!!!
I have used this site for several years now and have never had a problem.
Their site is easy to follow and their search facilities are fantastic.
On the rare occasion I have had to cancel / return something to them they have been extremely helpful and the whole process has been completely hassle free.
Cannot recommend this company highly enough. Perhaps sites like EBay and Argos should take a leaf out of Amazon's book :)
Flew to Florida with my husband and 3 children last year using Virgin - NEVER AGAIN!!
Their plane was "tatty" to say the least. 2 of the TV screens did not work properly. 3 out of the 5 seats did not have a night pack (blanket, pillow etc) and when we queried this with the staff they said they had run out!! Surely they know how many seats they have on each plane???
The flight back was very similar - again one of the seats did not have a night pack and there were no spares. This time while all the TV screens did work one of them had a dodgy sound system and if you moved around on the seat you lost the sound altogether.
We asked about the gaming consoles for the children that their beautiful glossy brochures said were available on long haul flights but were told that these were only on "selected flights" and surprise surprise they were not available on the 9 hour Florida flight!!
We had pre-selected our seats so that we could sit together but when we checked in at Orlando airport for our flight home we were told our seats had been allocated to someone else and that we had to sit apart - for a 9 hour + flight with 3 kids this was a total nightmare.
When we returned to the UK I wrote to Virgin customer services to let them know about the problems experienced and to ask why our pre-selected seats had been given to someone else but the answers were "vague" to say the least and we were simply "fobbed off".
Their planes are poor, their air stewards didn't seem to care and their customer service department doesn't give a dam!!
One company I will NOT be rushing to fly with again in a hurry.
EBay can be very good - as long as you don't have a problem. The minute something goes wrong and you have to contact their customer service THAT'S where things go wrong.
Over the years I have had to contact EBay customer service a few times and have NEVER been happy with the service. If you go on live chat they don't seem to have a clue what they are doing and take an absolute age to answer every time you ask a question. I have been on live chat trying to resolve things for up to 2 hours at a time (probably because you wait around 10 minutes in between each question before you get an answer!!).
The emails to customer service are not much better. They tend to send you standard "cut and paste" answers - not really reading the question you have asked.
The only way to get ANYTHING done at EBay is to ring them direct - even then they are hit and miss.
Shame about the customer service otherwise a good company
Ordered on 4th Februrary. Got email on 6th to say goods despatched. A week later - still no sign of my order so I rang their customer services who said the despatch email was incorrect but that my goods had been despatched that day, Monday 13th February.
Now 25th February - STILL NO SIGN OF MY ORDER. Have emailed customer services 4 TIMES and got NO response.
Beware of this site - appears they take your money, send you nothing, and then ignore your emails asking why!!!!!
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