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I've been renting from National O'Hare for the last 8+ years, with about 25 rentals per year at this location. I've seen this location at its best, and I've experienced it at its worst. At its worst (6-7 years ago), the workers would hold back SUVs during the snowy winter days, and then ask for an under-the-table handout (cash) to get access to those vehicles, which should have been put out on the executive selection lot. They would only put out sedans, but keep the 4x4s and SUVs around the corner, hidden from sight. For $10 - $20 extra dollars cash, they would bring one to you, warm and ready to go. It's important to note that this practice has since ended. At its best (last couple years), the cars are clean, the workers are pleasant, and the experience is seamless. Most of the time, the experience is fine. As you are waiting for a bus from the airport to the rental location, you can expect to see 3 - 4 Avis and Hertz pickup buses past by for every 1 National/Alamo pick-up bus. So, when it comes to being picked up from the terminal, timing is everything. During my most recent visit, the pick-up/check-out process was great. When I dropped off the rental car for check-in, there was no one available to check in the vehicle. I waited several minutes for someone to help, but no one was around. Running late for my flight, I left the vehicle in the drop-off lane and hustled to the National bus for shuttle service to the airport. Later that evening, I noticed that the vehicle still showed “overdue” on the online website and on the National app. That same evening, I called the customer service line to explain the situation and get the check-in resolved. The customer service voicemail message said "For prompt service, send an email to the on-duty manager at NationalChicagoOHareIL@national.com". However, that email address is incorrect - it is actually supposed to be: NationalChicagoOHareIL@nationalcar.com. That needs to be fixed on the voicemail. I never received a response from the on-duty manager. So, the next morning, I called customer service during their normal hours, and the representative was able to check-in my vehicle. Ultimately, it's my fault for being late for my flight and not waiting for the vehicle to be checked-in (get receipt/proof of return). At the same time, if someone calls the National O'Hare location, which is open 24 hours a day, outside the normal customer service hours, there should at least be a mechanism in place to address after-hours customer concerns in a timely manner as described on the voicemail message. All-in-all, I rate this location high in overall experience. Like with any company, there are areas of potential improvement. In this review, I've tried to create the proper balance of highlighting opportunities for improvement and recognizing the areas of strength.
I rented a car from Enterprise on 8/3/2015. I had to choose Enterprise, as it is a corporate partner with my company and I was forced to choose the lowest rate of the rental providers. This was my first time with Enterprise and I had to set up a new online account. That was easy and booking was easy (through my corporate travel site). On the positive side: Upon arrival, I was professionally greeted, the counter staff was very pleasant and it took about 15 minutes to check in, review the rental agreement and obtain my car. They have very good customer service. Now the downside... . I'm a corporate traveler. I usually take early flights to Chicago and arrive by 6:00 – 7:00 am. I travel frequently and I am used to other rental providers who provide "enhanced" service, in the form of frequent traveler programs such as Fast Break from Budget, Avis Preferred or Hertz Gold Plus. The programs allow you to arrive, go directly to your rental car and drive away. This is the service that I want/need. While Enterprise may believe that "personalized, counter based service" is what I want, it is not. I do NOT want to stand in line for 15 to 20 minutes to get my car, especially on a 90 degree day in August or a -10 degree day in February. Until they provide this service, I will request an exemption at my corporate travel site, which would permit me to utilize a rental company that provides the level of service I want/need, not what Enterprise "thinks" I want.
I am usually a Hertz Customer, but decided to try Enterprise due to the lower rate offered. Shuttle Ride: The Shuttle ride was great and the driver was helpful with my luggage. Check-In: The one on one customer service threw me off a bit as I am use to getting my Gold Number at Hertz and walking straight to my car. It was great to talk with someone at Enterprise, but I will say that I thought the process was very slow and seemed unorganized. I would prefer to arrive and have the car assigned already upon my arrival with the option to switch cars on my own if I'd like. Car Rental: The car that I reserved wasn't available. They gave us a Mazda mini SUV. The car was dirty and they wouldn't offer to wash and vacuum it. The rep seemed unconcerned with making sure that I was satisfied with my rental. Was in a rush to a wedding so I didn't have time to prolong the check out process. During the rental period the Check Engine Light and another light kept coming on, which did not make me happy. Customer Service: Upon my return they asked me how the rental was and I gave my honest feedback. I had a chance to speak with the manager on duty, Quay, and she was very kind and concerned about my experience. She asked what would make me a happy customer...and I asked that the rental be comped for free. She had no problem with doing that...So I walked away as a happy customer which changed my rental experience from bad to excellent with Enterprise.
Every move is different, so it's vital to choose a moving company that's right for you. The first consideration you should make when hiring these professionals is how far you're moving.
Depending on the moving company, local moves are typically anywhere between one and 100 miles within the same state. Local moves are less complicated to plan, both for you and the movers you decide to hire. They're typically priced based on how much you need to move, how many movers the company plans to provide and how long the job is estimated to take.
Long-Distance and Interstate Moves
Even if you're staying in the same state, you may still technically be planning a long-distance move - though the exact mileage varies by moving company, these are typically moves that are more than 50 to 100 miles long or across state or country lines. In fact, even if you're moving within the same state but you have to go through another state or country first, it's likely considered an interstate move, rather than a local one. That's because the movers are technically transferring items between state lines, which means they'll be responsible for having the correct licensing and insurance in place.
Long-distance moves are much more complicated to plan, typically requiring you to pay numerous extra expenses for everything from shipping items to renting storage space.
Are you making a big move and trying to figure out exactly how much you should plan to spend? Or are you on a tight budget and looking to hire a mover who can keep costs low? Either way, it's important to understand how exactly moving companies charge their customers.
As mentioned above, for local moves, companies will charge based on the number of movers they provide and the amount of time they'll need to spend on the project. Generally, the more rooms in your apartment or house, the more movers and time you can expect to be charged for. The price of long-distance or interstate moves, on the other hand, will be based on the amount of belongings you have - and more specifically the weight of those belongings. The heavier the boxes or items you're shipping across state or country lines, the more expensive your move will be.
Moving costs will vary greatly, depending on where you are. Local moves in a small town in the Midwest will be much less expensive than comparable moves in New York City. For that reason, it's best to do some research about the going rates in your area.
No matter what type of move you're making, you can reach out to prospective moving companies for estimates - this is the best way to determine how expensive your move will be based on where you live and what services you're looking for. Typically, the moving company will send someone to your home who will do a walk through of each room, making note of the furniture, valuables and other belongings in each one. Then, he or she will provide an estimate. The exact amount you pay may, however, be different from the amount declared in the estimate. That's where the type of contract comes in.
Nonbinding vs. Binding Contracts
For any move, a company will ask you to sign a contract. It's crucial to know exactly what type of contract you're signing, though, to understand how much you can expect to pay. In basic terms, there are two types of moving contracts: binding and nonbinding. Binding, as well as binding not-to-exceed, contracts are the most preferable for people hiring movers. These list an estimated price the moving company cannot charge more than. So, even if your local move takes an hour longer or your belongings are heavier than expected for an interstate move, you're still only responsible for paying a fixed amount.
Nonbinding contracts, on the other hand, have no fixed final number. Instead, they list a rate - by the hour or by the pound/kilo - and you're responsible for paying exactly how much your move costs in those terms.
Keep in mind that movers provide a variety of services, many of which you may not require. These can affect how expensive your move will be. For example, a full-service move that includes packing and unpacking will be pricier than a local move that only includes loading the truck, driving it to the new home and unloading it.
For any move, there may be extra costs beyond the typical services offered. If you're asking your movers to transport large, hard-to-move items, like pianos, for instance, you'll likely pay an extra fee. Likewise, if your apartment building doesn't have an elevator or the truck has to be parked far from your home, you may be charged extra. Ask about these potential expenses when signing your contract.
Don't rush through the process of hiring a moving company. Make sure the movers you hire are dependable, reputable and the right fit for your needs.
Look for Reviews and Recommendations
When hiring movers, it's a good idea to both look at reviews online and ask your friends and family members for recommendations. Personal endorsements will go a long way toward helping you determine whether you can expect the company to do a quick and professional job.
Choose Top Candidates
As you're vetting candidates through reviews and recommendations, narrow your selection to three or four top options. Make sure the companies offer the type of move you're looking for, whether it's interstate or local. These three or four companies are who you'll contact for estimates.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions
After receiving estimates, you'll have a better idea which companies are within your budget. However, this isn't the only factor you should use when choosing movers, especially for more complicated jobs. In fact, you may be willing to pay a little more to hire quality movers who can ensure the safety of your belongings. Don't be afraid to call these companies and ask questions.
During the hiring process, you want to make sure of three things: First, that the moving company is reputable and has the proper licensing and insurance. Second, that the movers are dependable, professional and committed to doing the job correctly. Finally, that the estimate provided is binding and that you're aware of any potential excess costs. With these factors in mind, here are some of the most important questions to ask a moving company:
As with any service profession, there are certain moving companies - though they are few and far between - that aren't reputable or that will try to take advantage of you. It's important to be able to recognize a scam if you come across one.
Call the FMCSA
For long-distance or interstate moves, you can easily check that companies have the proper licensing and insurance, which is a clear indication that they're legitimate. All interstate moving companies must be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, so call 888-368-7238 to confirm the licenses, insurance and credentials of the movers you're considering. The FMCSA can also tell you if any complaints have been filed against a particular moving company.
Check with the American Moving and Storage Association
For both local and long-distance moving companies, AMSA is another good place to check out a company's legitimacy. Moving companies aren't required to be an AMSA member, but the ones that are have committed to the association's rules and regulations, which protect both the companies and the consumers hiring them. If a company isn't an AMSA member, that doesn't mean it isn't reputable, but an AMSA membership is a clear indication of legitimacy.
One of the most common fears people face when moving to a new home is that something they own will be lost or damaged in the process. While no company will be able to guarantee everything arrives safely, there are steps you can take to make damage less likely.
Pack and Transport Your Valuables
If you have items that are emotionally or financially valuable to you, do your best to pack and move them yourself. Keep jewelry, expensive artwork, inherited valuables and even costly electronics in your own car - that way you'll have complete control over their safety at all times.
Choose a Moving Company That Plans Ahead
Moving companies can better keep your belongings safe when the movers plan ahead. What does this mean? Many companies take extra time to measure doorways, halls and stairways to find the safest route in and out of your home. They should also provide furniture blankets, covers and moving pads to keep both your home and your belongings free of scratches or other damage.
Keep the Moving Area Safe
There are some things you can control on moving day and some things you simply can't, such as the weather. If you're moving on a snowy, icy or rainy day, keeping all of your paths, stairways and walkways clear and dry is crucial. This can help protect both the movers and the large items they're carrying to and from the truck.
The subject of tipping is relatively unclear when it comes to movers. However, there is a general rule of thumb that most people in the industry agree on: Tip your movers if they've done a good job and you think a tip is warranted.
Generally, a 5 percent tip is considered appropriate, though some people recommend paying $20 per day, per mover for basic, local moves. However, almost everyone agrees you should first do a quick walk-through of your home to check for any damage to your furniture or belongings and to make sure everything is where you'd like it to be.
If you do decide to give a tip, divide it evenly and give money to each individual, rather than giving the entire sum to the head mover and expecting it to be doled out equally. One type of tip to avoid: alcohol. It's usually illegal for movers to have bottles of alcohol in the truck or van, so tipping a bottle of wine or liquor could get them into trouble.