My experience with U-Haul.

Last week, I made a reservation for Wednesday 9am to install a hitch to tow a U-Hail trailer.

Then I showed up Wednesday for the reservation to be told that they can’t get to our car, but we need to come back the next day. (What does “reservation” mean?) The guy behind the counter grabbed the wiring off the wall and asked me if i thought that it would work with my car. (I am now freaking out inside) I read the label and assumed it would. That is when it hits me that they hadn’t checked to see if they even had the parts for the car AND it was an hour past my “reservation” time. I made another “reservation” for the trailer. Our time was scheduled for 10:00 am Sunday.

The next day our reservation was for 11 am. We showed up at 9:30 am and the said that the car would be ready at 1 pm. They called at 12:45 to let us know that they would be finished at 1:15.

We picked up the car with our hitch installed. Hope was slowly being restored that they could get their act together.

I returned on Sunday to pick up our trailer. There was a sign on the wall guaranteeing the “right equipment, on time, at the right price” or they would give me $50. When I asked about the guarantee, they referred me to 1-800-GO -UHAUL. I reminded myself to call them later.  We went outside to hook the trailer onto our new hitch. The ball was in the trunk and need to be placed into the receiver. It didn’t fit. Whomever “installed” our hitch during our “reservation” never actually put the ball into the receiver. They gave us another one (I was told that we were lucky they had one) that didn’t quite fit and rattled for the 3 day drive to Seattle.

We made it to Seattle.  In fact, I returned the trailer a day early.

I called the 1-800-GO-UHAUL and told them that my reservation was not on time, the wrong parts were installed, and how do I get my $50? They told me to take it up with the manager at the store as it was a purchase issue, not a rental problem.

I arrived to the U-Haul that I had chosen as my dropp of destination in Boulder. The spot I chose is in the town of Ballard where I live. They printed the address on my contract. I arrived to the location and there was a sign that siad to wait in the vehicle and someone would help me. Nobody came. I walked inside and when they two people behind the counter finally realized I wasn’t going to leave, they asked, “Have a question?” I replied by telling them I had a trailer to return. They said that I couldn’t. They told me that they had too many trailers and the fire marshall was already mad at them. I had to take my trailer to another town. I told them that I specifically chose this location, but they refused. I had to drive to another town to return my trailer. I was happy to get rid of it.

I filled out a customer satisfaction survey at the end of my experience and asked them to call me so I could tell them what they could do to make it right. They called me back, asking me to call them, but didn’t leave a number. Then I got this email:

“yes this is darnell the gm for the center. you had a bad time with my center i am sorry for that. how can I make things better for you.”

I shit you not, that is the entire email. I will not respond to this.

Then they sent me a $25.00 coupon for my next rental or purchase…

Fly fishing books.

For my birthday, Mojdeh got me a bunch of fly fishing things. Big surprise! I got a couple of books which I have really enjoyed. The first is by John Gierach called “Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders“. During the book John talks about living in Lyons, Colorado. That is less than half an hour away from Boulder. It is neat to read about places that I am familiar with. I recently found out that we will be featuring John in the next issue of Blood Knot. I am excited as he is promoting his new book. Between him and Paulo Coehlo, I now have two authors that I want all of their books. Unfortunately, as we are moving onto a boat in a couple of weeks, we are in the process of getting rid of everything (again)so getting books is not high on my priority list.

The second book that I am currently reading is “50 Places to Fly Fish Before You Die“. It was kind of a joke as I am getting older, but I am really enjoying it! Of ourse there are some places in Colorado that are featured and many more places to explore in the future!

In other exciting news, Ben Collins won the 5150 New Orleans race today!