Have You Heard about Flizzr?
As I had been conducting a cursory search for a rental car for any visit to Europe which I intend on traveling later this year, the cheapest rates I've consistently found were having a car rental company called Flizzr – and also the rates at times even included unlimited kilometers; collision damage waiver; and protection from theft.
Have You Ever Heard about Flizzr?
I tried to learn more regarding this company on FlyerTalk; but as it turned out, absolutely no discussion of it exists there – not really the brand name itself – nor did I find anything in the official weblog of AutoSlash; so I did some more research.
Flizzr is apparently a budget make of Sixt – similar to Firefly Rental car is actually a division of Hertz – and was launched in the past 4 years or so…
…but remember that in return for the low rates, you usually will not be able to savor the benefits typically offered by the parent company – nor are you going to likely receive good service, if you believe the reviews offered by contributors at TripAdvisor who advise to avert this car rental company.
“BEWARE AND AVOID – CHEAP COMES AT A PRICE”, warned TripAdvisor member Refdef. “Cheap headline rate but horrible experience of Spain. Unable to contact them via the customer help line because of some kind of special rate number. No reaction to web contact form. I’ve no clue what would happen if you had a failure. Maybe stuck without help?”
TripAdvisor member Muki A claims the reason why rates are more affordable at Flizzr compared to its competitors “is simply because they provide you with a good deal and once you give them your credit card THEY CHARGE YOU OVER 4 TIMES THE AMOUNT.” The example given is the fact that “We just rented a car from their store in Luton and prepaid online 80 GBP for the rental, with no added on extras; insurance covered around the credit card; a returned car in perfect condition along with a full vehicle's gas tank, i was surprised to find a 350 pound bill after we returned the vehicle!”
Additional charges are supposedly not just added at that time they have your credit card – but also after the vehicle is returned, based on TripAdvisor member ljdwine: “It appears to be their strategic business plan to locate damage to the exterior of the automobile days AFTER it happen to be returned and email you an inflated bill for repair cost. ( 2,460.88 euro’s with my case ).”
A “horrible” experience was imparted by TripAdvisor member Alina C: “I prepaid for a car for 12 days and because my flight was delayed they just gave the car away. No refund, no resolution” was given.
Unfortunately, fellow members of TripAdvisor echoed similar experiences and advice – with a couple of exceptions, nobody has refuted the claims – meaning that if I do rent a car, I'll think hard before considering renting from Flizzr.