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Budget Car Rental--BC (specifically @ Victoria airport)

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Budget Car Rental--BC (specifically @ Victoria airport)

Given the past issues, bad publicity and current investigations with Budget Car rental out of YVR, I was wondering if Budget @ YYJ was included in the allegations?

Is the YYJ location part of the same group?

(I recall someone vouching for Budget at Nanaimo.)

Has anyone had any issues with renting from Budget at YYJ, as in....... similar issues to YVR?


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Nanaimo, Canada
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1. Re: Budget Car Rental--BC (specifically @ Victoria airport)

Hi Love2vacation,

The Budget Rent a Car locations on Vancouver Island, save for Victoria, are all owned by Devon Transport Ltd of Nanaimo. They operate a well run, ethical business and we have heard only positive comments about them.


Though I am not positive, I do not believe the Victoria Budget Rent a Car facilities are owned by the same company that owns the YVR operations. Again, we have only heard good reports about the Victoria Budget operations. Have a look at:


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2. Re: Budget Car Rental--BC (specifically @ Victoria airport)

I regularly rent from BudgetVictoria and have never had any issues. You can rent from the Airport or downtown and drop at either location no charge.

Have no fear!

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3. Re: Budget Car Rental--BC (specifically @ Victoria airport)

Thanks for the feedback.

I have been avoiding Budget at YVR and area, as well as Budget in Calgary (due to some "interesting" experiences.....). Budget Calgary was recently in the news, regarding privacy concerns raised by the Alberta Privacy Commissioner.

Not great PR.

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4. Re: Budget Car Rental--BC (specifically @ Victoria airport)

WARNING - You want to stay away from Budget Car Rental at YYJ (Victoria Airport) as well as all Victoria (Devon Transport locations). You are much better off with National or Avis . . . I have had two rentals in the last year and both were disasters, and they really do not care and you will be unhappy:

1) Rented a car with 30,000 km and bald tires, unsafe on the roads in BC that are wet most of the time

2) Rented a car to drop off at a location 100km away and was charged $250 for a one day rental.

There is no recourse through Budget as the locations are not Budget, they are private. My recommendation - stay away from Budget Victoria - all locations - unsafe cars and a fast cash rip off. I refuse to use them again.

Edited: 8:16 pm, February 09, 2013
Vancouver, Canada
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5. Re: Budget Car Rental--BC (specifically @ Victoria airport)

Hi thomas, I think that $250 for a one day rental is not for the one day, it is about the drop fee for a one WAY rental. Even 100 km will trigger a one way drop fee. Check out their reservation process to compare what the charge would be if you drove 100 km in one day but dropped back at the starting point.

6. Re: Budget Car Rental--BC (specifically @ Victoria airport)

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7. Re: Budget Car Rental--BC (specifically @ Victoria airport)

For those recommending Avis, they have the same parent company as Budget.


Edited: 7:41 pm, February 16, 2013
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8. Re: Budget Car Rental--BC (specifically @ Victoria airport)

ThomasK: Thanks for posting. A good reminder to check the vehicle carefully, and also the paperwork, prior to driving away! Mufti's explanation is the likely reason your rental was so expensive; the one way rental fees are not charged separately but included in the rental rate.

As for Avis having same parent company as Budget, that may be but we have never had any issues with Avis at YVR, downtown Vancouver, YYJ, YXX or in Calgary (or anywhere else for that matter).

Budget car rental issues in the Lower Mainland are now well known and Budget locations in Calgary were on my "no go" list for a good number of reasons.

Thanks everyone for the comments!

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9. Re: Budget Car Rental--BC (specifically @ Victoria airport)

>>"For those recommending Avis, they have the same parent company as Budget."<<

Hi IslandDweller96;

While that info is correct, the outlet itself may be individualy owned and operated, like a franchise - seperate of the parent company.

Best Regards

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10. Re: Budget Car Rental--BC (specifically @ Victoria airport)

I use Hertz in Victoria ... never any problems...

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