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4.33 Rating 40 Reviews
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Unit 2 Apex Business Park
Apex Way

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Anonymous  // 01/01/2019
Ben Tatham of cars On Demand came through for us. We had just scrapped our car and needed a replacement quickly - but the car market is in disarray at the moment - and Ben was able to source a fantastic top of the range PHEV for us as a short term replacement. Pricing was great and the process very easy. Ben even helped advise on insurance. We will go back to Ben in a few months time to get a longer term vehicle once the market has settled. Thanks Ben
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Great efficient service from start to finish. One of the only companies that could satisfy my requirements. Took the stress out of this for me since I was also travelling to and from the country. Speedy responses to all my queries. Would highly recommend!
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Incredible company who you cannot find fault with. Leased for close to two years and multiple vehicles; never a problem with returning deposits, if you damage it you pay for it as is only fair! Would recommend this company to anyone, stunning cars at fair prices and a spot on group of staff! Jenny Shaw is an absolute gem and nothing is too much trouble! Thanks carsondemand will be using you in the future! P.s ignore the ridiculous reviews claiming they charge for everything, they don’t, I had a few scratches when I returned which they spent their own time on polishing out for which they never charged! They will go above and beyond!
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I rented an Audi Q3 for several months. Set up and car delivery were really good. However everything afterwards was poor. I received a ULEZ congestion charge, which Carson Demand insisted on paying despite my protests because they then slapped me with a £30 administrative charge. After protesting, they allowed me to pay the fine and removed the admin charge. Finally when the car was collected, it was during the Covid lock down and the car was not washed (car washes were closed). Cars on Demand despite agreeing to waive the charge, added cleaning costs and charged for minor scratch repairs to the tune of the deposit plus hundreds of £. Cars on Demand will fleece you when it comes to minor scratches/scrapes, which any ordinary bodywork garage could fix for a fraction of their charges. Be warned!!
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Dear Mr Goring, We regret we you feel the need to leave a negative review, particularly as the comments you have made are not accurate. With regards the damage charges, the car was returned to us in a very poor condition with deep scratches to the off side front and rear doors, off side bumper, damage to the near side rear wing, door and near side mirror amongst multiple other items. Images of all of the damages were sent to you along with the confirmation that the car was delivered to you without any corresponding damage. Prior to us collecting the car, you received our wear and tear guide, along with the pricing matrix for any repairs. Despite being aware of the damage, you did not arrange for the vehicle to be repaired yourself and therefore returned the car to us requiring us to complete repairs to the significant amount of damage you had returned the vehicle with. If you could have completed the repairs more cost effectively to the same required standards you had the opportunity to do so. Our prices are in line with repairs for a similar standard of quality and finish and we also include the costs incurred in transporting the car to and from the repairers plus the downtime resulting in the car not being useable. With regards the cleaning of the car, you had the opportunity to clean the car yourself prior to collection, however you chose not to do so and the car was returned a filthy condition and took over 2 hours for 2 people to clean. It is unreasonable for us not to have to recharge this as it was a cost that you could have avoided regardless of being in lockdown – garage vacuum cleaners and car washes were open still. Regarding the congestion charge, as explained to you when queried, any fines incurred are the responsibility of the registered keeper and as such unless we can represent them and the issuing authority assign them to you, we have no option but to pay them and recharge them to you. We make an administration fee for doing so. As you were in control of the car you could have elected to pay the congestion charge prior to entering the zone and avoided the fee. We also offered to remove the admin fee if you successfully appealed the charge which you claimed was sent in error. All charges and standards were supplied to you prior to delivery and / or collection, and to suggest that we somehow “fleeced” you is completely unjustified, particularly in view of the very poor condition the vehicle was returned in. Whilst we readily accept criticism and negative comments when we have failed to provide a service to the high standards we set ourselves and use any feedback to continually improve our service, untrue and unjustified feedback as in this case is unwarranted and unhelpful. Paul Brown Managing Director
Great service. Clearly explained and service matched the explanation, no hidden charges or trying to make up damage / issues. This is a great solution if you're without a car for a while, far more economic than normal rental companies without out the commitment of leasing.
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In short - AVOID! Not a value for money you will be paying. There are two parts to my experience with this company. First - delivery. It was on time and relatively painless. From that point onward it was all downhill culminating with handback of the vehicle itself. If you are looking to go ahead with this company be prepared to pay extra £35 on top of each parking ticket, fine etc. Don't forget, you still have to pay the fine itself. Now, the actual handback. What you need to know is that this company does not have a complaint procedure (an impartial body that would assess complaints based on evidence). Instead, all complaints are handled by the company's director who is the same guy who issues invoices for additional payments. You can guess your chances of winning any appeal here. During the handback their agent inspected the car, took photos and drove the car off. A week after I have received report flagging up additional damages that weren't visible by the naked eye. Those included alleged polishing of 4 alloy wheels that were not done to "their" specifications. They quoted £115 + VAT for each alloy for repair. The rate itself was pure extortion (for comparison, going rate in regular workshop is £70-100). I need to point out here that two alloys had no visible markings on them and 2 alloys had just a minor scratches (which should come under regular wear and tear anyway). This was included in the original handback report. I wrote to Cars on Demand stating that 2 wheels were returned in the same state they were received but claim was simply rejected by their commercial director without an evidence or explanation. Finally, don't forget, you will be paying extra premium rate for the car lease anyway (£526 per month for BMW series 1)
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Dear Omer, We did not reply to your comments until now as you were given the opportunity to supply supporting evidence for some of the claims made and we had offered to credit costs back if the claims you made regarding the repair costs could be substantiated - you have not done this and we hope you will now accept that your claims are untrue. With regards the invisible damage, images of all of the damage were supplied and could be viewed easily with the naked eye. All items noted were in excess of the return standards that were sent to you prior to the collection of the vehicle. Along with the return standards, a list of repair charges was also supplied in order that you would be aware of any potential costs should there be any items of damage giving you the chance to arrange any repairs prior to the return of the car, which you chose not to do. With regards the repair prices, our prices include the repairs being carried out to the correct standards and the time to move the car to the repairer etc. and are very competitive vs a similar service from manufacturer authorised repairers. The administration charges for fines are clearly detailed in all documentation sent to you at the time of entering into the hire agreement, in addition, we are not in control of the vehicle and have to manage the processing of any fines that you incur - clearly it is only reasonable that we recover the costs of your own incursions which we cannot be responsible for. We followed our complaint procedure and management of your disputes, answered every question raised and forwarded relevant images etc. The members of our team involved in the initial assessment and then responding to your queries are separate from anything to do with invoicing. After you escalated your issues, a Director became involved (who is not involved in invoicing) and we always prefer to try and amicably resolve any dispute. With regards your comments about the lease rate, we do not understand what your point is here, the rate is proportionate to the short term flexible nature of the lease and not comparable to a 3 / 4 year lease rate, and you entered into an agreement on this basis and were happy with the rate when you entered into the arrangement. In summary, we regret that you remain unhappy despite our best efforts to resolve your issues, including awaiting you forwarding documents to substantiate your claims which were not forthcoming. We believe we have followed a fair and thorough process throughout and regret that you feel it appropriate to leave an inaccurate review.
We needed 3 cars very quickly for a new project that may last 3 to 9 months. Jenny was extremely helpful, gave great advice and sourced 3 VW Golf’s that we’re perfect for our requirements. The delivery team were great and the handover process was very efficient and safe. One car developed a minor fault and it was resolved quickly and without interruption to the driver. Great service all round.
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I was declined for a car but hadn't been given an indication of the reason for the decline. I feel the tone of the email I got was not friendly, and in my view I made a lot of effort into the application process, including providing a deposit. I do not feel the system of validation checks are fair, or reasonable because it doesn't enable the customer to understand how they have reached a commercial decision decline the application. You go to a bank and they decline the application - they will say it's down to credit scoring and refer you to external agencies. I spoken to the Sales Director and his response was rather abrupt and rude in my opinion. ''We are not at liberty to pass this information, your application has simply been declined. This can be for many reasons.'' This email does not in my view give an indication of what it is I have done wrong to be declined - is it a personal issue, is it my credit file, - no idea.
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I wouldn't even give them 1 star. I leased with them as I needed a temporary solution. They were quick to get a car out, however things went down hill the moment they collected my car. There was the faintest of alloy damage on 3 wheels to which they charged 100+ vat which is ridiculous, not only did I not get my deposit money back after one inspection at my property and another when it got to Silverstone but now few weeks later they send me another invoice saying they identified a damage 2 weeks after taking my car! TLDR; do not use! Go to select car leasing or others who have been doing this for years and comply with BVRLA. Stay away! I've read others saying they give excellent support for a quick sale but it's all downhill after.
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Dear Anwar, We regret that you have felt the need to leave a negative review and to do so anonymously, however the information you have posted on the review site is both incorrect and untrue. When the car was collected, all of the items of damage were noted and pointed out to you. At the time, you accepted them and signed our collection documents (along with photographic evidence) to confirm the damages and did not dispute repairs would be required. Once you were advised of the repair costs, you stated that you felt they were too expensive and that you could have had them repaired at a lower cost - even though you did not arrange to repair them yourself before the return of the car. We offered to let you obtain a quote from a Kia approved repairer, and if the price they quoted was cheaper than our costs, we would price match. We gave you until 5PM on the 21st September to supply this, however, you failed to do so and therefore we sent you the final invoice for the repairs. On this basis, I sincerely hope you will amend your review or remove it as you had previously suggested the service had been very good. Yours Sincerely Paul
I cannot rate Cars on Demand highly enough. From their exceptional sales executive Jenny Shaw to their delivery driver Kevin & all the other staff I've spoken too. Theor customer service has been second to none & as my first time leasing a car I honestly couldn't have asked for a better experience or someone to help make it all so straightforward. Quick responses, turned things round in a day, responded within seconds when I had a question. Not to mention the car is also a luxury. Thank God for this first class company & it's staff. Thank you Jenny :)
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Ben was really helpful, car was here in less than 2 weeks and I’m happy with everything!
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I leased with cars on demand for nearly 3 years, they supplied me several brilliant brand new cars such as mercedes and bmw’s. Dealing with Ben, Jenny and Jack they made it very easy to source and deliver the vehicles I was after. Highly recommend.
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Dear Nurul, Thank you for your kind comments. Paul
Very nice car, delivered promptly, easy to arrange service and such good value. I was also so impressed the team let me return car early as I didn't need it any more with homeworking. Thanks!
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2016 I started using Cars on Demand and today I took delivery of my 7th consecutive vehicle thanks to Jenny who is amazing and Israr for making this possible during the current difficult time. The exchange was very streamlined and professional going above and beyond to make the transition contactless. The COD team have always delivered my motoring needs during times where my budget & requirements have fluctuated over the years. If there was a 6th star available for selection I would of used it, can’t recommended them enough no matter how small or large your motoring requirements are. I also have to note having read other reviews that over 4 years the general wear and tear policy has always been applied to my vehicles upon return in a fair and just manner. Look after the cars and the policy will look after you.
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Our long-term rental with Cars on Demand has been a great customer experience. Jenny was super helpful though the whole process. We returned from overseas and found we could not get car finance so looked for a long-term rental. Jenny helped every step of the way and I asked many, many questions. We have been thoroughly satisfied with the car rental experience.
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Excellent, efficient service from all departments Wide range of new vehicles Ideal for long or short-term car contract
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DON'T DO IT - Seriously. I rented a vehicle for 28 days for roughly £380 - my final invoice £1,362.00. There was general wear and tear on the vehicle upon its return, a chipped light, scratches from getting in and out of the vehicle and a scratch on the underneath of the grill and they refused to cover it with their own insurance or under general wear and tear. For this price go to a reputable 28 day leasing company like Hertz - for the same price with more included in the agreement and worry free, consumer friendly insurance and terms. I escalated this to the commercial director James Birch - he didn't even have the decency to call and discuss the matter, hiding behind email communication only. I read a review similar to mine and I ignored it, thinking it was the consumers fault, or it wouldn't be a major cost, or it wouldn't happen to me - it has now happened to me - seriously do not do business with this company.
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Dear “Anonymous” We note that you do not wish for your own name to be published however you are happy to name members of the team that attempted to help you. We also note that you left an earlier anonymous review using another person’s e mail address hoping we would not be able to identify who had left the review. You have been supplied with all of the images of the damage to the vehicle that were noted when collected – items that were time stamped and signed for by the person you nominated to hand the vehicle back to us. The bulk of the charges relate to the front headlight unit which has significant damage and requires replacement. The general wear and tear and light scratches you refer to include a large gouge to the underside of the front valance and the OSF door had significant scratches along the entire panel that penetrated all the way to the primer. The OSF interior door shut also had a large chip that penetrated to the primer. Quite how you could consider these fair wear and tear is simply incredulous. You clearly misused the car and now do not wish to take responsibility for your own actions. We do not supply insurance with our cars nor do we cover damage caused by customers on our own policy – the significant damage caused by yourself was signed for on collection and was your own responsibility. We note that you paid for this upon receipt of the invoice. When we make mistakes we will happily admit to it, in this instance however we have only recharged you for the significant amount of damage you caused to the vehicle. Yours Sincerely, Paul Brown Managing Director.
Dealt with Ben and have to say service from start to finish was excellent, he got the job done with speed and efficiency, which is all we could ask for. Will definitely recommend.
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In the beginning, it seemed like a good company to use. But it turned out, the communication wasn't best from their side. Sales guys forget to tell about information regarding to how to terminated the contract and how to return the car. Also my contract says, I had to give them 48 hours to arrange the pick up (and not 48 working hours), so I have called them on a Monday to pick up the car on the Friday which they were not able to do. They eventually take the car on the following Monday but they charged me for an extra 3 days of use, I have asked them to be flexible because it is not my fault but I got a rude response instead. Within a few days they took the money for the extra 3 days but I had to called them at least 3 times and wait at least a month to get my excess deposit back.
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Dear Sandor, We regret that you are not satisfied with the way the termination of your lease was managed. With regards the issues raised, your contract renewal notice for a further 28 days was sent to you on the 23rd December 2019. You contacted us later on the 23rd to request a collection, and we advised that the 48 hour notice period meant that (due to the Christmas break, bank holiday period and weekend), the earliest date this could be completed was the 30th December, and advised that the 3 days of use of the car over that period would be chargeable. The cars was collected on the 30th and you paid for the 3 days. We requested the account details to which the excess deposit was to be returned on 3 separate occasions over several weeks. Once you finally supplied these, we returned the deposit to you within 48 hours. Yours Sincerely, Cars on Demand.
Easy to deal with, competitive and flexible. They always have suitable cars available and ready on time.
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Cars On Demand is rated 4.33 based on 40 reviews