REPAIR

Help! Dell is holding my “hot” computer hostage

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Geri Bain’s “hot” computer is missing in action. Why won’t Dell repair it? And why won’t it return her laptop?

Question: I recently called Dell’s technical team because my computer was overheating and I had burnt my fingers. I was told that, despite the fact that my computer was five years old, it would be treated as a safety recall and that I should send photos of the computer, my burnt fingers and a doctor’s note.

The technician stated that Dell would send me a prepaid FedEx box to send my computer in and that I could expect a replacement within 7 to 10 days. A long series of delays and hand-offs seems to have landed my computer in a black hole in Dell’s insurance department.

At one point, a Texas-based supervisor said he would send the replacement that day, but needed sign-off from the insurance company. After speaking with Dell’s insurer, he said he could do nothing and further communication would be through the insurance company.
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Would you rent a car from this company?

cancun roadYou don’t have to read this site every day to know that fraudulent car rental damages are a big problem, at least as far as customers are concerned. If you’re a car rental agency, you might call it something different, ranging from “no problem” to “profit center.”

But at least one car rental company says it’s on our side. It’s Bandago, a San Francisco company that specializes in van rentals. After I wrote a story about the problem of fraudulent claims for Auto Rental News, a trade magazine, last year, I got an unexpected call from its CEO, Sharky Laguana.
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Don’t get broadsided by the car rental industry’s double standards

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Vladitto/Shutterstock

Ric Vesely knows about the car rental industry’s double standards. When he returned his Dollar Rent a Car vehicle in Minneapolis recently, an employee asked him a strange question: Did he have a receipt for his gasoline purchase?

Vesely, an engineer who was visiting from Colorado, hadn’t bought Dollar’s pricey fuel-purchase option, agreeing instead to return the vehicle with a full tank. He said he didn’t have a receipt, but that it didn’t matter — the needle on the gas gauge pointed to “full.”
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Argh! This damaged freezer is making me come unhinged

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Question: My husband and I ordered an upright freezer from Sears. The delivery driver bounced it off of a wall in the basement and now it has a large dent in the side. The driver was concerned, and he said that he would try to help us. I assume he did this so we would accept the unit, and he wouldn’t have to carry it back up the steps.
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