Did they forget to charge me?

So Girl Ninja came out and visited me in Europe over the last week. We rented a car for personal use and spent the last 10 days playing tourist whenever I didn’t have to work. We spent time in Bruges, Aachen, Maastricht, and Amsterdam.

It was glorious. 

On Friday morning, we dropped our rental car off at the airport in Amsterdam and spent the weekend wandering the city (Girl Ninja didn’t fly out until Sunday).

Side note: In case you were wondering, you don’t even have to be in the Red Light District to happen upon mostly naked women dancing in front of windows, attempting to solicit customers. Definitely made the after-dinner-walk interesting as Girl Ninja kept saying, “Ew, don’t look.” Haha.


Like I said, we dropped the car off on Friday morning, and here I am typing this, Monday Night, and I still haven’t been charged for the rental.

What gives? 

When I picked the car up a pending charge was placed on my card immediately. The agent explained it was customary for them to place a hold for double the cost of the rental until the car is returned.

There is no hold. There is no pending charge. Did the rental car agency forget to charge me? 

I did forget to top the car off before I brought it back to the airport. Instead of returning her with a full tank, she sat at about 3/4. Perhaps they delay the billing until they get around to fueling her? But it shouldn’t take them four days to get around to that, should it?

What if I never get charged? 

Must I tattle on myself and demand they let me give them my money? I mean, I’ve given them my credit card information three times now. Once when I booked the reservation, once when I picked the car up, and again when I dropped it off. What more could I possibly do aside from go to the ATM, take money out, put it in an envelope, and mail it directly to the European rental car agency’s HQ with a note explaining why they are getting $500 mailed to them?

I suspect in the next few days the charge WILL appear on my statement. I still want to know why it’s taken so long. I make thousands upon thousands of transactions each year, but I’ve never had something like this happen before.

Have you?

p.s. Here’s some shots of our trip 🙂

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p.p.s. Yes Girl Ninja’s name is Lauren, but if you saw us on the Steve Harvey Show, you already knew that 😉

13 thoughts on “Did they forget to charge me?”

  1. when we were with you in Europe and rented the car it took sixt 7 days to post the charges and a month to forward the ticket….

  2. We’ve rented a car twice now, and this happened BOTH times we rented. We wondered if we were just never going to get charged, and all of a sudden like two weeks later, we find the charge. It happens the same way too – there was a pending charge, and it went away completely.

  3. Rental car agencies in Europe, from my experience, aren’t always the quickest at charging your card. They put the hold on there to protect themselves, but then take a awhile for the final charges to process. It can be really annoying, but if they don’t want their money right away, I guess that is their choice.

  4. That happened to me the last time I rented a car, and I had the same thought that you did – should I call and tell them to charge me? It took at least 10 days for the charge to appear on my card.

  5. Agree with others on here. Traveled frequently in Europe for about 3 years and almost all European charges, but especially Rental Car Agencies and occasionally hotels take quite awhile to hit the card.

  6. I have never had any problems like this with my credit card. I have had similar issues when I transfered money electronically between accounts at the same bank. I have had the deposit show up immediately. Yet it took over a week for the bank to debit the other account. It was odd because usually the balances of both accounts update simultaneously.

  7. I used my debit card to spend $12.xx at a Walgreen’s in 2002. It never showed up on my bank statement, ever. I still have that account. I still think that one of these days it’s going to just magically show up.

  8. I thought that maybe they also forgot me, but I checked my balance just now and the charge came through. Darn it 🙂 I rented for 26 days so it was a big charge. $996 big

  9. I went to one of those DIY car wash places a while ago where you drive in and then use the foaming brushes and hoses to wash your car, since my apartment building didn’t let you wash your car in the parking lot. It took three weeks for the credit card charge to show up!

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