BUYER BEWARE: – bike hire or quad hire. I want to share my bad experience so you can avoid it! PLEASE READ AND KNOW WHAT TO AVOID!!!
Is Greece an EU free country, with freedom of speech?And has anyone else had a similar experience to this?
I went back to Mykonos for the second time in a few years, having had a great time before. This visit my boyfriend and we decided to hire a quad bike to get around more easily and go around the island more. We checked several shops at the start of Mykonos town and opted for the cheapest, which was not much different to the others only 5€ less, but they all seemed the same, with the same type of bikes.
When we hired the quad in the morning and the man said it would be a smaller quad but none were left to come back in the afternoon to exchange it. We then came back in the afternoon, the same man wasn’t there, instead 3 others. They asked why did we come back, they said no problem it’s fine take the one we have and go, no need to change it.
However when we came to return the quad, the same people denied we had and so they demanded more money.
It also broke down once but we managed to start it again without a problem, with hindsight if this happens to you return it for another or your money back immediately!
It then broke down twice on the last day we were to return it, unfortunately the first time we were stuck in the middle of nowhere in the midday heat. Luckily a passing local biker stopped to help us and after several attempts we managed to get it going again. We headed back to return it, stopping at our hotel on the way. It wouldn’t start so we went to the rental shop to explain.
So when returning the quad, instead of being helpful friendly Greek people I expected and maybe concerned about the difficulty we had, I was horrified to see the shop owner square up to my boyfriend threatening him about to fight him after he said the bike broke down and we got stuck, and said we have to pay more. Now the bikes don’t say “small or big” quad’s and the one we had was the smaller one we saw on return anyway.
The owner then got violent repeatedly banging his fists on the desks and then looking to fight and turned nasty, while the other older man in the shop stepped out of the way to the street and did nothing. I was very fearful and worried there was going to be a fight and my boyfriend would get hit or even hit the man. So I stood between the two of them to make sure either didn’t throw a punch.
We left to get help from the police who were nearby.
The policeman was fairly helpful, they went to collect the bike and it was fine except the starter was failing. The shopkeeper refused to give my boyfriends licence back and was very aggressive in his manner I thought there was going to be then wanted further money saying it was a new quad (which it wasn’t). The older man who up to now was reasonable and co-operative then turned nasty too and again threatened shouting and banging the desk demanding more money and refusing to return my boyfriends licence. This was in front of the officer who did nothing, they obviously knew one another.
In the meantime another couple were in the shop and asked one of the men the price of the bikes, I suggested to the girl not to shop here as we just had to get the police. She thanked me. The police officer then told me I should not have said that and told me I lose my rights for doing that and can then end up in court and asked me to wait outside the shop premises. Is Greece an EU free speech country? !!!!
The policeman then also told me the man is a bad man and the older one isn’t as bad, but he then turned to us as if we should pay the money, and didn’t help. In the end we paid the money, as my boyfriend didn’t want to fight and just wanted his licence back, as obviously we were on holiday, and the police weren’t independent, as obviously it’s a small island. So my boyfriend paid and told them they were thieves. I asked the police officer if he was going to do anything as it was unfair, he just smiled and shrugged his shoulders and started to walk back to his position.
The aggressive man then came to my boyfriend to hand back part of the cash too. Crazy, but presumably because he knows he was wrong. This spoilt our holiday and we were glad to leave Mykonos and get back home. I am disgusted by the whole situation, especially what the policeman told me.
The bike/quad place to avoid is at the start of the town called: “Joe club” bikes, please see the photo. I’d suggest any of the others, AVOID THIS AT ALL COSTS. For any hire, get everything in writing, don’t hand over your licence, or to be even safer hire only from a global recognised firm, e.g. Avis, Budget, etc.
Has anyone experienced anything similar? I hope this helps others have a better holiday experience than we did.