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“Faulty Transmission and Had to Pay for Fuel”

Sedona Off-Road Center
Ranked #37 of 106 Outdoor Activities in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
incline village, nevada
2 reviews
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“Faulty Transmission and Had to Pay for Fuel”
Reviewed 8 January 2012

My husband and I rented a TomCar for 1/2 day. About 5 minutes onto our first trail, the transmission disengaged. This continued to happen several times until my husband firmly held the gear handle in place. After exiting the trail, we stopped back by the Sedona Off Road Center thinking our vehicle would be exchanged for one with a working transmission. Instead, a bungee cord was wrapped around the gear handle holding it in gear and we were sent on our way. This was fine until it came time to reverse, which was required several times during our trip. Each time we would need to undo the bungee, shift into reverse, which required my husbands strength to do, shift back into drive, and reattach the bungee cord. This became a very tedious process.

We were also asked to add two gallons of fuel at the completion of our trip. I questioned this at the beginning considering I had never heard of such a practice, the website did not state fuel costs were excluded, and competitors include the cost of fuel in their rental fee.

Upon return, we again expressed our displeasure with the faulty transmission and the fact that fuel was not included. We were just told the owner would be informed.

Visited January 2012
2 Thank tahoetessie8
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marval06, Owner at Sedona Off-Road Center, responded to this review, 14 January 2012
It is always distressing to hear a customer state they had a negative experience with us. Our certified mechanic tested the machine in question and found nothing wrong with the transmission.He is of the opinion that the problem was more of driver 's leg position hitting the shifter and disengaging it than an actual faulty transmission. Several renters have used the same machine since the day in question and have reported no problems at all with the shifter.

Customer service and the customer's experience are most important at Sedona Off-road Center and we strive to provide a fun and enjoyable experience for all of our customers.
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5 reviews
“Best day in Sedona EVER!”
Reviewed 17 October 2011

We enjoyed a beautiful day driving Tomcars! Most fun EVER! They are so much more staple and feel 1 million times safer than other ATV! I highly recommend renting from this place. I feel that the prices were reasonable, and I loved the free water.

Visited October 2011
Thank Mort D
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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Adventure in ARIZONA, A MUST DO! We LOVED IT”
Reviewed 9 May 2011

Our team of wounded service members travel to Sedona Arizona to meet Mark the owner of Sedonaoffroad.com. He offer to lead us on a tour of the Sedona back country in his TomCar's, an onroad/offroad beast of a machine that if agile, fast and durable. Our team was made up of a Navy SEAL, Green Beret, and three Army Service members. Our group had 2 missing legs, a missing hand, part blind & deaf, severely wounded vs disabled. Mark put us all in TomCars and led the mission. Gil, the Green Beret was one of the first US Service members wounded in the war, he hadn't driven in near 10 years until Mark strapped him into the TomCar. Gil ripped up the backcountry of Sedona with a huge grin on his face and tears in his legally blind eyes! We has an AWESOME time. I have live in Arizona for 10 years and have traveled the state exploring every adventure and this for one of the top adventures in the state....if not the world! THANK YOU MARK!

Visited April 2011
1 Thank camppatriot
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Janesville, Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Adventure - "MUST DO"”
Reviewed 30 March 2011

After reviewing the possible 'jeep type' tours around Sedona, we made a decision to rent a 4 seater Tomcar from Sedona Offroad Center. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of our spring break trip! Our 4 and 5 year old kids loved the Tomcar and the daughter kept telling me to go FASTER!! The Tomcar was a very safe way to tour the trails. I was glad to see that they had 4 point harnesses in all seats. I loved that we could tour at our own pace. We ended up doing some Geocaching along the way...the kids LOVED that. The only thing that would have made it better would have been some warmer temperature for our vacation (in the 50's). Sedona Offroad Center is a first class operation and did everything possible to make our vacation fun. Definite thumbs up!!!

Visited March 2011
2 Thank GeoMonkeeze
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1 review
Reviewed 24 March 2011

Mike's customer service and care is impeccable. The scenery is great of course - but the best part is the freedom to stop when you want to, don't when you don't, go at your own pace and have complete say in where to go - no guided tour can give give you this. It was a FANTASTIC half day on 2 ATVs. Mike has even thought of things we didn't in preparation for our ride and we really appreciated it. He's made great recommendations and where to eat and see the sunset when we were done. If you are on a budget, make room for this!

Thank Cdonit
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