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San Diego Car Hire

Sun 4/12 Pick-up
12:00
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12:00
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San Diego car hire reviews and directory

Payless
payless
Car hire reviews:
OK (5.0, 170 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Payless
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 619 296 4966
  • 4.6
  • 5.6
  • 5.3
  • 4.7
  • 4.7
Recent reviews
6.8 Good
4 Nov 2015
Pros: the clerks were friendly and efficient. The car was as advertised
Cons: I called Payless before I booked to see if they charged for a spousal driver and they said not for this location. When we got there they charged for a spousal driver. We ended up getting the collision insurance as it included the spousal driver and the insurance so I was lied to by someone.
4.4 OK
16 Jan 2016
Miss leading!
Pros: The price at first.
Cons: They were miss leading in the fact that they don't disclose in the advertisement that their vehicles were not allowed out of the local area.
10.0 Excellent
4 Mar 2016
Pros: Great service, listening staffs
Cons: Attention of the staff and taking time to explain every detail
9.2 Excellent
6 Apr 2016
Overall 8.5 out of 10! Great Customer Service
Pros: Pick up and return was super fast. The staff were very friendly and helpful with directions and suggestions. We had the car for 5 days. The total was $15 more than quoted on my paperwork..
Cons: The car had quite a bit of damaging scratches and the interior counsel was not wiped down. So not super clean but ok.
3.6 Mediocre
7 Apr 2016
Horrible customer service when car had issue
Pros: drop off was easy
Cons: While driving on the freeway something became noticeably wrong with the tires. We got off the freeway, noticed the tire pressure alert light on. Nothing looked visibly wrong, but it had been a fairly scary experience just moments before so we didn't dare take it back on the freeway. I called the San Diego office and left multiple messages and could never get a hold of a real person. I even called like I was trying to make a reservation but still no real people answered. I then called the after hours emergency assistance number although it wasn't after hours. I was finally able to get a hold of a representative that manages multiple rental car agencies. He offered to open an email ticket. My response from the company HOURS later was to call the office and the road side assistance number. Magically - the next day - I had a voicemail from them I had just missed and a follow up email saying they tried to call me two times (not true) and that's why they are now attempting to get a hold of me via email. (which I started the email thread). Luckily we took matters into our own hand. We stopped at a local tire shop so we could continue to enjoy our vacation. EVERY TIRE was out of range for pressure 3/4 being OVER inflated and one under. That leads me to believe they don't check their tires well, or hire people who know how to. Incredibly frustrating experience. I'm just glad nothing was terribly wrong or I would have been out two days of a rental car. It would have been better to pay $30 for a week for a company that answers the phone.
2.4 Mediocre
11 May 2016
Pros: personnel were friendly
Cons: We were under the impression that we would be renting a Toyota Corolla. Upon arrival, I said we were suppose to rent a Toyota and the woman said or a similar vehicle. She offered us a Versa. Versa does not usually offer a center console so I said I would prefer something else. How about an upgrade to a Hyundai Sonata. I said ok. That quickly changed to a Volkswagen Jetta. Being somewhat tired from a long flight, we agreed. When we went to get the car, it had been double booked. The attendant said he would get us another car. The 2014 Jetta was brought to us. The inspection by the attendant was in seconds. When we left payless we noticed two dings on windshield. Upon conclusion of our vacation we brought the car back and notified the attendant of the following problems. Power Steering seemed to not functioning well and we pointed out the windshield problems. The attendant summoned another attendant. We stated that is how we received the car. The second attendant said we did not have to worry for I had purchased the additional insurance. I then stated the car was damaged from when we took it. It is doubtful that I will ever rent from them again. Secondly I would suggest if You do rent from them go over the car with a fine tooth comb.
4.0 Mediocre
6 Jun 2016
Never again
Pros: They are at the airport car rental itself
Cons: Old cars and each one had dents, scratches, scrapped paint, no remote entry; unfriendly staff and each person quoted different prices for an upgrade; didn't give what was promised during booking; very limited choice to pick from; very disappointed.
2.0 Poor
30 Aug 2016
Payless Car Rental
Cons: Our bill ended up being $400 more than was quoted online... which was even more than Hertz was going to be! When we were given our rental car it was in poor condition - missing the passenger door side mirror cover! The rental company arranged for an exchange the next day at 8am, but never contacted me, so i had to call only to receive attitude and questioning. Then the exchange vehicle arrived and the man was rude to me. Not happy with this experience and will never use this rental car company EVER again.
10.0 Excellent
15 Sep 2016
Excellent Service
Pros: The pickup time was set at 10PM, the same time my flight was to arrive and the same time Payless was closing. John went above and beyond to accommodate and kept the rental counter open until 10:30PM for me. The car pickup and drop off was fast and efficient.
9.2 Excellent
22 Sep 2016
Pros: The car is new
Fox
fox
Car hire reviews:
Good (6.6, 96 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Fox
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 619 432 0620
  • 6.6
  • 6.6
  • 6.9
  • 6.2
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
4.8 OK
29 Dec 2015
They didn't have the car I booked
Pros: I booked large premium SUV (Suburban or similar). They didn't have that class of vehicle available. I was lucky to get a Dodge Durango but this meant we had to leave some luggage at home
4.8 OK
3 Mar 2016
Read your contract carefully before signing!!!
Pros: Got the subcompact car that I wanted.
Cons: Even though I explicitly stated that I didn't want any additional insurances (LDW/RSA), yet magically these appeared on the contract. I was super jetlagged that day, and I didn't quite take notice of what I was actually signing there. I was already back at home, filling out my travel expense statement, when I finally realized that I had actually been ripped off by ~ $200. Seems to be a general phenomenon with all those rental car companies: They either want to sell you a vehicle more expensive than the one you originally reserved - because the latter is supposedly not available at the moment - (So why the heck am I making a reservation anyway??) Or they try to sell you something that you explicitly refused by putting it on the contract whatsoever. In any case, here's my advice: READ YOUR CONTRACT CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING!!!
4.0 Mediocre
30 Aug 2016
The rental is cheap but cars are very old
Cons: The car was very old and required maintenance.
2.0 Poor
13 Oct 2015
never using this service again.
Cons: they charged me for things I did not request, they also charged me for an upsell I did not ask for and when I called customer service to ask if I could extend my rental they said they would have to charge me $40 extra. Worst customer service I have ever had.
6.0 OK
18 Oct 2015
Pros: One of the employees gave us a ride to the train station after we dropped off the car. That was greatly appreciated.
Cons: The attitudes of the staff at the desk seemed somewhat rude when we picked up the car on the first day. Mainly just their tone of voice seemed kind of harsh, not very welcoming or cordial.
7.2 Good
18 Oct 2015
Pros: Check in was easy, and check out was easy
Cons: The cars seats were a bit dirty, but no problem really
8.0 Good
19 Oct 2015
Minivan Rental
Pros: I was given a choice to select which vehicle I wanted.
Cons: I could visibly see the wear and tear on the vehicles.
2.0 Poor
20 Oct 2015
Jcd859
Pros: N/a
Cons: Arrived at 10:30 PM only to find that they did not have the car I had reserved. Only had a full size car which was a significance downgrade. They suggested I take a full-size and come back the following day to get my car. This would have been a two hour return trip. Completely unacceptable. I will never rent with Fox rent a car again.
6.8 Good
22 Oct 2015
Great Car and Price but comes with a very long wai
Pros: I liked the car and the affordable cost of the rental.
Cons: We waited for a very long time at the airport for pickup late at night. When we called the number, there was an automated voice saying a van comes every ten minutes...this is simply NOT true. There was also no way to connect with the actual rental office to speak with an actual person. The drop off was great and speedy, though he did forget I was there and dropped me off at the curb just past the terminal area.
9.6 Excellent
25 Oct 2015
Excellent service
Pros: Quick courteous and professional would be the best way to sum up our car rental.
Cons: A broader base of cars to choose from..
Dollar
dollar
Car hire reviews:
Good (7.2, 77 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Dollar
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 866 434 2226
  • 7.0
  • 7.9
  • 7.5
  • 7.1
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
7.2 Good
30 Oct 2015
Pros: Regular bus shuttles back to the airport
Cons: That could not extend the rental by one hour without incurring hefty charges and when my wife called to request this (she was listed as a named driver) she was not allowed to discuss the account details, very poor.
8.0 Good
23 Sep 2016
Comfort and good prices
Pros: Big and very comfortable cars. Shuttle to the airport
8.0 Good
13 Oct 2016
Fuel Charge
Pros: Do not recommend this option.
Cons: Fuel was not a full tak- but expected to pay to refuel a full tank. Dollar offered a credit, after calling upon our return.
4.0 Mediocre
27 Oct 2016
Beware Of Dollar Scams
Cons: Have noticed on a few occasions Dollar will give me an "estimated price" and then upon turning in the car they jack up the final price. My last rental estimate was $44.00 and then they added and scammed me another $20.00 when I turned it in. Not tranparent, misleading, I don't need their false prices.
8.0 Good
31 Oct 2016
Cons: We reserved a particular vehicle, but when we arrived we were given a choice of other (lower grade) options
10.0 Excellent
3 Nov 2016
Pros: Upgraded to a midsize car.
3.2 Mediocre
11 Nov 2016
Pros: Agent at the counter was very helpful.
Cons: Car was not comfortable considering its category. The gas also was much less than full, but already the automatic function of the pump was already activated. At pick up, we had to wait for about 20 mins, and we had to get the first available car - lack of choice. I would have chosen a different car given that when I sat in the car, I already felt that it was uncomfortable.
10.0 Excellent
15 Oct 2015
Great experience
Pros: I loved the customer service. the condition of the car was great.
6.8 Good
19 Oct 2015
OK for the money
Pros: very good price, good choice of cars
Cons: car smell smoking, long delays at pick-up and drop of
7.2 Good
20 Oct 2015
Pros: fast and convenient drop off with quick transport to the departure terminal
Enterprise
enterprise
Car hire reviews:
Good (8.0, 70 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
13 locations
Enterprise
Locations in San Diego
11635 Iberia Pl
+1 858 485 8525
1333 Camino Del Rio South #101
+1 619 260 1505
2305 Pacific Hwy
+1 619 294 7774
2740 Lytton Street
+1 619 225 0848
2780 Garnet Ave
+1 858 490 1510
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 619 294 3313
3851 El Cajon Blvd
+1 619 229 2300
5810 Miramar Road
+1 858 455 0075
6620 Mira Mesa Boulevard
+1 858 404 0700
7993 Balboa Avenue
+1 858 560 9050
900 F St Ste 167
+1 619 696 5000
9292 Miramar Rd # 28
+1 858 689 8523
950 Hotel Circle North
+1 619 296 7493
  • 7.9
  • 8.3
  • 8.1
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
30 Mar 2016
Pros: Dropping the car off at a parking garage and taking a quick shuttle over to the airport. It was a very smooth process.
10.0 Excellent
4 Jan 2016
Economical
Pros: Great value for the money. Wouldn't hesitate a moment on our next car rental--we're going w/ Enterprise!
10.0 Excellent
10 Mar 2016
cheapest option during my stay
Pros: Undercut all the other options substantially. I paid around 20$/day for 5 days on a compact Hundai Elantra. It had 7k miles and was in great shape. No issues with the car or service.
9.2 Excellent
28 Mar 2016
Pros: Car was new, no nasty odors. Drove well on the interstate.
Cons: One guy in Las Vegas (dropoff) was snippy on the phone, but was much nicer in person.
10.0 Excellent
29 Mar 2016
Pros: great price for a one way rental
10.0 Excellent
1 Apr 2016
Pros: They went above and beyond to help me with having to change my schedule constantly. Never had a single problem.
3.6 Mediocre
2 Apr 2016
Understaffed
Cons: New centralized rental car drop off system understaffed. 10 minute wait for single staff working hard to checkout several waiting customers. Crowded wait for bus, No help with luggage on/off bus,
10.0 Excellent
8 Apr 2016
To easy
Pros: Great service , walked right to the kiosk and 20 more feet to the car. got a camaro convertible for the same price as a kia, and they had the best rate for the short notice rental and location.
Cons: Nothing , it was all good.
10.0 Excellent
25 Apr 2016
Pros: Fast service, in and out in a minute. Compare to other car rental with heavy sales pitch tatic. Like it
8.0 Good
28 Apr 2016
drop off at airport was quick
Pros: price
Cons: na
Thrifty
thrifty
Car hire reviews:
Good (7.4, 68 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Thrifty
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 877 283 0898
  • 7.4
  • 7.9
  • 7.6
  • 7.0
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
8 Mar 2016
Cons: notified staff that I could hear brake noise (Roter on Disk). Took vehicle out of service for brake check
2.0 Poor
7 Apr 2016
Pros: On site of the rental car area of the airport
Cons: The fee agreed upon through kayak was 43 dollars. When I returned they charged 63 dollars, I feel ripped off! Car was old and squeaky. Would never recommend to anyone.
8.0 Good
7 Apr 2016
Pros: very easy and quick
10.0 Excellent
27 Oct 2016
Thrifty San Diego
Pros: easy shuttle to the car rental facility from the airport, great selection of full size cars, great start to finish
9.2 Excellent
8 Nov 2016
Pros: Easy yo extend rental.
4.0 Mediocre
13 Oct 2015
You get what you pay for.
Pros: The car was clean and performed as expected. The price was very good.
Cons: We waited in the heat for 30 minutes to check in. The price at the counter was about twice what I had reserved it for online. After showing them my reservation information the price was changed to the proper amount. Upon returning the car we had to carry our luggage through water puddles and under fence cables to get to the shuttle loading area.
9.6 Excellent
19 Oct 2015
No hard sell on optional insurance
Pros: The desk agent when picking up the car was very good about not applying undue pressure to get the optional insurance. She just asked once, and then left me alone. Also, the price was excellent, picking up and dropping off the car took very little time, and the shuttle was there and waiting in both directions.
10.0 Excellent
19 Oct 2015
Cons: Difficult to locate--signage not prominent.
4.0 Mediocre
20 Oct 2015
Cons: I loved waiting an extra 35 minutes after my flight for a shuttle ,to then be constantly passed up because the shuttle was full from people on departing flights. Then once we got the car surprise! Hidden 216$ hold on the card. Why? Because thrifty can. Never using thrifty again
7.6 Good
26 Oct 2015
Cons: I was lucky to get service on returning the car but other clients were not so fortunate
Pacific
pacific
Car hire reviews:
OK (5.8, 45 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Pacific
Locations in San Diego
2100 Kettner Blvd
619-233-3366
  • 5.7
  • 5.8
  • 5.9
  • 5.7
  • 6.1
Recent reviews
6.8 Good
7 Apr 2016
Good enough for the price
Pros: The price was good and the service at the rental agency was very good.
Cons: The car was older, the tires were bald, and there was a faint tapping noise that increased with speed. The process to get to the actual agency wasn't very clear and so I had to call in 3 times. Laying out the pick up process (take the rental car bus to the rental car center, walk to the offsite shuttle pick up, then call the company to get you) on the website would help.
2.0 Poor
12 Oct 2015
Old Used beat up cars!
Pros: Nothing, while they tried to meet my needs and were accommodating because I had to complain.
Cons: I was giving an outdated PT Cruiser that was clearly run down and damaged. While out on the freeway the car, turned off and I couldn't get the car started. Basically I was stranded. Furthermore, the starter came right out of the steering column. Basically I was given a used unsafe car. Their business model is, lets get used cars (10 yrs old) from the auction get them running and rent them to tourist (probably young kids) at a discounted price. I have nothing against used cars but these cars come with interior damage (stains, holes, smelly) . My car, in addition to the start gone out needed front shocks. I noticed the tires were all different brands and back tires were bald while the new tires were in the front
2.0 Poor
13 Oct 2015
Do not go here
Pros: I didn't like wnything
Cons: The service was bad- Shawn at the front desk was rude. I ended up paying extra because of an error on their end. I won't be using them again
2.0 Poor
14 Oct 2015
SD Car Rental
Pros: Fuel Economy
Cons: The pickup took nearly 30 minutes from airport The insurance was a scam The personnel were less than professional The return was 4 hours early and no pro rate Overall experience terrible.
4.8 OK
14 Oct 2015
Not unlimited miles, cancellation fees, limited dr
Cons: Hours to return car are limited (close at 7pm) Cancellation fees Picking up the car is somewhat long/laborious
6.0 OK
14 Oct 2015
Small, non-chain rental car company
Pros: Prompt shuttle from airport, courteous staff, received upgraded car for free.
Cons: No after hours dropbox for keys (have to park in an offsite, third party garage for an extra fee), car was old and exterior was beat up (lot attendant exclaimed that it was "brand new!" as my husband marked off the many existing and large scratches and dings).
3.2 Mediocre
17 Oct 2015
Were not clear about fee for airport shuttle or dr
Pros: Low rate, which ended up not being cheaper than what I would have paid from an airport rental agency after the dropoff fee was added
Cons: I dropped my car off at 6am as I had a 7:50am flight. At the time of booking it was listed that there would be a free shuttle to the airport. When I picked up the car I was told that I would have to drop the car off at a nearby parking garage and pay an extra $11 fee. I found this to be underhanded
3.2 Mediocre
20 Oct 2015
Shady and Misleading - Beware of "[Car Model] or S
Pros: Aside from the general shady feel/impression I had, nothing "bad" actually happened. Additionally, the guy who shuttled me from the airport and back to the airport was friendly and gave me some information about the city and things to do.
Cons: 1. Bus doesn't pick you up unless you call them to come pick you up. 2. The car you get is not like advertised on Kayak.com. The option I picked said "Hyundai Elantra or Similar," or something to that extent. The picture shown was that of a new, or relatively new, car. When I went to pick up my car, the first car offered to me was a mid-2000s Kia Spectre that looked like it was about to break down. Upon complaint, they re-did the contract and told me they had corrected the mistake. Upon inspection of the contract, the car being offered was a 2005 Kia Amanti which looked even older. Upon further complaint, they walked outside with me and told me that I could pick from any car they had available, but that everything I saw was what my selection was limited to. I ended up with a 2012 Malibu with about 70k miles on it, but at least it didn't smell like smoke. 3. Insurance. I felt very mislead with dealing with them with insurance. When I arrived, I asked about the option to purchase insurance that I was given on Kayak.com. It was something like $9/day. When I brought it up, requesting insurance so that I could totally and completely avoid involving mine in the event of any accident, they told me that insurance was $14.99 for the whole duration. This sounded good, but already weary I again re-read the contract. The insurance being offered would only serve as secondary insurance to my insurance. I again complained, and again the contract was modified. This time, they told me the insurance would serve as primary insurance, but by this time the price had jumped from $116 for a thursday-sunday to about $210. Again, I re-read the modified contract and noticed that this increased rate carried a $1,500 deductible. I this time expressed that I wanted complete coverage so that in the event of some unfortunate event, I was covered. They asked what my provider's deductible was, and I told them it was $1,000. They crossed out the $1,500 on the contract with a pen and wrote $1,000. Feeling increasingly uncomfortable with the insurance protection they were offering, I told them I wanted to opt out of insurance with them. They printed a final modified contract which is what I ultimately signed. 4. Cancellation. This one wasn't too surprising, but they wouldn't let me cancel the reservation without penalty. I noticed while waiting for them that two blocks away there were 3 other car rental providers which I had decided I'd rather pay more at. They told me that failure to rent would result in a full day being charged against my car as a late cancellation penalty. In summary, Pacific seemed shady, low quality, and very misleading. I learned a lot about what to be cautious of in renting a car and will never be renting from a Pacific again. It's much more assuring to pay an extra 5-10/day and rent from a more reputable and well known car rental provider.
10.0 Excellent
7 Nov 2015
Great courteous service
Pros: The pickup from the airport was prompt. I was only renting for one day but while out decide to stay over. I called to see if there was any problem with me keeping the car one more day. The agent said absolutely not and gave me the same rate as the first day.
2.8 Mediocre
9 Nov 2015
OK Staff, Bad Car.
Pros: Acceptable Staff.
Cons: Car was about 10 years old. Did not smell fresh. Dings on every body panel. Cigarette burns in seats. Rough running engine. Many strange noises. Check engine light. Got hassled about a scratch that was clearly pre-existing on a car so scratched and dinged it couldn't possibly matter. Cost same as more mainstream places.
Hertz
hertz
Car hire reviews:
Good (6.2, 42 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
13 locations
Hertz
Locations in San Diego
1 Market Place
+1 619 702 4524
1120 W Laurel Street
+1 619 236 9771
1441 Camino Del Rio South
+1 619 294 4023
1545 Camino Del Rio S
+1 619 542 1218
2175 Hancock St
+1 619 298 0032
2270 Hotel Circle North
+1 619 294 5720
2667 Garnet Avenue B
+1 858 483 1015
2745 Otay Pacific Drive
+1 844 705 8085
333 W. Harbor Drive
+1 619 696 9815
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 619 767 5700
5910 Mission Gorge Rd Ste 600
+1 619 285 9905
6609 Mira Mesa Boulevard
+1 858 320 9051
9450 Camino Ruiz
+1 858 689 6971
  • 6.0
  • 7.1
  • 6.6
  • 5.7
  • 5.7
Recent reviews
7.2 Good
6 Apr 2016
Cons: Functions within the Volkswagen bug were sometimes difficult to use, such as opening the back/trunk, determining light switches, and adjusting the seats.
2.0 Poor
19 Dec 2015
Poor experience
Pros: I reserved the vehicle for my parents who came of a cruise. I reserved it in my dad's name. My dad was going to have my mom drive back home. My dad tried to use his credit card to pay for the trip but his card was not exepted because the employee at hertz wanted a credit card in my mother's name. My mom had a debit card but that was not exepted. My parents ended up having to take a greyhound bus home. Had to wait 10 hours at the greyhound Depot for the bus. My senior citizen parents who have never had any issues like this in the past who are well of financially and could easily pay for the vehicle had one of their worst transactional experiences in their lives. They will of course let all their senior friends know about their experience with Hertz. My parents even tried to get Chase Private Client who they are part of on the line to vouch for their credit worthiness but the Hetz team did not want to budge. We will never use Hetz as a company. I will never use Hertz as a company. I will do my best to market my parents poor experience to clients, friends, coworkers, and anyone else in passing.
10.0 Excellent
29 Dec 2015
Really good, except issue with drop off
Pros: Be careful when dropping off at LAX, there is a big tax that doesn't apply to other locations.
8.0 Good
4 Jan 2016
Needed a quick ride and found one here!
Pros: Renting from Hertz is always quick (using the kiosk) and easy.
Cons: Not much. Hertz is a pretty good company to do business with.
4.8 OK
24 Mar 2016
Took an hour just to get my car rented & off the l
Cons: Waited in 2 lines & waited an hour to get the car rented. The drop off ppl at LAX couldn't have cared less about my experience & getting out of your prison like lit at LAX is next to near impossible for picks that aren't a Hertz shuttle. Why pay up for shitty service & time waste?
10.0 Excellent
10 Apr 2016
Great experience
Pros: Staff was very helpful
6.0 OK
24 Apr 2016
After picking up the vehicle and driving it to our
Cons: Hertz added an upgrade fee since they didn't have the vehicle that we had reserved.
10.0 Excellent
26 Apr 2016
Great
Pros: I liked the help and efficiency
Cons: Nothing I was fully satisfied
7.6 Good
3 Nov 2015
Hertz doesn't know what they're doing!
Pros: 1. Great cars, clean, low mileage, and free of defects. 2. Friendly customer service rep who thankfully was patient enough to resolve the issue
Cons: 1. Charges more for Gold than non-Gold 2. Internal confusion about my very simple reservation done via Kayak
10.0 Excellent
11 Nov 2015
Pros: I picked hertz because they had the best price and allowed us the option to drop off at a,different location without extra charges. Or taxes...
Avis
avis
Car hire reviews:
Good (6.8, 39 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
11 locations
Avis
Locations in San Diego
16558 Bernardo Center Drive
+1 858 675 8660
1670 Kettner Boulevard Suite 1
+1 619 231 7137
2745 Otay Pacific Drive
+1 619 588 1309
2790 Kurtz Street Suite 1
+1 619 220 4920
3355 Admiral Boland Way Suite R175
+1 619 688 5000
3890 Valley Centre Drive Suite 106
+1 858 755 0400
4550 La Jolla Village Drive
+1 858 450 6553
500 Hotel Circle North
+1 619 574 5377
640 Broadway
+1 619 544 0438
7815 Balboa Avenue
+1 858 974 8630
8720 Miramar Road
+1 858 271 0018
  • 6.6
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
  • 6.4
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
6.4 Good
3 Mar 2016
Shenanigans
Pros: Finally got what I wanted
Cons: Agent said only minivan available was one he gave me. Agreed to accept if it had Bluetooth. Got in van and didn't have BT. Went back and said not acceptable and another agent produced another (nicer) minivan with BT. Shenanigans.
4.8 OK
26 Oct 2015
Cons: Had to stand on line for 45 minutes at 9 PM.
10.0 Excellent
27 Nov 2015
Pros: Good shuttle service yo airport.
8.0 Good
29 Nov 2015
Cons: The gas was not actually full.
8.4 Excellent
11 Dec 2015
Too many pick up spots
Pros: The agent seemed genuinely interested in my rental car need. He made up for the small inconvenience of going to the wrong building.
Cons: Too many buildings to arrive at. I chose the wrong one
10.0 Excellent
13 Dec 2015
Great experience
Pros: Nice car, fast service, no hassle, close to the airport.
9.2 Excellent
3 Jan 2016
at the end it was all good!
Pros: to rent a car on short notice on a holiday. being able to get a discount on top of it. Easy drop off.
Cons: It was hard to find my way to the car in the confusing parking lot. Had to go the wrong way to get there. The car wasn't in the place it was suppose to be. The guy on the gate had NO CLUE and one other employee we had ask for direction was also clueless. The woman I made the contract was excellent and when I complained about the wrong location and the trash IN the car and the fact, that the car really wasn't that clean all together, she gave me a $30 discount and that was very appropriate!
5.6 OK
21 Feb 2016
Pros: After a bit of discussion at the counter, the agent agreed to give me the price set at the time of reservation.
Cons: Initially, the price was about 75% higher than quoted online. We were offered a rather odd make of car (a mini-van for 2 adults), and I found the customer service folks we interacted with at pick-up AND drop-off to be less than friendly, and at times less than attentive. The car was fine, the price was what ultimately we'd agreed to originally, but the experience - particularly compared to excellent customer service at competitors - left me unlikely to come back to Avis sometime soon.
8.0 Good
28 Feb 2016
Pros: Really easy to pick up and drop off
6.8 Good
2 Mar 2016
Insurance
Pros: Great car and convenience of dropping off at a different location.
Cons: Very agressive on selling the insurance even after I Had declined. Older guy named Eugene, I felt bad and decided to be a nice guy and let him make a sell; even though it was duplicate insurance to my own personal rental car coverage and credit card coverage. He told me it was 11 dollars, I figured it would be nice to help him out and buy it. Found out later it was 11 dollars plus the additional 6.99 he never disclosed. Dirty sales, I guess that's what I get for being nice and trying to help somebody out. I won't be back.
Alamo
alamo
Car hire reviews:
Excellent (8.8, 34 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Alamo
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 888 826 6893
  • 8.7
  • 8.6
  • 8.9
  • 8.9
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
2.0 Poor
30 Aug 2016
very disappointed
Cons: the price was double of what I booked it for!!! The booking price was 60$, but I had to pay 117$!!! That's a shame. I would never book with you anymore!
10.0 Excellent
10 Sep 2016
Pros: Great service and very friendly and helpful staff.
2.0 Poor
13 Oct 2016
waited 40 minutes to do the paperwork
Cons: waited 40 minutes to do the paperwork
5.2 OK
10 Jul 2016
Pros: The rental and drop off process were very easy.
Cons: Pricing was deceptive. They offer some great price then stick you with fee after fee. Would have been nice if car was washed.
10.0 Excellent
23 Jul 2016
Great experience
Pros: Ali is a wonderful agent. I've been renting from Alamo San Diego for years and continue to stay loyal to Alamo because of Ali and the nice team.
10.0 Excellent
6 Aug 2016
Clean
Pros: Pick any car and go
9.6 Excellent
13 Aug 2016
Needs more technology
Pros: Comfortable car
Cons: Wasted a lot of gas and car needs more in technology
10.0 Excellent
14 Aug 2016
Great Truck for the day at a good price
Pros: The comfort of the Ram Truck was excellent. The truck was clean and in good repair. Everyone at Alamo was helpful.
Cons: The long line to rent the truck, the kiosk would not let me check in.
10.0 Excellent
14 Aug 2016
Can't Believe A Good Rental Car Experience
Pros: Rented one day from San Diego airport. Line was long but it went fast (unbelievable). Clean car, ez in and out. Would definitely go Alamo again.
7.6 Good
23 Aug 2016
Change your oil please
Pros: Nice car, nice people, quick service
Cons: Exterior was dirty, oil level was at 0%.
MCar
mcar
Car hire reviews:
Excellent (8.6, 19 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
2 locations
MCar
Locations in San Diego
2263 Pacific Hwy
+1 619 238 9600
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 619 488 9600
  • 8.2
  • 8.9
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
5.2 OK
13 Sep 2016
Don't rent a car here. Dangerous.
Pros: Quick in and out when picking up and dropping off the car. Car was very clean and I had no problems. Friendly Staff.
Cons: Every 10 minutes or so, the car would make a skidding noise -- at first it was just the right side then the left side started making a noise too -- and we thought it was doing that because we went over the pavement marker. But even though we were in between the lines, it made a noise, literally every 10 minutes. During the whole trip, we were so scared if the car was going to lose control and couldn't wait to return the car. They should have their cars checked before renting them to customers.
10.0 Excellent
10 Jul 2016
Driving in style
Pros: The ease and friendliness of checkin and the fairness of check out. The car was a great new luxury car.
6.4 Good
16 Jul 2016
Pros: reasonable price.
Cons: Seats were spotty and not very clean, bad odor and the drop off was rather confusing
10.0 Excellent
24 Jul 2016
Pros: EVERYTHING - Thank you! :o)
6.8 Good
9 Aug 2016
Time consuming to pick up, 10 second drop off
Pros: Clean car, really fast and easy drop off.
Cons: Took about 45 minutes to get the car with only one person ahead of me in line. You'd think by the time you verify your registration in the office, then find your way up to the 3rd floor the staff would have had enough time to pull your car around...but no, waited up there for over 20 minutes and the staff barely acknowledged us. The car made a constant "whirring" sound that kept us looking for sirens. On day 2 we finally figured out it was the car accelerating.
10.0 Excellent
12 Aug 2016
MCAR -Toyota Camry
Pros: Great rates!!! Excellent customer service!!!
Cons: For us, the Camry was a disappointment!!! More parking needed for visitor parking
10.0 Excellent
17 Aug 2016
Great and easy to use service
Pros: fast, short lines, nice cars
8.0 Good
17 Sep 2016
Newer car @ great rate
Pros: Rate was cheaper than competitors Unlimited mileage Gas pre-pay option was great rate (although not used as I had access to cheaper gas on military installation) Car was washed/clean
Cons: Delay from waiting in line to pick up vehicle - only 1 rep present Stains on seats of interior - both front & rear
9.2 Excellent
18 Sep 2016
Kat
Pros: Terrific shuttle from the San Diego airport to the new Rental Car Center. Have never used MCar before but proved to be a great rental company. Pickup was a bit slow but the car was in excellent condition, very clean and the drop off was easy with the shuttle to take us back to the airport. The price was excellent!
Cons: Only that the pick up was very slow
10.0 Excellent
4 Oct 2016
Pros: Low rental cost, easy pickup and return
Budget
budget
Car hire reviews:
Good (7.2, 18 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
8 locations
Budget
Locations in San Diego
16558 Bernardo Center Drive
+1 858 613 1342
2745 Otay Pacific Dr
+1 619 644 1362
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 619 294 5921
3890 Valley Center Dr Ste 106
+1 858 755 7457
4550 La Jolla Village Drive
+1 858 320 9017
500 Hotel Circle North
+1 619 220 0294
7815 Balboa Avenue
+1 858 974 8632
8720 Miramar Road
+1 858 271 0035
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.6
  • 7.1
  • 6.8
Recent reviews
3.2 Mediocre
16 Nov 2015
Unforeseen circumstances
Pros: I liked the customer service, that's it.
Cons: Because I didn't have a major credit card budget had to run a credit check. Even though I passed, budget assigned me their oldest 12 passenger in the lot, instead of their new more comfortable vans. It was an old Ford E350 that was loud, bouncy, and horrible ride comfort.
7.2 Good
23 Nov 2015
Pros: Car was a new Kia optima. Very comfortable nice car!
Cons: The car was filthy inside. Scared to touch anything. Went and bought clorox wipes and made car satisfactory!
8.4 Excellent
28 Nov 2015
Pros: Line went fast. Lots of help
Cons: When I made the reservation it said 81 which included taxes and fees. But I ended up paying 108 dollars.
4.0 Mediocre
9 Feb 2016
Cons: dirty
8.4 Excellent
27 Apr 2016
Pickup at airport confusing if you don't arrive by
Pros: SAN airport rental car center is nice. Budget Fastbreak desk handled my rental smoothly even though I arrived by carinstead ofbybus from airport.
Cons: Rental was smaller than I expected (Mazda 3 is an intermediate?). Car had 30k miles on it. It seemed like more, noisy ride. But no problems.
10.0 Excellent
3 May 2016
Pros: Quick check in. Clean car.
Cons: Hard sell on filling up gas with them. Told me their gas price was much cheaper then what it would be out in the world. I found not a single gas station that echoed the price they told me when I rented the car. It was much cheaper out in the world than they stated.
10.0 Excellent
9 May 2016
Fast, easy experience
Pros: Quick process
Cons: All the associated fees.
10.0 Excellent
12 Jun 2016
Pros: The charge was exactly as specified with no hidden fees. The van was clean and perfect for our needs.
Cons: Nothing not to like.
5.6 OK
2 Jul 2016
Disappointed
Cons: I asked for an SUV with 7 seats. We were given a Toyota 4Runner. The next day we went to use the 3rd row of seats for our friends and there was no 3rd row that would fold up...It only had seats for 5 people. Disappointing
8.4 Excellent
11 Jul 2016
Pros: The car was very comfortable to ride and had lot of good passenger security features. You San Diego Clerk was very prompt in service. Car was easy to locate with the location number.
Cons: I did not get the size of the car I booked , instead I got much larger car that was kind of too big and bulky for my needs (single rider) and expensive on Gas. While checking in, I forgot to return the key and the checking clerk still gave a clean check out slip so I had to come back from the airport aging to return the keys. While at the airport when I was calling you LAX airport office the operator put me on hold for considerable time and then cam back and said that she does not have a number for that office.
E-Z Rent-A-Car
ez
Car hire reviews:
Good (6.3, 15 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
E-Z Rent-A-Car
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Borland Way
+1 619 326 4285
  • 6.0
  • 6.7
  • 6.9
  • 5.5
  • 6.5
Recent reviews
2.0 Poor
20 Jan 2016
Never got picked up at the airport
Cons: we waited 20 minutes and i had to go yo Hertz
7.6 Good
12 Oct 2015
Need better pick up from the airport
Pros: The car was perfect for our needs, the service was super friendly.
Cons: I waited really long watching Alamo/enterprise/budget/etc. come by every 5 mins while I was waiting forever for my pickup. Next time maybe communicate better the process
10.0 Excellent
19 Oct 2015
Great!
Pros: Called up on arrival and they let us know a van was on the way to bring us to our rental.
2.0 Poor
19 Oct 2015
Bad decision
Cons: Bad decision picking this Car rental. They have only one shuttle, so it took a long time for pickup at the airport. Rental office is in a trailer very far from the airport. Upon returning the car, it took more than 45 mts for our shuttle to the airport to arrive! (luckily I arrived at the rental 4 hours before our flight so it turned out ok). And since the Rental office is in a trailer , no restrooms or coffee during this time. Rental office is in a trailer very far from the airport.
6.4 Good
25 Oct 2015
Close to good
Pros: The car was what I expected and was in good shape. Drop off was easy.
Cons: Pick up was very slow. Long wait at airport and at the agency when we finally did get there.
2.0 Poor
3 Nov 2015
Cons: The airport shuttle took 45 minutes to show up, the outlets in the car weren't functioning, the car was dirty and unwashed with stains throughout the interior
10.0 Excellent
3 Nov 2015
Great rental service!
Pros: I had never had such a smooth process to rent a car. No problems with reservation, pick-up, car, nothing. Everything was ready and the service was easy and excellent. Good job!
10.0 Excellent
20 Nov 2015
Great
Pros: Crear attention and prices
Cons: Should Be 24 hours
10.0 Excellent
23 Nov 2015
Cons: Nice guys
9.2 Excellent
16 Dec 2015
Pros: Car price.
Cons: Location was difficult to find.
Advantage
advantage
Car hire reviews:
OK (5.8, 14 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Advantage
Locations in San Diego
SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
(800) 777-5500
  • 5.4
  • 6.0
  • 5.7
  • 5.4
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
7.6 Good
18 Jul 2016
rental of mini van
Pros: Pick up and drop off was easy and accommodating.
Cons: When calling the Advantage car rental operator for additional information, I found that all three representatives were not aware of their line of work. The information was not clear. The contact phone number they provided me for the San Diego airport service center was incorrect. I waited on the line for an hour and a half then the line was hung up.
8.0 Good
5 Oct 2016
PU San Diego drop off LAX went well
Pros: Really liked ease of pick up and drop off
Cons: Car was fresh washed but they missed the rear window which was cloudy from the inside and outside. Had quite a few scratches but they didn't bother me.
7.2 Good
6 Oct 2016
Schedule Time To Wait
Pros: Advantage was the cheapest for a reason
Cons: Cheapest beacause they don't hire staff. Be prepared to wait at the counter as they have one person. Then be prepared to wait to check the car out of the garage. Again one person. Returning, I couldn't pull into the designated parking area because other returned cars were stacked up. The reason? A an employee meeting! Once again waiting. One person working
2.0 Poor
9 Oct 2016
Terrible Rental Car Company
Pros: Nothing! Service was mediocre at best. Selection of cars was poor. Condition of car was poor. Upsell on insurance was pushy and winshield cost mentioned several times (our windshield had a large chip in the drivers view). Customer service did not answer one time over several days, no one to check us in upon return - only one person in the onsite office.
Cons: Everything! See above.
8.0 Good
11 Oct 2016
Great staff
Pros: They are kind people and easy going.
Cons: Car which I rented was not automatic window open and close. I was a little disappointed it in 2016.
8.0 Good
17 Oct 2016
Good value but cars were not 100% nice
Pros: value for money
Cons: They only had one non-SUV left (a buggy) and it had many scratches. Also, the handle of the glove compartment was broken off.
7.2 Good
3 Nov 2016
definitely a bargain brand
Pros: the price!
Cons: The front desk was closed at 10:30 pm with no sign and or notice of where to find employees. Finally found them at the actual pick up kiosk. The car had a super smudged windshield with some cleaner, because a simple wipe didn't do it. It was super annoying driving the car like that. The glove compartment was also busted, which I didn't see at first in the dark. Definitely renting form a bargain retailer.
3.6 Mediocre
5 Nov 2016
Not located at terminal
Pros: This is located with all the others. Kayak has misleading information.
Cons: Pickup location inaccurate
6.4 Good
8 Nov 2016
Terrible customer service.
Pros: Good value. Easy drop off. Clean.
Cons: The guy downstairs that rang us up offered a upgrade for a little more money which was totally worth it. Get upstairs, and they did not have a vehicle that fit the upgrade. I had to go back downstairs which now the line is 5 people deep and wait for a half hour to get my bill adjusted. When I finally get back to him he tells me the girl upstairs could had adjusted it for me but she still insists she could not. Get it together people. Go somewhere else. Who wants to deal with this to start their vacation?
6.0 OK
15 Nov 2016
Cons: Compact car didn't have electric windows or locks.
Ace
ace
Car hire reviews:
Excellent (8.2, 12 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Ace
Locations in San Diego
2367 India Street
1-619-231-9700
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8.5
  • 7.7
  • 8.0
Recent reviews
6.0 OK
1 Dec 2015
Cons: Took too long to get picked up
8.0 Good
23 Feb 2016
Pros: Fast easy service
Cons: Lots of unexpected taxes and fees at return, added a hefty amount to the bill.
6.0 OK
9 Mar 2016
Cons: When winning the car from KAYAK you did not inform myself that Ace Rent-A-Car closed at 8 o'clock so I was stranded the first night without a car .and also was not stated that you have to catch two shuttles to get to a sprint rental ca and also was not stated that you have to catch two shuttles to get to Ace rental. This should all be stated in the original contract when making the reservation . I even called ace riddle a week prior before leaving on my trip and they never informed me this . Since very poor service I will never use this service again
10.0 Excellent
4 May 2016
Returning
Pros: We were so pleased with the value and service, that we immediately rebooked for our next trip to San Diego
10.0 Excellent
4 Jun 2016
Great experience
Pros: It was quick and easy. Car was great and Roger was very helpful at drop off.
8.8 Excellent
27 Jul 2016
Pros: Justin was very helpful and nice. Great customer service.
Cons: Location was not with the rest of car rental companies. And needing to pay extra for early drop off.
9.6 Excellent
11 Oct 2016
Pros: Great price, service and car.
Cons: Little annoying that you have to take a separate shuttle from the main airport rental center. Their shuttle comes frequently enough though so wasn't a big deal.
6.8 Good
17 Nov 2016
Cons: On the way back to the rental car shuttle service the Ace driver talked on his hand held cell phone most of the way.
8.8 Excellent
21 Nov 2016
Good Rental but secretly got charged exrta
Pros: nice clean car, easy to rent
Cons: Got charged extra
10.0 Excellent
26 Nov 2016
Awesome experience.
Pros: Staff was professional, friendly and easy to work with.
Economy Rent a Car
economy
Car hire reviews:
OK (5.6, 3 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in San Diego
1025 W. Laurel Street
619 232 8282
  • 6.0
  • 6.0
  • 4.0
  • 6.0
  • 6.0
Recent reviews
8.0 Good
13 Oct 2016
Surprise: they rent cars with BIG dents
Pros: Getting to the car rental was quick and easy. Vey efficient.
Cons: The trip was over too soon.
2.0 Poor
5 Oct 2016
Cons: It was awful. Car smelled and was also about 10 years old. Absolutely terrible service
6.8 Good
18 Nov 2016
it was off site which wasn't clear, but it saved t
Pros: friendly staff, clean car, good prices.
Cons: the rental was off site and required two shuttles, which wasn't clear in the reservation, and though they picked us up in a Economy rental van, they took us to a Pacific rental company. The two companies are working together, but it felt like we were being mislead at first.
National
national
Car hire reviews:
Excellent (9.6, 1 reviews)
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
National
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
+1 888 826 6890
  • 8.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent
18 Aug 2016
National San Diego
Pros: Agent was very efficient
Cons: Only one agent at counter
Airport Van
airportvanre
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Airport Van
Locations in San Diego
904 W Grape St.
+1 877 826 4680
All Star Rent a Van
allstarrentavan
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
All Star Rent a Van
Locations in San Diego
3338 kettner blvd
+1 866 925 8695
A Plus Car & Truck
apluscartruck
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
A Plus Car & Truck
Locations in San Diego
2008 India Street
619-233-8300
Atwest
atwest
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Atwest
Locations in San Diego
3260 1/2 Rosecrans St
+1 619 223 2343
Europcar
europcar
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Europcar
Locations in San Diego
Go To Airport Rental Car Shuttle
+1 619 326 4285
EZ Van
ezrav
Car hire locations in San Diego:
2 locations
EZ Van
Locations in San Diego
3225 North Harbor Dr
760-846-6223
730 Rockaway Ct
866-735-8267
Flight Car
flightcarad
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Flight Car
Locations in San Diego
2901 Nimitz Blvd
+1 844 435 8227
GREEN MOTION
greenmotion
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
GREEN MOTION
Locations in San Diego
3202 N. Harbor Drive
1 877-247-3362
MEXRENTACAR
mexrentacar
Car hire locations in San Diego:
2 locations
MEXRENTACAR
Locations in San Diego
1002 West Juniper Street
+1 619 255 9094
2745 Otay Pacific Drive, Suite O
+1 866 496 2880
NU Car
nucar
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
NU Car
Locations in San Diego
904 W. Grape St.
619-450-1101
Pacific Rent A Car
pacificrentacar
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Pacific Rent A Car
Locations in San Diego
2100 Kettner Blvd
619-233-3366
Rent-4-Less
rent4less
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Rent-4-Less
Locations in San Diego
2305 Pacific Hwy
(619) 260 0340
Sunnycars
sunnycars
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Sunnycars
Locations in San Diego
3355 Admiral Boland Way
United Auto Rental
unitedautorent
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
United Auto Rental
Locations in San Diego
1516 W Redwood #100
619-688-1800
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
zeeba
Car hire locations in San Diego:
1 location
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
Locations in San Diego
4085 Pacific Hwy
+1 800 940 9332
723 travellers who hired a car in San Diego gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.6

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