Carlsbad car hire

Carlsbad car hire

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Carlsbad, CA, United States
4 Nov — 11 Nov
Same drop-off
Carlsbad, CA, United States
Thu 4/11
Thu 11/11
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Carlsbad car hire information

Pick-up locationCarlsbad
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, People carrier, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Hire locations7
Airport locations3
Popular agenciesBudget, Avis

Cheap car hire in Carlsbad

Full-size SUV£59/day
Intermediate SUV£31/day
Standard SUV£34/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Carlsbad car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Best rated
8 Excellent (67 reviews)
2 locations in Carlsbad
Locations in Carlsbad
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
5.9 Okay2 Aug 2021
The car was ridiculously underpowered and getting to speed on a California Freeway was a struggle!
10.0 Excellent27 Jul 2021
I found the drop off a little confusing. There were not enough directional signs. The person who took the keys was very nice however nothing identified her as an Avis representative so it was unnerving leaving the keys with her.
8.0 Excellent27 Apr 2021
The staff was friendly and efficentThe car had a horrible smoke odor that permeated all of my luggage.
10.0 Excellent19 Oct 2020
Easy pick up and drop off with free parking patrolled by security on site
6.0 Good16 Oct 2019
Vehicle returnI only drove into their lot to return the car, N/A should be a choice for the above if you are truly looking for useful feedback.
10.0 Excellent20 Aug 2019
Great facility.Nothing.
2.0 Mediocre29 Jul 2019
When I booked I put in arrival at San Diego airport and you booked me out of Carlsbad which is an hour away from the airport! Avis was good enough to find a car for me but it was over $100 more than my booking price!!! That is why I booked online and ahead of time to get a decent rate.
4.8 Okay28 Jun 2019
Main issue was that the price rose 200% when I went to pick up the car. Instead of about $250 the rental cost closer to $500. Very disappointed with the outrageous charges for changing pick up location. I expected a small variation but the resulting fees were astronomical.
6.4 Good10 Jan 2019
Service StunkHybrid comfy car. Clean on the inside. Accurate pricing upon drop off. Easy drop off and courteousIt may be Kayak but they were closing at my reservation time so I had to rush, not did they want to give me the time of Day about upgrading or explaining where to get my car. It was obvious that they wanted to leave (it was Christmas Eve, but I was not told their closing time). They said I could upgrade at any location, which wasn’t true. No one would without charging me $1k+ on my total rental and restarting a new contract. The rental car also had writing in the window like it was just picked up from being impounded. That was kinda janky
10.0 Excellent10 Dec 2018
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Rated no. 2
8 Excellent (52 reviews)
2 locations in Carlsbad
Locations in Carlsbad
  • 8.5
  • 8.1
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent6 Apr 2021
Sebastian was knowledgeable, polite and helpful. The pick-up location was convenient.additional clerks
8.0 Excellent17 Mar 2021
Pick up took an hour at off airport location. Drop off at Reno Airport was just fine.Pick up -- especially because we had gone to location and confirmed the pickup for Monday morning early. Only one staff person for 4 customers.
10.0 Excellent3 Dec 2020
Turn signal was not functioning
2.0 Mediocre28 Mar 2020
If I would have been able to go.refund on my money. I wasn’t able to go due to the coronavirus. I called and the dude said I wasn’t able to get my money back. Kinda bs
9.2 Excellent18 Feb 2020
The staff was friendly but not very helpful.I had to make a damage claim and the staff didn't seem to be prepared to handle the process properly.
4.4 Okay11 Nov 2019
The staf was nice..Well... I make resevetion on line when a went to pick the car they said theyNo have A car to give if i can wait hour i will call you..they never call me back .... I need to get uber for my destination 3 times is very sad... To go true that..make sure call before go to pick car...
6.8 Good14 May 2019
The agency is closed from noon on Saturday to Monday morning. Inconvenient compared to competitors.
4.0 Okay27 Dec 2018
Bad Customer ServiceService Rep. tried to charge extra cleaning fees becuase she assumed there had been a pet in my Car.
4.0 Okay25 Aug 2018
was not told that pre -paid gas purchase for for a empty tank. remote Key did not work. alarm went off every time I unlocked the car which I had to lock and unlock with the key. Sad!
10.0 Excellent12 Jun 2018
ExcellentNot enough superlatives.
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From £23/dayRated no. 3
Most popular
Cheapest deal
7.1 Good (50 reviews)
2 locations in Carlsbad
Locations in Carlsbad
  • 7.3
  • 7.5
  • 7.2
  • 7.1
  • 7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent21 Aug 2021
The guys at Oceanside were wonderful! Friendly, courteous, and easy to work with. We were going from Oceanside to Pennsylvania and they made sure the car was in great condition for us. Double checked the oil, gave us a newer vehicle, and made sure we would be comfortable on our long haul. Can't say enough great things about these guys. Would definitely use them again for our next adventure. Thank you!
6.0 Good16 Jun 2021
That they upgraded us to a truck.Their list if mid size SUVs are all small size SUVs; total misrepresentation when we made our online reservations
2.0 Mediocre18 May 2021
Rathe was $134 and was changed $356
8.0 Excellent1 Apr 2021
6.0 Good1 Apr 2021
They upgraded my car.The car smelled like cigarettes.
10.0 Excellent13 Nov 2019
After trying several rental car companies directly without success, Kayak was able to get me several options for my trip. It seems that rental car companies are not overly excited to rent cars for one way, day trips. I needed to travel 200 miles, one way, to pick up my new car. Kayak was able to find cheap rentals with major companies that I just couldn't get directly. Thanks Kayak!You should have been there earlier! Oh, wait, no that was my fault. Next time I know where I will check first.
10.0 Excellent9 Oct 2019
Quick easy drop off
2.0 Mediocre2 Apr 2018
Customer service was not customer serviceThey did listen.You would think that after all the hassle, I asked for a discount or to please find us something and honor the price I agreed to pay - no discount on the current issue, no discount on a future rental, etc., etc. They obviously don't need or want our business.
6.8 Good7 Dec 2017
Where are staff?NoneWe returned car 330 pm and not one person was in return area. There was a sign for us to mark contract with the mileage and gas level and drop it in the drop box. I understand if car is returned after hours but this was in middle of work day in the afternoon. Did not leave me eith a comfortable feeling.
7.6 Good17 Sep 2017
Agent very nice. Drove me to the area where I could get taxi/ride home because it was off site and too far to walk. Very kind, thank you!
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Rated no. 4
8.5 Excellent (29 reviews)
3 locations in Carlsbad
Locations in Carlsbad
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.3
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
7.9 Good10 Aug 2021
Watch the signs in Carlsbad several locations closed and they do not tell you when you rent. All locations have been centralized to one in Carlsbad
10.0 Excellent26 Jan 2021
Everything was good
6.8 Good2 Sep 2020
Car was very fun!The price for insurance was not clear and I overpaid for this.
10.0 Excellent1 Dec 2019
Staff friendly and courteous. Excellent car and rates.Nothing
10.0 Excellent21 Oct 2019
Staff was very friendly and informativeI wish they had a car for use on the lot but they did drive us to the next location to pick up our car there.
10.0 Excellent19 Sep 2019
Brand new vehicle and a very professional, courteous staff.Everything was fine
10.0 Excellent6 Mar 2019
Brandon at this location was 100% committed in making customers like myself happy. I had a small issue with the windshield wiper blade and fluid and he went above and beyond to correct this issue. People like Brandon should be recognized for their efforts.
9.6 Excellent26 Feb 2019
a bit difficult to find the office, but everything worked out ok. nice to be offered a free upgrade. easy to work with. these folks.
8.0 Excellent23 Jan 2019
The car was great. Nissan Altima. Good gas mileage and very smooth ride.Check in Friday night- at first the enterprise employee tried to put me in a mazda miata or an suv. That wasn't what I reserved. Fortunately they had a Nissan Altima which did work but I had to ask for it. And returning the keys on Tuesday morning the employee was late only by 6 minutes but still la
10.0 Excellent27 Oct 2018
YESTextbook service, with personality!Can't complain, but still do. Not here, great, efficient service and bang for your buck. In n out, like a burger.
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EZ Van
3 locations in Carlsbad
EZ Van
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Zeeba Rent-A-Van
1 location in Carlsbad
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
Locations in Carlsbad
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198 travellers who hired a car in Carlsbad gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

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Car hire excess insurance in Carlsbad

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Carlsbad car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Carlsbad.


Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Carlsbad car rental.

Top tips for renting a car in Carlsbad

  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Carlsbad for £23 or less
  • Book your car hire in Carlsbad at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate car hires in Carlsbad are around 20% cheaper than other car types, on average

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