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Columbia, SC, United States
3 Dec — 10 Dec
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Columbia, SC, United States
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Columbia car hire information

Pick-up locationColumbia
Hire locations18
Airport locations4

Columbia car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Hertz
Best rated
6.8 Good (75 reviews)
7 locations in Columbia
Hertz
Locations in Columbia
200 Stonebridge Dr+1 803 252 2561
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3000 Aviation Way+1 803 822 8341
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4016 Fernandina Road+1 803 213 1078
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508 Gervais Street+1 803 252 2561
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6615 Two Notch Rd Ste D+1 803 754 1706
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7356 B Garners Ferry Road+1 803 695 0179
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9817 Farrow Rd+1 803 430 9332
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Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre8 Nov 2020
Cons: They could have had the car or any car that I rented.
2.0 Mediocre27 Jul 2020
Cons: I usually select the managers special which was $560 where they choose the car. They had options available but elected to give me a compact for the $560 for 9 days. Really? A compact for 9 days at $560? I cancelled my reservation at that point I usually get good options of a mid size or better, and most of the time a full size truck, hence why I go with the manager special. I explained to them I was carrying 4 people around for a week and they didn't seem to care. I had doubled booked with Enterprise to cover myself. Glad I did. At Enterprise I got a luxury SUV for the same price. I guess Hertz didn't need my $600?
2.0 Mediocre19 Jul 2020
Cons: I reserved an SUV with a third row, but when I went to the Hertz dealership they didn’t have a vehicle for me. They didn’t have one anywhere in the region. We needed the SUV for my family vacation and this issue caused a major problem for us.
8.4 Excellent10 Jul 2020
Cons: Car was dirty. Food crumbs in the seat, etc.
6.0 Good25 Jun 2019
Pros: It got us to point A to point BCons: The maintenance and cleaning of the vehicle. Also do was we didn’t have to pay anything for pick up and had to drop a 200 dollar deposit fee at arrive. The vehicle wasn’t even ready for us to pick up. Overall the staff were still nice.
3.6 Mediocre9 Jun 2019
Cons: Car was not the intermediate or full size I order
7.6 Good30 Apr 2019
Pros: The staff were ncie, particularly the district managerCons: lower prices and not so much of a push to buy extra insurance
7.6 Good25 Apr 2019
Pros: Helpful staff, availability of drop-off after hours.Cons: Car could have been a little cleaner. I had to stop and clean the inside of the windshield because it was difficult to see through. smeared.
8.8 Excellent14 Apr 2019
Pros: Staff at facility was swift and knowledgeable
2.0 Mediocre13 Oct 2018
Cons: I arranged a different pickup location then previously established by travel agency and was told by your representative that I would not be double changed. However I was charged for renting a vehicle from both locations.
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Rated no. 2
Enterprise
5 Okay (10 reviews)
7 locations in Columbia
Enterprise
Locations in Columbia
10249 Two Notch Rd+1 803 419 4319
Monday08:00 - 18:00
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130 Harbison Blvd+1 803 749 0555
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1307 Assembly St+1 803 748 9214
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2638 Two Notch Rd+1 803 786 6957
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320 Greystone Blvd+1 803 251 2912
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7611 1/2 Garners Ferry Rd+1 803 776 9461
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9724 Two Notch Rd+1 803 865 7464
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Recent reviews
3.6 Mediocre19 Oct 2020
Cons: returned car a t6:30 pm and was charged for an extra day
2.0 Mediocre21 Aug 2020
Pros: Staff was very friendly and tried to be helpful.Cons: They would not rent me a car without a “credit card” even though my Visa debit card worked just fine for Kayak to make my reservation and charge me $88 for the insurance I ordered for the car. And I requested a refund, but of course that’s a different company, so I have to take it up with them. I emailed the insurance company with no response!
2.0 Mediocre20 Jul 2020
Pros: Did not get rental, didn't know about 3rd party rental.Cons: Communication between both parties. Paid for insurance on rental I didn't get.
2.0 Mediocre21 May 2020
Pros: I did not get a rental he called me at 2pm which was my reservation time to tell me they didnt have pick ups.Cons: Dont let me reserve something online if its not at the location, online option should say not available.
2.0 Mediocre13 Mar 2017
fix the site:Pros: I got a great rental at Hertz!Cons: I attempted to book online 2 times (on the Enterprise Site), I got all the way to payment and whack, disconnected. I follow-up with a call, disconnected! I guess you no longer need/want my business.
10.0 Excellent13 Jan 2017
Pros: This particular site was outstanding in providing great and courteous service. They were prompt in delivering the car and were able to satisfy all my needs very well.
5.6 Okay2 Sep 2016
Good price, but difficult experiencePros: The staff was very helpful in the Columbia pick-up location. The car we ended up with was comfortable and ran well. When we encountered problems with the pickup (see other section) the staff was happy to assist me in finding a suitable replacement vehicle.Cons: We ran into some difficulties with the pick-up in Columbia. Initially, the gentleman helping me didn't think he had a car in the category I had reserved. He did offer me an upgrade to a pickup, but, as I was driving down the entire East Coast, I didn't want to chance luggage in a pickup. He eventually found a car in my category. When he opened the door, the smell of strawberry air freshener was overwhelming. By the time I got home with the car, I could tell why - there was a definite smell of smoke in the car. I called to get a new car, as I was going to have it for a month and wasn't prepared to drive a car that smelled so strongly. They asked me to drive back in with the car and choose one off their lot. I was offered a smaller car, but my luggage wouldn't fit. He then offered me a car that they were still detailing. We did take that one, but it ended up having had cola or some sticky substance sprayed over much of the interior... Hence my rating on cleanliness.
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Rated no. 3
Ace
4 Okay (4 reviews)
1 location in Columbia
Ace
Locations in Columbia
5317 Two Notch Road+1 803 744 9700
Monday09:00 - 17:00
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Recent reviews
3.6 Mediocre27 Oct 2020
Cons: The car had to be jumped twice, the tow truck Worker Todd me that I had a bad battery. When I called the company back to let them know about the jump And that I would be late, the customer service received WAS HORRIBLE. The car smelled like smoke and when I was given another option, it had a huge crack in the windshield and low tire pressure.
2.4 Mediocre25 Jan 2020
Pros: The manager, Ty, was extremely friendly and accomodating. He is the only positive part of our experience. Ty refunded us all but $50 of our rental.Cons: The lady at the desk was rude and terrible to us, especially to my wife. She also charged us for 12 Vehicle License fees instead of what should have been 2. I challenged her on it when I picked it up and she said its normal. Kayak Quoted us $85 and we ended up paying $125 NOT including the deposit. I expected a few dollars more, but not $40 more in hidden fees. When we complained that we were overcharged and that the car was unsafe and smelled of smoke, the lady got belligerent and defensive. We had to cancel our trip and return the car just a few hours after we got it. There was a noise coming from the back end and it felt very unsafe. There was also major damage on the side of the vehicle and it smelled of smoke. When I brought this up to the front desk, the lady said its not their fault because they are also Cash Car? Whatever that is. We felt it should have been an entire refund since we didn't even keep the car for half a day, as I was halfway to my destination and i turned around because of safety. The address on Google Maps also leads you to an Enterprise location. ACE/BEST/Cash Car (whatever they are called) is not located at the address that comes up on google.
Sunnycars
2 locations in Columbia
Sunnycars
Locations in Columbia
3000 Aviation Way
3260 Airport Boulevard Ste 8
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Easirent
1 location in Columbia
Easirent
Locations in Columbia
Columbia Metropolitan Airport
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Recent reviews
89 travellers who hired a car in Columbia gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.5

Car hire locations in or near Columbia

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Most popular car type

Economy

When to book a car hire in Columbia

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Top tips for hiring a car in Columbia

  • A historical city, Columbia has many cultural attractions and landmarks for tourists to visit. Having a hire car will let you tour these sights at your convenience. Additionally, you can drive to the ACE Basin or the nearby town of Beaufort with its Southern charm and historical architecture.
  • Columbia Metropolitan Airport is one of the major airports in South Carolina. It serves the cities of Columbia, Greenville, Lexington, and Clemson. Travelers flying out of this airport can enjoy a number of amenities including easy access to car hire agencies. Located close to baggage claim, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, and Thrifty all operate out of this facility.
  • In Columbia you should always be on the lookout for animals that might suddenly run out into the road. This is especially a problem in the fall during deer hunting season. These animals can cause substantial damage to your hire car. Additionally, by law, if you are driving on the highway and see a tow truck loading a vehicle, you must move over to the other lane for safety reasons.
  • During your stay in Columbia, you might want to limit your driving during peak travel hours. This includes morning rush hour from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and in the afternoon from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Traffic is especially busy on highways like Interstate 26 and Highway 17, which lead into and out of the downtown district.
  • Book your car hire in Columbia at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Columbia

  • Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Columbia.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire company in Columbia is Hertz (6.9, 85 reviews).

  • Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • A Economy car hire in Columbia costs £24 per day, on average.

  • You’ll find a wide variety of vehicles to choose from when renting a car in Columbia. Select from compact, luxury, or a sports utility vehicle (ideal if you plan to drive through the ACE Basin). Also, if you are traveling to Columbia in the summer months, be sure that the air conditioning system in your hire car works well because there can be many hot days.

  • Because it is a big city, Columbia has many highways. When traveling on city freeways, you can travel at maximum speeds of 60 mph and on major roads around shopping districts the speed limit is 50 mph. However, on the interstate you can increase your speed to 70 mph. Inside residential neighborhoods, the maximum speed allowed is 30 mph.

  • Gasoline in Columbia is very economical. On average you will pay just over $2.00 for a gallon of regular petrol. Premium petrol will cost about $0.60 more and diesel almost $2.80 for a gallon of fuel. This is lower than in other cities and states within the United States.

  • The City of Columbia has numerous metered parking spaces downtown. Street parking in Columbia is always free after 6 p.m. and on weekends. But, if you are willing to walk, drive down some nearby side roads to find non-metered parking spaces. Additionally there is the option of parking in a garage or lot. Note that some of these facilities are city-owned while others are privately owned and operated.