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Kailua Kona Car Hire

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Kailua Kona car hire reviews and directory

Budget
budget
Car hire reviews:
Good (6.8, 20 reviews)
Car hire locations in Kailua Kona:
1 location
Budget
Locations in Kailua Kona
73-361 Kupipi Street
+1 808 329 8511
  • 6.6
  • 7.0
  • 7.1
  • 6.8
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
7.2 Good
16 Oct 2015
Almost everything was good
Pros: I liked the upgrade they gave me
Cons: That there was a cleaning fee, we dont know to any level they consider a car is dirty
10.0 Excellent
19 Oct 2015
Easy to book
Pros: Service at front desk at Budget was outstanding..
4.8 OK
18 Nov 2015
Cons: Needed a weel alignment. The tires were in very bad shape. The AC did not work correctly.
6.0 OK
28 Nov 2015
smaller car than expected, use AAA instead if you
Cons: "standard" car was a buick verano which is much smaller than the toyota camry that was standard on oahu. we locked our keys in the car and called budget customer service and asked for help but they didn't send any info for over an hour, so we called and cancelled and called AAA instead. today over a month later i got a notification that they charged me $55 for the roadside service that I NEVER USED. I will be calling to complain and get my money back. it's ridiculous that they don't keep good enough records to show that i didn't use the service and nobody ever actually showed up. AAA charged me nothing (I already had a membership which costs $49 a YEAR) and was much more responsive than Budget.
2.0 Poor
7 Dec 2015
Slow service, car was full of roaches!
Cons: Slow service and car was full of roaches!
10.0 Excellent
14 Dec 2015
Kona ease
Pros: The most seamless car rental ever. Zoom zoom zoom.
6.0 OK
29 Dec 2015
It was OK but not better than other companies
Pros: It was an OK experience. Car was not new, but not old either.
Cons: (1) The lady told me they don't accept AAA. (2) Car needed alignment work. It started shaking when running over 60 mph.
4.8 OK
4 Jan 2016
Car was not ready
Pros: The car was clean.
Cons: The car was not ready for many hours after I specified the pick up time. The company pressures customers to buy their insurance which was almost half the cost.
7.6 Good
9 Jan 2016
Pickup Process could be seriously improved
Pros: Car was clean. Staff was friendly and helpful. Just need to improve pickup processes.
Cons: Pickup process everyone was in the same line. No chance to expedite the process before hand online. Had to wait 45 minutes behind tourists who didn't know what they wanted. Ended up being late for appointment. Would have taken any car.
6.0 OK
10 Jan 2016
Cons: Terrible check in service, three agents behind desk all talking with each other - waited 10 minutes for service, only person in line. Car was very dirty.
Dollar
dollar
Car hire reviews:
Good (6.6, 20 reviews)
Car hire locations in Kailua Kona:
2 locations
Dollar
Locations in Kailua Kona
73-200 Kupipi Street
+1 866 434 2227
75-5660 Palani Road
+1 808 331 0531
  • 6.2
  • 6.6
  • 7.2
  • 6.6
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
6.8 Good
28 Feb 2016
Cost was double what I signed up for
Cons: I reserved a full size SUV and was told it would cost more for Third row seating. I paid double
6.4 Good
2 Mar 2016
Pros: Personnel at the customer service phone were very helpful.
Cons: When we arrived, they did not have the car we wanted so we had a huge suv. We had to return to the airport for another car the next day. That required approximately one hour of our time for the round trip. The second car we had was fine until the ignition switch was not working- another hour. They, once again, did not have the car we wanted despite the fact we were told told over the phone they had what we wanted. They upgraded to a smaller suv which we, once again, did not like. We realize the ignition switch was not their fault. When one is on vacation, they do not want to waste time with cars.
10.0 Excellent
4 Mar 2016
Pros: The service at the counter was great. I had to change vehicles to a larger size but the cost for the SUV was as it was when I had searched Kayak before I left on my trip. Staff at Dollar was great.
10.0 Excellent
25 Mar 2016
Surprisimply Great!
Pros: I purchased the special mystery car thinking we would be given the smallest car possible, but we ended up with a minivan. Score!
3.6 Mediocre
22 Apr 2016
The sales clerk was super deceiving about upgrades
Cons: Customer services and rates.
3.2 Mediocre
24 Apr 2016
Misleading
Pros: In all honesty, nothing. There was not a thing we liked. It was not what we were expecting.
Cons: not what we wanted, way over priced, misleading on the Internet because we thought we were only paying $240 and ended up having to pay $730!
4.0 Mediocre
30 Apr 2016
A bad experience
Cons: They offered a special car, what they gave me was a mini van ,they charge extra for economy car . I asked for an economy car. I didn't get what I asked for, They charge for additional drivers The other car rental a cross the street didn't charge extra for additional drivers
9.6 Excellent
5 May 2016
Pros: Fast pick up and drop off. No forced upsale...
10.0 Excellent
8 May 2016
Great Value
Pros: Easy reservation online, no wait at pick up counter or for shuttle and quick return. Received a brand new SUV for $125 less for the week than the special sale Avis was offering. All in all excellent Value and very good customer service!
9.2 Excellent
7 Jun 2016
Pros: fixed price and ability to upgrade
Cons: vehicle a bit dirty and dinged up
Alamo
alamo
Car hire reviews:
Excellent (8.5, 15 reviews)
Car hire locations in Kailua Kona:
1 location
Alamo
Locations in Kailua Kona
73-106 A'ulepe Street
+1 888 826 6893
  • 8.1
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
  • 8.4
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
7.6 Good
24 Oct 2015
Car was a P.O.S.
Pros: The Alamo service was great. They were fast, pleasant, and easy to work with.
Cons: The car was HORRIBLE. I choose a Hyundai Volester - and it was TERRIBLE worst car I've ever driven. Looks like economy only has terrible p.o.s. cars :(
10.0 Excellent
29 Oct 2015
Pros: First off, I was greeted with a warm smile and welcome after getting off plane by Talalelei Uli. In a world where customer service is met with complacent, non trusting and non enthused employees, Tala was very warming to myself and my pregnant wife. He was wonderful in helping us and did his best to find a great deal on an upgrade. I sincerely give my upmost praise for Tala and the whole group at Alamo Honolulu. Thank you
Cons: Were out of convertibles but otherwise the experience was great. Ended up with a wrangler 4 door.
10.0 Excellent
8 Nov 2015
Pros: Returned early one day and charged us less
9.2 Excellent
14 Nov 2015
Cons: Inside windows dirty
5.6 OK
22 Nov 2015
Low integrity
Pros: Dropping off was easy. Car was clean.
Cons: I went there initially without a reservation through kayak and they told me they only had minivans and h2's for 59-69 and I asked about all those compact cars and midsized cars they had in the lot. Lady said they didn't have any. I get out of line and go on kayak.com and go back up there to another lady showing the Listings of all the compact and midsize cars and she said she never heard of the site and they don't have any of those cars. She also told me that's all they have and if I reserve through kayak she's not making any promises I'll get it. I get out of line, reserve it and walk back up to the original lady and the whole time she tried to upsell me to the h2. I said no and I want a midsized car. I go to to the lot and see about 14 midsize cars I got to choose from. I didn't like the fact that 2 different ladies lied to my face saying they didn't have any of the cars I was looking for. I just had to call them on their bs which I shouldn't have to.
10.0 Excellent
2 Dec 2015
Quick easy rental
Pros: Quick check out and in Friendly office staff
Cons: Car selections,limited to GM products although website had other brands. Lot staff were unfriendly.
6.0 OK
10 Feb 2016
Car rentals are the downside to travel
Pros: Shuttle person prompt and helped with baggage
Cons: Clerks are not friendly, however, I think if you clearly spelled out ALL rules & guidelines on your confirmation email, it would help eliminate the irritation at checkout. Things like its extra for spouses to both drive, the spouse that's driving must pay with their own credit card (we don't like to bring all of our credit cards for safety reasons), etc. expectations. You also should not let 3rd parties book, if you don't like it when they do. It seems we encounter unfriendliness due to booking through kayak.
7.2 Good
11 Apr 2016
Minivan in Paradise
Pros: The ease of the check-in/ check-out process and the value of the rental. The shuttle drivers were polite.
Cons: The shuttles were full and we had to wait both times for a second one to arrive. The outside of the van was clean. The inside was vacuumed but had not been wiped down or QC'd.There was sticky stuff finger painted on the side window and something spilled on the side of the door and seat. The front window was covered in a layer of dust that made it difficult to see clearly.
10.0 Excellent
20 Jul 2016
Pros: awesome staff, very friendly, got us in and out very quick, so much appreciated
10.0 Excellent
2 Oct 2016
Pros: Very courteous personnel.
Thrifty
thrifty
Car hire reviews:
OK (5.6, 12 reviews)
Car hire locations in Kailua Kona:
2 locations
Thrifty
Locations in Kailua Kona
73-200 Kupipi Street
+1 877 283 0898
75-5660 Palani Road
+1 808 334 1944
  • 4.8
  • 6.3
  • 6.7
  • 5.0
  • 5.2
Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent
19 Oct 2015
Quick car pick up and return
Pros: Upgraded to an eight passenger Nissan Armada for my family of 6. The SUV was impeccably clean and very comfortable. It made Our long drives along the south Kohala and kona coast very enjoyable. Quick pick up and return, no complaints there.
Cons: Little bit pricey but the positives overshadow the cost.
4.4 OK
9 Dec 2015
Extra charges
Pros: Car was fine, fee schedule was terrible without notification of extra charges.
Cons: What is a $100 Service Facility fee? Car rental companies are the most unfriendly business to consumers. Undeclared and unreasonable fees are outrageous and I feel taken advantage of every time I rent.
3.6 Mediocre
14 Dec 2015
Jeep Rental
Cons: thrifty is the worst. I will never use them again. We rented a jeep wrangler for a vacation in hawaii and when we arrived, they upped the price $25/day. Upon return, we were dropping off the car and they told us the price was going to be $850 for 4 days, when it should have been $450. They said because we were 20 minutes late for our drop off time. And they NEVER gave us a drop off time. After stress at the counter arguing with person there, they honored our original rate. I didn't need this added stress right before a flight. Also they barely offered to show me how to take the top of the car off when i rented it because it was a convertible. Bad experience.
5.6 OK
20 Jan 2016
Pros: Car was good. An Altima. Clean.
Cons: fee not disclosed or discussed for second driver is main issue. Claimed road bad needing bigger car but roads were good is far lesser but honesty pays over long haul.
4.8 OK
5 Feb 2016
Won't use them again.
Cons: Got pressured into upgrade when we were tired and trying to get to our rental. We weren't the best customers but it felt like a challenge for the rental clerk to get as much out of us as possible. Mislead us on cost of upgrade - never again!
6.0 OK
14 Feb 2016
Pros: The car.
Cons: The service at Thrifty. I accidentiy reserved the car for 1 day later than when we needed it. They didn't have the Jeep ready so we were going to need another car for 1 day until the Jeep was ready the next morning. My wife was there by herself and the completely took advantage of the fact that she is a female. They tried to charge her 600 dollars saying she could just keep that van for the whole time instead of the Jeep (which I rented for 250 for a whole week). They also charged her 100 dollars over any of their online rental fees for the 1 day. Once we got the car, all things were great. I just do not appreciate them taking advantage of a female who was picking up the car alone, while I was flying in from another city.
10.0 Excellent
28 Mar 2016
Friendly service - nice car for the price
Pros: Agent at the pickup was very helpful. Drop off was quick and efficient. Car was low mileage and clean. Great car for the price.
4.8 OK
2 May 2016
Okay to Bad experience
Pros: Fast and polite Check-in
Cons: Not so clean car, rude checkout (indian guy)
2.0 Poor
21 Sep 2016
Cons: They refused to give me the car I reserved and insisted I had to take a minivan instead or pay a significantly increased rate. Not acceptable. They didn't have anything even close to what I reserved.
9.6 Excellent
11 Oct 2016
Best service at pickup!
Pros: The lady who checked me in, Shawn, I believe provided the best service I ever received renting a car. It made me a fan forever of Thrifty. The vehicle was also great and perfect for Kona.
Cons: People at drop off were a little short.
Enterprise
enterprise
Car hire reviews:
Excellent (9.1, 8 reviews)
Car hire locations in Kailua Kona:
2 locations
Enterprise
Locations in Kailua Kona
73-107 A'ulepe Street
+1 808 334 1810
Non-airport: 74-5583 Luhia St.
+1 808 331 2509
  • 9.5
  • 8.8
  • 9.3
  • 9.5
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
4.0 Mediocre
13 Oct 2016
Old beat up car
Pros: People were nice
Cons: The car was very beat up, dings and scratches everywhere, and it drove poor like it needed power steering fluid. The wheel also made a lot of noise and brakes squealed.
9.2 Excellent
17 Jul 2016
mini vans are TOO expensive
Pros: I love the space of a mini van for my family
Cons: The fact that rental companies GOUGE people who need this for their families is criminal. Why can one rent TWO $20K cars for HALF the price of ONE $30K mini van? This truly represents the dark side of capitalism, and families are the ones that have to pay - sad.
10.0 Excellent
14 Oct 2016
Pros: I have to say thank you to Phong, i hoped i spelled that right. He and his employees where a class act and treated us very well. They went above and beyond and made our first trip to the big island that much more memorable. Would use them again for sure. Thank you
10.0 Excellent
20 Oct 2016
Customer Service
Pros: The customer service was exceptional...so friendly and helpful! Our friends, who had rented from Dollar, drove us to the airport and we were with them when they dropped their rental off. The customer service rep at Dollar was unkind and uninterested in their rental experience, which was the total opposite of our experience with Enterprise staff. We'll definitely use you all when you're back in town next year.
10.0 Excellent
30 Aug 2016
Pros: The friendliness of the check in and check out staff
9.6 Excellent
17 Oct 2016
Cons: windshield, windows, and mirrors were dirty.
10.0 Excellent
14 Nov 2016
Car Rental With No Issues
Pros: It was easy to pick the car up. There was a rude customer in front of us but the Enterprise guy was gracious. I feel for the workers who have to deal with a-holes. Our agent put us in a Fiat which was great for fuel economy and being able to park it anywhere.
10.0 Excellent
21 Nov 2016
Cons: Little longer wait at the terminal than the other rental car agencies and I got lucky that I was one of the first two checking in at the counter. There were only two employees to help all of the people checking in and while I was relatively quick, I'd guess the average wait time could be shortened a bit. Still, not to the point, where my experience was negative in any way.
Hertz
hertz
Car hire reviews:
OK (6.0, 8 reviews)
Car hire locations in Kailua Kona:
3 locations
Hertz
Locations in Kailua Kona
73-104 Aulepe Street
+1 808 329 3566
75-5660 Palani Road
+1 808 329 3428
78-128 Ehukai Street
+1 808 322 1715
  • 6.3
  • 7.3
  • 6.0
  • 5.3
  • 5.5
Recent reviews
2.0 Poor
3 Oct 2016
Worst car rental experience
Pros: Nothing
Cons: My flight arrived early and I slowly made it to Hertz. When I got to the counter I was asked to pay a higher rate than my reservation stated. When I questioned the agent about the price I was told that the original time was noon and since it was 1030 I would need to pay for an additional day. I said I would wait until noon then. The agent said no we don't want you to wait its onlt about sn hour enjoy the island. Off ai went and when I returned the car I was charged for an extra day because it was returned at my reservation time of noon and I got the car at 1030. I was never told to return it earlier than my reservation ststed or I would incur additional charges, and a whole other day is ridiculous. I will not use hertz again.
5.6 OK
8 Oct 2016
It's okey
Pros: Cheaper than other rental companies in Kona
Cons: Chevy Spark was a horrible car and dented around. Car remote was not working.
10.0 Excellent
15 Oct 2016
Pros: pick up and drop off went off without a hitch, even though they were in different locations.
8.4 Excellent
24 Oct 2016
Hertz Rental from KAYAK
Pros: My experience with Kayak with a Hertz auto rental in Kailua-Kona was awesome. Reasonably priced and good inventory even with the Ironman taking place on the island. I will definitely keep Kayak at the top of my list when booking in the future.
Cons: I liked the intermediate sized auto that I reserved. And, Hertz's service was exceptional.
3.2 Mediocre
7 Nov 2016
Cons: We were given a car that had obviously just been in an accident. Had to stop at pickup and point out all of the dents. Should have taken car back at that time. Immediately into out vacation low tire light came on. Then had an almost flat tire that your roadside assistance was going to be kind enough to charge us to fix. Fortunately some nice men filled tire with air from their truck. No thanks to Hertz.
7.6 Good
24 Sep 2016
Cons: The first car has cockroaches but they changed it.
4.8 OK
28 Sep 2016
Not As Expected
Pros: Model was compact but plenty of leg room in front and back seats versus Chevy Sonic which was other choice.
Cons: I thought I was picking it up at airport but apparently not. Had to pay extra to pick up at airport. Didn't turn out to be much of a deal afterall. Linda
6.8 Good
22 Oct 2016
Confusion
Pros: the staff was very helpful.
Cons: The car wasn't at the pick up place. I had to travel to the airport to get it. the phone person I called had the wrong information about pick up and drop off locations. difficult to understand her voice.
Payless
payless
Car hire reviews:
Good (6.2, 6 reviews)
Car hire locations in Kailua Kona:
1 location
Payless
Locations in Kailua Kona
73-361 Kupipi Street
+1 808 326 9805
  • 6.0
  • 6.0
  • 6.7
  • 6.3
  • 6.0
Recent reviews
7.2 Good
24 May 2016
Payless maintenance on their cars needs to be incr
Pros: Ease of pickup
Cons: Bald tires on the car
5.6 OK
23 Dec 2015
Price Higher Than Kayak Agreement
Pros: Airport pickup.
Cons: The cost of the rental was higher than what was quotedon my Kayak agreement. They said it was higher because tax was added??? Kayak had already added taxes ? If you do not have a receipt for a gas purchase they will "fine" you when you turn the car in (although tank is full)
2.0 Poor
3 May 2016
Terrible service, terrible junky beat up dirty car
Pros: Nothing
6.0 OK
31 May 2016
Not bad if you dont mind roaches...
Pros: It did the job, had pretty awesome gas mileage, and allowed us to go all over the island to see what we wanted to see.
Cons: Pretty quickly after picking it up we started seeing bugs, and only saw more and more as we went along. They looked like baby roaches, which was completely disgusting. We didn't have food in the car or anything and still we were seeing them crawling all over! We called Payless and they gave us a new car without issue, which I appreciated, though it sucked having to drive all the way back to the kona airport, which was nowhere near where we stayed. Unfortunately, the first thing we saw when we opened the door to the replacement vehicle, was another roach. We decided to just suck it up and take the car, as we had already wasted a lot of our day driving up there, and honestly, sometimes in Hawaii there is just no avoiding the roaches, but it was very disgusting and I really think Payless should take measures to avoid this in the future. As for me, I won't be using Payless again.
6.4 Good
18 Jun 2016
Pros: Cheap Clean car
Cons: Extra charges for the drop-off time 2nd rate customers of Budget Car Rental
10.0 Excellent
24 Jun 2016
Great price on upgrade
Pros: Upgraded to new Mustang GT convertable for +$20 a day. Car was new and clean. Slight problem with getting the upgrade in the "system" but turned out fine
Avis
avis
Car hire reviews:
Good (6.5, 3 reviews)
Car hire locations in Kailua Kona:
1 location
Avis
Locations in Kailua Kona
73-361 Kupipi Street Suite 1
+1 808 327 3000
  • 6.7
  • 6.0
  • 6.0
  • 7.3
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
9.2 Excellent
20 Jan 2016
Pros: Rented a Camaro convertible. Good thing it was a convertible because our luggage wouldn't fit in the trunk. We had to put it in the back seat (after putting the top down). Otherwise, a pretty fun car... A bit on the old side (30,000+ miles). Would definitely consider Avis again.
4.0 Mediocre
27 Mar 2016
Pros: Not much.
Cons: Car was dirty, had 40K+ miles and some of the electronics would only work sporadically. Also it took 30 minutes to get the car with only four other customers at the desk at that time. They were three people behind the counter and it took them that long to get five customers out the door.
6.4 Good
24 Sep 2016
Pros: Short line for Avis members.
Cons: No car ready when I arrived. Car had tape residue marks over all door and trunk seams. Car was so under-powered, it was scary driving it. There are many steeply graded roads on the Big Island. The car slowed to 20 MPH trying to ascend some of the hills.
National
national
Car hire locations in Kailua Kona:
1 location
National
Locations in Kailua Kona
73-109 A'ulepe Street
+1 888 826 6890
Sunnycars
sunnycars
Car hire locations in Kailua Kona:
1 location
Sunnycars
Locations in Kailua Kona
Ke-Ahole Apt - 96745
92 travellers who hired a car in Kailua Kona gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.0

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