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Poway, CA, United States
30 Sep — 7 Oct
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Poway, CA, United States
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Pick-up locationPoway
Hire locations7

Poway car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Best rated
8.8 Excellent (11 reviews)
3 locations in Poway
Locations in Poway
  • 9.2
  • 8.9
  • 8.3
  • 8.9
  • 8.9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent18 Mar 2019
Drop off and pick up were both very quick and easy. The van we rented was brand new and very nice. The whole experience was excellent.
4.4 Okay30 Oct 2018
when i went to pick up my rental, they didn't have it there. I was supposed to pick it up at 12pm, the lady said it'll be a moment while they get it ready. Then 15 minutes later I asked how long and they said the vehicle wasn't there because someone hadn't returned it yet. (this was opportunity #1 to communicate). So I asked they give me a ride home since my ride had already left. They said it would be there between 12-1. At 1pm I called back to see what was up (at this point I was already 1 hour late to depart for a wedding) and they said they had to go pick up the vehicle and it wouldn't be ready until like 3:30pm (again, they hadn't communicated this until I called them). At that point I was really screwed so I just took a different car. Absolutely the worst rental pickup I've ever had and horrible communication.
10.0 Excellent20 Feb 2017
Great car service and affordabilityWe had to extend our rental and helped out very easily
8.0 Excellent24 Oct 2016
Customer serviceI felt rushed
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Rated no. 2
8.5 Excellent (13 reviews)
2 locations in Poway
Locations in Poway
  • 8.9
  • 9
  • 8.4
  • 8.1
  • 8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent3 Sep 2021
One of the best rental experiences I have had. The Hertz staff were fantastic.
5.6 Okay28 Feb 2019
The car was clean and comfortable.The attendants at pickup were extremely misleading and unhelpful. I ended up getting charged double what they promised me. Also, they filled out a "Customer Survey" on my behalf without me knowing (this showed up in the Customer Check-Out Summary Report). I'm getting my money back.
10.0 Excellent15 Aug 2018
Excellent vehicle and well maintainednothing
10.0 Excellent28 Feb 2018
Very courteous! Very convenient and everything went very smoothly!Easy to book online. The gentleman that helped me was very courteous and it was a very simple, smooth, enjoyable experience!
2.0 Mediocre5 Jan 2018
I was not given my car. I arrived at 12 and both employees attempted to lock the door on me and said they were clocked out. I went to Enterprise next door and they helped me out.
9.6 Excellent29 Dec 2017
xmas roadtripwe rented a minivan and took a roadtrip from san diego to salt lake city for christmas. It was the perfect solution. We had enough room for everyone, nobody got wear and tear on their car and it was a great value.
10.0 Excellent17 Nov 2017
Service and convenienceFriendly, paid for a Lyft ride home for me after drop off. Also have as pick up service.
10.0 Excellent28 Nov 2016
Fast serviceThe service was professional clear and fast .there was no issue with Kayak or Hertz. They were both professional.
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Rated no. 3
8.2 Excellent (18 reviews)
2 locations in Poway
Locations in Poway
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
  • 8.1
  • 8.4
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent29 May 2021
LA staff at both counter and gate were quick and thorough. Poway staff was wonderful.
9.2 Excellent3 Dec 2019
Staff was very friendly and helpful, no issues at allDidn't fully understand the built-in fastrak. It would have been helpful if they had just said, 'if you brought your own fastrak, just close the box on the dash/windshield of the built-in fastrak, and then yours will work instead' or something like that.
4.0 Okay31 Jan 2019
Instead of small economy car I had a dirty inside and outside pick-up truck. It was an extremly noisy and uncomfortable ride. I was told it was the only available car. Very dissapointed.
10.0 Excellent2 Aug 2018
Good customer serviceParking space was too tight
3.2 Mediocre18 Apr 2018
bait and switch at San Diego AirportTake care if you think you are getting a deal with Budget and picking up your car at the main Car Rental building at the San Diego Airport. My online deal was waiting for me at a distant pickup location, NOT at the AIRPORT even though that was what I had inputted during my order. With no way to get to the other location, I had to rent a large car at three times the price.
3.6 Mediocre16 Apr 2018
The location showed on booking was supposed to be the airport. It actually ended up 30 minutes away and we had to go to National at the last minute to get a different car.
10.0 Excellent29 Apr 2017
Excellent & easyEasy, economy,Reminder that give customer confidence and confort
9.6 Excellent5 Jul 2016
Staff were very polite & professional
10.0 Excellent14 Feb 2016
Drop off was very easy, fast and employee was also very nice.
Rated no. 4
6.7 Good (18 reviews)
3 locations in Poway
Locations in Poway
  • 6.9
  • 6.8
  • 6.5
  • 5.9
  • 6.8
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible2 Aug 2021
wanted to charge me for 'excessive dirtiness' for sand on car carpet. really just didnt want to clean themselves. they would have charged me $150 extra
2.0 Mediocre22 Mar 2021
There was NOTHING to like, horrible experience with Avis. Avis (Suzanne, the location manager: San Diego, CA Miramar Rd Location, (858) 271-0018) rented out all of their cars and told me they would not be able accommodate my reservation I made and secured with a credit card days before arriving, ultimately leaving my family of four stuck without a car. I then called Avis' main number, talked to Maggie, they were not able to offer assistance to find a replacement car either and basically told me tough luck. To add to the frustration, a day later they charged my credit card a $50 "No Show" fee for not picking up the car I reserved that they didn't have. From talking to others at the hotel it sounds like they do this often. Live and learn for me, no more Avis car rentals.Obviously Avis should have managed the situation better. (1) have a car for the reservation, (2) make arrangements for when Avis over-rents and fails to provide a car for a reservation, (3) not charge a $50 to a family that didn't get a car in the first place.
4.4 Okay19 Jul 2020
The clerk was awesome. My issue is that my original rate was not honored! I reserved a vehicle for San Diego Airport online at an affordable rate. When we arrived (after a long day of travel) we were told the address for the reservation wasn’t for SAN, but a location nearly an hour away!!Our quoted rate should be honored and the website should be MUCH clearer on locations. In fact I would appreciate a refund of the difference in the higher price I ended up paying!
10.0 Excellent31 Jul 2019
The rate was substantially lower than the airport pickup rate so it was worth the Uber ride to Miramar. Although the location was a bit funky, the car was in perfect condition and clean.
6.8 Good23 Jul 2019
It was quickThe agent did not explain any charges or policies. Said it was no problem to pick up a 20 min early but then charged me for an extra day without explanation. The guy got indignant when I questioned it and said it would automatically credit if I turned the car in within 24hrs. Naturally it did not.
4.4 Okay30 Dec 2018
Nonairport location surcharge.No afterhours return option. The 5/6 pm is too early for office closing time.
10.0 Excellent14 Aug 2018
The service was excellent
10.0 Excellent28 Aug 2017
Friendly and easy. They did not try to sell me more insurance than I needed or anything else I didn't want.
10.0 Excellent17 Aug 2017
street signs could be biggerWe got through the paperwork smoothly. As expected, the car was great. Practically no upsell compared to other rentals.It is located inside a strip mall. The signage on the street was small. I almost missed it at pickup. After returning the car, my uber ride also missed the place and had to do a U-turn.
2.0 Mediocre30 Jul 2017
Just plain badNothingWe booked a rental car which was about 30 minutes away from the airport. We took a $75 taxi to Avis and when we were 5 minutes Avid called and said they had "no cars" and they wouldn't have any cars for a few hours. We then had to spend $75 to go to another rental agency and rent a more expensive car.
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60 travellers who hired a car in Poway gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.9

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Car hire excess insurance in Poway

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 Poway 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 Poway.


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 Poway car rental.

Top tips for renting a car in Poway

  • Book your car hire in Poway at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hires in Poway are around 33% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about car rentals in Poway

  • The average price of fuel in Poway is £2.58 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £31 and £41, depending on the car size.

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

  • Car hire companies onsite at San Diego airport include Alamo, Hertz, Thrifty, Avis, Sixt, Dollar, Budget, National, Enterprise and Ace.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from San Diego airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Hertz, Thrifty, Avis, Sixt, Dollar, Budget, National, Enterprise and MEXRENTACAR.

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

  • A Economy car hire in Poway costs £28 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car hire in Poway costs £30 per day, on average.

  • A Mini car hire in Poway costs £40 per day, on average.