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San Diego, CA, United States
23 May — 30 May
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San Diego, CA, United States
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Cheap car hire in San Diego

Economy£32/day
Compact£32/day
Intermediate£33/day
Standard£34/day
Full-size£34/day
Full-size SUV£55/day
Premium£54/day
Luxury£54/day
Intermediate SUV£34/day
Standard SUV£35/day
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San Diego car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Payless
Best rated
4.8 Okay (1224 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Payless
Locations in San Diego
  • 5.4
  • 5.1
  • 4.6
  • 5.1
  • 4.7
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre14 May 2022
The car was old and decrepit; Difficult to drive. The associates were very misleading about pricing and actually lied about the pre-paid gas price. This has been my first and last dealing with Payless.
2.0 Mediocre7 May 2022
Scammers
2.0 Mediocre3 May 2022
Rented a standard car. Was given a sub compact
2.0 Mediocre2 May 2022
A charge of $350 for going 9 miles into Arizona is absolutely ridiculous! Not informing people of this until check in is just down right unacceptable! We have rented from many companies and NONE of them have had this rule. Tires started leaking air on our trip. We will NEVER use Payless again, and will make sure our friends, family and followers know of your way of practice! We were also told our car was in spot C17, and it was a totally different car, then had to wait for a long time to have them find our car, not the one or a comparable one, a pice of crap, scratched up, dirty, windows had some form of wear that looking like they had been sandblasted, and made looking out blurry. All in all highly dissatisfied!
2.0 Mediocre28 Apr 2022
I prepaid for vehicle but picked up 2 hours late. They said they gave away my car and tried to up-sell me to a bigger model at double the price. Ended up with there smallest car for the same price. Perhaps it was in the fine print but if I prepayed, why would the “give away” my car if I am delayed to pick it up.
2.0 Mediocre27 Apr 2022
This was a very poor experience for me, there was nothing I liked about it. Picking up the car started out poorly, their computer broke down, it took over 30 minutes to process the pickup. When I complained about the delay, the rep told me I was rude and arrogant, so I stoped complaining. They didn't have the car type I had reserved, he said I had to get a larger car and pay about $60 more. I agreed since I had no choice at that time. The car he assigned me was not in their parking lot! They said someone had taken it mistakenly! They assigned me another car but when I went to the car, I noticed it was very dirty (inside and out), there were cigarette burns in the driver seat, and very strong cigarette smell inside the car. I refused to take that car. They finally gave me another car that was better. However, after about 1 hour driving, a malfunction/warning light came on in the dash. I tried calling Payless but there was no one to answer. Luckily the warning was not serious and I was able to drive the car. Overall, this was a terrible rental experience. I will not book another car with Payless again.
2.0 Mediocre27 Apr 2022
This location is a literal scam. There are geographic restrictions on the “unlimited” miles that you can only find buried in the terms and conditions along with other hidden fees. I paid for a midsize and was given a small compact with no price adjustment (I was told that a Nissan Versa is a “midsize” car by their standards). The car had no power locks and hand crank windows. It also had significant damage already to the front end. I prepaid for gas and when turning in realized they had charged me for 14 gallons on a car that only holds 10.8 (this I was able to remedy) but it’s obvious this entire operation is a racket. Stay as far away from this place as possible, there are a ton of other rental options with shuttle service from the airport.
4.0 Okay26 Apr 2022
The car itself was terrible--hit 4-5k RPM just accelerating and sucked down gas as bad as my truck does, yet this was a "compact car". The Payless customer service was great though.
4.0 Okay25 Apr 2022
While we requested and were prepared for a compact rental, the condition of the vehicle was a surprise - many dings and scratches with over 70,000 miles. Interior was not particularly clean. Car ran well with no mechanical issues.
2.0 Mediocre25 Apr 2022
The rental desk staff left before I could pick up my rental, and I was left without a car in the evening. My rental was for 11pm, and that is the time that the staff left. It is unreasonable for them to allow for cars to be rented at their closing time.
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From £84/dayRated no. 2
Alamo
8.8 Excellent (562 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Alamo
Locations in San Diego
  • 8.9
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent17 Feb 2022
Alamo did amazing! It was when I tried to make some edits to my reservation through Kayak that I had some difficulties. I think the edits appeared on Alamos end but not mine and it left me very concerned so I booked an additional reservation. The Alamo agent was very helpful and understanding of my plight and was able to take care of everything.
8.0 Excellent25 Jan 2022
My wife and I enjoyed the flexibility within the car choice category. The car we picked was very comfortable for the travel we scheduled. The only detriment we observed with the rental was that the vehicle had over 60,000 miles on it at the time of the rental.
6.0 Good3 Jan 2022
I rented a car that had broken blinkers. Thought this was something they checked for before letting people onto the road. Could be dangerous and I would have been extremely angry if I had gotten a ticket or in an accident. When I returned it and told the attendant, they did not seem apologetic or like they cared.
10.0 Excellent28 Dec 2021
I got the car i requested, clean vehicle, worked well, easy return service. I would rent again from Alamo
2.0 Mediocre28 Dec 2021
Nothing very rude and was not very helpful also when we canceled one reservation and tried to get another reservation with the guy at the counter he jacked up the price from $570 to over $3000 for a week use.
10.0 Excellent9 Dec 2021
Drop off at Palm springs airport was super easy--staff there was great. Price was very high, but I knew that going in. Almost didn't take the trip though because of it.
10.0 Excellent30 Oct 2021
Great Service, Car was waiting easy drop off
10.0 Excellent28 Sep 2021
efficient service.
10.0 Excellent18 Aug 2021
Very easy to pick up and drop off...very easy and most appreciated. Just as the sign of the times added taxes and charges were a bit disappointing.
10.0 Excellent2 Aug 2021
the car was nice, but there was so much cigarette smoke baked in the car it reeked. We should have known when we went up and it was "over air freshnered" and all the windows were down. This made the rental almost impossible to enjoy. Tim
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From £40/dayRated no. 3
Enterprise
8.1 Excellent (628 reviews)
14 locations in San Diego
Enterprise
Locations in San Diego
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre23 Mar 2022
NO CAR
10.0 Excellent15 Feb 2022
n/a
10.0 Excellent8 Jan 2022
I love the smooth efficiency. More choices would have been nice but I also liked it that the place was small—on balance I prefer the smaller place even if it meant fewer choices of cars.
10.0 Excellent2 Jan 2022
The pickup person and the drop off person were excellent and made the difference.
2.0 Mediocre16 Dec 2021
The car was in bad shape not safe to drive
2.0 Mediocre21 Nov 2021
Car was very dirty inside. I used cleaning wipes that turned black after wiping off the steering wheel. Sticky stuff on the control knobs on dashboard. Turned on air vents and smelled like cigarette smoke, which I did not catch until I had left the rental location. No windshield wiper fluid. I dropped it off at enterprise and told them, to be disregarded and now they are charing me for the smoke smell which made me sick on the drive and was not from me. WORST rental I have had.
2.0 Mediocre6 Nov 2021
My car was booked for 12 they called me earlier to see if I would accept a 2pm pick up and I agreed. When I got there they told me my car was being cleaned and gas and that it would take 15-25. After an hour I received a dirty car with half a can of soda in the center storage and 3/4ths of a tank of gas. The car worked fine… but I’m not using enterprise ever again. I got traffic going to LA and was late to an appointment.
10.0 Excellent26 Oct 2021
Courteous and professional pickup and drop off procedure. Agent complimentary upgraded my vehicle. Vehicle was clean and comfortable.
10.0 Excellent25 Oct 2021
Excellent all around. Super professional at pick up and drop off. We rented a cheap compact SUV. We arrived at 10 pm and they were out of that size. So they offered me a 2021 MERCEDES or BMW SUV for same price!!!! Unbelievable. Super thrilled about the ease of getting out of the airport and for dropping off. I will for sure use Enterprise again. And Kayak had the cheapest prices too
10.0 Excellent15 Oct 2021
I realize that the covid-related car shortage is affecting everyone. Finally found a car to drive from San Diego to Palm Springs, since my flight had been cancelled. Too bad it was almost $200! (My suitcase is still en route to Palm Springs--flight delayed. I left Washington, DC for Palm Springs Wednesday at 9am and was supposed to arrive at 2pm Wednesday. Oh well...)
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From £88/dayRated no. 4
Dollar
7.8 Good (494 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Dollar
Locations in San Diego
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent27 Apr 2022
The cost for the rental of a compact/economy car was excessive, although Dollar was the cheapest among the options at San Diego Airport.
2.0 Mediocre25 Apr 2022
Beware - smaller car was provided than was reserved (causing us to have a seat filled with luggage and luggage on our laps), and NO communication between the place you call and the rental locations. I was told I could stop by any location for an upgrade, but they couldn’t provide details on inventory, I had to physically go (and of course when I did, no cars were available).
4.0 Okay5 Apr 2022
The upsell experience was off the charts negative. The desk representative created a very negative sales upsell experience through fear, uncertainty and doubt about insurance, liability, gas, etc....leaving me not trusting him or Dollar at all and potentially adding over $500 in unnecessary fees at the start. At the end there were $87 in hidden charges that were not expressed in the booking process either. Both of these make my experience mediocre at best and left with the perception that Dollar is not a very trustworthy provider.
8.0 Excellent10 Mar 2022
Great value with easy pick up and drop off. At pick-up sales agent did not seem to know all the cars available and tried to get us to agree to a smaller model.
2.0 Mediocre25 Dec 2021
Terrible will not book again
1.9 Horrible8 Sep 2021
Needed to add one day & that took about an hour or so & a bunch of questions to a manager. I’m not sure why
1.9 Horrible8 Sep 2021
I needed to add one day & that was really difficult to do
10.0 Excellent5 Sep 2021
We had a long wait to get the car. Otherwise the experience was good. Drop off was smooth.
1.9 Horrible31 Aug 2021
I was overcharged about $1200 from the agreed upon rate because, according to Dollar, I dropped the car off at a different location than originally stated, which is not true. I dropped the car off according to schedule about an hour before it was due. There was no employee at the drop-off site, and the instructions said to leave the keys in the car. So I did, and Dollar ripped me off by charging me over twice what I had expected to pay. After contacting Dollar, they refuse to refund me. I'm never going to them again.
5.9 Okay23 Aug 2021
The wait to speak to a representative to get my car was 1 hour.
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From £65/dayRated no. 5
Thrifty
7.8 Good (474 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Thrifty
Locations in San Diego
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre22 Mar 2022
The pickup line was long and slow. I left my glasses in the car, and it was very difficult to reach an employee at the location to help me.
10.0 Excellent13 Jan 2022
Good rate, pick and drop off was a breeze! Car very clean and in good condition.
4.0 Okay20 Dec 2021
Stop upcharging!
2.0 Mediocre15 Dec 2021
The car that was assigned to me was not in the parking space. We (me and an employee) walked through the lot for 15 min trying to locate it. They assigned me a new car and it was also hard to find. Huge waste of time.
2.0 Mediocre8 Dec 2021
Drop off is great but the pick up was HORRIBLE. we booked through Priceline and paid in advance. When we got to the counter we had to pay AGAIN (contested) even though I showed them I had already paid THEN we had to put down a security deposit (understandable but not explained in advance). After 45 minutes of the agent trying to complete the paperwork, we finally left the counter to pick up the car. When we get the the garage and look in space marked, it’s EMPTY. Searched all over garage and head back to counter only to be told it’s in another area of the garage - nowhere near where we had been told to look. Come on Thrifty, get your act together.
10.0 Excellent17 Oct 2021
The car was an upgraded convertible (since a regular convertible was not available) and was in good shape and everything worked well. The staff were nice - we waited maybe 15-20 minutes in line and drop off was super fast and the shuttle was waiting to take us to the airport. I would definitely use Thrifty again!
1.9 Horrible3 Oct 2021
customer service rep provide misleading information ...bad battery, no refund for weeks (until now) , very poor service
10.0 Excellent20 Sep 2021
Agent upgraded me to larger vehicle, which was crucial for my trip.
1.9 Horrible30 Aug 2021
Travelers had to wait 2+ hours to get a rental. When finally going up to receive reservation, may be turned away.
3.9 Mediocre20 Aug 2021
Thrifty/Dollar's airport rental pickup line was L-O-N-G upon our arrival in San Diego. We had a long wait to pick up a car we had already reserved. Not enough people working the counters! The gal we had, though, was very patient and kind. But, even when we had already purchased third-party car insurance from Kayak, we were strongly encouraged to buy even more from Thrifty--an unexpected cost. That was irritating. Having finally gotten the paperwork done, we were sent to the car garage where it was very unclear as to what we were supposed to do! Aisles of categorized cars and so few people to ask for assistance. SO FRUSTRATING! We eventually found out we were just supposed to pick one out in our category! The Chevy Spark we picked out, though, was a great small car for the 2 of us--easy to drive, great gas mileage, could fit in tight parking spots, and great turning radius. However, the AC blower was wonky and did not work correctly all the time (and we really needed it while driving in the desert!). We really wanted properly working AC. Returning the car at J. Wayne Airport in Newport Beach was somewhat confusing, as well. We found out there were not enough people to do that job properly either--like properly checking the car for any damages. They took our paperwork and went off with it, with us not knowing if there would be any additional charges until they emailed us. Very frustrating, again. I guess the car rental companies just can't find people willing to work for them. They seem very short-handed.
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From £48/dayRated no. 6
Avis
7.4 Good (462 reviews)
11 locations in San Diego
Avis
Locations in San Diego
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.3
  • 7.2
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent25 Apr 2022
Really quick pickup and dropoff, the actual driveway to the location was a bit tricky, since it's in a commercial location.
10.0 Excellent20 Apr 2022
quick fast service
2.0 Mediocre8 Apr 2022
The pickup process could have been better
2.0 Mediocre6 Apr 2022
Customer Service was horrible! The man who attended us was extremely rude! I rented the car but he directed all of the attention to my husband! Telling him that the car was 14 miles away! He did not provide “my husband” with any other solution! It was take it or leave it kind of deal! Bias to women! My husband managed to make a new reservation. The car was not clean, had a bad smell and the plates were expired! We were not able to drive into MCRD for my nephews graduation! Very poor service!! I want to be compensated for this rude, nasty man and for the horrible car and overall experience!!! ! I will never recommend Avis or Kayak to anyone I know!
2.0 Mediocre29 Mar 2022
I booked the rental with the location of San Diego airport. Kayak changed the car rental to Otay Mesa, 23 miles away. I noticed the change after I made my reservation but early enough to cancel. Thank goodness.
2.0 Mediocre27 Mar 2022
When I booked it was not noted that the location wasn’t the one the airport shuttle took you to. I arrived at the Avis desk and they said I booked at the location 30 minutes from them, and they don’t have any cars there. We were tired… I didn’t want to worry about finding transportation there, and ended up paying $800 over what my reservation was for!!! Very disappointed in the whole experience and will not be using either Kayak or Avis again.
2.0 Mediocre27 Mar 2022
I was booking a car at san diego international airport to be picked up after 8pm. unfortunately the site made my reservation at wrong airport near the border. When i got there next morning, the agents said my reservation was for previous day and they did not have a car for me. I had to come back to san diego airport and booked a car from another rental company. i wasted entire morning and money traveling back and forth between two airports.
6.0 Good18 Mar 2022
Car had expired registration which caused anxiety of a police pullover when travelling with family for a week. Car was not clean.
2.0 Mediocre10 Mar 2022
Rented through priceline. Received statement of an up charge of over $200? Added taxes into fees. I already paid taxes through priceline. Sounds like a class action law suit to me. Two entries should not be able to tax on one product. Now I waste hours of my time fighting with them on the phone! Never again Kayak. Thanks for nothing but hastes.
10.0 Excellent9 Mar 2022
Avis was great. Travel from the airport to the rental cars was poor
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From £58/dayRated no. 7
Sixt
7.2 Good (257 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Sixt
Locations in San Diego
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
  • 7.1
  • 7.1
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2 May 2022
Car smelled like weed, so much so that the valet at out hotel commented on it 2 days after we picked it up. It was terrible. At the drop off location the shuttle driver declared he needed to go on brake and left us there waiting for another shuttle. Car wasn’t clean and service was poor.
2.0 Mediocre19 Apr 2022
We booked a luxury car . According to the reservation we had to pay 330 at the pick up . We get there and the gentlemen at the counter tells us it’s going to be like 600 bucks . Not sure why this happened ur I took an Uber to this car rental spot and made a deposit for the reservation and the guy couldn’t even bother to look up anything else for us .
2.0 Mediocre9 Mar 2022
Actually I didn’t get the car and now I’m disputing my money back from you through my Bank of America bank because I wasn’t able to take the car so I didn’t do any brand I didn’t use the car and I want my money back They were too many problems with a man in the counter that he said he was gonna do the process to give me my money back which he hasn’t
10.0 Excellent15 Feb 2022
The agent (Alona SP) was very helpful and kind.
10.0 Excellent15 Feb 2022
Extremely clean and comfortable vehicle. I had a great experience at a very reasonable price.
2.0 Mediocre12 Jan 2022
They charged me for damage on the car that I didn't cause. There are so many reviews out there stating that this is a common scam that they run. No one reviewed the supposed damage with me at drop-off, instead I had to wait to receive the accusation via email after I had already flown out of state and couldn't contest it in person. This is a very shady business and I would strongly urge anybody not to rent from them.
2.0 Mediocre11 Jan 2022
I recently had a rental from Sixt during my trip to San Diego and LAX. The experience was SEVERELY TRAUMATIC and a DISGRACE to your company. We picked up a Chevrolet SUV on 1/5. On 1/6, while driving up the Pacific Highway, we got a flat tire. We had a difficult time getting in contact with the representative (one hung up on us), and when we were finally able to have your faulty front right tire replaced, we were told that we would have to use the spare. The lovely individual who changed the tire to the spare was the only positive part of the entire Sixt experience (and he didn’t even work for Sixt!). It was likely a pinhole that split. We were told that the spare only could be driven 50 miles, while we were 58 miles from LAX, where we were supposed to trade out the dud vehicle. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN DURING THOSE 8 ADDITIONAL MILES IF THE SPARE DID NOT HOLD?! Additionally, we were told we could not exceed 50 mph for safety reasons on the California freeway. This was my first time driving in Southern California, and to have to ride in the right lane on a 6 lane freeway for 55 miles praying that the car would be able to get back to trade in with my elderly and sickly mother in the passenger seat was ONE OF THE MOST TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES OF OUR LIVES, full of panic, stress, fear for our safety and lives. THERE ARE NO PLACES TO PULL OVER ON A FREEWAY IF THERE IS AN ISSUE! When we returned, the girl said the tear looked like it must have spread. We were given an “UPGRADE” to a Mercedes SUV when we finally arrived back. As we pulled in to return the car, the low air pressure light went on. Now, after returning the vehicle, I received a notification via email today from SIXT that your REPLACEMENT VEHICLE that was supposed to have been upgraded also had a FAULTY FRONT RIGHT TIRE. Frankly, your company is running a SCAM for customers. WE ONLY HAD EACH VEHICLE FOR 24 HOURS! HOW COULD THERE BE AN ISSUE WITH BOTH VEHICLES, FRONT RIGHT TIRE, WITHIN THAT TIME?! Are you buying faulty front-right tires and pawning this off on customers??? This is a SAFETY HAZARD!!! CUSTOMERS WHO RENT CARS DESERVE TO BE SAFE!!! Within 48 hours of our rental experience, BOTH of your vehicles that you have us had faulty front right tires. GIVING CUSTOMERS DEFECTIVE RENTAL CARS IS A DISGUSTING PRACTICE! This ruined our trip and caused severe trauma and distress to my elderly mother and me. We demand a full refund for this experience.
6.0 Good6 Jan 2022
The price between the offered rental and the actual one was very different
10.0 Excellent1 Jan 2022
Hassan gave free upgrade when they didn’t have size vehicle we booked. Great service, great price.
2.0 Mediocre31 Dec 2021
Staff not wearing masks
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From £26/dayRated no. 8
Budget
Most popular
7.2 Good (308 reviews)
11 locations in San Diego
Budget
Locations in San Diego
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
  • 7.2
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
6.0 Good15 May 2022
Everything was organized perfectly. After some minutes of registration (it will take a bit longer for foreigners), the car was ready and prepared for departure. The car itself was clean and sufficiently filled with gas. Personnel was very friendly and supportive. Thanks a lot for the comfortable start of the journey. Cheers, du.
10.0 Excellent15 May 2022
The agent that helped me when picking up the rental car was very nice and made the rental smooth.
10.0 Excellent22 Apr 2022
AMAZING SERVICE
4.0 Okay19 Apr 2022
First time ever I received a vehicle that wasn’t cleaned very well and smelled like smoke. The sound on the radio only worked the first day and out the rest of the time. Read up on possible troubleshooting issues for Dodge Ram Rebel and appears that’s a common issue. Totally sucked not being able to listen to music
2.0 Mediocre18 Apr 2022
They called saying they had no cars
10.0 Excellent17 Apr 2022
Super easy, fast, and convenient. Wonderful agent!
2.0 Mediocre10 Apr 2022
Seat belt bell was dinging continuously on the way out so turned around and returned. Was given a different vehicle ( wasn't clean on exterior and passenger adjustment didnt work for a long drive) but they would not give me the lost hour back on my rental time (we only needed to drive between cities for 24 hr rental)
8.0 Excellent10 Apr 2022
Make sure to take a picture of the fuel and mileage at pick up. The sheet didn’t match and they charged me for a full tank when there was only half. And the mileage was 33769 on the paper but 33211 on the odometer. After calling and letting them know that. They took the fuel charge off immediately. As soon as I said I had a picture when I picked it up. Otherwise car got great gas mileage and drove excellent.
10.0 Excellent9 Apr 2022
Processes for picking up & returning vehicle were quick & went off without any problems.
2.0 Mediocre3 Apr 2022
Needed to reach someone to amend reservation, but could not reach them during open office hours from website. Kept getting kicked to a central office that was not open. Very stressful.
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From £30/dayRated no. 9
Hertz
6.9 Good (889 reviews)
13 locations in San Diego
Hertz
Locations in San Diego
  • 7.3
  • 7.2
  • 6.8
  • 6.6
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
6.0 Good15 May 2022
I rented for the San Diego airport and was told the rental was for an off airport location. I had a handicapped sister with me and transporting to another location was impossible. The rental came to just over $700 instead of the quoted $450. This was my first trip to the west coast and it will be my last kayak booking. I am extremely upset and frustrated
2.0 Mediocre13 May 2022
The front desk was disorganized and chaotic. Instructions were not clear and staff was unfriendly. When we droped off the car they told my husband to stop cleaning the car and took the keys. Fortunately I had read the fine print, in our contract, which stated that if the car was not clean we could be charged a fee (we had a small pet with us. I had to go back in, ask for the keys back and finish the job. There were so many 'one offs' in their service and attitude, that they gave us points toward a future rental. I thought that was great, until we went to redeem them and found out there were not enough points to apply and restrictions. Overall not a good experience and I would not recommend Hertz to a friend
2.0 Mediocre1 May 2022
Left without words - family showed up to rent and they said we could not due to a parking ticket from last year - however we have never rented from them before….
10.0 Excellent30 Apr 2022
Pickup and drop off were quick and easy and the price they charged us was the price they quoted (unlike Thrifty who will triple the quoted price). Always enjoy using Hertz.
10.0 Excellent23 Apr 2022
I was thrilled to save $$ by renting off site from the airport. With a little research I found the most convenient location for my ultimate destination..took Lyft (cheap) to the site. Was out in minutes. And on the return got there early and an agent saw me in the lot waiting for them to open, came and took care of me early...:) They way to go. Lisa S.
2.0 Mediocre16 Apr 2022
When I booked a box truck online it was listed at $28/day with 800 miles for my rental period of 5 days. When I arrived at the office, after walking a mile (no shuttle service), I was told it was 99 cents per mile. No mileage included. I felt like it was a bait and switch. The agent wasn't even nice about it. He said online booking information was wrong. I left and called an Uber to get me to my destination. Really disappointed.
10.0 Excellent16 Apr 2022
Reliable car. Easy transaction. Quick pick-up and drop-off. Good value for money.
2.0 Mediocre14 Apr 2022
They didn’t have my reservation. So they lied.
2.0 Mediocre10 Apr 2022
The car was actually not available. Kayak did not inform me that apparently I could only get the car 24 hours after I booked- As a result, Hertz had no car. I ended up renting from Avis who had one. I would be grateful if I could get my money back
8.0 Excellent8 Apr 2022
Counter experience was fine. Car options were good. Trying to leave and get on the road was a 20 min process; extremely trying- they were not letting the car in front of me leave and i was cut-off when teying to get in another drive thru lane. Other than that, the car rental went smoothly. They didn't try to upset me and handled it professionally and friendily.
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Rated no. 10
Economy Rent a Car
6.7 Good (118 reviews)
2 locations in San Diego
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in San Diego
  • 7
  • 6.8
  • 6.5
  • 6.4
  • 6.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent12 Apr 2022
They have a shuttle that will drop you off directly at the airport after your rental and the wait time is very minimal.
10.0 Excellent23 Aug 2021
excellent customer service. Staff seemed very appreciative of our business, will recommend to others. Shuttle driver was especially helpful & nice.
10.0 Excellent15 Mar 2021
Nothing. Great value and great service!
2.0 Mediocre1 Mar 2021
I never got the car. The car rental place was closed by the time I tried getting the car. I had to rent else where for my trip.
8.0 Excellent26 Feb 2021
Staff was great. ease of return. good dependable car at good price.Came at about 7:00 in the evening and took a while to get the shuttle from the car rental center to the Economy car rental location. May need better staffing in the evenings and nights.
10.0 Excellent7 Feb 2021
Staff friendly. Efficient service. Straight to the point.
10.0 Excellent28 Jan 2021
Drop off was fast, got lyft ride back to house took 5 minutes to get there. Great rental price
10.0 Excellent15 Dec 2020
Very nice and professional stuff.They should put a sign on their office.
10.0 Excellent18 Oct 2020
Super nice staff. Seamless pick up and drop off.
2.0 Mediocre15 Oct 2020
I arrived at the San Diego airport to find that Economy Car rental had closed its San Diego location 4 months prior. I book the reservation 48 hours prior to arrival. So my reservation was made to a closed location. Luckily, another rental car company was able to assist me with a vehicle, bit at a much higher rate.
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From £39/dayRated no. 11
Fox
6.5 Good (695 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Fox
Locations in San Diego
  • 6.7
  • 6.7
  • 6.3
  • 6.3
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre3 May 2022
We didn't get a car, despite our reservation. We made arrangements to pick up a vehicle at 10:00 at night, when we touched down at the airport. We took the shuttle out to the rental center, and the person at the desk informed us they had no vehicle for us. The only option they could provide was a much larger vehicle at twice the cost. In a rather suspicious turn of events, a man from a competing rental company came in and gave our clerk a hug then we were shuffled off onto him. He quoted us a price that was only $50 over what we'd originally reserved. The whole thing smelled like a sleazy kickback operation, but by then it was 11:00 at night and everything else was closed. We had no choice but to accept. We ended up not doing business with Fox at all, despite our reservation a month in advance.
2.0 Mediocre28 Apr 2022
They would not honor my rental reservation. I was stuck at 10pm trying to get a rental from other companies for twice the price. I ended up having to wait for a Lyft to pick me up. Awful business practice and terrible customer service. I will never rent from them again.
2.0 Mediocre28 Apr 2022
Never got the car
4.0 Okay25 Apr 2022
My flight was delayed and they cancelled the reservation. I rebooked, but then decided not to use the service. My husband had the same thing happen with Fox the day before.
10.0 Excellent23 Apr 2022
Arrival attendant was very courteous and helpful
2.0 Mediocre9 Apr 2022
My Fox car was paid in full thru Priceline before I arrived for pick up. Once I was there to pick up the car, we were told that they needed a major credit card to hold a $300 deposit on. I only had a VISA debt and MC debt with me so I was told I could not rent from them. I imagine, that somewhere in the fine print, this Sept 2021 policy change, was explained to me but obviously, this started out our vacation on an angry and frustrating note. Priceline did refund my money and Fox was able to find us a rental car company off property that would accept my VISA debt but at a much higher price and in a much smaller, sub standard car than what I had reserved and pre paid for. Lesson learned. I will travel with a VISA card in the future. Fox was professional throughout the situation and I would rent from them in the future if the car rental price is what I am looking for.
10.0 Excellent2 Apr 2022
This was our second experience renting a car from Fox at San Diego airport. It is such a great, smooth operation with easy to access shuttle to onsite Car Rental building. The office for Fox was easy to find, easy to pick up the car, easy to return the car and get the shuttle back to the apart for our return. Car prices are high, so there’s not much that can be done about that. The employee was rather high pressure, trying to get us to pay for additional insurance coverage, and trying to get us to pre-pay a full tank of gas at much higher prices. This is also typical of most car rental companies. We stuck to our grounds, refusing both of additional insurance and pre-paid gas. Several gas stations are within a mile of the car rental place, and we paid over $1.00 less per gallon, saving us quite a bit of money. We will definitely use FOX again. HIGH RECOMMEND THEM!
8.0 Excellent21 Mar 2022
The car had a very heavy smell to cover up smoke or throw up or something. It was awful. The car was powerless and steering was terrible. Worst rental car I've ever drove.
2.0 Mediocre17 Mar 2022
They said the car I rented was unavailable, so I had to upcharge for $140 to the next level. Only one available. 7 pm at nite, no choice.I had reserved it a month ago.
6.0 Good6 Mar 2022
Multiple stains in headliner and sun visors and no floor mats in front row.
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From £15/dayRated no. 12
Ace
Cheapest deal
4.2 Okay (164 reviews)
2 locations in San Diego
Ace
Locations in San Diego
  • 4.8
  • 4.6
  • 4.1
  • 4.1
  • 4.3
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre9 May 2022
I did this specifically for an airport pickup, and then it turns out ACE doesn’t have airport pickup, although it had said it did.
10.0 Excellent10 Apr 2022
Very nice people. However, the shuttle service was too slow and pick-up was lengthy.
2.0 Mediocre3 Mar 2022
It was the worst car rental experience I have ever had. I booked through Kayak, prepaid and flew into San Diego. After landing, wewere waiting with several other Kayak customers for the shuttle, and when it showed up, the driver said "we don't have any more cars". They weren't apologetic nor did they give us a voucher for a future rental. They said Kayak overbooked them and that was that. They did offer to give us a refund. I then had to go to Avis and pay an enormous amount because they were almost out of cars. I would never rent a car from there again. So buyer beware, you get what you pay for.
2.0 Mediocre28 Feb 2022
When I arrived at the car rental station I couldn't find Ace. I called 3 times - was connected to someone, then when i asked where they were, I was put on hold then disconnected. I never found the Ace rental counter.
2.0 Mediocre22 Feb 2022
I had to give a deposit of 500. I wish I was informed of such at the time of booking the reservation. So there was no rental and a major inconvenience.
2.0 Mediocre20 Feb 2022
Was looking for Kaysk car rental, not Ace. Never rented car. I need to be reinvburst for insurance paid.
2.0 Mediocre16 Feb 2022
Car not available because the lot was closed when my flight arrived. Had to go to another company and had to pay top dollar for a different car at a different car company.
2.0 Mediocre8 Feb 2022
Called before pickup and was told debit cards were accepted as payment. I got there and was told debit cards were not accepted. Problem with ace, not kayak or Priceline. Thanks. -Nick
2.0 Mediocre1 Feb 2022
Ace has absolutely no business being a car rental option for Kayak.
2.0 Mediocre24 Jan 2022
They are open limited hours with no after hours option so if your flight is delayed you’ll be left stranded, as I was. Not worth the cheaper price.
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From £48/dayRated no. 13
MEXRENTACAR
4 Okay (269 reviews)
4 locations in San Diego
MEXRENTACAR
Locations in San Diego
  • 4.8
  • 4.6
  • 3.9
  • 3.8
  • 4.2
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre15 May 2022
I waited at the airport for an hour. Was late to my appointment.
2.0 Mediocre13 May 2022
I was told they didn’t have a car for me. So was left without wheels that day. NOT GOOD.
2.0 Mediocre5 May 2022
Overcharged a lot. 3x what I agreed to
2.0 Mediocre3 May 2022
Did not recieve the car i booked. So never even got the car to begin with
2.0 Mediocre28 Apr 2022
I was charged even though i did not pick up the rental. The man at the front counter said i would be refunded, but i was not.
2.0 Mediocre26 Apr 2022
The car rental service with Mex is fine; not at the level of satisfaction with Hertz but everything is decent and the car was clean. But Mex made a huge mistake partnering with KAYAK and especially Priceline. In fact, KAYAK and PRICELINE CHARGED ME the rental fee but when I went to get the car at Mex, I spent two hours to figure out that, 1. THEY DIDN"T PAY Mex at all so I had to pay Mex in order to get the car and it was $30 higher per day for the rental. 2. I had to call the customer service at Priceline myself, multiple times, but nobody there could say anything useful - Mex staff and I were both on the phone, neither of us understood what the poor guy was saying - and I told them I won't double pay for the car so I need to cancel the transaction. They said ok. But they still SHAMELESSLY CHARGED ME AND DIDN'T GIVE ME REFUND YET. I AM DONE BUSINESS WITH KAYAK AND PRICELINE AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO. THEY SCAM YOU AND LET YOU DOUBLE PAY AND NO CUSTOMER SERVICE WILL TALK WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2.0 Mediocre26 Apr 2022
They didn't have a car. I booked, got a confirmation, paid for an uber to the location. Got there. No car. Awful experience, plain and simple.
2.0 Mediocre19 Apr 2022
We reserved a vehicle and when we arrived there they didn’t have it available and offered another vehicle that cost 3 times as much. We ended up taking a taxi to Avis which was able to get us the vehicle we wanted close to the price point that Mex had originally offered.
2.0 Mediocre16 Apr 2022
Your office was closed and you booked me a vehicle arriving after the time you office was closed; had to pay more for a less value car!! Not happy and I've rented from your store several times;
2.0 Mediocre13 Apr 2022
I was mis-led - you are NOT on the airport - I travel with too much gear to switch buses - and now you won't refund my money - fuck you guys - I network with hundreds of traveling skydivers and attorneys - you just lost a shit ton of business - Jay Berneburg
Rated no. 14
Airport Van
7 Good (76 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Airport Van
Locations in San Diego
  • 7
  • 7.1
  • 6.9
  • 6.5
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre30 Mar 2020
Booked a van pickup 5pm and drop off at same time 2 days later. The day off, 3 hours before pickup, I get a phone call from the location telling me I need to pickup an hour early because they decide to close at 4 “today”. Of fine. “Oh and also you need to drop off before 10am in 2 days because we will be closed at 10am”. “Or you can pay an extra $60 for late drop off”. What?? Late drop off would mean I extend pass my 24h, which I’m not!! If you decide to close early how does that become my problem?? Very disappointing.
2.0 Mediocre30 Mar 2020
Booked a van for 2 days w/ 150 mile per day. Arrived at location to be told that policies “of this specific branch” have changed and are now 150 “per rental” (!!!??) Long story short it’s obvious Non sense. Worker at location didn’t show any compassion and on the phone corporate couldn’t do anything because “we are reservation center and customer center only works week days”. Customer service non existent, bummer for loyal and respectful customers like us but I guess that’s the way it goes now.
3.2 Mediocre11 Feb 2020
Van was nice.Shuttle service was terrible/non existent. Rental office is a run down shack to smells of urine.
2.0 Mediocre10 Feb 2020
I can accurately rate this—they never showed up to pick me up. I waited a half hour for the shuttle and finally had to rent another car because I had a meeting in another town. I sincerely hope they didn’t charge my credit card.
3.6 Mediocre2 Jan 2020
Poor attitude. Had to wait for an hr and dealt with screw you attitude from the front desk. The place was dirty and shady. The van was old (60k + miles) and dirty. It was conveniently near the airport so that is a plus. Most of all is the lady at the front desk who was awful.
9.6 Excellent17 Sep 2019
The staff was friendly and helpful. The drop off was super easy. We had a terrific vehicle for the cost.Didn't love that we had to go to the transit center for rentals & from there take another van (that we had to call & wait for). Also, we had to return by 2 or be charged extra to return it later to a different location (it was a Sat)- those were the only downsides to an otherwise great experience.
3.6 Mediocre24 Aug 2019
I still have not been refunded the deposit for the van rental and it has been more than 2 weeks since I returned the vehicle.
2.0 Mediocre22 Jan 2018
Polite staffThey did not have the car which I reserved. False advertisement.
2.0 Mediocre6 Dec 2017
Never rent from this placeNothing.It was a bait and switch in that I seriously doubt they even own a Corolla or similar economy car. Granted, they weren’t going to raise the price....but then the car they were trying to give me (after an interminable wait) was actually a huge dirty van...that had very significant damage from having been sideswiped. We are talking major body damage. So yeah, no thanks. Place is godawful. And they have signs everywhere about how you really need the insurance because this would cost X and that would cost Y. (Maybe take the money you earned from the sideswiping job and spend it on the needed body work?). Pretty ominous, and give everything else I’d seen of this company...but yeah, trying to drive around the city (parallel park, etc.) in a huge damaged dirty van? No thanks.
7.6 Good18 Oct 2017
Overall it was a great deal for the Van. Only we had to pay an extra $100 because we dropped it off in LA and I didn’t realize this until we made our final payment. The staff was very nice and accommodating during the pick up process. We had no problem riding the shuttle to the rental car area but it was a little confusing because the van rental is off site so we had to take another van ( which the number was there to call for a pick up) this might need to be disclosed in the advertisement.
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Rated no. 15
Advantage
6.8 Good (99 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Advantage
Locations in San Diego
  • 6.9
  • 6.9
  • 6.6
  • 6.5
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent13 Mar 2020
it was great, I used kayak to do the reservation
10.0 Excellent15 Jul 2019
Staff was great. Very friendly and knowledgable
10.0 Excellent10 Jul 2019
Friendly staffCar had low washer fluid when I picked it up, but I’m Southern California in the summer it was not an issue at all
6.0 Good4 Jun 2019
I had to get an ez pass type automatic toll payment in the middle of the trip all I had to do was call to Activate, it was pretty easyThis Rental place was just average just like any other airport rental plane
10.0 Excellent29 May 2019
Staff was great Dodge caravan was as advertised I had 6 big adults and baggage and we all fit
5.2 Okay14 Apr 2019
PriceThe 1st car was a lemon and had to be returned. It shook violently at 50mph. The check in agent was not very nice and tried to upsell me from my current midsize car. I will not use them again when we come back to San Diego.
6.0 Good27 Mar 2019
Check in agent didn’t know the vehicles well - he told me I could upgrade to a van with TVs inside for a certain price. Got outside to the cars and there were no vans with TVs, we got a crappy Chrysler van with zero extra features
2.0 Mediocre11 Mar 2019
That I actually got a carWhen I arrived they had no more cars available for me. So I was forced to upgrade to a suburban. I don't understand what had happened
5.2 Okay3 Feb 2019
Very little, priced according to the service and vehicle I received.Everything from having the vehicle type I selected, to speed of checkout, had to return to airport to get correct vehicle for my trip necessities. Vehicle was dirty, although it had been run through the wash.
10.0 Excellent2 Feb 2019
Very friendly, great customer service and rep explained everything we would recieve with the rental.Knowing ahead of time there would be a $200 security deposit and no cash option.
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Rated no. 16
E-Z Rent-A-Car
6.3 Good (92 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
E-Z Rent-A-Car
Locations in San Diego
  • 6.4
  • 6.6
  • 6.1
  • 6
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
6.8 Good5 Oct 2019
"Upgraded" us to a minivan, which I had no use for and made parking slightly less convenient. Not much to praise. Obviously you go with these folks (or equivalent) because of cost.Pleasant enough agent. Tried to up-sell on the pre-paid fuel but the "convenience" would have added $20 to the bill ... and I'm here because spending money on rental cars is not a form of entertainment. Just keep expectations low and you'll be fine.
4.0 Okay17 Aug 2019
It got us where we wanted to go.It was a 2014 diesel. The charger for the phone didn't work. Staff tried to talk us into a larger vehicle, getting their insurance instead of what I got online and convinced us to purchase a 4 day toll device by telling us there were tolls where we were traveling. There weren't.
3.6 Mediocre10 Apr 2019
EZ car counter clerk try really hard to sell options which you don’t needand he never explain about additional fees, EZ car added hidden fees.Counter clerk has to explain all fees and charges up front.
6.4 Good22 Feb 2019
Pricing
3.2 Mediocre16 Feb 2019
Check-in countee was unhelpful and a little rude. Told me I wasn't allowed to take toll roads, and didn't explain.
2.0 Mediocre23 Nov 2018
Unscrupulous and terrible. Avoid at all costs.Nothing to likeTrying to sell me stuff I don’t need. Didn’t have a car in the class I booked. Lied to me about being able to cancel the charge and give me proof of cancellation Heard them selling unneeded add ins to other customers who also got annoyed Unhelpful and unprofessional
2.8 Mediocre9 Nov 2018
Once and never againBasically nothingCar I had contracted for was not available, offered me a minivan instead, not interested, was traveling by myself and wanted fuel economy. Agent said that I could return the next day to swap out for something more appropriate, but, due to my schedule, it would have taken me a whole day's drive to come back for the swamp...As an alternative, I asked if I could swap cars in Phoenix, which would have fit my itinerary better, was told there would be an upcharge for such. Else wanted to upcharge me for a more desirable model, I declined. Stood my ground, eventually, an economy type car was returned and assigned to me. It was noisy, lacked cruise control, a/c was very weak, as in "no fun to drive". To make up for the inconvenience, I was told I would be given a discount from my original intermediate type car reservation, however, that did not happen, they just hit my credit card with the full charge for the larger vehicle I never go to drive. When returning the car, their station was closed, with zero indication as to when they would open in the a.m. like was posted on their competitor's return stations. When I tried to return the car to their Phoenix location, I was told it was impossible to drop the car off there even though their San Diego agent had told me I could do so if willing to pay a penalty for doing so - basically one of their agents lied, no idea which one. All in all a lousy experience, since I now have to file a complaint to get them to correct the charge to my credit card account.
2.0 Mediocre29 Oct 2018
Don’t trust E-Z ot Advantage, they overbook and cancel on youThey cancelled my reservation without informing me or expedia and had no explanation whatsoever except that they didnt have any more cars. Will never use them again no matter how cheap
4.0 Okay19 Oct 2018
Car was not cleaned out when I received it. There was trash under the seats, some wrappers in the trunk and side doors. It was evening when I picked up so I didn't notice until the next morning. The car smelled faintly of stale food, so they clearly did a poor job cleaning overall. The customer service was rude and impatient. At least the pick-up and drop off had reasonable efficiency.
9.6 Excellent12 Oct 2018
Stained rear seat, inside of windows & windshield needed to be cleaned.
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Rated no. 17
Pacific
6.2 Good (66 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Pacific
Locations in San Diego
  • 6.2
  • 6.3
  • 6.1
  • 6.1
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre1 May 2016
False advertising and hidden fees!The company advertises unlimited mileage, however the rentals have major mileage restrictions. Rentals can only be driven locally and the rate is $.99/mile after 200 miles.
8.8 Excellent30 Apr 2016
They were very friendly and helpful.
2.0 Mediocre30 Apr 2016
The car from hellNothingGoing some where else
8.4 Excellent25 Apr 2016
Very good customer service!It was off site of the rest of the car rental companies
2.0 Mediocre25 Apr 2016
Over-priced and dishonestPacific charged me twice as much as they estimated on Kayak. If that had been the extent of it, I may have left it alone. The day after I returned my car, however, the manager called to tell me that there is a "new scratch" on the front bumper. The car they rented to me was already scratched up, so I assumed he had gotten something confused and I could simply send the pictures I had snapped of the car before driving away from the lot. He sent me pictures of a car I'm not convinced is the car I rented, with a big scratch in the bumper, and asked that I have my lawyer call him. I have never felt so mistreated by a company. I'm certain that I had nothing to do with a scratch in the car I rented, and after consulting Yelp I noticed that Pacific has pulled this same stunt with at least one other customer. Do yourself a favor and stay far away.
6.4 Good24 Apr 2016
AverageNot busy. Car was there, ready to go.Car was old and had a lot of miles. It sounded as if it needed a tune up. Car had lots of scratches and dings. Didn't like that I had to catch a bus from the airport, a rental car center, then take another van to their rental place- added another layer of traveling around and loading/ unloading.
2.0 Mediocre18 Apr 2016
Everything suckedFirstly they charged me additional $30 to add another driver. In addition the car sucked. They said ford fusion or similar so I wanted to rent Fusion but there is no choice. They did not even have the Fusion. Every car is too old.
10.0 Excellent18 Apr 2016
Fast, convenient, not long and drawn out with pressure sales to purchase all the extras like gas, insurance, etcNot located at the main car rental terminal but they came there right away to pick me up.
4.4 Okay13 Apr 2016
Basic and budgetNo line at checkout or check in.Very basic vehicles past the end of their life as rental cars. The checkout sheet was a farce: Marked up everywhere, and I would have had a hard time finding an unused place to put a dent in the car.
2.0 Mediocre12 Apr 2016
the worstnothingWhen we got to the place we were being helped by a woman and she was going through all the information and everything was fine. then about 2 min in another man comes out and says "this is only for local, this is only for local." we were like ok and kept going. then the man starts to talk over the lady that is helping us and eventually kicks the lady off of the computer and takes over. The man ask if all I have is a debit card and I tell him yes. He then says there is a $600 deposit. Let me say that again a 2-day rental at $38 and he wanted a $600 deposit. Now my mom who was with me used to work at Hertz car rental down the street and knows the industry. I am in school studying to be a lawyer. I asked the man to show me ANYWHERE ON MY CONFIRMATION EMAIL OR ANY LINK WHERE THERE IS A $600 DEPOSIT. He could not show me anything anywhere. I hold his company Pacific and your company as well responsible for doing business with a company of this sorts. I hope that my treatment was not because of my skin color, but I still do not know why this man had to insert himself into my transaction in the first place, and he could not show me anything in writing in regards to a $600 deposit.
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Rated no. 18
Silvercar
9.6 Excellent (5 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
Silvercar
Locations in San Diego
  • 10
  • 9.6
  • 9.6
  • 8.8
  • 9.6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent23 Feb 2021
Great being able to select the exact car you want for a rental.Feel financially taken advantage for wanting a luxury specific car rather than a general “luxury category” rental.
10.0 Excellent29 Dec 2019
Staff very friendly, pick up drop off was very smooth and easy
From £112/dayRated no. 19
National
8.8 Excellent (28 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
National
Locations in San Diego
  • 9.1
  • 9.2
  • 8.7
  • 9
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent1 Apr 2022
Easy booking, great customer service and easy return at the airport
8.0 Excellent22 Mar 2022
I just say thank you
10.0 Excellent30 Dec 2021
The car was brand new. Getting and returning the car was a breeze. It was great.
2.0 Mediocre3 Jul 2021
My rental car was dead at noon June 15, 2021 on our way from San Diego to Yosemite National Park. We contacted National roadside assistance and they couldn't do anything to help. We had to be in the middle of nowhere under the heat of 100F. After 7 hours stranded, the tow truck came at 7:30 pm to tow the car and left our luggage on the street. The taxi came at 7:45pm to take us to the rental car office, but the office was closed at 5:00pm. Taxi only offered to take us to the nearby hotel and it had to be under our own expense. I couldn't stay at the nearby hotel because I already sent my under age children to the campsite close to the Yosemite National Park with a group of friends when the car broke down. I had to pay my friend to come back from campsite to car broke down location to pick us up and took us to the campsite while the Taxi denied to take us because it was too far. We had to spend $200 to cover that pick up. The road side assistance had confirmed that their agent at the airport close to the Yosemite NP had a reserve replacement car for us, but when we came to pick up the car. They had no car available; We had to call RSA and stayed on the phone with them hours and hours, I was stranded at the airport from 9:00 am to 3:45 pm on June 16, 2021 talked to a whole bunch of different people to end up with the smaller SUV that didn’t have enough room for everybody in my family and the luggage. Half of my family had to split with other cars within our group of friends. The rental car has ruined my family vacation. We had lost 2 vacation days. Instead of enjoying nature, we have been stranded on the road or the rental car office. We had lost our park’s fee and the campsite’s fee for nothing; the stress of dealing with the Roadside assistant customer service that won’t be able to help much drove us crazy. On the top of those issues, I have been charged almost $54 for the gas on the Buick Enclave and they didn’t give me the credit for the gas left on the Infiniti QX80 when the car was dead and it still had more than ½ tank of gas. With all of those issues National only give me credit of $199. I was so frustrated with National. I will never rent from National or deal with Kayak again. The worst customer service that I have ever deal with.
10.0 Excellent5 Jun 2021
I love it
8.8 Excellent31 Aug 2020
staff was very friendlyeverything was great but did not receive a truck with a full tank. the dial gauge on the dashboard showed the nail as full but the digital fuel gauge showed fewer miles than how I returned it. I explained this to the rental agent but he just blew me off.
8.0 Excellent30 Mar 2018
More guidance would have been niceNice car. Worked well. Pick up and drop off were mostly smoothI payed for a Sante Fe but got a Tuscon because I didn't immediately notice the difference. It worked out fine, but the Sante Fe is superior from what I learned.
4.0 Okay20 Mar 2018
We picked out our car, installed a car seat and packed it up. We were then told that National was going to sell the car so we needed to pick out a different one. Not what we wanted to hear after a long day of travel.
10.0 Excellent9 Dec 2017
Fast, Professional, Efficient, Awesome CarThe counter personnel were well-dressed, competent, and treated me like I was their only customer.Nothing to dislike...
6.0 Good29 Jun 2017
Direct car pickup at the carThe quality of the car was below national standard
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Rated no. 20
GREEN MOTION
8.6 Excellent (15 reviews)
2 locations in San Diego
GREEN MOTION
Locations in San Diego
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
  • 8.5
  • 8.8
  • 9.2
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay7 Nov 2017
The first car we were given had some type of mechanical problems. I wouldn't go more that 20 mph up a hill. This car was replaced with another car of the same type but older, with less features. We made due.
4.4 Okay17 Oct 2017
WOULD NOT USE GREEN MOTION AGAINCar was not what the Kayak
10.0 Excellent23 Sep 2017
easy access to the car! LOVE my SMART CAR!!!!
9.6 Excellent18 Sep 2017
Quick pick up / drop off--aggressive on selling upgrade/insurancefast pick up/drop off. 24 hour shuttle service to and from airport because all rental company is housed at same location (San Diego Airport)Service agent at pickup counter was too aggressive in pushing additional insurance. Know what your personal policy covers and be firm that you do NOT want any extras (if that is the case)
7.2 Good18 Sep 2017
Pretty goodRelatively quick pickup and processing, car was in good condition and performed well. Associate at the desk was professional and friendly. Car was newer model Hyundai.First, got charged an extra fee for extending the rental that was not mentioned even though I had explicitly asked in advance. Required proof of insurance at check-in, which I've never had requested before.
10.0 Excellent9 Sep 2017
Inexpensive.The "rental car insurance" ads lead me to buy insurance while I was online reserving a car. What I didin't know -- Even with the reading of the clauses which are difficult to understand -- was that my own car insurance company would be the one I'd contact first before this one kicked in. (According to the clerk at Green Motion.) So I ended up buying the one offered by Green Motion, and wasted money on Allianz.
7.2 Good1 Sep 2017
Price was greatThe "Smart" car was a joke!
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Rated no. 21
Midway
8.1 Excellent (22 reviews)
2 locations in San Diego
Midway
Locations in San Diego
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent31 Mar 2016
I like the ease of working with the airport car rental center staff. They were able to adjust my pick up location from downtown to right there at the rental center and it cost me a little less than anticipated. The third party insurance presented some questions at the counter, but nothing that could not be resolve in seconds. I would use Kayak in future travel plans.I didn't like the fact the add stated it was at the airport and there was an airport shuttle. The San Diego airport (Lindbergh Field) has a rental car center for all rental car companies. The add was for the downtown location and the shuttle only transports to the airport rental center. Also, the airport rental center is MCAR which is also MIDWAY
6.4 Good30 Mar 2016
Cheapest insurance $15/day! Essentially bait and switch
10.0 Excellent5 Mar 2016
Good and fastWas the least pressure I've ever had from a car rental company to upgrade the insurance. Also because they are smaller there was no line to wait. I just looked over at the long line at Payless and glad I wasn't there.
4.0 Okay2 Mar 2016
Just okayEven though the car was cleaned when I arrived, and I had to wait for this cleaning, it was quite dirty once all the water dried. The windshield in particular had a thick film on the inside. It also smelled like smoke even though they supposedly don't let renters smoke in their vehicles. Once I cleaned it up myself and aired it out it was a okay car for a couple days. Probably wouldn't rent from them again as the price was the same as other rentals but I have never had a car that needed me to clean it from other agencies.
5.2 Okay2 Mar 2016
Deposit??Free upgradedDidn't get back my full deposit of $200 (which I wasn't aware of at the initial booking through Kayak). Not sure why. Only received $170 back. Not given a specific time to drop off (the person behind counter said,"so around this same time?" To which I said yes), yet when I dropped it off in the early afternoon (around the same time), I was charged for an extra day ($14.50). But even with that and now the more taxes I paid on the "extra day" it doesn't add up to $30. So where is the rest of my money? Will go with the larger company next time to save the hidden fees..
10.0 Excellent13 Jan 2016
Amazing, friendly serviceThey gave us a complimentary upgrade, were full of helpful information. When we returned the car and were tight on time they actually drove us to our terminal in a car (since the shuttle was not due for another five minutes).
10.0 Excellent11 Jan 2016
The car was clean and reliable! Also the staff was friendly.
3.6 Mediocre5 Jan 2016
Rediculous WaitThe car was clean and in good working order. The attendant was polite and very patience. But really?, one attendant 3 days before Christmas?I had a reservation for a full size car, as my family was all meeting in California for the holidays. The reservation was set to pick up the car at 6:00 PM. I arrived at 5:55. When I arrived there were two people in front of me. Neither of which spoke english. The attendant tried and tried to explain the rental agreements while I waited. I waited for one hour for him to process two customers. When it was finally my turn, he informed me there were no full size cars available and that the car had to be cleaned. At that point, I was pretty upset. I had to wait another 20 minutes for the car to be cleaned. In all, the transaction took over 90 minutes and I did not get the car size I reserved. And for what?, to save a few dollars over one of the majors? I am very disappointed Kayak would recommend such a terrible 3rd tier car rental agency. Lorrin
2.0 Mediocre15 Dec 2015
Theyvdid notvput it on their description that yiu can only drive the car to Califirnia and Nevada.
10.0 Excellent13 Dec 2015
Everything was handled professionally and efficiently. The people that work there were curtious. The car was new and was great value for the cost.
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NU Car
4.9 Okay (15 reviews)
1 location in San Diego
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2.0 Mediocre14 May 2022
car was canceled
2.0 Mediocre6 Mar 2022
I will never ever go back to this rental company, I have talk to other renter on the transport to the airport, they said same thing very horrible experience.
2.0 Mediocre14 Feb 2022
The minivan we reserved was not available when we arrived, and no comparable backup vehicle was provided. Applying for refund was not straightforward… still waiting for refund. Selected NU car due to the lower price, but will not be using them again.
2.0 Mediocre7 Dec 2021
Booked few days before and they told me that my reservation automatically got cancelled due to glitch in system and there were no communication done to me. There were literally 4-5 people waiting before me from couple of hours to get a car. They suggested dont even bother waiting. Luckily, my reservation was already cancelled. I understand this could be due to employee shortage going on, but for travelers, this situation becomes pretty frustrating if they are on tight schedule. Nearby this place, other car rentals had similar scenario where people were just waiting in lines to get a car.
8.0 Excellent18 Nov 2021
All in all, the experience was fine. People were friendly and the car was nice. The only problem I had was they kept me on hold for the airport shuttle pickup for over 45 min. The other rental car company actually ended up picking me up and dropping me off at NU because he saw me waiting for such a long time on hold with NU. If they could get that sorted out, the whole experience would've been better, but not bad overall
2.0 Mediocre2 Nov 2021
Do not rent with NU car. It took me (and those in front of me in line) over 40 minutes to pick up our cars due to how the company processed things. My pick up time was noon. I did not receive my car until 1. Even with my noon pick up taking an hour, the car I had reserved was still not “ready” at 1. The staff told me I needed to wait for my car to be ready, or, I could pay to upgrade to a different car that was already ready. I should NOT have had to pay for an upgrade. It was the companies fault for not having the correct vehicle ready at the correct time. The upgrade should have been complimentary. I also paid for unlimited mileage and insurance. However I was told in person that I wouldn’t recover unlimited mileage because I was a resident of the state I was renting in. This was not listed anywhere during the purchase process. I was also not refunded. I was also required to use my own insurance even though I paid for the provided insurance. I was also not reimbursed. This company is a scam. I do not recommend them and will be reporting them to the BBB. Also, they only have a 2 star rating if you search on Google. Should be one star.
3.9 Mediocre24 Sep 2021
The place was terribly disorganized. I was third on the line for the pickup. It took a full hour to get the car. They washed a car no one was waiting for before they washed mine. Others in front of me were very upset. The car was fine, except the dashboard said "Maintenance Required" as soon as I picked it up, so it probably needed an oil change. The cost for the rental was excellent, but you need to run a smooth and professional operation to keep customers. This was neither smooth nor professional.
10.0 Excellent12 Sep 2021
Walked there from our hotel which was very convenient and was greeted by nice staff.
1.9 Horrible6 Sep 2021
They lure you in with low prices and then say whatever you chose is not available and charge you 50% more. They are short-staffed (on purpose?) and there was a long line of people waiting, both when I picked up and dropped off. And they make you wait outside with nowhere to sit. Just spend the extra money to get a car at the actual rental companies on site at the airport. The staff were friendly and seemed happy - maybe they enjoy running the scam.
6.0 Good15 Mar 2021
Time between shuttles from the airport was very long. Add an hour, or more, to your plans to get to the rental agency and drive out.
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Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some San Diego car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the hire price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when hiring a car in San Diego.

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Top tips for renting a car in San Diego

  • Driving around San Diego is the most convenient and comfortable way of getting to know all corners of the region, as the freeway system is fairly easy to navigate and traffic is manageable (aside from during rush hour). Because public transportation services are unreliable in the city, staying mobile by renting a car is the best option. It is also ideal for travelers looking to explore other destinations outside the city, such as the wine country of nearby Temecula, or those who want to embark on a road trip along the California coast.
  • All the big car hire agencies can be found in the San Diego International Airport (SAN), at the Consolidated hire Car Center just outside the airport. The hire Car Center is accessible via free shuttle bus services that stop at all terminals.
  • Although the freeway system isn't generally complicated, always have a map or a GPS on hand to help you. When driving downtown, beware of tourists or other reckless drivers who may be too used to driving in the city. If you’re interested in hopping across the border to Mexico, make sure you talk to your hire agency, as they may need to provide specific documentation, such as car insurance that is also valid in the neighboring country. But if your plan includes a day trip to Tijuana, it's easier to just park your car on the U.S. side of the border and walk across.
  • Although traffic is manageable, roads are usually fairly busy throughout San Diego, so avoid rush hours both in the morning (between 6:30 and 10 a.m.) and afternoon (between 3:30 and 6:30 pm) if you don't want to be stuck in traffic for longer than needed. Freeways along the coast also get pretty packed on weekends, especially the I-5.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in San Diego for £34 or less
  • Book your car hire in San Diego at least 6 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hires in San Diego are around 22% cheaper than other car types, on average

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