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Santa Cruz, CA, United States
5 Aug — 12 Aug
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Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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Pick-up locationSanta Cruz
Hire locations6

Santa Cruz car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.2 Excellent (36 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Cruz
Enterprise
Locations in Santa Cruz
1150 N. Main Street, Suite 1a+1 831 761 2800
Monday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
2724 Soquel Ave Ste A+1 831 464 1900
Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
919b Ocean St+1 831 426 7799
Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.2
  • 7.8
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
3.9 Mediocre18 Jul 2021
10.0 Excellent9 Jul 2021
2.0 Mediocre14 Apr 2021
Pros: The Watsonville enterprise office cancelled our rental 2 hours before we were supposed to have picked it up. Their office gave no alternatives, despite the fact that we had the vehicle reserved for 3 weeks ahead of time.Cons: I had to do the work of tracking down a replacement vehicle at the last minute. Al, who works at the enterprise on Ocean St. in Watsonville, did an amazing job to help us. He stayed past closing time to get us a vehicle in time.
10.0 Excellent2 Aug 2020
Pros: Staff was ready and quick. Very easy pick up and drop off
7.6 Good28 Jul 2020
Pros: Staff was helpful, drop-off was easy.Cons: Removing additional fees where possible for student drivers given the pandemic. Inform that drop-off after hours only requires keys to be placed in drop-off box and incurs no additional fees.
9.6 Excellent15 Feb 2020
Pros: Very happy and kind staffCons: Cleaner carpet in office, but great service
4.0 Okay16 Jun 2019
Pros: Car was fine. The guy at the counter was niceCons: The computers were down and I was charged an extra day of rental even though I returned the car on time. Customer service was extremely rude over email and refused to do anything to help. Overall very terrible experience.
10.0 Excellent16 Jun 2019
Pros: Great customer service from agent at counter. Very nice rental vehicle. Easy check in and easy return.Cons: Everything was perfect
9.6 Excellent20 May 2019
Pros: Fast, easy pick up. Helpful staff.
9.6 Excellent2 Apr 2019
Pros: The drop-off was easy and I got upgraded to a bigger, very modern car.Cons: When I arrived there,no cars were available, even though I had booked one online (already paid for the insurance).15 minutes later someone dropped off a car and I got it, so it all worked out. But make sure cars are on-hold there when renting them out in the future!
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From £33/dayRated no. 2
Hertz
Most popular
Cheapest deal
7.5 Good (72 reviews)
5 locations in Santa Cruz
Hertz
Locations in Santa Cruz
132 Center Street+1 831 423 0315
Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
15525 Los Gatos Blvd, Suite B+1 408 402 0604
Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
50 Aviation Way+1 831 722 2760
Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
5500 Scotts Valley Drive+1 831 217 4162
Monday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
7000 Soquel Avenue+1 831 462 0469
Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.3
  • 7.4
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay8 Jun 2021
Pros: I did get a car.Cons: The facility charged me extra. Even though I showed them my prepaid receipt. They said they could not give me a car without the additional charges. The manager's name is Rick.
8.0 Excellent10 Apr 2021
Pros: Simple, limited-contact pick up and drop off.Cons: When I returned the car two days early, the staff at Hertz were unable to do a refund for those extra days. This isn't a criticism of Hertz -- just know that when you book through Kayak, they don't have as much flexibility for extending or shortening a rental. Note that this Hertz location does not do after-hours drop-off. You must return the car before closing time.
4.0 Okay10 Mar 2021
Pros: The two ladies who checked me in were a delight to deal with. Very professional and personable as they went through all the paperwork and what not.Cons: My pre-paid 1pm reservation was for a Mid-size Car, and when I got there at 1:30pm they had rented my car and had no Midsize cars left, so I was stuck with an economy car that felt like I was driving a go-kart on steroids or tin can on wheels. That was total BS!! Also, they closed the location close to my house, but it is still listed on their website, Yahoo, Waze, Google, etcetera, so when I drove over there to swap cars, there was a sign on the keys drop box saying to drop off cars across town, at the location where I picked up the car. Again, total BS!! Then when I returned the car they ran my credit card before talking to me at all, and I wanted to use my debit car. When I asked to cancel the charge and put it on my debit card, she said it was too late, she couldn't do that. Third strike of total BS. Even if it costs more and is farther away, I will never again rent a car for Hertz!!
10.0 Excellent15 Sep 2020
Pros: Staff was amazing. In and out super quick, no issues.Cons: Great rental experience- not much could have been improved.
2.0 Mediocre12 Sep 2020
Pros: The location didn’t exist.
10.0 Excellent18 Feb 2020
Pros: yes and yesCons: nothing
8.0 Excellent15 Feb 2020
Pros: Great, happy staff
4.4 Okay20 May 2019
Pros: Pick up was quick.Cons: The drop off was terrible. Was told my drop off location had after hours drop off but it did not. Because of this, I was late for the next plan on my tight schedule.
3.6 Mediocre1 Apr 2019
Cons: Person at hertz was impolite. Very poor customer service, and overcharged on insurance.
8.0 Excellent12 Nov 2018
Pros: I only dropped the car off. The site was clean and the drop off was quick and easy.
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Rated no. 3
Avis
8.5 Excellent (17 reviews)
1 location in Santa Cruz
Avis
Locations in Santa Cruz
630 Ocean Street+1 831 423 1244
Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00
  • 8.5
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
  • 8.7
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent22 Jun 2021
Pros: friendly staff, easy to rent, fair pay
10.0 Excellent22 Aug 2020
Pros: Staff were friendly and there was no wait!Cons: No one walked me to the car or asked if I had questions about it.
2.0 Mediocre2 Jun 2020
Pros: NothingCons: Shop was closed
8.0 Excellent18 Apr 2017
Pros: Friendly staff - Easy process
10.0 Excellent24 Oct 2016
Pros: Easy to use and hassle free
8.0 Excellent10 Aug 2016
Pros: Convenient location. Location was closed so just quickly dropped off the car, didn't interact with anyone so I don't have much to say or judge.
7.2 Good12 Apr 2016
Pros: Small but workable.Cons: The facility was cramped both inside and outside, and from the direction I approached, difficult to see as it was behind a much larger building and sign. I had to back up and maneuver to enter the very small driveway entrance. There was room to park the car once I entered, however. Not sure where to add that I felt the dropoff fee was excessive -- thus the lower rating on value for money.
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Budget
1 location in Santa Cruz
Budget
Locations in Santa Cruz
630 Ocean Street+1 831 291 5483
Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00
Recent reviews
125 travellers who hired a car in Santa Cruz gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

Car hire locations in or near Santa Cruz

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Luxury

Average price

£38/day

Good deal

£33/day

When to book a car hire in Santa Cruz

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Santa Cruz

  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Santa Cruz for £33 or less
  • Book your car hire in Santa Cruz at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Premium car hires in Santa Cruz are around 32% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about car rentals in Santa Cruz

  • One car hire company which has updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected is Hertz

  • On average a hire car in Santa Cruz costs £38 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire company in Santa Cruz is Hertz (7.3, 57 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Santa Cruz is £2.54 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £30 and £41, depending on the car size.

  • Luxury (BMW 4 Series Convertible or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Santa Cruz.

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

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

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

  • A Luxury car hire in Santa Cruz costs £63 per day, on average.

  • A Mini car hire in Santa Cruz costs £31 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car hire in Santa Cruz costs £33 per day, on average.

  • In Santa Cruz, cars are most frequently hired at Avis 1659 Airport Boulevard, Suite 2 (28 miles from city centre).

  • On average hiring a car in Santa Cruz costs £266 per week (£38 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Santa Cruz costs £1,142 per month (£38 per day).