Santa Monica car hire

Santa Monica car hire

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Santa Monica, CA, United States
29 Oct — 5 Nov
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Santa Monica, CA, United States
Fri 29/10
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Santa Monica car hire information

Pick-up locationSanta Monica
Hire locations20
Airport locations1

Santa Monica car hire reviews and directory

From £32/dayRated no. 1
Hertz
Most popular
Best rated
7.1 Good (56 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Monica
Hertz
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7
  • 6.7
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre3 Dec 2019
The customer service at the Hertz location was horrible and it’s a shabby place.
4.0 Okay22 Oct 2019
Can’t drop off after 6pm, so basically was only able to use the car for a few hours.
2.0 Mediocre18 Aug 2019
They didn’t have a car for me to rent despite accepting my reservation so I had to travel across town to make an alternate reservation. Massive waste of my time and money.
2.0 Mediocre13 Jun 2019
I did not like anything as I was not able to get the car. I left work only to arrive at the location on time and once I did they informed me there was no car available and that the info on your website had not been updated. I'm very disappointed and now reluctant to use your services again.I did not like anything as I was not able to get the car. I left work only to arrive at the location on time and once I did they informed me there was no car available and that the info on your website had not been updated. I'm very disappointed and now reluctant to use your services again.
10.0 Excellent10 Apr 2019
The car was awesome !!!The front desk clerks need some customer service training. Rude and didn’t even realize it lol
6.4 Good24 Mar 2019
Staff was nice.Not enough people working. Hours did not match google/online. Staff takes a one hour break and no other way to get help/pick up car/etc. I requested, paid and confirmed a small car (lower mpg and parking in LA is difficult). Was given a full size car and the only other choice was a nice suv for 2x $
10.0 Excellent17 Feb 2019
EasyPick up and drop off is at ease
9.6 Excellent28 Jan 2019
Good staff (Alex)Old used coffee cups left in center console
7.6 Good22 Jan 2019
The staff was very friendly. They worked hard to fix the situation when they didn't have the car on hand that I had reserved. The exact Hertz desk is a little bit hard to find in the hotel, but overall it's in a great location and very convenient.The staff seemed surprised when I arrived, even though I had a reservation. They had to give me a different car than I reserved and seemed disorganized.
8.4 Excellent4 Oct 2018
Both front tires were worn, and this was a front wheel drive car. I will be contacting Hertz.
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Rated no. 2
Midway
9.1 Excellent (10 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Monica
Midway
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 9.2
  • 9.2
  • 9.2
  • 8.8
  • 9.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent18 Sep 2021
friendliness of staff
10.0 Excellent1 Apr 2021
Staff was extremely friendly, pickup and drop-off was very fast and efficient. I see some complaints about customers not getting the type of car they reserved, which I could see happening as the lot was very small, not a large selection. I had rented a economy class, and loved the car I got.
10.0 Excellent26 Mar 2021
Clean car easy to pick up / drop offBusy intersection was hard to return car
9.2 Excellent22 Sep 2020
Loved the car - awesome price, amazing gas mileage, great AC. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. I returned the car, and was offered a ride home - a very pleasant surprise.The only issue when we arrived at Midway was that there was a shortage of cars. Our options were to go to a further away location OR to have the rental car delivered to our home. We opted to return home ourselves and wait for the rental car to be delivered to us. The delivery was 1.5 hours after our initial pickup time. Not ideal when your schedule is time sensitive. But it worked out for us.
2.0 Mediocre12 Apr 2019
NothingI booked the car for a 4pm pickup. They closed at 4pm. I had to find another place to rent from and walk there.
From £32/dayRated no. 3
Budget
9 Excellent (4 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Monica
Budget
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent8 Jul 2016
Great attention
Rated no. 4
Enterprise
8.4 Excellent (24 reviews)
5 locations in Santa Monica
Enterprise
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
  • 8.5
  • 8.3
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent12 Oct 2021
Awesome service!
10.0 Excellent20 Apr 2021
Mike made sure I was able to get the vehicle I needed when I needed it. That was amazingActually everything was perfect
8.0 Excellent9 Feb 2021
Attentive employee.Rented a car on-line that was not available- what??? No Bueno.
10.0 Excellent21 Aug 2019
Nothing.
4.0 Okay28 Dec 2018
Bad ExperienceMy small economy carnot available They gave me a 8 cylinder truck!!! Instead of using 40 dolllars in gas I used 80
5.2 Okay8 May 2017
The vehicle was good and no problems during the two weeks.The attitude of the person "Scott" in hand over.
10.0 Excellent29 Nov 2016
Great car rentalWe were upgraded from a compact to a Ford Escape and it was very nice. We rented it for a trip to Tucson and enjoyed all of its features. They were very nice at the desk and we were in and out quickly.
10.0 Excellent21 Nov 2016
Good service nice people helpful
10.0 Excellent7 Sep 2016
Very good customer service and an excellent car. I will return when I need to.
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From £30/dayRated no. 5
Avis
8.1 Excellent (17 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Monica
Avis
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
7.9 Good6 Aug 2021
I have not yet received my car rental bill
8.0 Excellent24 Jan 2018
Good but got ripped off for insuranceNice car, friendly service.I took the insurance out suggested on the Kayak website only to find that when I got to the rental place, that insurance didn't cover any damage to others if I got in to an accident. I therefore had to take out another policy with Avis to cover me in case of that.
4.8 Okay30 Oct 2017
They didn't have the car I reserved so I ended up paying almost doubleClose to Santa Monica Pier (10 blocks)The car we reserved didn't exist so we had to pay almost double for an involuntary upgrade. We felt like we were, albeit mildly, swindled by the franchise.
2.0 Mediocre15 Jul 2017
Despite having a reservation they had no cars available whatsoever. Eventually told me I could take the sports car since I was an hour late for work, but it would be an additional $20/day. Eventually they said they could remove the upcharge when I returned the car. Took over an hour to pick up the car. Dropped off on time, took over an hour to return the car. 1 employee on site and so many customers we all couldn't even fit in the lobby. Upcharge on car was remove, part of me feels this was only because of the insanely terrible service at pickup and drop off. Never again at this location.
9.6 Excellent18 Jun 2017
Excellent value, great carMuch nicer than expected car, great price and convenience in both locations.Pick up and drop off slower than ideal - each location had longish lines and could've used a second person at desk
7.6 Good15 Oct 2015
Parking lot too small. Difficult to drop off when someone else is leaving.
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From £29/dayRated no. 6
Sixt
Cheapest deal
7.1 Good (16 reviews)
1 location in Santa Monica
Sixt
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 7.2
  • 7.4
  • 6.9
  • 6.8
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
3.9 Mediocre6 Oct 2021
I ordered a Rav 4 Got a mini cooper to small I'm 6.2 Not good Could not stop off car after after hours Overall Not Good
4.8 Okay7 Jul 2020
The car
10.0 Excellent3 Mar 2019
The staff was very friendly and efficient. They offered another car as an option so I wouldn’t have to wait. Even though I didn’t take that option my car arrives quite quickly anyway. My rental car was a mini copper countryman and it was fantastic.Nothing.
9.6 Excellent13 Feb 2019
The staff was super helpful and friendly. I would recommend them to anyone. Car was clean and in good shape. Folks at drop off similarly nice and efficient.Only small problem: it took a long time to get my car initially. Staff and car were so nice I didn't really mind much.
6.0 Good28 Jan 2019
The staff is extremely friendly and promptThe car smelled like someone had smoke tobacco for many days inside
6.0 Good23 Dec 2018
Sloppy car prepGood car1. Within 2 miles I got a low pressure signal. Stopped, got some air and calibrated. This lasted 5 days and had to be repeated (fortunately I knew how the calibration system worked...) 2. The windshield wiper fluid was empty
10.0 Excellent27 Mar 2017
Very happy with the service and vehicleI filled out everything online. So when I arrived the services as fast and professional.
10.0 Excellent26 Mar 2017
The value for what I got out of the car and its reliability over a 1,400 mile trip (for only $200) was second to none. Eric was very nice, even let me hold my stuff there so I could check out the pier for a half hour. No complaints whatsoever. I was actually feeling apprehensive because of all the bad reviews, but maybe some people are just more picky than others. I was very happy with my experience.
10.0 Excellent15 Jan 2017
excellent service and great deals!
6.0 Good13 Jan 2017
No hassles picking up and with dropoffI returned the vehicle and 5 days later I received an email saying there was a damage which was not pointed out when I delivered it, and which I had nothing to do with. Might have happended after I delivered it.
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Eagle Rent A Car
3 locations in Santa Monica
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Santa Monica
Recent reviews
Rent-4-Less
1 location in Santa Monica
Rent-4-Less
Locations in Santa Monica
Recent reviews
127 travellers who hired a car in Santa Monica gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.7

Car hire locations in or near Santa Monica

Good to know

Most popular agency

Alamo

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

£39/day

Good deal

£31/day

When to book a car hire in Santa Monica

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

Car hire excess insurance in Santa Monica

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 Santa Monica 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 Santa Monica.

Deductible

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 Santa Monica car rental.

Top tips for renting a car in Santa Monica

  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Santa Monica for £31 or less
  • Book your car hire in Santa Monica at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hires in Santa Monica are around 15% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about car rentals in Santa Monica

  • Some car hire companies in Santa Monica which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Alamo, Hertz and Budget

  • On average a hire car in Santa Monica costs £39 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Santa Monica are Enterprise (7.8, 55 reviews), and Hertz (7.2, 57 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Santa Monica is £2.63 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £32 and £42, depending on the car size.

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

  • Car hire companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Thrifty, Dollar, Hertz, Budget, Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Advance Car And Truck Rental, Fox and Ace.

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

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

  • A Economy car hire in Santa Monica costs £27 per day, on average.

  • In Santa Monica, cars are most frequently hired at Hertz 2021 Westwood Blvd (4 miles from city centre).

  • On average hiring a car in Santa Monica costs £276 per week (£39 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Santa Monica costs £1,182 per month (£39 per day).