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South Bend, IN, United States
23 Sep — 30 Sep
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South Bend, IN, United States
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Pick-up locationSouth Bend
Hire locations12
Airport locations9

South Bend car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Best rated
7.5 Good (43 reviews)
1 location in South Bend
Locations in South Bend
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
  • 7.1
  • 7.3
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6.0 Good29 Jul 2019
We tried to get the van a day earlier... we started that task 4 days before our original pick up date...what a nightmare. So much so that we will never use Hertz again. Unbelievable that no one could get their business together to be able to figure out how we could rent the vehicle a day earlier.
9.2 Excellent17 Jul 2019
Great staff, good value, so easy to get in and out fast.People were obviously vaping in the car. Didn’t do a great job at getting smell out. For a car with only 8,000 miles it smelled.
8.0 Excellent2 May 2019
10.0 Excellent27 Mar 2019
Pick Up Staff was helpful and friendly. Pick up and Drop off EasyBeing an elderly person, I wish there was a brief review of car options. I had to go on you tube to figure out how to open trunk and 3rd car door.
8.4 Excellent9 Oct 2018
The car was clean, no smells. It served me well.The parking lot where the cars are parked was disappointing, but this was a small airport.
2.0 Mediocre8 Oct 2018
Steer Clear!Extremely disappointed as our agreement and payment was to/with Kayak NOT When we showed to pick up the rental, we turned away because of not having enough available credit on our major credit card. We were stuck with the $216 fee and NO car!!! At this point we're prepared to spread the word about Kayak car rentals....STAY AWAY and buyer beware. Please, we need our refund!
2.0 Mediocre2 Aug 2018
Hertz was the only rental place not openLanded in South Bend in the middle of the day on the weekend. Hertz was the only car rental place that was not open -- even though I had a reservation fornthat time. Ended up going to Enterprise and got much better treatment. Will be using them from now on.
10.0 Excellent2 Jul 2018
Free upgradeI was given a free upgrade from a Nissan to an Impala!
10.0 Excellent12 Dec 2017
Color make and model
2.0 Mediocre28 Nov 2017
poor infoI payed for the reservation on line with a debit card, but Hertz required a credit card at the time of pick up so I was not able to use the reservation.
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Rated no. 2
5.9 Okay (44 reviews)
2 locations in South Bend
Locations in South Bend
  • 5.3
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  • 5.6
  • 6.1
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1.9 Horrible30 Aug 2021
Got told I should have received a call saying that the van was not going to be ready , never received anything .
1.9 Horrible29 Jul 2021
Friendly lady at the counter. Budget never registered the return of the vehicle even though I followed instructions on the drop box. The customer service online never responded. The men on the phone (after the two hour hold) gave me no confirmation that the issue was cleared up and only promised to refund the thousands they charged my card for. I now have a latter saying I am being prosecuted if I don’t return the car (which is returned). I even drove back to the south bend airport where I rented the vehicle, and the man at the counter said it showed my car was turned in, but he couldn’t do anything about the refund. I would NEVER rent from them again. I have spent hours trying to Get this problem fixed, and it is still not fixed.
8.0 Excellent17 Jun 2021
Staff was great! Pickup and drop off easy!The car we had was great except the smell, it had a strong smell that was exasperated by the heat when ever it was closed for a while. Had to air out often. Liked having CarPlay to help get around etc.
4.0 Okay11 Jun 2021
YesCar was very dirty and not maintained
8.0 Excellent30 May 2021
YesGetting the car Shown on line not another.
8.0 Excellent22 Apr 2021
Wish it had washer fluid. It might have helped during the blizzard we drove through. The back seats were dirty with dog hair and dried slobber.
2.0 Mediocre26 Feb 2021
Reserved a convertible weeks in advance that showed on the website was available. It wasn’t!If it isn’t available, the Corp website shouldn’t allow you to reserve one! I wasn’t notified it wouldn’t be available. Not at booking, not a week before booking, not the day before booking. a specialty vehicle order should be a flag that budget should validate and confirm availability when booking or within a day or two. It totally messed up my plans, cuz I called one day in advance just to confirm and assure, and to my surprise, they said No, none on the lot and none will be on the lot. Budget, you have a corporate issue here, that you need to address! You simply can’t say it’s available when the local office tells me no way it’s gonna be there. How can Corp office say one is available to rent? False advertising. I would have been livid had I traveled there only to find the promised reservation not possible to be filled, with budget knowing this well in advance but doing NOTHING about it.
2.0 Mediocre17 Nov 2020
Desk was not open at 0800 as scheduled, and hadn't even opened by 0830 when we left in a acar from another agency!
10.0 Excellent27 Jun 2020
Very friendly and helpful staff.
2.0 Mediocre10 Jun 2020
They could have had a vehicle available. No vehicle = stranded at the airport. Thanks Budget and Kayak! (But not really)
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Rated no. 3
8.9 Excellent (22 reviews)
1 location in South Bend
Locations in South Bend
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Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent16 May 2017
CourteousDesk agent very prompt and friendlyGave us free upgrade
2.0 Mediocre22 Apr 2017
Didn't have a car for me.Nothing.After arranging for the rental several days in advance and prepaying, I arrived to pick up my rental only to find that they did not have a car available for me. Instead I was offered my pick of dirty vehicles that had not been cleaned or refilled. Ended up going to Hertz and spending more money to rent a car spur of the moment but at least they had cars.
10.0 Excellent24 Mar 2017
Upgrade for freeNothing
9.2 Excellent20 Mar 2017
Price. Bringing the car to the front. Quality of car.
8.8 Excellent8 Feb 2017
Friendly customer service agents.Too many hidden fees. Just use bottom line pricing when quoting costs.
7.6 Good4 Feb 2017
very helpful staff!The woman at the counter in South Bend was great! Loved that she offered me a bottle of water for the road - great touch!The car didn't have a CD player - really wish there was a way for that to be indicated in advance. Also the car itself was pretty uncomfortable, hard to maneuver the seats but for the price and short drive it got the job done. The address listed for the Alamo pickup was wrong, it should be more specific in the rental info. Had to ask at another place before finding out about going into the airport. And then still had to get from rental counter to where the car was located. Please put that info in rental stuff up front so people can know that in advance!
10.0 Excellent22 Dec 2016
Needed to rent in one state and drop in another. Alamo was very convenient and accomodatingCar had an odor of smoke when I picked it up so previous renter must have been a smoker
10.0 Excellent19 Dec 2016
Great Deal, Great ExperienceSuper efficient pickup and drop off, best deal we've ever found for the South Bend airport to Chicago O'Hare airport route, gas was very affordable, and they easily reimbursed us for the I-Pass when it didn't work.The I-Pass we paid for was invalid, but they reimbursed us at drop off so everything was resolved.
2.8 Mediocre18 Dec 2016
The woman at the counter in south bend was friendly and professional. The price was reasonable.There was no washer fluid, and it wa difficult to get the screen clean and was dangerous. The car rattled.
10.0 Excellent18 Nov 2016
Great car with Seamless pickup and drop offIt took maybe 3 minutes to do paperwork for the car and I was in the car and on my way in less than 10 minutes for the whole process. I paid for 1/2 tank of gas (great option over full tank that used to be standard) I used only about 1/4 tank of gas but the convenience of paying 1/2 tank up front was well worth it since I was returning at Ohare airport and am not familiar with that area. Returning was a breeze and I was on my way in only about 1 minute. Price for this one way rental is what convinced me initially to go with Alamo and my previous good experience with the company and their friendly, competent staff - always- was the clincher. Additionally, the shuttle driver was great!What's not to like - everything was perfect! Only one suggestion have person checking in the car confirm keys are on the vehicle and note that on the receipt. I double checked to be sure the keys were in the car when I left it but still second guessed myself several times on the way to the airport on the shuttle - what if some malicious person took them leaving me responsible?
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Rated no. 4
8 Excellent (20 reviews)
3 locations in South Bend
Locations in South Bend
  • 8.2
  • 9.1
  • 7.9
  • 7.8
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay11 Jun 2021
Huge line. One guy working.
4.0 Okay5 May 2021
Yes, staff was friendly.It was the customer service when trying to call South Bend I was always routed to corporate. No one was at the Enterprise desk in South Bend so no one walked around the car with me. A supervisor on the phone used a phone and/or had a soft spoken voice. I could not hear him.
10.0 Excellent26 Oct 2020
Staff was friendly and efficient. I was in and out quickly. Great experience.Only odd thing about renting in South Bend is there are no assigned spots. You everyone is walking around the lot hitting their car lock fob listening for the noise. It was actually kind of comical. But if the weather was bad or you were in a big hurry I could see how it would be irritating.
9.2 Excellent18 Sep 2020
Drop off in Downtown Falmouth MA. was great, Attendant was helpful and friendly. Pick up in South Bend IN. Airport went well even though I forgot who was supplying the car and the Kayak email confirm was on my PC , not my phone, they found me, I got the car.The Ford Fusion hybrid has a weird feature where the engine turns off when you stop at a light or drive-through. This feature can be turned off by a button on the dashboard.
2.0 Mediocre7 Sep 2020
Enterprise called me a day before and told me they had to canceled my car as they had high demand for the Holiday and they did not had the car that I reserved many days ago. They told me they couldn’t do anything that put me on a waiting list to see what day they could have a car available.!
10.0 Excellent12 Mar 2020
Staff was excellent. Fast, efficient, friendly. The dropoff was super fast and easy.Nothing. Everything was perfect.
6.8 Good15 Feb 2020
Everything was easy and drop off was easy too. Car smelled like cigarettes. It was 3° and I had to drive with the window open.No cigarette smell.
9.6 Excellent28 Jul 2019
Staff was great to work with! Check-in and check-out were super easy!
10.0 Excellent30 Aug 2017
Pickup time changed from 4pm to 12 by company, not me. Couldn't find my contract, but agent finally did. Also company had changed my 2 week rental to a one day rental. Again agent fixed all.
9.6 Excellent21 Mar 2017
Considerate representativeI was in town for my mother's brain surgery. The rental process was fast, easy, and the representative went above and beyond. He even asked how my mother was when I returned the car. I will be renting here again.
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Rated no. 5
7.9 Good (10 reviews)
1 location in South Bend
Locations in South Bend
  • 7.7
  • 8.1
  • 7.5
  • 8.5
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent26 Aug 2021
Ease and efficiency at rental counter. Will use Avis again. Increase Number of Avis spots in parking lot. When returning vehicle I had to park in a National spot as all the Avis spots were taken.
3.9 Mediocre21 Aug 2021
The car was dirty and smelled like smoke. Not happy with the experience.
10.0 Excellent4 Jul 2021
Everything was excellent
5.6 Okay16 Sep 2019
YesYour website is misleading on the vehicle size. I wanted a chevy impala sized vehicle - emailed confirmation stated "chevy impala" . But at desk to pick up car i would have had to pay more for that class.. Clearly a bait and switch tactic. Wont use kayak again.
10.0 Excellent29 Jul 2019
Staff was great, very smooth rental processcar had a slight fragrance smell from cleaning products
3.6 Mediocre18 Aug 2017
Less than satisfied.Pick up and drop off was very simple and easy.Didn't receive the type of car that I reserved. The vehicle had recently been smoked in and smelled nasty!!!!
Rated no. 6
7.3 Good (29 reviews)
1 location in South Bend
Locations in South Bend
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  • 7.6
  • 7.1
  • 6.8
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent15 Jul 2020
I always rent thru Dollar Rental when I go on trips because never once have I had unexpected charges or issues. Every time I get a great deal and it costs exactly what they said it would cost. I can't even tell you how much it is appreciated!There was an after hours key drop that was a little confusing because there was a sign that said charges continue to accrue until the rental place opens again. Fortunately that did not happen and I was charged only for the amount of the rental after dropping the keys off on time.
2.0 Mediocre28 May 2020
Nothing Very unprofessional
10.0 Excellent22 Jan 2020
Staff was great friendly, helpful, I really liked the minivan, It was my first time driving that make and model car and I decided that I may just go bye me one.The instructions of use for the plate pass could of been explained, it's a metal box that is stuck on the windshield. I did.have to travel on the Indiana -Illinois toll way and did not know that the box contained a ez pass. So electronically the box was being picked up and I was pulling over to pay cash Lol. 3 days later I figured out what the metal thing on the windshield was. The staff did compensate me for my trouble with the platepass, and I was very pleased with the way they handled it.
9.6 Excellent31 Jul 2018
Great vehicle for family vacation.Air conditioning does not work well when car switched to alternative power. Works great when driving, but not when stopped.
6.4 Good26 Jul 2018
More staff, please.The SUV.One poor employee was asked to staff all of Dollar and Hertz. I waited more than 20 minutes in line. He was a terrific employee who was asked to do far too much. Not fair to him or to the customers.
10.0 Excellent4 Jun 2018
Car was brand new with only 400 miles!I had a hard time finding the car in the lot. The numbering was difficult to use.
10.0 Excellent6 May 2018
Car gets great gas mileage.Restrictions when paying with Debit card.
4.0 Okay10 Apr 2018
I was quoted 126 & was charge 176 after all the fees & half a tank of gas. Should have been honest & upfront in the beginning so I knew the true cost
2.0 Mediocre1 Jan 2018
No carReserved car. When we arrived on time at airport, counter was closed. Other counters open but no cars available. Call to Dollar told us sorry but nothing they could do. THANKS FOR NOTHING!
4.4 Okay28 Aug 2017
I was told I would be paying $60 plus $16 for an extension. The bill just came for $105...
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1 location in South Bend
Locations in South Bend
Recent reviews
1 location in South Bend
Locations in South Bend
Recent reviews
1 location in South Bend
Locations in South Bend
Recent reviews
168 travellers who hired a car in South Bend gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.3

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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 South Bend 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 South Bend.


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 South Bend car rental.

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FAQs about car rentals in South Bend

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire company in South Bend is Alamo (9.0, 83 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in South Bend is £2.55 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £31 and £41, depending on the car size.

  • Premium (Audi A4 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in South Bend.

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

  • A Premium car hire in South Bend costs £49 per day, on average.