Tacoma car hire

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Tacoma, WA, United States
28 Jun — 5 Jul
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Tacoma, WA, United States
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Pick-up locationTacoma
Hire locations7

Tacoma car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
9.1 Excellent (21 reviews)
4 locations in Tacoma
Enterprise
Locations in Tacoma
2602 Pacific Hwy E+1 253 926 3950
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
4840 Washington South+1 253 475 4500
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
9249 Pacific Ave+1 253 531 4552
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
940 Market Street+1 253 573 1055
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 8.8
  • 9.2
  • 9.3
  • 9.2
  • 9.2
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent8 Oct 2019
Pros: Very friendly and helpful
9.2 Excellent21 Jul 2019
Cons: Overall the rental was nice, the only minor issue I had and it was probably due to high volvume, but the inside was not necessarily the cleanest but for what we needed it suffices. I usually get top notch from enterprise so I won’t fault them for this one transgression. I’d use them again
8.8 Excellent11 Jun 2019
Cons: After hours drop off!
10.0 Excellent26 May 2019
Pros: The staff was really helpful and friendly. No pressure to buy insurance, which was supplied by my credit card.Cons: Nothing. I'd definitely use them again!
10.0 Excellent22 Sep 2018
Pros: Service are very efficient
10.0 Excellent15 Feb 2017
Great Service!Pros: Great service, fast/easy pick up and drop off, friendly CS, no problems with car, upgrades and discounts. A+!
10.0 Excellent11 Feb 2017
Pros: Fast service, nice upgradeCons: Nothing
10.0 Excellent6 Feb 2017
Great servicePros: Very friendly and helpful staff. Offered options for car.Cons: Nothing
9.6 Excellent30 Jan 2017
Pros: Service was great and the car was fine too.Cons: SEATAC's fee for using the rental car facility.
6.0 Good3 Nov 2016
Cons: That I returned it one day earlier and still pay for the 7 days and didn't offer a ride home someone was going to pick me up but they didn't ask!!!!
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Rated no. 2
Budget
7.4 Good (12 reviews)
2 locations in Tacoma
Budget
Locations in Tacoma
5124 74th Street West+1 253 582 5900
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
632 Broadway+1 253 272 2236
Monday08:00 - 15:00
Tuesday08:00 - 15:00
Wednesday08:00 - 15:00
Thursday08:00 - 15:00
Friday08:00 - 15:00
Saturday08:00 - 15:00
Sunday08:00 - 15:00
  • 7.6
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent7 Feb 2021
Pros: the staff was very helpful and nice. The car was very clean and nicer than I expected
4.4 Okay7 Oct 2019
Cons: I was told over website that budget,will accept Debit Card, but at location that is not true.
2.0 Mediocre14 Nov 2017
Watch Out for Online RentalsPros: Fairly good websiteCons: The website rental confirmation did not correspond to actual car availability. The rental confirmation did not actually exist. Had I not called the local rental office, I would not have found out there there were no cars to rent - and I would have been totally out of luck and stranded.
2.8 Mediocre12 Nov 2017
Don’t go here!Pros: NothingCons: Waited almost an hour to pick up my car. The employee was very slow and not customer service friendly. Did not give the car I ordered. Changed the insurance I had already bought for $18 on kayak. And made me get whatever he was selling. Double the price. He acted like he gets paid on commission. Reserved the car for about $50 on Kayak and he tried to charge me over $200. Still paid more than what my reservation said. will never use them again. Drop was at 8am and no one was there. Had to wait for the same employee to open the store. Late.
10.0 Excellent15 Oct 2017
Pros: Very easy and fast check-in
2.0 Mediocre29 Sep 2017
Will never rent from budget againPros: NothingCons: Extremely poor customer service.
9.6 Excellent12 Dec 2016
Budget: Good ValuePros: Inexpensive, Easy to deal with..Comfortable Auto.Cons: Car had a bit of a smoke smell.
10.0 Excellent12 Oct 2016
Cheaper than other sitesPros: The price was cheaper than other sites I googled.
Rated no. 3
Avis
7.3 Good (12 reviews)
2 locations in Tacoma
Avis
Locations in Tacoma
5124 74th Street West+1 253 471 3907
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
632 Broadway+1 253 272 1093
Monday08:00 - 15:00
Tuesday08:00 - 15:00
Wednesday08:00 - 15:00
Thursday08:00 - 15:00
Friday08:00 - 15:00
Saturday08:00 - 15:00
Sunday08:00 - 15:00
  • 6.6
  • 7.1
  • 7.3
  • 7.1
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
8.8 Excellent26 Jun 2018
Pros: Most affordable we could find
2.0 Mediocre25 Oct 2017
they did not have the car promisedPros: NothingCons: They had no minivans or SUVsa available and did not let me know till 2hrs before pickup
5.2 Okay10 Sep 2017
Don't rent on a holidayPros: Jadida was very friendly and helpful when I picked up and dropped off the car. When I returned the car early, Avis tried to charge way more than if I'd had it the whole time, but again Jadida was really helpful and got that straightened out too.Cons: My rental confirmation said it started at noon on Labor Day. So, I arrived at 12:15 and the office apparently closed at noon that day. The guy says, "we're closed." I told him my email said to get the car at 12. "Right, it's 12:15" he says, and started walking out. Fortunately, Jadida stayed and helped me. The car I got hadn't been cleaned. The inside was ok, but the outside was really dirty with dead bugs all over the grill.
8.0 Excellent21 Jul 2017
Traveling the Emerald coastPros: Rented a Corolla...lots of pep. Overall, a great experience
8.4 Excellent6 May 2017
Pros: easy to find and get outCons: weren't a lot of stores open on Sunday
2.0 Mediocre26 Feb 2017
Debit card...don't do itPros: NothingCons: If using a debit card you have to go thru a credit check....if you don't pass you can't rent. If you pass you have to put down a Ludacris deposit.
6.0 Good26 Sep 2016
Pros: N/A- we changed our reservation and dropped off at Avis at Seatac airport. That was a good experience.
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Rated no. 4
Hertz
6.9 Good (28 reviews)
1 location in Tacoma
Hertz
Locations in Tacoma
4802 S Tacoma Way+1 253 474 6150
Monday08:00 - 15:00
Tuesday08:00 - 15:00
Wednesday08:00 - 15:00
Thursday08:00 - 15:00
Friday08:00 - 15:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
  • 6.8
  • 7
  • 6.8
  • 6.7
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre14 Sep 2020
Pros: I did not even get to rent at all.
2.0 Mediocre25 Aug 2020
Pros: Friendly yes, helpful.....I guess. He let me know he didn’t have the car I’d reserved or anything available that could accommodate 6 people.Cons: Inventory. Place was filthy. Understaffed. Associate wore mask under nose.
2.0 Mediocre25 Aug 2020
Cons: Everything.
5.6 Okay4 Aug 2020
Pros: Staff understood peoples' needs, no judgment, I much appreciated their willingness to help peopleCons: They were severely understaffed, an extremely slow process for check in as they handheld multiple customers with only one agent. She was great!
10.0 Excellent13 Jun 2020
Pros: Staff helpful in obtaining rental van we needed
10.0 Excellent3 Jul 2019
Pros: Everything was perfect above and beyond quick easy and was the best deal aroundCons: Nothing everything was perfect
8.0 Excellent1 Jun 2019
Pros: Friendly serviceCons: Can extend the rent term in site
9.6 Excellent18 Apr 2019
Pros: They were very helpful, though visibly understaffed.Cons: I can't think of anything that more staff wouldn't fix.
2.0 Mediocre14 Apr 2019
Pros: Theresa very helpful, Ingrid terrible with customer serviceCons: Car wasn’t clean, gas not filled up
2.0 Mediocre22 May 2018
Cons: I tried to pick up my pre-payed car early. It wasn’t ready and I couldn’t make it back before they closed. I asked when they open and was told 7:30. When I arrived the next morning I was told my reservation was cancelled as I didn’t pick it up on time and they kept my money. In a bind I had to rent another (actually the exact car that was there waiting for me). If you prepay, should you not be able to pick up when ever during that period as you PREPAYED?!?!?!!
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Apollo Car Rentals
1 location in Tacoma
Apollo Car Rentals
Locations in Tacoma
Seattle - Fife Depot
Recent reviews
73 travellers who hired a car in Tacoma gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.7

Car hire locations in or near Tacoma

Good to know

Most popular car type

Mini

When to book a car hire in Tacoma

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

Top tips for renting a car in Tacoma

  • Explore every nook and cranny of Tacoma during your visit and rent a car when you get there. The city has plenty to offer from a casino to a car museum, plus the bay, and the easiest way to tick off everything on your wish list is by having the flexibility of your own four wheels. Travelers who would like to visit Seattle can also reach the city in about half an hour from Tacoma.
  • Located in Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the nearest airport at only half an hour away from Tacoma. The airport operates shuttle buses to a nearby hire car center where agencies like Avis, Budget, and Enterprise offer vehicles for their customers. Pick-up points are either on the north or south end of the main terminal, right after baggage claim.
  • Driving in Tacoma can come with some challenges, as the city has steep hills, narrow roads, and icy roads can also occur in winter. When navigating down a steep hill, it is important to shift into a low gear and consider operating the car manually. If visiting Tacoma in the winter, adapt your speed and maybe even opt for snow chains, depending on how severe the weather conditions are.
  • Especially on the roads to and from Seattle, such as the I-5, Tacoma can face severely increased traffic during the usual weekday rush hours of 6-9 am and 5-8 pm. Traffic during rush hour tends to get worse the closer the week later in the week it is, with Friday often being the worst. For a hassle-free driving experience, choose to leave for trips outside of peak driving times.
  • Book your car hire in Tacoma at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini car hires in Tacoma are around 47% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about car rentals in Tacoma

  • The average price of fuel in Tacoma is £2.47 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £30 and £39, depending on the car size.

  • Mini (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Tacoma.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Seattle/Tacoma Intl airport include Thrifty, Budget, Avis, Sixt, Hertz and Europcar.

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

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

  • A Mini car hire in Tacoma costs £22 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car hire in Tacoma costs £27 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car hire in Tacoma costs £38 per day, on average.

  • As Tacoma has steep hills and narrow roads, a compact car is advised, if possible. Due to these hills and the snowy weather conditions often accompanying the cold months, a 4-wheel-drive car is also a good option. If the weather is very cold, snow chains and an ice scraper should also be in the car.

  • Residential areas in Tacoma permit a maximum speed limit of 25 mph, but also look at posted signs, as it may be lower in certain areas. 50 mph is allowed on secondary county roads (though only 40 mph is permitted on Tacoma’s Schuster Parkway), and 60 mph on freeways. As Tacoma often faces precipitation in the shape of snow or rain, it is important to always adjust your speed according to the prevailing weather conditions.

  • Petrol is comparably high in Tacoma compared with other places in the US, with an average price of $2.90 per gallon. Try to find a Costco or Arco petrol station for better rates, often as low as $2.60 per gallon. When you pick up the car, make sure to familiarize yourself with which petrol is best for the car and return it with a full tank.

  • On-street parking in Tacoma is metered, with rates starting at $1 per hour. Usual time restrictions are between 8 am and 8 pm, Monday through Saturday. On Sundays and public holidays, on-street parking is free. There are also other parking facilities like garages and lots available, such as A Street Garage on South 11th Street or Municipal Garage and Lot on Market Street.