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Birmingham, AL, United States
4 Feb — 11 Feb
Same drop-off
Birmingham, AL, United States
Fri 04.02
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Fri 11.02
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Pick-up locationBirmingham
Rental locations27
Airport locations11

Birmingham car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Alamo
Best rated
8.4 Excellent (147 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham
Alamo
Locations in Birmingham
  • 8.2
  • 8.5
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
5.9 Okay2021 Aug 11
The National / Alamo service counter was not open inside and there was no sign on the desk to indicate that they were located outside under the parking garage.
10.0 Excellent2021 May 04
Drop off was great - quick and easy and rep was polite.Had to ask the rep at pick up to note the obvious vehicle damage onto my rental contract.
10.0 Excellent2021 Feb 01
Staff both departing and returning were great. Needed Suv and was given as promisedThe only negative was there were no floor mats or paper sheet covers for the interior floorboard. The place I was going was rural and muddy, so I had to constantly lay down towels or garbage bags to keep the interior floor carpet clean.
8.0 Excellent2021 Jan 04
Easy drop offSlight delay at pickup
2.0 Mediocre2020 Oct 22
Car was smoked in
4.4 Okay2020 Aug 31
Dropoff staff were friendlyPickup staff were unaware of time lapse for vehicle waited one and a half hours for vehicle I didn't order
4.0 Okay2020 Aug 20
Drop off was very easyThe executive Synethia at the counter was extremely rude. I was with my 7 month old son and wife. She was hostile, kept on talking to other people and interrupting me when it was my turn. I would have cancelled the reservation right then if we did not need the car for my son.
2.0 Mediocre2019 Jan 16
No cars availableUsed your service to book a car. When I showed up they said they had no cars available. Left me scrambling late at night for an alternative.
6.8 Good2019 Jan 07
Alamo Rental in BirminghamThis is a complicated review, because I have to balance the negative against several positives that occurred. First, I think I got a good deal on line. Second, we had a horrible flight over with several delays and cancellations due to weather. Instead of arriving in the morning, I reached the rental car desk in the BHM garage about 11:30pm. They were gracious and very helpful, and I needed the car to drive another hour south for the holiday. Finally, there was a mix-up in the billing and the information I received from Alamo 800 number. They were accommodating and resolved it to the best of their ability. They were in a tight spot really. I appreciate their cooperativeness. The car was a pleasure to drive.Several negatives occurred with this rental. First, the car was not cleaned thoroughly. A jacket was in the back (I gave that to the desk), and it reeked of cigarette smoke. I mean, it did this for over a week. Like driving in a ash can. But we had no choice: This was the only car they had for me at 11:30pm after a bad day of delayed flights due to weather. I had called earlier in the first day to talk to Alamo and they informed me that a second driver could be added for free, and this was standing policy. The desk thought otherwise and added a $150 charge for my wife. I complained and the desk staff upon return graciously took the charge off, and told me this was not their policy. They were in a bad spot with this conflicting information. I felt bad for them. But then again, I have to check my credit card to see what my charges are at the moment.
10.0 Excellent2018 Nov 30
GreatEasy to pick up
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Rated #2
Dollar
7.6 Good (119 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham
Dollar
Locations in Birmingham
  • 7.9
  • 7.8
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible2021 Sep 08
The truck smelled like smoke, got to destination the Check engine light came on went to exchange vehicle for another and they tried to downgrade my Yukon to a Ford Explorer needless to say I won’t rent with dollar again.
7.9 Good2021 Jul 13
Car was not well prepped. Smelled like cigarettes. Rear hatch would not open! There are no designated Dollar parking spots in the garage. Difficult to know where to return the car.
10.0 Excellent2021 Jun 14
Staff was extremely friendly and helpful.Everything went off without a hitch so I can find no negative in my experience. Thank-you very much.
10.0 Excellent2021 Jun 03
Super fast and great customer service. Dollar is combined with Hertz there, so there’s always someone to help.
10.0 Excellent2021 May 09
Competent staff.Price has gone up substantially in the past year.
10.0 Excellent2021 May 03
They need to stay open later for late flight arrivals. Otherwise, great experience!
10.0 Excellent2021 May 02
The staff was friendly and courteous. Drop off was super easy.I didn't get the car quoted, but I had a very good substitution. I realize what one wants is not always available at the time.
2.0 Mediocre2021 May 02
Not enough staff working. Waited an hour in line for a rental I had reserved several weeks in advance. Additionally, I was double charge. I am currently working on how to correct this.Better speed on processing customers. Better billing system.
8.0 Excellent2021 Jan 12
Pick up and drop off was easy and the staff was friendly and helpfulWe scheduled our pick up but when we got the it was closed for the night so we had to find a ride to our hotel and a return ride to pick it up the next day. Also the car had been smoked in.
8.0 Excellent2020 Dec 08
Nice carWas over charged and drop off was not clear
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Rated #3
Enterprise
7.7 Good (38 reviews)
10 locations in Birmingham
Enterprise
Locations in Birmingham
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2021 Jul 13
Excellent communication, service and way of dealing with customers.
6.0 Good2021 Mar 29
They over charged me at the counter than actuall deal which was online very disappointed
2.0 Mediocre2020 Oct 07
NOTHING! ENTERPRISE IS TERRIBLETHEY OVERGHARGED MY CARD BY $275!!!!!
5.6 Okay2020 Aug 09
Car wasn’t ready at expected time. Delayed by 45+ minutes waiting for car to be cleaned.
4.8 Okay2020 Jul 07
staff was friendlycar had been smoked in, gas tank was not on full
7.6 Good2020 Mar 17
Easy to deal with, fast and courteous. I had to switch out a car that I had rented in CA but the power steering failed. No hassle.The car had bald tires which I didn't realize until I had to drive through a snowstorm and heavy rain.
8.0 Excellent2019 Nov 03
Staff was very friendly and helpful! I will definitely rent a car again
9.6 Excellent2019 Sep 25
Very friendly and a very quick processWas surprised by the $200 deposit and the fact that my 3rd party insurance was nothing
2.0 Mediocre2019 Jun 02
My plane was delayed, when I landed the office was closed! at the minute of opening I called them and had already given my car away the day before...
10.0 Excellent2019 May 30
staff was friendly, pick was quick, and return was super easy.
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Rated #4
Budget
7.2 Good (60 reviews)
4 locations in Birmingham
Budget
Locations in Birmingham
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.2
  • 7
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent2022 Jan 08
Signage to find the place seemed to lacking
10.0 Excellent2021 Nov 11
Nice ride..awesome customer service.
2.0 Mediocre2021 Nov 08
Kayak and rentalcars.com booked me to pick up a van at an location that was closed on Saturday and could not get anyone to help me
1.9 Horrible2021 Jul 26
Horrible customer service, just unacceptable. Ended up using Uber from the airport to the hotel, and the next day when I called them, Budget’s response was “oh, the person in charge forgot to leave the key for you. But you can come pick your car up now.” And that was after I called them few days in advance, and then once again on the day of arrival, specially mentioning I am traveling with 2 little kids. “Well, we can void the contact if you don’t need the car anymore.” - that was their response to my statement about Budget’s bad customer service. So that’s what I did - I asked them to cancel. If this is how they run business, I don’t think I want to be part of it.
5.9 Okay2021 Jun 23
Picked up a Camry initially, but we knew within a few minutes we would have to return it. Strong tire vibration left us feeling unsafe for our upcoming road trip. Dealt with tired employees and a lot of back & forth before finally finding a good replacement. It took about 2 hours off our journey so we were off to a late start. Replacement car was just fine, but windshield wipers were so loud. Both cars could've been cleaned better. Drop off was okay but felt bad for stressed and overworked employee who handled it.
2.0 Mediocre2021 May 30
Waited over an hour for a car that smelled like cigarettes had holes in the seeds and was absolutely disgusting. Do you have one person working the counter and 12 people in line.
10.0 Excellent2021 Apr 15
Staff was awesome. Easy pickup and a nice, low milage, nice car
6.8 Good2019 Oct 22
I liked the fact that I received a hybrid vehicle for my long trip. The gas savings were great.Both at pick up and drop off the door had a sign that the attendant would return in a few minutes. The car, when received was externally very dirty and had what looked like tape residue on some of the windows. This made inspection difficult, so much so that I missed a chip in the windshield thinking it was a dead bug. Luckily, it had already been reported. Additionally, I had reserved a mid-size car and received a compact. Since it was a hybrid and I was going on a long trip, I didn't complain, but I'm pretty sure that I over paid for a compact car.
7.2 Good2019 Sep 12
It was not clear to me that there was an offsite Budget, who I actually rented from, and a onsite at the airport Budget. The man in charge was very helpful to honor what I had and made clear that it would be $5 more per day. Which was fine.
10.0 Excellent2019 Aug 24
Good car. Easy pickup and return. Good priceNothing
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Rated #5
Thrifty
7.1 Good (54 reviews)
2 locations in Birmingham
Thrifty
Locations in Birmingham
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
  • 6.9
  • 6.3
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay2020 Oct 17
A REFUND ON MY CANCELLATION
10.0 Excellent2020 Jun 29
Yes
10.0 Excellent2020 Mar 14
staff was very friendly and helpful - even to recommend a place to have lunch
9.6 Excellent2019 Dec 23
Staff was very helpful.Reduce the different location drop off fee.
10.0 Excellent2019 Apr 04
i need info from the first week rental through Kayak for insurance reimbursement and I can not get someone to email me back from kayak.
8.0 Excellent2018 Oct 22
Funky entertainment system was too difficult to navigate.
6.0 Good2018 Aug 07
Upon our return ... no one was at the booth.. we waited 5 minutes and finally a security guard walked over to advise us to go in side. No one at the counter waited 15 minutes. asked all other counters if they knew where someone was... nothing! then finally she came in, she says nothing, takes our contract and proceeds to say our final bill is 166.dollars and I said "no.. it is 65.81 bill is. and she says "no ma'm you're late and this is what the bill is now be cause you're late" I am not happy and my husband said we can't help no one was at the booth and you certainly were not here for quite a while. I then became upset and said I wanted to see her manager. she then said, well I could have adjusted it but because of your STANK ATTITUDE, I am not. The bill is 166.23. She kept repeating my bill is what it is because of mt STANK ATTITUTDE. She said this 3 times. I recorded her conversation and am going to follow up with Corporate. I will never rent from Thrifty again. Was I upset..., YES don't almost triple my charges and expect me, the consumer to be happy about it when I was 4 minutes late because they were not at the booth! The young man on our pick up was very personable and courteous.
3.2 Mediocre2018 Jul 27
Not a good experirenceThe rate I was quoted onlineThe rate that i was charged when I got to the counter was nearly double what I was given online. The car was not clean. someone water bottle was in the cup holder. Front windows were greasy like they haven't been cleaned in months. The drop off was not staffed and disorganized, car lined up and no one checking them in. I waited and no one showed up and I walked away and dropped the keys at the counter.
5.2 Okay2018 Jul 25
BlahDrop off was smooth. That was the best part. LolCar seats were filthy and there was a computer issue during pickup which created a 30 minute delay to my road trip. Also cars are hard to find. An employee should escort customer to vehicle. I spent 10 minutes walking in circles looking for it.
6.0 Good2018 Jul 11
Rude customer serviceCar was great. 39 mpg. Held all of us well.Getting the car was a bear. Local phone was inoperative. Can't designate spouse as an authorized driver.
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Rated #6
Payless
7 Good (48 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham
Payless
Locations in Birmingham
  • 7.3
  • 7.4
  • 7
  • 6.5
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2021 Dec 22
The rental from BHM airport was simple. The minivan was just what we needed
8.0 Excellent2021 Dec 10
The car I used was in good condition and had great gas mileage
1.9 Horrible2021 Oct 05
The check in was horrible!!!! We were in line for about 11/2 hrs. There was one person working having to do all aspects of the job. She did an excellent job with customer service.
1.9 Horrible2021 Oct 02
The best thing about this experience was the Manager the next day. We got our car the first day, not the right one. Our car was sold/overbooked. It died within using the car within 20 miles. Had to get it towed, service rep said we would have to incur the costs? Making us freak out for a moment. Manager fixed it and gave us a car and it worked for the rest of the weekend. Very upsetting to have this happen and its a real shame.
1.9 Horrible2021 Sep 23
They lied and refused to give me a vehicle that I paid to rent. Totally unapologetic. Terrible customer service. Seeking a refund
1.9 Horrible2021 Sep 20
Wouldn't rent me the car.
7.9 Good2021 Sep 08
Good value for price; pick up was straightforward.
2.0 Mediocre2021 Apr 19
Newer car and cleanThe Payless was closed and Avis had many issues with the Initial rental
8.4 Excellent2019 Dec 23
Pickup counter was a challenge, drop-off was easyBetter integration with Avis
8.8 Excellent2019 May 20
Car was clean, new, and a good price.There aren’t Payless parking spots at BHM airport, so I parked it in an Enterprise spot upon returning. When I returned the keys to the Payless desk, the employee asked why I didn’t park it in the Avis section. Like wtf, get your own parking spaces or tell me to return to an Avis spot when I pick up
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Rated #7
Avis
6.3 Good (40 reviews)
2 locations in Birmingham
Avis
Locations in Birmingham
  • 6
  • 6.7
  • 6.3
  • 6.7
  • 6.5
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2022 Jan 04
Will not use agsin
2.0 Mediocre2021 Dec 25
We rented the car until 3pm on Dec 24th. We were called the day before drop-off and informed that the rental office now closed at 12pm. We were out of town and had to completely change our plans and return 3 hrs early. Avis staff was extremely rude and had zero options for us to drop off at the agreed upon time. Will not be using them again as they were not helpful and not very professional.
8.0 Excellent2021 Dec 18
Didn’t like the wait at the counter. What could have been better: Someone could of done a walk around the car with us. Explain all the controls to us before we drove off your lot. Gave us a choice of vans you had in inventory.
2.0 Mediocre2021 Dec 17
It was very evident that someone had smoked in the car at some point in time. I struggled to breathe
2.0 Mediocre2021 Dec 15
I was on my way to pick up my car, they called and said they had rented all the cars to other people. Yep
2.0 Mediocre2021 Nov 16
When I went to check in the lady, she said her name was Kimberly, told everyone waiting in line there were no cars ready. It would be another few hours before she had anything. All the customers seemed upset. When I asked if that meant she could not honor any reservations she replied, "Did you not hear what I said, I dont have anything." I left and took my business elsewhere. Several others followed. Worst rental car experience I ever had.
8.0 Excellent2021 Nov 09
It was good. Return could've been better but it was the shuttle's fault.
2.0 Mediocre2021 Nov 09
Did not have car as promised.
1.9 Horrible2021 Sep 30
Overcharged. Gas tank was empty
1.9 Horrible2021 Jul 19
Do not rent from Avis! They will likely not have a car for you. Go anywhere else.
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Rated #8
Hertz
5.7 Okay (65 reviews)
3 locations in Birmingham
Hertz
Locations in Birmingham
  • 6.2
  • 6.3
  • 5.4
  • 5.7
  • 5.5
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2022 Jan 09
The Hertz rental store was no where to be found at the address listed. After spending 45 minutes on the phone trying to find our rental car we were told that they were not sure what happened and where our rental car was located. We finally cancelled the reservation and did without the rental for the week. Will never use Hertz rental again. Terrible experience!!
1.9 Horrible2021 Oct 05
They canceled my rental an hour before my pick up time and said that they didn’t have any cars for the past week and I had to cancel plans
3.9 Mediocre2021 Sep 17
There was over 15 people waiting for their cars because they didn't have enough cars there! I was told it would be about 1.5 hour wait before I get the minivan I reserved! The young man there did a great job by giving me a large suv at no extra cost. He was working alone because 2 people called in that morning. This was the Airport location!
5.9 Okay2021 Aug 29
Office worker in Birmingham was good. Pickup was fairly easy. The car seemed nice, but had a few issues along the drive. The customer rep at the roadside assistance was of no help. He was clearly an offshore resource who didn’t understand the car and the issues I described: (1) The key fob battery died so I couldn’t restart my car. I was stranded in the middle of nowhere in Virginia. Customer service agent didn’t understand the issue and so he pretended he wasn’t roadside assistance and put me on hold indefinitely. Luckily I had cell service so I googled the issue and found that I could press the key fob to the start/stop button to restart the car. (2) the tire low air pressure signal came on during my drive. (3) The A/C worked well for the first 60 minutes each time I restarted the car, but then became significantly less effective/powerful.
7.9 Good2021 Aug 23
No one to take the return, had to leave for our flight. There were multiple cars but no workers!
3.9 Mediocre2021 Jul 25
Pick up at the airport took forever (it was 10 pm and I was the only customer). I reserved an SUV and they only wanted to give me a small car that could only seat 5. We were going on vacation for over a month in another state than the pickup state. The car didn't have enough storage space for the trip. I was told it was unlimited mileage but found out at drop off they were charging for the miles used. I had to prepay the insurance, pickup tried to bill me again which I had to argue to get removed. Found out after drop off they recharged me the insurance. I can't reach anyone by phone so I submitted a question about the charges I'm still waiting for a response. I'll never use Hertz again.
2.0 Mediocre2021 May 30
NothingThe wait for a car would have been 2 hours. There were no cars available, I had a reservation but that did not matter. Employees not truthful! I completed the initial paper work that included paying A security deposit if 500 dollars. I CANCELLED MY RESERVATION AND WENT TO AVIS THAT WAS 10 STEPS TO THE LEFT OF HERTZ FRONT COUNTER. Berminham Airport. You have morons working for you. This is your review and do not contact me, if you do I will expose you on social media and start a campaign of ni or using Hertz
10.0 Excellent2021 May 27
Price and servicePick up service from airport
2.0 Mediocre2021 Apr 13
Staff was exhaustingly slow. Car wasn’t full of gas. Check engine light came on during trip, tire pressure came on during trip, the USB port had been ripped out, car didn’t appear to have been cleaned. AwfulAll of the above.
6.0 Good2021 Mar 29
Eventually getting a carOverbooked cars. Did not have one when promised.
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Rated #9
National
8 Excellent (4 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham
National
Locations in Birmingham
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2017 Sep 12
EveriyhingNothing
10.0 Excellent2015 Oct 19
Good Car --- No Hassles!It was an quick and easy pick-up in Pensacola and drop-off in Birmingham. The car was ready to go and got great gas mileage!
Easirent
1 location in Birmingham
Easirent
Locations in Birmingham
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Sunnycars
1 location in Birmingham
Sunnycars
Locations in Birmingham
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Top tips for renting a car in Birmingham

  • Getting around Birmingham will be easier for you with a rental car, and best of all, you’ll be able to travel on your own schedule. With a rental car in Birmingham, you can easily take trips to towns like Guntersville, a lakeside town about 75 miles north of Birmingham, where you can fish, hike, and do some bird-watching. In your rental car, you'll also want to consider a drive to Talladega County, where you can visit the Talladega Speedway and the Desoto Caverns. The city of Talladega is about a 45-minute drive from the airport and 55 miles from downtown Birmingham.
  • The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) has its own rental car facility. Here you can rent a car from several different car-rental agencies, including Enterprise, Hertz, and National. To rent a car at the airport, you'll go to the airport's parking deck, which is right beside the taxi, shuttle, and limo pick-up areas. Having only one terminal, the airport is small enough for you to walk there in no time. The Birmingham car rentals at the airport are located in section 1B on the ground level of the parking deck. You will both pick up and return your rental car to this same area of the airport.
  • When driving past construction zones in Alabama, be extra careful. Alabama state law requires motorists to move over to the lane farthest away from the construction worker(s) for added safety. Also, all passengers in the vehicle, front or back, must wear a seat belt at all times.
  • Traffic congestion is not a big problem in Birmingham. This is true even during rush hour. However, if you're driving between 7am and 9am or between 4pm and 7pm, you might want to avoid Interstate 20/59. Also, be aware that during these times, you could experience traffic delays if there is construction or a car accident.
  • Book your rental car in Birmingham at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

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