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Charleston, SC, United States
29 Oct — 5 Nov
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Charleston, SC, United States
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Charleston car rental information

Pick-up locationCharleston
Rental locations19
Airport locations9

Charleston car rental reviews and directory

From ₪135/dayRated #1
Alamo
Most popular
Best rated
9 Excellent (142 reviews)
1 location in Charleston
Alamo
Locations in Charleston
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 8.9
  • 9
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
5.9 Okay2021 Sep 21
Alamo generated inaccurate paperwork at pickup which had to be corrected during the rental period by phone. An unnecessary complication.
10.0 Excellent2021 Apr 12
We were treated so kindly. The young man carried our luggage to the car and even gave us a choice. Most will not do that!
10.0 Excellent2021 Apr 10
All of the staff I had come into contact with were phenomenal! Couldn't have asked for better service.If they had actually attached the invoice to to email that was sent to me.
8.0 Excellent2021 Mar 24
Easy in and out. Car was very comfortable.The battery died on me the first day, but Alamo roadside assistance was able to fix the problem and all was good the rest of the trip.
10.0 Excellent2021 Jan 03
It was a last minute decision to rent & the process was easy and the car was great
10.0 Excellent2020 Jun 09
Staff was super friendly and efficient, pick up was quick
10.0 Excellent2020 May 27
Very efficient staff. The entire process was painless
10.0 Excellent2020 Mar 18
Nice fast check in and great car for rental! Thank You!
10.0 Excellent2020 Feb 10
Everything was wonderful
8.0 Excellent2020 Jan 28
The staff was friendly but did not listen when running payment so it turned into a mess. They ran my card 3 times charging it 3 times.Not running my card 3 times and me spending 45 minutes getting it straightened out with bank.
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Rated #2
Enterprise
7.9 Good (120 reviews)
5 locations in Charleston
Enterprise
Locations in Charleston
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2021 Sep 21
Fast
10.0 Excellent2021 Sep 12
Nice car. Reasonable price. Good service
1.9 Horrible2021 Aug 16
It was clean and cost effective. Kinda off…. There is so many more cons to our experience. There was a good size crack in the front windshield. The brakes on the car are awful. So jerky. One of the seat beaks in the back seat were wrapped around the head rest so tight that we couldn’t get it to unwind. Our entire trip someone was left without a seat belt. And lastly, and so disappointing, it was stated that this was not the location at the airport. What inconvenience. That costed use another $150. We won’t use enterprise again. That’s for sure.
5.9 Okay2021 Aug 07
The first rental was full of dog hair. The second car wasn’t cleaned either. The starter was going out. People we’re friendly.
10.0 Excellent2021 Jul 27
The car rental pickup was 9.7 miles from the Charleston airport, which wasn’t bad! The car was new, comfortable & great gas mileage.
10.0 Excellent2021 Jul 24
Staff was very friendly, car was so nice! Cost was a bit much and it cost $100 to get to and from airport.
1.9 Horrible2021 Jul 19
Got there and they did Not have car of my choice. So, they were putting me in anything that was good for them. Then the price kept going up!! Then they said you need a deposit.!?? I told them I honestly didn't know about the deposit. So, next I had to say , Sorry! I can't rent today. Too expensive....for my budget this week. But I did try. I walked away disappointed.
3.9 Mediocre2021 Jul 12
When we arrived at the Enterprise location we had reserved the car at, they did not have our car available for us. We had to find another Enterprise in the city, taxi 20 minutes to get there, and then obtain a car similar to the one we had originally reserved.
8.0 Excellent2021 Jun 14
They had car ready for me when I showed up.I didn't realize that the pickup was several miles away from airport which was inconvienent and expensive taking an Uber to and from location to pick-up and drop off car.
8.0 Excellent2021 Jun 01
Staff was helpfulPrice
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Rated #3
Hertz
7.8 Good (378 reviews)
2 locations in Charleston
Hertz
Locations in Charleston
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible2021 Oct 12
they did not even tell me they are only open until 12 noon, and never got my car as it was closed. would not even honor my place is line and wouldnt give a car even three days later --horrible experience
3.9 Mediocre2021 Oct 10
We had several negative issues, but the one that stands out is: we didn’t know the engine of a Ford Fusion automatically shuts off and restarts when idling (a fuel economy feature.) We thought it was a problem with the car, reached out to Hertz, were assigned a case number, cancelled all our plans for the day.. but Hertz never contacted us **for the remaining 4 days of the rental**. For fear a car problem may arise on a future trip, we will NEVER use Hertz again.
10.0 Excellent2021 Oct 10
Hertz check out and return was very easy and well managed. The Jetta was very good on gas. Clean and reasonably comfortable, however the drivers seat back would not adjust.
1.9 Horrible2021 Oct 06
Almost $200 in hidden fees!!!!! Be wary.
1.9 Horrible2021 Sep 28
They didn’t have the vehicle
3.9 Mediocre2021 Sep 21
Our car was very clean and comfortable. Drop off was easy. Our experience with the Hertz representative was disappointing. He appeared disinterested in his job and serving us. He had air pods in and did not communicate that we would be charged a $200 security deposit. We felt like we were interrupting his day.
10.0 Excellent2021 Sep 09
I was a bit concerned with the outside condition of the car. It did have several scratches, and didn't know if this was something that I would be charged because no one knew about it.
1.9 Horrible2021 Aug 28
I booked online and received an email confirming the reservation that said “don’t bother call to check the reservation, you are all set”. I got dropped off at the location by someone who was heading out of town. Then the staff member tells me he “doesn’t have the vehicle” even though I can see it in the parking lot. Then tells me actually he can’t rent it to me for the rate I got online. I am stuck now and ask what rate he can rent it to me for… he says he can’t. Worthless! Didn’t offer any help.
10.0 Excellent2021 Aug 23
Efficient check in, easy extension of one extra day
5.9 Okay2021 Aug 23
Car we received reeked of smoke, we couldn’t use it. The second car was older, also smelled of cigarette smoke but tolerable. Second car was much older and check engine light came on shortly after pickup.
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Rated #4
Budget
7.2 Good (209 reviews)
3 locations in Charleston
Budget
Locations in Charleston
  • 7.3
  • 7.5
  • 7
  • 7.1
  • 7
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2021 Oct 21
I waited 1 1/2 hours to get my rental car inside CHS airport. The workers were very nice and quick once I reached the window, but it took an hour and a half to reach them. Please staff more people if at all possible.
3.9 Mediocre2021 Oct 06
The pick up was seamless. However, I was schedulled to pick up a Ford Edge and I received a Kia.It's not "comparable". This is a long term rental situation for me so I'm likely to change a go with Hertz in the next week or two if I can't get a better vehicle.
1.9 Horrible2021 Oct 05
The worst car rental experience ever.
7.9 Good2021 Sep 24
Pick up at Charleston Airport was terrible, we had to do a bag drag for almost a mile to get to the car.. The car was comfortable and worked well! Turn in was a challenge in a high traffic area in Virginia Beach, Staff were friendly and easy to deal with!
5.9 Okay2021 Sep 17
When we picked up the car the employee was on a phone call the entire time and did not get off of his phone. The car was great. 10 miles in the check engine light and change oil light came on so that was frustrating. The cost of the rental was astronomical. $435 for 48 hour rental is insane, but we did have a reservation and it was there for us so we did appreciate that. The Apple car play did not work and we could not charge our phones w the USB outlets so that was kind of annoying. Loved the 4 Runner though! Very comfortable car!!
1.9 Horrible2021 Aug 11
They gave us a car with a flat and it too two days out of our vacation to deal with this situation. We were stranded in the rain with all our lounge getting soaked to change the tire, which was low too.
1.9 Horrible2021 Jul 19
Needed a car for 6 passengers and Budget was only option when I did my online investigation. Car was almost $700 for a day and a half, which was ridiculously expensive but I had no choice. When I got to the airport , they told me my confirmation did not exist even when I gave them the confirmation number. After five phone calls of being hung up, we went to the airport counter line which took over two hours. Frustrated, We finally just went with another company Which was cheaper and quicker right there at the airport.
8.0 Excellent2021 Jul 07
The car given to us was not clean. The minivan had not been clean in the back. Also it was still dirty on the outside, it had bugs on it still from the previous driver.
7.9 Good2021 Jun 23
It was a quick and easy in-and-out experience. It was not personable but that is okay.
2.0 Mediocre2021 Jun 11
I didn't like anything about my experience with Budget. The people where I picked up the car in Charleston were lame and unhelpful.This was the worst experience picking up a rental car ever. I had prepaid for the car and she couldn't find my prepaid amount even though she had the reservation and I showed her the confirming email on my phone. She charged me a higher amount and said there wasn't anything she could do. The car was in a very difficult spot to pull out of the lot. I had to back it out for about 100 feet even though she had asked her assistant to pull the car out. The car was dirty and the windshield was dirty. After I left the lot, i discovered the gas tank was less than 1/4 full.
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Rated #5
Avis
7 Good (67 reviews)
3 locations in Charleston
Avis
Locations in Charleston
  • 7.2
  • 7.3
  • 6.9
  • 7.1
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2021 Oct 19
booking was made, and confirmation received, however when we arrived to collect the car, there was no car. KAYAK and AVIS were not helpful in resolving this issue at all. Very stressful, and upsetting.
5.9 Okay2021 Sep 17
The car was really beat up. Stains on the carpet, seats and ceiling. Broken pieces hanging. And it was also pretty dirty, with smears on the consol and steering wheel
5.9 Okay2021 Sep 13
No cruise control or could not get it to work.
1.9 Horrible2021 Aug 01
Interaction with any and all staff at both pick-up and drop off was absolutely terrible. They are so understaffed that the line is huge and at the drop off almost every checkin person had an issue with their scanner. The last time I will rent from Avis.
6.0 Good2021 Jun 18
Stuff niceYou suck. You are a monopoly and therefore are breaking all the US anti trust laws. I can’t wait until this company is shredded. Because we all know the little guy doesn’t count for a penny. It’s all about control of wealth. I’m not stupid. You don’t care. That’s why you make people wait omg the phone. Over charge, have no leniency even one minute late. Shame shame shame shame shame.
8.0 Excellent2021 Jun 13
The prius hybrid got 55 mile per gallon.he threatened to charge me a $250 fee because there was pet hair in the car. We were not told no pets. This survey app also is glitchy and sucks
2.0 Mediocre2021 Jun 08
The drop-off was easy and efficient.The car was dirty when I picked it up and the lady at the counter said that cleaning the vehicle was not possible. Additionally, the pressure in the right front tire was low, which made me nervous, and the auxiliary cord did not work. The AVIS representative did not offer to help me with any of these problems. The low tire pressure was particularly disconcerting as I had a 5 hour drive to complete that day.
10.0 Excellent2021 Jun 06
The waiting line was way too long. More people to help serve the people faster or have a Express service where all paperwork is already done and you can just verify your ID and payment and Go!!!!!!
6.0 Good2021 Jun 03
I had a horrible experience with the lady who was working there when I dropped off the car yesterday. There were many cars blocking access to the lot so I parked at the gate - she yelled at me in front of other people ‘I’m not taking your keys until you park that car’ she wanted me to drive through a gap that I’d already assessed was to narrow for me to get the car safely through - awful experience, actually left me shaken up.
2.0 Mediocre2021 May 18
should’ve have been more courteous send us an email explaining the company has no vehicles before the date of pickup, I lost a day of work thinking my reservation was good but I was told “Life happens “Notifications or warnings before the date of pickup
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From ₪113/dayRated #6
National
Cheapest deal
9.1 Excellent (4 reviews)
1 location in Charleston
National
Locations in Charleston
  • 10
  • 8.5
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2020 May 31
Great car cleanNothing
Sunnycars
2 locations in Charleston
Sunnycars
Locations in Charleston
Recent reviews
Easirent
1 location in Charleston
Easirent
Locations in Charleston
Recent reviews
920 travelers who rented a car in Charleston gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

Car rental locations in or near Charleston

Good to know

Most popular agency

Alamo

Average price

₪134/day

Good deal

₪125/day

When to book a rental car in Charleston

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Car rental insurance in Charleston

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Charleston 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 Charleston.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car rental 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 Charleston car rental.

Top tips for renting a car in Charleston

  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Charleston for ₪125 or less
  • Book your rental car in Charleston at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Supplier choice rental cars in Charleston are around 34% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Charleston

  • Some car rental companies in Charleston which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Alamo and National

  • On average a rental car in Charleston costs ₪134 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Charleston are Alamo (8.7, 215 reviews), Enterprise (8.3, 346 reviews), and Hertz (7.8, 415 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Charleston is ₪11.63 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪140 and ₪186, depending on the car size.

  • Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Charleston.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Charleston airport include Alamo and National.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Charleston airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, and National.

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

  • A Supplier choice car rental in Charleston costs ₪142 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Charleston costs ₪143 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Charleston costs ₪155 per day, on average.

  • In Charleston, cars are most frequently rented at Alamo 5500 International Blvd (16 km from city center ).

  • On average a rental car in Charleston costs ₪937 per week (₪134 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Charleston costs ₪4,017 per month (₪134 per day).