Milwaukee car rentals

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Milwaukee car rental information

Pick-up locationMilwaukee
Car types
Rental locations26
Airport locations12

Cheap car rentals in Milwaukee

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Milwaukee

  • The city of Milwaukee, nestled on the edge of Lake Michigan, is the perfect place to rent a car, as it is easy to navigate with its wide roads and sparse traffic. Avoid the discomfort of public transportation by renting a car, which you can drive all over the city while visiting its famous sights, including the Miller Brewery, or Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. A hire car is also a great option for those looking to explore other areas around Lake Michigan, or even cross the state border for a day trip to Chicago, which is only 90 miles south of Milwaukee.
  • All the major car hire agencies can be found at General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), located just six miles south of downtown Milwaukee. The car hire counters are situated on the first floor of the main airport parking garage, right next to the baggage claim area. Most companies are open from early in the morning (6-7 a.m.) until late in the evening (11 p.m. to 12 a.m.).
  • Driving in Milwaukee is fairly easy, as the city features wide, uncongested roads, and a good highway infrastructure system. Drivers should know numbered streets run from north to south, while named streets run from east to west. Turning right on a red signal is usually allowed unless a sign states otherwise. While it's best to drive around in the summer months, those wishing to avoid big crowds should know that the summer season sees plenty of lakeside festivals.
  • Milwaukee traffic generally flows nicely throughout the day, with the city having one of the shortest commute times in the country, but congestion can still happen during rush hours. Avoid driving during peak times; traffic headed into the city gets worse between 7 and 8:30 a.m., and then again between 4 to 5:30 p.m. as people leave the downtown area. The main congestion points are the Marquette Interchange, the Stadium Interchange, and the Zoo Interchange.
  • Book your rental car in Milwaukee at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

Milwaukee car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Milwaukee 
KarenDec 2023
The city has poor drivers in some areas so make sure you are insured or purchase rental insurance.
Verified travelerSep 2023
Chaotic - lots of construction down town, but easy in and out.
Verified travelerAug 2023
make sure to check the tire pressure before renting out cars at all locations. This will save the renters a lot of headaches and make it easier for the company to ensure readiness to drive for the vehicles. It seems like an obvious thing, but somehow there is still no system to monitor this I later found out.
Verified travelerAug 2023
It's not difficult to drive around Milwaukee, but the roads are not in good condition. If you are not use to city driving in a city the size of Milwaukee be careful the roads are wide not because they are four lane roads the right is really a street parking lane. Where I'm from the traffic lights are above the roads and in Wisconsin the traffic lights are on the side of the road so you really need to pay attention. Also if you use the highways to get around be careful the locals speed and weave in and out of traffic. They also ride the back end of your vehicle as if they were stockcar racing.
DaveJul 2023
Easy navigating in Milwaukee. But watch for road construction. It's everywhere!

FAQs about renting a car in Milwaukee

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Milwaukee?

    Single travelers who don't require much space for passengers and luggage and are visiting in the summer should opt for a small convertible to enjoy the Lake Michigan views and the nice weather. Families embarking on a road trip across the area might prefer a small van or a sedan, which will give everyone plenty of space and comfort.

  • What’s the speed limit in Milwaukee?

    The speed limit is usually 25 miles per hour in the city (with the exception of certain residential areas that demand a lower limit, in which case the speed limit signs will be posted), 35 mph in city limits or uncongested towns, 45 mph on rustic roads, and 65 mph on freeways or expressways.

  • Where are the best places to park in Milwaukee?

    The closer you get to downtown, the more regulated street parking is. Metered spaces have different time limits depending on their locations, and prices range between $0.50 and $1.50 per hour. Saturdays are free in some areas downtown, and street parking is free on Sundays and public holidays everywhere. You can apply for Temporary Overnight Parking Permission, which will let you park your car for free overnight on any Milwaukee street.

  • What is the best rental car company in Milwaukee?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Milwaukee are Budget (6.9, 79 reviews), and Dollar (6.9, 67 reviews).

  • How much is gas price in Milwaukee?

    The average gas price in Milwaukee is ₪12.78 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪153 and ₪204, depending on the car size.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Milwaukee?

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

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in Milwaukee?

    A Mini car rental in Milwaukee costs ₪133 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Milwaukee?

    An Intermediate car rental in Milwaukee costs ₪595 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in Milwaukee?

    A Standard car rental in Milwaukee costs ₪535 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in Milwaukee?

    In Milwaukee, cars are most frequently rented at Dollar 5300 S Howell Ave (10 km from city center ).

Milwaukee car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.5

Very good

109 reviews

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.7

Value for money

8.0

5 locations in Milwaukee

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310 W Wisconsin Ave Ste 170a

+1 414 223 3720

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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4377 S 27th St

+1 414 281 8811

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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5300 S Howell Ave

+1 844 934 1084

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 17:30
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
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5932 N Green Bay Ave

+1 414 540 7100

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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8205 W Brown Deer Rd

+1 414 365 0800

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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2.0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
The car pickup was at noon but the office closed at noon. This should not be possible.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Drop-off was a breeze.

Cons:

A staff person called me a few hours after picking up the car saying they needed to verify the mileage and it may need to come back and swapped for a different car due to a possible need for an oil change. Tried calling back, but they were closed, and didn’t open until 9:00am the next day. The main Enterprise toll free number we tried had hours that started at 7:00am, but we would have been already long gone. When I picked up the car, the staff said to “call us anytime if you need anything” but the branch’s restrictive hours and the toll free number’s lack of 24-hour service prevents this. In the end, the staff person said don’t worry about it, there’s typically a 1500 mile buffer built in. All turned out well, but we were stressed after getting that initial voicemail because there was no way we could go all the way back to swap out a car, nor divert our course to go to a different Enterprise to do it, as we were on strict time constraints.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was in great shape. Staff was exemplary in their service.

7.6 Good

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up was simple and complete, barring the EZ pass that did not work.

Cons:

The EZ pass toll system that I was given did not work. Therefore, I had to pay tolls with my personal card, absorbing additional charges, for something that I rented specifically to work.

9.2 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

I was upgraded to a new, larger car. I am usually more interested in fuel efficiency, but it was a good small efficient SUV/sport wagon. When I returned the car within a day + 1 hour, I was charge for this instead of 2 days, I really appreciate that.

Cons:

I messed up and booked my reservation to the downtown location instead of the airport. I think getting a more obvious notification of this would be really helpful. The drop-off fee for going from one city to another was a little frustrating, but not too large.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

That y’all took my money

Cons:

Stop ripping people off

1 out of 17

Alamo

8.5

Very good

120 reviews

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.9

Value for money

7.5

One location in Milwaukee

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5300 S Howell Ave

+1 833 571 5615

Monday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 00:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:0008:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:0008:00 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 00:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:30
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10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was great and very helpful.

Cons:

I can’t think of a thing that would have made my experience better.

6.8 Okay

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The quoted price was $29.95 plus taxes per day with 200 miles per day. Somehow, I wound up being charged $265 for a 4 day rental. That alone is enough to upset me because obviously the quoted price was hiding extra fees or other costs.

8.0 Very good

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Very Friendly staff and smooth pickup and dropoff experience.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The lady that actually worked for National Car rental made me EMAIL her a copy of my flight itinerary ROUNDTRIP and then after doing so, TWICE, denied me a rental due to my flight being a stand by

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Ice scrapper, gps screen and phone play through car. Classy looking car

Cons:

I have no recommendations

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff were patient and helpful. You’d think that should be common in customer service but sadly it’s not so it’s great to step up to the counter and receive this great service. Especially during the holidays!

Cons:

Nothing I can think of

1 out of 19

Thrifty

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.7

Value for money

7.0

One location in Milwaukee

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Lc Pending Close Dec 1st

+1 877 283 0898

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
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Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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9.6 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Exterior needed a wash.

4.8 Mediocre

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

when I got to rental counter in Mke- Marie argueed with me re. me wanting to return the car with a full tank of gas- so I got taken- a 10 gallon tank at $2 a gallon - and was charged 27....

Cons:

when I got to rental counter in Mke- Marie argueed with me re. me wanting to return the car with a full tank of gas- so I got taken- a 10 gallon tank at $2 a gallon - and was charged 27....explain it better and given me my options- car was too small .....

2.0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

None

Cons:

Our reservation for a speciality van was at noon. We arrived at the location at 12:07 and the location was closed. The sign on the door and the website both said the location was open until 2:00. Avis was very unhelpful, insisting that it was my fault for “missing my appointment.” I told them that there were several steps they could have taken to make the situation a more customer service friendly experience, when the rental office saw they had a specialized reservation at noon, and they closed early, they should have had the courtesy to call us to alert us that our reservation was at closing time. The evening before, I called Avis to confirm the reservation, at that point the agent should have mentioned that the location closes at the time of my reservation. Neither steps were taken. I ended up having to drive to an airport location, and pick up a much smaller car, they didn’t have my specialty van in stock. I now have to pay $400 in shipping to get the remaining items shipped that was intended to go into the van. Avis customer service has been unhelpful, and maintains this is “my fault.” Buyer beware.

9.6 Wonderful

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Good car that was clean and hadn't been smoked in before my trip.

Cons:

I'm not a big fan of the Milwaukee Airport. The signage is awful. I got lost trying to get back to the concourse.

4.0 Mediocre

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Never again this was my worst rental experience ever. I would never use Kayak or Thrifty again.

Cons:

Using any rental company never using Kayak

9.2 Wonderful

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Affordable

Cons:

Car was dirty inside and out. Customer service rep was rude at the counter. Very short tempered and rude.

1 out of 32

Budget

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.0

Value for money

7.1

2 locations in Milwaukee

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5300 South Howell Avenue

+1 414 481 2411

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 17:30
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
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603 North 4th Street

+1 414 276 1634

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:30
Sunday08:00 - 17:30
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2.0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Car was in horrible condition. Poor maintenance of the vehicle. No washer fluid. Tires were messed up. Truck didn't close properly. Inside was needing a deep clean. Staff at counter were less than helpful

8.0 Very good

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Excelente

8.0 Very good

Oct 2023

KAYAK
The front desk agent was particularly kind and helpful.

6.0 Okay

Oct 2022

KAYAK
My car was available when I arrived.

4.0 Mediocre

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Bill was $240, buy wad charged $488,??? For half tank of gas???? How??

6.0 Okay

Oct 2022

KAYAK
I asked for a car at MKE airport, and you made the reservation at Budget downtown!! Fortunately, Budget at the airport corrected it.

1 out of 38

Dollar

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.2

Value for money

7.0

2 locations in Milwaukee

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5300 S Howell Ave

+1 866 434 2226

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 17:30
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
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804 Vel R Phillips Avenue

+1 414 272 8787

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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8.0 Very good

Dec 2023

KAYAK
The check in process was efficient and quick and ereturn was great.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Great front desk staff, who were actually at the Hertz counter covering for Dollar.

6.0 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

on 2nd day dashboard said tire air pressure low. garage took a nail and some staples out of the right rear tire and said the tread was worn.

8.0 Very good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

I got the Nissan Pathfinder I wanted and it was a good drive

Cons:

When I dropped the car off, luckily I stayed around for the person to examine. She told me I had not filled up the gas - but actually, I did, to just above 1/2, as the the tank was right at 1/2 when I picked it up. She told me this wasn't correct, but after a few minutes of me telling her I definitely left the car with more gas than I started with, she said it was cool - but if I had just left it, I would have been charged extra for refueling.

6.0 Okay

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick-up staff were so-so; drop off-fine. no real encounter there

Cons:

Vehicle needed maintenance; several signs on the dashboard recommending service; tire light came on; my brother filled 3 out of the 4 tires which were in the 20# range. Only one tire nearly correctly filled.

2.0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

the staff was nice but miss leading on the total price She told me i would not be charged the extra 2 hrs with the upgrade and i was charged the extra and then sum.

Cons:

Honesty

1 out of 48

Hertz

Cleanliness

6.2

Comfort

6.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.5

Value for money

5.8

6 locations in Milwaukee

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433 W. St. Paul Ave.

+1 414 272 8787

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5150 South 27th Street

+1 800 654 3131

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
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5300 S Howell Ave

+1 414 747 5200

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 17:30
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
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804 N Vel R. Phillips Avenue

+1 414 272 8787

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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8041 North 76th Street

+1 414 365 1291

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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8301 N. 76th St

+1 414 365 1291

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
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10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
The nice lady at the counter was great!

2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Why would you suggest a pick-up at a time Hertz is closed? You're app caused me a huge amount of unnecessary strife because Hertz here's was closed at my pickup time

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2022

KAYAK
Excellent

2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Did not have a car available

2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
The Hertz counter was closed when I dropped off the car and it was very difficult to figure out where to complete the drop off. I have to follow up with Hertz about mysterious charges on my card

2.0 Poor

Nov 2021

KAYAK
The reservation wasn't even for Hertz at the Airport. It was for the downtown location that closed 15 minutes after my flight had landed. I take responsibility for not realizing the location, but I had plugged in my flight and would have thought my arrival time would have created a red flag in the system.

1 out of 32

Avis

6.6

Cleanliness

6.7

Comfort

7.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.7

Value for money

6.8

2 locations in Milwaukee

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5300 South Howell Avenue

+1 414 482 8345

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
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603 North 4th Street

+1 414 276 4122

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:30
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2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

I reserved by vehicle for 12pm noon and arrived at 12:05pm to find the location closed. Kayak didn't give me any notification that I would have to arrive earlier than noon if I expected to get a car. It caused a huge logistical headache for my trip and I won't be booking cars through Kayak again.

9.6 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and picking up and dropping off the car was quick!

Cons:

Nothing really

6.8 Okay

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was quick.

Cons:

Quicker pick up. Provide a way for renter to pre-record info so pick up goes much faster.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Great store with friendly employees

Cons:

Location is ok but not great

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was extremely friendly and professional. Picked the car quickly with no issues.

6.0 Okay

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Long line upon arrival. Discovered due to "upgrade" of the vehicle so the sales agent could pitch various features for extra charges. I will not use Avis again.

1 out of 13

National

8.9

Very good

No reviews available

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.2

Value for money

8.5

One location in Milwaukee

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5300 S Howell Ave

+1 833 571 5614

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Tuesday00:00 - 00:0008:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 00:00
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Saturday00:00 - 00:0008:00 - 17:30
Sunday08:00 - 17:30
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Easirent

4.7

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Milwaukee

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General Mitchell International Airport

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Eagle Rent A Car

No score available yet

2 locations in Milwaukee

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Locations in Milwaukee

6221 W. Layton Ave

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Milwaukee airport

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

2 locations in Milwaukee

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5300 South Howell Avenue

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Airport

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Mayfair

No score available yet

One location in Milwaukee

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Locations in Milwaukee

6841 W Brown Deer Road

414.354.8600

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