Monterey car rentals

Monterey car rentals

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Monterey, CA, United States
7 Dec — 14 Dec
Same drop-off
Monterey, CA, United States
Tue 07.12
Noon
Tue 14.12
Noon
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Monterey car rental information

Pick-up locationMonterey
Rental locations9
Airport locations8

Monterey car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Alamo
Best rated
8.5 Excellent (33 reviews)
1 location in Monterey
Alamo
Locations in Monterey
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.5
  • 8.6
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2021 Nov 02
Overbooked by over 20 cars. Then called me at 10pm the night before to let me know I was 6 In line
10.0 Excellent2019 Aug 24
Everything was excellent, from booking the car online to the locations and staff, the vehicle too.Can’t think of anything.
10.0 Excellent2019 Aug 12
Nothing. Time spent getting my vehicle, and returning my vehicle, was much less than any other rental car company. I will be choosing Alamo for my rental car needs.
10.0 Excellent2019 Jan 16
Estoy muy contento con su atención al alquilar el carro
2.0 Mediocre2018 Dec 30
They rented out my car before I arrived. I never got a car.
10.0 Excellent2017 Feb 25
Convenient, affordable, reliable ski trip SUVAble to reserve the all-wheel drive, large-size SUV the day before I needed it and at a very good rate on kayak.com, far less than I expect to pay (40% less than several direct car rental websites). Vehicle was in excellent condition with only 8,000 miles on it. Ran beautifully from Monterey to Tahoe and back through some pretty rough storm conditions. Easy pick-up and return at the Monterey Regional Airport.There was nothing I didn't like about the rental car or the company, or the process of getting it online through kayak.com.
10.0 Excellent2017 Feb 13
Great!Great price, great car, great experience.Nothing, all good!
4.8 Okay2017 Feb 03
Flat tire and no helpThe car was okCar got a nail in the tire. When I called Alamo, they said they would charge us $65 to change the tire for the spare. Ok, fine. But they didn't have any replacement cars for us. So they wanted us to drive to a firestone, buy a new tire, and then hope to get reimbursed for it. We were on a work trip and a schedule. It was completely ridiculous and unhelpful. I couldn't believe that Alamo and Enterprise didn't have a single car to use for one day! Ended up getting the spare on ourselves. Driving it very slowly to our drop off place 40 min away and just leaving,
10.0 Excellent2016 Dec 11
Nice upgrade which we really appreciated when we got into LA traffic!
2.0 Mediocre2016 Sep 26
Did not have car availableNothing .terribleNo car was available had pay twice as much from another car company
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Rated #2
Budget
8.4 Excellent (78 reviews)
1 location in Monterey
Budget
Locations in Monterey
  • 8.6
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
  • 8.6
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2021 Aug 15
Great little car the Kia Soul. Windows on the inside needed to be cleaned
10.0 Excellent2021 Aug 14
Would rather use a debit card than a credit card, but Budget would not accept debit.
7.9 Good2021 Aug 10
The car was just fine, but the front desk staff could have been friendlier.
10.0 Excellent2021 May 24
The person at the counter was super friendly, getting the car was easy.The car smelled like cigarettes.
10.0 Excellent2021 May 24
I went through Kayak and ended with Priceline I wanted to change my itinerary and called Priceline who asked me to call Kayak that has no phone connection.Book directly through Budget
10.0 Excellent2021 May 18
Easy process and great staff
6.0 Good2021 Apr 10
No, I tried to call their office various times the day before, and they put me on hold for a long time twice, then just hung up the 3rd try. After that it just went to corporate.The young man I encountered upon arrival was very brusque. Whipped thru the paperwork, and when I asked to confirm the quoted price, he said a price of $40 more. I asked why and he said it was because I was picking it up early (less than an hour difference, the flight was a bit early). He re-did it all to reflect the price I was quoted. Never had anything like that happen before.
2.0 Mediocre2021 Mar 19
Nothing! Didn’t even rent the vehicle!No where in the rental agreement did it say there would be a rental car deposit?!! Therefore I was not prepared with a credit card that could hold that amount of money!! Very disappointed!!
10.0 Excellent2020 Nov 12
Everything was excellent unbelievably great experienceI guess they could have paid me to rent the car lol. Seriously it all was great
10.0 Excellent2020 Jun 30
The car was clean and ready to go upon arrival. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I can't wait to work with them again.
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Rated #3
Hertz
8 Excellent (31 reviews)
1 location in Monterey
Hertz
Locations in Monterey
  • 8.5
  • 7.8
  • 7.9
  • 8.3
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2021 Sep 20
Representative they checked us in was friendly, informative, and made our experience great
1.9 Horrible2021 Sep 04
The office closes at 6pm but my flight arrived at midnight... I had to pay $260 for a taxi. Customer service? "our office is currently closed, please call back during out business hours". Awful!
10.0 Excellent2021 May 02
Yes
2.0 Mediocre2020 Dec 07
Rental was for 08:00 am, but the car was not ready until 09:00. Was told they do not have the staff and he could not tell me when the car would be ready. Once the car was delivered, still had trash in the back from prior rental.
8.0 Excellent2020 Oct 13
The staff was great, the service was excellent - easy pick up and drop-off (and the woman staffing the desk remembered me three days later!). I found the entire experience to be easy and understandable (where to go, what to do, etc.) from beginning to end.The car wasn't all that great. It was safe, it was functional, and it was most definitely clean. However, I would have preferred something a little more comfortable and modern, even at my small-car/low-level need.
9.2 Excellent2020 Sep 09
easy pick-up and drop-offcost was a bit high for the duration and distance I drove
10.0 Excellent2020 Aug 10
Yes very friendly and helpful.
8.8 Excellent2019 Jul 22
The staff was very friendly and helpful.I would truly appreciate if I could drop the car at my address within 5 miles of Monterey Airport.
6.4 Good2018 Nov 12
Very unhelpful staff at SFO.Car was fine.The staff at the drop off in San Fran were very rude and unhelpful.
8.0 Excellent2018 Sep 06
car was great and so was the service with hertzwe got hit in a parking lot by a car that never left a message for us at all . We are now trying to get through the claim process with Allianz Insurance and Hertz and it seems that it takes too long for all of this to get through
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Rated #4
Enterprise
7.9 Good (32 reviews)
3 locations in Monterey
Enterprise
Locations in Monterey
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 7.8
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2020 Jul 28
Staff was super friendly and helpful. Little to no wait on the pick up. Quick Drop off and immediate shuttle service to terminal.
3.6 Mediocre2019 Aug 30
I rented an “Expedition or similar “. They delivered an Explorer and charged extra for the bigger car.
2.0 Mediocre2019 Aug 05
No cars in stock but they still let you make reservation on internet and waste so much time. Horrible. Totally unprofessional.
2.0 Mediocre2019 Jul 23
When I called Enterprise no car was available and I was put on waiting list. I live in a tourist area and you might have thought a car was avail. but on busy weekend that wasn't so. Very disappointing! Rent from them frequently by directly phoning no problem. Won't bother using Kayak in future.That you actually check to see if car avail. by phone or other than electronic.
9.2 Excellent2019 Mar 11
Arrange to be picked up at house to get car.
10.0 Excellent2019 Jan 02
Great serviceLearning the art of advanced booking helps. Even with the pressure of the holidays, the staff maintained professionalism and tried to help others when their cars ran out. Glad I reserved earlier. Awesome ride, they suggested an upgrade which really helped because what I initially reserved, would've been a miserable fit for my size. Good team work! BUT it's a small lot and I don't think there are any other rental places nearby other than the airport, so last minute renters might continue to face off with staff there unfortunately.Not sure when this started but have rental car places stopped caring about the outside of their cars? The inside was ok but the outside seemed it was wiped with a muddy rag. Other than that, nothing bad about this experience for me.
10.0 Excellent2018 Dec 09
CONVENIENTNo exorbitant airport fees and surcharges. This rental agency is about 3 miles from the Monterey Airport. Take a cab to the office and pick-up there.
7.2 Good2018 Nov 08
No information on where to drop off the ergo
2.0 Mediocre2018 Oct 24
Monterey enterprise staff are great! quick in and out. Car was pretty good for the trip.
2.0 Mediocre2018 Sep 04
TerribleNAWhen I arrived to pickup the car, they just told me “there is no convertible car” They didn’t inform me prior by calling or email They ruined the wedding anniversary surprise
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Rated #5
Avis
8 Excellent (19 reviews)
1 location in Monterey
Avis
Locations in Monterey
  • 8
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 7.6
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2021 Jun 13
It was the fastest, easiest checkin at the counter I've ever experienced.
4.0 Okay2019 Sep 23
Kayak
10.0 Excellent2017 Oct 19
MRY is a great office
5.2 Okay2016 Oct 31
Rude front desk rep. But to be fair, she was your typical college student with an "whatever" attitude.
Eagle Rent A Car
1 location in Monterey
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Monterey
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Easirent
1 location in Monterey
Easirent
Locations in Monterey
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National
1 location in Monterey
National
Locations in Monterey
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Sunnycars
1 location in Monterey
Sunnycars
Locations in Monterey
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193 travelers who rented a car in Monterey gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.2

Car rental locations in or near Monterey

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Full-size

When to book a rental car in Monterey

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Car rental insurance in Monterey

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Monterey 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 Monterey.

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 Monterey car rental.

Top tips for renting a car in Monterey

  • One of the wonderful aspects of visiting Monterey, California, is the beautiful scenery you get to enjoy while driving up and down the coast. If you are trying to decide whether to rent a car in Monterey, consider what you could miss if you don’t. Many of the popular sites and areas surrounding the city are much more available when you rent a car. Coastal drives, beaches, and tourist attractions can all be reached on your own schedule without having to rely on the fixed schedules of public transportation. Car rentals in Monterey can help you visit sites like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, and the San Carlos Beach.
  • As you descend to the first floor of the Monterey Regional Airport, you will find the counters for car rental companies next to the baggage claim. These are conveniently located so visitors can pick up their bags and go straight to the counter of the rental company to check in. The Monterey Regional Airport houses major rental car companies like Avis, Enterprise, Alamo, and Hertz. The rental car lots are situated close to the terminal for easy loading and departure.
  • Visitors interested in Monterey car rentals should be aware that the city follows regular rush hour times. This means that during the hours of 6:30am to 9:30am and 4:30pm to 7:30pm, the roadways are typically quite congested. You will find busy roads around the beaches and along the coast. Del Monte Avenue, in particular, can get congested during rush hour times. Also, travelers should be aware of Highway 1. This famous coastal drive can be dangerous due to narrow roads and frequent stops by travelers to take pictures.
  • Monterey has pleasant weather all year round. If you experience a rain shower by chance, you should be careful to drive safely and slowly. Visitors should also watch out for added congestion on roads during the summer months due to the tourist season. While Monterey has an abundance of beautiful vistas and picture-worthy scenes, drivers should be careful not to disrupt traffic by stopping unexpectedly or pulling off to the side of the road without warning.
  • Book your rental car in Monterey at least 4 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car in Monterey