Santa Monica car rentals

Santa Monica car rentals

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Santa Monica, CA, United States
24 Sep — 1 Oct
Same drop-off
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Fri 24.09
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Pick-up locationSanta Monica
Rental locations20
Airport locations1

Santa Monica car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Hertz
Best rated
7.1 Good (56 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Monica
Hertz
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7
  • 6.7
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2019 Dec 03
The customer service at the Hertz location was horrible and it’s a shabby place.
4.0 Okay2019 Oct 22
Can’t drop off after 6pm, so basically was only able to use the car for a few hours.
2.0 Mediocre2019 Aug 18
They didn’t have a car for me to rent despite accepting my reservation so I had to travel across town to make an alternate reservation. Massive waste of my time and money.
2.0 Mediocre2019 Jun 13
I did not like anything as I was not able to get the car. I left work only to arrive at the location on time and once I did they informed me there was no car available and that the info on your website had not been updated. I'm very disappointed and now reluctant to use your services again.I did not like anything as I was not able to get the car. I left work only to arrive at the location on time and once I did they informed me there was no car available and that the info on your website had not been updated. I'm very disappointed and now reluctant to use your services again.
10.0 Excellent2019 Apr 10
The car was awesome !!!The front desk clerks need some customer service training. Rude and didn’t even realize it lol
6.4 Good2019 Mar 24
Staff was nice.Not enough people working. Hours did not match google/online. Staff takes a one hour break and no other way to get help/pick up car/etc. I requested, paid and confirmed a small car (lower mpg and parking in LA is difficult). Was given a full size car and the only other choice was a nice suv for 2x $
10.0 Excellent2019 Feb 17
EasyPick up and drop off is at ease
9.6 Excellent2019 Jan 28
Good staff (Alex)Old used coffee cups left in center console
7.6 Good2019 Jan 22
The staff was very friendly. They worked hard to fix the situation when they didn't have the car on hand that I had reserved. The exact Hertz desk is a little bit hard to find in the hotel, but overall it's in a great location and very convenient.The staff seemed surprised when I arrived, even though I had a reservation. They had to give me a different car than I reserved and seemed disorganized.
8.4 Excellent2018 Oct 04
Both front tires were worn, and this was a front wheel drive car. I will be contacting Hertz.
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Rated #2
Budget
9 Excellent (4 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Monica
Budget
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2016 Jul 08
Great attention
Rated #3
Midway
9 Excellent (9 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Monica
Midway
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 8.6
  • 9.1
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2021 Apr 01
Staff was extremely friendly, pickup and drop-off was very fast and efficient. I see some complaints about customers not getting the type of car they reserved, which I could see happening as the lot was very small, not a large selection. I had rented a economy class, and loved the car I got.
10.0 Excellent2021 Mar 26
Clean car easy to pick up / drop offBusy intersection was hard to return car
9.2 Excellent2020 Sep 22
Loved the car - awesome price, amazing gas mileage, great AC. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. I returned the car, and was offered a ride home - a very pleasant surprise.The only issue when we arrived at Midway was that there was a shortage of cars. Our options were to go to a further away location OR to have the rental car delivered to our home. We opted to return home ourselves and wait for the rental car to be delivered to us. The delivery was 1.5 hours after our initial pickup time. Not ideal when your schedule is time sensitive. But it worked out for us.
2.0 Mediocre2019 Apr 12
NothingI booked the car for a 4pm pickup. They closed at 4pm. I had to find another place to rent from and walk there.
Rated #4
Enterprise
8.3 Excellent (23 reviews)
5 locations in Santa Monica
Enterprise
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2021 Apr 20
Mike made sure I was able to get the vehicle I needed when I needed it. That was amazingActually everything was perfect
8.0 Excellent2021 Feb 09
Attentive employee.Rented a car on-line that was not available- what??? No Bueno.
10.0 Excellent2019 Aug 21
Nothing.
4.0 Okay2018 Dec 28
Bad ExperienceMy small economy carnot available They gave me a 8 cylinder truck!!! Instead of using 40 dolllars in gas I used 80
5.2 Okay2017 May 08
The vehicle was good and no problems during the two weeks.The attitude of the person "Scott" in hand over.
10.0 Excellent2016 Nov 29
Great car rentalWe were upgraded from a compact to a Ford Escape and it was very nice. We rented it for a trip to Tucson and enjoyed all of its features. They were very nice at the desk and we were in and out quickly.
10.0 Excellent2016 Nov 21
Good service nice people helpful
10.0 Excellent2016 Sep 07
Very good customer service and an excellent car. I will return when I need to.
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Rated #5
Avis
8.1 Excellent (17 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Monica
Avis
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
7.9 Good2021 Aug 06
I have not yet received my car rental bill
8.0 Excellent2018 Jan 24
Good but got ripped off for insuranceNice car, friendly service.I took the insurance out suggested on the Kayak website only to find that when I got to the rental place, that insurance didn't cover any damage to others if I got in to an accident. I therefore had to take out another policy with Avis to cover me in case of that.
4.8 Okay2017 Oct 30
They didn't have the car I reserved so I ended up paying almost doubleClose to Santa Monica Pier (10 blocks)The car we reserved didn't exist so we had to pay almost double for an involuntary upgrade. We felt like we were, albeit mildly, swindled by the franchise.
2.0 Mediocre2017 Jul 15
Despite having a reservation they had no cars available whatsoever. Eventually told me I could take the sports car since I was an hour late for work, but it would be an additional $20/day. Eventually they said they could remove the upcharge when I returned the car. Took over an hour to pick up the car. Dropped off on time, took over an hour to return the car. 1 employee on site and so many customers we all couldn't even fit in the lobby. Upcharge on car was remove, part of me feels this was only because of the insanely terrible service at pickup and drop off. Never again at this location.
9.6 Excellent2017 Jun 18
Excellent value, great carMuch nicer than expected car, great price and convenience in both locations.Pick up and drop off slower than ideal - each location had longish lines and could've used a second person at desk
7.6 Good2015 Oct 15
Parking lot too small. Difficult to drop off when someone else is leaving.
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Rated #6
Sixt
7.7 Good (14 reviews)
1 location in Santa Monica
Sixt
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 7.8
  • 8.1
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
4.8 Okay2020 Jul 07
The car
10.0 Excellent2019 Mar 03
The staff was very friendly and efficient. They offered another car as an option so I wouldn’t have to wait. Even though I didn’t take that option my car arrives quite quickly anyway. My rental car was a mini copper countryman and it was fantastic.Nothing.
9.6 Excellent2019 Feb 13
The staff was super helpful and friendly. I would recommend them to anyone. Car was clean and in good shape. Folks at drop off similarly nice and efficient.Only small problem: it took a long time to get my car initially. Staff and car were so nice I didn't really mind much.
6.0 Good2019 Jan 28
The staff is extremely friendly and promptThe car smelled like someone had smoke tobacco for many days inside
6.0 Good2018 Dec 23
Sloppy car prepGood car1. Within 2 miles I got a low pressure signal. Stopped, got some air and calibrated. This lasted 5 days and had to be repeated (fortunately I knew how the calibration system worked...) 2. The windshield wiper fluid was empty
10.0 Excellent2017 Mar 27
Very happy with the service and vehicleI filled out everything online. So when I arrived the services as fast and professional.
10.0 Excellent2017 Mar 26
The value for what I got out of the car and its reliability over a 1,400 mile trip (for only $200) was second to none. Eric was very nice, even let me hold my stuff there so I could check out the pier for a half hour. No complaints whatsoever. I was actually feeling apprehensive because of all the bad reviews, but maybe some people are just more picky than others. I was very happy with my experience.
10.0 Excellent2017 Jan 15
excellent service and great deals!
6.0 Good2017 Jan 13
No hassles picking up and with dropoffI returned the vehicle and 5 days later I received an email saying there was a damage which was not pointed out when I delivered it, and which I had nothing to do with. Might have happended after I delivered it.
9.6 Excellent2017 Jan 11
Santa Monica great/ SF kayosThe woman to the counter was very friendly, efficient and made the transaction a pleasure. With good humor she told me that I was receiving am "upgrade" to a car that I did not really want.You did not have the small car that I had reserved and I ended up with a big boat of a car. Not what I prefer to drive and park.
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Eagle Rent A Car
3 locations in Santa Monica
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Santa Monica
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Rent-4-Less
1 location in Santa Monica
Rent-4-Less
Locations in Santa Monica
Recent reviews
123 travelers who rented a car in Santa Monica gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.7

Car rental locations in or near Santa Monica

Good to know

Most popular car type

Intermediate

When to book a rental car in Santa Monica

Average daily price per month
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Top tips for renting a car in Santa Monica

  • Book your rental car in Santa Monica at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Santa Monica are around 73% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Santa Monica

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Santa Monica are Enterprise (7.8, 54 reviews), and Hertz (7.2, 57 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Santa Monica is ₪11.27 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪135 and ₪180, depending on the car size.

  • Intermediate (Toyota Corolla or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Santa Monica.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Thrifty, Sixt, Dollar, Budget, Hertz, Avis, Europcar and Advance Car And Truck Rental.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Los Angeles airport to off-airport locations include Thrifty, Alamo, Sixt, Dollar, Budget, Hertz, Avis, National, Europcar, and Enterprise.

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

  • A Intermediate car rental in Santa Monica costs ₪42 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Santa Monica costs ₪45 per day, on average.

  • A Mini car rental in Santa Monica costs ₪56 per day, on average.