Car rental at Santa Maria Public Airport

Car rental at Santa Maria Public Airport

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Santa Maria, CA, United States - Public
9 Dec — 16 Dec
Same drop-off
Santa Maria, CA, United States - Public
Thu 09.12
Noon
Thu 16.12
Noon
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Santa Maria Public Airport car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Avis
Best rated
8.6 Excellent (43 reviews)
1 location in Santa Maria Public Airport
Avis
Locations in Santa Maria Public Airport
  • 8.4
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2021 Nov 27
Didn't accept my chime card at the desk, no warning at all and I'm still not really sure why. All rental car companies suck but at least budget was trying to help us figure something out. The avid front desk person was super unhelpful and annoying.
2.0 Mediocre2021 Jun 21
Car was 1/8th of a tank low on gas and had a headlight out, which I got stopped for.
10.0 Excellent2021 May 20
That the on-site office at the hotel, that we did not know was there, was easily able change our car pick up to her office from the airport. Saved us so much time! And that she was willing to do it!It was a simple and easy process which was refreshing and greatly appreciated. I really couldn’t have asked for anything to be better.
2.0 Mediocre2021 May 18
LAX staff was great even at 12 midnight
8.0 Excellent2021 Mar 23
I never received an emailed copy of my invoice.
6.0 Good2020 Feb 14
The service at LAX was greatThe santa maria location service was unwelcoming, on their phone the entire experience. Not given a choice of cars
8.0 Excellent2019 Oct 01
Somewhat friendly on pickup. Great on dropoff.Nicer
10.0 Excellent2019 Jun 09
Excellent from pickup to drop off 5 stars
10.0 Excellent2019 Mar 20
Everything was easy on both endsNothing
10.0 Excellent2018 May 09
Best Avis experience everThe SMX employees know how to do their job and it’s doesnt take 4 employees to make one booking.The fact that I had to deal with LAX Avis in the first place.
Rated #2
Hertz
7.9 Good (15 reviews)
1 location in Santa Maria Public Airport
Hertz
Locations in Santa Maria Public Airport
  • 8.1
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 8
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2019 Sep 23
Nothing. Horrible experience. I received a call at 840am about my 9am car rental stating that they overbooked vehicles and that they would not have my vehicle at all. No apology or offer for another vehicle. They said all vehicles were rented and tough luck and this was the "manager" who called me.Communication. Why call 20 minutes before a reservation to say no vehicles and cancelled. Don't book it in the first place. Again, horrible service and no apology or alternatives offered by Hertz.
2.0 Mediocre2019 Sep 20
NOTHING AT ALL. HERTZ CALLED ME 1 HOUR BEFORE I WAS SCHEDULED TO PICK UP THE RENTAL AND TOLD ME THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE ANY CARS. THEY MADE NO ATTEMPT TO ASSIST ME IN LOCATING ANOTHER RENTAL AND WERE JUST VERY COLD AND UNCARING.EVERYTHING.
10.0 Excellent2018 Sep 05
THE CAR WAS PERFECTNOTHING, IT WAS PERFECT
8.8 Excellent2018 Mar 12
Easy pick upOnline rental, car was ready to go. Minimal paperwork with no wait. Exactly what I wanted.
10.0 Excellent2017 Nov 08
Easy return.Quick and easy return. No problem at all with the drop off.I have no complaints. Everything was easy from start to finish.
10.0 Excellent2017 Sep 20
I received a free upgradeThings went perfectly.Nothing
2.0 Mediocre2017 Jul 02
HorribleNothingService
10.0 Excellent2017 Mar 21
Very satisfiedThey were very helpful. Received and upgrade. Clean car. New car. I liked Nissan carsnReturning the car. I wanted to keep it
Rated #3
Enterprise
7.3 Good (3 reviews)
1 location in Santa Maria Public Airport
Enterprise
Locations in Santa Maria Public Airport
  • 8.6
  • 8
  • 6.6
  • 6.6
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent2017 Feb 20
The friendliness of the customer service rep.It was a really small car but fuel efficient
4.0 Okay2016 Oct 25
that there was car availablethe salesman behind the counter super rude
Rated #4
Budget
5.7 Okay (16 reviews)
1 location in Santa Maria Public Airport
Budget
Locations in Santa Maria Public Airport
  • 5.6
  • 6.1
  • 5.4
  • 5.4
  • 5.9
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible2021 Jul 17
Far better warning when it came to renting also id like my money back for a reservation i didnt even get to use. I wasnt even able to rent the vehicle, i had to use another party
10.0 Excellent2021 Jul 11
At your Santa Maria office, a wonderful lady named Lydia made the pick up of my rental car a very enjoyable experience. Everything went very smoothly. At my drop off at LAX, you male employee was in too big of a hurry. As he came to check me in, I received an important phone call. He saw this and went to the next car without saying anything whatsoever. A minute or so later, after my call finished,I waited for him to return but he had gone on to other cars. I then went to him and said, “Have you skipped me?” His reply was that he had ALREADY checked me in and sent an email to that effect. Therefore, I could go. As a result, I walked three blocks or so to the Renaissance Hotel where my wife waited. When I got there and went to my room, I realized that I had not turned in the car keys. Therefore, I had to walk back to Budget, find the same Budget check in employee. I gave him the darn keys. I am disgusted because he failed to ask for the keys or tell me to be sure to leave the keys behind in the rental car when I left. It caused me to unnecessarily make two separate different walks in the hot sun. I am 79 years old and just underwent a very serious surgery (bladder and prostate). My two walks were made made because your check-in employee was to busy to converse with me and tell me to be sure to leave the car keys behind. That second walk back to return the ignition key really did me in.
4.0 Okay2021 Jun 16
That I got a car.You could have had a car ready for me at the time that I reserved it. And the car smelled terribly of smoke. So awful!!!! I will try to avoid renting through budget going forward!!
2.0 Mediocre2021 Mar 29
The car was nice to drive and overall clean but did have a masked smoke smell to it.The person at budget, in the airport on the 25th of March when we picked it up was horribly rude. We were 30 min late and pretty much told us we were out of luck that there was no car for us. We went to all the counters very scared as to be stranded and apparently was transfered to avis who were very friendly. When we got the car man from budget who was rude actually flipped us off because we pointed him out to the person dropping us off. Horrific customer service on the budget side
2.0 Mediocre2021 Feb 08
Convenient pick up location.Cars were dirty. Enhanced cleaning? How about any? First car we picked up had mechanical issues was not drivable. Spent 25 minutes cleaning and disinfecting it. Had to return to get a different vehicle. No other car was available in the class, got a much smaller car with no modern amenities for the 6 hour drive. Spent another 25 minutes cleaning the car. No apology, no discount. Bad service, gross vehicles. -
2.0 Mediocre2020 Sep 19
Nothing. I thought the car was going to break down the entire time.Smelly car with malfunction
2.0 Mediocre2017 Jul 29
Poor serviceCalled in advance to see if I could pick the car up a couple hours early. Was told the car was ready. Three hours later I arrive and the car wasn't ready. My card wasn't working, so I had to go to the bank to transfer money around to a different bank. I asked the woman how long she would hold the rental for. She said an hour. I said I would go down the street to the bank and be back in twenty minutes. I come back and she is gone. In the end I was limited on time so I had to rent from a different counter/company.
4.4 Okay2017 Mar 13
The car smelled terrible. The smell of smoke neverThe vehicle was wonderful. Economic, smooth The guy in front was good. Polite Picking up and dropping off was pretty good.My son has asthma and the smell of smoke was horrible. We opened the window, turned the air, bought deodorants and nothing helped. It was just the smell inside the car.
10.0 Excellent2017 Feb 08
So simple, so fast, so easyThank you so much!
Alamo
1 location in Santa Maria Public Airport
Alamo
Locations in Santa Maria Public Airport
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Easirent
1 location in Santa Maria Public Airport
Easirent
Locations in Santa Maria Public Airport
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77 travelers who rented a car in Santa Maria Public Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

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