Car rental at Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport

Car rental at Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport

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Sarasota, FL, United States - Sarasota Bradenton Intl
25 May — 1 Jun
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Sarasota, FL, United States - Sarasota Bradenton Intl
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Rated #1
Dollar
Best rated
7.8 Good (132 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
Dollar
Locations in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent2022 May 10
All good except car smelled like smoke
8.0 Excellent2022 Apr 26
Pickup was a bit slow, as it was Easter Sunday and the Dollar and Thrifty desks were closed, and I had to queue up at Hertz. Otherwise, the service was fine. The car was OK, but could have had more baggage space behind the third row of seats.
10.0 Excellent2022 Apr 16
Quick pickup. They actually had a car for me. Easy drop off. Car was nice and clean.
6.0 Good2022 Apr 06
$300 in surprise add-ons after paying the original amount to rent the car. Why advertise a price online and charge that price, to only add to the bill once your at the counter and have no other choice. I will not be renting from dollar again
4.0 Okay2022 Mar 01
Waited in line for 1-1/2 hours, and then the lone agent at the counter (who was already working at a snail's pace) announced he was going on break with 20-30 people still waiting in line. When I finally got my vehicle it was filthy. Dirt and spills on the interior, outside unwashed, sticker residue on the windows, and the rearview mirror was coated with so much grime I couldn't see out of it. On top of that it only had 1/4 tank of gas and there was no one around to show it to. When I returned the car the agent told me that I needed to take a picture of the odometer and fuel gauge when I picked it up, otherwise I had to bring it back with a full tank! The lady next to me complained that her car was empty as well.
8.0 Excellent2022 Feb 01
Had to wait forever to get a car as it wasn’t available when we requested. However the front desk manager gave us a discount for waiting so long which was very thoughtful
6.0 Good2022 Jan 24
I stood in line for over an hour to pick up my car. Not acceptable.
10.0 Excellent2021 Nov 09
We had a tire issue with our original vehicle. The exchange was handled quickly and professionally. Excellent and courteous service.
4.0 Okay2021 Nov 07
After our flight, we went to pick up the rental car. There was a long line. We were told that they Dollar switched locations with Enterprise in the middle of the day and so their computer systems were down. Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty were combined into one counter. Workers were processing everything by paper and we ended up waiting on the line for 90 minutes. Everyone waiting was frustrated with situation that sounded like could have been avoided.
3.9 Mediocre2021 Sep 20
The inside agent was helpful. There was some confusion so it took quite a bit longer than it should have. He did a great job and offered me a free upgrade and told me I didn’t have to fill the car up with gas when I brought it back. I went out to the lot to get the car and the car broke down as they were bringing it to me. They only had 1 other car and it was tiny and uncomfortable. The agent outside was less than helpful. I was left standing there with no idea if I was being helped or not. She addressed me but then went and helped a bunch of other people so I was just left standing there. The communication was lacking greatly.
Rated #2
Budget
7.8 Good (163 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
Budget
Locations in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
  • 7.9
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2022 May 02
Budget agents were very nice. Overall experience was enjoyable. So glad vehicle was there for me to pick up and no issues. Maybe some text messages reminding vehicle still ready to give peace of mind.
2.0 Mediocre2022 May 01
Extremely long wait at pick up with one person working very slowly for 60+ people waiting on line. Overcharged at $747 when I was quoted $620.
4.0 Okay2022 Apr 26
Car was really dirty inside. Like gross. Peoples fingernails & dirt. Both inside and out. Food crumbs
2.0 Mediocre2022 Apr 20
The car was good except the hatch back did not lock... which was a huge inconvenience!! Pickup was a nightmare .. I had to wait in line for 2.5 hrs before I got the car ... very disappointing.. not sure I will ever go with budget again.
2.0 Mediocre2022 Apr 18
We didn’t get the class of car we paid for. Wait time for pick up was horrendous. Give you have to pick a pick up time, it’s inexcusable
2.0 Mediocre2022 Apr 14
Line was a mile long so I cancelled my reservation on my phone while I rented a car from Hertz instead.
2.0 Mediocre2022 Apr 12
When we arrived in Sarasota, There were at least 50 customers and one agent. We moved to a competitor to save 1-2 hours in line.
8.0 Excellent2022 Mar 30
Almost an hour to get car
4.0 Okay2022 Mar 28
Waited over 2 hrs at pickup. Ended up with a different class car. The car ended up needed some work done (wheels were imbalanced) which took time away from my trip to swap cars which was another multi hour wait. The replacement car had a similar issue though not as severe.
4.0 Okay2022 Mar 13
Pick up took over 2 hours of standing in line in the middle of the night with the one staff person on duty clearly stretched to serve everyone alone
Rated #3
Alamo
8.7 Excellent (90 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
Alamo
Locations in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent2017 May 21
No automatic locks. I had to use a key to open the car door.
8.8 Excellent2017 May 10
Car was clean and new. Pickup and drop off were easy.Charged me for 7 gallons of gas after I returned it with a full tank. They refunded the charge after I complained, but I don't see how it was applied in the first place. I had filled up 2 minutes from the drop off location.
9.6 Excellent2017 May 04
Car was in second lot and hard to find - some specific directions about the space numbers would have been helpful, maybe even a map.
10.0 Excellent2017 May 01
Great service!We upgraded and extended our rental. The guy at the airport couldn't have been more pleasant or helpful. Upgraded us to a 2026 Suburban and only charges us for a regular minivan. Being a family of 5 this was very helpful.
5.6 Okay2017 May 01
Watch out for unexpected chargesCar was fine. Very small gas tank, though.According to Kayak, I was supposed to be charged an agreed-upon amount from March 29 through April 30. However, Alamo charged me for a one-month rental at the rate I had been quoted for the entire period and then tacked on an additional fee for the remaining 2 days.
10.0 Excellent2017 Apr 28
Very easy drop off.
10.0 Excellent2017 Apr 26
Great new car. Hybrid with great gas mileage. Easy drop-off and pick up.
9.6 Excellent2017 Apr 23
Drop off was amazingly easy
10.0 Excellent2017 Apr 19
They gave us a free up-grade!
8.0 Excellent2017 Mar 08
Easy drop off with parking lot check out.
Rated #4
Hertz
8.4 Excellent (76 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
Hertz
Locations in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
  • 8.5
  • 8.6
  • 8.3
  • 8.6
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2022 Apr 10
I canceled the reservation but Hertz still sent me a confirmation. Lack of communication between Kayak and Hertz!
2.0 Mediocre2022 Mar 31
My reservation was wrong. Tried correcting it at the counter. The sales person fixed the issue but had the days wrong. I ended up paying way more then expected. I called hertz to fix the issues was treated very poorly on the phone by the customer service rep. He was unwilling to fix the issue. He talked over me and wouldn’t let me explain the situation. I ask for his supervisor only to be given excuses as to why I couldn’t speak to him. It was very frustrating. I will never rent from them again. It was my first time and will be my last.
4.0 Okay2022 Mar 13
We discovered after driving 7 miles that the gas tank had not been filled. So we had to go looking for fuel. Then, we notified Hertz. When we turned in the car in West Palm Beach, after having to shell out my cash, all Hertz would give me was a credit for a new rental.
6.0 Good2022 Feb 27
They leased me a car without current tags and I got a ticket. They replaced the car and gave me some gas,but it cost me half a day to deal with it.
4.0 Okay2022 Jan 16
The car was letting me know every time I started the engine that the oil change had expired. This tells me that I was given a vehicle that had zero inspection done before I received it. I actually witnessed the previous renters drop it off while we were waiting for our car. It was taken through the car wash then brought immediately to me to use. There was nothing sanitized which is unacceptable in this time of covid. There were also zero employees wearing masks. The car was nice but I feel like the attention to detail I witnessed within the airport terminal is non-existent at the rental pickup site.
10.0 Excellent2022 Jan 08
Kind and courteous employees, no hassle.
10.0 Excellent2021 Dec 12
Nice Chevy equinox golf clubs and luggage fit easily
10.0 Excellent2021 Oct 12
Feel $500 for two nights super expensive
10.0 Excellent2021 Aug 15
Every thing was great will recommend to everyone
4.0 Okay2021 Jun 11
Cheap on gasThe car was filthy. The seats were stained and smelled like urine . The car was all banged up and dented. It was overall nasty! There was no one around when I picked it up. They handed me the key and that was it! When I dropped it off no one was around either . It was like a ghost town . The car drove rough like it was going to stall.
Rated #5
Thrifty
7.7 Good (78 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
Thrifty
Locations in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2022 Apr 04
Excelente servicio el personal muy amable un joven de nombre Roberto en el aeropuerto de san Antonio muy atento con el cambio del vehículo, pues me vandalizaron el primer vehículo y me lo cambiaron súper rápido
2.0 Mediocre2022 Apr 04
I waited over 3 hours in line to check in for my pickup, then another more than 30 minutes outside waiting for them to drive up my rental.
6.0 Good2022 Mar 04
Pickup at the airport was horrible! Long line abs only one Thrifty rep. Took close to an hour for the pickup. Drop off was wonderful.
6.0 Good2022 Feb 19
Checking the car out from SRQ took over an hour. Reason for long lines? Short staff and same process for getting a car that Budget used in 1980’s . It should have been faster.
4.0 Okay2021 Dec 14
Took about 30-45 minutes to get the car.
10.0 Excellent2021 Dec 10
Great experience fast no problems Will rent and recommend
2.0 Mediocre2021 Dec 03
Please call me at (603) 312-5301. I need a conformation number and recite emailed to me again. Please call me. Do not email or contact me in any other way. Have a human person call me at (603) 312-5301 Thank you. Alexander Millette
8.0 Excellent2021 Nov 08
Waited awhile for car to come from back lot but other than that, it was great
10.0 Excellent2021 Nov 07
Easy and quick!
10.0 Excellent2021 Nov 01
Very well
Rated #6
Payless
6.9 Good (66 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
Payless
Locations in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
  • 7
  • 7.2
  • 6.8
  • 6.6
  • 7
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2022 Jan 08
Understaffed with a 1.5 hour pickup line for prepaid cars. The vehicle was not what we expected or what was stated online. It also had interior damage and was visibly dirty. Will not rent here again.
2.0 Mediocre2021 Dec 22
Maintenance light kept coming on tried to call several times basically was left on my own. The tire pressure light came on for two tires at separate times and had to fill them. I felt like I was driving an used truck that I had to fix. For $300 on vacation it sucked!!!!
8.0 Excellent2021 Dec 21
Car needed to be washed and wiper fluid was low and none was available.
2.0 Mediocre2021 Dec 17
How did they charge me $284 for 2 days???
4.0 Okay2021 Dec 07
They share a rental desk with other rental companies. It was busy and they only had one agent working the desk. He did a great job and was moving really fast, but it was just one guy. When it came time for our rental, the agent had to login again to the payless system, which took about 5 minutes. So, in all, we waited approximately 50 minutes to get our vehicle, causing us to miss a dinner reservation. I just wish I had known prior to renting that this would be the case, I guess it was still a good value, but unexpected delay.
4.0 Okay2021 Jun 14
The pickup time a d experience was awful.
4.0 Okay2021 Mar 15
I really liked the upgrade to the minivan.We waited one hour and 45 minutes in line at SRQ for the rental car. Only one attendant there. I also got a ticket for an expired tag that I had no control over.
8.0 Excellent2021 Feb 18
YesClean vehicle Somebody available to do a walk around with prior to exiting facility
9.2 Excellent2020 Jun 02
easy drop off, nice clean carOnly one agent working for 3 different rental car companies at the time of pick-up and caused very long lines
10.0 Excellent2020 Apr 01
Everyone was efficient and friendly, the car was fine and the price was right.Nothing, we will definitely consider Kayak again.
Rated #7
Avis
6.5 Good (30 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
Avis
Locations in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
  • 6.8
  • 6.8
  • 6.3
  • 6.5
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2022 Apr 04
I canceled reservation after 45 minutes in line with 40 people despite booking with priority. One person at the Sarasota airport counter. Crazy the other person left (originally 2 at counter) and never returned. Dollar rent a car had NO wait and a very efficient person working. Boo Avis.
2.0 Mediocre2022 Apr 02
Nightmare. Waited in line over 3 hours. Never again.
2.0 Mediocre2022 Mar 27
The Avis desk is understaffed and it takes much longer to pick up a car compared to other companies. I shouldn’t have to wait an hour to pick up a car. The drop off was chaotic. It wasn’t clear at all what you needed to do. Enterprise and Hertz are much better customer experience. And no one is using that old fashion printer anymore. It’s time to modernize!
2.0 Mediocre2022 Feb 13
When we arrived at the “service” desk there was a line of approximately 40 customers waiting to be “serviced”. There was a “preferred” customer line, but that line was almost as long as the “non-preferred” customers. It was over an hours wait to get “served”. I have two words for Avis — never again.
10.0 Excellent2022 Jan 04
Michael was great at the Sarasota airport!
2.0 Mediocre2021 Jun 20
We will not use Avis again. #1 - we reserved a minivan and they didn’t have one when we arrived. Instead we were given a smaller vehicle which made our 8 hour drive a nightmare with our kids. #2 - the car looked like it hadn’t been cleaned. #3 - we were charged for a full tank of gas and after we drove away realized it only had a quarter tank.
6.0 Good2021 Apr 07
The 2nd car was clean & in good working condition. Try’s car w/ cracked windshield & followed all instructions when I called in & got case #, did follow up before returning car. Simple “incident report” done upon return, easy, 15 min to do paperwork so was impressed they gave outside service, avoiding lines inside terminal.Initial car had obvious front end or alignment problem that should have never been rented out. Caused me to return next day for replacement. Eating my valuable vacation time.
10.0 Excellent2018 Oct 13
Convenient , quick and courteous
2.8 Mediocre2018 Feb 26
DisappointedThe car had very dirty , spotted windows making it hard to see. Particularly the side rear view and the back window. The paper work and other trash was left in the car from the renter before me. Also, the charger did not work and I ran out of battery on my phone. This resulted in losing the GPS directions. The man that waited on me in Sarasota was curt and unfriendly.
6.4 Good2018 Feb 19
Pick up was easy.given a bigger car I didn't want that was less fuel efficient...Kia sucks gas.
Rated #8
National
10 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
National
Locations in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2017 Jan 17
Bill was extremely helpful in adjusting the amount overcharged. Paul was also a pleasure. Everything about our encounter was very very nice. The drop off process was very easy. if I was not overcharged I would have been out of there in 5 minutes.When i dropped off the car I was overcharged. Had I not looked at my receipt I would not have known. I had to go inside and go to the counter to have the charge adjusted.
Rated #9
Enterprise
8.4 Excellent (15 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
Enterprise
Locations in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
  • 8.5
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
  • 8.1
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2017 Mar 06
Staff is awesomeStaff here was very friendly and helped me resolve a couple minor items that easily could have turned into a day long battle. Great job!
2.0 Mediocre2017 Feb 17
Nothing, you guys are dickheadsEnterprise.... your entire franchise
10.0 Excellent2017 Jan 02
Easy to Navigate LocationDropping off is easy at this smaller, friendly airport.
10.0 Excellent2016 Nov 30
Long TripI enjoyed the process of the pick up and drop off. It was efficient especially being at the airport. I liked that the associate gave me options with the vehicles.
8.4 Excellent2016 Oct 16
Did not interact with SRQ; changed drop off location. See comments above.Did not interact with SRQ; changed drop off location. See comments above.
Rated #10
Economy Rent a Car
7.3 Good (3 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2017 Apr 30
The car was nice.I called to let them know I needed the car two days earlier. Had to leave a voice mail and got no return call. Didn't know where to find the shuttle. Took forever to process paper work. When we went to return the car, there was no one there. We had to call two different numbers to get someone there to check the car in and give us a ride to the airport. HORRIBLE!!!! And it wasn't cheap either.
10.0 Excellent2017 Apr 21
Was great! Would def use you again!Service was great!That the rental was not at the airport. It it wasn't terribly inconvenient :)
Sunnycars
1 location in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
Sunnycars
Locations in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport
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654 travelers who rented a car in Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

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Top tips for renting a car at Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport

  • There are several ways of getting from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SQR) to Sarasota and its neighborhoods. However, car rentals are by far the most convenient way of getting around Sarasota. This is because car rentals offer you the freedom and flexibility to get to Sarasota's eateries, museums, and local attractions. Unlike public transport, you won't have to worry about schedules and fare hikes. With car rentals, travelers are confident of their destinations. Plus, you can bring any size of luggage with you during your trip without limit.
  • There are over ten car rental companies located on-site at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. This means that travelers are spoilt for choices with many companies to choose from and a vast collection of car categories. There are car rental companies located on the baggage claim wing for passengers arriving at the airport. The cars are an easy walk from the counters, and travelers won't need a shuttle ride to the rental area. Most car rental companies offer services between 6.30 am and 12.15 am. Travelers that need car rentals past these hours can opt for offsite companies since on-site companies do not provide after-hours pick-up services.
  • Returning car rentals at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is an easy process. Most car rental companies have the same pick-up and drop-off locations, so if you picked the car at the airport, we recommend returning to the airport to avoid extra charges. Before returning car rentals at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, check with the fuel policy. For a full-on-full fuel policy, fill up the gas tank before returning Sarasota Bradenton International Airport car rentals to avoid extra costs. As soon as you get to the parking lot, take out all your items, then park and lock the car, then hand in the keys with the rental agreement at the car rental counters. Most companies have after-hour services for customers to drop off car rentals at any time.
  • Mondays to Wednesdays are the busiest days to pick up Sarasota Bradenton International Airport's car rentals. On most days, from 8 am to 10 am, 1 pm to 3 pm, and 6 pm to 9 pm are the most hectic hours to pick up car rentals. This means queuing at the rental counter's desk. If you wish to avoid this, significant companies offer online reservations. If you reserve earlier, you can skip the counter process and find your rental car at the parking spot. In such cases, there are self-service kiosks to input your information and pick the keys. Alternatively, you can organize offsite rental companies to pick you up at the airport as soon as you arrive.
  • Book your rental car at Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

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