Bethesda car hire

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Bethesda, MD, United States
Dec 8 — Dec 15
Same drop-off
Bethesda, MD, United States
Wed 8/12
Noon
Wed 15/12
Noon
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Pick-up locationBethesda
Hire locations9

Bethesda car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Budget
Best rated
7.2 Good (61 reviews)
3 locations in Bethesda
Budget
Locations in Bethesda
  • 7.1
  • 7.3
  • 7.2
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
3.9 MediocreJul 17 2021
Compared to Enterprise Car Rental the process and experience was poor. The exterior of the car was dirty. I drove the vehicle for a 200 mile round trip. At this point the car began to have transmission problems, I made it home with the car struggling to shift gears and unable to reverse properly. When I returned the vehicle the next day, the transmission seemed to function, but not well, the engine light remained in the “on” position. When I returned the vehicle the staff seemed un-phased by my story, almost as if they knew this vehicle had an issue. It’s unbelievable that a vehicle would be rented in this condition, it was a late model Chevrolet Malibu with 27K miles. When I choose a rental company I will not use this Budget location and I will be very cautious with this rental brand.
1.9 HorribleJul 12 2021
The car was filthy and had an odor that was pure B.O. I bought Febreze to mitigate the odor which helped but definitely didn’t solve the problem entirely. Also, the “Maintenance Required - visit dealer” light was on throughout my trip which was a worry. Finally, the car had lost its volume knob so listening to music or even my phone’s navigation was very difficult throughout my lengthy trip. That car shouldn’t have been in service - period.
10.0 ExcellentJun 12 2021
I wanted to extend the rental but I was forced to get a separate rental agreement. with new pricing and every thing.
10.0 ExcellentMar 15 2021
Helpful staff, car was ready, not wait time and car was the size promised and clean.Nothing
10.0 ExcellentJan 1 2021
The process at both locations was seamless.
9.6 ExcellentSep 9 2020
The exterior of the car was not completely clean. Budget told me that they were not allowed to use water to wash their cars in DC. This struck me as a bit odd, given that I live in DC and had not heard about such restrictions.
2.8 MediocreJul 22 2020
We waited over an hour for our rental car, very poorly managed.After waiting over an hour for our car, the car smelled intensely like smoke and made us question how well it was cleaned for COVID.
8.8 ExcellentApr 27 2020
Everything was quick and easy.The car was probably vacuumed, but it was definitely not wiped down. The surfaces were dirty.
2.0 MediocreJan 6 2020
Location of pick up/drop offI purposely selected a small/the smallest option for a car and was given a larger vehicle. This was very frustrating and it was not a comfortable ride. Also the car was very dirty. And we were not refunded for the 2 hours we were late to pick up the car (we couldn't drop it off 2 hours later because the Budget hours did not allow for it.)
4.8 OkayJan 5 2020
Fast delivery. Early opening hours.The car had a tank half full. The car was not in best conditions
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Rated no. 2
Enterprise
8.5 Excellent (12 reviews)
4 locations in Bethesda
Enterprise
Locations in Bethesda
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
  • 8.8
  • 9.1
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentJan 5 2021
Friendly and helpful staff!Car rear right tire was very low on tire pressure -- I was alerted to it halfway through the drive
8.4 ExcellentOct 24 2020
Counter attendants were nice and pickup and drop off were quick and efficient.The car was not as clean as expected. There was splashed coffee on the roof of the car and the driver side visor when pulled down.
8.0 ExcellentJul 19 2020
Staff was efficient and friendly; transfers were easy.I have no comment on how the experience could have been better, but this was a short, uneventful rental in which the staff did not have to display any extraordinary efforts.
8.0 ExcellentMay 17 2019
The staff was friendly and efficient.
8.8 ExcellentApr 2 2019
The customer service provided by John made this rental process seemless.
8.8 ExcellentSep 15 2018
Manager in Bethesda assisted me. She was very helpfu6l and efficient. I needed a vehicle to drive up to new york and drop off. Although there was a surcharge for doing that it was very useful to be able to. I will definitely use Enterprise again.There was no Ez pass in the car.
10.0 ExcellentDec 18 2016
The staff was very professional and engaging.The car was new and clean and the price was right. They called me the day before my reservation to confirm my trip and the car was ready and waiting when I arrived. The pick-up and return were both smoothly and quickly handled.
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Rated no. 3
Hertz
7.7 Good (17 reviews)
2 locations in Bethesda
Hertz
Locations in Bethesda
  • 8.1
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
  • 7.1
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 4 2021
Yes! The staff was friendly and helpfulThe car needed cleaning, especially on the outside
9.2 ExcellentMar 15 2020
The staff on site weren’t helpful but my experience was salvaged by a wonderful customer service representative.They could have answered my initial plea to understand the nature of the situation. Instead I needed to resolve the issue after the fact with customer service.
10.0 ExcellentMay 25 2018
The pickup and dropoff procedures were straightforward and uncomplicated. The car performed well throughout the trip.The car did not have cruise control, though it was not stipulated in any advertising that it would. And the windshield wipers needed to be replaced.
6.0 GoodJan 16 2018
Pickup nighmare - alter pickup locationValueArrived @ Bethesda only to find it closed. Called 800 operater said transferred pickup to 99H St in D. arrived to find he didnt transfer. Second phone call no record of transfer. Wasterd an hour on phone--no result. onsite staff intervened to get car assigned. Dont think call agent was in US. Charged me another day when i returnrd car.
8.0 ExcellentSep 15 2017
Nice to be able to pick up and drop off somewhere else other than the airport.Suggestion: for the pick up and drop off locations identify the name of the business attached to the address. For example, my pick up location was in the lobby of a hotel. Instead of just providing the street address, add that it is located in the lobby of x hotel.
10.0 ExcellentSep 10 2017
HIdden locationOnce I found the desk, my experience was hassle-free.Hard to find the Hertz desk hidden in a hotel on the corner. Poor signage.
5.6 OkayMar 7 2017
Ok rentalFirst time using Hertz. Very Friendly staff.Car smelled awful, very dirty inside. Was only given one car option.
6.0 GoodFeb 24 2017
Smelled of smoke.Convenient and good price.Car smelled like someone had smoked in it. Older car.
10.0 ExcellentJul 20 2016
Pickup and Drop off were the most impressive.First, I loved getting a good price and not having to go to the airport. And secondly, the pickup and drop off were exceptionally easy. The Ford Focus got us around, but was jerky taking off from stoplights, etc. I should probably get an upgraded car next time.
7.6 GoodJun 20 2016
Car was comfortable and staff was courteous.They did not have the size car we reserved at puck up and only had a significantly smaller car available. We had to wait a long time to get a car the size we reserved.
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Rated no. 4
Avis
7.6 Good (18 reviews)
2 locations in Bethesda
Avis
Locations in Bethesda
  • 7.5
  • 8.1
  • 7.5
  • 7.2
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleSep 29 2021
Did not have any cars available. Was told to wait and they might have something in the next 5 hours. Charged me a fee for not cancelling
10.0 ExcellentAug 16 2021
The staff was very polite and efficient.
2.0 MediocreJun 16 2021
Nothing. The car was not reserved for where I picked it up.Your site is complete trash. It kept sending me to cars FAR from where I was trying to pick one up. When I finally made a reservation, I somehow missed that it was (again) not at the location where I needed to pick the car up. STOP this and do not offer vehicles in the general city where I need it, just do it for the location where I need it. I ended up double-paying for a car because of this--which was easy to do, since they had abundant cars available that your garbage site apparently could not find. I will never use Kayak again because of how much this experience sucked.
10.0 ExcellentJan 8 2021
Friendly and efficient staff both in Washington and Queens.Nothing.
9.6 ExcellentJul 31 2020
The staff was great, and the car ran well.The EZ-Pass fees were horrendous! Easier to pay cash.
10.0 ExcellentMar 27 2020
Nothing, everything was great, Customer service, car etc, Thanks for ur convenience Avis.
6.0 GoodJun 16 2019
Location of rental station.Inside of the car was not clean. Had papers from earlier rentals and other business in the car.
6.0 GoodJun 6 2018
No idea where to drop-off!Staff member was very nice, office kind of hidden and old.In my opinion, this is a really difficult spot to find! I could not for the life of me figure out where to drop off the car. Only one sign led to a back street with no additional directional signs at all. It was very confusing. This location needs more signage or at least someone outside directing folks where to go for drop off. I ended up parking in what I think was a hotel parking garage, in front of two parked cars because I drove around for 10 minutes and finally gave up.
8.4 ExcellentNov 28 2016
Bad pickup timeCar was fine, all that was goodYou gave me a 7pm pickup time, but the rental place closed at 7pm on the minute. I was lucky and someone was still there and willing to help me, had I been a few minutes late, I might have missed them. Don't give pickup times at the same time as when they close!
7.6 GoodAug 25 2016
Difficulty returning car at Union Station in DCGreat car, efficient pickupFinding out where to return car/bad phone service. Couldn't get thru to local rental car counter
108 travellers who hired a car in Bethesda gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7,5

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Top tips for hiring a car in Bethesda

  • Car rentals in Bethesda promote convenient trips in and outside the city, allowing you to reach attractions in different areas. You can unwind through a show at Glen Echo Park, a visual and performing arts venue about 3 miles from the town's center. Using a rental vehicle from Bethesda car rentals, you can drive approximately 8.7 miles to Arlington and pay homage to fallen heroes. The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Pentagon Memorial, and John F. Kennedy's gravesite are all within driving distance of one another.
  • Bethesda has several airports nearby, including the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and the Washington Dulles International Airport. The airport closest to Bethesda is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), situated approximately 9.4 miles away. Washington Dulles International (IAD) is about 18.9 miles from central Bethesda, while the Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI) is around 27.1 miles away. BWI offers car rentals in Bethesda via NextCar, Thrifty, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, and Alamo. You can locate the rental facility on New Ridge Road and Stoney Run Road, accessible via the airport's free shuttle service. This bus operates every 10min, and you can find it on the lower-level terminal. IAD features several companies that present car rentals provisions, including Dollar, Sixt, Thrifty, and Budget. Each company has a free shuttle that transports you from the terminal to the pick-up area. You can reach this shuttle at Curb 2D or Curb 2C from the Baggage Claim Level by exiting down the ramp to Doors 2 and 4. DCA also has a rental car center on Terminal Garage A's first floor, consisting of options from Thrifty, Budget, Dollar, and Hertz. To get here, you can take a short walk by following the signs or utilize the Rental Car Shuttle at Door 4 on the Ticketing Level.
  • Multiple streets, such as Wisconsin Avenue and busy highways like Interstate 270, ensure you can conveniently reach your preferred destinations. Additionally, you can modify your rented vehicle by including a GPS to confidently maneuver the interconnected avenues, lanes, streets, drives, and freeways. Be aware of jaywalkers because pedestrians can cross mid-block as long as one of the adjacent intersections lacks traffic signals.
  • Bethesda has morning traffic from around 7:30am while the evening jam starts at about 5pm. Interstate 270 can experience heavy congestion during rush hours as it links to Interstate 95. It is a good idea to stay indoors at these times since the jam extends to other major avenues and streets around the town center. The snowy conditions in winter require you to drive extra carefully to maintain control along the slick pathways.
  • Book your car hire in Bethesda at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size car hires in Bethesda are around -18% cheaper than other car types, on average

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