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Charleston, SC, United States
Aug 15 — Aug 22
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Charleston, SC, United States
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Charleston car hire information

Pick-up locationCharleston
Hire locations21
Airport locations8

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Charleston car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

8,9

Excellent

151 reviews

Cleanliness

9.7

Comfort

9.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.1

Value for money

8.5

One location in Charleston

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5500 International Blvd

+1 833 969 2383

Monday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Friday00:00 - 01:0007:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
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10,0 Excellent

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

We were treated so kindly. The young man carried our luggage to the car and even gave us a choice. Most will not do that!

10,0 Excellent

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

All of the staff I had come into contact with were phenomenal! Couldn't have asked for better service.

Cons:

If they had actually attached the invoice to to email that was sent to me.

8,0 Excellent

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy in and out. Car was very comfortable.

Cons:

The battery died on me the first day, but Alamo roadside assistance was able to fix the problem and all was good the rest of the trip.

10,0 Excellent

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

It was a last minute decision to rent & the process was easy and the car was great

10,0 Excellent

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was super friendly and efficient, pick up was quick

10,0 Excellent

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Very efficient staff. The entire process was painless

1 out of 28

Enterprise

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.9

Value for money

6.8

5 locations in Charleston

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2004 Savannah Hwy

+1 843 556 7889

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
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2440 Savannah Hwy

+1 843 766 5160

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 01:00
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398 Meeting Street

+1 843 723 6215

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 01:00
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5500 International Blvd # 114

+1 833 969 2385

Monday00:00 - 01:0007:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Wednesday00:00 - 01:0007:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Friday00:00 - 01:0007:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
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619 Marina Dr

+1 843 800 3074

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 01:00
Sunday00:00 - 01:00
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8,0 Excellent

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

They had car ready for me when I showed up.

Cons:

I didn't realize that the pickup was several miles away from airport which was inconvienent and expensive taking an Uber to and from location to pick-up and drop off car.

8,0 Excellent

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was helpful

Cons:

Price

10,0 Excellent

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and drop off of the car took less than 5 minutes. Super friendly staff!

2,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The location was not at the airport, we didn't know that when booking and then there were no cars available!

2,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

To have had the car we reserved be at the Charleston airport where we requested instead of an offsite location that we were unaware of and unable to get to because they closed early! Therefore, we had to obtain a car at the Enterprise location at the airport for a far more expensive rate than we had been quoted originally.

4,0 Okay

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Car smelled of cigarette smoke. It was overwhelming

1 out of 29

Budget

Best rated

Cleanliness

5.5

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.9

Value for money

5.0

3 locations in Charleston

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2070 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard

+1 843 573 9144

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
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390 Meeting Street

+1 843 577 5195

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
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5500 International Blvd

+1 843 552 1771

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
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2,0 Mediocre

May 2022

KAYAK
2.5 hour wait at check in counter and they didn’t have the car class that I reserved.

7,9 Good

Jun 2021

KAYAK
It was a quick and easy in-and-out experience. It was not personable but that is okay.

2,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Booked a rental car for my trip to Charleston. Thankfully, I saw the scathingly terrible reviews and decided to call ahead to make sure my reserved car was there. Very rude woman said "no cars here" and when I asked if there was another place that had some (even though I already had a reservation) she just hung up. Terrible experience.

Cons:

Actually honoring your customers reservations and coming through with a promised vehicle rental. Or, just a thought, do not allow bookings when you know there are not vehicles available!

8,0 Excellent

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The drop off in winter haven, Florida was under staff and unable to send me confirmation that I dropped off my vehicle. It has been about 24 hours later and still no email.

10,0 Excellent

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Glad I got a car. Charleston was out.

Cons:

All good

6,0 Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff in Charleston was friendly and courteous.

Cons:

The car was barely clean. There were spots, smudges, and it was filthy on the doors. The car was also very uncomfortable. It caused a lot of pain from the less than adequate padding on the seats. Additionally, when we turned the car in one (1) day early we did not receive any credit for that one day early. We tried calling and the individual, when we started to explain our concern, hung up on us. This rude behavior, and the fact that the care had not been properly cleaned at the Charleston pickup point, and it was an uncomfortable ride, and we did not get credit for turning the car in one (1) day early adds up to the fact that we will not rent from Budget again and we will tell all of our friends about this poor treatment and give no positive recommendations for Budget rentals.

1 out of 54

Hertz

Cleanliness

5.2

Comfort

5.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.4

Value for money

4.4

4 locations in Charleston

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3025 Ashley Town Center Drive

+1 843 459 2839

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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4565 Gaynor Ave

+1 843 767 4554

Monday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Tuesday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Wednesday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Friday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Saturday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Sunday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
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5875 S Aviation

+1 854 202 4878

Monday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Tuesday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Wednesday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Friday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Saturday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Sunday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
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6060 S Aviation Ave

+1 843 767 4554

Monday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Tuesday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Wednesday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Thursday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Friday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Saturday00:00 - 01:0004:00 - 23:59
Sunday04:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
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6,0 Good

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Pick up was great. Drop off was terrible. Awful customer service

2,0 Mediocre

Oct 2021

KAYAK
They didn't have a car after taking a prepaid reservation and I still haven't gotten my refund after several calls

2,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

I was called a few minutes before my pickup time to be told the car was not available

Cons:

You tell me as for now, I will never use Hertz again

8,0 Excellent

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff at airport corrected the problem

Cons:

I booked a pick up time at a location that was closed. I should not have been allowed to book at that time. Called Hertz and the wouldn’t find me a similar car anywhere near for my family of 6 stranded travelers.

2,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

They canceled on us with about 90 minutes notice before the reservation started. They said sorry but did nothing to help redress situation (eg % off next time or some token like that)

2,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. There was no car available the entire time we were in Mt Pleasant, Sc from 14 May thru 17 May. I had previously made a confirmed reservation on 4 May and my credit card account had the amount posted already.

Cons:

Arrangements should have been made when it was evident that no car was available at the appointed time.

1 out of 28

Avis

4,5

Cleanliness

5.2

Comfort

5.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.5

Value for money

5.0

3 locations in Charleston

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2070 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard

+1 843 402 9626

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
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390 Meeting Street

+1 843 577 9705

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
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5500 International Blvd

+1 843 767 7030

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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2,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

should’ve have been more courteous send us an email explaining the company has no vehicles before the date of pickup, I lost a day of work thinking my reservation was good but I was told “Life happens “

Cons:

Notifications or warnings before the date of pickup

8,0 Excellent

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

We received an upgrade car from the one we reserved. Drop off at ATL airport rental car center was quick and convenient.

Cons:

Pickup at CHS was a little slow. Car had a strong smoker smell, but we didn’t want to delay our trip any further by going back to ask for another one.

6,0 Good

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and drop off was quick and easy.

Cons:

Car smelled of cigarette smoke.

6,4 Good

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

The car was givenTo us with only a quarter of a tank of gas. The clerk said that he would put this in the computer and we would not be charged for a full tank upon return. He did not document this in the computer. Upon pick up, we noticed several ants crawling out of the ventilation system. When trying to phone Avis to tell them about this and for the potential of exchanging the car, the agent was unable to help us in anyway. She would not put us through to any other customer service agent, And she indicated that she was unable to document this in our record. So, in essence we picked up a car that had only a quarter of a tank of gas and was crawling with ants.

9,6 Excellent

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff at both pick up and drop off were excellent, very polite and helpful. Drop off location in Charlotte was a little difficult to find/notice due to location and store frontage, but figured it out after calling that office.

Cons:

Drop off location signage.

6,8 Good

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Check in process fairly quick.

Cons:

Chose to return car with gas full with gas I bought. In the check in process in rental return they added $15.88 for gas. He could not remove it in the lot. Had to go inside and wait in line. She said that because I drove less than 74 miles, it adds that charge no matter. This is not right.

1 out of 20

National

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Charleston

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5500 International Blvd

+1 833 969 2384

Monday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Wednesday00:00 - 01:0007:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Friday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
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10,0 Excellent

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Great car clean

Cons:

Nothing

10,0 Excellent

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Great car clean

Cons:

Nothing

1 out of 1

Sunnycars

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

2 locations in Charleston

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2039 Savannah Highway

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5500 Interbnational Boulevard

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Easirent

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Charleston

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Charleston International Airport

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791 travellers who hired a car in Charleston gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5,3

Car hire locations in or near Charleston

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Most popular car type

Mini

When to book a car hire in Charleston

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Top tips for hiring a car in Charleston

  • Charleston, like many cities in the US, is truly designed for cars over public transportation. Whether you are visiting Fort Sumter or checking out Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and Middleton Place, you simply would struggle to get around Charleston without a car. If you would like to visit Middleton Place, for instance, you would have no choice but to join a tour if you don’t have a car, as public transport doesn’t serve it.
  • Need to pick up a hire car after landing at Charleston International Airport? In that case, head on over to the hire Car Pavilion located by Baggage Claim at the end of the airport’s main terminal, where you will find all of the airport’s hire agencies conveniently located together.
  • Jaywalking is very common in the historic part of Charleston so drivers should beware. This is partly because much of the pedestrian traffic in downtown Charleston is made up of tourists visiting the city. Another road hazard to look out for in the downtown area is the bikers -- particularly the distracted college students biking with their phones out.
  • Drivers will be happy to hear that while Charleston does experience its share of rush hour traffic, it is by no means severe. Drivers can expect the morning rush hour to start up at around 7:00 a.m. and to last until 9:00 a.m., while the afternoon rush hour starts at 4:00 p.m. and finishes up at about 6:30 p.m. I-26 is the main road to avoid during rush hour as it is one of the top highways used by commuters heading to and from work.
  • Book your car hire in Charleston at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini car hires in Charleston are around -51% cheaper than other car types, on average

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