Novato car hire

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Novato, CA, United States
Oct 23 — Oct 30
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Novato, CA, United States
Sat 23/10
Sat 30/10
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Novato car hire information

Pick-up locationNovato
Hire locations2

Novato car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Best rated
6.9 Good (84 reviews)
4 locations in Novato
Locations in Novato
  • 7.3
  • 7.1
  • 6.8
  • 6.7
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleOct 5 2021
I never got my car!
1.9 HorribleSep 21 2021
Kayak confirmed a booking but in fact this location had zero cars
1.9 HorribleSep 18 2021
Rude and unreasonable staff.
1.9 HorribleSep 15 2021
Spent 45 mins on hold trying to cancel reservation to no avail.
1.9 HorribleAug 30 2021
Not use Kayak or Hertz. Because I booked a car the same day I needed it, Hertz did not have any vehicles available for me - nor would they rent to me the price I booked. Hertz claims that third-party bookers do not have access to the local inventories, and that it was my responsibility to call Hertz directly and confirm the online booking. Total BS. Third-party hotel bookers have access to local inventories without problem. There is nothing that Hertz couldn't do on same day bookings that they don't do for advance bookings or bookings done 24 hours beforehand. I walked out angry 😡 and 😠 and four blocks to Enterprise, who not only had cars in stock but offered me a three day rental for less that the SVU Hertz was trying to pawn off on me. Shame on Hertz and Kayak. If you can't act jointly like a professional company, then Hertz should not be included on Kayak.
4.0 OkayMay 15 2021
--instruction manual should be IN the car --remind the "pick-up" attendants to look at the person they are assisting in the moment --have "drop-off" office open on WEEKENDS. It's not fair to charge 2 extra days when the renter is late returning on a Friday AFTER 5:30 !!!
10.0 ExcellentOct 28 2020
The team in San Rafael was very accommodating getting me into a great car last minute when Enterprise could not honor my reservation. They were sure to give me my options with limited inventory so that I could make the right decision for my one way trip. Great experience all around.
7.6 GoodJun 1 2020
Rachel in Santa Rosa location was very friendly and helpful.I originally ordered the car to be picked up at Petaluma location. No communication was received regarding the change of pick up location.
2.0 MediocreDec 28 2019
The vehicle was not available at the pick up area despite several calls with Hertz on its avaialbility
2.0 MediocreNov 27 2019
Unethical company who don't honor their cancellation policy.
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Rated no. 2
8.8 Excellent (18 reviews)
1 location in Novato
Locations in Novato
  • 8.5
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
9.6 ExcellentAug 19 2018
Great longer-term rentalNeed a large vehicle for a month. Most affordable options were off-brand rental agencies with very old (10+ years) vehicles. Avis offered almost new vehicles at the most affordable prices if you rented by the monthCat wasn’t washed at pick-up but interior was clean.
10.0 ExcellentApr 22 2017
Change of plans. I end up flying to Boise
8.0 ExcellentSep 17 2016
Good mileage, easy pick-upNothing
6.8 GoodJul 25 2016
The car was comfortable and dependable.I had to wait 2 hours to pick up the car as they didn't have any available/in stock. Bad communication between ordering online and reality. the clerk at avis was not expecting us at pick up time. He said we should have called to confirm.
Rated no. 3
8.3 Excellent (23 reviews)
4 locations in Novato
Locations in Novato
  • 8.1
  • 8.5
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 8 2021
Very friendly and not too pushy on sales for an upgrade.
10.0 ExcellentJan 2 2021
Very friendly and helpful service from arrangements to pick up
4.0 OkayNov 4 2020
Pickup was quickThe car only had 1/3 of a tank of gas at pickup. Very disappointing to have to get gas right away. Also, this is a way they get more money out of you by making you return it at an exact amount that is not full. The car smelled terribly of cigarette smoke and made me feel sick the whole trip. Pickup was confusing as I had 3 different addresses for drop off. I called and spoke to someone asking which address was correct and she was not much help.
4.4 OkaySep 22 2020
We had to wait for a car. The car we got had the check engine light go on within the first couple of hours. Pack of gum under the seat from previous renter: how well did they clean the car?
10.0 ExcellentAug 4 2019
The staff was professional and helpful. Great overall interactions.
2.0 MediocreAug 31 2018
Received booking confirmation, but there was no vehicle available.I was relying on having a vehicle, and at the last minute I was left with nothing. All they offered was the phone number of a rental place over 20 miles away. I will never book through again. Forget Kayak (the UI sucks anyway). Book direct, it’s the only way to go.
10.0 ExcellentJun 26 2018
Pick up and drop offWe were collected from where we were staying and we dropped the car off at a separate location.
10.0 ExcellentJun 29 2017
Great service, reasonable ratesGreat service, reasonable ratesNothing
8.0 ExcellentNov 12 2016
Car handled poorly. No way to raise the driver's seat
4.0 OkayOct 14 2016
Asked for a Pacifica, got stuck with a Caravan forNothingThe vehicle I rented.
Rated no. 4
6 Good (7 reviews)
1 location in Novato
Locations in Novato
  • 5.7
  • 6.2
  • 6
  • 6.2
  • 5.7
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentSep 13 2021
Easy pick up, new car
4.0 OkayOct 1 2019
no on-site or street parking at location; had to leave my car about 1/2 mile away at a Home Depot lot. vehicle had a poor alignment and pulled slightly as well as having a vibration like a tire was out of balance.
8.0 ExcellentOct 30 2016
Budget car rental was greatNo extra charges for pick up/drop-off at different locations in same area. No fee for wife to drive as well. Chrysler was fuel efficient and performed well. Overall, a very good experience
5.6 OkayDec 9 2015
Good vehicleToo expensive for a daily rental. Additionally, I was overcharged when I returned the vehicle at LAX. I had to go to adjustment desk and have charges corrected reducing my bill by over $100. Not a positive experience.
132 travellers who hired a car in Novato gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7,4

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Car hire excess insurance in Novato

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Novato car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Novato.


Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Novato car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Novato

  • Book your car hire in Novato at least 5 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate car hires in Novato are around 23% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Novato

  • The average price of fuel in Novato is R52,18 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R626 and R835, depending on the car size.

  • Intermediate (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Novato.

  • The only car hire company onsite at San Francisco airport is Alamo.

  • The only car hire company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from San Francisco airport to off-airport locations is Alamo.

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

  • A Intermediate car hire in Novato costs R664 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car hire in Novato costs R634 per day, on average.

  • A Mini car hire in Novato costs R851 per day, on average.