San Luis Obispo car hire

San Luis Obispo car hire

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San Luis Obispo, CA, United States
Nov 4 — Nov 11
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San Luis Obispo, CA, United States
Thu 4/11
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Pick-up locationSan Luis Obispo
Hire locations11
Airport locations6

San Luis Obispo car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Best rated
6.9 Good (110 reviews)
2 locations in San Luis Obispo
Locations in San Luis Obispo
  • 7.3
  • 7.2
  • 6.8
  • 6.5
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
3.9 MediocreSep 11 2021
Budget took a really long time to get our check in process. Also it was super unclear where the car was parked so we walked a long ways only to turn around and walk back and the San Luis Airport
1.9 HorribleAug 5 2021
When we dropped off the car, the place was closed. No after hours key drop off either. Even thought I selected 4:00 drop off and paid for that, the place closed at 2
1.9 HorribleAug 2 2021
There was no one there when I went to pick up my car. So I never got it
2.0 MediocreJun 27 2021
I made a reservation three weeks in advance to pick up a car at 5:00 PM for a two week rental. My flight was late coming in, and when I got to the Budget counter at 5:10 PM they had already left. Needless to say, I am very unlikely to use Budget again.
10.0 ExcellentJun 22 2021
Staff was helpful. The dropoff was easy.The price of rental!
10.0 ExcellentJun 13 2021
Leti was working solo at pick up and was very quick and efficient and friendly. At drop off, she was by herself again and balancing 3 customers but handled everything again very efficiently and always maintaining friendliness and professionalism.
6.0 GoodMay 17 2021
Despite having a reservation, they didn't have a car ready for me when I arrived. I had to wait while they prepared the car and it was pretty dirty when I did receive it. As soon as I got into the car, the "needs maintenance" warning showed up on the dashboard.
10.0 ExcellentMay 8 2021
Leticia N. who works at San Luis Obispo Budget at Broad st. was awesome !! She was alone and the place was busy, she got all customers taking care of in a timely and professional manor... Neil Reali
4.0 OkayMay 4 2021
The price was about the only thing I likedThe pick up was a nightmare. I had to cross the highway with a suitcase and no sidewalks. The directions to the pick up weren't clear at all. I walked around forever before I actually found the right building. Then my car wasn't ready. The whole process took an hour and a half.
2.0 MediocreApr 26 2021
absolutely nothing.everything. a terrible experience
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Rated no. 2
8.6 Excellent (51 reviews)
3 locations in San Luis Obispo
Locations in San Luis Obispo
  • 8.7
  • 8.8
  • 8.8
  • 8.5
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleSep 16 2021
The car was not available at the pickup time. I spent the money in the Uber in vain and even the rest of the day no rental car to pick up was guaranteed. And that after having gotten a confirmation and emails from you. What an unreliable service !!! I will not book cars via you and priceline anymore. At least the guy in the rental car office was honest, but that didn't give me my agreed to car. Highly disappointing!
2.0 MediocreMay 21 2021
We had a communication problem, I stated several times that I have my own Insurance, AAA and have additional coverage on my American Express Card. Very disappointed and I assure you that I will tell EVERYONE THAT I know not to use you guys!!!
10.0 ExcellentJun 22 2020
Carpet on drivers side had a worn hole under the gas pedal. Rubber mat would have been good
5.2 OkayJun 20 2020
Didn’t have the truck I reserved.
2.0 MediocreFeb 5 2020
Enterprise is the worst ever
10.0 ExcellentOct 27 2019
Staff very helpful and friendly
4.4 OkaySep 11 2019
The Enterprise did not have any vehicles available and did not honor the reservation.An integrated system so you can not make a reservation if there are no vehicles available. An integrated system where other party will have my informations that Kayak already have (email and phone number) so they can call me and let me know that they do not have vehicles available.
10.0 ExcellentMay 18 2019
Great staff
10.0 ExcellentNov 1 2018
Great peopleThe customer service reps were very friendly and helpful. They upgraded our car without us asking! They picked us up at the train depot and brought us back, no fuss no worry. It was great.
10.0 ExcellentMay 16 2017
Great service as usualCompany needs some provision for Sunday car return
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Rated no. 3
8.4 Excellent (87 reviews)
2 locations in San Luis Obispo
Locations in San Luis Obispo
  • 8.6
  • 8.7
  • 8.4
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
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7.9 GoodSep 27 2021
They said they would email my recipe…. Called twice still no recipe
3.9 MediocreSep 19 2021
I extended my reservation one more day as I was unsure I could make it back on the original date. I ended up getting back earlier. Original drop off was 12 noon. I arrived a day earlier at 4 pm, 20 hrs before the due date. I asked if I could have a cost adjustment but was told that I could not. I have had this courtesy at other car rentals so I was very disappointed. The staff was very nice & I realize she was just doing company policy but I feel that 20 hrs. earlier than scheduled drop off was certainly worth giving some amt. of cost adjustment. I will most likely not use Avis the next time I rent a car.
1.9 HorribleSep 17 2021
I had a reservation at Avis - 333 Madonna Rd. In San Luis Obispo 9/15/21. The place closes at 5:00pm. I showed up at 4:30 to pick up my car and no one was there?!! The door was locked and the woman working that day simply left early and closed up shop! I called the 800 number she posted on the front door only to be told that there was nothing they could do to help. This is so inacceptable! That woman should be fired for doing this to me… I had a reservation and she left work early completely screwing me over! I went to 2 other rental places before finally finding a car. I will not ever do business with this place again because of this woman.
10.0 ExcellentAug 30 2021
Easy pickup and drop off. No lines
10.0 ExcellentAug 29 2021
Quick pickup and dropoff, and the attendant at the SLO airport was very helpful
7.9 GoodJul 26 2021
Everything was good except when I picked up the car it was not especially clean. The passenger seat had crumbs of something on it, and there were drip marks on the headrest and seat, and also in the back seat, where I believe they sprayed cleaner or air freshener but never wiped it down. The lady at the pick-up agency immediately apologized and came out and wiped it down quickly. She was wonderful, and the problem was quickly resolved.
10.0 ExcellentJun 29 2021
Fast, no-nonsense yet courteous treatment.Nothing
4.0 OkayJun 21 2021
Car reeked of cannabis. Drop off in downtown San Diego was terrible. No staff, no drop off instructions, no one answered the phone. Lost an hour. Ended up returning it back to the airport and they charged me 75 dollars for not returning it to the right location. Total mess.Pretty much everything. Not using Avis again.
6.0 GoodJun 19 2021
Car was upgraded Could drop off the car after business hours with the key dropboxCar was ready for pickup later than the reservation was made for
10.0 ExcellentApr 27 2021
Staff was great. pickup and drop off 75 feet from luggage pickup.everything was great
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Rated no. 4
7.6 Good (49 reviews)
3 locations in San Luis Obispo
Locations in San Luis Obispo
  • 7.8
  • 7.9
  • 7.5
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleSep 27 2021
Please note there are two Hertz locations - one at the airport and one down the road. There was a lack of communication between them both and they each seem to be staffed by just one person.
1.9 HorribleJul 12 2021
Upon the recommendation of my significant other, we called Hertz to verify our reservation for a car with pickup set for July 9, the original reservation was made in January 2021. We called the Hertz location we were picking up from directly. The representative we spoke with told us someone had called and cancelled the reservation on July 5. When we questioned the person who had cancelled the car as neither of us had called Hertz to cancel she responded "the cancellation came from central reservation." She then told us they did not have the car we reserved and would not provide any alternatives other than giving us the number for Avis. I continued to ask who cancelled the reservation and she kept attempting to gaslight us and explain to us how we had cancelled the reservation. Rather than find a solution she then hung up on us. The fact we reserved the convertible for an affordable price months in advance, coupled with the fact Hertz had no convertible leads me to believe Hertz merely cancelled our reservation without any notice and rented the convertible for a higher price. This caused us to rent the car for a higher price since it was last notice. I will never rent from Hertz again.
10.0 ExcellentMay 27 2021
Staff was wonderful, easy to work with. Excellent experience
4.0 OkayMay 24 2021
There was no radio No way to hook up my phone to Bluetooth
10.0 ExcellentMay 23 2021
Super helpful and friendly staff. Easy drop-off. Very clean and new car. Loved the car!Nothing. It was my first time renting a car and they made it so easy. You will remain my first choice should I need another rental car.
2.0 MediocreOct 30 2020
Lady was horrible when I dropped off the car
5.2 OkaySep 11 2020
Customer service on drop off could have been better
8.4 ExcellentJul 29 2019
Windows were very dirty on the inside. The film on the windows made it very hard to see at night at was hard to clean with just water at a gas station. Food left in glove box and a melted chocolate bar.
10.0 ExcellentMar 25 2019
Staff friendly, vehicle clean, good price.
9.2 ExcellentJan 3 2019
I liked all of our encounters with the service staff from the folks working behind the counter to the complementary ride from the airport to the train station. Excellent service.The car I rented needed some attention, for example the alignment was off.
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1 location in San Luis Obispo
Locations in San Luis Obispo
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298 travellers who hired a car in San Luis Obispo gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7,8

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Car hire excess insurance in San Luis Obispo

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 San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo.


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 San Luis Obispo car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in San Luis Obispo

  • Book your car hire in San Luis Obispo at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in San Luis Obispo

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in San Luis Obispo are Avis (8,4, 91 reviews), Enterprise (7,9, 95 reviews), and Hertz (7,7, 58 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in San Luis Obispo is R54,13 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R650 and R866, depending on the car size.

  • Premium (Chevrolet Impala or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in San Luis Obispo.

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

  • A Premium car hire in San Luis Obispo costs R1 061 per day, on average.