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Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Sep 24 — Oct 1
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Santa Barbara, CA, United States
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Pick-up locationSanta Barbara
Hire locations13
Airport locations7

Santa Barbara car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
8.7 Excellent (137 reviews)
1 location in Santa Barbara
Alamo
Locations in Santa Barbara
  • 8.6
  • 8.7
  • 8.6
  • 8.8
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
5.9 OkayAug 4 2021
My rental car was not clean on the inside or outside. I’m not as concerned with the outside because I understand that’s harder to control, but I expected the inside to be spotless given the current state of the world. Instead, it was dusty, had sticky spots from a spilled beverage (I’m assuming), & dirt footprints throughout the car, such as on the passenger side (where I have not been sitting, or had a passenger). Additionally, there were no disinfecting wipes in the car for me to use to clean, which I’ve received in other rentals during the pandemic, so I had to use the ones I’d packed myself to clean the inside of the car to my comfort. It felt as if the car had just been dropped off by the previous renter, then handed off to me. I know there is a rental car shortage, & cars are in much higher demand right now as travel resumes, but as a renter I would hope that my safety is the highest priority! Adding this on top of what I paid for this rental car, I will not rent from Alamo again.
2.0 MediocreJun 21 2021
I only had a debit card, no notes were given on needing a actual credit card online ( unless you are flying into SB airport lol) but was told that the down town location would take debit. ( which makes no sense.) Desk person would not help call downtown location to see if they had any vehicles like I had reserved at the airport location. Not willing to help. Poor customer service.
8.0 ExcellentMay 28 2021
The woman who helped me with drop off was incredibly helpful
2.0 MediocreMay 25 2021
They did not have my car available and said they tried to call me, but I never got a call. I needed a 12 person van, so it was not easy to find another one. Thankfully AVIS helped me out at the last minute!
2.0 MediocreDec 7 2020
Vehicle that I reserved was not available when I went go pick up.
10.0 ExcellentNov 28 2020
I liked the small airport with car pick up right outside the terminal. Very convenient, quick, and simple. Would probably choose a slightly larger car than a Toyota Corolla for four adults.
9.6 ExcellentAug 18 2020
Staff was friendly and efficientCar was a little dirty inside.
9.6 ExcellentJun 26 2020
Easy, fast, and safe.
10.0 ExcellentMar 14 2020
fast and courteous
2.0 MediocreJan 3 2020
Car wasn’t available when we arrived, total mess
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Rated no. 2
Budget
8 Excellent (130 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Barbara
Budget
Locations in Santa Barbara
  • 8.1
  • 8.3
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleAug 24 2021
I rented a midsize sedan for a road trip. Instead, I received an unwanted upgrade to an SUV. I was not offered a sedan, even upon request, and the agent failed to warn me of the change. The leasing agent was also ride. I'm very disappointed in the experience
10.0 ExcellentAug 16 2021
The team member in SB was excellent!
10.0 ExcellentJul 13 2021
Doug at the desk was so helpful & positive!
7.9 GoodJul 13 2021
It was a bit disappointint to have ordered a fuel-efficient small car for a several hundred miles trip to then receive a Jeep Wrangler (with a broken sunvisor that fell down while on the highway, blocking my view for 3 seconds). Other than that, all good.
1.9 HorribleJul 12 2021
I got a dirty car. Was told I could upgrade to a Jeep which I didn’t want since i would be spending more on gas. The car was not disinfected or vacuumed. I received it with half a tank and was charged $98 for gas when I returned it. They said I had to call the location of pick up to get price adjusted. I also denied any additional coverage at the time of pick up and they charged me $68 for some random coverage. The service light on the car was on at time of pick up and I was told “it’s no big deal”. I have been calling Budget with no luck on someone picking up the phone. My total should have been no more than $356 but I was charged nearly $546. That’s a $200 difference in “extras”.
6.0 GoodJun 15 2021
Easy to lease… guy was friendlyThe car had a huge dent in front fender and someone had smoked in the car…. When we dropped it off… we told the guy and I marked it on receipt which he threw away so I guess they don’t care about the condition of the car!
10.0 ExcellentApr 13 2021
the staff was very friendly and helpful
8.0 ExcellentApr 8 2021
Pick up and Drop off were easyWas charged $100 for a tank of gas for a Corolla when the tank was already full
10.0 ExcellentMar 30 2021
I was surprised with an upgrade to a Ford Bronco, since my vehicle preference wasn’t available. I was in shock because I didn’t think Bronco’s were released yet. It felt like I won the lottery, and I honestly wish I didn’t have to give it back. My daughter also became attached to the Bronco, and she was sad to see it go :(Experience was great. Thank you so much.
2.0 MediocreMar 15 2021
We reserved a four door sedan. When we arrived at Budget, we were told that we had a Smart Car. There was absolutely NO WAY that we would fit in. Smart Car. We had to pay $20 extra each day to upgrade to a larger vehicle. We paid way more than we would have, if we had just rented directly from car rental.
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Rated no. 3
Hertz
7.9 Good (149 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Barbara
Hertz
Locations in Santa Barbara
  • 7.9
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
  • 7.8
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleSep 12 2021
Absolutely horrible service, didn't have cars available, despite reservation. Had to cancel and rebook for more money.
1.9 HorribleAug 9 2021
Hertz was closed when I arrived. I actually never got my car. But was charged for the rental. There were no Uber or Lyft available and paid $350 for a taxi in addition to the car rental to make it to my final destination. I was on hold most of the following morning to try to get in touch with a service agent to no avail. Very disappointed.
1.9 HorribleJun 23 2021
I thought I had booked Hertz at the Santa Barbara airport, but was told at the airport counter that my booking was actually at the " downtown" Hertz facility. I took a cab to that facility and was so discouraged by the service and the car availability that I declined the rental. I took a cab to my destination and then Uber'd around Santa Barbara for the duration of my stay. I've been a Hertz Gold customer for many years, and this downtown experience was not something I'd repeat. Definitely not the Hertz standard I've been used to.
10.0 ExcellentJun 16 2021
I received a friendly reminder that the store would be closing soon, and they wanted to make sure I had picked up the car I needed. I was already in a rental car, but I really appreciated that a service member cared enough to call to make sure all her reservations were accounted for! She also helped me to determine the best location to drop off my rental on the other end of my travels.The office is a bit dingy, and the agent needed to stop our transaction several times to answer the phone. Otherwise, everyone was friendly and courteous.
4.0 OkayMay 12 2021
The car had not been cleaned. The customer service was lacking.
10.0 ExcellentApr 14 2021
Easy pickup
10.0 ExcellentMar 5 2021
Very friendly on both ends!
6.0 GoodJan 1 2021
Staff was very friendly. At drop off there was no sign to say where to leave the key after hours.I think there was something wrong with the tires and/or alignment. In heavy rain the car hydroplaned horribly so that I was very frightened that I would be tossed off the road.
2.0 MediocreDec 6 2020
Unable to pick up car. I wasn’t chargedThe location was closed, although I was able to book the car and Google listed them as open
8.0 ExcellentAug 11 2020
Car had been smoked in. It reeked.
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Rated no. 4
Enterprise
8.1 Excellent (67 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Barbara
Enterprise
Locations in Santa Barbara
  • 8.1
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleJul 26 2021
Booked my car six weeks in advance, and they didn’t have it or anything close for me. I caught the guy in lie after lie. He said he just rented it because i was over an hour late. I was an hour and two minutes because of a delayed flight. So he rented it in two minutes? He said he called and left messages. When I showed him my phone had no calls or messages, he said it just kept ringing. I was upset at his repeated lies, so he asked me to leave.
10.0 ExcellentJul 14 2021
Too expensive for one day
6.0 GoodJun 12 2021
Drop off was eastvehicle could have been cleaner
10.0 ExcellentNov 17 2020
Very helpful staff, pick up and drop-offNothing. Really appreciated the savings offered by using Kayak on the catastrophic coverage!
8.0 ExcellentNov 12 2020
Staff was really friendly and very accommodating. The pick up and drop off was fast and easy
4.0 OkayOct 5 2020
The staff was able to point me in the right direction after they recognized their mistake.
2.0 MediocreSep 5 2020
A refund on the vehicle i never usedYou guys couldve been more prepared with more vehicles
6.8 GoodFeb 24 2020
Too busy and not organized very well. The workers I dealt with were friends though.
9.6 ExcellentAug 31 2019
Gentleman who helped me was professional, courteous and efficient.Only thing that was a VERY MINOR problem was my lack of knowledge that the button to open gas tank cover was located on the car door (had not encountered this in other vehicles).
7.6 GoodJul 11 2019
The employees were all very helpful, courteous and professional.The vehicle was in poor condition. The alignment was so bad it pulled to the right, the front tie-rod was bent and the tires were dangerously worn. This vehicle should have never been rented in this condition. That said, 1 week into the trip Enterprise authorized the repairs at Firestone.
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Rated no. 5
National
9.6 Excellent (2 reviews)
1 location in Santa Barbara
National
Locations in Santa Barbara
  • 10
  • 8
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
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Rated no. 6
Avis
8 Excellent (25 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Barbara
Avis
Locations in Santa Barbara
  • 8.6
  • 8.5
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
5.9 OkayJul 21 2021
Avis did not have the car I reserved when I arrived even though I called them that my plane was arriving an hour late and they assured me they would honor my reservation. It took an hour before they had a car that was within the size range I reserved and were trying to give me a much larger, uneconomical car. I refused it and they finally gave me a suitable replacement. The car I finally ended up with was great... Hopefully, this is all due to pandemic problems because the price was also triple of what I have paid in the past...
4.0 OkayMay 26 2021
The staff at pickup in Santa Barbara used deceitful tactics to pressure us into paying for an upgrade.
4.0 OkayJun 27 2020
Staff Sue gave me a car that needed an oil change and didn’t apply insurance to vehicle. Then when I swopped the cars I needed to make a new contract That didn’t honor the daily rate and cut my trip by 2 daysHonesty and accountability of the staff
8.4 ExcellentJun 24 2019
Friendly and professional staff.The rental car was not in the space on my card. No car was parked in that space. Luckily there was an attendant in the lot who approached me and found my car, and I did not have to return to the terminal.
10.0 ExcellentApr 8 2019
Accommodated special request
2.4 MediocreNov 5 2018
Unfriendly staff / Very Hard to locateI have lieved in SB for 40 years and have driven to the airport many times. I drove past the Avis return 2x before finding it. The parking area is very poorly lit at night and the sinage is terrible. There are no arrows, signs,etc as to where to return the keys, the car, etc. The staff at the Avis desk was most unhelpful. The attendant appeared lazy and like I was bothering her to return the keys. I had the impression I had really interrupted her evening and she had more important things to do than check me out ad take the keys back. Very poor expereince.
10.0 ExcellentJun 17 2018
Didn't have to wait in a long line for pickup or drop off. Car worked well.
10.0 ExcellentNov 26 2017
the car was easy to drive - good gas milage - very comfortable - service was quick.
6.8 GoodAug 28 2017
Failed to provide fullntank on pick up and no maps in carNo paper maps in car or available at pickup. Tank was supposed to be full. When i filled up from empty it showed 535 miles yet we traveled less Than 400 miles.
8.4 ExcellentMar 13 2017
Hard to find where to drop offShe was nice and sympathetic to my horrible experience with the car, but didn't do much other than to say call LAX and complain.Hard to figure out where to turn the keys in. I could find the lot, but no signs that you need to go into the terminal. It was dark... so if there are signs I didn't see them.
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Sunnycars
1 location in Santa Barbara
Sunnycars
Locations in Santa Barbara
Recent reviews
515 travellers who hired a car in Santa Barbara gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8,2

Car hire locations in or near Santa Barbara

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Most popular car type

Compact

When to book a car hire in Santa Barbara

Average daily price per month
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Top tips for hiring a car in Santa Barbara

  • Book your car hire in Santa Barbara at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact car hires in Santa Barbara are around 39% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Santa Barbara

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Santa Barbara are Enterprise (8,3, 119 reviews), Alamo (8,3, 66 reviews), and Dollar (8,1, 90 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Santa Barbara is R50,47 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R606 and R807, depending on the car size.

  • Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Santa Barbara.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Sixt, Dollar, Europcar and Thrifty.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Los Angeles airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Sixt, Dollar, Europcar and Thrifty.

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

  • A Compact car hire in Santa Barbara costs R460 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car hire in Santa Barbara costs R486 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car hire in Santa Barbara costs R512 per day, on average.