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Santa Monica, CA, United States
Dec 10 — Dec 17
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Pick-up locationSanta Monica
Hire locations21
Airport locations1

Santa Monica car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Hertz
Best rated
7.2 Good (57 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Monica
Hertz
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.1
  • 6.8
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentNov 18 2021
Excellent people working in that office!
2.0 MediocreDec 3 2019
The customer service at the Hertz location was horrible and it’s a shabby place.
4.0 OkayOct 22 2019
Can’t drop off after 6pm, so basically was only able to use the car for a few hours.
2.0 MediocreAug 18 2019
They didn’t have a car for me to rent despite accepting my reservation so I had to travel across town to make an alternate reservation. Massive waste of my time and money.
2.0 MediocreJun 13 2019
I did not like anything as I was not able to get the car. I left work only to arrive at the location on time and once I did they informed me there was no car available and that the info on your website had not been updated. I'm very disappointed and now reluctant to use your services again.I did not like anything as I was not able to get the car. I left work only to arrive at the location on time and once I did they informed me there was no car available and that the info on your website had not been updated. I'm very disappointed and now reluctant to use your services again.
10.0 ExcellentApr 10 2019
The car was awesome !!!The front desk clerks need some customer service training. Rude and didn’t even realize it lol
6.4 GoodMar 24 2019
Staff was nice.Not enough people working. Hours did not match google/online. Staff takes a one hour break and no other way to get help/pick up car/etc. I requested, paid and confirmed a small car (lower mpg and parking in LA is difficult). Was given a full size car and the only other choice was a nice suv for 2x $
10.0 ExcellentFeb 17 2019
EasyPick up and drop off is at ease
9.6 ExcellentJan 28 2019
Good staff (Alex)Old used coffee cups left in center console
7.6 GoodJan 22 2019
The staff was very friendly. They worked hard to fix the situation when they didn't have the car on hand that I had reserved. The exact Hertz desk is a little bit hard to find in the hotel, but overall it's in a great location and very convenient.The staff seemed surprised when I arrived, even though I had a reservation. They had to give me a different car than I reserved and seemed disorganized.
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Rated no. 2
Midway
9.1 Excellent (10 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Monica
Midway
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 9.2
  • 9.2
  • 9.2
  • 8.8
  • 9.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentSep 18 2021
friendliness of staff
10.0 ExcellentApr 1 2021
Staff was extremely friendly, pickup and drop-off was very fast and efficient. I see some complaints about customers not getting the type of car they reserved, which I could see happening as the lot was very small, not a large selection. I had rented a economy class, and loved the car I got.
10.0 ExcellentMar 26 2021
Clean car easy to pick up / drop offBusy intersection was hard to return car
9.2 ExcellentSep 22 2020
Loved the car - awesome price, amazing gas mileage, great AC. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. I returned the car, and was offered a ride home - a very pleasant surprise.The only issue when we arrived at Midway was that there was a shortage of cars. Our options were to go to a further away location OR to have the rental car delivered to our home. We opted to return home ourselves and wait for the rental car to be delivered to us. The delivery was 1.5 hours after our initial pickup time. Not ideal when your schedule is time sensitive. But it worked out for us.
2.0 MediocreApr 12 2019
NothingI booked the car for a 4pm pickup. They closed at 4pm. I had to find another place to rent from and walk there.
Rated no. 3
Budget
9 Excellent (4 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Monica
Budget
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJul 8 2016
Great attention
Rated no. 4
Enterprise
8.4 Excellent (24 reviews)
5 locations in Santa Monica
Enterprise
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
  • 8.5
  • 8.3
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentOct 12 2021
Awesome service!
10.0 ExcellentApr 20 2021
Mike made sure I was able to get the vehicle I needed when I needed it. That was amazingActually everything was perfect
8.0 ExcellentFeb 9 2021
Attentive employee.Rented a car on-line that was not available- what??? No Bueno.
10.0 ExcellentAug 21 2019
Nothing.
4.0 OkayDec 28 2018
Bad ExperienceMy small economy carnot available They gave me a 8 cylinder truck!!! Instead of using 40 dolllars in gas I used 80
5.2 OkayMay 8 2017
The vehicle was good and no problems during the two weeks.The attitude of the person "Scott" in hand over.
10.0 ExcellentNov 29 2016
Great car rentalWe were upgraded from a compact to a Ford Escape and it was very nice. We rented it for a trip to Tucson and enjoyed all of its features. They were very nice at the desk and we were in and out quickly.
10.0 ExcellentNov 21 2016
Good service nice people helpful
10.0 ExcellentSep 7 2016
Very good customer service and an excellent car. I will return when I need to.
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Rated no. 5
Avis
8.1 Excellent (17 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Monica
Avis
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
7.9 GoodAug 6 2021
I have not yet received my car rental bill
8.0 ExcellentJan 24 2018
Good but got ripped off for insuranceNice car, friendly service.I took the insurance out suggested on the Kayak website only to find that when I got to the rental place, that insurance didn't cover any damage to others if I got in to an accident. I therefore had to take out another policy with Avis to cover me in case of that.
4.8 OkayOct 30 2017
They didn't have the car I reserved so I ended up paying almost doubleClose to Santa Monica Pier (10 blocks)The car we reserved didn't exist so we had to pay almost double for an involuntary upgrade. We felt like we were, albeit mildly, swindled by the franchise.
2.0 MediocreJul 15 2017
Despite having a reservation they had no cars available whatsoever. Eventually told me I could take the sports car since I was an hour late for work, but it would be an additional $20/day. Eventually they said they could remove the upcharge when I returned the car. Took over an hour to pick up the car. Dropped off on time, took over an hour to return the car. 1 employee on site and so many customers we all couldn't even fit in the lobby. Upcharge on car was remove, part of me feels this was only because of the insanely terrible service at pickup and drop off. Never again at this location.
9.6 ExcellentJun 18 2017
Excellent value, great carMuch nicer than expected car, great price and convenience in both locations.Pick up and drop off slower than ideal - each location had longish lines and could've used a second person at desk
7.6 GoodOct 15 2015
Parking lot too small. Difficult to drop off when someone else is leaving.
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Rated no. 6
Sixt
7.1 Good (16 reviews)
1 location in Santa Monica
Sixt
Locations in Santa Monica
  • 7.2
  • 7.4
  • 6.9
  • 6.8
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
3.9 MediocreOct 6 2021
I ordered a Rav 4 Got a mini cooper to small I'm 6.2 Not good Could not stop off car after after hours Overall Not Good
4.8 OkayJul 7 2020
The car
10.0 ExcellentMar 3 2019
The staff was very friendly and efficient. They offered another car as an option so I wouldn’t have to wait. Even though I didn’t take that option my car arrives quite quickly anyway. My rental car was a mini copper countryman and it was fantastic.Nothing.
9.6 ExcellentFeb 13 2019
The staff was super helpful and friendly. I would recommend them to anyone. Car was clean and in good shape. Folks at drop off similarly nice and efficient.Only small problem: it took a long time to get my car initially. Staff and car were so nice I didn't really mind much.
6.0 GoodJan 28 2019
The staff is extremely friendly and promptThe car smelled like someone had smoke tobacco for many days inside
6.0 GoodDec 23 2018
Sloppy car prepGood car1. Within 2 miles I got a low pressure signal. Stopped, got some air and calibrated. This lasted 5 days and had to be repeated (fortunately I knew how the calibration system worked...) 2. The windshield wiper fluid was empty
10.0 ExcellentMar 27 2017
Very happy with the service and vehicleI filled out everything online. So when I arrived the services as fast and professional.
10.0 ExcellentMar 26 2017
The value for what I got out of the car and its reliability over a 1,400 mile trip (for only $200) was second to none. Eric was very nice, even let me hold my stuff there so I could check out the pier for a half hour. No complaints whatsoever. I was actually feeling apprehensive because of all the bad reviews, but maybe some people are just more picky than others. I was very happy with my experience.
10.0 ExcellentJan 15 2017
excellent service and great deals!
6.0 GoodJan 13 2017
No hassles picking up and with dropoffI returned the vehicle and 5 days later I received an email saying there was a damage which was not pointed out when I delivered it, and which I had nothing to do with. Might have happended after I delivered it.
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Eagle Rent A Car
3 locations in Santa Monica
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Santa Monica
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Rent-4-Less
1 location in Santa Monica
Rent-4-Less
Locations in Santa Monica
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Thrifty
1 location in Santa Monica
Thrifty
Locations in Santa Monica
Recent reviews
128 travellers who hired a car in Santa Monica gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7,7

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Top tips for hiring a car in Santa Monica

  • Car rentals in Santa Monica can provide you with the ease and flexibility you need to explore all of the popular attractions within the city and the surrounding areas. Head to the famous city of Beverly Hills that is about 10 miles away and best reached by car. If you like being active and are interested in going on a hike, you can visit the scenic Topanga State Park that spans across 14,000 acres and is around a half-hour drive from the city.
  • Visitors can pick up their Santa Monica car rentals directly from Los Angeles International Airport. While there are no rental car offices located on airport property, many of them provide complimentary shuttle services that depart from just outside the Arrivals terminal under the purple sign marked as "Rental Car Shuttles." There are over 40 different companies for you to choose from, including Thrifty, Budget, and Hertz.
  • The city center is known for having many pedestrians and cyclists, so always be on the lookout for them when you are driving car rentals in Santa Monica. Motorcycles are also legally allowed to drive in between traffic lanes in California, so make sure to drive cautiously in case one of them is in your blind spot. As Santa Monica is such a large city, it can be easy to get lost, so consider adding a GPS system to your rental in order to help with navigation.
  • All of Los Angeles County, including Santa Monica, is known for having heavy traffic, particularly during rush hour. If you don’t want to find yourself stuck in a traffic jam, avoiding driving on the Pacific Coast Highway and freeways 10 and 405 between the hours of 8am to 9:30am and 5pm to 6:30pm. The roads also tend to be particularly slippery when it rains, so drive extra cautiously during this type of weather.
  • Book your car hire in Santa Monica at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard car hires in Santa Monica are around 73% cheaper than other car types, on average

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