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Sarasota, FL, United States
Dec 4 — Dec 11
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Sarasota, FL, United States
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Pick-up locationSarasota
Hire locations19
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Sarasota car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Hertz
Best rated
7.9 Good (145 reviews)
2 locations in Sarasota
Hertz
Locations in Sarasota
  • 8.1
  • 8.2
  • 7.9
  • 8
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentOct 12 2021
Feel $500 for two nights super expensive
1.9 HorribleSep 21 2021
Worst experience ever…will never rent again! Customer service was if no help when you finally get through to a human to speak too! Awful experience
10.0 ExcellentAug 15 2021
Every thing was great will recommend to everyone
1.9 HorribleAug 8 2021
We had made a reservation with Hertz via Kayak. When we wanted to pick up the car, Hertz didn't have one for us. We had to go to a different location on our own and rent a car for the daily Hertz rate and ended up paying more than double. It was an extremely frustrating experience and we will write a letter to Kayak and to Hertz and try to get our money back!
5.9 OkayJul 28 2021
Vehicle was value for the money. Customer service was not so good.
1.9 HorribleJul 20 2021
Dealt with customer service representative at Sarasota Airport and off airport location in Sarasota. Both gentlemen were completely rude and unhelpful. The location closed before we were able to get our car and we could not call to speak to a representative without paying a 5% fee. Absolutely ridiculous, will absolutely never rent from Hertz again. Some of the worst customer service I’ve ever experienced in my life
4.0 OkayJun 11 2021
Cheap on gasThe car was filthy. The seats were stained and smelled like urine . The car was all banged up and dented. It was overall nasty! There was no one around when I picked it up. They handed me the key and that was it! When I dropped it off no one was around either . It was like a ghost town . The car drove rough like it was going to stall.
10.0 ExcellentJun 7 2021
Car was clean, no mechanical issues, nice size trunk, Staff on pick-up and return were pleasant and efficient.Nothing
8.0 ExcellentApr 27 2021
It was a good value! It beat the overpriced rates of Enterprise that are taking advantage of the tourists and locals in Venice, Florida. I drove 40 miles to get this Rental, and it was worth it.Staff was Great, but you need to get a drop box for rental keys for after hours and weekends.
4.0 OkayApr 17 2021
Original price was good but the tire went flat and had to call a wrecking service ($65). When he came he found that the spare was flat. Had to take tire to be fixed ($21). Had to take a taxi from airport to rental location and from rental location back to the airport ($35 + tip each way=$80). Extra $165. We lost a day of vacation when tire was flat and 2 1/2 hours waiting for tire to be repaired plus time getting to and from rental location which was approx. 10 miles in the opposite direction of where we were staying when we passed a Hertz location about 5 min. from where we were staying on the way to the place our reservation was made for us. Was told when I made reservation that we could be picked up from the airport.All of the above was a dislike PLUS the guy who was there was NOT personable or professional.
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Rated no. 2
Dollar
7.8 Good (122 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Dollar
Locations in Sarasota
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentNov 9 2021
We had a tire issue with our original vehicle. The exchange was handled quickly and professionally. Excellent and courteous service.
4.0 OkayNov 7 2021
After our flight, we went to pick up the rental car. There was a long line. We were told that they Dollar switched locations with Enterprise in the middle of the day and so their computer systems were down. Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty were combined into one counter. Workers were processing everything by paper and we ended up waiting on the line for 90 minutes. Everyone waiting was frustrated with situation that sounded like could have been avoided.
3.9 MediocreSep 20 2021
The inside agent was helpful. There was some confusion so it took quite a bit longer than it should have. He did a great job and offered me a free upgrade and told me I didn’t have to fill the car up with gas when I brought it back. I went out to the lot to get the car and the car broke down as they were bringing it to me. They only had 1 other car and it was tiny and uncomfortable. The agent outside was less than helpful. I was left standing there with no idea if I was being helped or not. She addressed me but then went and helped a bunch of other people so I was just left standing there. The communication was lacking greatly.
1.9 HorribleAug 22 2021
There were minor dings and scratches on the car that look old and starting to rust when we picked it up. I didn't want to get screwed so I took a few photos on my phone of the damage. The car was reasonable during use. When I returned the car the attendant called me out of the minor dings and scratches, accusing me of causing them. I showed the photos and the attendant wanted to see the timestamp of the photos, which I also showed and the attendant let it go at that and stopped accusing me. Why am I responsible for proving the condition of their vehicle before I used it? Can't they keep their own records and notes of their property and not blame their customers?
10.0 ExcellentJul 26 2021
Excelente attention
10.0 ExcellentJun 30 2021
HelpfulNeeded more customer people
4.0 OkayMay 11 2021
The car drove niceThe pickup experience was a disaster. There was no organization or communication. The car was also filthy. My wife and I had to clean it with Clorox wipes before getting in.
4.0 OkayMay 2 2021
The car was nice and the pick up was fineThere was no one there for drop off and then, even though I prepaid through kayak I had an additional charge of $195 and since I couldn’t talk to anyone and didn’t get an emailed receipt, I have NO IDEA why
6.0 GoodMay 2 2021
The car was old and the tires were almost bald in addition the brakes were poor ! For what we paid I do not believe it was a good value
6.0 GoodApr 19 2021
Waited in line over an hour to get to the counter to get our car. There was garbage in our vehicle when we got in and it didn’t appear to have been cleaned.
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Rated no. 3
Budget
7.8 Good (196 reviews)
2 locations in Sarasota
Budget
Locations in Sarasota
  • 7.9
  • 8
  • 7.8
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreNov 16 2021
Cost was quoted at $440 and they charged us $760 and would not budge on the change in price. Will never rent there again
2.0 MediocreNov 3 2021
I stood in line at budget at Sarasota airport for 35 minutes and the long line never moved so I went on line and rented Hertz instead.
2.0 MediocreOct 19 2021
Very rude staff member. He claimed to be the manager. We ended up renting from National instead, even though they were more expensive. In the end it was so worth it for the customer service.
10.0 ExcellentOct 18 2021
The person handling my rental when I first arrived at the airport was very nice, and patient. Loved the car, was able to drop my rental off a day earlier. Dropping off wasn’t as friendly but in all great experience.
10.0 ExcellentAug 26 2021
One of the best rental experiences I’ve had in years. Great customer service, fast, and a clean car. What else could you ask for?
1.9 HorribleAug 22 2021
I never even took the rental because they said the rental that was confirmed was not available. Then they offered a much smaller vehicle and tried to charge me the same price, except the rental insurance was vastly higher. The rep then gave me some ridiculous excuse about how bad things were with the rental car business because of COVID. I voided the rental and got EXACTLY the vehicle I wanted from Alamo. I wouldn’t rent a vehicle from Budget if they were the only rental company available.
7.9 GoodAug 10 2021
Had some questions about rental at drop off - no agents working the desk at 6:30am.
7.9 GoodAug 10 2021
The service was easy. The car could have been a little cleaner. Also, it would be nice to have the car ready at the door instead of having us look for it.
10.0 ExcellentAug 5 2021
The service was awesome
10.0 ExcellentJul 22 2021
Easy and fast pick up process and great value...
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Rated no. 4
Alamo
8.7 Excellent (90 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Alamo
Locations in Sarasota
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentMay 21 2017
No automatic locks. I had to use a key to open the car door.
8.8 ExcellentMay 10 2017
Car was clean and new. Pickup and drop off were easy.Charged me for 7 gallons of gas after I returned it with a full tank. They refunded the charge after I complained, but I don't see how it was applied in the first place. I had filled up 2 minutes from the drop off location.
9.6 ExcellentMay 4 2017
Car was in second lot and hard to find - some specific directions about the space numbers would have been helpful, maybe even a map.
10.0 ExcellentMay 1 2017
Great service!We upgraded and extended our rental. The guy at the airport couldn't have been more pleasant or helpful. Upgraded us to a 2026 Suburban and only charges us for a regular minivan. Being a family of 5 this was very helpful.
5.6 OkayMay 1 2017
Watch out for unexpected chargesCar was fine. Very small gas tank, though.According to Kayak, I was supposed to be charged an agreed-upon amount from March 29 through April 30. However, Alamo charged me for a one-month rental at the rate I had been quoted for the entire period and then tacked on an additional fee for the remaining 2 days.
10.0 ExcellentApr 28 2017
Very easy drop off.
10.0 ExcellentApr 26 2017
Great new car. Hybrid with great gas mileage. Easy drop-off and pick up.
9.6 ExcellentApr 23 2017
Drop off was amazingly easy
10.0 ExcellentApr 19 2017
They gave us a free up-grade!
8.0 ExcellentMar 8 2017
Easy drop off with parking lot check out.
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Rated no. 5
Thrifty
7.9 Good (70 reviews)
2 locations in Sarasota
Thrifty
Locations in Sarasota
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 7.8
  • 7.9
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentNov 8 2021
Waited awhile for car to come from back lot but other than that, it was great
10.0 ExcellentNov 7 2021
Easy and quick!
10.0 ExcellentNov 1 2021
Very well
8.0 ExcellentJun 28 2021
It was easy to pick up. We were given a little bigger car than we originally requested for the same price, which was great.Our counter agent was good and friendly but talked too fast and with a mask, plexiglass divider, and accent it was hard to hear him. We knew about what the cost would be but it still was much more expensive than it should be.
10.0 ExcellentMay 1 2021
Reasonably priced. The Drop off was very quick and easy.Long wait to pick up the car.
6.0 GoodFeb 25 2021
The pickup was a two hour wait just to get the car. Other than that, it went fine.
10.0 ExcellentDec 7 2020
yesSirius didn't work despite it being part of the paid for package
9.6 ExcellentFeb 11 2020
Friendly staff. Easy pick up and drop off.
2.0 MediocreJan 28 2020
The car smelled of so much smoke that it was almost unbearable.
4.0 OkayJan 25 2020
Jose at the counter was not very professional.Service at the counter and drop off at Miami Airport was not much better.
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Rated no. 6
Enterprise
7.6 Good (77 reviews)
5 locations in Sarasota
Enterprise
Locations in Sarasota
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 7.5
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
5.9 OkayJul 20 2021
When we picked up the car it wasn't vacuumed. It smelt like weed and the tire pressure was at 27 pounds, which was very low. We needed to buy an air freshener, put in air and then when we returned it, they tried charging us for 5 gallons of fuel.we didn't replace, though the odometer was at the 1/2 mark when we got it and when we returned it. They ultimately refunded us after complaining but the experience wasn't great.
3.9 MediocreJun 17 2021
confusion about pick up location meant I had to uber from airport to a distant suburban location and wait for more than an hour to pick up my car. return was not much better since no one ever answered the phone when I needed to extend the rental or change the drop off. the staff at the airport was not helpful but when we were finally assisted at Clark Road, the lady there was very nice.
10.0 ExcellentJun 14 2021
Representative was not pushy about buying insurance coverage, or prepayment for fuel.
4.0 OkayJun 10 2021
Waited 1 hour 15 minutes, place is shabby and not clean
2.0 MediocreApr 25 2021
Booked a convertible it confirmed. Got there and they didn't have a convertible because on was returned earlier that day with damage. They could have called or emailed before I paid to Uber to the dealership. The woman that was helping was insanely abrasive and rude about it instead of apologetic. I understand things happen but I absolutely should have been notified before my reservation time plus she did not need to be so abrasive about it. Apologetic and calm if the way she should have approached it. I am extremely unsatisfied and will not book again.
2.0 MediocreApr 11 2021
Do not be late! This store closes at 5:00PM. Our daily rental rate increased dramatically when we picked up the next morning.
4.0 OkayFeb 10 2021
The staff member at the pickup was rude in trying to sell additional collision insurance which was unnecessary as my credit card includes such coverage. He was condescending and aggressive.After speaking with rental agency customer support for over 45 minutes, no one could tell me what the cost would be to drop the car off early at a different location. They advised me to drop the vehicle and that they would waive any fees if they were charged. No invoice has been received in over 48 hours since dropping off the vehicle.
2.0 MediocreDec 1 2020
The check out process was quick and easy at the airport terminal. Car was comfortable.It took over an hour to pickup rental even though I had already done all paperwork and just needed to pickup vehicle. There was a lot of chaos, 2 people doing rentals and only 4 people in front of me. They were struggling with order, cleaning and checkout process. Won’t rent from that location again.
7.6 GoodNov 18 2020
Staff very friendly and helpfulThe car was just returned when I picked it up. So they did not have a chance to wash it. I would have waited for them to wash it.
10.0 ExcellentJul 16 2020
Staff was great. Drop off was a breeze.Not one thing!
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Rated no. 7
Payless
7.1 Good (61 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Payless
Locations in Sarasota
  • 7.2
  • 7.4
  • 7.1
  • 6.9
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayJun 14 2021
The pickup time a d experience was awful.
4.0 OkayMar 15 2021
I really liked the upgrade to the minivan.We waited one hour and 45 minutes in line at SRQ for the rental car. Only one attendant there. I also got a ticket for an expired tag that I had no control over.
8.0 ExcellentFeb 18 2021
YesClean vehicle Somebody available to do a walk around with prior to exiting facility
9.2 ExcellentJun 2 2020
easy drop off, nice clean carOnly one agent working for 3 different rental car companies at the time of pick-up and caused very long lines
10.0 ExcellentApr 1 2020
Everyone was efficient and friendly, the car was fine and the price was right.Nothing, we will definitely consider Kayak again.
4.4 OkayFeb 16 2020
That eventually I got a small car.Had reserved a small car -- but only a truck was available. Was told to come back the next day, when there would be plenty of cars, and swap it out for a small car. Did that -- told us that no cars were available (all cars reserved -- tho of course my car was reserved too). Told to come back the next day between 8-10am -- when there would surely be plenty of cars. Did...and after 30 minutes (first saying there were no cars) they found a small car. Incidentally, had tried to call ahead each time but the main office didn't know the local car situation and no one answered the phone at the local office. Local office told me that they don't have anyone available to answer the phone. This isn't a problem that can be solved without people driving all the way to the airport to find out if there are cars available?
9.2 ExcellentNov 5 2019
Staff very friendly but had to cover three different rental agencies with two people and a long line. I felt very bad for them as some of the crowd were nasty and it was not their fault.More staffing at the pickup counter.
6.0 GoodOct 27 2019
price was decentno one available at drop off
6.8 GoodOct 14 2019
No lines, even though only one employee covering several companies, he worked hard and got to everyone as fast as possible.No cars in the size I reserved and really very little inventory. Asked if I would mind taking a 4 door pick up truck. A bit hard for me as I was visiting an elderly relative, but wanted to help him out as he really didn’t have any cars. Didn’t realize when I agreed that the gas cost would be so much more with a vehicle that size. Probably cost me an extra 10-15 dollars and I was the one inconvenienced. Would have been nice to have been offered a credit for that.
8.8 ExcellentSep 30 2019
Very easy and fast pick up/drop off.Vehicle had a strong cigarette smoke smell. Might need ozone treatment.
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Rated no. 8
Avis
6.9 Good (57 reviews)
2 locations in Sarasota
Avis
Locations in Sarasota
  • 7
  • 7.2
  • 6.8
  • 6.9
  • 6.8
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayOct 20 2021
I reserved a Ford Mustang sports car and when I went to pick it up they said they didn’t have it because they were waiting for someone to return it. They gave me a Ford Explorer which had terrible gas mileage. I’m sure the Mustang had comparable gas mileage, but I don’t mind paying more for a sports car with superior handling and power instead of a gas guzzling suv.
10.0 ExcellentAug 9 2021
Fast efficient, Claire who checked us in was kind and helpful answered questions, explained rental contract in detail. Car was clean did not smell. Pick up and drop off helpful no line but plenty of space to sit.
10.0 ExcellentJun 22 2021
The car was comfortable. Pick up and drop off were quick and considerate.
2.0 MediocreJun 20 2021
We will not use Avis again. #1 - we reserved a minivan and they didn’t have one when we arrived. Instead we were given a smaller vehicle which made our 8 hour drive a nightmare with our kids. #2 - the car looked like it hadn’t been cleaned. #3 - we were charged for a full tank of gas and after we drove away realized it only had a quarter tank.
2.0 MediocreMay 27 2021
One of the worst car rental experiences
2.0 MediocreMay 22 2021
When we got there they did not have our truck. Two others had reservations for trucks as well. The lady said she didn't know when they might get any trucks...why was the reservation allowed to be booked if no trucks? Bait and switch at its finest. Never renting from Avis again.
6.0 GoodApr 7 2021
The 2nd car was clean & in good working condition. Try’s car w/ cracked windshield & followed all instructions when I called in & got case #, did follow up before returning car. Simple “incident report” done upon return, easy, 15 min to do paperwork so was impressed they gave outside service, avoiding lines inside terminal.Initial car had obvious front end or alignment problem that should have never been rented out. Caused me to return next day for replacement. Eating my valuable vacation time.
6.0 GoodMar 31 2021
Easy pickup and drop off!Car was not as clean as I expected it to be. Windshield was dirty on the inside and it wasn’t vacuumed very good. Kind of felt funny turning it in in that condition even though I only rented it for 2 days and only drove it on of them.
8.0 ExcellentMar 20 2021
Staff goodCar not cleaned well. No bathroom at pickup location
3.2 MediocreMar 12 2020
Car was filthy. Pickup was a $30 cab ride from airport, not at airport. Car had damaged windshield and no washer fluid.
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Rated no. 9
National
10 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Sarasota
National
Locations in Sarasota
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJan 17 2017
Bill was extremely helpful in adjusting the amount overcharged. Paul was also a pleasure. Everything about our encounter was very very nice. The drop off process was very easy. if I was not overcharged I would have been out of there in 5 minutes.When i dropped off the car I was overcharged. Had I not looked at my receipt I would not have known. I had to go inside and go to the counter to have the charge adjusted.
Rated no. 10
Economy Rent a Car
7.3 Good (3 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Sarasota
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreApr 30 2017
The car was nice.I called to let them know I needed the car two days earlier. Had to leave a voice mail and got no return call. Didn't know where to find the shuttle. Took forever to process paper work. When we went to return the car, there was no one there. We had to call two different numbers to get someone there to check the car in and give us a ride to the airport. HORRIBLE!!!! And it wasn't cheap either.
10.0 ExcellentApr 21 2017
Was great! Would def use you again!Service was great!That the rental was not at the airport. It it wasn't terribly inconvenient :)
Sunnycars
1 location in Sarasota
Sunnycars
Locations in Sarasota
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822 travellers who hired a car in Sarasota gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7,8

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When to book a car hire in Sarasota

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Car hire excess insurance in Sarasota

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 Sarasota 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 Sarasota.

Deductible

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 Sarasota car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Sarasota

  • As a tourist in Sarasota, there’s lots to discover with the help of a car. Rather than relying on public transport, embrace the comfort of a hire a car to explore Sarasota Bay and beyond in your own time. From the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to Siesta Key Beach, you’ll have the freedom take in all of Sarasota’s sights.
  • Ready to rent a car on your vacation in Sarasota? If you are landing at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, you will find that the main terminal offers several on-site car hire facilities. Conveniently, the hire car counters can be found in the baggage claim wing just after you leave the Arrivals Hall.
  • Travelers new to Sarasota must remember to keep headlights on from dusk to dawn, as well as in rain or fog, as this is a requirement across the whole state. When you stop at a red light, you may turn right unless a sign indicating “no right on red” is posted. You are likely to encounter several toll roads on the outskirts of Sarasota, so always carry cash in your car.
  • Morning rush hour in Sarasota begins at 7:00 am and lasts until 9:00 am, and in the afternoon it goes from 3:00 pm until 7:30 pm. Try to avoid US 41 and I-75 highways during these peak times. During the summer months, Sarasota’s roads are practically traffic free, but come winter when everyone is escaping colder climates, the roads can become congested.
  • Book your car hire in Sarasota at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini car hires in Sarasota are around 31% cheaper than other car types, on average

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