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West Columbia car hire

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West Columbia car hire information

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Airport locations7

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in West Columbia

  • Using car rentals in West Columbia makes exploration of the region incredibly convenient and flexible. Travelers gain the freedom to discover hidden attractions and locations without being constrained by public transportation timetables. The option of renting a car also provides the advantage of setting one's own itinerary, making the most of time and comfort while being immersed in the varied wonders of West Columbia. With West Columbia car rentals, you can explore attractions like the scenic Three Rivers Greenway, the intriguing Cayce Historical Museum, and the serene Congaree National Park.
  • If you fly to West Columbia, you'll likely land at Metropolitan Airport (CAE), about 5 miles from the city. CAE houses several car rental companies whose desks are within the airport. You can find the car rental desk situated within the terminal close to baggage claim. Vehicles are conveniently positioned just outside the terminal, with returns handled at the same location as pickup. Renting a car at CAE offers the advantage of immediate access to transportation upon arrival, eliminating the need for additional transfers. This convenience allows you to seamlessly continue your journey and explore your destination more efficiently and flexibly.
  • Driving car rentals in West Columbia is a smooth experience due to the generally well-maintained roads and offers a relatively calm and relaxed experience. The city's drivers tend to adhere to traffic rules and exhibit patience on the roads. While bicycles are seen occasionally, and pedestrians are generally cautious, jaywalking is not a significant issue. You'll encounter a mix of cars, SUVs, and local commuters, with trucks being less common on the roads.
  • Although a fun experience, driving car rentals in West Columbia can be challenging during the morning (7:30 am to 9:00 am) and evening rush hours (4 pm to 6:30 pm), notably affecting key roads like Interstate 26 and US-378. Traffic congestion often hampers smooth travel. Additionally, the city experiences occasional difficulties during heavy rainfall in the rainy season, which can lead to slippery road conditions, requiring heightened caution from drivers.
  • Book your car hire in West Columbia at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size hire cars in West Columbia are around 108% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in West Columbia

  • What is the best car hire company in West Columbia?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire in West Columbia is Alamo (8,9, 50 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in West Columbia?

    The average price of fuel in West Columbia is R71,61 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R859 and R1 146, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in West Columbia?

    Full-size (Chevrolet Suburban or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in West Columbia.

  • How can I find car hires near me in West Columbia?

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

  • How much does a Full Size car hire cost in West Columbia?

    A Full Size car hire in West Columbia costs R2 941 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in West Columbia?

    A Mini car hire in West Columbia costs R1 616 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in West Columbia?

    An Intermediate car hire in West Columbia costs R1 388 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in West Columbia?

    Choosing the right car for West Columbia depends on your preferences. For city driving, a compact car offers easy maneuvering and parking. A mid-sized sedan or SUV provides comfort and versatility if you plan to explore nearby areas. Opt for a vehicle with good handling for navigating traffic efficiently. Additionally, a larger SUV could be suitable if you're traveling with a group or carrying equipment. Assess your needs to determine the best fit for your West Columbia driving experience.

  • What's the speed limit in West Columbia?

    When driving car rentals in West Columbia, you should know that the speed limits in the city vary across different zones. The maximum allowable speed is 80 miles per hour. Undivided highways typically have speed limits ranging from 45 to 55 mph. The speed limits within residential and business areas range from 20 to 30 mph. The speed limits are further reduced to 15 to 25 mph when passing through school zones. It's essential to adhere to these speed limits to ensure safety and compliance while driving in West Columbia. Expect to be pulled over if you don't adhere to these speed limits.

  • Where are the best places to park in West Columbia?

    There are varying parking options in West Columbia based on your location. When downtown, you can find parking garages and lots near the State Street historic district and the Vista. Specific parking areas are available for attractions like Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden. Residential areas offer on-street parking, while shopping districts feature their parking facilities. Exploring the diverse parking choices across different regions ensures convenience during your visit to West Columbia. Expect to pay around $1 for an hour of parking. 

West Columbia car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

8,9

Very Good

107 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.1

Value for money

8.8

One location in West Columbia

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Locations in West Columbia

3000 Aviation Way

+1 844 806 3358

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59

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10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Fantastic! They made both transactions so simple.

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Very easy

7,6 Good

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was effective, friendly, helpful and attentive to our needs. Car was great!

Cons:

Interior and exterior could have been cleaner.

9,6 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Smooth pick up and drop off

Cons:

Automatic back hitch didn’t work so convenience was loss, but overall good car.

8,0 Very Good

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and very helpful.

Cons:

Selection of cars could have been better, but I ended up with a good car that performed well, no problems.

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Slow process to pick up car but after that, everything went smoothly.

Cons:

Processing pickup

1 out of 22

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

9,0

Wonderful

33 reviews

Cleanliness

9.3

Comfort

9.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.5

Value for money

8.5

4 locations in West Columbia

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Locations in West Columbia

1307 Assembly St

+1 803 748 9214

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

1502 Charleston Hwy

+1 803 791 1984

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

3000 Aviation Way

+1 833 969 2399

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59

320 Greystone Blvd

+1 803 251 2912

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
The agent who helped me at the Columbia,SC was friendly and helpful!

2,0 Poor

Sep 2022

KAYAK
No car available

8,8 Very Good

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Disappointed that the location was closed. Just a drop off to a key suppository. Ho hum.

Cons:

Open location during daytime.

9,2 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Process went smoothly, very friendly and helpful employees

Cons:

Car smelled like it had been smoked in and I was given the car with less than half a tank of gas

8,0 Very Good

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

On line reservation easy, price was OK. The overall staff were very friendly and helpful. The car was clean and what I had reserved.

Cons:

I had to drive to the airport to pick up the car instead of a oneway rental as I have done in the past. This time they were charging a $75 drop off fee which was something new. Rental went from forty something dollars to over one hundred and twenty plus!!!

9,6 Wonderful

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The process was simple and they even accommodated a last minute change in drop off location.

Cons:

The price using Kayak was several hundred dollars less which was great, but it bothers me that some people would have paid the Enterprise going rate. Why such a difference?

1 out of 8

Dollar

7,5

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.6

Value for money

7.1

One location in West Columbia

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Locations in West Columbia

3018 Aviation Way

+1 803 822 2300

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59

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10,0 Wonderful

May 2024

KAYAK
Great experience with this rental car company!

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Great! Very professional

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Excellent customer service at the counter. There were lots of scratches and a few dents on the vehicle that were not annotated.

8,0 Very Good

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The cleanliness of the car and the make and model!

2,0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Absolutely nothing about this experience was good.

Cons:

When reserving a specific class of vehicle, try having that type of vehicle available. Completely ruined a trip that I planned a month in advance. I needed a pick up truck, reserved a pick up truck. After calling 10-15 times, to verify the availability, I was able to get someone on the phone. Unfortunately they were not at all helpful, but they did mention that a truck would be due back in on Tuesday.

2,0 Poor

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

We made the reservation online through kayak. Decided to drive well out of our way to pick up from dollar bc the price was much less. Once we arrived, they racked on $95 bc it was a one way trip! This should have been calculated when making our reservation for what was clearly a one way reservation. Explained this to Dollar rep and they could care less. We were so upset... wasted lots of time and money. Will never rent from dollar or use kayak again.

1 out of 13

Thrifty

7,0

Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.8

Value for money

6.4

One location in West Columbia

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Locations in West Columbia

3018 Aviation Way

+1 803 822 2300

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59

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10,0 Wonderful

May 2024

KAYAK
Great car! Great value! Kind and helpful employees! Overall a wonderful experience!

6,0 Okay

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Wasn't informed of the extra fees for roadside have never rented from a car rental company that doesn't include roadside for their vehicles, and also had to pay for a better upgrade class all because the class I reserved wasn't available!

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

It was cheap and service was good.

Cons:

I had to go to the rental counter to return the car keys when dropping off.

8,0 Very Good

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Exactly as expected. The price quoted on the website was exactly what I paid. The car worked fine, was clean and the drop off was hassle free.

Cons:

I didn't know that there would not be an attendant to check me out when I returned the car to the parking space. Luckily, an attendant from a competitor told me there was nobody to check the car and that I should take a picture of the mileage and gas meter so I could show it to the counter attendant at the rental desk who would do the final paperwork.

2,0 Poor

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The only positive I can say about Thrifty is that the lady working the counter really did try her best to find me a car.

Cons:

We rented a minivan for a church trip online through Kayak a few days before our departure. When we arrived to the rental company (passengers and all luggage in tow), the Thrifty employee informed me that the car we'd rented was not available, nor were any other minivans. She said that since you don't pay when you reserve, the reservation is not binding. All she had to offer me was a 15-passenger van, which is not covered by our church insurance policy. I was unfortunately unable to rent from Thrifty and had to find a van from another rental company at the very last second, or we would have been unable to go on our trip. I would not recommend this company to anyone.

2,0 Poor

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

It is hard to list anything they performed well.

Cons:

Their staff is extremely rude. They didn't have the car we reserved. They said it wasn't available and offered us an upgrade for additional cost. We declined their offer. Suddenly, the attendant, whom happens to be the manager, found the car we reserved and indicated it wasn't cleaned because the cleaning staff have left for the day. She informed us that she will get someone to clean the car and to meet them in the lot. We waited for 10 minutes in the cold weather and nobody met us there. We came back in and the manager made us wait another 10-12 minutes while she took care of one customer. Finally, when it was our turn, she wondered why we came back. The car was handed to us extremely filthy. The manager was rude about the whole situation the entire time and never apologized. Never rent from Thrifty or Dollar period at the CAE location.

1 out of 5

Avis

6,5

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

6.1

One location in West Columbia

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3010 Aviation Way

+1 803 822 5100

Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59

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10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice car. Attentive staff.

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

it was excellent, the prior page would not allow me to select the rateings

Cons:

nothing

8,4 Very Good

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The person at the counter was friendly and courteous

Cons:

I do not like dropping my car off in the parking garage without an attendant to inspect it. I am always concerned of being blamed if any damage occurred in the gargae I will be Joel responsible for it

9,6 Wonderful

May 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The easy access at the airport.

Cons:

It was very difficult finding how to open the gas cover door release. The AVIS rep didn't say anything. I had to Google how to so I could fill up the car. The release mechanism on the Nissan Versa is located under the dash near your knees so you don't see it. As opposed to being on the floor next to the trunk release or like the new models where you just push on the gas cover door and it opens.

2,0 Poor

Feb 2023

KAYAK
They were closed when I arrived I was not able get a car from them

2,0 Poor

Aug 2022

KAYAK
They wouldn’t let me use my debit card so I couldn’t get a car and paid 50.00 for a cab there

1 out of 4

Budget

6,3

One location in West Columbia

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Locations in West Columbia

3010 Aviation Way

+1 803 822 8346

Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59

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5,2 Fair

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Return instructions non-existent: Found garage but inside no kiosk or personnel or clear instruction how to proceed. Ended up having to go to counter in terminal. Then they tried to charge me too much.

2,0 Poor

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Absolutely nothing.

Cons:

I was apparently an hour late and it cost me twice as much as I was quoted. I learned that budget has independent centers. It was horrendous. I will never choose Budget again. Don’t do it people, they are not kind nor helpful. There are lots of other options.

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Quick check out Very clean car Good handling car Quick check in

Cons:

Nothing

8,4 Very Good

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Expense

8,0 Very Good

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

i think the car needed some transmission work.

8,0 Very Good

Apr 2016

KAYAK

Cons:

The first car I was assigned had a low air in the tire light on and I had to go back to the desk to change cars. And two days into the rental, the same thing happened to the car that I was driving. I filled the tire at the gas station, but that should be taken care of before renting the car

1 out of 2

Hertz

No score available yet

2 locations in West Columbia

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Locations in West Columbia

200 Stonebridge Dr

+1 803 252 2561

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00

508 Gervais Street

+1 803 252 2561

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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2,0 Poor

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

The agent gave me a car with worn out tires. The front tires did not have any tread left. So I got a flat tire and I had to change a flat tire out in the rain. I returned the car early. Very bad experience.

2,0 Poor

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Never got car

Cons:

Giving the runaround by people that didn't know what they were talking about

3,9 Poor

Aug 2021

KAYAK
This office was less then professional...I had a reservation and confirmation number and was told I didn't have a car when I got there then I was asked if I wanted a smaller car to be accommodated with....

1 out of 1

National

No score available yet

One location in West Columbia

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Locations in West Columbia

3260 Airport Blvd Ste 8

+1 844 806 3357

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59

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10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Van was clean and ran smoothly – made transporting all of our equipment super easy. Getting the van was great - right outside of the airport and hassle free.

1 out of 0

Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in West Columbia

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Locations in West Columbia

3000 Aviation Way

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234 travellers who hired a car in West Columbia gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.6

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