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Advantage Car Rental will try to take advantage of you. I was subjected to relentless hard upsell tactics at 11pm at night. I resisted, and paid the agreed-upon price; a colleague gave in and ended up paying 3x the reservation price and was upset for days. First: The "Compact SUV" turned out to be a European-sized mini hatchback, NOT an SUV by any stretch of anyone's imagination (Kia Kona). It's just a compact hatchback sedan. So I got relentlessly pressured to: 1) Upgrade the car, being told that nothing will fit into it 2) Buy insurance - everywhere else I tell them that my credit card covers it, and that's that; here they demanded to see my actual personal policy before agreeing to not charge me extra $$$ 3) rent a SunPass for tolls for $10 a day, threatening that if I go through a single toll without it they'll charge me $50, and lying that there are no options to pay cash at many of the tolls, etc. It was RELENTLESS. The guy must have cut his chops in timeshare sales. Truth went out the window as he kept coming up with all the problems I'd encounter if I didn't pay up. If you're the type who can sit through a timeshare pitch and not buy, you can remain steadfast and get the agreed-upon price, which is admittedly great. That seems to be their business model - advertise a low price and then beat extra cash out of you like a pinata when you arrive, tired, from your flight. While I was there, another tired family fresh off a flight was arguing with a rep about their reservation not being honored. The return process was very easy and they didn't pull any tricks as I worried they might. So, would I rent from them again? Yes, but I'd go in mentally prepared.Reviewed Jun 20 2024
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Everything was great until I got the bill through email. There were extra fees and charges that were not explained. It ended up being twice as much as what I thought it would be.Reviewed Jun 18 2024
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All good, may be cleanliness of the car could have been better and the insurance is too costly and I paid too much for Gas though there is 45% of Gas still on the car.Reviewed Jun 17 2024
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Advantage uses another agency at the airport. They are difficult to get to, the shuttle doesn’t run very often and they are hidden down a hallway in a hotel. The office at this place called York is only open 9-6 and there are no after hours pick ups or drop offs but that was NOT made obvious during the rental booking process. Because the shuttle took so long for pick up I arrived at the office at 6:10. No one was there. I tried calling the number - voicemail full. I was given the advantage number to call for issues which I did. The person at Advantage said they can’t help me with that particular location and gave me the number I called originally - voicemail full still. Called the next morning when they were supposedly open- no answer - goes to voicemail, voicemail still full even though the office has been open for an hour. I decided to cancel my reservation. Again Advantage said they couldn’t do it I would have to speak to local office, can’t get through to local office. Sent York an email - they replied they cant cancel it, I would have to speak to Expedia. Expedia said they can’t cancel it, I’d have to speak to York. Ended up having to book another car with a different agency. I WOULD NEVER RENT FROM THESE PEOPLE or recommend them.Reviewed Jun 10 2024
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None of their fees were listed correctly. It was a complete bait and switch. They advertised a low price, but when you got there, the cost was easily triple or quadruple what they quoted. Do not fall for scammers like this near the airport just go past the airport where people do honest business.Reviewed Jun 3 2024
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It was ok. Atimes they have long lines that is awfully frustrating to be on waiting to pickup a rental car.Reviewed Jun 1 2024
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I was supposed to get a compact SUV, they gave me a Nissan Rogue that is considered a Compact SUV. They charged $50 for it and have been refusing to reverse this charge due to the confusion about its applicability. The gas level at pickup was almost full, 15/16th perhaps. They recorded it as Full. When I returned the car back, it was FULL. I have asked them to refund the additional gas charge and I'm awaiting their confirmation.Reviewed May 30 2024
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We had late arrival and they were closed. How can you be closed in Vegas!Reviewed May 27 2024
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Kayak sold me car insurance for my trip. I told the rep that I bought it, he said he could see the policy attached to the reservation. When I got the bill, $40 was added to the trip fees. When I called Advantage, they said, "we don't accept third party insurance". I will never purchase thru kayak or advantage again.Reviewed May 23 2024
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Quoted $169.00. Showed up and they tried to rip me off for gas, tolls and especially insurance. After going through many hoops to show that I have adequate insurance coverage, I was asked to produce a declaration page. After spending 10 minutes on the phone with my insurance company, the agent just said “Do you have a car loan? Then you’re fine. You have adequate coverage” - It was a very poor experience. There should never be a quoted price and final price that are nearly double. I’ll never rent from them or recommend them.Reviewed May 21 2024
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Travel options to/from the offsite location is HORRIBLE. The shuttle buses run every 20 minutes and is a very small shuttle when it does arrive. Once at the rental location, the lines to speak with a rep is just as bad as the wait for the shuttle buses. This is a big inconvenience and would drive me back to paying the higher rental cost for convenience and speed. On a good note, my customer service rep was amazing! And the vehicle I receive is always nice and clean.Reviewed May 20 2024
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They refused to honor my reservation and claimed they had no cars but could make a special opportunity for me at $175 a day. As it was late at night I had to take their high price offer for one day but got them down $106 a day. We switched to Economy Rent-A-Car the next day at $84 for 4 days. Steer clear of Advantage. They are scammers and liarsReviewed Apr 26 2024
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  • How much does it cost to rent a car from Advantage at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport?

    On average a rental car from Advantage at San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport costs $80 per day.

  • Does Advantage offer shuttle or airport pick-up services from San Diego Carlsbad-Palomar Airport (CLD)?

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