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Bakersfield car rentals from $29/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in Bakersfield with a pick-up date of 5/22 and drop-off date of 5/29. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Bakersfield car rental information

Pick-up locationBakersfield
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Minivan, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations19
Airport locations9
Popular agenciesPriceless, Avis, Turo, Budget

Cheap car rentals in Bakersfield

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Economy$29/day
Compact$29/day
Intermediate$30/day
Standard$30/day
Full-size$32/day
Minivan$32/day
Full-size SUV$61/day
Intermediate SUV$38/day
Standard SUV$42/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Bakersfield

  • When you’re driving in Bakersfield, you should be aware that the city enforces stopping at red lights through the use of red-light cameras. These cameras take a photo of both the vehicle’s driver and the license plate when a car runs a red light, and a traffic ticket is mailed to the vehicle owner. If this happens to you, most rental agencies will pay the ticket and then send you a bill for the cost of the ticket plus an administrative fee.
  • Bakersfield is home to several traffic circles, or “roundabouts”, the largest being the Garces Memorial Traffic Circle (or simply The Circle) at the intersection of Golden State Ave, Chester Ave, and 30th St. When you encounter a traffic circle, you should slow down and yield to cars already driving in the circle. Once traffic is clear, you can turn right to enter the circle and join the counterclockwise traffic flow. Don’t panic if you miss your exit; simply go around the circle again and leave the roundabout at your correct exit.
  • After finding cheap car rentals in Bakersfield, many people take a day trip to explore the area around the city. Lake Isabella, 42 miles east of Bakersfield, is a popular spot for boating and fishing. Drive 160 miles north to reach Kings Canyon National Park, where you can hike among the deep canyons and giant sequoias. Casual historians, geologists, and families with children will all enjoy touring the ghost town in Randsburg, which is located about 115 miles east of Bakersfield. Traveling south, you can shop ‘til you drop at the Outlets at Tejon Ranch on your way to Santa Clarita, where you’ll find the scenic Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park and the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park.
  • Though California does feature a fair number of trains, there really is no better way to get around than by private vehicle in the Golden State. Bakersfield is no exception to that; in fact, within the city itself there are only buses available for public transport. So drivers looking to get around town will have long waits in store for them if they don’t have a vehicle on hand.
  • Visitors arriving at Meadows Field Airport looking to rent a car will find the rental car counters in the main terminal’s Arrivals Hall.
  • Bakersfield is close to numerous mountain pass roads and, as beautiful as they are, they can also be a tad narrow and steep at times. Occasionally, drivers will find that there isn’t enough room for both cars to go by each other at the same time. In moments like this, as uncommon as they may be, the vehicle that is facing downhill must yield to the uphill-facing driver and back up (if necessary) to allow the other car to pass.
  • While Bakersfield does not have the most severe rush hour traffic, its relative proximity to the Greater Los Angeles Area can make traffic going in that direction slow down during peak hours. On most weekdays, the morning rush hour typically goes from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon it goes from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. One of the main roads to avoid during rush hour is CA-58, as it bisects Bakersfield and often bears the brunt of the daily rush hour traffic.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Bakersfield for $44 or less
  • Book your rental car in Bakersfield at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Bakersfield are around 28% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Mini rental cars in Bakersfield are around -26% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Bakersfield

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Bakersfield?

    Bakersfield is a typical American city in that its roads are large, wide, and well-suited for a range of vehicles. SUVs, trucks, vans, and all other vehicles will have an easy time navigating the city’s roads, so renters should opt for whatever vehicle best suits their needs. Whether it is a van because you are traveling with company or a sports car because that is what you love, all vehicles are great choices for visitors to Bakersfield.

  • What’s the speed limit in Bakersfield?

    Residential areas in Bakersfield usually feature speed limits ranging from 25 to 35 mph, while on the city’s urban roads the speed limit goes up to 50 mph. From there, the next bump in speed limits is for urban freeways, which feature speed limits from 50 to 65 mph. Rural freeways and interstates are the next up, featuring speed limits all the way up to 70 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Bakersfield?

    Parking in Bakersfield is usually a breeze due to the city’s ample parking lots and on-street parking spaces. In the private parking garages and lots, drivers can expect to pay around $1 per hour or less -- it is often even free. Outside of the downtown area, on-street parking is the most common option and is easy to find on most streets.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Bakersfield?

    On average a rental car in Bakersfield costs $60 per day. But prices differ between operators and you can save money through a price comparison of car rental deals from different agencies. The cheapest price for a car rental in Bakersfield found in the last 2 weeks is $38.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Bakersfield?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Priceless ($29/day), Budget ($31/day) and Avis ($31/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Priceless 2813 Hanger Way 93308 (4 miles from city center).

  • How much is gas price in Bakersfield?

    The average gas price in Bakersfield is $3.89 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $47 and $62, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Bakersfield?

    Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Bakersfield.

  • Which car rental companies are at Meadows Field airport (BFL)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Meadows Field airport include Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis, Priceless, Hertz, NextCar and National.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Meadows Field airport (BFL)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Meadows Field airport to off-airport locations include Budget, Avis, Hertz, and National.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Bakersfield?

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

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in Bakersfield?

    A Mini car rental in Bakersfield costs $109 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Full Size car rental cost in Bakersfield?

    A Full Size car rental in Bakersfield costs $211 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in Bakersfield?

    A Standard car rental in Bakersfield costs $56 per day, on average.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Bakersfield?

    On average a rental car in Bakersfield costs $422 per week ($60 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Bakersfield?

    On average a rental car in Bakersfield costs $1,810 per month ($60 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Bakersfield?

    Most car rental providers in Bakersfield offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Bakersfield, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.

  • How many car agencies are operating in Bakersfield?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 10 car rental agencies in Bakersfield.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in Bakersfield?

    Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).

  • Why should I use KAYAK to rent a car in Bakersfield?

    KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Bakersfield so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.

  • Can I turn on red and make U-turns in Bakersfield?

    In Bakersfield, it’s legal to turn right at a red light. After stopping, make sure there are no pedestrians, bicycles, or other vehicles in your path before making your turn. You can also make a U-turn at intersections (unless a “No U-Turn” sign is posted) and in residential area provided you signal properly and there is no oncoming traffic within 200 feet of your turn area.

  • How do I get from Meadows Field Airport (BFL) to the Bakersfield city center?

    Many people pick up cheap car rentals in Bakersfield from the Meadows Field Airport (BFL), about 9 miles northwest of the city center. The easiest way to get to downtown Bakersfield is to travel south on CA-99 / Golden State Avenue. You can then turn right on any road between F Street and M Street to reach the downtown area.

Bakersfield car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.4

Very good

38 reviews

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.5

Value for money

8.3

6 locations in Bakersfield

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1800 24th Street

+1 661 323 2711

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

2911 Brundage Ln

+1 661 326 0056

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

3701 Wings Way Ste 209

+1 833 616 9440

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

4851 Stine Road Ste A

+1 661 833 6055

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

5810 Gasoline Alley Dr

+1 661 398 4961

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

8929 Rosedale Hwy

+1 661 387 6050

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Team in bakersfield was accommodating and super professional. Greg in Las Vegas was great and took care of me !!

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

My son lives in Ridgecrest, two hours away. Traveling by yourself is stressful enough, so I like the convenience that Enterprise is right in the terminal. As a women driving by myself, it gives me such peace of mind that I will arrive safely. The cars have always been clean, new and ran perfectly. I will continue to use them and Kayak for my travel needs.

Cons:

Nothing

6.0 Okay

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I was going to drop the car at night but I couldn’t I have to wait till morning

8.0 Very good

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

They helped out.

Cons:

They never told me to bring a credit card to pay for the rental. I have a debit/ master card and I couldn’t pay for the rental with this card. I had to drive 25 minutes back to may house to get my credit card. This was very inconvenient. All they need to state on the agreement or reservation would be “only credit cards accepted for rentals” “ no debit/ credit cards accepted”. No where did it state this.

8.4 Very good

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Everything about the car, rental at the airport and drive ability was good. However, I was surprised that the interior and exterior were not cleaned well at the BFL airport prior to pickup.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff, quick service, great prices, nice rental car.

1 out of 7

Hertz

7.7

Best rated

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.7

Value for money

7.4

2 locations in Bakersfield

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1700 24th Street

+1 661 634 0889

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

3701 Wings Way, Ste.205

+1 661 393 2044

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Wouldn’t let me rent manager wouldn’t take drivers license per their own policy.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick up and drop off

Cons:

The cars speakers were messed up, the light for the clock and stereo system didn’t work, there was no back up camera. Most of all the steel light bugged me as I couldn’t see anything on there and then on the last day the light appears! So dumb

8.0 Very good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

While it’s a work van it could’ve been a little cleaner.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Hertz has the friendliest employees. I had to change reservation a bit and they were happy to work with me. I will always rent cars from them

2.0 Poor

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I had a ride arranged to go pick up the car only to find out there were no cars available. Waste of time and money as well as not having a car next day for planned trip.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Everything was great

1 out of 13

Avis

7.2

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.0

Value for money

7.6

2 locations in Bakersfield

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3701 Wings Way

+1 661 392 4160

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00

4208 Wible Road

+1 661 397 2860

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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2.0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

He offered me a free gas if I agreed to drive a different vehicle class from what i reserved to LAX. Thought it was a great deal.

Cons:

Turns out, he never entered that information into the system or the paperwork. I got charged $35 at LAX for gas in spite of what was promised. At the lAX Avis counter, they told me I had to deal with the Bakersfield AVIS person to get it cleared up. I called, and the Bakersfield AVIS location doesn't pick up, and the call goes to AVIS national reservation. After holding for 10 minutes, reservation says I have to talk to Customer Service. After waiting another 10 minutes, customer service says I have to contact that same Bakersfield location to have them verify what i said. When I said that the number keeps redirecting me to AVIS national, the customer service agent hung up on me.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Great car the rental price. No problems

Cons:

Nothing - super easy and simple process and car

10.0 Wonderful

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Very great customer service!!

6.8 Okay

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

great price, friendly staff. the price was very affordable for a one way rental from Bakersfield to LAX. Car was clean and fresh on the inside.

Cons:

limited amount of cars. they were out of cars when we showed up 2 hours before our scheduled pick up time. Had to come back during our scheduled pick up time and the car was ready. Not their fault but would have been nice if there were a few extra cars to accommodat changing schedules of customers.

8.0 Very good

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

I am online booking car honda cruze but pickup car kia

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Ease of pickup and then drop off in LAX.

Cons:

Nothing that I can think of.

1 out of 10

Budget

5.6

Most popular

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.3

Value for money

5.7

2 locations in Bakersfield

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3701 Wings Way

+1 661 399 2367

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00

4208 Wible Road

+1 661 832 7801

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2024

KAYAK
The pickup was slow and it was unclear if they had any rentals available when I arrived.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Good

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Smooth and easy transaction

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Bad service most unreliable in honoring reservations. On the evening of 5/22/2021 at approximately 1 pm , I was informed, the vehicle would not be available for pick up on 5/22/2021 @ 8 pm , instead I could pick it up on the following day @ 7 am. My reservation was for a pick up truck, they were offering me a mid sized SUV which would not serve my purpose. It caused me delay and inconvenience and additional expenses renting from another company for a pick up truck at short notice.

Cons:

Compensation for dishonor of reservation and additional expenses

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

2701 hotel terrace location.... they never answer the phone. Very basic stuff here.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes

1 out of 17

NextCar

8.0

Very good

No reviews available

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Bakersfield

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2813 Hanger Way

+1 661 843 7866

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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National

8.0

Very good

23 reviews

One location in Bakersfield

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3701 Wings Way Ste 209

+1 844 366 2657

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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9.2 Wonderful

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

car requested and reserved was available and waiting for us.

Cons:

clerk was talking too much with customer ahead of me, just small talk and there was a line waiting to get their cars. It was nice that she was friendly but slowed down others from getting their cars.

8.4 Very good

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up was excellent,

Cons:

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6.4 Okay

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was smooth, attendant was efficient and friendly.

Cons:

Pick up was a laborious process due to system outage. Nothing was done to compensate and nothing was offered.

3.6 Poor

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The car it self was comfortable (lowered score because the inside was dirty) for a smaller car and got great gas mileage.

Cons:

1. Fine print regarding company rules for National Car rental would not download for us to read before we went to pick up car, so we did not expect the $100 hold on a major credit card/not debit, customer service at the pick up location was to put it mildly unhelpful, sarcastic, smug, and didn't know when to stop repeating himself, even after I put my hand up and said "STOP". "I get what your saying, I would just like you to be empathic to my frustration." At which point he smiles and then finishes repeating his statement to me. 2. Husband gets into car and being the professional he is, found the car to be dirty. Takes it to a car wash so he can be comfortable in it, isn't this something that is suppose to be done before he even gets into the car? 3. While driving the car he discovers there is no windshield wiper fluid, so he can not remove any bugs that may be blocking his vision. Again isn't this supposed to be filled before he gets the car? I sure hope all the other fluids are ok. 4. Then a warning light flashed "Take to dealer immediately!" WAIT WHAT? My husband had been driving it for less than 20 minutes, on his way to a job interview, he can't call and talk with anyone the Bluetooth wont transfer any sound through the speakers, he's in the middle of now ware by now, he can't pull off or turn around, so he call's me to have me call and to find out if he needs to do anything. After being on hold for over 10 minutes I get through to the roadside customer claims office. I tell her I am not in the car, the closet town is about 100 miles away, the above info, and then she proceeds to ask me a few question, "where are you at now?" I'm at home, I'm not in the car, my husband is. "Ok mam, where is the car?" On the highway in the middle of nowhere (does nobody at this company listen when you are talking with them?) "Ok mam ,lets see if I can help you"...ask a few more questions I had already given her the answer to, finally she states she can't help me she needs to talk with my husband since he's the one driving the car....at this point I am dumbfounded, he can't pull off anywhere safe to call you no exits and the Bluetooth isn't working....By this time the light has flashed "maintenance required", so my husband is no longer worried about the engine exploding just irritated as this is poor vehicle maintenance, a pet peeve of his. 5. Returning the car, my husband is delighted to see the same customer service rep as before (I am so making that up), the rep has the same attitude, makes my husband walk back out to the car to write the miles down (unlimited miles, we don't have to do that with Enterprise they'll do it for you), smugly says "I will have my guys do a better job at looking over the car before they go out with customers next time." Uh ok guy you do that but we will not be repeat customers with this company.

8.4 Very good

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was really the icing on cake . Plenty of room and was a smooth comfortable ride. I asked for a Camry but the agent at National recommended the Altima. Great car.

Cons:

Exterior was dirty and interior had soda residue on the passenger side.

9.2 Wonderful

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

It was a great car and I had a good trip only the car smelled like ciggaretts

1 out of 5

Priceless

4.4

Mediocre

No reviews available

Cheapest deal

2 locations in Bakersfield

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2813 Hanger Way

+1 661 843 7866

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

2813 Hanger Way

+1 661 843 7866

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00

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Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Bakersfield

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Meadows Field Airport

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Rent-A-Wreck

2.0

Poor

No reviews available

One location in Bakersfield

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2813 Hanger Way

+1 661 843 7866

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in Bakersfield

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3701 Wings Way

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280 travelers who rented a car in Bakersfield gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.9

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Most popular agency

Budget

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

$60/day

Good deal

$44/day

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