Charlottesville car rentals

Charlottesville car rentals

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Charlottesville, VA
Dec 1 — Dec 8
Same drop-off
Charlottesville, VA
Wed 12/1
Wed 12/8

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Charlottesville car rental information

Pick-up locationCharlottesville
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Minivan, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations14
Airport locations8
Popular agenciesHertz, Enterprise, Avis, Budget

Cheap car rentals in Charlottesville

Full-size SUV$80/day
Intermediate SUV$60/day
Standard SUV$68/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Charlottesville car rental reviews and directory

From $39/dayRated #1
Cheapest deal
Best rated
7.5 Good (101 reviews)
2 locations in Charlottesville
Locations in Charlottesville
  • 7.7
  • 7.9
  • 7.4
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentSep 26 2021
The pickup location made it very easy to modify arrangements.
7.9 GoodAug 12 2021
No problem with pickup - friendly staff and chosen car was ready to go when I arrived. Pleasantly surprised given all the poor reviews. Car was clean and tank was full. Dropoff was a little odd. Due to being short staffed (one of the staff mentioned this), despite a closing time of 6pm (don't book for later than this time), I arrived at 5:40pm to find the place was locked up with no one there. Another guy planning to pick up a car was furious. Fortunately, a staff person showed up around 5:50pm, only unlocking the back door and I was able to confirm the car was checked in. So it worked out no problem for me although there were some red flags for next time.
4.0 OkayMay 18 2021
Pick up was tedious because the computers were down.The car was very dirty and the windshield so smeared on the interior that I had to clean it myself.
6.0 GoodApr 24 2021
The staff was amazing and so friendly.The car was dirty when we picked it up. Sanitized- but not really cleaned.
6.0 GoodApr 12 2021
The Car worked okay and got great mileage and the staff really tried to help - they were just understaffed for the amount # of cars going out and coming in.The 7 passenger Van was 2.5 hours late in getting to my pickup location. I did not receive a call until I arrived in the parking lot at 9:00 a.m. to pick it up. I had to return and I actually picked it up at about 11:30 a.m. and spent a about 30-45 minutes waiting as they were totally understaffed. The care worked fine, but was smaller than what was advertised - it was definitely not an equal to the model advertised which was a Nissan Pathfinder.
2.0 MediocreMar 25 2021
Staff was super helpful, but he was the only person at the location working (working front desk as well as sanitizing each vehicle). We weren't able to leave with the rental until almost 2 hours late. Also, we were not able to add the extra driver even though we had the driver's license along (as indicated in the instructions in our confirmation email. This was hugely inconvenient as we were traveling through the night with infants and needed to have more drivers for safety reasons.The instructions for adding additional drivers should be clearly indicated in the confirmation email and the staff at locations should be trained in the procedures. Also, locations should have back up staff to call when they know it will be a busy day due to the pre-reserved vehicles.
2.0 MediocreMar 21 2021
NothingActually having my rental car. They did not have any available rentals even after I had made my reservation days before. Associate who called me was very rude
6.0 GoodMar 17 2021
The employees actually drove the car before renting it out. There was a ridiculously loud roar coming from wheels. So loud could be heard over radio and almost max volume
10.0 ExcellentMar 4 2021
I was checked in by a Mr.Payne. His customer service was excellent in every way.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 11 2021
The individual at the Hertz rental in Cville was exceptional. Great energy, very helpful, and overall pleasant experience.
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From $51/dayRated #2
Most popular
8.3 Excellent (51 reviews)
3 locations in Charlottesville
Locations in Charlottesville
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.1
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10.0 ExcellentAug 10 2021
Our counter person was a delight to work with!
4.0 OkayMay 17 2021
The staff was friendly and helpful. It was very easy to get to the car and then return it.This was my first time ever renting a car I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was definitely disappointed. Once I got the keys I went to get the car and got in, I immediately noticed it smelled like smoke. It wasn’t unbearable but I wanted to report it because I didn’t want the company to think I had anything to do with it. I went back to inform the guys at the desk but they were all gone. I waited for about 10 minutes or so but no one came back. Fortunately there was a woman at another rental car company desk right there who took my information and said she would give it to the guys in the morning and to not worry about it. While driving the car around over the weekend I had the AC on and it had a mold smell at different times. I’m assuming the air filter needed changed. I’m kind of surprised This happened. I assumed rental car companies would make sure the car was clean and was maintained with new air filters. But perhaps not and this is just how it is. Also, I was incorrectly charged on my credit card and customer service is going to fix it but could not tell me why that happened.
8.0 ExcellentDec 17 2020
Very much so. They were friendly, professional, and prompt.Pick up and drop off options could have been communicated more clearly.
10.0 ExcellentNov 3 2020
Friendly staff, quick pickup and drop off. Also, a great car.
10.0 ExcellentOct 19 2020
Fastest check in and check out ever!
10.0 ExcellentSep 21 2020
The rep on duty on 9/18 at 9:45 am was friendly, knowledgeable and accommodate my rental request. Through a website I reserved a large SUV. Enterprise was oversold on the vehicle I needed. The rep. came through for me on my request and worked hard to make sure that I had what I requested. That Rep made my trip with my family comfortable and joyful.Get more Large SUVs for the area (Charlottesville, VA) they always sell out on the weekend.
10.0 ExcellentAug 14 2020
8.4 ExcellentJul 13 2020
We used the airport location Enterprise, not the standalone in Charlottesville. Both the pickup and drop-off was very smooth as the agents were easy to work with! The price was great, vehicle exceeded our expectations!The "need oil change" light came on during the trip. I'm not sure if anything can be done in the future, it wasn't alarming to us as we knew the trip was almost over.
10.0 ExcellentJul 3 2020
Staff was very friendly. Pickup and drop off took no time. Van was exactly as expected!I have no complaints and no advice on how it could’ve been better. Everything honestly was perfect.
10.0 ExcellentNov 24 2019
Very friendly and helpful staff.
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From $45/dayRated #3
7.8 Good (61 reviews)
2 locations in Charlottesville
Locations in Charlottesville
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  • 8
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentNov 9 2021
We had an enterprise reservation. When we got there they said sorry no car available. Could not believe it. Through kayak we got a car from budget right away. Very happy. We were driving from Charlottesville VA to DC and all our plans were at risk. So happy with budget.
10.0 ExcellentMar 15 2021
Friendly staff. Free upgrade to a fun to drive car as they had no other vehicle!
2.0 MediocreDec 28 2020
Rented three different cars from Budget over Christmas holiday - all three had major mechanical issues. The battery on the first one died, leaving me stranded.
6.0 GoodDec 22 2020
Car interior was clean.Exterior of car showed minor damage that was not mentioned during pick-up, requiring a return trip to the desk to document. Front right tire was 7 psi low, causing warning light on dashboard to illuminate.
4.4 OkaySep 9 2020
The staff was friendly!The car conditions
9.2 ExcellentAug 16 2020
Staff was very helpful in difficult circumstances given the power was off at the airport due to a major storm. They still processed my rental and got me on the road quickly.The price. Maybe a fare for renting by the week.
2.8 MediocreJul 4 2020
The car reeked of smoke - smell got in my hair and on all of my stuff. I want a refund.Car hadn't been properly cleaned. The smoke smell was awful.
10.0 ExcellentMay 27 2020
The auto was close at the airport, clean, and ready to go.N/A
7.6 GoodSep 24 2019
Pick up was easy, fast and staff was friendly.Drop off at the Asheville airport was confusing. The signs to lead you to the rental drop off are confusing. When I found the drop off there was no staff and no return box for the keys and paperwork. I had to walk to the terminal and find the Budget counter to drop off keys and paperwork.
10.0 ExcellentAug 26 2019
Staff was helpful and drop-off was quick.
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From $59/dayRated #4
9.1 Excellent (21 reviews)
1 location in Charlottesville
Locations in Charlottesville
  • 9.2
  • 9.1
  • 9.2
  • 9.1
  • 8.6
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9.6 ExcellentDec 2 2019
Friendly staff, super easy pickup, even super easier drop off.provide a chauffeur?
9.6 ExcellentAug 1 2019
Very quick and easy process
10.0 ExcellentJan 10 2017
The agent was especially helpful!
10.0 ExcellentDec 4 2016
First time using this as opposed to going directly through rental car companies. Very easy very affordable and will use again.
10.0 ExcellentNov 2 2016
Free upgrade to an SUV - sweet!New SUV - really needed it to haul around the cousins around town
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From $48/dayRated #5
7.5 Good (17 reviews)
1 location in Charlottesville
Locations in Charlottesville
  • 7.2
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJun 29 2020
NothingInformation given at time of booking was incorrect and was not able to rent car.
10.0 ExcellentJun 12 2019
Quick service at counter on both ends of the trip. Car was a short walk from terminal. Very clean. Nice man took care of us. Not one issue. Great experience.
5.6 OkayJun 11 2019
Reserved large SUV, got open bed smaller pickup. Open bed resulted in problems due to three days of rain and I was transporting supplies for wedding and four passengers
10.0 ExcellentMay 28 2019
Everything was smooth sailing.
6.0 GoodJul 1 2018
It got us where we were going!Easy pick up and drop offCar was dirty, maintenance light was on for oil change and filter when we picked it up. Tires were bare causing us to hydroplane during rain storms. Rear view mirror kept falling off.
6.8 GoodJun 18 2018
Not convenientDropping off in Charlottesville was not good. Their drop off area was completely full and cars were half-hazardly parked and a few people weren’t sure where to leave the cars. We all ended up just parking in the middle of a row.
2.0 MediocreApr 18 2018
They closed...According to the other car rental services, dollar is supposed to remain open until the last flight arrives. This was not the case, they closed and therefore I couldn’t rent from them and had to pay double to rent from someone else. Never use them again, that’s for sure.
4.0 OkayApr 10 2018
It is not worth it to deal with the staff here, I would walkLow wait time, close to the doors of the airport, the lot is close to the deskThat the desk agent tried to give me a care multiple tiers below what i reserved, because I reserved through a third party site and he was not okay with that. He said I paid to little. I don't see how that is my problem, why he doesn't have to follow published rates and honor completed transactions, and where the corporate oversight it that should come down and remind this location that just because it is the only desk at the airport and a little isolated does not give them the ability to do whatever they please for whatever reason.
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From $48/dayRated #6
7.2 Good (21 reviews)
2 locations in Charlottesville
Locations in Charlottesville
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
  • 7
  • 6.7
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentOct 20 2021
First car at pickup reeked with cigarette smoke so bad I couldn’t use it. They did replace with same type vehicle. Was very displeased that the same car rental fee around $25 less per day at their 8 min away location. I couldn’t use them because my flight got in at 3:30 and they closed at 4:00 on Saturdays and they would not leave car for me like Enterprise rental does
7.9 GoodSep 7 2021
Cars need to have some sort of navigational system
8.0 ExcellentMar 16 2021
Staff was friendlyCar was in terrible condition, but it was replaced with a normal car
4.0 OkayJan 6 2021
Car was great. Drop off was convenient.When I got to the desk to pickup they had already closed. I had to ask a police officer to call the manager to come in.
2.8 MediocreNov 9 2020
Horrible experience in Virginia. Pick up service was late and gave us a damaged car.They need to pay more attention to your other branches.
7.2 GoodSep 4 2017
Confusing drop offThere are no signs telling you where to turn on the keys. Turns out you have to go to baggage claim to find the desk. We certainly weren't the only ones walking around in the rain trying to figure that out.
9.2 ExcellentJul 1 2017
She fixed the problems that D.C. created with my booking (had wrong car, thus wrong mileage and gas level on my reservation form).
4.0 OkayJun 10 2017
Horrible Customer ServiceThat the car was clean and worked.Make and model of the car the 55 min wait to get a car when I was the only customer. Took 10 min before I was greeted. Both agents were on the phone. Was lied to about vehicle choice. Was told this was the only car that was available and it was an upgrade. it was not and the lot was full of cars that were available.
10.0 ExcellentMay 8 2016
It was convent and available
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1 location in Charlottesville
Locations in Charlottesville
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1 location in Charlottesville
Locations in Charlottesville
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272 travelers who rented a car in Charlottesville gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

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Some Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville.


Keep in mind that car rental 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 Charlottesville car rental.

Top tips for renting a car in Charlottesville

  • If you're looking to experience as much as you possibly can from your Charlottesville trip, having a rental car can go a long way. Transportation plays a major role in how well you can enjoy your trip and how much you can do in the amount of time you have. Most cars from car rentals in Charlottesville come equipped with high-tech GPS navigational systems that will help you reach the city’s hidden spots. You won't have to worry about getting there or getting back because everything will be at your own pace. Besides, renting a car is budget-friendly, especially if you're traveling in a group or with children. Even better, you can explore outside the city and enjoy some wine at Cardinal Point Winery, which is about 24 miles away. The Massanutten Indoor Waterpark, situated about 56 miles away from the city, is another popular day excursion.
  • The Charlottesville Albemarle Airport has an on-site rental car counter where you can conveniently pick up your car once you arrive. It's located in the baggage claim lobby. Just follow the "Arrivals" and "Baggage Claim" signs to get there. This is where you'll find Charlottesville car rentals, including National, Budget, and Hertz. The cars are located right outside the baggage claim.
  • Jaywalking violations are no longer enforceable in Virginia, so it is advisable to watch out for pedestrians that may be inattentive when crossing the street, whether on a marked crosswalk or not. Cyclists are also allowed on the road and even though they’re advised to ride as close to the sidewalk as possible, make sure you keep three feet between you and the bike when passing them.
  • You may have to commute early because the morning rush hour starts around 7am and ends around 10am. Interstate 64, in particular, gets congested, and traffic on US 29, especially close to the US 250 bypass, often drags for miles during evening rush hours, which span from 4pm to 6pm. If you can hang out where you are and wait until 7pm, you'll get to your destination much faster. You might experience snow and patches of slippery ice on Charlottesville roads during the winter, so you’ll want to choose the right kind of vehicle for these conditions.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Charlottesville for $47 or less
  • Book your rental car in Charlottesville at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Charlottesville are around 25% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Compact rental cars in Charlottesville are around 41% cheaper than other car types, on average

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