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Columbia, SC
Aug 18 — Aug 25
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Columbia, SC
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Cheap car rentals in Columbia

Economy$56/day
Compact$63/day
Intermediate$70/day
Standard$60/day
Minivan$94/day
Full-size SUV$111/day
Premium$73/day
Luxury$86/day
Pickup truck$72/day
Premium SUV$129/day
Supplier choice$64/day
Intermediate SUV$77/day
Standard SUV$81/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Columbia car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

4.4

Best rated

Cleanliness

5.0

Comfort

5.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.4

Value for money

4.1

7 locations in Columbia

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Locations in Columbia

200 Stonebridge Dr

+1 803 252 2561

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
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3000 Aviation Way

+1 803 851 4270

Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
Saturday07:30 - 23:59
Sunday07:30 - 23:59
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4016 Fernandina Road

+1 803 661 6259

Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
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508 Gervais Street

+1 803 252 2561

Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
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6615 Two Notch Rd Ste D

+1 803 834 6744

Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
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7356 B Garners Ferry Road

+1 803 695 0179

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
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9817 Farrow Rd

+1 803 430 9332

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
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10.0 Excellent

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Price could have been better.

2.0 Mediocre

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Customer service was terrible. I’m still getting calls saying the vehicle wasn’t returned, when it was returned almost 2 weeks ago.

6.0 Good

Oct 2021

KAYAK
Everyone is strapped for cars these days. Luckily Hertz had a car for me (had a reservation via Kayak). Others coming to the counter late at night were not so lucky. The lot was thin. I reserved a sedan, e.g. Chevy Malibu but received a GMC Acadia. Way too much car, but can't be to picky these days. No agent in the return lot, had to take keys to counter, but it was quick.

10.0 Excellent

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Ease of driving away in a car

Cons:

Nothing other than lower cost. Great experience

4.0 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

it was a fast check in and check out

Cons:

the car was dirty and it looked like they did not put any effort to clean the outside we were additional charges I had to pay for my husband to drive the car even though we are married and on the same policy

2.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

I didn’t like anything. They cancelled on me 4 hours before pick up saying they didn’t have the car available.

Cons:

Actual service from Hertz. Didn’t get the car rental because they cancelled

1 out of 21

Enterprise

5.2

Cleanliness

5.3

Comfort

5.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.6

Value for money

5.3

7 locations in Columbia

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10249 Two Notch Rd

+1 803 419 4319

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday11:00 - 14:00
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130 Harbison Blvd

+1 803 749 0555

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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1307 Assembly St

+1 803 748 9214

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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2638 Two Notch Rd

+1 803 786 6957

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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320 Greystone Blvd

+1 803 251 2912

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00
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7611 1/2 Garners Ferry Rd

+1 803 776 9461

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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9724 Two Notch Rd

+1 803 865 7464

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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3.6 Mediocre

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

returned car a t6:30 pm and was charged for an extra day

2.0 Mediocre

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly and tried to be helpful.

Cons:

They would not rent me a car without a “credit card” even though my Visa debit card worked just fine for Kayak to make my reservation and charge me $88 for the insurance I ordered for the car. And I requested a refund, but of course that’s a different company, so I have to take it up with them. I emailed the insurance company with no response!

2.0 Mediocre

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

I did not get a rental he called me at 2pm which was my reservation time to tell me they didnt have pick ups.

Cons:

Dont let me reserve something online if its not at the location, online option should say not available.

2.0 Mediocre

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

I got a great rental at Hertz!

Cons:

I attempted to book online 2 times (on the Enterprise Site), I got all the way to payment and whack, disconnected. I follow-up with a call, disconnected! I guess you no longer need/want my business.

10.0 Excellent

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

This particular site was outstanding in providing great and courteous service. They were prompt in delivering the car and were able to satisfy all my needs very well.

5.6 Okay

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was very helpful in the Columbia pick-up location. The car we ended up with was comfortable and ran well. When we encountered problems with the pickup (see other section) the staff was happy to assist me in finding a suitable replacement vehicle.

Cons:

We ran into some difficulties with the pick-up in Columbia. Initially, the gentleman helping me didn't think he had a car in the category I had reserved. He did offer me an upgrade to a pickup, but, as I was driving down the entire East Coast, I didn't want to chance luggage in a pickup. He eventually found a car in my category. When he opened the door, the smell of strawberry air freshener was overwhelming. By the time I got home with the car, I could tell why - there was a definite smell of smoke in the car. I called to get a new car, as I was going to have it for a month and wasn't prepared to drive a car that smelled so strongly. They asked me to drive back in with the car and choose one off their lot. I was offered a smaller car, but my luggage wouldn't fit. He then offered me a car that they were still detailing. We did take that one, but it ended up having had cola or some sticky substance sprayed over much of the interior... Hence my rating on cleanliness.

1 out of 3

Ace

4.5

Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

5.1

Comfort

5.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.8

Value for money

4.8

One location in Columbia

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5317 Two Notch Road

+1 803 744 9700

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
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2.0 Mediocre

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

nothing

Cons:

don’t wait till the day of and say you doesn’t have any cars available so unprofessional

3.6 Mediocre

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The car had to be jumped twice, the tow truck Worker Todd me that I had a bad battery. When I called the company back to let them know about the jump And that I would be late, the customer service received WAS HORRIBLE. The car smelled like smoke and when I was given another option, it had a huge crack in the windshield and low tire pressure.

2.4 Mediocre

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The manager, Ty, was extremely friendly and accomodating. He is the only positive part of our experience. Ty refunded us all but $50 of our rental.

Cons:

The lady at the desk was rude and terrible to us, especially to my wife. She also charged us for 12 Vehicle License fees instead of what should have been 2. I challenged her on it when I picked it up and she said its normal. Kayak Quoted us $85 and we ended up paying $125 NOT including the deposit. I expected a few dollars more, but not $40 more in hidden fees. When we complained that we were overcharged and that the car was unsafe and smelled of smoke, the lady got belligerent and defensive. We had to cancel our trip and return the car just a few hours after we got it. There was a noise coming from the back end and it felt very unsafe. There was also major damage on the side of the vehicle and it smelled of smoke. When I brought this up to the front desk, the lady said its not their fault because they are also Cash Car? Whatever that is. We felt it should have been an entire refund since we didn't even keep the car for half a day, as I was halfway to my destination and i turned around because of safety. The address on Google Maps also leads you to an Enterprise location. ACE/BEST/Cash Car (whatever they are called) is not located at the address that comes up on google.

2.0 Mediocre

Apr 2022

KAYAK
Car was extremely dirty and reeked of cigarettes

10.0 Excellent

Mar 2022

KAYAK
ACE car rental front desk lady was very good and helpful. Thanks for everything.

2.0 Mediocre

Mar 2022

KAYAK
I secured a rental and on my way, in an uber, to pick it up they canceled on me saying there were no cars available. Told me to go to my hotel, i had synergy else to be. Asked if they were going to drop off the car once they got one, they said no. So basically I was supposed to uber several times just to get a rental. No thank you. Awful, just awful.

8.0 Excellent

Feb 2022

KAYAK
I didn't get to use it do to an issue but the Rep was understanding and helpful. Will definitely use them again if needed.

4.0 Okay

Nov 2021

KAYAK
I like the fact that they had a car. Otherwise it was a very mediocre experience

2.0 Mediocre

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

nothing

Cons:

don’t wait till the day of and say you doesn’t have any cars available so unprofessional

1 out of 3

Sunnycars

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

2 locations in Columbia

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3000 Aviation Way

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3260 Airport Boulevard Ste 8

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Easirent

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Columbia

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Locations in Columbia

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

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120 travelers who rented a car in Columbia gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.5

Car rental locations in or near Columbia

Good to know

Most popular agency

Ace

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$98/day

Good deal

$76/day

When to book a rental car in Columbia

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Top tips for renting a car in Columbia

  • A historical city, Columbia has many cultural attractions and landmarks for tourists to visit. Having a rental car will let you tour these sights at your convenience. Additionally, you can drive to the ACE Basin or the nearby town of Beaufort with its Southern charm and historical architecture.
  • Columbia Metropolitan Airport is one of the major airports in South Carolina. It serves the cities of Columbia, Greenville, Lexington, and Clemson. Travelers flying out of this airport can enjoy a number of amenities including easy access to car rental agencies. Located close to baggage claim, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, and Thrifty all operate out of this facility.
  • In Columbia you should always be on the lookout for animals that might suddenly run out into the road. This is especially a problem in the fall during deer hunting season. These animals can cause substantial damage to your rental car. Additionally, by law, if you are driving on the highway and see a tow truck loading a vehicle, you must move over to the other lane for safety reasons.
  • During your stay in Columbia, you might want to limit your driving during peak travel hours. This includes morning rush hour from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and in the afternoon from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Traffic is especially busy on highways like Interstate 26 and Highway 17, which lead into and out of the downtown district.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Columbia for $76 or less
  • Book your rental car in Columbia at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Columbia are around 44% cheaper than other car types, on average

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