|Car types||Compact, Compact SUV, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Minivan, Pickup truck, Premium, Premium SUV, Standard, Standard SUV|
|Popular agencies||Turo, Hertz|
You’ll find a wide variety of vehicles to choose from when renting a car in Columbia. Select from compact, luxury, or a sports utility vehicle (ideal if you plan to drive through the ACE Basin). Also, if you are traveling to Columbia in the summer months, be sure that the air conditioning system in your rental car works well because there can be many hot days.
Because it is a big city, Columbia has many highways. When traveling on city freeways, you can travel at maximum speeds of 60 mph and on major roads around shopping districts the speed limit is 50 mph. However, on the interstate you can increase your speed to 70 mph. Inside residential neighborhoods, the maximum speed allowed is 30 mph.
The City of Columbia has numerous metered parking spaces downtown. Street parking in Columbia is always free after 6 p.m. and on weekends. But, if you are willing to walk, drive down some nearby side roads to find non-metered parking spaces. Additionally there is the option of parking in a garage or lot. Note that some of these facilities are city-owned while others are privately owned and operated.
On average a rental car in Columbia costs $70 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 Columbia found in the last 2 weeks is $49.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($46/day).
The average gas price in Columbia is $4.16 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $50 and $67, depending on the car size.
Standard (Ford Escape or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Columbia.
The only car rental company onsite at Metropolitan airport is Hertz.
Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.
A Standard car rental in Columbia costs $40 per day, on average.
A Premium car rental in Columbia costs $43 per day, on average.
An Intermediate car rental in Columbia costs $45 per day, on average.
On average a rental car in Columbia costs $489 per week ($70 per day).
On average a rental car in Columbia costs $2,096 per month ($70 per day).
Most car rental providers in Columbia offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Columbia, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.
KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 6 car rental agencies in Columbia.
Some car rental companies in Columbia which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Dollar
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!).
KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Columbia so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.
The average gas price in Columbia is $5.3 per gallon. So, while you can fuel your car at the airport, it is a bit costly compared to other locations. Gas stations like Murphy Express, Shell, and Costco have an average price of $4.4 to $4.8 per gallon.
All visitors planning to use Columbia roadways must understand how fast they are allowed to drive on different highways. When driving around the city, keep your speed limit to a minimum of 25 mph unless otherwise specified on road signs. The speed limit for highways and suburban locations remains at 75 mph.
7 locations in Columbia
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Pros:Ease of driving away in a car
Cons:Nothing other than lower cost. Great experience
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
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
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Cons:returned car a t6:30 pm and was charged for an extra day
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!
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.
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.
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.
One location in Columbia
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Cons:don’t wait till the day of and say you doesn’t have any cars available so unprofessional
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.
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.