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Kansas City, MO
May 26 — Jun 2
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Kansas City, MO
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Cheap car rentals in Kansas City

Economy$36/day
Compact$36/day
Intermediate$35/day
Standard$36/day
Full-size$36/day
Minivan$103/day
Full-size SUV$107/day
Premium$43/day
Luxury$77/day
Supplier choice$32/day
Intermediate SUV$41/day
Standard SUV$43/day
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Kansas City car rental reviews and directory

From $70/dayRated #1
Alamo
Best rated
8.9 Excellent (265 reviews)
1 location in Kansas City
Alamo
Locations in Kansas City
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 9
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentMar 21 2022
the price was utterly ridiculous! but that obviously isn't an issue with alamo. staff was courteous and professional. the car was fine but didn't ride well - felt like the front end was out of alignment.
10.0 ExcellentMar 8 2022
Prices have gone up. I get it.
6.0 GoodFeb 28 2022
Car itself was good, but the interior smelled like an ashtray.
10.0 ExcellentDec 23 2021
Getting the car was easy, could even pick out what we wanted to drive in the lot! Returning was just as easy, someone came out to us and documented everything for us as we were unloading our bags. Highly recommend!
3.9 MediocreJul 26 2021
I would hardly call the car we rented an SUV…. And they charged us an extra $24.99/day for the “SUV” upgrade. Total cost for four days was iced $600 to rent a car that barely went over 55 mph. Such a racket.
5.9 OkayJul 6 2021
The wait at pickup was much longer than it had to be - there was only 1 person at the counter and one or two people directing people to cars, and the inventory/lot management was inadequate. Alamo didn't have the reserved vehicle (minivan) and had to substitute a full-size SUV, which took 20+ minutes to find - there was a wait at the counter (despite a light crowd) and at the lot (where one poor guy was running all over the lot trying to find cars to match with customers).
10.0 ExcellentJun 15 2021
Nice car
10.0 ExcellentJun 8 2021
The friendliness, and politeness of the staff.Nothing
10.0 ExcellentJan 25 2021
Friendly service at the ick-up location; VERY pleased that when I called the 1-800 number to modify my reservation, I actually talked to a real person in under 5 minutes. Overall, Alamo has provided the best rental service that I have experienced in a long time. Will definitely use them again.The Kansas City location required additional photo IDs (fraud prevention). This didn't affect me, but others may need to be aware of the requirement (which was not advertised in advance).
6.8 GoodOct 14 2020
Alamo was closed when we arrived in Kansas City. The rental car company to the right next counter over had to handle the paperwork. I had already booked and paid online for an easy pick up. They made us jump through hoops while my 90 year old parents had to wait for us.
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From $69/dayRated #2
Dollar
8 Excellent (132 reviews)
1 location in Kansas City
Dollar
Locations in Kansas City
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 9 2022
Speed of service was great. Car was in good shape, good quality. Fit what i needed the rental for.
2.0 MediocreApr 19 2022
Car was dirty, dented, scratched, and stained. Didn't have time to wait in line for a new car, so pointed out many of the various issues upon exit. I also didn't notice the dangerously low pressure in one of the tires until I pulled out on the highway. Then they had the nerve to charge my credit card $100 for a cleaning fee. Obviously never again.
10.0 ExcellentMar 28 2022
Super easy reservation and pickup process. The agent who helped us in Kansas Coty was wonderful! Same with drop off process.
2.0 MediocreMar 15 2022
Everything. It was horrible
2.0 MediocreDec 15 2021
Terrible!!! when we arrived at the airport dollar location was closed and we could not pick up our car. We contacted them and they would not refund our money
7.9 GoodOct 11 2021
Hertz is managing Dollar and the signage was really poor.
1.9 HorribleAug 31 2021
Nothing
5.9 OkayAug 23 2021
You chose an average car, you get an average car. Site lures you with the appearance of low prices available and then there aren't any. And on top of that there are fees that aren't revealed until you pick the car up and again when you drop it off. Like a +200.00 supposedly refundable damage deposit even though you paid for the add on insurance already. And an additional +100.00 for other stuff that was supposed to have been paid for when you paid the final fee at pick up. We won't recommend or use either Kayak or Dollar again
10.0 ExcellentAug 16 2021
Best rental car and service!
1.9 HorribleAug 8 2021
Very disappointed with your co and dollars, 1.when I set the pick up time , your co didn’t match my Schedule until I print out the paper then found wrong pick and drop off time I call your co and dollars to change back what I suppose to ,they and your co can not change for me , my freight delay till 1100 pm , when I am arrival at the airport, office close at 10 . I can not pick up the car till next day , I have to rent a car from Avis pay $125 one days extra and waste my time , I have drive back to airport next day to return the car and pick up from dollar rent a car , I will never use your co and dollars any more . Never paid in advance again , never gog this bad experience of my life before , no more again. I didn’t know your co same is Priceline the same group, if I know I will not use your co to do business. .your group can not trusted.
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From $70/dayRated #3
Avis
7.7 Good (105 reviews)
3 locations in Kansas City
Avis
Locations in Kansas City
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 18 2022
Terrible operations - not enough people, cars, etc. i stood on line for almost 1.5 hour
10.0 ExcellentMay 4 2022
It was the easiest car rental we have ever had!
10.0 ExcellentApr 10 2022
Everything was great nothing couldn’t be any better
6.0 GoodMar 29 2022
The price I agreed to and had a confirmation email for was not the price I was charged when picking up the car. It was eventually honored, but only after a 10-minute delay as the manager had to override the system.
2.0 MediocreMar 1 2022
They are over priced and overbooked the car that I had reserved. Long line at the airport too.
2.0 MediocreDec 21 2021
I didn’t like anything about the experience. The man didn’t let me have the rental. I understood the situation but he was relentlessly unforgiving. I couldn’t find my credit card with my name on it but had to use my mothers who is an authorized user on my account. He wouldn’t let me call my credit card company to verify me as the owner. I had already paid for insurance on the rental but my trip was ruined. I will never rent from Avis and will let my family & friends know about how disappointing my experience was with them.
2.0 MediocreNov 27 2021
I was given a 6 passenger car when I asked and needed a 7 passenger. There was no customer service where I picked it up. I had to take the car back early because it was useless to me as a 6 passenger. I couldn’t use it at all.
10.0 ExcellentOct 29 2021
Everything went very smooth. We purchased 'Avis choice', and they gave us many choices!
1.9 HorribleSep 20 2021
Rented me a car with worn out tires. Noisy bearings and steering shake at 65 mph. Tried to charge me for gas. I showed agent my tank indicator and receipt.. claimed her computer was down and could not fix. Still waiting on resolution.
10.0 ExcellentJun 27 2021
Local olathe staffHave the selected vehicle reserved on site
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From $47/dayRated #4
Hertz
7.3 Good (175 reviews)
2 locations in Kansas City
Hertz
Locations in Kansas City
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.2
  • 7.3
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentApr 22 2022
I reserved a fullsize car. All the regular fullsize cars we gone. The largest car I could find was a Buick Encore. I could barely fit my wife's transport chair.
2.0 MediocreFeb 10 2022
They took the reservation then when I got there they had no car to rent to me.
2.0 MediocreFeb 1 2022
I reserved a car. But, Hertz called me 20 minutes before I was scheduled to pick it up and said they did not have any cars available. So I never got the car, thankfully I called Avis and they were able to help me out.
10.0 ExcellentJan 25 2022
Had a great talk with Vinod checking out -- and the staff was most helpful when we returned it, and I'd left my wallet at the gas station...!
2.0 MediocreJan 18 2022
Hertz did not even have the car, none were available even though we had a confirmed reservation through Kayak. Don’t rely on this reservation system!
2.0 MediocreJan 3 2022
They did not have our car ready at the time it was reserved, and did not have an idea of when it would be ready. Therefore, we had to make alternate travel arrangements the same day, over the holidays, which was a huge issue.
4.0 OkayDec 12 2021
Customer service was poor. I was charged for pick-up and drop-off at 2 different locations even after she confirmed with me I was dropping off at the same location. I will now have to dispute it. She didn't explain that even after my initial payment of $201, that my card would be charged another $261 for some reason and when I called customer service the next day, the guy explained that it was a deposit that wouldn't be charged after I return the car. However, the extra charge remains for inter-city drop-off. And, the person at the desk pointed out and told us to select a car from the "right" but if there weren't any to go to the "left" and when we got outside, there weren't any cars in the Compact area at all! So we just got in one! I still don't know if we chose correctly or if I am to be charged again! Not a choice I want to make with no help after a long day of traveling. No explanation given for extra charges.
2.0 MediocreNov 27 2021
Hertz customer support canceled my reservation without refunding my prepaid amount of $250. I had to dispute the charge on my credit card and I'm not sure yet if it'll be upheld. I still needed a rental car, so I had to reserve a new rental on the spot which ended up costing $425. Not happy at all
2.0 MediocreNov 15 2021
It was closed when I showed up. My kayak reservation time was after they closed
2.0 MediocreOct 26 2021
Hertz changed their hours of operations last minute and were not available to let me pick up my car at the time I had scheduled it for
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From $42/dayRated #5
Thrifty
Cheapest deal
Most popular
7.7 Good (74 reviews)
1 location in Kansas City
Thrifty
Locations in Kansas City
  • 7.7
  • 8
  • 7.5
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreNov 12 2020
Showed up after a 30 minute delayed flight, no one at the counter to assist. Actually have a clerk at the counter that can assist during later hours. Or, if you're going to partner with another rental agency and defer your customers to their desk, make sure that desk is staffed. Avis did and was able to match your rate and earn my future business.
2.0 MediocreJul 7 2020
Was not able to travel.
6.8 GoodJun 6 2020
Staff was very friendly and helpful. Pick up and drop off simple and quick.The car was dirty. Nothing gross just dusty some dirt inside and out.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 19 2020
When we dropped off the car the guy told us they could drive us to the terminal at no charge. Given that we had a lot of luggage this was awesome!
9.2 ExcellentFeb 18 2020
The staff was friendly and helpful, even though my flight got in late and I think they would usually have closed the counter by that time.It was very snowy/icy. It would have been nice for the car to have been cleared of snow and ice upon pickup.
3.6 MediocreJan 28 2020
First car was very dirty, the staff just said it was the best they could do...
6.0 GoodDec 2 2019
Staff was pleasant when picking up car.The Car smelled strongly of Body odor. There was no staff when I returned the car. At 5 PM.
9.2 ExcellentNov 11 2019
Staff was very friendly. Car was in great shape and had numerous bells and whistles that made the trip very enjoyable.Two issues - The pick up location needs better marking to locate the cars. Better signage and directions. Other issue is the deposit. Not disclosed on initial paperwork. A $200 hold on my credit card put serious financial strain on an otherwise simple process. What does the $200 signify? Not enough to cover any significant costs. So why have it? It just leaves the consumer with $200 less available credit for a trip.
10.0 ExcellentOct 14 2019
Getting to Thrifty from the airport was easy. Also, the people behind the counter were super nice and helpful.Nothing.
10.0 ExcellentAug 10 2019
Fast pickup. Friendly staff. Great prices.Access for people not flying in (1% of their business I presume)
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From $70/dayRated #6
Enterprise
7.3 Good (64 reviews)
6 locations in Kansas City
Enterprise
Locations in Kansas City
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodJan 30 2022
Armada did not provide enough cargo space and smelled of cigarette smoke.
10.0 ExcellentJan 4 2022
Easy pick up and return, and especially friendly staff interactions during pick up.
10.0 ExcellentNov 10 2021
If you get a 15 passenger Ford Van from Enterprise, you may want to have a step stool. Anyone who has slight mobility issues, will find entry/exit to the van a bit of a challenge without the extra step. No "running boards" on the van.
8.0 ExcellentNov 9 2021
Reservation process went smooth. Rental car company counter was closed and had long lines at partner company.
1.9 HorribleOct 11 2021
Charged Double for our car and was told they would call us after we left to fix it and it would be fixed before we dropped it off. Never got a call and was still charged the wrong amount at drop off.
10.0 ExcellentJul 27 2021
I like the fact that they compensated me for another ride because they didn’t have the one I originally reserved. Great customer service!!
10.0 ExcellentJul 6 2021
The staff was incredible; friendly and cooperative (our flight was very late, the time was 11:45pm)The check-in and check-out went like "clockwork". I truly can not think of how it could have gone smoother.
10.0 ExcellentJul 6 2021
The pick up was super simple, the person at the counter was friendly and efficient. Vehicle was waiting for us and the guy in the lot was great. Very friendly helped answer questions about the area and gave us some recommendations. Drop was also simple, they were crazy busy and didn’t miss a beat.The only thing I can think of is letting people know they need 3 forms of ID.
2.0 MediocreJul 1 2021
The price I secured online was not honored. I was charged full price and told they do not give discounts.They don’t honor any online discounts.
2.0 MediocreJun 14 2021
They cancelled before my arrival with no help or suggestions for a suitable replacementactually having a car
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From $113/dayRated #7
Budget
7.2 Good (77 reviews)
2 locations in Kansas City
Budget
Locations in Kansas City
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.1
  • 7
  • 7
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 11 2022
Spent several hours on hold, sent several emails. Need received Final receipt
4.0 OkayFeb 28 2022
The lady at the desk repeatedly kept trying to force the insurance coverage on me and the car was filthy when I picked it up.
8.0 ExcellentFeb 20 2022
Staff was friendly and helpful. Why in 2022 is it still such an arduous process to pick up a car. Need more grab and go options.
4.0 OkayFeb 1 2022
There was a 40-minute wait at the check-in counter, even though no other car rental facilities had any line. Budget should do more to staff their office appropriately. There is a mask mandate at the airport, and yet two of the three Budget staffers (both men in their 20s) were not wearing masks, even when dealing with elderly customers. The car had trash under the seats, in the arm rest, and while it was generally clean enough, it had not been checked carefully. The car had 7/8 of a tank of gas upon pickup--it was not full as promised. I was not impressed with this rental experience.
2.0 MediocreJan 18 2022
They were closed I got there at 11pm. and I had to go to a different auto rental
10.0 ExcellentDec 18 2021
Booked the car a very long time ago for covid reasons, budget honored the low rate a year later and I then upgraded the car for $15.00 a day to a full size SUV. Excellent service!
3.9 MediocreSep 28 2021
The staff at checkin was very friendly and apologetic, but the first two cars that they assigned to me had dead batteries. I had to walk across the large parking lot several times to get a new vehicle.
10.0 ExcellentAug 18 2021
Budget thy give me what I won't
1.9 HorribleJul 31 2021
The person at the counter was rude and I got then feeling that she was trying to find an excuse not to rent. When she said that they would put a $600 plus hold on a one day rental, I said no thanks, went to the competition (Herts) counter, rented a larger car for half the price and only a $200 hold.
10.0 ExcellentJul 13 2021
Agent assisting at counter was amazing
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From $63/dayRated #8
Payless
7.3 Good (28 reviews)
1 location in Kansas City
Payless
Locations in Kansas City
  • 7.4
  • 7.1
  • 7.4
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayApr 22 2022
open for late pick up. staff nice. car itself was a disappointment. crank up windows, key to lock and unlock each door-passenger side door would not unlock with key. dirt on all seats. over all a cheap, meaning not good quality, car.
10.0 ExcellentMar 31 2022
Locally owned business. People/employees were excellent.
8.0 ExcellentDec 22 2021
Made me phone home to get a copy of my insurance card or pay an additional $40
2.0 MediocreJun 16 2021
The poor woman who was working there was very sympathetic, and she clearly did not agree with her companies' policies.EVERYTHING! This was the WORST experience I've ever had with a car rental company! I rented this car for an out of state trip, and when I got to the airport, I was told that without an airline ticket, I could only take the car into four states with a 100 miles LIMIT per day! I was also told I needed to provide a utility bill, a pay stub, and pay a $500 deposit! What!??!?!?! Thank goodness for Avis who gave me a REAL rental car! Serves me right for trying to save a few dollars - it was NOT worth the hassle, and I will NEVER use Payless Rental Car again - EVER!
2.0 MediocreJun 3 2021
They did not even let me rent a car with a one way ticket. Had to go somewhere else.
8.0 ExcellentJun 1 2021
cAR HAD MANUAL WINDOWS AND LOCKS. i HAVENT HAD A CAR LIKE THAT SINCE THE 80'S. i WISH i HAD KNOWN i WOULD HAVE REQUESTED A MORE MODERN CAR.
4.0 OkayMay 31 2021
Staff was fineCharging a full day for 2 extra hours is highway robbery
6.0 GoodApr 12 2021
Helpful staff who was patient, kind, and helpful.Payless had no record of my online reservation and could not reach Hotwire to confirm. Fortunately, I had my laptop with the original e-mail and price - and the agent matched the price.
10.0 ExcellentApr 12 2021
Staff was friendly. No line at pickup. Everything went smoothly and the process was easy.The car had manual crank windows and manual locks. I didn't even know cars that basic still existed.
10.0 ExcellentNov 23 2020
Very friendly staff...when we checked out the young man went and drove our rental to the front door to pick us up. When we returned the rental the young lady came outside in the very high wind to check out the car and get us our receipt.Tge staff was very friendly accommodating and efficient. Would not hesitate to rent again from Payless car rental at MCI (Kansas City airport)
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From $70/dayRated #9
National
6.7 Good (10 reviews)
1 location in Kansas City
National
Locations in Kansas City
  • 6.9
  • 6.9
  • 6.5
  • 6.9
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
3.9 MediocreAug 2 2021
They did not have the class of car available that I booked and I was offered a class of car down (not up) for the same price!!! Bad customer service.
6.0 GoodNov 28 2018
I did not go into the place so I can't really say it was excellent or poor. I just dropped the car off and left in another car out of there.
8.8 ExcellentOct 28 2015
Very efficient process for pickup and return. Car model (Ford Focus) was somewhat noisy on the highway, but good overall.Some trash was left in the car from the previous renter. Nothing terrible however. Candy wrapper and some used paper.
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Easirent
3 locations in Kansas City
Easirent
Locations in Kansas City
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Sunnycars
2 locations in Kansas City
Sunnycars
Locations in Kansas City
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930 travelers who rented a car in Kansas City gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.9

Car rental locations in or near Kansas City

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Most popular agency

Thrifty

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$73/day

Good deal

$56/day

When to book a rental car in Kansas City

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Top tips for renting a car in Kansas City

  • Kansas City, like most cities in the U.S., depends highly on car transportation. There simply is no more efficient or better way to get around town, whether you plan on catching a Kansas City Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium or you are just going out to eat.
  • Looking to pick up a rental car for your time in Kansas City? Travelers with flights landing at Kansas City International Airport can take the rental car shuttle from the airport terminals to the rental car center, where they will find numerous rental car companies.
  • Though Kansas City is not that far north, it still experiences some pretty harsh winters. Snow and ice can quickly blanket roads, and drivers should be prepared for wintery weather if they visit in the colder months of the year. Drivers not confident in their ability to handle the snow should make sure to drive extra carefully and to check the weather regularly so they aren’t caught out in a storm.
  • Nobody likes to be stuck in rush hour and, with a bit of preparation, nobody has to be. In Kansas City the morning rush hour goes from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and then picks back up again in the afternoon at around 3:30 p.m. and goes until 7:00 p.m. throughout much of the metropolitan area. Some of the streets to avoid during rush hour include I-35, the southern portion of I-435 and I-70. The worst streets are all highways primarily because of the high volume of commuters going into and out of the city for work.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Kansas City for $56 or less
  • Book your rental car in Kansas City at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Kansas City are around 61% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Standard rental cars in Kansas City are around 26% cheaper than other car types, on average

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