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Modesto, CA
Jun 17 — Jun 24
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Modesto car rental information

Pick-up locationModesto
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Minivan, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations10
Airport locations4
Popular agenciesHertz, Avis, Enterprise, Budget

Cheap car rentals in Modesto

$43/dayEconomy
$44/dayCompact
$46/dayIntermediate
$56/dayStandard
$54/dayFull-size
$82/dayMinivan
$108/dayFull-size SUV
$72/dayPremium
$99/dayLuxury
$50/dayIntermediate SUV
$50/dayCompact SUV
$88/dayStandard SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Modesto car rental reviews and directory

From $33/dayRated #1
Hertz
Best rated
Cheapest deal
Most popular
6.6 Good (56 reviews)
2 locations in Modesto
Hertz
Locations in Modesto
300 Motor City Ct.+1 209 578 9680
Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
617 Airport Way+1 209 522 3236
Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
  • 6.7
  • 6.9
  • 6.5
  • 6.3
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
3.6 MediocreOct 13 2020
Pros: They made me wait 30 min to get my car while they cleaned it and didn’t even apologize. No one who works there appears to care about anythingCons: Having my car ready on time and not being so slow.
7.2 GoodJan 7 2020
Cons: Explanation of insurance
6.0 GoodNov 12 2019
Pros: When I picked up the vehicle, the lady that helped me was polite, I got a 2019 Toyota Camry, very nice car, superb and comfortable ride but the vehicle was dirty, all the windows were stained with water spots and the inside smelled like cigarette smoke. When I left the rental place I started driving on the freeway towards San Diego and had been driving for less than an hour when the maintenance light came on advising me to take it to be serviced. When I returned the car with a full tank and clean, the girl said there were cigarette ashes in ash tray and accused me of smoking inside the car. I don't smoke neither does my wife and I told her that is the way they gave me the car. She finished with the paper work and gave me the papers and told me here you go and turned around. No thank you or anything else. Not very professional. Thank youCons: The vehicle was very nice, It could have been a little cleaner, the girl behind the counter had a little bad attitude, she tried to blame me for smoking in the car. I know a couple other friends that rent cars regularly and they also complain about the service.
2.0 MediocreSep 4 2019
Pros: NOTHING!!! It was like a broken record, "We can't rent any more cars today." No one said they were sorry or made any attempt to help anyone find an alternative means of transportation.Cons: Someone could have helped me get a car. There had been an accident that knocked out the power. The ONLY WORDS anyone would say was, "We can't rent any more cars today." I asked how I was supposed to get to SFO for my flight, the reply was the same. I had less than 2hrs to make other arrangements.
2.0 MediocreMay 14 2019
Cons: I requested a refund, the days that we booked for the rental you had no rental available, I ended up not wanting the car and was still charged
5.6 OkayApr 2 2019
Pros: Staff friendlinessCons: Arrived on time but they didn't have a car ready. asked me to wait two hours for the car I wanted (full size) Took an alternative (Nissan rogue) which was fine but they seemed to scrutinize every little scratch with pics which took additional time and made me feel like they were preparing to find damage when I returned it. Wanted to drop it off early but there isnt a key drop box. It just didn't feel very professional. With such little cars and all of the above mentioned I don't believe I will go there again.
8.8 ExcellentApr 1 2019
Cons: Explain that I could have had a ride back to the location I was staying.
6.8 GoodFeb 14 2019
Pros: The manager, David, did try accommodate for how busy they were and that my car was not ready, despite being on time for my appointment.Cons: It took 45 minutes to get my rental. There were 10 people waiting and only 2 employees. They did not have a car ready for me. After waiting even longer, they were able to find me a car. The vehicle did not have a full tank. I returned it with a full tank, but was given no credit for it.
2.0 MediocreNov 24 2018
Modesto airport hertz is TERRIBLEPros: NothingCons: Dirty cars. Dented cars. Broken seatbelts . Loud obnoxious employees more concerned with their lunches than helping customers. They screwed up the return time and place which is screwing up the bill. Never again.
2.0 MediocreNov 13 2018
Worst service ever!Pros: Nothing.Cons: I did not even pick up the car. I went to get it and the girls at the counter were so rude and told us there were no cars available. We had booked the night before and were under the impression we could pick the car up anytime after 9am. One of our children woke up sick and needed to be taken care of, so we didn’t show up to pick the car up until 10am. The two girls at the counter were so incredibly rude and would not even speak to us directly or help us. They then proceeded to talk about inappropriate things like smoking weed, after telling us we could take a seat and wait for a car with no indication of when one might come in. We switched to Avis/Budget, which turned out to be a nightmare as well but at least they were willing to get us in a car to get home.
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From $41/dayRated #2
Avis
9.4 Excellent (16 reviews)
2 locations in Modesto
Avis
Locations in Modesto
3900 Pelandale Avenue - Suite 145+1 209 491 9302
Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
617 Airport Way+1 209 527 7223
Monday08:30 - 16:00
Tuesday08:30 - 16:00
Wednesday08:30 - 16:00
Thursday08:30 - 16:00
Friday08:30 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 9.5
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
  • 9.2
  • 9.5
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJan 11 2021
Cons: Woman was doing smart ,fast and excellent service.
9.2 ExcellentAug 20 2019
Pros: Counter staff personable and good to work with.Cons: Process to sign papers was slow which created a line.
10.0 ExcellentJan 1 2019
Happy Nee Year!Pros: Friendly staff at Modesto Airport. Quick and easy transactionCons: Too many miles in car Not many full size car options
10.0 ExcellentApr 8 2018
Good pricePros: Good rental friendly staff
10.0 ExcellentAug 3 2017
AwesomePros: Fast, courteous, and helpful service.Cons: Nothing
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From $39/dayRated #3
Enterprise
8 Excellent (15 reviews)
2 locations in Modesto
Enterprise
Locations in Modesto
4623 Mchenry Ave Ste C+1 209 577 4700
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
707 7th Street+1 209 491 0400
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
  • 8.9
  • 7.7
  • 8
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
3.2 MediocreDec 16 2019
Pros: They were fast. Maybe that’s because they were pulling a bait and switch. This is the first time I have ever had to write a negative review about anything, I feel if it’s not egregious then most things can be overlooked. This was egregiousCons: Everything! Customer care, value for the money and quite frankly some cars should just not be in a rental pool.
8.4 ExcellentOct 9 2018
Pros: Gas mileageCons: The driver's seat was way to low,I had to use 3 pillows. The head rest pushed my head forward, way to uncomfortable for my liking, but the overall ride was very smooth & easy to drive.
5.6 OkayOct 3 2017
ExperiencePros: Check out was easy, brand new vehicle.Cons: There’s no afterhours drop off. Expensive rate for type of car.
10.0 ExcellentDec 27 2016
Pros: The Great service i recieved by the entire enterprise staff
9.6 ExcellentMay 2 2016
GoodPros: The friendly agentCons: The pricesof the rental n
2.0 MediocreMar 29 2016
Credit card fraudPros: Renting the car went smoothlyCons: Unfortunately I got a call from my credit card company with a suspicious charge from enterprise rent a car in New York! I rented the car in California and was never in New York. I'm very upset and disturbed that Enterprise tried to use my credit card unlawfully and commit fraud. I will never use this car company again and I will let everyone I know not to use enterprise.
10.0 ExcellentOct 19 2015
Awesome ExperiencePros: Reservation process was very easy. Enterprise even upgraded the car. The price quoted online was what I paid. Pick up and drop off went smoothly and quickly.
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From $44/dayRated #4
Budget
7.3 Good (24 reviews)
2 locations in Modesto
Budget
Locations in Modesto
3900 Pelandale Avenue Ste 145+1 209 491 4807
Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
617 Airport Way+1 209 544 1196
Monday08:30 - 16:00
Tuesday08:30 - 16:00
Wednesday08:30 - 16:00
Thursday08:30 - 16:00
Friday08:30 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 7.2
  • 7.6
  • 7.3
  • 7.6
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJun 11 2019
Pros: Whole experience just fine.Cons: The only problem was I got a car I didn’t like. I do not like . I wanted a Chevy Cruz or similar type American car. I do not like Japanese, or any of that type car. They are not comfortable for myself or my husband. Otherwise Everything else was great.
6.0 GoodMay 1 2019
Pros: The staff was great. He was very accommodating a d helpful. He told me that the car I was supposed to get came back from its rental smelling bad a d dirty inside. He said he had a large Jeep. I did not want to drive that big thing so had mo option but to take the dirty, smelly car.
2.0 MediocreJan 5 2019
Cons: Blamed me for a pre existing scratch on the car
8.8 ExcellentOct 17 2018
Pros: The agent in Modesto was quick, efficient and friendly. Was in and out in minutes
2.0 MediocreSep 20 2018
Pros: NothingCons: We had a reservation to pick up our car at 3:00 pm. Due to having difficulty finding them we arrived a 3:03 pm. We tried multiple times to call them but the phone went to a corporate number. When we finely found them we were told they were closed. I told them our pick up time was for 3:00 pm and that we tried to call them to find out where they were located. His response was we forward our phones a 2:00 pm and come back tomorrow at 7:30 am. We told him we had no way to get there tomorrow and he walked away. This totally floored us. He just left us high and dry and cost us a lot of money. NOT HAPPY AT ALL WITH BUDGET AND NEVER WILL BOOK WITH THEM AGAIN.
2.0 MediocreOct 16 2017
Pros: Igual no me gustó nadaCons: Un muy mal servicio
9.2 ExcellentSep 21 2017
Cons: A bit pricey, however I didn't mind paying it because the Rental Agent was very professional & very nice. Thank you Miss Angela !!!
10.0 ExcellentNov 21 2016
Pros: Great staff in Modesto. Unusually personable and friendly people. It was quick, and there were no hidden 'gotchas' that I half-expect every time I rent a car. I will probably go with Budget again just because it was so hassle and stress-free.
8.0 ExcellentOct 4 2016
Pros: Easy drop off
10.0 ExcellentAug 18 2016
Pros: One way trip to SFO. Choice of cars, clean inside. Easy tripCons: Nothing's wrong p
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DISCOUNT.QUEBEC
1 location in Modesto
DISCOUNT.QUEBEC
Locations in Modesto
380 route 132 suite 180
Recent reviews
Easirent
1 location in Modesto
Easirent
Locations in Modesto
Modesto City-County Airport
MondayInvalid date - 23:59
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Recent reviews
111 travelers who rented a car in Modesto gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.3

Car rental locations in or near Modesto

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$49/day

Good deal

$37/day

When to book a rental car in Modesto

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Modesto

  • Car rentals in Modesto allow greater access to areas outside the city center, including the abundant farmland that surrounds and supports the city. Even if you are not involved in farming, a drive through one of the many state parks is worth your time. Travelers that are looking to visit cities in the nearby Bay Area, such as San Francisco or San Jose, will find their trip much quicker and more convenient with a personal vehicle as opposed to public transit. 
  • The local airport is Modesto City-County Airport, which has a rental car counter on the main floor of the terminal. Vehicles are available within walking distance of the terminal in the rental car section of the nearby parking lot. Many rental cars in Modesto come from other major airports in the area, such as San Jose International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. In San Jose International, you can find rental counters in the Rental Car Center within walking distance across from Terminal B. If you fly into Terminal A, take the blue shuttle bus to and from the Rental Car Center. At San Francisco International, the Rental Car Center is accessible from every terminal via the AirTrain Blue Line, an automated people mover. 
  • As one of the major cities along Highway 99 through the Central Valley of California, Modesto serves as a resting point for many tractor-trailers and large trucks. If your directions require you to use Highway 99 at any point, be prepared to navigate around heavy traffic that includes these eighteen-wheelers. The city itself is laid out in grid formation, with larger roads, such as Briggsmore Avenue, crossing the entire town. If you find yourself caught in traffic along these major streets, consider moving over a few blocks to take an emptier road that follows in the same direction. 
  • The major streets in Modesto can quickly become crowded during peak travel time, generally from 6:30am to 8:30am and 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Highway 99 is another factor that can impact your travel time, as frequent accidents and construction often cause massive delays. Before driving, check the traffic on Highway 99 to ensure that vehicles are still moving smoothly before attempting to use it. You are better off using side streets, county roads, or delaying your departure than trying to push through traffic on Highway 99, which has many lane changes and often shrinks to only two lanes. 
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Modesto for $37 or less
  • Book your rental car in Modesto at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Premium rental cars in Modesto are around 48% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Modesto

  • Some car rental companies in Modesto which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Enterprise and Avis

  • On average a rental car in Modesto costs $49 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget ($43/day), Hertz ($50/day) and Avis ($54/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 3900 Pelandale Avenue - Suite 145 95356 (6 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Modesto is Hertz (6.4, 62 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Modesto is $3.36 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $40 and $54, depending on the car size.

  • Standard (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Modesto.

  • Car rental companies onsite at San Francisco airport include Thrifty, Sixt, Fox, Hertz, Dollar, Alamo, Enterprise, Budget, Avis and National.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from San Francisco airport to off-airport locations include Thrifty, Sixt, Fox, Hertz, Dollar, Alamo, Enterprise, Budget, Advantage, and E-Z Rent-A-Car.

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

  • A Standard car rental in Modesto costs $47 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in Modesto costs $49 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car rental in Modesto costs $44 per day, on average.

  • In Modesto, cars are most frequently rented at Enterprise 4623 Mchenry Ave Ste C (5 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Modesto costs $342 per week ($49 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Modesto costs $1,468 per month ($49 per day).

  • Since you will generally not be dealing with major weather events in the Central Valley, the recommended Modesto car rentals are economy or compact cars. This will allow you to safely navigate the busy highways surrounding Modesto. These vehicles also have better fuel efficiency than larger vehicles if you are looking to make the drive to the Bay Area, or even Yosemite National Park. 

  • The speed limits within Modesto are generally 25mph in residential areas, with 35mph limits on major streets. Highway 99 has a variety of speed limits as it progresses north and south through California but sticks to 65mph while passing through Modesto city limits. There are many county roads that surround the city, which generally have a speed limit of 55mph. 

  • The average price for a gallon of gas in Modesto is around $3.25, with cheaper prices generally found closer to the downtown area and away from the major highways, such as the Sinclair on 9th Street. If you are returning your rental car to Modesto City-County Airport, gas stations near the airport are generally the same price as those within the town, like the ARCO on Yosemite Boulevard. 

  • There are three parking garages in Modesto, located at 8th Street and L Street, 11th Street and K Street, and 11th Street and J Street. These parking garages cost approximately $1.25 per hour with a maximum of $15. There are also pay-per-spot parking lots throughout the city, with the same hourly rate and maximum. 

  • 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!).