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Palm Desert car rentals from $30/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in Palm Desert with a pick-up date of 6/8 and drop-off date of 6/9. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Palm Desert car rental information

Pick-up locationPalm Desert
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Minivan, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations7
Airport locations0
Popular agenciesTuro, Avis, Budget, Hertz

Cheap car rentals in Palm Desert

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Economy$33/day
Compact$33/day
Intermediate$35/day
Standard$30/day
Full-size$38/day
Minivan$40/day
Intermediate SUV$38/day
Compact SUV$42/day
Supplier choice$44/day
Standard SUV$45/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Palm Desert

  • Renting a car during your stay in palm Desert city can be a significant step in experiencing the great adventure of exploring the city and its environs. From San Diego, which is approximately 121 miles, to Los Angeles, which is 122 miles, having a car guarantees smooth movement between these great cities. With a car, you can easily have a personal retreat at palm springs which is about 14 miles from this city.
  • Most Palm Desert car rentals have set their minimum car rental age at 25. If you are between 21 and 24, you may find a few cheap car rentals in Palm Desert that will allow you to rent a car under their young driver’s policy. This policy will require you to pay a young driver’s surcharge. For most car rentals, this surcharge is not included in your car rental price. It is accumulated daily and paid at the car rental counter before you can proceed to your car rental lot to collect your car.
  • Palm Springs International Airport, which serves both the Coachella Valley and Palm Springs, has a variety of rental cars available at affordable prices at the rental center located in the terminals of the Airport. At the Airport, there are various car rentals in Palm City centers that you can book through KAYAK, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 1 Car Rental Palm Springs Airport, and national car rental. In all these Palm Desert car rentals, you must remember that the price range is between around $28 and $103 per day, depending on your chosen rental car.
  • When renting your car from Palm Desert car rentals as a Person with Reduced Mobility (PRM), review most of these car rentals’ extra amenities to determine the most appropriate for your rental services. Most of the cheap car rentals in Palm Desert may offer PRM-friendly amenities such as; left-foot accelerators, a GPS navigation system, a surrogate driver, reduced-effort braking systems, adaptive electronic controls, and pedal and steering wheel extenders. Unlike the other free amenities, you should note that requesting a surrogate driver will attract a daily surcharge.
  • Palm Desert is a busy City; it may be difficult for you to move around the city, especially in the crowded streets. However, having a car can be a significant step since it can easily allow one to move around to different destinations within the city. Even though the city provides driving through golf carts, the freedom is only available to permitted drivers who are allowed to travel to schools and other critical places like government offices.
  • If you rent your car from the cheap car rentals in Palm Desert for your road trip to your scenic destinations within and outside Palm Desert with your kids, you should adhere to Palm Desert’s child seat safety guidelines. Based on these guidelines, your kids under 8 should be secured with an age-appropriate seat. Your kids between 0 and 1 year should travel in a forward-facing toddler seat. Kids between 2 and 3 years old should travel in a forward-facing toddler seat, while kids between 4 and 8 years have to travel in a forward-facing booster seat. Those who are over 8 years should sit in the back seat with their safety belts on.
  • Driving through the Rancho Mirage of Palm Springs can be a significant challenge, especially if you do it during rush hours of around 5:30 pm in the evening. Passing through the Coast and downtown LA in the city can be frustrating, and it is best to avoid these roads during these times. Driving through various identified highways in the town on Fridays can be frustrating since the day is known for the heavy traffic you may experience when driving. Therefore, you must stick to the 10E drive during this day to avoid being caught up in the heavy traffic during rush hours.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Palm Desert for $44 or less
  • Book your rental car in Palm Desert at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in Palm Desert are around 70% cheaper than other car types, on average

Palm Desert car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Palm Desert 
Verified travelerApr 2024
We rented a compact car which fully met our needs. The trunk space was large, good on gas, easily fit 4 people.
CHARLESApr 2024
Service was excellent during a busy time. 1/2 hr wait. Try to get your car duing slack hours.
Verified travelerMay 2023
Set your pickup for earlier than you need the car.

FAQs about renting a car in Palm Desert

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Palm Desert?

    On average a rental car in Palm Desert costs $55 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 Palm Desert found in the last 2 weeks is $30.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Palm Desert?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($35/day), Avis ($41/day) and Budget ($45/day).

  • How much is gas price in Palm Desert?

    The average gas price in Palm Desert is $3.89 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $47 and $62, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Palm Desert?

    Standard (Kia Forte or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Palm Desert.

  • Which car rental companies are at Palm Springs airport (PSP)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Palm Springs airport include Hertz, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Dollar, Thrifty, Avis and National.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Palm Springs airport (PSP)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Palm Springs airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Dollar, Thrifty, Avis, Ace, and National.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Palm Desert?

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

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in Palm Desert?

    A Standard car rental in Palm Desert costs $27 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Palm Desert?

    An Economy car rental in Palm Desert costs $30 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Palm Desert?

    A Compact car rental in Palm Desert costs $37 per day, on average.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Palm Desert?

    On average a rental car in Palm Desert costs $383 per week ($55 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Palm Desert?

    On average a rental car in Palm Desert costs $1,642 per month ($55 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Palm Desert?

    Most car rental providers in Palm Desert offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Palm Desert, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.

  • How many car agencies are operating in Palm Desert?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 6 car rental agencies in Palm Desert.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in Palm Desert?

    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!).

  • Why should I use KAYAK to rent a car in Palm Desert?

    KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Palm Desert so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Palm Desert?

    Lacking a reliable means of movement at a place such as Palm Springs, an essential point of attraction near the city, can make it hard for you to thoroughly explore all corners of the springs. Having a car can be of great benefit because it will enable you to get to various destinations within the park than a bus that leaves you a bit far from the place which will require you to cover a distance to those destinations. Even though the Springs are small and easy to move around, the whole resort area covers a considerable distance that requires car Rentals in Palm City.

  • Are there toll roads in Palm Desert?

    One of the things you should consider when renting your car from the cheap car rentals in Palm Desert is the toll-free roads. The toll-free roads will help you to avoid the extra daily charges that raise the overall cost of renting a car.

  • What's the speed limit in Palm Desert?

    The speed limit within Palm Desert City keeps changing depending on the implementation on certain roads. After visiting car Rentals in Palm Desert and driving through the city, remember that the speed limit depends on the specific highway. For example, you must maintain a maximum speed of 50 mph when driving between Gerald Ford Drive and Dick Kelly. For San Carlos and Portola avenues, you must keep a speed limit of 30 mph. Additionally, a speed limit of 35 mph is required for University Park drive and 25 mph for Painters' path.

  • Can I rent an electric car from any cheap car rentals in Palm Desert?

    Renting an electric car from the cheap car rentals in Palm Desert is enabled by the availability of about 25 public EV charging stations. These charging stations can be accessed at the airport parking points, outside the major malls and supermarkets, and in the public garages and gas stations within and outside Palm Desert.

  • Where are the best places to park in Palm Desert?

    Palm Desert has various parking slots that charge no single cent for the service. The Parkview Professional Building, City Hall, and Renova Energy are some places within the city that offer free parking for its visitors. Tower Market, Presidents Plaza East, and Presidents Plaza West are located within the town, offering free parking that is not limited to visitors but is open to everyone. However, if you want a stay that may last for a month or even more, several places offer to park but for pay that caters for the entire month. Gary C provides the service at around $135 Camilo G for around $100, Mel T for $80, and Sabastian S for around $146, all per month. However, you must book the slot early to secure the place.

Palm Desert car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

6.6

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.1

Comfort

6.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.3

Value for money

6.9

4 locations in Palm Desert

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Locations in Palm Desert

49499 Eisenhower Dr

+1 760 564 7859

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68350 E Palm Canyon Dr

+1 760 328 9377

Monday08:00 - 17:30
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Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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73088 Highway 111

+1 760 341 4470

Monday08:00 - 17:30
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Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
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Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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78385 Varner Rd Ste D

+1 760 772 0281

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
excellent

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Great will definitely use again

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Great experience! Reserved a Mitsubishi SUV absolutely loved it!

2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
They didn’t have a van available for me. Had to rent from Uhaul

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was great and my drop off was super easy.

Cons:

Couldn't get the bluetooth to work in the car

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Did not have car I ordered. Tried to get me to take smaller car. I refused. Was given a hard time by salesman and then he went away. Tried to speak to manager, was ignored. Staff very unfriendly. I had to leave without a car. Was a disaster. I went to Avis and was treated as a customer should be. Rented a car to my choice for 2 weeks.

Cons:

more honest treatment of a customer. A manager that would listen to my problem. A less hostile attitude. Have used Enterprise in the past, would never use again.

1 out of 16

Hertz

6.6

Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

6.2

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

6.5

2 locations in Palm Desert

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Locations in Palm Desert

44 400 Indian Wells Lane

7607757217

Opening times not available

74855 Country Club Dr.

+1 760 568 6200

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
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8.0 Very good

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Understaffed

2.0 Poor

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Kayak allowed me to reserve a car, but when I arrived at the counter, there was no car available because the Hertz staff member told me KAYAK does this all the time

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Tim was helpful and fun to work with.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Car could have been cleaner

1.9 Poor

Jun 2021

KAYAK
The SUV I rented more than 8 days before the pick up date , wasn't ready and i called 3 times. they never called me until i was 3 hours late for my pickup time , someone told me I have to rent a small car drive it to another location and pick up my desired type of car. The car smells cigarette. have rough sound from the back while driving. I tried to cancel the reservation but the lady said she can't and it has to be through her manager because I paid already for the rental, I decided to take the SUV as it was too late for me to change my plans. Adding assault to the injury ,when I returned the SUV washed in and out and full tank, the guy told me I have to pay 150$ tax , so I told him I paid everything ahead of my rental and he was .... oh let me see what I can do... as he is doing me a favor by waiving taxes, so unprofessional and annoying.

4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Car was way below Hertz’ usual standards. May be due to car shortage but still disappointing

1 out of 17

Avis

7.5

Cleanliness

7.1

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.7

Value for money

8.0

One location in Palm Desert

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Locations in Palm Desert

74-881 Hovley Lane East

+1 760 346 7429

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
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6.0 Okay

Dec 2023

KAYAK
They committed fraud on me, they charged me an extra 134 dollars from my account, they claim that I did not fill the gas tank and that is lies. I have proof that if I did fill it, if I have to go to court for this, I will do it if they do not return my money.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was great at this location. Best experience ever at a rental car agency!

2.0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

They didn’t have any cars to rent!

2.0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Car was not available!!

6.0 Okay

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up was fine, quick. Easy

Cons:

Drop off was poorly done, understaffed

8.4 Very good

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff- they were uber understaffed but the gal there smiled and handled all the grumpy people. She was accommodating.

Cons:

More employees at peak dates

1 out of 4

Budget

7.0

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

7.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.0

Value for money

6.7

One location in Palm Desert

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Locations in Palm Desert

74-881 Hovley Lane East

+1 760 776 9565

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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8.0 Very good

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Inside of car, front and bach seats, and trunk area strewn with trash from prior renters. Very disappointing, otherwise the experience was “good” overall.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The drop off was a bit complicated since the Budget airport location is closed. Fortunately the Avis people found us and checked in the car. They were all very nice at pick up and drop off

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Pickup and dropoff was easy, and the car was clean when I got it

Cons:

nothing! The car was clean when I got it, the service was top notch, the return was seamless. nothing else I could ask for in a rental agency, you have my business next time!!!

2.4 Poor

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Not too much

Cons:

Service of counter personnel. Car windows where smeared and cloudy.

8.4 Very good

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Was very good at pick up, and drop off , close to the airport, and the shuttle is convenient

Cons:

They charge you too much for gas, almost more than I paid for the car rental, i used only quarter of tank, and they charged me $70. There is no specific way to measure the gas used, whatever the person who check the car decide what to pay, so I recommend to put gas before the drop off

4.0 Mediocre

Nov 2021

KAYAK
I declined the insurance and was charged for it even though my contract said I declined it. I had to call the Budget rent of car where I picked up the car to clear it up.

1 out of 2

Dollar

6.1

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Palm Desert

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Locations in Palm Desert

74855 Country Club Drive

+1 760 568 6200

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30

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Eagle Rent A Car

No score available yet

One location in Palm Desert

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Locations in Palm Desert

74855 Country Club Dr.

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174 travelers who rented a car in Palm Desert gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.1

Car rental locations in or near Palm Desert

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$55/day

Good deal

$44/day

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