Santa Maria car rentals from $36/day

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Santa Maria car rental information

Pick-up locationSanta Maria
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Minivan, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations7
Airport locations5
Popular agenciesBudget, Turo, Avis, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Cheap car rentals in Santa Maria

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Economy$36/day
Compact$36/day
Intermediate$39/day
Standard$39/day
Full-size$38/day
Minivan$59/day
Full-size SUV$77/day
Intermediate SUV$45/day
Standard SUV$53/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Santa Maria

  • The use of Santa Maria car rentals is a good idea especially for those who wish to tour the city and its environs more intensely. It will ensure that you get to travel much comfortably and conveniently. The use of Santa Maria car rentals eliminates the need to make connections for further away destinations, which would have been the case for most of the public transport means. The journey to Nanded from Secunderabad using car rental will take you 4h to complete the 175 miles journey (281km) whereas the train will take 6h 50min to make the same journey.
  • The Santa Maria Airport has got a couple of car rental Secunderabad companies ready to offer the travelers in need with a car which will suit their needs. The car rental center at Santa Maria airport is located inside the baggage claim area of the main terminal. There, you will find desks for various companies such as Myles Car rentals and SS Travels Car rentals. The fleets to these companies are also near the center.
  • When using  car rentals in Santa Maria within the city, you are advised to observe the traffic rules within the city for a safer travel. You are reminded to watch out for pedestrians as you drive in the busy streets of Secunderabad. You are reminded to always keep left when driving on all roads within the city and its environs.
  • When using the car rentals in Santa Maria, you are advised to keep away from the major highways during the rush hours to prevent being caught up in traffic. Additionally, you are asked to use alternative routes to get to your destination much faster during these times. This will aditionally save on fuel hence making travelling by Santa Maria car rentals way cheaper than public transport
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Santa Maria for $54 or less
  • Book your rental car in Santa Maria at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Santa Maria are around 11% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Full-size rental cars in Santa Maria are around -142% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Santa Maria

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Santa Maria?

    On average a rental car in Santa Maria costs $69 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 Santa Maria found in the last 2 weeks is $24.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Santa Maria?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget ($36/day), Avis ($36/day) and Enterprise Rent-A-Car ($47/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Budget 3249 Terminal Drive 93455 (4 miles from city center).

  • How much is gas price in Santa Maria?

    The average gas price in Santa Maria is $3.86 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $46 and $62, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Santa Maria?

    Full-size (Ford Transit or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Santa Maria.

  • Which car rental companies are at Public airport (SMX)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Public airport include Budget, Avis, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hertz.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Public airport (SMX)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Public airport to off-airport locations include Budget, Avis, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Hertz.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Santa Maria?

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

  • How much does a Full Size car rental cost in Santa Maria?

    A Full Size car rental in Santa Maria costs $233 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in Santa Maria?

    A Mini car rental in Santa Maria costs $119 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Santa Maria?

    A Compact car rental in Santa Maria costs $78 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in Santa Maria?

    In Santa Maria, cars are most frequently rented at Avis 975 Airport Drive, Suite 8 (23 miles from city center).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Santa Maria?

    On average a rental car in Santa Maria costs $486 per week ($69 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Santa Maria costs $2,085 per month ($69 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Santa Maria?

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

  • How many car agencies are operating in Santa Maria?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 5 car rental agencies in Santa Maria.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in Santa Maria?

    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 Santa Maria?

    KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria?

    The roads in Santa Maria are wide enough for you to use despite the type of Santa Maria car rentals you choose. The type of car however to be used within the city should be determined however by the number of people and the actual purpose of your visit. If you are a large group, then a large group would do you much good. However, if you are a smaller group, then you can opt for a compact car instead. It is important to note that cars too are of different categories such as hybrid and electric cars. Hybrid cars are more economical to use than regular diesel or petrol cars.

  • What’s the speed limit in Santa Maria?

    When using the car rentals in Santa Maria, you are advised to strictly observe the speed limits enlisted in the area. The speed limit in the urban areas in and around the city center is set at 18 mph (30kph) due to the large traffic in the area from both pedestrians and other road users. While heading further away from the city center into the suburban, the speed restriction is dropped from 18 mph to 36 mph (60kph) due to the increased width of the roads and a reduced traffic from other road users and pedestrians.

  • Where are the best places to park in Santa Maria?

    There are a couple of parking options within Santa Maria  from which you can leave your vehicles and proceed on foot around the town. When parking, you are advised to secure your vehicle well onto the designated slot and avoid double parking to ensure the lots are used efficiently. Some of the authorized parking zones within the city includes the Abids Chermas one side MCH Car parking, and the Abids GPO MCH Parking Complex. Ensure you have cleared with the relevant authorities before exiting the parking lot to avoid further complications such as the clumping of the Secunderabad car rental.  

Santa Maria car rental reviews and directory

Avis

7.6

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.6

Value for money

7.5

One location in Santa Maria

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Locations in Santa Maria

3249 Skyway Drive

+1 805 922 4533

Monday07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday07:00 - 17:00
Thursday07:00 - 17:00
Friday07:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
It's was perfect

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

That the on-site office at the hotel, that we did not know was there, was easily able change our car pick up to her office from the airport. Saved us so much time! And that she was willing to do it!

Cons:

It was a simple and easy process which was refreshing and greatly appreciated. I really couldn’t have asked for anything to be better.

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

LAX staff was great even at 12 midnight

8.0 Very good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

I never received an emailed copy of my invoice.

6.0 Okay

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The service at LAX was great

Cons:

The santa maria location service was unwelcoming, on their phone the entire experience. Not given a choice of cars

8.0 Very good

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Somewhat friendly on pickup. Great on dropoff.

Cons:

Nicer

1 out of 8

Budget

6.8

Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

7.0

Comfort

7.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.4

Value for money

6.5

2 locations in Santa Maria

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Locations in Santa Maria

1730 South Broadway

+1 805 922 2158

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00

3249 Terminal Drive

+1 805 922 3113

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up was a breeze. Drop off a hassle with the construction and no one to guide you for the drop off.

Cons:

Drop off needs work.

8.0 Very good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Price

Cons:

The screen was broken when we got into the rental and the drop off process was unclear when we got back to airport

2.0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was nice to drive and overall clean but did have a masked smoke smell to it.

Cons:

The person at budget, in the airport on the 25th of March when we picked it up was horribly rude. We were 30 min late and pretty much told us we were out of luck that there was no car for us. We went to all the counters very scared as to be stranded and apparently was transfered to avis who were very friendly. When we got the car man from budget who was rude actually flipped us off because we pointed him out to the person dropping us off. Horrific customer service on the budget side

2.0 Poor

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Convenient pick up location.

Cons:

Cars were dirty. Enhanced cleaning? How about any? First car we picked up had mechanical issues was not drivable. Spent 25 minutes cleaning and disinfecting it. Had to return to get a different vehicle. No other car was available in the class, got a much smaller car with no modern amenities for the 6 hour drive. Spent another 25 minutes cleaning the car. No apology, no discount. Bad service, gross vehicles. -

2.0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. I thought the car was going to break down the entire time.

Cons:

Smelly car with malfunction

9.2 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Check in took longer than expected but check out was very efficient. Super happy to have gotten a sunroof.

Cons:

The extreme extra charge to drop off at another location almost prevented using the rental at all vs other options. Also we were given a car low on wiper washer fluid.

1 out of 8

Hertz

5.9

Cleanliness

6.3

Comfort

6.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.0

2 locations in Santa Maria

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Locations in Santa Maria

3249 Terminal Dr

+1 805 200 4868

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00

415 W Central Avenue

+1 805 736 4206

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00

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9.6 Wonderful

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and drop off was easy, no wait. Car was good enough.

Cons:

The opening time for the office is 7:30, so I had to have the car an extra day to get on the road early. If the office was open at 7:00 would have been better. Also, I had hoped the car was a Mazda 3 because I have considered buying one, but they only had another vehicle.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. Horrible experience. I received a call at 840am about my 9am car rental stating that they overbooked vehicles and that they would not have my vehicle at all. No apology or offer for another vehicle. They said all vehicles were rented and tough luck and this was the "manager" who called me.

Cons:

Communication. Why call 20 minutes before a reservation to say no vehicles and cancelled. Don't book it in the first place. Again, horrible service and no apology or alternatives offered by Hertz.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

NOTHING AT ALL. HERTZ CALLED ME 1 HOUR BEFORE I WAS SCHEDULED TO PICK UP THE RENTAL AND TOLD ME THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE ANY CARS. THEY MADE NO ATTEMPT TO ASSIST ME IN LOCATING ANOTHER RENTAL AND WERE JUST VERY COLD AND UNCARING.

Cons:

EVERYTHING.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

THE CAR WAS PERFECT

Cons:

NOTHING, IT WAS PERFECT

8.8 Very good

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Online rental, car was ready to go. Minimal paperwork with no wait. Exactly what I wanted.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Reasonable rate, very helpful staff, great car. Much better than our other local rental company!

1 out of 5

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

5.8

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

5.7

3 locations in Santa Maria

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1738 S Broadway

+1 805 349 9552

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

3249 Terminal Drive, Ste 114

+1 805 352 1016

Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

502 W Grand Ave Ste A

+1 805 489 6161

Monday12:30 - 17:0008:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:0012:30 - 17:00
Wednesday12:30 - 17:0008:00 - 12:00
Thursday12:30 - 17:0008:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:0012:30 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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2.0 Poor

Nov 2023

KAYAK
I didn't like anything at all. I made my reservation for a passenger van a couple months in advance, I even kept calling the local office to make sure my van was going to be ready. I even called in 3 days ahead of time, and every time the reps assured me that I didn't have anything to worry about, that my van was going to be there at pickup time. But guess what, I arrived at pickup time ready to get on the road, just to find out that "the manufacturer had issued a recall at the last minute and the clerk could not rent out the vehicle. I explianed that it was critical for me to get the van as I had very important commitments to attend to and needed the vehicle, but the clerk just kept saying "I'm sorry but I can't rent that vehicle". He offered me TWO cars instead, but I needed a van because I only had ONE driver, not two. I did have 2 cars of my own, but the problem was that I only had one driver, that was the whole reason I wanted to rent a van. I will NEVER EVER rent from Enterprise, that was my first and last time I deal with them. I just turned around, called Avis and they had the exact same model and size of a van, and didn't have any problems renting it out to me, and even at a much lower price than Enterprise. From now on I will STRONGLY recommend my family and friends to always rent from Avis and never from Enterprise.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly and thorough.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Woman at sjc was very sweet and the process was very fast.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

They are not at the Santa Maria Airport and did not answer the phone when I called. Enterprise should be taken iff the list. However, the woman at Hertz was very nice and helped me get a car.

6.4 Okay

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

the staff was nice it was high traffic time at the store not enough help long wait .

9.6 Wonderful

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Was able to get comparable car to what I reserved. Super friendly staff.

Cons:

Came damaged. Though it was out of their control.

1 out of 4

Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

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One location in Santa Maria

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Santa Maria Airport

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126 travelers who rented a car in Santa Maria gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.7

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Good to know

Most popular agency

Budget

Most popular car type

Full-size

Average price

$69/day

Good deal

$54/day

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