Santa Maria car rentals

Santa Maria car rentals

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Santa Maria, CA
Dec 7 — Dec 14
Same drop-off
Santa Maria, CA
Tue 12/7
Tue 12/14

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Santa Maria car rental information

Pick-up locationSanta Maria
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Minivan, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations7
Airport locations5
Popular agenciesAvis, Budget

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Santa Maria car rental reviews and directory

From $40/dayRated #1
Most popular
Best rated
8.6 Excellent (43 reviews)
1 location in Santa Maria
Locations in Santa Maria
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Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreNov 27 2021
Didn't accept my chime card at the desk, no warning at all and I'm still not really sure why. All rental car companies suck but at least budget was trying to help us figure something out. The avid front desk person was super unhelpful and annoying.
2.0 MediocreJun 21 2021
Car was 1/8th of a tank low on gas and had a headlight out, which I got stopped for.
10.0 ExcellentMay 20 2021
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!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 MediocreMay 18 2021
LAX staff was great even at 12 midnight
8.0 ExcellentMar 23 2021
I never received an emailed copy of my invoice.
6.0 GoodFeb 14 2020
The service at LAX was greatThe santa maria location service was unwelcoming, on their phone the entire experience. Not given a choice of cars
8.0 ExcellentOct 1 2019
Somewhat friendly on pickup. Great on dropoff.Nicer
10.0 ExcellentJun 9 2019
Excellent from pickup to drop off 5 stars
10.0 ExcellentMar 20 2019
Everything was easy on both endsNothing
10.0 ExcellentMay 9 2018
Best Avis experience everThe SMX employees know how to do their job and it’s doesnt take 4 employees to make one booking.The fact that I had to deal with LAX Avis in the first place.
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From $34/dayRated #2
Cheapest deal
6.7 Good (36 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Maria
Locations in Santa Maria
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  • 6.6
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8.0 ExcellentNov 15 2021
My car rental agreement included unlimited miles but the attendant ask for my destination. I said Las Vegas area. She wrote on my contract Las Vegas only. What happens if I wanted to visit St George or Hoover Dam? if it's unlimited mile then the rental shouldn't be limited to a city.
5.9 OkaySep 27 2021
The location was a bit run down. Paperwork took a while. There wasn’t a dedicated drop-off location during their off day, so I had to put it through their mail drop box at the door. Car was alright. Smelled a tad like cigarette smoke, but not too overbearing.
1.9 HorribleJul 17 2021
Far better warning when it came to renting also id like my money back for a reservation i didnt even get to use. I wasnt even able to rent the vehicle, i had to use another party
10.0 ExcellentJul 11 2021
At your Santa Maria office, a wonderful lady named Lydia made the pick up of my rental car a very enjoyable experience. Everything went very smoothly. At my drop off at LAX, you male employee was in too big of a hurry. As he came to check me in, I received an important phone call. He saw this and went to the next car without saying anything whatsoever. A minute or so later, after my call finished,I waited for him to return but he had gone on to other cars. I then went to him and said, “Have you skipped me?” His reply was that he had ALREADY checked me in and sent an email to that effect. Therefore, I could go. As a result, I walked three blocks or so to the Renaissance Hotel where my wife waited. When I got there and went to my room, I realized that I had not turned in the car keys. Therefore, I had to walk back to Budget, find the same Budget check in employee. I gave him the darn keys. I am disgusted because he failed to ask for the keys or tell me to be sure to leave the keys behind in the rental car when I left. It caused me to unnecessarily make two separate different walks in the hot sun. I am 79 years old and just underwent a very serious surgery (bladder and prostate). My two walks were made made because your check-in employee was to busy to converse with me and tell me to be sure to leave the car keys behind. That second walk back to return the ignition key really did me in.
2.0 MediocreJun 22 2021
NothingStaff was rude and did not save a car for me even though I had a reservation scheduled. When I called to confirm my reservation they left me on hold until I actually arrived at the rental car location to tell me that they did not save my car I reserved. The worst experience ever will not be using budget again
4.0 OkayJun 16 2021
That I got a car.You could have had a car ready for me at the time that I reserved it. And the car smelled terribly of smoke. So awful!!!! I will try to avoid renting through budget going forward!!
10.0 ExcellentMay 20 2021
Pick up was a breeze. Drop off a hassle with the construction and no one to guide you for the drop off.Drop off needs work.
8.0 ExcellentMay 3 2021
PriceThe screen was broken when we got into the rental and the drop off process was unclear when we got back to airport
2.0 MediocreMar 29 2021
The car was nice to drive and overall clean but did have a masked smoke smell to it.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 MediocreFeb 8 2021
Convenient pick up location.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. -
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From $53/dayRated #3
8.1 Excellent (20 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Maria
Locations in Santa Maria
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9.6 ExcellentFeb 7 2020
Pick up and drop off was easy, no wait. Car was good enough.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 MediocreSep 23 2019
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.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 MediocreSep 20 2019
10.0 ExcellentSep 5 2018
8.8 ExcellentMar 12 2018
Easy pick upOnline rental, car was ready to go. Minimal paperwork with no wait. Exactly what I wanted.
10.0 ExcellentNov 24 2017
Great Local RentalReasonable rate, very helpful staff, great car. Much better than our other local rental company!
10.0 ExcellentNov 8 2017
Easy return.Quick and easy return. No problem at all with the drop off.I have no complaints. Everything was easy from start to finish.
10.0 ExcellentSep 20 2017
I received a free upgradeThings went perfectly.Nothing
8.0 ExcellentSep 20 2017
The agent was good and helpful
2.0 MediocreJul 2 2017
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From $37/dayRated #4
7.3 Good (14 reviews)
4 locations in Santa Maria
Locations in Santa Maria
  • 7.2
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Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJan 31 2020
Staff was very friendly and thorough.
10.0 ExcellentOct 14 2019
Woman at sjc was very sweet and the process was very fast.
2.0 MediocreJun 29 2019
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 GoodMay 7 2019
the staff was nice it was high traffic time at the store not enough help long wait .
9.6 ExcellentJan 4 2019
Excellent service all the timeWas able to get comparable car to what I reserved. Super friendly staff.Came damaged. Though it was out of their control.
10.0 ExcellentOct 9 2018
Easy, convenient car rentalThey were fairly quick getting us in and out of the office. The car we got was nice and better than we expected.
2.0 MediocreSep 23 2018
UnethicalMy booking was for 1 day returning before 4pm Saturday night. I dropped off my car at 3pm. Less than 24 hours after renting. My rental should be equal or less than initially agreed upon charge. Location decided to close earlier than advertised business hours. My rental agreement specifically noted location hours as 4pm. Since location was closed at 3pm, I proceeded to drop off car keys in designated area as indicated. I also followed up with a call early morning ensuring all was received and bill was concluded. I was informed that renting location is charging me almost double of originally agreed upon amount. This is unacceptable and unethical and I refuse to condone this kind of business. I need to be charged fee similar to my price estimate.
8.0 ExcellentFeb 20 2017
The friendliness of the customer service rep.It was a really small car but fuel efficient
4.0 OkayOct 25 2016
that there was car availablethe salesman behind the counter super rude
2.0 MediocreSep 15 2016
Dirty Vehicle, 30 minute wait for pickup, rude serDon't rent from Enterprise in Lompoc, CA. They're the only game in town and feel no need to engender customer loyalty.
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1 location in Santa Maria
Locations in Santa Maria
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113 travelers who rented a car in Santa Maria gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.7

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Some Santa Maria car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Santa Maria.


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Top tips for renting a car in Santa Maria

  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Santa Maria for $40 or less
  • Book your rental car in Santa Maria at least 8 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Santa Maria are around 21% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Standard rental cars in Santa Maria are around 36% cheaper than other car types, on average

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