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Santa Maria, CA
Dec 4 — Dec 11
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Santa Maria, CA
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Santa Maria car rental information

Pick-up locationSanta Maria
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Luxury SUV, Mini, Minivan, Passenger van, Pickup truck, Premium, Premium SUV, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations7
Airport locations5
Popular agenciesAvis, Enterprise, Budget, Hertz

Cheap car rentals in Santa Maria

$30/dayEconomy
$30/dayCompact
$36/dayIntermediate
$44/dayStandard
$37/dayFull-size
$62/dayMinivan
$94/dayFull-size SUV
$38/dayMini
$46/dayPremium
$89/dayPassenger van
$49/dayLuxury
$83/dayConvertible
$83/dayPickup truck
$69/dayPremium SUV
$42/dayIntermediate SUV
$45/dayStandard SUV
$50/dayCompact SUV
$55/daySupplier choice
$436/dayLuxury SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Santa Maria car rental reviews and directory

From $40/dayRated #1
Avis
Best rated
Most popular
9 Excellent (32 reviews)
1 location in Santa Maria
Avis
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
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodFeb 14 2020
Pros: The service at LAX was greatCons: The santa maria location service was unwelcoming, on their phone the entire experience. Not given a choice of cars
8.0 ExcellentOct 1 2019
Pros: Somewhat friendly on pickup. Great on dropoff.Cons: Nicer
10.0 ExcellentJun 9 2019
Cons: Excellent from pickup to drop off 5 stars
10.0 ExcellentMar 20 2019
Pros: Everything was easy on both endsCons: Nothing
10.0 ExcellentMay 9 2018
Best Avis experience everPros: The SMX employees know how to do their job and it’s doesnt take 4 employees to make one booking.Cons: The fact that I had to deal with LAX Avis in the first place.
8.0 ExcellentMar 29 2018
Pros: Same as previous .
10.0 ExcellentNov 8 2017
Good value!Pros: Easy to pick up the rental car. Great facility. Helpful staff.Cons: There is nothing I didn't like about my experience.
10.0 ExcellentJul 15 2017
Pretty goodPros: I loved the car and the pick up
10.0 ExcellentMar 13 2017
Great ExperiencePros: Leslie is Santa Maria was very sweet & conscientious. The front end process was seamless.Cons: Even though the return at "Avis LAX" is off-airport, whomever is managing that operation, has it down!! It was speedy & the shuttle returned me to LAX in minutes!
10.0 ExcellentNov 10 2016
Pros: Staff was friendly, quick and efficient.
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From $53/dayRated #2
Hertz
8.1 Excellent (20 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Maria
Hertz
Locations in Santa Maria
3249 Skyway Drive+1 805 928 4409
Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
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
  • 8.1
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
9.6 ExcellentFeb 7 2020
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 MediocreSep 23 2019
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 MediocreSep 20 2019
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 ExcellentSep 5 2018
Pros: THE CAR WAS PERFECTCons: NOTHING, IT WAS PERFECT
8.8 ExcellentMar 12 2018
Easy pick upPros: Online rental, car was ready to go. Minimal paperwork with no wait. Exactly what I wanted.
10.0 ExcellentNov 24 2017
Great Local RentalPros: Reasonable rate, very helpful staff, great car. Much better than our other local rental company!
10.0 ExcellentNov 8 2017
Easy return.Pros: Quick and easy return. No problem at all with the drop off.Cons: I have no complaints. Everything was easy from start to finish.
10.0 ExcellentSep 20 2017
I received a free upgradePros: Things went perfectly.Cons: Nothing
8.0 ExcellentSep 20 2017
Pros: The agent was good and helpful
2.0 MediocreJul 2 2017
HorriblePros: NothingCons: Service
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From $37/dayRated #3
Enterprise
7.3 Good (14 reviews)
4 locations in Santa Maria
Enterprise
Locations in Santa Maria
1137 North H Street-ste S+1 805 735 4147
Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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 - 17:00
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
Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 7.2
  • 7.8
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJan 31 2020
Pros: Staff was very friendly and thorough.
10.0 ExcellentOct 14 2019
Pros: Woman at sjc was very sweet and the process was very fast.
2.0 MediocreJun 29 2019
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 GoodMay 7 2019
Pros: 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 timePros: Was able to get comparable car to what I reserved. Super friendly staff.Cons: Came damaged. Though it was out of their control.
10.0 ExcellentOct 9 2018
Easy, convenient car rentalPros: They 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
UnethicalCons: My 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
Pros: The friendliness of the customer service rep.Cons: It was a really small car but fuel efficient
4.0 OkayOct 25 2016
Pros: that there was car availableCons: the salesman behind the counter super rude
2.0 MediocreSep 15 2016
Dirty Vehicle, 30 minute wait for pickup, rude serPros: Don'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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From $34/dayRated #4
Budget
Cheapest deal
7.1 Good (21 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Maria
Budget
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
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
  • 7
  • 7.1
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreSep 19 2020
Pros: Nothing. I thought the car was going to break down the entire time.Cons: Smelly car with malfunction
9.2 ExcellentJul 2 2020
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.
2.0 MediocreSep 22 2018
No customer service lack of knowledgeCons: What a joke.
10.0 ExcellentMar 28 2018
Pros: Staff was curious, got a better car than expected.
8.8 ExcellentFeb 16 2018
Santa Maria BudgetPros: Rental unit (minivan) was near-new. Rode smoothly and quietly and accelerated well. Good fuel economy. Suited our purpose perfectly. Staff in the office were friendly and helpful. Check-in at the end was quick. We would rent from this location again.Cons: Check-out took a bit more time than we anticipated as the office did not have the rental unit onsite. A staff member went to the airport and picked it up in a timely fashion.
2.0 MediocreJul 29 2017
Poor serviceCons: Called in advance to see if I could pick the car up a couple hours early. Was told the car was ready. Three hours later I arrive and the car wasn't ready. My card wasn't working, so I had to go to the bank to transfer money around to a different bank. I asked the woman how long she would hold the rental for. She said an hour. I said I would go down the street to the bank and be back in twenty minutes. I come back and she is gone. In the end I was limited on time so I had to rent from a different counter/company.
10.0 ExcellentJul 15 2017
Car CampingPros: A few thousand miles and plenty of sleep in the back seat. Was perfect size for me considering I'm a kinda short. A nice tent on wheels. Worked out great for a couple of weeks.Cons: When the windows fogged up and No tinted windows, that was the difficult part.
4.4 OkayMar 13 2017
The car smelled terrible. The smell of smoke neverPros: The vehicle was wonderful. Economic, smooth The guy in front was good. Polite Picking up and dropping off was pretty good.Cons: My son has asthma and the smell of smoke was horrible. We opened the window, turned the air, bought deodorants and nothing helped. It was just the smell inside the car.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 8 2017
So simple, so fast, so easyPros: Thank you so much!
10.0 ExcellentNov 29 2016
Pros: They were closing up when I arrived and they took time to process me in.
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Easirent
1 location in Santa Maria
Easirent
Locations in Santa Maria
Santa Maria Airport
MondayInvalid date - 23:59
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Recent reviews
87 travelers who rented a car in Santa Maria gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.1

Car rental locations in or near Santa Maria

Good to know

Most popular agency

Avis

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

$54/day

Good deal

$40/day

When to book a rental car in Santa Maria

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

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 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Santa Maria are around 16% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Intermediate rental cars in Santa Maria are around 53% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Santa Maria

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

  • On average a rental car in Santa Maria costs $54 per day.

  • Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Santa Maria.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget ($30/day), Avis ($36/day) and Hertz ($38/day).

  • Car rental companies onsite at Public airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise and Hertz.

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

  • In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Budget 3249 Terminal Drive 93455 (4 miles from city center).

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

  • A Compact car rental in Santa Maria costs $49 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in Santa Maria costs $46 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Santa Maria costs $61 per day, on average.

  • In Santa Maria, cars are most frequently rented at Budget 1730 South Broadway (2 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Santa Maria costs $378 per week ($54 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Santa Maria costs $1,620 per month ($54 per day).

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