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Sarasota, FL
May 26 — Jun 2
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Pick-up locationSarasota
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From $55/dayRated #1
Dollar
Best rated
7.8 Good (132 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Dollar
Locations in Sarasota
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentMay 10 2022
All good except car smelled like smoke
8.0 ExcellentApr 26 2022
Pickup was a bit slow, as it was Easter Sunday and the Dollar and Thrifty desks were closed, and I had to queue up at Hertz. Otherwise, the service was fine. The car was OK, but could have had more baggage space behind the third row of seats.
10.0 ExcellentApr 16 2022
Quick pickup. They actually had a car for me. Easy drop off. Car was nice and clean.
6.0 GoodApr 6 2022
$300 in surprise add-ons after paying the original amount to rent the car. Why advertise a price online and charge that price, to only add to the bill once your at the counter and have no other choice. I will not be renting from dollar again
4.0 OkayMar 1 2022
Waited in line for 1-1/2 hours, and then the lone agent at the counter (who was already working at a snail's pace) announced he was going on break with 20-30 people still waiting in line. When I finally got my vehicle it was filthy. Dirt and spills on the interior, outside unwashed, sticker residue on the windows, and the rearview mirror was coated with so much grime I couldn't see out of it. On top of that it only had 1/4 tank of gas and there was no one around to show it to. When I returned the car the agent told me that I needed to take a picture of the odometer and fuel gauge when I picked it up, otherwise I had to bring it back with a full tank! The lady next to me complained that her car was empty as well.
8.0 ExcellentFeb 1 2022
Had to wait forever to get a car as it wasn’t available when we requested. However the front desk manager gave us a discount for waiting so long which was very thoughtful
6.0 GoodJan 24 2022
I stood in line for over an hour to pick up my car. Not acceptable.
10.0 ExcellentNov 9 2021
We had a tire issue with our original vehicle. The exchange was handled quickly and professionally. Excellent and courteous service.
4.0 OkayNov 7 2021
After our flight, we went to pick up the rental car. There was a long line. We were told that they Dollar switched locations with Enterprise in the middle of the day and so their computer systems were down. Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty were combined into one counter. Workers were processing everything by paper and we ended up waiting on the line for 90 minutes. Everyone waiting was frustrated with situation that sounded like could have been avoided.
3.9 MediocreSep 20 2021
The inside agent was helpful. There was some confusion so it took quite a bit longer than it should have. He did a great job and offered me a free upgrade and told me I didn’t have to fill the car up with gas when I brought it back. I went out to the lot to get the car and the car broke down as they were bringing it to me. They only had 1 other car and it was tiny and uncomfortable. The agent outside was less than helpful. I was left standing there with no idea if I was being helped or not. She addressed me but then went and helped a bunch of other people so I was just left standing there. The communication was lacking greatly.
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From $51/dayRated #2
Hertz
Cheapest deal
7.8 Good (156 reviews)
2 locations in Sarasota
Hertz
Locations in Sarasota
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
  • 7.8
  • 7.9
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreApr 10 2022
I canceled the reservation but Hertz still sent me a confirmation. Lack of communication between Kayak and Hertz!
2.0 MediocreMar 31 2022
My reservation was wrong. Tried correcting it at the counter. The sales person fixed the issue but had the days wrong. I ended up paying way more then expected. I called hertz to fix the issues was treated very poorly on the phone by the customer service rep. He was unwilling to fix the issue. He talked over me and wouldn’t let me explain the situation. I ask for his supervisor only to be given excuses as to why I couldn’t speak to him. It was very frustrating. I will never rent from them again. It was my first time and will be my last.
4.0 OkayMar 13 2022
We discovered after driving 7 miles that the gas tank had not been filled. So we had to go looking for fuel. Then, we notified Hertz. When we turned in the car in West Palm Beach, after having to shell out my cash, all Hertz would give me was a credit for a new rental.
6.0 GoodMar 5 2022
Rental good, but bait and switch on pricing. Additional costs not disclosed in confirmation when I booked the car. Made it impossible to compare apples to apples when booking.
6.0 GoodFeb 27 2022
They leased me a car without current tags and I got a ticket. They replaced the car and gave me some gas,but it cost me half a day to deal with it.
4.0 OkayJan 16 2022
The car was letting me know every time I started the engine that the oil change had expired. This tells me that I was given a vehicle that had zero inspection done before I received it. I actually witnessed the previous renters drop it off while we were waiting for our car. It was taken through the car wash then brought immediately to me to use. There was nothing sanitized which is unacceptable in this time of covid. There were also zero employees wearing masks. The car was nice but I feel like the attention to detail I witnessed within the airport terminal is non-existent at the rental pickup site.
10.0 ExcellentJan 8 2022
Kind and courteous employees, no hassle.
10.0 ExcellentDec 12 2021
Nice Chevy equinox golf clubs and luggage fit easily
10.0 ExcellentOct 12 2021
Feel $500 for two nights super expensive
1.9 HorribleSep 21 2021
Worst experience ever…will never rent again! Customer service was if no help when you finally get through to a human to speak too! Awful experience
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From $61/dayRated #3
Budget
Most popular
7.5 Good (237 reviews)
3 locations in Sarasota
Budget
Locations in Sarasota
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
  • 7.6
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 16 2022
It was more a cheap flights and Kayak problem. I specified renting at the SRQ airport and my car was actually reserved at. LocTion downtown but I was never notified that this was not at the airport. We waited over 40 minutes in line o my to be told there was no car reservation in my name and no cars were available. Agent did not try to help in any way.
10.0 ExcellentMay 7 2022
Great customer service, quick, clean and fast in/fast out!
10.0 ExcellentMay 2 2022
Budget agents were very nice. Overall experience was enjoyable. So glad vehicle was there for me to pick up and no issues. Maybe some text messages reminding vehicle still ready to give peace of mind.
2.0 MediocreMay 1 2022
Extremely long wait at pick up with one person working very slowly for 60+ people waiting on line. Overcharged at $747 when I was quoted $620.
2.0 MediocreApr 27 2022
Car smelled like cigarettes and perfume. Windshield was dirty. I ordered a Jetta and got a KIA and the staff person told me "you get the same size or bigger car… not a specific model". But there is a world of a difference between a Jetta and a KIA when it comes to drivability, comfort, handling, convenience features, etc. The KIA was nerve-wracking to drive on the freeway. The drop off was long and confusing. The staff at the drop off was a little rude. Enterprise is MUCH MUCH MUCH better. Never using Budget again.
4.0 OkayApr 26 2022
Car was really dirty inside. Like gross. Peoples fingernails & dirt. Both inside and out. Food crumbs
2.0 MediocreApr 20 2022
The car was good except the hatch back did not lock... which was a huge inconvenience!! Pickup was a nightmare .. I had to wait in line for 2.5 hrs before I got the car ... very disappointing.. not sure I will ever go with budget again.
2.0 MediocreApr 18 2022
We didn’t get the class of car we paid for. Wait time for pick up was horrendous. Give you have to pick a pick up time, it’s inexcusable
2.0 MediocreApr 14 2022
Line was a mile long so I cancelled my reservation on my phone while I rented a car from Hertz instead.
2.0 MediocreApr 12 2022
When we arrived in Sarasota, There were at least 50 customers and one agent. We moved to a competitor to save 1-2 hours in line.
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From $72/dayRated #4
Alamo
8.7 Excellent (90 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Alamo
Locations in Sarasota
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentMay 21 2017
No automatic locks. I had to use a key to open the car door.
8.8 ExcellentMay 10 2017
Car was clean and new. Pickup and drop off were easy.Charged me for 7 gallons of gas after I returned it with a full tank. They refunded the charge after I complained, but I don't see how it was applied in the first place. I had filled up 2 minutes from the drop off location.
9.6 ExcellentMay 4 2017
Car was in second lot and hard to find - some specific directions about the space numbers would have been helpful, maybe even a map.
10.0 ExcellentMay 1 2017
Great service!We upgraded and extended our rental. The guy at the airport couldn't have been more pleasant or helpful. Upgraded us to a 2026 Suburban and only charges us for a regular minivan. Being a family of 5 this was very helpful.
5.6 OkayMay 1 2017
Watch out for unexpected chargesCar was fine. Very small gas tank, though.According to Kayak, I was supposed to be charged an agreed-upon amount from March 29 through April 30. However, Alamo charged me for a one-month rental at the rate I had been quoted for the entire period and then tacked on an additional fee for the remaining 2 days.
10.0 ExcellentApr 28 2017
Very easy drop off.
10.0 ExcellentApr 26 2017
Great new car. Hybrid with great gas mileage. Easy drop-off and pick up.
9.6 ExcellentApr 23 2017
Drop off was amazingly easy
10.0 ExcellentApr 19 2017
They gave us a free up-grade!
8.0 ExcellentMar 8 2017
Easy drop off with parking lot check out.
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From $70/dayRated #5
Enterprise
7.8 Good (87 reviews)
5 locations in Sarasota
Enterprise
Locations in Sarasota
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 18 2022
The people working there were great! Really went above and beyond! Unfortunately our flight was changed to a few hours later though and we ended up having to pay a full day's cost for the rental car and that didn't seem right.
10.0 ExcellentMay 14 2022
Great professional
10.0 ExcellentMar 20 2022
Our flight was late arriving and satasota airport was helpful was able to get another car Mr Lopez was awesome when arriving back. Very helpful and friendly
10.0 ExcellentFeb 14 2022
Jonathan was great at the Thrifty deck in Sarasota
2.0 MediocreJan 19 2022
They did not have a car so we had to take a Jeep which was more $ telling us to return next day to change out. We did still no car told us to come back next day which we called 1st to confirm. Arrived they 1st told us they had to clean the car then said it was cleaned. It was not cleaned we found personal items in car including an apron and bottle opener in addition there was a film on outside of windshield that made driving at night dangerous. Returned the car to the Fruitville location to learn we were charged the $25/day insurance which we told Clark Rd twice we didn't want & we advised on lack of cleanliness.We told if car came from them this wouldn't have happened and that we would need to call Clark Rd to resolve insurance issue.Tried to call Clark Rd from the time we left Fruitville and was on hold from the time we left to almost to airport. Clark Rd staff was rude and ubrupt on insurance and as I explained we were never given a paper copy or email or charges. Did get charges removed. Recieved same inquiry as this from Enterprise and I sent all of above and have heard nothing. So now will see if I hear from this. Lack of reponses will certainly impact my choices in furture.
10.0 ExcellentJan 5 2022
It was pretty painless. Great service
5.9 OkayJul 20 2021
When we picked up the car it wasn't vacuumed. It smelt like weed and the tire pressure was at 27 pounds, which was very low. We needed to buy an air freshener, put in air and then when we returned it, they tried charging us for 5 gallons of fuel.we didn't replace, though the odometer was at the 1/2 mark when we got it and when we returned it. They ultimately refunded us after complaining but the experience wasn't great.
3.9 MediocreJun 17 2021
confusion about pick up location meant I had to uber from airport to a distant suburban location and wait for more than an hour to pick up my car. return was not much better since no one ever answered the phone when I needed to extend the rental or change the drop off. the staff at the airport was not helpful but when we were finally assisted at Clark Road, the lady there was very nice.
10.0 ExcellentJun 14 2021
Representative was not pushy about buying insurance coverage, or prepayment for fuel.
4.0 OkayJun 10 2021
Waited 1 hour 15 minutes, place is shabby and not clean
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From $64/dayRated #6
Thrifty
7.7 Good (78 reviews)
2 locations in Sarasota
Thrifty
Locations in Sarasota
  • 8.1
  • 8
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 4 2022
Excelente servicio el personal muy amable un joven de nombre Roberto en el aeropuerto de san Antonio muy atento con el cambio del vehículo, pues me vandalizaron el primer vehículo y me lo cambiaron súper rápido
2.0 MediocreApr 4 2022
I waited over 3 hours in line to check in for my pickup, then another more than 30 minutes outside waiting for them to drive up my rental.
6.0 GoodMar 4 2022
Pickup at the airport was horrible! Long line abs only one Thrifty rep. Took close to an hour for the pickup. Drop off was wonderful.
6.0 GoodFeb 19 2022
Checking the car out from SRQ took over an hour. Reason for long lines? Short staff and same process for getting a car that Budget used in 1980’s . It should have been faster.
4.0 OkayDec 14 2021
Took about 30-45 minutes to get the car.
10.0 ExcellentDec 10 2021
Great experience fast no problems Will rent and recommend
2.0 MediocreDec 3 2021
Please call me at (603) 312-5301. I need a conformation number and recite emailed to me again. Please call me. Do not email or contact me in any other way. Have a human person call me at (603) 312-5301 Thank you. Alexander Millette
8.0 ExcellentNov 8 2021
Waited awhile for car to come from back lot but other than that, it was great
10.0 ExcellentNov 7 2021
Easy and quick!
10.0 ExcellentNov 1 2021
Very well
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From $54/dayRated #7
Payless
6.9 Good (66 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Payless
Locations in Sarasota
  • 7
  • 7.2
  • 6.8
  • 6.6
  • 7
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJan 8 2022
Understaffed with a 1.5 hour pickup line for prepaid cars. The vehicle was not what we expected or what was stated online. It also had interior damage and was visibly dirty. Will not rent here again.
2.0 MediocreDec 22 2021
Maintenance light kept coming on tried to call several times basically was left on my own. The tire pressure light came on for two tires at separate times and had to fill them. I felt like I was driving an used truck that I had to fix. For $300 on vacation it sucked!!!!
8.0 ExcellentDec 21 2021
Car needed to be washed and wiper fluid was low and none was available.
2.0 MediocreDec 17 2021
How did they charge me $284 for 2 days???
4.0 OkayDec 7 2021
They share a rental desk with other rental companies. It was busy and they only had one agent working the desk. He did a great job and was moving really fast, but it was just one guy. When it came time for our rental, the agent had to login again to the payless system, which took about 5 minutes. So, in all, we waited approximately 50 minutes to get our vehicle, causing us to miss a dinner reservation. I just wish I had known prior to renting that this would be the case, I guess it was still a good value, but unexpected delay.
4.0 OkayJun 14 2021
The pickup time a d experience was awful.
4.0 OkayMar 15 2021
I really liked the upgrade to the minivan.We waited one hour and 45 minutes in line at SRQ for the rental car. Only one attendant there. I also got a ticket for an expired tag that I had no control over.
8.0 ExcellentFeb 18 2021
YesClean vehicle Somebody available to do a walk around with prior to exiting facility
9.2 ExcellentJun 2 2020
easy drop off, nice clean carOnly one agent working for 3 different rental car companies at the time of pick-up and caused very long lines
10.0 ExcellentApr 1 2020
Everyone was efficient and friendly, the car was fine and the price was right.Nothing, we will definitely consider Kayak again.
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From $57/dayRated #8
Avis
6.8 Good (74 reviews)
3 locations in Sarasota
Avis
Locations in Sarasota
  • 7
  • 7.2
  • 6.7
  • 6.6
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayMay 1 2022
The location did not have a full sized as reserved, they said we were upgraded to a small suv which seemed like a downgrade. The car wasn’t cleaned. But on the bright side we were comped for gas
4.0 OkayApr 18 2022
Only two agents were working the desk. It took an hour and a half to get my car. Agents were friendly enough but needed help to move the line. There was nobody in the car rental lot to report any car inspection issues. Additionally, while the car was relatively clean, certain areas like the windshield and rear view mirror were dirty and I had to clean it myself.
2.0 MediocreApr 4 2022
I canceled reservation after 45 minutes in line with 40 people despite booking with priority. One person at the Sarasota airport counter. Crazy the other person left (originally 2 at counter) and never returned. Dollar rent a car had NO wait and a very efficient person working. Boo Avis.
10.0 ExcellentApr 4 2022
Great location (walking distance from downtown), very clean building/cars, and very friendly/knowledgeable staff. The owner/operators are engaged and it really shows. On our visit we took Uber to hotel, then walked here in the morning for rental car pickup. Hassle free and quick.
10.0 ExcellentApr 3 2022
excellent service. great experience!
2.0 MediocreApr 2 2022
Nightmare. Waited in line over 3 hours. Never again.
2.0 MediocreMar 27 2022
The Avis desk is understaffed and it takes much longer to pick up a car compared to other companies. I shouldn’t have to wait an hour to pick up a car. The drop off was chaotic. It wasn’t clear at all what you needed to do. Enterprise and Hertz are much better customer experience. And no one is using that old fashion printer anymore. It’s time to modernize!
8.0 ExcellentMar 20 2022
My only complaints were car wasn’t ready for an hour at pickup. I was supposed to pick up at noon and it wasn’t ready for an hour. I’m not sure about second concern. My account has been charged for two $392 amounts which I have to check into.
10.0 ExcellentMar 16 2022
Kris and her husband bent over backwards to help me when my plane was delayed. I have never seen such outstanding customer service from a car rental company. I can't say enough good things about them. They were also vastly less expensive than the on-site airport car rental, and had a really good selection of available cars.
8.0 ExcellentMar 4 2022
The Subaru car was very comfortable and the staff and the pickup location were helpful and very professional.
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From $93/dayRated #9
National
10 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Sarasota
National
Locations in Sarasota
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJan 17 2017
Bill was extremely helpful in adjusting the amount overcharged. Paul was also a pleasure. Everything about our encounter was very very nice. The drop off process was very easy. if I was not overcharged I would have been out of there in 5 minutes.When i dropped off the car I was overcharged. Had I not looked at my receipt I would not have known. I had to go inside and go to the counter to have the charge adjusted.
Rated #10
Economy Rent a Car
7.3 Good (3 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Sarasota
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreApr 30 2017
The car was nice.I called to let them know I needed the car two days earlier. Had to leave a voice mail and got no return call. Didn't know where to find the shuttle. Took forever to process paper work. When we went to return the car, there was no one there. We had to call two different numbers to get someone there to check the car in and give us a ride to the airport. HORRIBLE!!!! And it wasn't cheap either.
10.0 ExcellentApr 21 2017
Was great! Would def use you again!Service was great!That the rental was not at the airport. It it wasn't terribly inconvenient :)
Sunnycars
1 location in Sarasota
Sunnycars
Locations in Sarasota
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924 travelers who rented a car in Sarasota gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.7

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Most popular agency

Budget

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$62/day

Good deal

$52/day

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Top tips for renting a car in Sarasota

  • As a tourist in Sarasota, there’s lots to discover with the help of a car. Rather than relying on public transport, embrace the comfort of a rental a car to explore Sarasota Bay and beyond in your own time. From the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to Siesta Key Beach, you’ll have the freedom take in all of Sarasota’s sights.
  • Ready to rent a car on your vacation in Sarasota? If you are landing at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, you will find that the main terminal offers several on-site car rental facilities. Conveniently, the rental car counters can be found in the baggage claim wing just after you leave the Arrivals Hall.
  • Travelers new to Sarasota must remember to keep headlights on from dusk to dawn, as well as in rain or fog, as this is a requirement across the whole state. When you stop at a red light, you may turn right unless a sign indicating “no right on red” is posted. You are likely to encounter several toll roads on the outskirts of Sarasota, so always carry cash in your car.
  • Morning rush hour in Sarasota begins at 7:00 am and lasts until 9:00 am, and in the afternoon it goes from 3:00 pm until 7:30 pm. Try to avoid US 41 and I-75 highways during these peak times. During the summer months, Sarasota’s roads are practically traffic free, but come winter when everyone is escaping colder climates, the roads can become congested.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Sarasota for $52 or less
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  • Economy rental cars in Sarasota are around 24% cheaper than other car types, on average

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