Wilmington car rentals

Wilmington car rentals

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Wilmington, DE
Oct 26 — Nov 2
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Wilmington car rental information

Pick-up locationWilmington
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Rental locations14
Popular agenciesHertz, Budget, Enterprise, Avis

Cheap car rentals in Wilmington

Economy$37/day
Compact$37/day
Intermediate$38/day
Standard$44/day
Full-size$41/day
Premium$57/day
Luxury$65/day
Supplier choice$37/day
Intermediate SUV$55/day
Compact SUV$56/day
Standard SUV$58/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Wilmington car rental reviews and directory

From $33/dayRated #1
Hertz
Most popular
Best rated
Cheapest deal
6.5 Good (40 reviews)
2 locations in Wilmington
Hertz
Locations in Wilmington
  • 6.5
  • 6.7
  • 6.4
  • 6.6
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
5.9 OkaySep 28 2021
I attempted to call to confirm my reservation the day before, but I was told that speaking to an agent on the phone would increase the cost of my rental. The pickup location on my reservation was flat-out wrong. I arrived at the location and was told they no longer rented cars, and I would need to go to a different location 2 miles away. When I finally picked up the car, there was a fee to add another authorized driver to the rental. Also, the fuel tank was not full, but the refueling options were not explained to me. I felt I had to return the vehicle with a full tank, which was not fair as I essentially paid for more fuel than I used.
1.9 HorribleSep 27 2021
The van was not available
1.9 HorribleSep 4 2021
They didn’t have any cars even though the app allowed me to make a reservation.
1.9 HorribleJul 31 2021
Very rude and unclean. Car was not what I ordered. Hertz could of cared less.
1.9 HorribleJul 31 2021
I ordered a full size suv and received a mid size. Two of my guests could not travel with me. I would like to request a full refund. The hertz company is extremely unreliable and rude. I will never use them again.
5.9 OkayJul 25 2021
The car that I rented wreaked of cigarettes
5.9 OkayJul 18 2021
Car pickup arrangements unclear. Was just told where car location was but space not even written so I had to wander around looking for car. Car seat had cigarette burn and radio scratched and discolored. Could get out of parking garage until someone came to help. Car ride well. Staff nice but didn’t not give enough information.
10.0 ExcellentJul 17 2021
Parking a personal vehicle at the rental site is not free
8.0 ExcellentMar 20 2021
Agent was professional and thorough. Good mileage.The car was not clean. There were bits of food in the console and the inside of the windshield was smeared. There was cleaning spray residue everywhere. I had alcohol wipes and cleaned for 1000 mile trip. Pick up time was long because of 1 agent and line. I reserved a Mazda "or similar". Learned belatedly Mazdas are never available. Manual was missing so never figured out how to set cruise control.
2.0 MediocreFeb 10 2021
NothinyPoor customer service car was not ready when promised had to wait over an hour and the staff was rude. Tried to change drop off because it was so bad and they wanted me to pay an additional $300 to change
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From $52/dayRated #2
Alamo
10 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Wilmington
Alamo
Locations in Wilmington
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
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  • 10
Recent reviews
From $34/dayRated #3
Budget
9.8 Excellent (3 reviews)
2 locations in Wilmington
Budget
Locations in Wilmington
  • 10
  • 9.3
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentFeb 28 2017
Great thinking and actionThe site had very few cars left. Only full car was full of smoke smell. They rented one of few SUVs instead. Great serviceNothing
9.6 ExcellentAug 19 2016
EZ as usualOff the train, through the rental counter, in my car and on the road. The process couldn't be easier and the staff couldn't be friendlier.
From $77/dayRated #4
National
9.6 Excellent (2 reviews)
1 location in Wilmington
National
Locations in Wilmington
  • 10
  • 9
  • 10
  • 9
  • 10
Recent reviews
9.2 ExcellentSep 15 2016
Good value. Helpful staff.Going downtown to pick it up. Insurance pricy. Actual pick up time not changed from reservation time in computer.
From $39/dayRated #5
Enterprise
9 Excellent (28 reviews)
5 locations in Wilmington
Enterprise
Locations in Wilmington
  • 9.1
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentAug 24 2021
Excellent service.
10.0 ExcellentAug 11 2021
Great service and prices.
4.0 OkayNov 30 2020
I was scheduled to have a regular size sedan. However, received a mini van upon arrival. Was suggested that I could wait for a sedan if / when one was going to be returned that same day.
10.0 ExcellentSep 22 2020
Everyone was very niceEverything was fine, no need for change
3.6 MediocreSep 9 2020
Car was dirty, smelled strongly of weed. As a fix they put 6 air fresheners about the car. The combination of the weed and air fresheners was horrible.
6.8 GoodAug 11 2020
Car was clean.They didn’t have the car that I reserved.
10.0 ExcellentMay 10 2020
Helpful staffIf I could only afford such an awesome car!
10.0 ExcellentSep 23 2019
Very nice helpful.
10.0 ExcellentSep 21 2019
No marking or instructions with how to dropoff
10.0 ExcellentAug 23 2019
Great staff. Walked us out to the car to make sure we were all set.Knowledge of how much gas was really in the tank at pick up.
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From $36/dayRated #6
Avis
5.9 Okay (5 reviews)
2 locations in Wilmington
Avis
Locations in Wilmington
  • 6.8
  • 6.8
  • 5.2
  • 5.2
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentJul 7 2021
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2.0 MediocreJun 8 2021
They should ban the practice of requiring a zero balanced electric bill and not accepting chime credit cards, keeps a lot of minorities from renting vehicles any longer, I was unable to rent a vehicle.
2.0 MediocreSep 12 2016
They never said I needed social security if I use debit card, even If I called them twice before, it's unbelievable, never again with this company, also is not the first time the girls from the front desk where so rude and I don't think they finish high school
From $39/day
Thrifty
1 location in Wilmington
Thrifty
Locations in Wilmington
Recent reviews
79 travelers who rented a car in Wilmington gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.6

Car rental locations in or near Wilmington

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$46/day

Good deal

$37/day

When to book a rental car in Wilmington

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

Car rental insurance in Wilmington

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Wilmington 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 Wilmington.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car rental insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Wilmington car rental.

Top tips for renting a car in Wilmington

  • When you visit the city of Wilmington either for business or vacation, you'll want to move around the city conveniently. From Philadelphia International airport, there are many attraction sites within 50 miles that you shouldn’t miss. There are public transportation options such as taxis and buses, yet, buses typically have designated routes, and taxis charge by mileage, so you'll probably end up paying more. This inconvenience and inflexibility signal that you might want to consider car rentals in Wilmington. With a rental car, you'll be able to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Arts or the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts, located only 9 miles (17min) away.
  • Philadelphia International Airport and Wilmington Airport are the two major airports in Wilmington, and both have several on-site car rental companies in designated places. These companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Thrifty, and National. Most of these car rentals in Wilmington provide complimentary shuttle and pick-up services. After picking your luggage at Philadelphia International Airport, head over to Zone 9 from the exit terminal and get a shuttle to the offices of your chosen Wilmington car rental company.
  • Wilmington is a city with a high population rate and an even higher influx of vehicles. When driving on Wilmington roadways, be prepared for every form of traffic, human and motor vehicle. Most people in Wilmington love to cycle, and others prefer motorcycles to cars, meaning you’ll be sharing the highways with motorcyclists and bicyclists alike. Some pedestrians tend to jaywalk or text on their phones while walking. Exercise caution while on the road to avoid a catastrophic incident. Also, watch out for other drivers who may be negligent in observing traffic rules, as well as natural weather elements such as snow, mist, or rain that can make driving dangerous.
  • When it comes to traffic gridlocks, especially around rush hour, Wilmington is one of Delaware's most affected cities. Between 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm, most roadways experience traffic congestion. If you can't afford to be stuck in traffic for more than 30min, it’s advisable to use the roads when traffic is lowest, before and after rush hour. Similarly, avoid using Interstate 95 during critical hours and use GPS tracking while driving on unfamiliar roads.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Wilmington for $37 or less
  • Book your rental car in Wilmington at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Wilmington are around 33% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Wilmington

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

  • On average a rental car in Wilmington costs $46 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis ($37/day), Hertz ($39/day) and Budget ($41/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Budget 702 Philadelphia Pike 19809 (3 miles from city center).

  • The average gas price in Wilmington is $3.63 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $44 and $58, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Wilmington.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Philadelphia airport include Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, Sixt, Enterprise, Alamo, Budget, Avis, Payless and Rent-A-Wreck.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Philadelphia airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, Sixt, Enterprise, Alamo, Budget, Avis, Payless, and Rent-A-Wreck.

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

  • A Economy car rental in Wilmington costs $39 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Wilmington costs $41 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Wilmington costs $44 per day, on average.

  • In Wilmington, cars are most frequently rented at Budget 100 South French Street (1 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Wilmington costs $319 per week ($46 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Wilmington costs $1,368 per month ($46 per day).

  • Given Wilmington's high influx of vehicles operating on major roadways, we recommend that an economy, a convertible, or any small car for smooth navigation around the city. Go for a minivan or an SUV if you travel as a group of more than five people. 

  • Wilmington, like most Delaware cities, has a relatively low maximum speed limit. The state recommended speed limit is 65mph. Two-lane state roads have a speed limit of up to 50mph, and two-lane urban roads have a limit of 25mph.

  • Gas prices in Wilmington are quite affordable. Gas stations like Gulf, Costco, King Star, Eagle Fuels, and Riggings have flexible prices between $2.2 to $2.3 a gallon. Depending on the type and size of your car, you can spend around $33 or $45 to fill up your gas tank. However, the price of fuel at the Philadelphia International Airport is slightly on the higher side.

  • There are several parking spots and garages in Downtown Wilmington where you can park your car any time of the day for as long as you wish. These parking services are provided by the Wilmington Parking Authority, Central Parking System, and Colonial Parking, which has spaces on different streets in Downtown Wilmington, approximately 15 miles from the airport. To use these parking services, you'll need to download the Park Mobile app, which customers use to pay for parking services. Parking costs around $1 per hour and around $12 per day. 

  • 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!).