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Payless car rental prices in San Diego

Supplier choice$25/day
Intermediate SUV$31/day
Compact SUV$32/day
Standard SUV$51/day
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Reviews for Payless in San Diego

Overall Rating4.6 MediocreBased on 852 reviews
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Lied about car I would get. Lied about how much It would cost. Liars all aroundReviewed Sep 21 2023
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Two cars rented both over 100,000 miles had to be returned for safety concerns. Do not recommend it.Reviewed Sep 17 2023
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This was my first experience with Payless. I chose to rent from them because their prices were marginally better than the more mainstream companies and I thought “how bad can it be”? The intermediate car I rented was a Nissan versa. I don’t know what year the car was, but it had almost 90K miles on it. It stunk inside and the upholstery was dirty. It made an odd noise while running and accelerating, and I didn’t realize that cars with roll-down windows and manual locks were still an option. The single usb port for charging did not work and the key didn’t work on the passenger door. I felt like I was borrowing a beater from a poor college kid. The slightly lower rental cost was in no way proportional to the downgrade in quality of vehicle when compared to the mainstream companies. I gave Payless a chance, but never again.Reviewed Sep 16 2023
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I frequently travel and rent cars often, this was by far the worst experience I’ve ever had. Nathan, the person who checked us in was extremely rude and even though I told/showed him I would like to use my own insurance tried to charge us extra for it. He also tried to embarrass me in front of my fiancé but saying “are you sure you do t want to upgrade? You going to make her ride in the Mr Bean car?” Suggesting that it was small and outdated - which it was. The first car we got had a fan belt break as we were leaving and had to return. The second was dirty and many thing like usb ports and even the electric seat didn’t not work. Also had a check engine light on. 0/10Reviewed Sep 7 2023
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The entire process was good, I received what I paid forReviewed Aug 27 2023
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They cancelled my rental before I got there. Wouldn't help.Reviewed Aug 18 2023
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Nobody was at the office when I got there to pick up my rental. It was about closing time and they promised that they’d be there. They weren’t.Reviewed Aug 14 2023
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Tons of hidden fees, pushy clerk, and unclear breakdown of expenses. Definitely pick any other. With Payless, you pay much more.Reviewed Aug 13 2023
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Good value, convenientReviewed Jul 27 2023
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They didn’t look up my parents reservation and did a new one. Charged them more. Same last name if they want to cross check. BumsReviewed Jul 26 2023
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Was charged ~$50 additional because I returned the car with 3/4 of a tank of gas. I realize that I would pay more or gallon than if I filled myself but the rate was not clearly posted and if I had known I would have ensured I returned the car with a full tank. When picking up the car a rate of $4.50 per gallon was mentioned but not explained. The contact did mention a higher rate but this was not easily seen and was not mentioned when I picked up the car. Given this discrepancy and the poor conduction of the car, I will not rent form Payless again unless something is done to correct what I feel was mistreatment.Reviewed Jul 25 2023
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Did not end up renting because it required a $500 or $1000 deposit because I was local resident. Rental was not refundable and the deposit requirement was not shown on information page when purchasing rental. $200 I won’t be getting back because they weren’t clear about their policiesReviewed Jul 24 2023
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Where can I find Payless car rentals in San Diego?

3355 Admiral Boland Way, Payless car rentals


3355 Admiral Boland Way


Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
Wednesday06:00 - 23:00
Thursday06:00 - 23:00
Friday06:00 - 23:00
Saturday06:00 - 23:00
Sunday06:00 - 23:00


+1 619 296 4966

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3355 Admiral Boland Way

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3355 Admiral Boland Way

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Top tips for renting a car from Payless in San Diego

  • 25% of our users found rental cars from Payless in San Diego for $34 or less.
  • Book your rental car from Payless in San Diego at least 7 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price.
  • Supplier choice rental cars from Payless in San Diego are around 14% cheaper than other car types, on average.

FAQs about renting a car from Payless in San Diego

  • Has the Payless rental car policy in San Diego changed because of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    As the situation changes with coronavirus (COVID-19) Payless will continually update its policies accordingly. Please contact Payless directly for the latest information. You can find up-to-date information on the coronavirus response of Payless here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Payless

  • How much does it cost to rent a car from Payless in San Diego?

    On average a rental car from Payless in San Diego costs $42 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car from Payless in San Diego?

    Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type from Payless in San Diego.

  • How many car rental locations does Payless have in San Diego?

    Payless has 1 rental location in San Diego. Take a look at our Payless rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • Does Payless have a car rental location at the airport: San Diego airport (SAN)?


  • Does Payless offer shuttle or airport pick-up services from San Diego airport (SAN)?