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Best rated stations in San Diego County, California, United States of America

110605 logo

2667 Garnet Ave B

Average pickup time: 0-10 minutes.
6.3 out of 10 (6 Reviews)
Friendliness
7.3 /10
Friendliness 73%
Cleanliness
8.8 /10
Cleanliness 88%
Pickup time
8.3 /10
Pickup time 83%
Overall value
7.3 /10
Overall value 73%
2 out of 5
AretaReviewed on Dec 28, 2018, 8:30 PM
When I showed up to grab the rental they informed me that they were out of cars and that they were driving cars over from a different location. I needed to be at work within the hour, so I couldn't wait. I had to call the company to ask what my options were and found out that they could not change my pick-up location to one WITH cars without a rate increase because I prepaid through carrentals.com. They said they might be able to drop off the car for me. In the end, a car arrived that was many grades above what I had paid for and they rented it to me without charging extra for the upgrade. When I returned it they even gave me a Lyft ride home, which was nice. In the end I probably will not use carrentals.com again.
4 out of 5
Ron45Reviewed on Aug 25, 2018, 7:09 AM
This location is small and didn’t have the type of car I reserved in stock and had to settle for a minivan. A slight disappointment. But the agent was super friendly and apologetic.
110547 logo

761 Arnele Ave #5

Average pickup time: 31-40 minutes.
6 out of 10 (1 Reviews)
Friendliness
4 /10
Friendliness 40%
Cleanliness
4 /10
Cleanliness 40%
Pickup time
8 /10
Pickup time 80%
Overall value
4 /10
Overall value 40%
3 out of 5
CatherineReviewed on Apr 23, 2019, 5:37 PM
Car was a mess, didn’t even have the decency to wash the outside Customer Service was horrible.
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3225 N Harbor Dr

Average pickup time: 11-20 minutes.
7.2 out of 10 (27 Reviews)
Friendliness
7.9 /10
Friendliness 79%
Cleanliness
8.1 /10
Cleanliness 81%
Pickup time
9.1 /10
Pickup time 91%
Overall value
7.5 /10
Overall value 75%
1 out of 5
cReviewed on Mar 1, 2020, 4:05 AM
I arrived at the counter at the agreed upon time only to find that Economy had gone out of business. I had not heard anything from them, from Carrentals.com or anyone. There were no cars available and competition wanted to charge me double. Bad experience
1 out of 5
CraigReviewed on Feb 2, 2020, 4:10 PM
I had to rent two cars, pay two insurances, pay two parking fees, fill up two cars.
1 out of 5
KristinReviewed on Jan 12, 2020, 9:55 PM
The first worker I encountered was super grouchy and rude towards the one customer ahead of me, demanding they pay for coverage they didn’t want. The worker spent more time arguing with the customer then he did doing his job, making the line build up/get longer and longer. I decided I’d be nice (maybe he was having a rough day) but regardless of my efforts, received very unprofessional service. He was just as rude to me, treated me like I was an idiot because I declined extra coverages he tried to sell me, made a personal call while I was finishing signing, and left a bad taste in my mouth from the get go. However, the other employees in the parking garage in getting and returning the car were helpful and not like the first guy.

What are the major attractions in San Diego County?

If your trip to San Diego County is all organized but your travel itinerary is looking a bit empty, we can give you a few hints and tips.

You might need to ask the boss for a couple more days off, because San Diego County is bursting at the seams with famous sights and landmarks. Make a start at San Diego Convention Center and Balboa Park. You won't want to miss San Diego Zoo and University of San Diego either.

Discover the best that this city has to offer by adding Petco Park and San Diego City College to your travel schedule. If you've got some spare time, have a look at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego as well.

Stop by Lyceum Theatre. It's one sight you'll usually find on most visitors' to-do lists. Sculpture Garden and Spreckels Theater are also not far away and worth taking the time to see.

What are the best road trip destinations near San Diego County?

Don't spend all your time in San Diego County, particularly when big-name attractions are right on your doorstep. Carlsbad is only 28 miles away and home to Legoland California. It's worth a day trip.

Where are the best beaches near San Diego County?

No matter whether it's sunny or rainy, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of some of the incredible beaches near San Diego County from the comfort of your own rental car. As you draw near to the ocean, keep a watch out for seagulls flying over these glorious stretches of coastline:

  • Coronado Beach (2 miles away).
  • Coronado Municipal Beach (4 miles away).
  • Dog Beach (6 miles away).

Where are the best convention centers near San Diego County?

Heading off to San Diego County on business? After a long day of networking and socializing, you might find your stomach yelling out for food. Thankfully, these convention and business centers offer easy access to some fantastic restaurants and cafés:

  • San Diego Convention Center (0.4 miles away).
  • Spreckels Organ Pavilion (1 mile away).

How can I get a cheap car rental in San Diego County?

Here you'll find our top suggestions if you want to grab the cheapest possible car rental:

  • Use our clever filter feature to help point you in the direction of the cheapest car deals in town — and then compare the prices;
  • Sign up for our Price Drop Alert email and immediately discover when prices become cheaper for your desired location;
  • Research is the key to bagging the cheapest rentals deals in town, so be sure to look into both airport and non-airport pickup and drop-off outlets before you splash cash on your ride;
  • If your vacation is somewhat flexible, adjust your dates to find lower prices on different days of the week;
  • No one enjoys being hit with a late fee. Avoid having to pay for another day by ensuring your pickup and drop-off times are similar;
  • Keep more hard-earned dollars in your pocket. You'll get some of the thriftiest deals when you prepay your vehicle;
  • The early bird catches the worm, along with the hottest deals! Book now to secure some impressive savings.

What kind of rental car should I get for San Diego County?

Nothing says living it up like a good ol' road trip, especially when you're journeying someplace as fabulous as San Diego County. With bucket-list sights like University of California-San Diego and San Diego Convention Center, there's so much to see and so little time. That's where a rental car is a godsend. You'll be able to check out loads more places — but choose something small for easy city driving, like a mini. If you don't want to take on those busy streets, California is brimming with natural sights. Swap the zippy runabout for something bigger, like an SUV, and discover picture-perfect sandy shores.

Should I get a luxury rental car in San Diego County?

Sometimes it's all about the journey, which makes your car choice particularly important. If you're about to embark on an amazing road trip around San Diego County, a roomy SUV could be the ideal solution. If you'd like the best possible price and plan on doing a lot of city driving, a budget compact is a wise pick. All you need to do is choose what's going to be the best fit, throw your bags in the back seat, and hit the highway.

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