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

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323 South Canal St

Average pickup time: 11-20 minutes.
5.8 out of 10 (26 Reviews)
Friendliness
6.5 /10
Friendliness 65%
Cleanliness
7.3 /10
Cleanliness 73%
Pickup time
8.3 /10
Pickup time 83%
Overall value
6.4 /10
Overall value 64%
2 out of 5
JuanReviewed on Apr 10, 2019, 5:46 PM
My experience with this company was not that good, firstly I found the counter person indifferent and pushy, then the car I was given was a Diesel, I have never driven this kind of car and was NOT told that this type of car required a fuel additive and half way through my journey this additive ran out and the car would not start without it. A new car was provided for me but not after being stranded for 6 hours. Another thing that bothered me was that they do not offer unlimited miles, but if you do want them, you need to pay an additional $20 a day for it. Also they calculate the amount of miles one is going to drive for the duration of the rental and charge .55 for every mile over the calculated miles driven
2 out of 5
Mullet91Reviewed on Mar 23, 2019, 5:09 PM
Rental pick up is a long shuttle ride from the SFO car rentals. I wouldn’t recommend.
4 out of 5
StephenReviewed on Mar 14, 2019, 4:19 PM
I had an issue with the charge on my rental bill. I contacted customer service and they were very professional and resolved the issue.
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323 South Canal Street

Average pickup time: >60 minutes.
5 out of 10 (45 Reviews)
Friendliness
5.7 /10
Friendliness 57%
Cleanliness
6.1 /10
Cleanliness 61%
Pickup time
7 /10
Pickup time 70%
Overall value
5.8 /10
Overall value 58%
1 out of 5
NathanReviewed on Apr 8, 2019, 6:17 PM
All the other car rental companies were full of people. There was no one at the Thrifty counter waiting for a vehicle. I asked for a courtesy upgrade and was told that it would not be a problem. Later I got my credit card bill and instead of a $78 fee they charged me $275.
3 out of 5
MichaelReviewed on Mar 29, 2019, 4:01 PM
Dents/scratches all around. Inside looked clean until making a turn and you hear something under your seat. Engine oil was low so while riding it sounded bad.
1 out of 5
bmitchellReviewed on Mar 20, 2019, 6:00 PM
My experience was awful. Me and my granddaughter had to squeeze in a mini van with 1 in a half back seat. Then once we arrived to get the vehicle it was a surprise hold on our credit card of 200. dollars. When we dropped the vehicle off and got on the shuttle bus, the driver sat in his seat and watched me load up my heavy luggage, my daughters, granddaughter and her guide dog luggage. The I had to get back off to assist my daughter and her guide dog onto the van, the entire time he sat there and then when another passenger whom were of his race entered the van he conversed with them as if we didn't exist. I would never rent from Advantage again, even if the price was 1.00 dollar a day.

Where is San Mateo County?

Nothing tops dropping the windows of your rental car and tearing down long, smooth stretches of road. But before you embark on a big adventure in San Mateo County, how about learning something about this popular spot? Make yourself familiar with United States of America, because that's where you'll need to head to kick start your adventure.

What are the major attractions in San Mateo County?

It's time to begin your road-tripping journey around San Mateo County. If you want to visit some of its biggest and best sights, we can point you in the right direction. Pier 39 is 1 mile from the center of San Francisco and ought to be right at the top of your must-see list. You'll need to keep your eyes peeled for a place to park the car though — it can get busy here.

What are the best road trip destinations in San Mateo County?

Being in control of when and where you travel is one of the greatest advantages of having your own rental car on vacation. Call the shots during your trip around San Mateo County and revel in the freedom of discovering its top destinations at your own speed. Explore some (or all) of this place's most well-known cities:

  • San Francisco (population of 864,800)
  • Menlo Park (population of 33,400)
  • Portola Valley (population of 4,600)
  • La Honda (population of 930)

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

Here you'll find our top suggestions if you want to grab the best deal on a car rental:

  • Compare as many different deals as possible (we make that task a breeze!);
  • Keep an eye on your inbox for our fantastic Price Drop Alert. We'll give you inside info on all the great deals cruising around your next vacation destination;
  • Before you pick up your car keys and jump behind the wheel, take a look at both airport and non-airport pickup and drop-off outlets to ensure you're bagging the best deal around;
  • If you're not worried about which day of the week you collect the keys to your car and your schedule is flexible, experiment with days and dates to find the best rates;
  • Pickup and drop-off times usually need to be around the same time (e.g, both 10 a.m.) or you could be required to pay for an entire extra day;
  • Some companies reward you big time for prepaying — keep your eyes open for these kinds of deals;
  • Don't let the deal you've been searching for slip through your grasp. Book as soon as you can and lock in your ideal set of wheels.

What is the most popular rental car category in San Mateo County?

That said, San Mateo County is known for its beaches, mountains, and sandy shores. Many adventurers get out of the city to see those natural gems. If that sounds tempting, opt for an SUV or a full-size car. Even if you don't think you'll travel off-road, you'll be glad you have that extra space.

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

For some, owning a high-end vehicle is the stuff that dreams are made of. But renting the car of your dreams is well within your grasp! Experience the thrill of tearing down the open road in a fancy sports car, even if it's only for a little while. Or maybe all you need is a budget ride to get you from A to B. Affordable or flashy? Either way, there's a rental car to suit your style in San Mateo County.

What do I need to know about driving in California?

There's no better way to explore the hidden gems of San Mateo County than from the comfort of your own rental car. But before you switch on the engine and zoom off, it's worth familiarizing yourself with some of the road rules and regulations. Here are a few tips and hints to help make your trip a safe and smooth one:

What side of the road do they drive on in San Mateo County?

In San Mateo County, you'll have to stick to the right-hand side. When road-tripping someplace new, it's always a wise idea to go for a vehicle with automatic transmission. That way, you can concentrate on the road ahead and not stress about gear changes.

Are there speed limits in San Mateo County?

There sure are. Generally, speed limits in San Mateo County range from 15 mi/h to 70 mi/h. On residential roads, you're not usually allowed to drive faster than 25 mi/h.

What happens if I get a speeding fine while driving a rental car in California?

Usually, your car rental company will charge the fined amount to your credit card. Alternatively, the company may provide your contact information to the relevant local agency so they can send a fine straight to you.

Are seat belts compulsory in California?

Subject to a few exceptions, seat belts are compulsory in California.

Is it illegal to use a cell phone while driving in San Mateo County?

It is against the law to use your cell phone while driving in San Mateo County, and you could also be charged a fine for simply holding a phone if you're in control of a vehicle. That being said, using hands-free or Bluetooth functions is allowed, as long as you stay focused on the road.

What are the rules around drink driving in San Mateo County?

In San Mateo County, it's a punishable offence to operate a vehicle with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of more than 0.08%. If you're planning to have a drink or two, it'd be wise to leave the rental car at your hotel.

Is turning on a red light allowed in San Mateo County?

Traffic laws in San Mateo County permit drivers at a red light to turn into the direction of traffic nearer to them, without having to wait for it to turn green. Before turning, the vehicle must come to a total stop and the driver must make sure that the lane is clear before proceeding.

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