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Santa Monica Car Rental Reviews

Car rental rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 377 ratings

Fox

"The car was "good" but we only rented and Economy. What did we expect? The staff was great and the rental process easy. Thanks."

(Reviewed on October 10, 2015 )

Sixt

"We had a great experience with the car however, the driver of the shuttle back to the airport was very difficult to EVERYONE on the bus - threw around our luggage, and actually ended up breaking mine. Overall, I was thrill..." Read more

(Reviewed on October 09, 2015 )


Thrifty

"All-around this was a good experience!!"

(Reviewed on October 07, 2015 )

Advantage

"It was a pleasant experience."

(Reviewed on October 06, 2015 )


Sixt

"When I returned my car I was very pleased with the person helping me out. She went out of her way to make sure I was happy. I believe her name was Araceli. Thank you for a great experience."

(Reviewed on October 04, 2015 )

Sixt

"One of my best experiences renting a vehicle"

(Reviewed on October 03, 2015 )


Budget

"I had a rental at fox for a Full size car. They did not have a full size only a Jeep. They referred me to Budget, who saved the day. THANKS BUDGET"

(Reviewed on October 01, 2015 )

Enterprise

"Excellent, Thank you,"

(Reviewed on October 01, 2015 )


AMPM

"Rosa the CSR at the location was SPECTACULAR! Seamless, super fast, would have paid more just for her quality of care and attentiveness."

(Reviewed on September 30, 2015 )

E-Z

"Overall excellent experience."

(Reviewed on September 27, 2015 )


Enterprise

"I was very satisfied with everything thank you very much."

(Reviewed on September 25, 2015 )

U-Save

"Excellent service, I'll use this company again for sure on my next car rental!"

(Reviewed on September 23, 2015 )


Fox

"The first car rental was a great experience. The second care rental, the gentleman wasn't very friendly and didn't know how to use my credit card so it was "declined". He advised me that he had to run a soft credit c..." Read more

(Reviewed on September 23, 2015 )

NU

"Awesome value. Easy location compared to other car rental locations. Honored CarRentals.com rate for additional days. Great customer service. Agent was Tee."

(Reviewed on September 20, 2015 )


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Car rentals in Santa Monica, Los Angeles: What you need to know

Los Angeles, California, is full of fascinating neighborhoods like Santa Monica. It's in places such as these where you can get a true feel for an area like Los Angeles. But after you are done exploring all the great shops and restaurants in Santa Monica, you'll need some wheels to discover everything that Los Angeles provides.

Riding the bus is a cheap method to get around Santa Monica and the surrounding neighborhoods, but then you have to stick with a tight schedule. Rideshares and taxis are easier, but the costs can add up. Plus, you may not be able to hail one when you need a ride. Renting a car in Santa Monica is the best way to make sure you see the entirety of the neighborhood and other parts of Los Angeles on your getaway. Read below to learn all that you want to know about renting a car in Santa Monica.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get an inexpensive car rental in Santa Monica?

If you are searching for some of the best rates on a car rental, then you're in the right place. Make sure you get the most savings on your tip to Santa Monica by doing a few things:

  • Compare the rates for a few suppliers on the type of car you want
  • Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually save more and get the car of your choice
  • Check the mileage and fuel policies. You don't want to be surprised with additional costs
  • Don't get more vehicle than you need. Generally, the smaller the car, the lower the rate

Make sure you read the supplier's policy to understand the full cost before you reserve your vehicle.

What car do you suggest for Santa Monica?

With a variety of car types to decide from, it may be hard to figure out which car is the best for your trip. But, you will need to take into consideration the amount of driving and how many you're traveling with. Our table below can help you book what vehicle is the best one for you.

Car TypeBest forCategory includes
Luxury or Premium classWhen you feel like you need the bestCamaro, Chrysler 300, or similar
SUV or MinivanBig groups that need room for all their suitcasesDodge Grand Caravan, Nissan Quest, or similar
Economy CarCouple or two friends heading to the beach and backToyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar

How old do I have to be to rent a car in Santa Monica?

The minimum age to rent an automobile in most cities like Los Angeles is 21. Make sure to check the rental company's policy, as there may be additional fees if you are under 25 or for higher category rentals in particular. Make sure to check the rental company's policies to determine if there is an additional cost before you book.

Is insurance required when you rent a car in the U.S. of A.?

Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy interim coverage with the rental car company. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout.

Many of the major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) usually offer coverage. But many of them have restrictions, such as not covering bigger vehicles, like premium models or some SUVs. It is best to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to Santa Monica.

Do I need to return my car rental with a full tank?

Most suppliers provide you a full tank. We recommend bringing it back with the same amount as you received it. To avoid any added expenses, you'll want to fill up your tank before you return the car to the supplier.

Do most suppliers offer one-way rentals in Santa Monica?

Most rental car providers offer one-way rentals. You may find it simpler to drop off your vehicle at another location. However, there is usually an additional fee for one-way car rentals.

Should I get unlimited miles when I drive in Santa Monica?

Many suppliers provide unlimited miles, but you need to make sure it is part of the bundle that you are purchasing. It's helpful to know how much you want to drive and plan your trips in advance. Although most rental car companies offer unlimited mileage, if it isn't part of your package those miles can pile up and so can the extra cost. You may need to have unlimited miles if you are thinking of some road trips to discover all that is in Los Angeles.

Are there any road trips I should take from Santa Monica?

Once you've checked out Santa Monica, you'll be happy that you have your own vehicle. There are some worthwhile stops around Los Angeles that are just a drive away. You'll be glad you have your car rental because there are a few museums and landmarks to check out around Santa Monica. Looking for things to fill an afternoon? Then get in your car and cruise to:

  • Interact with a bit of local history with a visit to the Bradbury Building
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum can give you an intriguing look into some California history
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a California landmark that could make a good starting point for a day trip
  • Take in even more California culture at the Getty Center

of course, there is a lot more to do in and around Santa Monica. Hop in your rental car and find what's out there.

Your Santa Monica, Los Angeles Rental Car is waiting

You won't have to worry about aligning your visit to public transportation schedules. Once you've booked a car rental in Santa Monica from CarRentals.com, you can drive around the neighborhood and the rest of Los Angeles at your leisure. Check out our inventory of vehicles from some of the top-rated rental car agencies in the nation and pick out the perfect auto for your Santa Monica trip.

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Dollar car rental locations in Santa Monica

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Thrifty car rental locations in Santa Monica

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Enterprise car rental locations in Santa Monica

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Budget car rental locations in Santa Monica

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Avis car rental locations in Santa Monica

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National car rental locations in Santa Monica

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Alamo car rental locations in Santa Monica

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Hertz car rental locations in Santa Monica

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Midway car rental locations in Santa Monica

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