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Carlsbad, CA2 Nov — 9 Nov
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Carlsbad, CA
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Carlsbad car rental information

Pick-up locationCarlsbad
Rental locations7
Airport locations3

Carlsbad car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Avis
Best rated
8.1 Excellent (42 reviews)
1 location in Carlsbad
Avis
Locations in Carlsbad
2198 Palomar Airport Road+1 760 931 1393
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
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Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent19 Oct. 2020
Pros: Easy pick up and drop off with free parking patrolled by security on site
6.0 Good16 Oct. 2019
Vehicle returnPros: I only drove into their lot to return the car, N/A should be a choice for the above if you are truly looking for useful feedback.
10.0 Excellent20 Aug. 2019
Pros: Great facility.Cons: Nothing.
2.0 Mediocre29 Jul. 2019
Cons: When I booked I put in arrival at San Diego airport and you booked me out of Carlsbad which is an hour away from the airport! Avis was good enough to find a car for me but it was over $100 more than my booking price!!! That is why I booked online and ahead of time to get a decent rate.
4.8 Okay28 Jun. 2019
Cons: Main issue was that the price rose 200% when I went to pick up the car. Instead of about $250 the rental cost closer to $500. Very disappointed with the outrageous charges for changing pick up location. I expected a small variation but the resulting fees were astronomical.
6.4 Good10 Jan. 2019
Service StunkPros: Hybrid comfy car. Clean on the inside. Accurate pricing upon drop off. Easy drop off and courteousCons: It may be Kayak but they were closing at my reservation time so I had to rush, not did they want to give me the time of Day about upgrading or explaining where to get my car. It was obvious that they wanted to leave (it was Christmas Eve, but I was not told their closing time). They said I could upgrade at any location, which wasn’t true. No one would without charging me $1k+ on my total rental and restarting a new contract. The rental car also had writing in the window like it was just picked up from being impounded. That was kinda janky
10.0 Excellent10 Dec. 2018
Pros: Quick
9.2 Excellent28 Jun. 2018
Cleaner is betterPros: Overall all good.Cons: Car could have been cleaner / Glass very poorly cleaned. Is important for safety.
9.2 Excellent1 Apr. 2018
Cons: Unfortunately, I booked during spring break week and so the prices ($90/day for a Toyota Corolla) were higher than I had budgeted to pay.
2.0 Mediocre5 Jan. 2018
Wrong airportPros: I did not like anything because this website is very tricky and searches nearby while still saying your initial search area- misleadingCons: Was searching San Diego and was brought to carlsband instead.. couldn't get there and had to pay walk in fees at different rental place
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Rated #2
Enterprise
8.9 Excellent (15 reviews)
2 locations in Carlsbad
Enterprise
Locations in Carlsbad
1060 Auto Center Ct Ste M+1 760 931 1111
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
6050 Avenida Encinas+1 760 931 1111
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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  • 8.6
  • 9.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent6 Mar. 2019
Pros: Brandon at this location was 100% committed in making customers like myself happy. I had a small issue with the windshield wiper blade and fluid and he went above and beyond to correct this issue. People like Brandon should be recognized for their efforts.
9.6 Excellent26 Feb. 2019
Cons: a bit difficult to find the office, but everything worked out ok. nice to be offered a free upgrade. easy to work with. these folks.
8.0 Excellent23 Jan. 2019
Pros: The car was great. Nissan Altima. Good gas mileage and very smooth ride.Cons: Check in Friday night- at first the enterprise employee tried to put me in a mazda miata or an suv. That wasn't what I reserved. Fortunately they had a Nissan Altima which did work but I had to ask for it. And returning the keys on Tuesday morning the employee was late only by 6 minutes but still la
10.0 Excellent18 Jul. 2018
Pros: customer service was great, everyone was friendly kind and knowledgeable.
2.0 Mediocre23 Oct. 2016
Cons: Never again!!!! Fooled me at The Carlsbad rental Station. Put some extra insurance on the receipt so it Looks like the Same Price with the different San Diego Airport drop off I had on my kayak reservation. At San Diego i was billed the Different drop off on top. Never again Enterprise
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Rated #3
Hertz
8.4 Excellent (25 reviews)
1 location in Carlsbad
Hertz
Locations in Carlsbad
6030 Avenida Encinas, Ste E+1 760 579 0072
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
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Recent reviews
9.2 Excellent18 Feb. 2020
Pros: The staff was friendly but not very helpful.Cons: I had to make a damage claim and the staff didn't seem to be prepared to handle the process properly.
4.0 Okay25 Aug. 2018
Cons: was not told that pre -paid gas purchase for for a empty tank. remote Key did not work. alarm went off every time I unlocked the car which I had to lock and unlock with the key. Sad!
10.0 Excellent12 Jun. 2018
ExcellentPros: Not enough superlatives.
9.2 Excellent3 Jun. 2018
RoguePros: Clean and late model. Good visibility and safety.Cons: Noisy with windows rolled down; took it into the Sierras - pick up on the hills was sluggish.
6.0 Good19 Jan. 2018
Cons: The rep helping me initially brought me a car that smelled horribly like a wet dog. I brought it to his attention, and he actually said “i don’t smell it”. Quite absurd as the stench was overpowering. He clearly was ‘testing’ to see if he could rent it without shampooing the smell out. I requested a different car and he accommodated me.
8.8 Excellent23 Aug. 2017
Pros: I got upgraded for no charge.
6.8 Good5 Aug. 2017
Pros: Everything worked wellCons: Customer service was clunky
10.0 Excellent10 Jul. 2017
The Nice Man At The DeskPros: The man working the desk was incredibly friendly and helpful. Gave me my options, made sure I got the best bang for the buck (I pre-paid online so it didn't really matter) and got me a great Camry.
10.0 Excellent8 Jul. 2017
ExcellentPros: The guy who helped me when I picked up the car was great.
3.2 Mediocre29 Jun. 2017
Very low end vehicle with taped up fendersPros: NothingCons: The Toyota Yaris is not what I had ordered, very low end with no interior mirror adj, no key fob, no speed control, and no center armrest or console. Front fender had been taped up, rear fenders came apart from both ends from main body of vehicle, creating a possible disastrous situation if fenders blew off onto rodeway Hertz rented me a vehicle not roadworthy, and could have caused major hey accident.
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Rated #4
Budget
6.8 Good (24 reviews)
1 location in Carlsbad
Budget
Locations in Carlsbad
2198 Palomar Airport Road+1 760 931 2469
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
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  • 6.4
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent13 Nov. 2019
Pros: After trying several rental car companies directly without success, Kayak was able to get me several options for my trip. It seems that rental car companies are not overly excited to rent cars for one way, day trips. I needed to travel 200 miles, one way, to pick up my new car. Kayak was able to find cheap rentals with major companies that I just couldn't get directly. Thanks Kayak!Cons: You should have been there earlier! Oh, wait, no that was my fault. Next time I know where I will check first.
2.0 Mediocre2 Apr. 2018
Customer service was not customer servicePros: They did listen.Cons: You would think that after all the hassle, I asked for a discount or to please find us something and honor the price I agreed to pay - no discount on the current issue, no discount on a future rental, etc., etc. They obviously don't need or want our business.
6.8 Good7 Dec. 2017
Where are staff?Pros: NoneCons: We returned car 330 pm and not one person was in return area. There was a sign for us to mark contract with the mileage and gas level and drop it in the drop box. I understand if car is returned after hours but this was in middle of work day in the afternoon. Did not leave me eith a comfortable feeling.
7.6 Good17 Sep. 2017
Pros: Agent very nice. Drove me to the area where I could get taxi/ride home because it was off site and too far to walk. Very kind, thank you!
2.0 Mediocre16 May 2017
Cons: Nobody at drop off !!!
7.2 Good4 Mar. 2017
Pros: Representative was friendly and fixed the billing error that the LA representative made and wouldn't own up to.
2.0 Mediocre7 Oct. 2016
Lame DuckPros: They gave me a car with a Candadian License plate, then the break lights came on and the car had to be towed and replaced.
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EZ Van
1 location in Carlsbad
EZ Van
Locations in Carlsbad
6511 Avenida Encinas+1 866 735 8267
Recent reviews
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
1 location in Carlsbad
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
Locations in Carlsbad
800 Grand Avenue+1 800 940 9332
Recent reviews
106 travellers who rented a car in Carlsbad gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.0

Car rental locations in or near Carlsbad

Good to know

Most popular car type

Intermediate

When to book a rental car in Carlsbad

Top tips for renting a car in Carlsbad

  • Book your rental car in Carlsbad at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Carlsbad are around 50% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Carlsbad

  • Intermediate (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Carlsbad.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Thrifty, Hertz, Fox, U-Save, Dollar, Budget, Sixt, Enterprise, Ace and Priceless.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Los Angeles airport to off-airport locations include Thrifty, Hertz, U-Save, Dollar, Budget, Sixt, Enterprise, Priceless, Airport Van and NU Car.

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

  • A Intermediate car rental in Carlsbad costs C$ 40 per day, on average.