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Bakersfield, CA, United States
29 Sep — 6 Oct
Same drop-off
Bakersfield, CA, United States
Wed 29/9
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Wed 6/10
Noon
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Pick-up locationBakersfield
Rental locations20
Airport locations9

Bakersfield car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
7.9 Good (31 reviews)
6 locations in Bakersfield
Enterprise
Locations in Bakersfield
  • 7.9
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
  • 7.8
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent23 Mar 2021
My son lives in Ridgecrest, two hours away. Traveling by yourself is stressful enough, so I like the convenience that Enterprise is right in the terminal. As a women driving by myself, it gives me such peace of mind that I will arrive safely. The cars have always been clean, new and ran perfectly. I will continue to use them and Kayak for my travel needs.Nothing
8.0 Excellent20 Oct 2020
Yes
6.0 Good21 Aug 2020
I was going to drop the car at night but I couldn’t I have to wait till morning
8.0 Excellent9 Oct 2019
They helped out.They never told me to bring a credit card to pay for the rental. I have a debit/ master card and I couldn’t pay for the rental with this card. I had to drive 25 minutes back to may house to get my credit card. This was very inconvenient. All they need to state on the agreement or reservation would be “only credit cards accepted for rentals” “ no debit/ credit cards accepted”. No where did it state this.
8.4 Excellent28 Sep 2019
Everything about the car, rental at the airport and drive ability was good. However, I was surprised that the interior and exterior were not cleaned well at the BFL airport prior to pickup.
10.0 Excellent5 Jun 2019
Friendly staff, quick service, great prices, nice rental car.
6.4 Good28 Mar 2019
Staff extremely friendly. Drop off was great, only took 3-4 minutes.Car ordered was not ready when we got there. Had to come back.
2.0 Mediocre13 Jan 2019
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10.0 Excellent12 Aug 2018
Helpful Enterprise employees and they gave me a ride to the airport!Scratch’s on the car.
7.2 Good28 Nov 2017
No Altima. Sonata was a good alternative.Rear passengers had plenty of room. Roomy trunk.Car was a little sluggish uphill.
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Rated no. 2
Hertz
7.7 Good (69 reviews)
3 locations in Bakersfield
Hertz
Locations in Bakersfield
  • 7.7
  • 7.9
  • 7.6
  • 7.8
  • 7.6
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10.0 Excellent15 Sep 2021
Everything went smooth as butter. In and out in 5 minutes.
5.9 Okay30 Aug 2021
Cost $200.00 for a 1 day rental.
10.0 Excellent10 Jul 2021
It was easy the representative was very clear on. The details of my rental agreement
2.0 Mediocre21 Jun 2021
NothingHave a car available. The rental reservation was worthless. Will never use again!!!
10.0 Excellent2 Jun 2021
YesIf the car you want is available when you get there to pick up, not a similar one
2.0 Mediocre20 Apr 2021
Easy pick up and drop offThe cars speakers were messed up, the light for the clock and stereo system didn’t work, there was no back up camera. Most of all the steel light bugged me as I couldn’t see anything on there and then on the last day the light appears! So dumb
8.0 Excellent16 Mar 2021
While it’s a work van it could’ve been a little cleaner.
6.4 Good30 Oct 2020
It took a long time to rent the car and then the car that I chose needed service so I took a small car that was not as good as I expected.
10.0 Excellent26 Jun 2020
Hertz has the friendliest employees. I had to change reservation a bit and they were happy to work with me. I will always rent cars from them
2.0 Mediocre18 Feb 2020
I had a ride arranged to go pick up the car only to find out there were no cars available. Waste of time and money as well as not having a car next day for planned trip.
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Rated no. 3
Avis
7.3 Good (43 reviews)
2 locations in Bakersfield
Avis
Locations in Bakersfield
  • 7.3
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.2
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent9 Sep 2021
Vehicle was great to drive It had a strong smell -- car freshener to cover up smoke smell
1.9 Horrible21 Aug 2021
The car was not clean. I tried to speak with the representative and he said Avis does not have a manager… nothing he could do. I would think they could refund a portion or a day or two! I had to clean the car. I was surprised of their attitude. Will not rent Avis in the future. Would like someone to call.
2.0 Mediocre1 Mar 2021
He offered me a free gas if I agreed to drive a different vehicle class from what i reserved to LAX. Thought it was a great deal.Turns out, he never entered that information into the system or the paperwork. I got charged $35 at LAX for gas in spite of what was promised. At the lAX Avis counter, they told me I had to deal with the Bakersfield AVIS person to get it cleared up. I called, and the Bakersfield AVIS location doesn't pick up, and the call goes to AVIS national reservation. After holding for 10 minutes, reservation says I have to talk to Customer Service. After waiting another 10 minutes, customer service says I have to contact that same Bakersfield location to have them verify what i said. When I said that the number keeps redirecting me to AVIS national, the customer service agent hung up on me.
10.0 Excellent18 Oct 2020
Great car the rental price. No problemsNothing - super easy and simple process and car
10.0 Excellent6 May 2020
Very great customer service!!
6.8 Good25 Aug 2019
great price, friendly staff. the price was very affordable for a one way rental from Bakersfield to LAX. Car was clean and fresh on the inside.limited amount of cars. they were out of cars when we showed up 2 hours before our scheduled pick up time. Had to come back during our scheduled pick up time and the car was ready. Not their fault but would have been nice if there were a few extra cars to accommodat changing schedules of customers.
8.0 Excellent23 Jun 2019
I am online booking car honda cruze but pickup car kia
10.0 Excellent12 Jun 2019
Ease of pickup and then drop off in LAX.Nothing that I can think of.
3.6 Mediocre24 Feb 2019
Drop off convenienceCleanliness of car. I ordered an intermediate and got a compact.
10.0 Excellent18 Dec 2018
Service
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Rated no. 4
Budget
7.1 Good (75 reviews)
2 locations in Bakersfield
Budget
Locations in Bakersfield
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7
  • 7.1
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible26 Aug 2021
A $500 deposit is required that you are not told about when booking. They then hold the payment for the rental even when cancelled. Rudest people I’ve ever talked to.
1.9 Horrible22 Jul 2021
I was informed the wrong information so I was not able to even go through with my rental reservation so I didn’t get a chance to get a rental.
1.9 Horrible13 Jul 2021
They gave me my car early around 3:20 for a 4:00 pickup. Said I could return at 4 with no extra charge. Then charged me an extra day! Quick service for pickup though
8.0 Excellent14 Jun 2021
I loved that it was a check check out never experienced this before when renting a car . Great customer service.The front windshield inside needs to be cleaned hard to see out .
2.0 Mediocre29 May 2021
Bad service most unreliable in honoring reservations. On the evening of 5/22/2021 at approximately 1 pm , I was informed, the vehicle would not be available for pick up on 5/22/2021 @ 8 pm , instead I could pick it up on the following day @ 7 am. My reservation was for a pick up truck, they were offering me a mid sized SUV which would not serve my purpose. It caused me delay and inconvenience and additional expenses renting from another company for a pick up truck at short notice.Compensation for dishonor of reservation and additional expenses
2.0 Mediocre1 May 2021
2701 hotel terrace location.... they never answer the phone. Very basic stuff here.
10.0 Excellent15 Apr 2021
Yes
6.0 Good12 Apr 2021
Spokane airport staff were great!!
2.0 Mediocre21 Feb 2021
Car was dirty and damaged. Smelled like cigarettes. Was charged way more than the price I was given on Priceline ($260 instead of 90??) Will be disputing the charge with my bank
2.0 Mediocre16 Feb 2021
Nothing, I missed my reservation due to I arrived latelyI notified office operation time. I arrived 4:30pm however the office closed 4pm. I asked the person who was working, but he said we’re closed.
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Rated no. 5
National
8.4 Excellent (23 reviews)
1 location in Bakersfield
National
Locations in Bakersfield
  • 8
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
  • 8.4
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
9.2 Excellent17 Aug 2018
Reserved car was available for mecar requested and reserved was available and waiting for us.clerk was talking too much with customer ahead of me, just small talk and there was a line waiting to get their cars. It was nice that she was friendly but slowed down others from getting their cars.
8.4 Excellent6 Mar 2018
Pick up was excellent,.
6.4 Good20 Nov 2017
Drop off was smooth, attendant was efficient and friendly.Pick up was a laborious process due to system outage. Nothing was done to compensate and nothing was offered.
3.6 Mediocre27 Sep 2017
Unexpected Frustrations - Never again!The car it self was comfortable (lowered score because the inside was dirty) for a smaller car and got great gas mileage.1. Fine print regarding company rules for National Car rental would not download for us to read before we went to pick up car, so we did not expect the $100 hold on a major credit card/not debit, customer service at the pick up location was to put it mildly unhelpful, sarcastic, smug, and didn't know when to stop repeating himself, even after I put my hand up and said "STOP". "I get what your saying, I would just like you to be empathic to my frustration." At which point he smiles and then finishes repeating his statement to me. 2. Husband gets into car and being the professional he is, found the car to be dirty. Takes it to a car wash so he can be comfortable in it, isn't this something that is suppose to be done before he even gets into the car? 3. While driving the car he discovers there is no windshield wiper fluid, so he can not remove any bugs that may be blocking his vision. Again isn't this supposed to be filled before he gets the car? I sure hope all the other fluids are ok. 4. Then a warning light flashed "Take to dealer immediately!" WAIT WHAT? My husband had been driving it for less than 20 minutes, on his way to a job interview, he can't call and talk with anyone the Bluetooth wont transfer any sound through the speakers, he's in the middle of now ware by now, he can't pull off or turn around, so he call's me to have me call and to find out if he needs to do anything. After being on hold for over 10 minutes I get through to the roadside customer claims office. I tell her I am not in the car, the closet town is about 100 miles away, the above info, and then she proceeds to ask me a few question, "where are you at now?" I'm at home, I'm not in the car, my husband is. "Ok mam, where is the car?" On the highway in the middle of nowhere (does nobody at this company listen when you are talking with them?) "Ok mam ,lets see if I can help you"...ask a few more questions I had already given her the answer to, finally she states she can't help me she needs to talk with my husband since he's the one driving the car....at this point I am dumbfounded, he can't pull off anywhere safe to call you no exits and the Bluetooth isn't working....By this time the light has flashed "maintenance required", so my husband is no longer worried about the engine exploding just irritated as this is poor vehicle maintenance, a pet peeve of his. 5. Returning the car, my husband is delighted to see the same customer service rep as before (I am so making that up), the rep has the same attitude, makes my husband walk back out to the car to write the miles down (unlimited miles, we don't have to do that with Enterprise they'll do it for you), smugly says "I will have my guys do a better job at looking over the car before they go out with customers next time." Uh ok guy you do that but we will not be repeat customers with this company.
8.4 Excellent26 Sep 2017
3 day Altima rental car was a treat.Car was really the icing on cake . Plenty of room and was a smooth comfortable ride. I asked for a Camry but the agent at National recommended the Altima. Great car.Exterior was dirty and interior had soda residue on the passenger side.
9.2 Excellent17 Jun 2017
About my rentalIt was a great car and I had a good trip only the car smelled like ciggaretts
10.0 Excellent6 Jun 2017
Great service and priceN/A
6.0 Good11 Apr 2017
Car wasn't very clean, smelled like cigarettes, gas tank wasn't completely full.
10.0 Excellent19 Jan 2017
ExcelenteGreat service and quick
10.0 Excellent9 Jan 2017
Great PriceBest price I received compare to other car rental company. I would rent again if the price is a much better offer than any other site.
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Priceless
2 locations in Bakersfield
Priceless
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Easirent
1 location in Bakersfield
Easirent
Locations in Bakersfield
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NextCar
1 location in Bakersfield
NextCar
Locations in Bakersfield
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Rent-A-Wreck
1 location in Bakersfield
Rent-A-Wreck
Locations in Bakersfield
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Sunnycars
1 location in Bakersfield
Sunnycars
Locations in Bakersfield
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241 travellers who rented a car in Bakersfield gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.5

Car rental locations in or near Bakersfield

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When to book a rental car in Bakersfield

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Car hire excess insurance in Bakersfield

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Bakersfield car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Bakersfield.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Bakersfield car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Bakersfield

  • Though California does feature a fair number of trains, there really is no better way to get around than by private vehicle in the Golden State. Bakersfield is no exception to that; in fact, within the city itself there are only buses available for public transport. So drivers looking to get around town will have long waits in store for them if they don’t have a vehicle on hand.
  • Visitors arriving at Meadows Field Airport looking to rent a car will find the hire car counters in the main terminal’s Arrivals Hall.
  • Bakersfield is close to numerous mountain pass roads and, as beautiful as they are, they can also be a tad narrow and steep at times. Occasionally, drivers will find that there isn’t enough room for both cars to go by each other at the same time. In moments like this, as uncommon as they may be, the vehicle that is facing downhill must yield to the uphill-facing driver and back up (if necessary) to allow the other car to pass.
  • While Bakersfield does not have the most severe rush hour traffic, its relative proximity to the Greater Los Angeles Area can make traffic going in that direction slow down during peak hours. On most weekdays, the morning rush hour typically goes from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon it goes from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. One of the main roads to avoid during rush hour is CA-58, as it bisects Bakersfield and often bears the brunt of the daily rush hour traffic.
  • Book your rental car in Bakersfield at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Bakersfield are around 32% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Bakersfield

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Bakersfield are Hertz (7.7, 73 reviews), and Budget (7.1, 82 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Bakersfield is $5.01 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $60 and $80, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Bakersfield.

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

  • A Economy car rental in Bakersfield costs $68 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Bakersfield costs $80 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Bakersfield costs $60 per day, on average.

  • Bakersfield is a typical American city in that its roads are large, wide, and well-suited for a range of vehicles. SUVs, trucks, vans, and all other vehicles will have an easy time navigating the city’s roads, so renters should opt for whatever vehicle best suits their needs. Whether it is a van because you are traveling with company or a sports car because that is what you love, all vehicles are great choices for visitors to Bakersfield.

  • Residential areas in Bakersfield usually feature speed limits ranging from 25 to 35 mph, while on the city’s urban roads the speed limit goes up to 50 mph. From there, the next bump in speed limits is for urban freeways, which feature speed limits from 50 to 65 mph. Rural freeways and interstates are the next up, featuring speed limits all the way up to 70 mph.

  • Petrol prices in Bakersfield are somewhat on the higher side for U.S. cities, at around $2.90 per gallon on average.

  • Parking in Bakersfield is usually a breeze due to the city’s ample parking lots and on-street parking spaces. In the private parking garages and lots, drivers can expect to pay around $1 per hour or less -- it is often even free. Outside of the downtown area, on-street parking is the most common option and is easy to find on most streets.