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Pick-up location Birmingham
Rental locations 26
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Rated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
7.6 Good (51 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham
Alamo
Locations in Birmingham
5900 Messer Airport Hwy
+1 833 886 0850
  • 7.6
  • 7.4
  • 7.8
  • 7.4
  • 8.0
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent
13 Apr 2017
Pros: quick easy cheap
Cons: not much. Dirty car, especially the glass, Alamo needs to spend more time cleaning the inside and glass (inside and out, could barely see! Cleaned it myself, of course) and pay less attention to the paint job, paint job won't save my life, and I spent majority of time IN the car, not looking at it.
8.4 Excellent
11 Aug 2017
Pros: The price and quick drop off!! The mini van was actually a great ride and comfortable.
Cons: The fact that searching for the car at pick up sucked!! It was in the space we were told it was and had to walk around trying the alarm to find the van...once we located it...I had to go back in and say that even though it was supposed to be "no smoking" the van smelled like cigarette smoke, so we wouldn't be charged with that..then to inquire as what I was supposed to do with the form for damage. I was just used to employees of the rental company walking with you to check out the vehicle. The van also has candy on the side of the passenger seat which meant it wasn't cleaned thoroughly but I wiped it down before my children rode in it.
6.4 Good
3 Nov 2017
Pros: Gas mileage was great!
Cons: The lady at the front counter in Birmingham was sour and curt. She seemed like she didnt even want to cooperate, just because I came to pick up the car earlier than the time I indicated when I did the rental transaction online. The pick-up drop-off times simply had defaulted to 12:00 and 12:00. She also charged me for a 2-day rental with no explanation, but zt that point I just wanted to get on my way and handle that issue at MIA drop-off. And, yes, I got the over charge fixed by the MIA Alamo personnel, very simply and kindly.
10.0 Excellent
2 Dec 2015
Pros: Great, fun, affordable car with unlimited miles
Cons: The Alamo booth isn't clearly labeled at the bhm airport. It's shared with the National rental booth but I didn't find that out until I asked one of the National guys where the Alamo booth was.
10.0 Excellent
17 Feb 2016
Quick service and very clean car
Pros: The car had 700 miles on it and was Bluetooth ready for hands free.
Cons: Agent was not very friendly but she wasn't rude either.... Just doing her job.
4.0 Okay
4 Mar 2016
Don't try to change your plans!!
Cons: I was travelling for work this week and had to change my plans last minute so I had to switch my drop off location and I was charged an extra $350 which was more than I had to pay for the whole rental. I contacted Alamo's customer service who were extremely rude and said this is the rate and there is nothing they can do. The fact that I had their car and was forced to pay this amount felt like I was taken advantage of and had no choice in the matter.
6.8 Good
7 Mar 2016
Pros: Quick
Cons: Didn't have the car I reserved.
2.0 Mediocre
3 May 2016
Cons: Check in was a long involved pain, and once I got through it all, was told I was not able to rent a car because I didn't carry a major credit card and was renting for a one-way travel from ATL to BHM. Was largely inconvenient and was sent to another company that could accommodate. It cost me an extra hour in the airport and ended up spending a lot more. I wouldn't recommend Alamo or really Kayak for that matter.
10.0 Excellent
4 May 2016
Pros: Quick drop off and no hassles. Staff was friendly.
Cons: A little confusing from entrance and so many signs for all the different rental companies. Be nice to make them more uniform and better color coded to follow.
9.2 Excellent
9 May 2016
Cons: Both seats were pretty significantly stained. Otherwise, a great experience.
Rated no. 2
Dollar
6.8 Good (52 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham
Dollar
Locations in Birmingham
5600 Airline Drive
+1 866 434 2226
  • 6.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.2
  • 6.6
  • 6.5
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
15 Jun 2018
Dollar shut down
Pros: Nothing.
Cons: We never got a car. Flight was delayed an hour. Dollar shut down before our flight landed at 11:00pm, even though we had a reservation.
2.8 Mediocre
3 Jul 2019
Pros: Drop off was fast
Cons: Waited over an hour past my reservation time for my car
6.4 Good
15 Oct 2015
Reservation was not available for 1 hour after arr
Pros: Friendly staff
Cons: Reservation was not available for 1 hour after arrival
8.0 Excellent
19 Oct 2015
Cons: My only issue was that there was a leak in the tire, which was not explained to me at check in. There was a note around the car keys that said "slow leak," but the issue was never discussed with me so I overlooked the note. After driving the car for a few hours I received a low pressure warning which remained on throughout my rental time. I think explaining an issue like a slow leak during check in is ideal, so that the customer has the option of requesting a new car if they plan to drive a long distance.
8.4 Excellent
28 Oct 2015
Comfortable ride
Pros: Although I didn't have a choice of vehicles because it was the only one left, I really enjoyed driving the Chevy Equinox. Overall a good experience.
2.0 Mediocre
15 Nov 2015
Cons: I kept trying to change the date and time it wouldn't allow me. I was very frustrated and everyone I talked to was no help Sonya Gamble
5.6 Okay
3 Feb 2016
Pros: Th car worked. The people there were nice enough and meant well.
Cons: The car had a seatbelt that sticks, no fuel cap, and the gas prepay was significantly more than gas in the surrounding area. It took a long time to get the car too.
10.0 Excellent
25 Mar 2016
Pros: Very quick checkin and courteous man at the desk. Car was very clean with low mileage. Excellent experience.
Cons: Everything was very good.
10.0 Excellent
10 Apr 2016
Cons: Had to wait a little bit to get the car....about 12 people in front of me in line that day. Otherwise perfect
10.0 Excellent
4 Jun 2016
Dollar car rentals thank you
Pros: They make the things very fast, good service
Cons: When I booked the car.....they sent wrong address....& while booking they showed one car and gave other
Rated no. 3
Thrifty
6.7 Good (32 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham
Thrifty
Locations in Birmingham
5600 Airline Drive
+1 877 283 0898
  • 6.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.5
  • 5.4
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
3.2 Mediocre
27 Jul 2018
Not a good experirence
Pros: The rate I was quoted online
Cons: The rate that i was charged when I got to the counter was nearly double what I was given online. The car was not clean. someone water bottle was in the cup holder. Front windows were greasy like they haven't been cleaned in months. The drop off was not staffed and disorganized, car lined up and no one checking them in. I waited and no one showed up and I walked away and dropped the keys at the counter.
9.6 Excellent
25 Oct 2015
Okay
Pros: The car
Cons: The price
9.6 Excellent
9 Apr 2016
Great car for a good price.
Pros: We were late and the line was long, but they had us on the road pretty quickly. So glad for their late hours at Atlanta Hartsfield and for convenient after-hours drop off at Birmingham Shuttlesworth. Very nice car, too.
4.4 Okay
10 Nov 2016
Pros: The check-in process was quick.
Cons: Car reeked of smoke - like drive with all the windows down type smell. Made for a tough trip.
8.0 Excellent
3 Jan 2017
Pros: Nice clean car. Respectful employees
8.0 Excellent
4 Apr 2017
Clean car
Pros: I liked that the car looked and smelled clean!
Cons: I couldn't keep it longer for the same rate?
8.8 Excellent
6 May 2017
Nice Car
Pros: Nice, low mileage car. Was given a free upgrade.
Cons: Car had a smell of smoke. Had to buy and use air freshener to get rid of the smell. There was no one there to receive the car upon returning it. Had to go back to the rental desk for turn-in.
3.6 Mediocre
5 Jun 2017
Why you pay less
Cons: Poor & slow check in Poor signage to identify Payless booth Turn in extremely slow - only one attendant on a Sunday afternoon
4.8 Okay
3 Sep 2017
Cons: Price advertised and quoted was 100 less than actual. Hidden fees and charges that were not told to us. Awful customer service
2.0 Mediocre
18 Sep 2017
terrible experience
Cons: had to wait 3 hrs for my rental car reservation. all the other companies at the airport seemed much more organized. Thrifty was the only company having problems with the busy weekend.
Rated no. 5
Enterprise
7.5 Good (18 reviews)
10 locations in Birmingham
Enterprise
Locations in Birmingham
1230 Inverness Cors
+1 205 991 6222
2325 5th Ave N
+1 205 323 4446
2509 Ensley Ave
+1 205 786 3868
2551 John Hawkins Pkwy
+1 205 989 3200
2728 4th Avenue South
+1 205 326 6555
3328 Old Columbiana Rd
+1 205 823 4446
400 Palisades Blvd
+1 205 414 9393
4704 Cahaba River Rd Ste J
+1 205 977 8485
5900 Messer Airport Hwy
+1 833 886 0848
9709 Parkway E Ste G
+1 205 838 4979
  • 7.4
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
  • 7.3
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
19 Sep 2016
Confirmed but no car
Cons: when I called to discuss pickup, I was told "oh, I was going to call you! We have your reservation, but we don't have any cars. This caused me considerable inconvenience.
10.0 Excellent
19 Jul 2018
Great experience!
Pros: Very good service and attention to clients.
9.2 Excellent
1 Jan 2019
Pros: Excellent service from the young lady at the desk to get me into my car quickly.
2.0 Mediocre
2 Jun 2019
Pros: My plane was delayed, when I landed the office was closed! at the minute of opening I called them and had already given my car away the day before...
9.6 Excellent
25 Sep 2019
Pros: Very friendly and a very quick process
Cons: Was surprised by the $200 deposit and the fact that my 3rd party insurance was nothing
5.2 Okay
9 Dec 2016
Cons: No cruise control
10.0 Excellent
30 May 2019
Pros: staff was friendly, pick was quick, and return was super easy.
10.0 Excellent
2 May 2017
Pros: Service -- esp. the lady at the St. Pete airport. She was very social and professional -- wish I remembered her name.
10.0 Excellent
2 Sep 2016
Pros: Harrison was so very helpful. He gave us a great deal on a lot bigger car then I had planned and it was wonderful to have all that room. Made for a awesome ride back to VA. Also had a problem with being charged for Insurance which I already took out with Alamo for a different vehicle I was going to rent. But called customer service and they took care of it. Thanks
Cons: When we took the vehicle back to Norfolk Airport there was a few issues. I called they said on the recording they were open till 11:30 pm. Door said 10:00pm. Got there before 9:00pm not a soul in site. Need to work on that.
9.6 Excellent
21 Nov 2016
Pros: Easy return and pickup and very clean car.
Cons: Insurance was pretty high amount.
Rated no. 6
Avis
7.4 Good (6 reviews)
2 locations in Birmingham
Avis
Locations in Birmingham
3439 Colonnade Parkway, Suite 700
+1 205 991 6201
5900 Messer Airport Highway
+1 205 592 8901
  • 7.7
  • 6.0
  • 7.3
  • 8.3
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
8.4 Excellent
17 Oct 2015
Good bang for the buck
Pros: Good value and easy pickup/drop off.
Cons: Huge stain on driver's seat when I took possession of the vehicle.
5.6 Okay
27 Jun 2016
No smoking please
Pros: Pick up was quick and easy
Cons: Even though the car had no smoking stickers, someone had smoked in it previously and it smelled horribly. i dreaded getting into the car all weekend because of the smell.
2.8 Mediocre
7 May 2018
Again, clerks were rude
Pros: nothing
Cons: they told me the car had a lot of miles, i had unlimited mileage. i had to go to front desk to fix it and almost lost my flight. same with the guy in front of me
10.0 Excellent
22 Jul 2018
Car repair rental
Pros: While out of town for business in Tuscaloosa, my car had a starter go out. I was able to rent a vehicle from Birmingham, use it for the remainder of the day and return it the next morning in Tuscaloosa when my car’s repairs were done. Thank you so much for that option!! It saved me so much time and logistical nightmare!
8.0 Excellent
4 Aug 2018
Dead Battery on Key Fob
Cons: Dead Battery on Key Fob. They don’t inspect the car with you for dents & scratches before you leave.
9.6 Excellent
4 May 2019
Cons: The Maintenance Required light came on during my trip likely indicating that it is time for an oil change.
Rated no. 7
Payless
7.1 Good (23 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham
Payless
Locations in Birmingham
5900 Messer Airport Hwy
+1 205 591 7020
  • 7.0
  • 7.1
  • 7.6
  • 6.1
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent
2 Apr 2016
Pros: Payless representative was pleasant
2.0 Mediocre
11 Apr 2016
Awful and embarrassing.
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Would not rent me the car. I refused to use a credit card and my credit rating through whatever soft check they conducted prevented me from obtaining a car. I had plenty of money to rent a vehicle and was extremely embarrassed. None the less, Hertz had no problem helping me out and I obtained a vehicle in ten minutes. I will NEVER try and rent from Payless again and for the rest of my life I will willingly discourage anyone from renting with this company.
7.6 Good
17 Apr 2016
Good vehicle; counter personnel was lackluster
Pros: The vehicle met my needs at a very good price.
Cons: The counter agent looked disheveled and disinterested I was interested in purchasing the fuel and insurance options, but handed me the paperwork with everything marked declined (without asking). When I asked what the fuel option cost, he responded that he wasn't sure but he believed it was around $2.49/gallon. While it's possible that he was right, the price at the pump ranged between $1.85 and $1.99, so I believe he materially overestimated the cost so that I would not have him change the already printed paperwork. Further, he handed me keys with a form tapped to them noting that if I saw any damage larger than a quarter to mark it on the sheet and bring it back to him. I found several dents and scratches on the car (though non that likely exceeded the quarter-size threshold he specified), so I marked them and took the sheet inside. He took the sheet from me and I left. I later realized that I probably should have kept that sheet and have him initial it so that I kept the documentation that the car was received in that condition. All said -- my experience at the counter was below par, and I believe this staff would benefit from some additional training and a reminder that he plays a significant role in shaping the customer experience! Thank you for the opportunity to share my feedabck.
7.6 Good
24 Apr 2016
Pros: The vehicle was service were good.
Cons: Returning the car and having no open spots for parking is unacceptable and a waste of customer time.
8.0 Excellent
25 Apr 2016
No worries
Pros: Service was good and fast. The car was clean and nice the front counter rep was professional and kind.
Cons: Left my glasses in the car prescribed and I have been attempting for a week to get someone from lost and found to call left several messages and no response upset about that but the rental itself was fine.
9.2 Excellent
11 Jul 2016
Great with 1 exception
Pros: Renting a car from Payless was an overal great experience. Customer service was great, the car was clean, in great shape and comfortable.
Cons: I asked to drop off in a different location and if there was a cost. I was told I have to bring the car back to that location only. Even though renting a car from Payless was an overal great experience, I might not be able to rent from Payless in the future due to this doesn't meet my overal needs if I need to drop the car in a different location but can't.
9.6 Excellent
7 Aug 2016
Pros: The agent was very pleasant and helpful. She upgraded the rental when they were out of the size that I had ordered. She did not attempt to upsell the rental.
4.8 Okay
15 Aug 2016
Pros: Good price
Cons: Condition of rental. Car had very high mileage and several areas of visible damage!!.
9.6 Excellent
21 Aug 2016
Good Experience
Pros: Helpful and friendly staff that were willing to answer questions. The entire process was smooth.
4.4 Okay
18 Sep 2016
Cons: Very hard to get into the parking location for Payless. Then the door to get to the counter was locked & a hassle to get in. Check in clerk was pleasant & helpful. Check out clerk was rude.
Rated no. 8
Budget
6.7 Good (28 reviews)
4 locations in Birmingham
Budget
Locations in Birmingham
2301 Third Avenue South
+1 205 322 3598
450 Cahaba Park Circle
+1 205 552 1515
5344 Messer Airport Highway
+1 205 322 3596
5900 Messer Airport Highway
+1 205 322 3596
  • 6.8
  • 7.1
  • 6.9
  • 6.3
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
20 Jul 2018
Mustang 5.0 GT Convertible 6-speed.
Pros: Almost new, top end car. Way more than I expected.
8.0 Excellent
27 Jul 2018
Pros: Easy to drop off
Cons: The sign in the car place telling us where to actually meet the rental place was very confusing
2.0 Mediocre
11 Aug 2018
No cars left when I arrived. SOL.
Cons: despite my ressy - no cars left when I arrived. Horrible.
6.4 Good
31 Dec 2015
Backstabbing
Cons: I filled the tank and was still charged by Budget for a full tank of gas. Is this the way they make money off people that travel? Charge them for filling the tank when it is full when they know they are already gone.
2.0 Mediocre
26 Feb 2016
Absent
Cons: My flight was delayed and no one was at the counter or in the garage for me to rent the car I reserved. I rented a car elsewhere.
8.0 Excellent
15 Jul 2016
fast and excellent service
Pros: Location and service
Cons: Car had items left by the previous rental.
10.0 Excellent
29 Sep 2016
Pros: Staff was very helpful. The van was clean and very comfortable.
Cons: Not really anything I can say I didn't like.
2.0 Mediocre
26 Dec 2016
Awful car
Cons: The wheel alignment was off. The steering wheel was at a 70° angle There was a rip in one of the tires The headliner had a big stain for a beverage . I asked the attendant to give me a decent car since I was going to drive approximately 700 miles. I was told this was a very nice car.
10.0 Excellent
18 Jan 2017
Pros: Quick service with no issues dropping off or picking up vehicle.
9.2 Excellent
2 Apr 2017
good rental place
Pros: pick up process super quick.
Cons: choices of rentals weren't the greatest.
Rated no. 9
Hertz
4.8 Okay (17 reviews)
3 locations in Birmingham
Hertz
Locations in Birmingham
2508 5th Avenue S
+1 205 320 2533
5406 Highway 280 E Ste D105
+1 205 980 9271
5900 Messer Airport Hwy
+1 205 591 6090
  • 4.1
  • 5.6
  • 5.5
  • 4.4
  • 4.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
21 Nov 2016
Great experience
Pros: The car was excellent on gas. On one tank from birmingham to Baton Rouge, it only took $18 to fill up. That was a huge plus!
Cons: Nothing. Everything went smoothly
4.4 Okay
10 Nov 2018
Go somewhere else!
Pros: Car was reliablez
Cons: Car smelled like cigarette smoke so ad that it made the driver and passengers nauseous. When asking for another vehicle we were told there were no other options unless we downsized. With a group of 7 downsizing wasn't an option.
5.2 Okay
6 Apr 2019
Pros: the car was perfect, clean, brand new Camry but it has a check engine light on!??
Cons: the service was deplorable, the service attendant had a name tag on hanging by one side. she called to get a car several times and we waited and waited for 15 mnutes before the car got brought up.. very lacking.
2.0 Mediocre
26 Apr 2019
Pros: Drop off easy
Cons: Didn’t have car I reserved made me wait over an hour. Charged me more than was agreed. Awful!
10.0 Excellent
6 Aug 2019
Pros: The staff was so friendly. I already had my reservation but wanted an upgrade. The car wasn’t ready but they worked as quickly as they could to get me a new contract while they got the car ready. In a short 15 minutes I had a beautiful Cadillac CTS and I was on my way. Thank you Hertz.
4.0 Okay
15 Oct 2019
Pros: The vehicle was great. Drove like a tank.
Cons: I paid online and then got to the Hertz facility and they nickle and dimed me. I felt slighted. I am not sure that I’ll use Kayak again because of the experience with Hertz.
5.2 Okay
1 Jan 2017
Cons: Hertz customer service was horrible, but that's a whole separate rant Somehow my car got booked NOT at the airport despite the fact I started by searching with the airport code. I had no idea. Somehow my pickup was scheduled an hour before the pick up office was to close. I had no idea Our flight got in late. The combination meant that I would not be able to get a car without a second booking, outside of Kayak. I called Kayak customer support to fix this. Kayak was "closed for the holidays" RIDICULOUS to close customer support for holiday trips booked on your platform. You suck
2.0 Mediocre
14 Mar 2018
Pickup Was not at the Airport
Cons: Despite the fact that I searched for rentals from the Birmingham airport what I actually got was something miles away from the airport. Since I didn't notice the discrepancy in address this reservation was completely useless to me. What's more as I was standing at the Hertz counter the next person to come up had the same issue. This is clearly a scam and I hope you go down in legal flames.
3.6 Mediocre
1 Apr 2018
Rip off
Pros: Car was clean
Cons: I returned the car a day early and they would not refund me on day. When I picked up the car it only had 3/4 of a tank but I had to bring it back full and they checked. Ripped me off over $50.
2.4 Mediocre
21 May 2018
Disaster
Pros: Customer support
Cons: Had no car available, sent me to location that was closed then back to original location where I was told they then had car available. Still no car avail. Cancelled reservation. Horrible experience
Sunnycars
sunnycars
1 location in Birmingham
Sunnycars
Locations in Birmingham
Messer Airport Hwy 5900
227 travellers who rented a car in Birmingham gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.9

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