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Charlotte car hire information

Pick-up location Charlotte
Car types 4x4, Commercial, Compact, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Luxury, Mini, People mover, Premium, Standard, Van
Rental locations 51
Airport locations 18
Popular agencies Budget, National, Hertz, Avis, Alamo

Cheap Car Hire in Charlotte

Economy $45/day
Compact $47/day
Intermediate $51/day
Standard $54/day
Full-size $56/day
4x4 $67/day
People mover $111/day
Mini $59/day
Premium $65/day
Luxury $88/day
Convertible $104/day
Commercial $52/day
Van $75/day
2 Adults, 2 Bags Economy car in Charlotte budget
4 Adults, 2 Bags Compact car in Charlotte budget
5 Adults, 3 Bags Intermediate car in Charlotte budget
5 Adults, 3 Bags Standard car in Charlotte budget
5 Adults, 2 Bags Full-size car in Charlotte budget
5 Adults, 3 Bags 4x4 car in Charlotte alamo
5 Adults, 5 Bags People mover car in Charlotte national
2 Adults, 2 Bags Mini car in Charlotte national
5 Adults, 5 Bags Premium car in Charlotte hertz
5 Adults, 5 Bags Luxury car in Charlotte budget
5 Adults, 3 Bags Convertible car in Charlotte hertz
5 Adults, 3 Bags Commercial car in Charlotte budget
5 Adults, 2 Bags Van car in Charlotte budget
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Charlotte car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Budget
Best rated
6.6 Good (108 reviews)
8 locations in Charlotte
Budget
Locations in Charlotte
1100 W Craighead Rd
+1 704 596 9590
222 East 3rd Street
+1 704 376 7073
3716 West Wt Harris Boulevard
+1 704 921 3703
4200 South Boulevard
+1 704 529 4826
4430 East Independence Blvd
+1 704 536 6617
5489 Josh Birmingham Parkway
+1 704 359 5701
5640 South Boulevard
+1 704 522 8922
6721 East Independence Blvd
+1 704 567 6202
  • 6.5
  • 6.8
  • 6.9
  • 6.4
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
8.4 Excellent
18 Nov 2015
Car is old
Cons: Car is too old. Standard but without cruise control which is a must
10.0 Excellent
20 Nov 2016
Kayak & Budget-too easy not to use
Pros: Ease of booking, ease of pickup and drop off PLUS they gave me a great upgrade at a great price. Seriously, I flew in for one day from Germany (arrived super late) but everything went smooth.
Cons: USA has speed limits...oh you mean Budget??? Nothing...if you have a bad review you're silly....this was exactly as easy as it should be. If I ever come back, you can easily count me back as a customer.
8.0 Excellent
2 Jun 2017
Pros: Easy to pick up & drop off!
Cons: That I did not get more off for dropiing it off one day early!
9.6 Excellent
14 Jun 2017
Cons: Had to downsize to have SIRIUS radio
2.0 Mediocre
10 Nov 2015
Terrible
Cons: The car was smal and we had to stop for gas what seemed like 100 times we had issues with the suv and had to stop a few times when I called budget they said I was going to be charged double because we were running behind due to these problems this is the second time i have had trouble with this company and will be my last
9.2 Excellent
22 Nov 2015
Pros: simplicity
Cons: cost
9.6 Excellent
28 Dec 2015
Great pick up and drop off at CLT!
Pros: I was most impressed by the pick up and drop off procedure; it was the quickest, most efficient pick up and drop off I think I've ever experienced with a car rental. This was especially impressive since it was during the very busy holiday travel season. Thank you for helping to make my visit a little easier!
4.8 Okay
31 Dec 2015
Poor service no cars available
Cons: When we arrived the line was super long. They had no cars. They had overbooked reservations and several people waited hours to get a car. We ended up waiting about 2 hours before we got through the line and got a vehicle. Very poor service at the desk. The lady barely spoke to us, did not explain anything and just told us to sign here, and sign here. Will not use budget again.
8.0 Excellent
3 Feb 2016
Pros: Great vehicle and drop off.
10.0 Excellent
5 May 2016
Great Experience
Pros: Start to finish was seamless.
Rated no. 2
Hertz
6.5 Good (179 reviews)
6 locations in Charlotte
Hertz
Locations in Charlotte
5010 N Tryon St
+1 704 509 1861
5489 Josh Birmingham Parkway
+1 704 359 0114
6141 E Independence Blvd
+1 704 566 3049
6300 Morrison Blvd
+1 704 362 4768
895 W Trade St
+1 704 444 2803
9218 South Boulevard
+1 704 553 8989
  • 6.1
  • 7.1
  • 6.9
  • 6.1
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
7.2 Good
9 Jun 2017
Pros: Not a long wait to receive service.
Cons: The car was dirty
6.4 Good
6 Aug 2017
Decent rental
Pros: Rental company upgraded to a Jeep.
Cons: Lack of cars and the upgrade had damage to the rear light and was extremely basic model. Very long wait for car due to none ready to take when I got there.
2.0 Mediocre
24 May 2018
Pros: After the reservation at south boulevard in Charlotte, NC fell apart the airport experience (albeit it $30 more) was a good one.
Cons: My flight arrived after the off airport facility closed so I had to pick up the next day. When I arrived the next day they had no cars so I had to Iner to CLT and pay more and rent another car.
2.0 Mediocre
22 Sep 2018
Cons: I cancelled this rental less then 24hrs after I made it due to the pick up site being incorrect. They were to issue me a refund.
4.0 Okay
26 Aug 2016
Cons: I never rented the car. I am waiting for a refund. I originally asked for a pick up at Charlotte airport. Instead the car had to be picked at a remote location. We could have been taken to the location, but it would have cost an additional $50. Could not get a refund at the desk. I had to call and I am still waiting for this refund.
7.6 Good
27 Oct 2016
Pros: They didn't require you be a york County residents to rent or have utility bills in your name. & they were willing to drive me to the bank to deposit more money
Cons: That their system woukdnt allow them to change the authorization price in the system until 24hrs later
2.0 Mediocre
16 Nov 2016
Poor customer service.
Cons: Poor customer service. Surprised because I am a Gold member. Rude phone and in-person customer service. Told not to rent from Kayak online or other on-line travel agency or any rental issues must be handled by those travel agencies. First told the price would double because they wouldn't honor Kayak reservation at the airport in Charlotte. Then told no car was ready for rental when we arrived at the off-site location - wait another 45 -60 minutes to pick up another car or to upgrade Car was not cleaned and not as reserved.
8.0 Excellent
17 Jan 2017
Pros: size - drove really well - great space for the family. Folks helping me were very nice
Cons: ~ address on Kayak from - using Maps on my IPhone I was sent way down the road from where the actual location was...took me several times to find it - UTurns etc on South Blvd. ~ Car wasn't onsite - was being driven from Rock Hill. My pickup wasn't until 12 - as I was there after 11, I waited; when it arrived it wasn't clean on inside or out. They did offer to clean it but I needed to head out. ~there wasn't any rack on top; we were planning on using our soft top carrier - which clips to bars;
10.0 Excellent
15 Feb 2017
Great Experience
Pros: Dealing with Hertz was a great experience. I had to extend my rental due to a family emergency and they were absolutely accommodating. Pickup and drop was exceptionally easy
Cons: The car got horrible gas mileage. Between NC and Pa, I had to fill up 3 times just to get to PA. In previous rental cars, I could make it on tank of gas. Very surprised this car was so horrible with gas. I would not rent another Rav 4 again. Outside of the gas issue, the car was great.
10.0 Excellent
17 Feb 2017
Excellent experience
Pros: Convenient, car operated fine, no complaints
Rated no. 3
Dollar
6.4 Good (209 reviews)
1 location in Charlotte
Dollar
Locations in Charlotte
5489 Josh Birmingham Parkway
+1 866 434 2226
  • 6.2
  • 7.2
  • 6.9
  • 5.8
  • 6.1
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
7 Mar 2016
Pros: Ease of pick-up and freedom to select the make and model I wanted within the size category.
Cons: The check-in counter was not well marked; had to backtrack to find it. But this was an airport issue due to construction.
4.8 Okay
11 Jun 2016
Pros: The car was good.
Cons: The pick up was terrible. The agent was not nice. She spoke very fast and in distinctly, and was not helpful. Used long, long time on the customer before us. Despite I showed her we had prepaid insurance, she tried to sell me complete insurance. Delivery also negative, as the computer system was down.
5.6 Okay
20 Jul 2016
Pick up was long and bad
Cons: We were asked if we wanted GPS. We said no, but were charged anyway. The assistant was very insistent we get insurance, which she quoted over $60 for (it was around $30 at Alamo). Charges piled up and at no time were we shown what we would be charged for or how much.
5.2 Okay
15 Nov 2016
Avoid a Ford Focus
Pros: Car was very clean.
Cons: Lines at counter were twice as long as other rental companies. Service was very slow. Ford Focus was terrible! It barely moved and shook when shifting gears (it was automatic transmission!) There was also a delay when leaving the garage as they had to check my license and paperwork even though I presented it when at the rental counter. There was also no one available when I returned the car to take the paperwork and check fuel levels, etc. I probably won't be renting with Dollar
4.0 Okay
28 Nov 2016
Pros: Staff not helpful in pickup. Just did not care
10.0 Excellent
7 Jun 2017
Pros: New clean car, friendly staff, satellite radio.
Cons: The car did not have sync for my phone. This should be standard on all cars. For safety and convenience.
8.0 Excellent
18 Jul 2017
Good Value
Pros: The car was clean, in good condition and comfortable. Easily held the five adults. The price was substantially lower than what I was seeing on other sites or from the rental car companies themselves.
Cons: Actually getting the vehicle was disconcerting. I spoke with somebody via a video link but it was hard to understand and was just told to go out to the garage and pick out any full sized vehicle I wanted. The first vehicle I got into had no keys but I scored on the second one. The Charlotte a/p garage is all torn which was the main issue. From there, it was smooth sailing
2.0 Mediocre
25 Jul 2017
Car was not available
Cons: We rented the car, called, and 15 minutes later found no car available. Very poor service.
10.0 Excellent
30 Oct 2017
Pros: Loved that we were already checked out by the gal at the return, by her scan of the car, before we even exited the vehicle!
Cons: took a bit of time to get the rental.
10.0 Excellent
19 Jul 2018
Pros: The price for a full size vehicle was AMAZING! The lady who checked us in on the car return was a great Dollar employee.
Cons: I got a "Check Coolant" warning whenever it was hot in the afternoon. The engine temp looked okay all the time.
From $54/day
Rated no. 4
Alamo
Cheapest deal
Most popular
7.8 Good (89 reviews)
1 location in Charlotte
Alamo
Locations in Charlotte
5489 R C Josh Birmingham Pkwy
+1 844 366 8844
  • 7.6
  • 7.9
  • 8.1
  • 7.8
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
29 Sep 2016
Amazing
Pros: Being able to pick the vehicle I wanted to drive
Cons: That I had to return it lol
10.0 Excellent
4 Nov 2016
Pros: Everything went smoothly
Cons: Don't have a complaint
4.4 Okay
4 May 2017
Dirty Car
Pros: Car did great on gas.
Cons: At check out I was told to pick any car in the row and go but there was only one car left to choose... fine. So I got in and it was filthy compared to what I expected it to look like. The dash was completely covered in dust and so was the radio panel. The seats had crumbs and dirt on them. This was very unsatisfactory as I can assume you didn't even sanitize the steering wheel. I had a pregnant wife in the car and we are just coming out of flu season. I can only imagine the germs you left behind by not cleaning the vehicle before you rented it to me. I will recommend to anyone that they do not rent the dirty cars from Alamo.
5.6 Okay
14 Aug 2017
Ridiculously expensive
Pros: Gas mileage was excellent for the Kia Sportage. Comfortable ride. Service desk personnel very helpful.
Cons: The back seating area floor had not been vacuumed. As large of a city that Charlotte is, it is sad that the only location is the airport! I needed to add my daughter as a driver, but she lives in Lancaster SC. Having a location to do this somewhere in Charlotte other than the airport would have been nice. The cost was super expensive.
8.4 Excellent
14 Sep 2018
Pros: Alamo personnel and very clean car
Cons: Repeatedly asked about upgrade and price was not very competitive
6.0 Good
1 Aug 2016
Cons: There was something (a starburst?) stuck on the rear seat. The windshield washer fluid was low as soon as i left the garage. The transmission wasn't quite right; when the accelerator was pressed hard, the car would downshift and then hunt for gears which made highway driving difficult.
10.0 Excellent
21 Aug 2016
Easy process
Pros: The rental facility is directly across from the terminals so there is no need to wait for a shuttle. The staff was friendly and the process was relatively painless. I will definitely rent from Alamo in the future.
2.0 Mediocre
11 Sep 2016
Did not honor reservation
Cons: When we arrived at the airport with three small, tired children, Alamo did not honor the reservation we booked through Kayak.com. They said it was kayak's issue and not an Alamo problem so there was nothing they could do to help us. We were stranded at the airport rental car center, with no reservation and all rental agencies out of cars but one....which took a few hours to get through the line and actually rent a car. When we did get a car we had to pay more than double what we had thought we booked through kayak. All in all it was a bad experience, costing us money.
2.0 Mediocre
24 Sep 2016
Never could rent my car.... And it was charged!
Cons: We tried to rent the car with my Visa, and Kayak made the reservation. at the Alamo desk, they told me that I coul not rent if I had a Visa (debit card). Kayak even charged this reservation to my card. Need a refund.
8.0 Excellent
26 Sep 2016
Pros: Nice clean car at an affordable price. The service in Charlotte was good, but they were a little high pressure selling the insurance. They said something about Alamo charging $23/ day until the car was fixed in case of an accident.
Cons: Everything
Rated no. 5
Enterprise
7.5 Good (76 reviews)
14 locations in Charlotte
Enterprise
Locations in Charlotte
10421 S Tryon St
+1 704 587 1058
1102 S. Tryon St.
+1 704 348 4433
325 E 9th St
+1 704 334 8575
3501 Brookshire Blvd
+1 704 971 9140
4226 South Blvd Ste A
+1 704 525 2104
5100 E Independence Blvd
+1 704 531 2099
5115 Nations Ford Road
+1 704 519 0533
5489 R C Josh Birmingham Pkwy
+1 704 359 8884
5925 N Tryon St
+1 704 597 0004
6030 Piedmont Row Drive South
+1 704 552 7704
6541 E Independence Blvd
+1 704 535 0521
6859 South Blvd
+1 704 553 8233
7340 Smiths Corners Blvd
+1 704 598 3150
7747 University City Blvd
+1 704 688 6580
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent
27 Aug 2016
Cons: Language on the web indicated I could take a shuttle to the counter when in fact I needed to go off site. The onsite people were gracious and took care of me.
10.0 Excellent
7 Sep 2016
Pros: The staff of enterprise and the comfortable car they gave us
9.6 Excellent
25 Sep 2016
Veh could have been a little cleaner
Pros: Service, speed, ease. Person who put me in the veh was very knowledgeable, friendly, Customer service priority one!
Cons: Veh had no floor mats. Windshield had marks from some type of suction cup utilized by another renter.
8.8 Excellent
24 Oct 2016
Good service, not that far from the airport
Pros: The service at the pickup was very good. We didn't have to wait long and they were quick in getting us set up with a car.
Cons: The car was ok, but came with almost no fuel so I had to fill it up right away. Not a big deal, but would be nice to have to that right away. The car was in pretty good condition, but the breaks were a bit rough and the car smelled a little like smoke.
2.0 Mediocre
25 Oct 2016
Misleading
Cons: The fact that kayak gave me a quote and when I went to enterprise it was $400 more than the price quoted to me so I was stuck at the airport unable to get the car I reserved
10.0 Excellent
9 Mar 2017
Pros: Couldn't be happier!
2.0 Mediocre
17 Mar 2017
Cons: they did not honor the contract I had purchased online. I arrived at the airport expecting a car to be reserved. The website bumped my reservation to a location other than the airport, did not offer a shuttle. When we finally reached the correct location the cost was much more than my contract
10.0 Excellent
1 Apr 2017
Xxxxxxcellent customer service
Pros: Great people and clean car
Cons: This survey
10.0 Excellent
10 Sep 2019
Cons: Great experience!! We be using enterprise again.
2.0 Mediocre
4 Feb 2017
Cons: Kayak booked me for an off site location miles from the airport. I ended up paying last minute rates for an Avis car. Never again will I try to book through Kayak.
Rated no. 6
Thrifty
6.3 Good (42 reviews)
1 location in Charlotte
Thrifty
Locations in Charlotte
5330 Wilkinson Blvd
+1 877 283 0898
  • 6.0
  • 6.7
  • 6.4
  • 5.4
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
8.4 Excellent
4 Dec 2015
Pros: Competitive pricing, quality of automobile.
Cons: Having to wait for bus to go to off site facility. Off site facility appeared old and run down.
10.0 Excellent
16 Oct 2015
Great experience
Pros: Our shuttle driver Was great. When I told him where we were headed and the route we were taking, he told us a quicker way to get there. Checking in process was quick and the car we had was great .
Cons: Having to take a shuttle offsite , but that's the price you pay for getting a great deal!
8.0 Excellent
6 Nov 2015
Pros: People there were friendly and helpful.
Cons: Kind of hard to get to the lot.
5.2 Okay
7 Dec 2015
Pros: I guess the price was decent.
Cons: Customer service was very aloof at both pick up (Charlotte airport) and drop off (Raleigh Durham airport). I joked with a friend that they stopped just short of throwing me the keys in the parking lot, but seriously, there was very little explanation of policies, etc. I know renting a car is mostly the same, and im not saying i need an explanation of every little thing, but the staff was not communicative to me, and talked more to each other and I felt like i was an unwelcome distraction for them. I reserved an SUV and was given a compact-- I had to remind them of my reservation. Car wasn't clean. Smudges on the steering wheel and a piece of food on the turn signal. Also, no clicker for the car, kind of annoying. Tire tread was questionable (40K miles on the car, and they probably hadnt been changed) which brought to mind safety concerns, especially driving in the rain (which I did a lot of for my whole three days).
6.0 Good
29 Dec 2015
Off-site Thrifty car rental at Charlotte airport
Pros: rental car rate
Cons: off-airport parking, requiring shuttle to/from rental place to terminal car smelled like cigarette smoke
10.0 Excellent
4 Jan 2016
Pros: Staff courtesy....shuttle service and counter
8.0 Excellent
4 Jan 2016
Good value
Pros: Brand new car
Cons: Off-airport location Line to get car was a bit slow.
2.0 Mediocre
5 Jan 2016
Never did rent a car
Cons: When we got there (off-site), they had no cars--literally no cars. They said that maybe in a half an hour but couldn't guarantee when we would get a car. We had people in front of us waiting. The man ahead of us decided to return to the airport and go to another agency. We did the same thing and our son picked us up. What a sham! No wonder they have such low rates. Never again from Thirty.
2.0 Mediocre
11 Jan 2016
Incorrect opening hours posted on Google
Cons: Thrifty failed to update their company hours on Google meaning that they closed a full two hours before advertised. We were subsequently stuck with the car for an extra day. Absolutely farcical for a car rental company, especially one based beside a god damn airport.
7.6 Good
1 Feb 2016
Good rental company, but offsite
Pros: friendly service, friendly bus drivers, nice car didn't have to wait to be picked up or dropped off at airport
Cons: long bus ride to rental location, but bus was at airport waiting for us
Rated no. 7
Advantage
6.0 Okay (98 reviews)
1 location in Charlotte
Advantage
Locations in Charlotte
5501 Josh Birmingham Parkway
+1 704 395 9983
  • 5.7
  • 6.0
  • 6.7
  • 5.6
  • 5.9
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent
25 Feb 2016
Pros: Great price
Cons: Car exterior was not clean when I picked it up, and the office for Advantage is in the parking garage not located with the other rental offices at CLT.
4.0 Okay
7 Apr 2016
Cons: The car I reserved wasn't available the car they gave me wasn't clean, it was so gross, very slow check in process
6.8 Good
26 Jul 2018
A reservation should reserve a car
Pros: The people who worked there were very friendly. The car was fuel-efficient.
Cons: They didn't have the car I reserved and we're going to charge me extra for giving me what they had. Also, the fees tacked on to the back end of the transaction were a 1/3 of the total cost! It really feels like a bait and switch move.
2.0 Mediocre
19 Oct 2015
No cars available despite reservation
Cons: Advantage had no cars despite a reservation made a month in advance. I had to use a competitor at a rate that was 5x my quoted rate.
6.0 Good
20 Oct 2015
Cons: No car available when we arrived. Other companies lacked vehicles too. Did not get class of car we reserved weeks prior. They seemed not to care. Car had not been cleaned, as evidenced by our finding $26,in the glove box!
2.0 Mediocre
23 Oct 2015
Worst Experience Renting a Car
Cons: They did not have the car we reserved. We rented a SUV, they substituted a Kia, but refused to discount the price for the lesser vehicle. Will never rent from them again. We had 5 passengers, 2 of them had to take Uber because they could not fit in the car.
10.0 Excellent
2 Nov 2015
Pros: convenient, fast, nice people
10.0 Excellent
6 Nov 2015
Pros: I enjoyed the car Great on had and comfortable Plus easy pickup and drop off Friendly and efficient staff Give them kuddos! Great experience! I will use you again I travel to Charlotte often Please send discount s and make me as n advantage member
3.6 Mediocre
29 Nov 2015
Typical Advantage crappy customer service
Cons: Typical Advantage crappy customer service no matter what location.
10.0 Excellent
30 Nov 2015
Pros: Excellent Service
Rated no. 8
Payless
4.9 Okay (85 reviews)
1 location in Charlotte
Payless
Locations in Charlotte
3315 Scott Futrell Drive
+1 704 399 7167
  • 4.7
  • 5.3
  • 5.4
  • 4.2
  • 5.1
Recent reviews
2.4 Mediocre
16 Oct 2015
Waiting for a smelly car
Pros: The car
Cons: Unprofessional action in general, and a 2hr wait altogether. Car smelled like sweat but ran well. I also witnessed the clerk acting really bitchy at a customer over the phone and finally hanging the phone up in their ear and badmouthing them to me afterwards. Awkward to say the least. All in all a very unprofessional operation.
2.4 Mediocre
20 Nov 2015
Worst rental car experience EVER
Cons: Car #1 flooded from the inside when it rained. Car #2 (the "replacement") had a busted taillight and the tire kept going flat. Car #1: The first car they gave me had an overwhelming, absolutely unbearable air freshener smell that they tried to "air out" by opening the windows when they pulled up the car for me to take. It turns out, the air freshener smell was a result of the rental company trying to cover up the smell of musty, sitting water, because the car had a leak in the hood/windshield somewhere, which caused the car to flood on from the inside when it rained. Go figure, it poured for two days while I rented it, and not only did that destroy some of my personal belongings, I had to drive to work with about an inch of water sloshing around the floor while I waited for them to get me a replacement car. Car #2: (the "replacement") It took the better part of the day for the rental company to replace my car. They failed to give me sufficient paperwork to prove the exchange (and then they almost tried to pretend like they didn't know what car I had). This car was all scraped up on the driver's side, had a busted left tail light, and the front driver's side tire went low 3 times in 2 days. When I returned the car, I asked for a partial refund, but the "manager" claimed my AAA discount covered my "concerns." Inconvenient location (10 minutes from the airport). Terrible customer service. Spare yourself the hassle.
6.0 Good
20 Jul 2016
A lot of hidden extras
Pros: Service was great and hassle free
Cons: the final price a long way off quote
2.0 Mediocre
28 Jul 2017
Cons: No car available, no reservation held. Had to go without a car.
10.0 Excellent
16 Oct 2015
Absolutely wonderful
Pros: I loved the friendliness and courtesy of all the staff I met. It was excellent service, and I am so grateful for their care.
Cons: Honestly, I couldn't find much that I didn't like. I think maybe next time more intentional communication about the drop-off time would be good. Otherwise, it was wonderful.
2.0 Mediocre
18 Oct 2015
Reservations don't mean s***
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Had a reservation. Showed up. Was told they had no cars. They only kept 1 car available for a person that paid ahead, not for anyone with reservations. It would be good to know that when you make the reservation in the first place, or better yet, don't allow reservations because they don't do ANYTHING FOR ANYONE! Never again.....
10.0 Excellent
1 Nov 2015
The best deal in town
Pros: I booked online and saved literally hundreds of dollars compared to what I was quoted from other agencies. The price was so cheap I thought there must be some sort of catch, but there wasn't. I got a great, comfortable car at an awesome price. I couldn't be happier.
8.0 Excellent
3 Nov 2015
Lowest price for when I booked
Pros: I picked the cheapest vehicle I could find for my trip and that was Payless, in my case.
Cons: Checking-in took forever, because only one person was working. Checking-out was not terrible, but it also took longer than I am used to with other car rentals.
8.0 Excellent
4 Nov 2015
Pros: Good car at a great price
Cons: They are severly understaffed waited 45 minutes to pickup car related to only having one person working. She was extremely efficient and worked hard but was a lot of work for one person!
6.8 Good
5 Nov 2015
Great deal but pickup was bad!
Pros: No drop few for one way was why I picked Payless - great deal.
Cons: Pickup had a long line in Charlotte at a hote near the airport - it was hot in the small office and it took over 45 minutes to check me in with 2 reps checking in and out and washing cars and answering phones - they were troopers but what a mess.
Rated no. 9
National
national
9.6 Excellent (2 reviews)
1 location in Charlotte
National
Locations in Charlotte
5489 R C Josh Birmingham Pkwy
+1 844 366 8843
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 8.0
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
24 Jul 2016
GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE
Pros: The Customer Service rep was very patient and helpful. There was an issue with the DL but they handled it quickly and effectively.
9.2 Excellent
5 Jan 2017
Pros: Good car, excellent pickup process in Charlotte.
Cons: The price - I was in a bind and needed the reservation, but I thought it expensive.
Rated no. 10
Avis
6.5 Good (22 reviews)
8 locations in Charlotte
Avis
Locations in Charlotte
1100 West Craighead Road
+1 704 921 3386
222 East 3rd Street
+1 704 331 9007
3716 West W.T. Harris Boulevard
+1 704 599 6432
4200 South Boulevard, Suite A
+1 704 529 7567
4430 East Independence Boulevard
+1 704 563 7013
5489 Josh Birmingham Parkway
+1 704 359 5700
5640 South Boulevard
+1 704 523 7113
6721 East Independence Blvd
+1 704 568 6637
  • 7.0
  • 6.6
  • 6.5
  • 6.5
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
19 Jun 2017
no cars when I showed up
Cons: I took an uber for $40 each way from the airport and then I arrived for the staff to meet me in the parking lot and say no cars. very disappointed
6.4 Good
17 Feb 2016
Pros: The rental place was right at the airport and the customer service rep was helpful.
Cons: The car was uncomfortable to sit in. Price was also a bit high.
5.6 Okay
11 Aug 2017
Pros: Car was ready when promised.
Cons: At pick up, staff was curt. No explanation of the tolling feature, which became an issue. When I got to where car, it still had a bunch of bugs on it, giving the impression it had just been returned and. It prepped. I didn't notice u till after leaving the lot (as I tried to find the overhead lights and then the headlights) that the car was giving a low tire pressure warning and that the tank was not full. The needle was below the F, and a full tank, as I saw later, goes beyond the F. It was late, the staff wasn't overly helpful or friendly, and I did not go back. I just topped off the air the next morning as all 4 tires were low, more than 10 psi below recommendation. The car worked fine on the first leg of the trip. On the second leg, after paying 2 tolls in cash, the tool booth collector told us it had already been charged to EZ Pass. Now, we read the instructions on the toll feature in the. At and made sure he door was closed, which allegedly would keep the tools from being charged. Yet every toll booth still charged EZ Pass. As the info in the. At said this would only happen if we opened the toll transponder's door, I was not happy. The worst, however, was the tires. As I was filling the car with fuel right before turning it in, the rear right tire went flat. Fortuntely there was an air pump right there. I managed to get air in the tire and return it to Avis without having to call for help and miss my flight, but it was a close thing. All in all, I expected much more from Avis. I always thought of them as a step above the Budgets and Alamos, but after this trip, I don't do so any more.
8.0 Excellent
11 Oct 2016
Cons: Vehicle had multiple dents and scrapes
8.4 Excellent
2 Jan 2017
Pros: Pick up and drop was quick and efficient
Cons: I less then three miles the low tire air light and change oil lights came on the dashboard... disappointed Windshield wipers also needed to be replaced
10.0 Excellent
8 Mar 2017
Quick process, great car (Mazda3), good price
Pros: See above
10.0 Excellent
25 May 2017
Pros: Being able to rent a car in Charlotte and drive to Washington DC at the rate of a local rental
2.0 Mediocre
19 Aug 2017
Poor customer service!!!!
Pros: The car started.
Cons: Bottom end car, ridiculous rate, poor customer service!!!!
10.0 Excellent
17 Mar 2018
Pros: They seemed to take my word that the car was only 3/4 full when I picked it up. (I haven't seen the bill yet to see if they took my word on that issue, however.)
3.6 Mediocre
2 Apr 2018
Great experience
Pros: Friendly and prompt customer service
Cons: I have no complaints about this location.
Rated no. 11
Ace
ace
2.0 Mediocre (1 review)
2 locations in Charlotte
Ace
Locations in Charlotte
5125 South Blvd
+1 704 624 8111
6248 E. Independence Blvd
+1 877 219 9192
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Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
18 Aug 2018
Everything went wrong
Pros: Alexis, the front desk woman in Charlotte, was very nice and did was she could to help even though the company sucked.
Cons: They cancelled my reservation without telling me. The address was wrong on the confirmation email. The place isn’t even called Ace Car Rentals... it’s called Prestige. They told me I would be refunded for my car, then I would just have to pay the same price again instead of just transferring my payment over to another car Supplemental insurance was very expensive So after all that we just went with enterprise because we didn’t trust the company.
Advance Car And Truck Rental
advance
1 location in Charlotte
Advance Car And Truck Rental
Locations in Charlotte
5501 Josh Birmingham Pkwy Suite A, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
+1 704 395 9983
Airport Van
airportvanre
1 location in Charlotte
Airport Van
Locations in Charlotte
4901 Wilkinson Blvd
Easirent
easirent
1 location in Charlotte
Easirent
Locations in Charlotte
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Europcar
europcar
1 location in Charlotte
Europcar
Locations in Charlotte
Please Go To The Advantage Counter
+1 704 395 9983
keddy by Europcar
keddy
1 location in Charlotte
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Charlotte
4200 Rental Car Rd, Charlotte
+1 704 395 9983
Silvercar
silvercar
1 location in Charlotte
Silvercar
Locations in Charlotte
3101 Yorkmont Road, STE 1600
+1 855 359 2227
Sunnycars
sunnycars
1 location in Charlotte
Sunnycars
Locations in Charlotte
4108 Rental Road
911 travellers who rented a car in Charlotte gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.5

Car hire locations in Charlotte

Good to know

Most popular agency Alamo
Average price $54/day
Good deal $54/day

When to book a hire car in Charlotte

Average daily price per month
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Top tips for renting a car in Charlotte

  • Driving in Charlotte is the most convenient and effective way of getting to know the city, as all the major interest points are pretty scattered across a 15-mile range. Downtown Charlotte, which is known as Uptown, gets quite busy, but just a short ride away you'll find the cool North Davidson St. and Plaza Midwood neighborhoods. A car is the perfect option for those looking to explore other destinations outside the city — including the US National Whitewater Center, an outdoor recreation facility that sits 15 miles west of Uptown and offers several outdoor activities. Another popular destination is Lake Norman, which is only 30 minutes outside of Charlotte.
  • All the big car hire agencies, including Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, and Hertz, can be found at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)'s Consolidated hire Car Facility, which is in the Level 2 lobby next to the Hourly Parking Deck, right in front of the Arrivals terminal.
  • Uptown is one of the most crowded areas in the city, particularly when there are big events going on, such as a Carolina Panthers game, so beware of pedestrians if you're driving there. The whole of Charlotte gets pretty packed during NASCAR season, so you may want to avoid going to shopping malls in the city center. The Interstate 485 (I-485) is a highway loop that encircles the city, and, while it may be a little difficult to navigate, it is usually less congested than the Interstate 77, which flows north-south on the western side of Charlotte.
  • Although traffic is manageable, roads are usually fairly busy throughout Charlotte during peak hours, so avoid rush hour traffic both in the morning (between 7:30 and 10 a.m.) and afternoon (between 4 and 7 p.m.) if you don't want to be stuck driving for longer than needed. The I-77 in particular tends to get packed during rush hour, in which case it's best to take the 385 loop around the city. When there's a major sporting event taking place, it is recommended that you refrain from driving in the Uptown area.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Charlotte for $54 or less
  • Book your rental car in Charlotte at least 3 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Charlotte

How much does it cost to hire a car in Charlotte?

On average a hire car in Charlotte costs $54 per day.

What is the cheapest car rental company in Charlotte?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget ($45/day), National ($59/day) and Hertz ($65/day).

What is the best rental car company in Charlotte?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Charlotte are Alamo (8.7, 6857 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 13080 reviews), and Avis (7.6, 2292 reviews).

Which car hire agencies are at the airport: Douglas Airport (CLT)?

The only car hire company onsite at Douglas Airport is Alamo.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: Douglas Airport (CLT)?

The only car hire company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Douglas Airport to off-airport locations is Alamo.

What is the cheapest car hire location in Charlotte?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Budget 5489 Josh Birmingham Parkway 28208 (9 kilometres from the city centre).

How can I find car rentals near me in Charlotte?

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

What is the most popular rental car location in Charlotte?

In Charlotte, cars are most frequently hired at Alamo 5489 R C Josh Birmingham Pkwy (9.16 km from city centre ).

How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Charlotte?

On average a rental car in Charlotte costs $380 per week ($54 per day).

How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Charlotte?

On average a rental car in Charlotte costs $1,628 per month ($54 per day).

What type of car is recommended for driving in Charlotte?

A small automatic car is the recommended option in Charlotte for travelers who don't require much space for passengers or luggage, as they are easy to drive and park around the city. For families, a compact SUV might be the best option, as it drives well both in the city and around the mountains and lakes.

What's the speed limit in Charlotte?

The speed limit within the city is usually 35 miles per hour (mph), but it may be lower in certain residential areas, in which case speed limit signs will be posted. Outside the city area the speed limit is usually 55 mph, and interstates all have posted speed limits with a maximum of 70 mph.

How are gas prices in Charlotte?

The average petrol prices in the city are approximately $2.29 per gallon, while lower prices can range anywhere between $1.99 and $2.14 per gallon. Try to fill up the tank early in the morning or late in the evening, and avoid doing so on weekends or just before, as petrol stations can get pretty crowded.

Where are the best places to park in Charlotte?

There are about 1,100 on-street parking spaces in the Uptown area of Charlotte, plus over 20 parking garages spread throughout the city. Street parking must be paid between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays -- you can either pay at the meter or at the designated kiosks. Parking Uptown usually costs at least $1 per hour, while daily rates typically range between $8 - $10.