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Rockford car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Rockford

  • Rockford has several attractions for visitors, many of which are only accessible via car, such as the Rock Cut State Park. If you’re visiting the park with a rental car, you’re guaranteed ample cargo space for gear, as well as a place to lock up valuables while you explore the area. Another great advantage to having a car rental in Rockford is that you can take day trips to other major nearby cities, including Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is less than a 2h drive to the northeast, and Chicago, which is also less than a 2h drive, but to the southeast.
  • There are a number of locations from which you can pick up your Rockford car rental, including Hertz on Walton St. and Budget on Hanson Ave. However, you’re most likely to pick up your rental at the Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD). At the airport, there are rental desks for several brand-name companies, including National, Alamo and Avis. To locate the desks in the main terminal, just head to the left as you are exiting the building toward the main terminal parking lot—here, you can check in and receive directions to your vehicle. There are also rental car desks in a separate location to the east of the main terminal, so keep an eye out for airport signage directing you toward the desk for the specific company from which you’ve booked a car.
  • Like many larger cities in the U.S., you will find that you are sharing roadways with other types of vehicles, including motorcyclists and bicyclists—especially during the summer months. While driving here, you’ll want to be aware of your vehicle’s blind spots and keep your eyes open for these types of commuters. While driving downtown and close to the Rock River, you’ll also want to keep vigilant of pedestrians, since there are several bars and restaurants in this area and people may be crossing the roads at both marked and unmarked locations.
  • While in Rockford, if you have a flexible schedule, you’ll want to avoid rush hour traffic times, which are typically before and after the workday. You can expect traffic to increase in the morning between roughly 6:30am and 8:30am, then again between 4:30pm and 6:30pm.
  • Book your rental car in Rockford at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in Rockford are around 99% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Rockford

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Rockford?

    When securing a car rental in Rockford, you’ll want to consider the driving conditions for the time of year. During the winter months, roads can get slippery with ice and snow. An ideal car for this time of year is an SUV. In an SUV, the driver sits up higher, which improves visibility, and the vehicle’s drivetrain is elevated, allowing you higher clearance when driving over any frost cracks in the roads.

  • What’s the speed limit in Rockford?

    The speed limits are dictated by the type of area through which you are driving. On highways, like the I-39, which runs north and south through Rockford, you’ll find the posted speed limit is around 65mph. On major routes where there are typically commercial buildings, you can expect limits to range between roughly 35mph and 45mph. Residential areas will be posted around 30mph, with speeds reducing to between 15mph and 25mph in school and hospital areas.

  • Where are the best places to park in Rockford?

    There are several parking lots and garages available to Rockport visitors. A handful of these offer free parking, but you will typically find that parking costs around $1.25 per hour. One well-located spot to park is the Wyman-South Garage on Elm St., between S. Wyman St. and S. Main St.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Rockford?

    The average price of fuel in Rockford is $6.30 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of uel costs between $76 and $101, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Rockford?

    Standard (Ford Transit or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Rockford.

  • Which hire car agencies will pick you up at Greater Rockford airport (RFD)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Greater Rockford airport to off-airport locations include Hertz and Alamo.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Rockford?

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

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Rockford?

    A Standard car hire in Rockford costs $243 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Rockford?

    A Mini car hire in Rockford costs $190 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Special car hire cost in Rockford?

    A Special car hire in Rockford costs $84 per day, on average.

Rockford car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

5.8

Cleanliness

5.9

Comfort

6.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.3

Value for money

6.3

2 locations in Rockford

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#2 Airport Circle

+1 815 963 5318

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00

7549 Walton Street

+1 815 391 6238

Monday09:00 - 13:00
Tuesday09:00 - 13:00
Wednesday09:00 - 13:00
Thursday09:00 - 13:00
Friday09:00 - 13:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00

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2.0 Poor

Jul 2024

KAYAK
I never got this rental. I PRE-PAID so check-in would go quickly. They asked for a $200 deposit on top of the rental fee of $123 which was already paid. They claimed to only accept credit cards for the deposit. I offered CASH...refused! I offered the exact same card that pre-paid for the rental...refused! I filed a claim for a refund. Hertz refuses to refund saying it's Kayaks place to refund and Kayak says Hertz is responsible. I don't care who gives me the refund. I spent money on a product/service and I DID NOT RECEIVE the product/service so a refund is required and justified. Extremely disappointed in the entire situation.

2.0 Poor

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Showed up for my rental that was booked to tell me They have no cars. Said they’d call me Tuesday and no one called Tuesday. Went with another provider

2.0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Staff needs to improve their Coustemer service. Vehicles need to be clean. Overall very disappointing.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Would of been nice if they had actually charged the price they quoted. Even better would have been if they had paid the unpaid tolls on this vehicle instead trying to stick me with someone else's tolls. Very dismissive when told about the unpaid tolls.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Over all worse experiences every manager was completely unprofessional

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
The car drove great.

1 out of 9

Alamo

10.0

Wonderful

4 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Rockford

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2 Airport Cir

+1 844 370 8287

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2023

KAYAK
The branch manager, Ryan Rude, was extremely helpful and very pleasant. He answered all my questions. The car, a Chevy Malibu drove well and I had no problems with it.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2023

KAYAK
The people that helped were great. Above and beyond with service. Ryan Rude and Deana Bingham were so nice to deal with and helped us get a car we would be comfortable driving.

4.0 Mediocre

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The stag at the desk was extremely helpful and the work space was clean and tidy.

Cons:

You need to accept Debit Cards for payment. Being financially responsible and not putting things on Credit should not hinder a person from renting a car. They wouldn’t allow me to use a family members card either because it wasn’t mine or my husbands. I won’t be using Alamo until this is resolved.

6.0 Okay

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Employees on both ends were great period friendly and informative. Car was clean

Cons:

Car was not ready. Windshield was chipped, brakes were grabby

2.0 Poor

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

they did NOT have the car! what's the point of a reservation!

7.6 Good

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

They overbooked and instead of the car I reserved, I had to drive three kids and all our luggage out of state in a truck. They did comp our gas and give us a discount which was nice of them and I was thankful for the 4 wheel drive once it snowed. I think better inventory checking is needed though.

1 out of 1

Budget

7.1

Cleanliness

6.4

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.7

Value for money

6.6

2 locations in Rockford

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2 Airport Circle

+1 815 962 9415

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

7396 N Cherryvale Mall Dr

+1 815 332 9820

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

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6.0 Okay

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Typical rentals car place

Cons:

They ran my credit; all to tell me I couldn’t get the car. I’ve rented in several cities and rarely ever need a credit check to rent a car. Never again

2.0 Poor

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

They called me the next morning and told me they did not have a rental for me. So maybe check your inventory before letting someone book a vehicle.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2023

KAYAK
Everything was great

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2022

KAYAK
Great car clean and nice to drive

2.0 Poor

Jan 2022

KAYAK
After reserving the vehicle, I was called and told that they had no vehicles available that day. The staff was courteous but ultimately the system for a same day reservation did not work for me.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2021

KAYAK
The car I asked for was not available, so we got a much better vehicle for the same price. It was great!

1 out of 2

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

6.6

Cleanliness

6.4

Comfort

6.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.7

Value for money

6.4

3 locations in Rockford

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2 Airport Cir

+1 844 934 1088

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

221 N Alpine Rd

+1 779 208 3919

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

5643 E State St Ste 1

+1 779 208 3919

Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
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2.0 Poor

May 2024

KAYAK
Enterprise was a the worst ever. Car was not ready at pick up time. They tried to give me a mini van when I had rented a SUV. Then was told to pick up 2 hours later, and 1 hour later was told that car I had rented out was not rentable because of some exhaust leak. This place is just the worst.

8.0 Very Good

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The prices are ridiculous due to the extreme deposit for the vehicle.

2.0 Poor

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

They cancelled my reservation!! They said they are over booked and have no cars available

4.0 Mediocre

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Decent vehicle

Cons:

Vehicle was dirty inside.

8.0 Very Good

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Drop off parking lot was not well marked for specific rental company. The lot was exposed to bad weather and was icy when I arrived. The walk to the main entrance was challenging.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Pickup and drop off were both quick and easy

Cons:

Car squeeked when ac/heat was on. Slight annoyance, no impact on the car though

1 out of 4

Avis

6.2

Cleanliness

6.7

Comfort

6.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.5

2 locations in Rockford

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2 Airport Circle

+1 815 962 8447

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

7396 N Cherryvale Mall Dr

+1 815 332 3406

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

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2.0 Poor

Jan 2024

KAYAK
They allowed me to book and charged me even though they knew their location was closed

3.6 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Rockford airport Avis personnel don’t care about customers. Allegiant airlines moved my flight to come in at 8pm. Avis employees would not stay or come in so I could pick up a rental car. Unacceptable and unprofessional. Avis doesn’t care !!!!!

Cons:

Had an employee stay allowing Me to rent / pick up a car.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Royce at Avis counter at Rockford airport didn’t have my car the day I arrived and my plane landed… nor did he make any contingency plans for another agent to stay. Had to cab to a hotel and cab back to the airport. Royce was very incompetent and not thoughtful at all. Plus he assured me my original contract price would be honored. No cal nothing and charged a$100 extra on my credit card. Royce is a very poor employee!

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Pick up was quick and easy, everything was ready when I arrived. There were no changes to the price quoted online. The car was very clean and comfortable.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2022

KAYAK
Worst experience I've ever had with a national company. First, the scheduled pickup time was the same as their closing time, but no mention of counter hours in any correspondence. Was it supposed to be "Pick up your car in 3...2...1... sorry, we're closed." Second, the car had a steering/suspension/tire issue and felt unsafe. When I called, they expected us to drive >100 miles each way if we wanted to exchange. We took our chances and got lucky. Third, we paid for SiriusXM. The counter clerk (who couldn't find his head with both hands) couldn't figure out how to activate it, and said that he didn't think that car has it. "SiriusXM" is the largest printing on the stereo and clearly visible from outside the car. At least I THINK we paid for it because... Fourth, when I tried to download the itemized invoice, I kept getting an error message that the page is not compatible with Internet Explorer. Three different browsers, (none of which was IE) had the same error. I guess it's only compatible with Netscape Navigator or Blackberry? There was a charge for "Taxable Products/Services*:" that was about ¼ the cost of the rental. I'm guessing that's the SiriusXM service that we never got, but who knows. When we arrived at the counter the day after the scheduled pickup day, the clerk said that there were no cars available. What happened to the one that we had reserved? He said that each day is a new day, and it's like food at a restaurant. So I guess that means that the wait staff brings them home for their families or something. The car he eventually found probably hadn't been completely checked in or someone would have noticed the issues. Again, worst experience with any national company.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy process; great car

1 out of 2

National

7.1

Good

No reviews available

One location in Rockford

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2 Airport Cir

+1 844 370 8286

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

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9.6 Wonderful

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

The car was dirty. The Clerk did apologize saying due to the frigid conditions they did not was the vehicle because the doors may freeze shut.

1 out of 0

Easirent

4.7

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Rockford

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Chicago/Rockford International Airport

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Sunnycars

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One location in Rockford

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2 Airport Circle

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73 travellers who rented a car in Rockford gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.8

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