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South San Francisco Car Hire

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Pick-up location South San Francisco
Rental locations 8
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South San Francisco car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Payless
Best rated
5.6 Okay (132 reviews)
1 location in South San Francisco
Payless
Locations in South San Francisco
1440 San Mateo Ave
+1 650 583 9806
  • 5.3
  • 5.9
  • 6.1
  • 5.0
  • 5.7
Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent
22 Oct 2015
Pros: Great service and price.
Cons: Facility needs a bit of TLC.
2.8 Mediocre
18 Jul 2016
Cons: they charged much more than declered on Kayak. their price is higher than their competitors. they are located at the airport itself, you need to take a chatle...
2.0 Mediocre
21 Sep 2017
rip off
Cons: I can't believe such a company could exist in the us, I've rented cars all over the world, and never got ripped off like I was with payless, it was supposed to cost 214$, and ended up costing 929$. They make their business out of over charging people, and have a class action against them. I will never trust a company that associates with these parasites, and you should know that it reflects poorly on you. I will never buy a ticket from you, or book anything through you, as I'm sure you're very well aware of what payless does.
2.8 Mediocre
29 Sep 2017
Van drove off as we were trying to catch it
Pros: Guy at reception was nice.
Cons: that the $49 dollar quote turned into $82 by the time we paid.
6.8 Good
26 Jun 2018
Kayak was the issue
Pros: Car was new, it was an upgrade from what I booked.
Cons: I tried to make two separate bookings on Kayak and neither worked. Both were open until 12 midnight. The only one that worked was Payless which closed earlier but there was no Information about this when I made the purchase. On top of that I paid for insurance but that information didn’t go through to Payless.
8.0 Excellent
6 Nov 2018
Cons: Pickup location
4.0 Okay
12 Oct 2015
Reliable, filthy rental car at a good price
Pros: The price. The car (Hyundai Sonata) proved to be comfortable, reliable and economical.
Cons: The car was FILTHY when I picked it up, especially the interior. I asked for someone to do a walk-around with me, as there was way more body damage than noted on the rental paperwork, and they told me to pull the car into the non-existent light (it was past 9PM) and do it myself. I couldn't see out of the rear window, and they said that the car was dirty because of the California drought. I've never used water to clean the interior of any car... I asked for the windows to be cleaned and the lot attendant handed me a bottle of spray cleaner (not window cleaner) and a rag!!! The upholstery had caked-on food (I hope) and was full of (dog?) hair. Disgusting. Just because you're a third-tier renter of higher-mileage vehicles, don't skimp on service. You should be BETTER than higher-tier rental agencies at cleaning your vehicles because they NEED more attention.
2.0 Mediocre
14 Oct 2015
Long wait and far from airport
Cons: Payless is several miles from the airport and once there, we had to wait in line over 45 minutes to pick up rental.
5.6 Okay
15 Oct 2015
Budget rental with cut rate service
Pros: If you are looking for a cheap no frills car rental this is for you. The facility is located off the airport, and you have to wait for a shuttle bus that will take you down the freeway into an industrial area.
Cons: The office is messy and the car was not clean inside.
2.0 Mediocre
15 Oct 2015
Pros: Nothing
Cons: I landed just before closing time and no shuttle was available. I had to rent from Hertz instead.
Rated no. 2
E-Z Rent-A-Car
5.4 Okay (37 reviews)
1 location in South San Francisco
E-Z Rent-A-Car
Locations in South San Francisco
323 S Canal St
+1 650 343 3052
  • 5.2
  • 5.6
  • 6.2
  • 4.1
  • 5.9
Recent reviews
7.6 Good
6 Apr 2016
Off airport rentals = deep discount
Pros: The price is about $100 / week cheaper than the on-airport rentals. The car was fine. The customer service was very good, really friendly/helpful people.
Cons: What wasn't made clear is that to rent from EZ ( AKA Advantage) you need to take the BART (blue line) to the rental car center. Go down to their parking garage, wait for the shuttle (airport information desk says you should call them so they know to come get you, but your confirmation e-mail will not have a phone # capable of reaching the desk there). Everything was fine, but I wish that the procedure was made a bit clearer at the outset. It is possible something got lost in translation with KAYAK handling the transaction. Here is the number to call if you want to request a shuttle (otherwise there should be one every 20 minutes): (650) 343-3052
4.0 Okay
29 Sep 2016
Very economic car
Pros: We rented a Toyota Prius and that is absolutely the best for being sooo economic... Even when you get stuck in San Francisco traffic.
Cons: Worst pickup ever! Waiting line... 2 hours!!!! Half of it in the sun, no seats, nothing... And the other half inside a small hot building... Absolutely the worst!
6.0 Good
3 Nov 2015
Inexpensive, but you get what you pay for.
Pros: Shuttle drivers were very personable and nice.
Cons: in addition to the train ride at SFO, there was a shuttle bus ride. It took probably 30 minutes longer to get the car than with providers at the airport. Also, it was slow going at the counter and the Advantage office wasn't very clean.
3.6 Mediocre
7 Dec 2015
There is invisible fine print - BEWARE
Pros: The car I had was nice, nicer than expected. But the people giving it to me didn't know the name. Told me to go out to find the "gold BMW Golf"... no sir, it was a Passat. They look totally different. But I had fun driving the Passat for a weekend.
Cons: They wouldn't give me the car unless I showed I had local car insurance. Excuse me? Because I live 3 towns over I have to show insurance? I don't have a car - hence I'm renting! Then they refused to give me a car unless I bought the insurance through them. There was nothing in the fine print that told me any of this. My rental for the weekend was literally double. But oh, thank you random guy behind the counter - since it was Thanksgiving and my wedding you cut me a "break" by allowing me to purchase the insurance instead of having my fiance drive to get me and show his insurance. Rude, mismanaged, probably illegal operation here. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!
2.0 Mediocre
12 Dec 2015
Horrible customer service
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Angry and rude rental agent at counter. Old, and dirty car that I was given. Only because I complained that the car they initially tried to give me was too small. If you advertise a car of a certain model or comparable then I expect to rent that model or similar. Not smaller. Bigger would be ok but not smaller. So instead of satisfying my request they put me in the oldest car I've rented. Will never rent there again. And I'm a guy who travels 40 wks a year. Never use this place again.
4.0 Okay
30 Dec 2015
Abram
Cons: First car given to me had significant damage to the bumper and side, the car had obviously been in an accident and was not checked properly. No agent ever accompanied me to inspect the vehicle. After I complained the staff agreed to switch cars for me, however the 2nd car I was given had trash still left in the trunk from the previous customer. On top of this, when I returned the car I asked about paying bridge tolls since I had gone over the Golden Gate Bridge almost every day during my rental period. The staff then told me to call a number to submit payment within 48 hours or I would get penalized. Good thing I asked! None of the staff were very friendly or helpful, they all seemed to be sick of dealing with tourists. None of them were very helpful or informative. I will never be using this rental agency again.
10.0 Excellent
11 Jan 2016
Pros: Offsite location was a bit troubling, but when I returned the car, I had a short window to get to the terminal. Instead of having to wait for the shuttle to take me to the Rental Car Center where I could catch the AirTrain to the terminal, the staff offered to take me there in my returned rental. Saved me a lot of time, and I was very grateful.
4.0 Okay
11 Jan 2016
Cons: Location FAR from airport. Space small, cramped, and slow service.
6.0 Good
24 Feb 2016
Cons: Car was not clean and unsafe
9.6 Excellent
11 Apr 2016
Easy like it's name!
Pros: Cheapest price. Did the job.
Cons: Didn't like how the desk person checking us in tried to up sell us too hard. Also gave us false information about gas prices in the area to sell us the $50 full tank gas package. You also don't have to pay the bridge tolls online only--cash is accepted both ways--like we were told.
Rated no. 3
Advantage
4.4 Okay (91 reviews)
1 location in South San Francisco
Advantage
Locations in South San Francisco
323 S Canal St
+1 650 343 3052
  • 4.2
  • 4.7
  • 4.9
  • 3.6
  • 4.6
Recent reviews
2.8 Mediocre
28 Dec 2015
Apparently no one on kayak mentioned that
Cons: There was no mention that advantage would be doing a credit check on me. So when I arrived at the airport and they surprisingly ran my credit at the counter, I was unable to get a car at all! My family lyrics member had to meet me and put it on their card. I have rented from advantage before in the past abs they said this was just standard procedure.. TOTALLY SUCKED! no use in reserving a car if u can't rent it!!!
9.2 Excellent
27 Apr 2016
Pros: The quality of car and service, condition of car, and price.
Cons: The location remote from the airport tacks on another half hour to the two hours already required for an international flight.
4.0 Okay
13 Sep 2016
Pros: Drop off was quick and easy for us. The cars we got seemed to be maintained and we didn't have any car troubles during the trips.
Cons: The hassle of not being at the airport and then having to stand and wait for your car. One location was right inside the airport, the second time - we had to take a shuttle and waited for over an hour to get into a car... A car that wasn't even available and they had to give us two sizes up. When we finally left the lot, we noticed that the car had crumbs and fingerprints on the seats. To us, the convinence of a company within the airport will be worth the couple extra dollars a day.
2.0 Mediocre
23 Sep 2016
Wasn't able to Cancel
Cons: I booked through Kayak and accidentally booked the wrong weekend. I called advantage and they said they couldn't do anything about it because it was prepaid through Kayak. I called Kayak and couldn't get anyone on the phone, and the website gives a "no cancellation or refund" policy, so I lost ~$90 because of a simple mistake. Will not be using Kayak again.
4.8 Okay
29 Sep 2016
Cheap price for a Cheap experience
Pros: cheap
Cons: I called my insurer to make sure I was covered (which I was), they tried in every way to make me believe I was not covered. They lied repetitively and even dared asking for a proof (like if my insurer would write them a letter live!?). I had to fight like crazy not to let them screw me. Don't be fooled. Canadian insurers DO cover you in US. The car was dirty (I don't care dusty, this was hella dirty), with strawberry jam cups on the floor, fresh chocolate on the seats, used tissues in the console, garbage and belongings from previous renter in the trunk, windows I could barely see through... Even though I left with the car 1.5 hour after pickup time (which would have gave them plenty of time to clean). Only when I'm outside with the keys in hand, they asked me if I was willing to wait 30min for them to clean it. It was too late. They found the right racket not to clean. Congrats. While I was renting, the client next to me was complaining (actually looked sad) while they charged him because his family was 10min late in the building (taking toddlers and luggage out of the car), even though they walked in in time and asked if they could take the time to do so... He told be Advantage took all the money they could out of him and that I should not rent my car. It was too late. But he was right.
2.0 Mediocre
13 Dec 2016
Awful
Cons: The car was dirty, scratched up and in general poor condition. The staff was unwilling to help or assist in anyway. i wouldn't recommend this place to anybody.
2.0 Mediocre
5 Feb 2018
Can't Reschedule
Pros: It was cheap.
Cons: I couldn't cancel or reschedule it even though I had to reschedule the trip to 3 weeks later.
3.6 Mediocre
22 Apr 2018
Find a different company!
Pros: Nothing.
Cons: The staff was confused and overworked. We were given a car and a contract for a different car. Our prepaid tank of gas was only half full. A tire, which upon closer inspection had clearly been damaged and repaired before, went flat in the driveway overnight and advantage refused to come fix it. They wanted us to repair the tire on our own. A truly terrible experience!
7.2 Good
22 Apr 2018
Pros: Excellent. Stress-free, friendly dropoff.
2.0 Mediocre
5 May 2018
Cons: Empty gas. Car very dirty inside and out the
Rated no. 4
Silvercar
silvercar
10.0 Excellent (2 reviews)
1 location in South San Francisco
Silvercar
Locations in South San Francisco
237 Harbor Way
+1 855 359 2227
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
19 Jul 2018
Easiest car rental experience ever.
Pros: Rented in San Francisco ... They texted to check in with me day before arrival and day of departure to ask questions and give me info I needed. I just texted back info ... they couldn’t have been more helpful or seamless. I wish we could use them in Denver, but the prices were too high for the weeks we need it!
10.0 Excellent
15 Sep 2018
Very easy process
Pros: Very nice, clean Audi A4
Cons: Nothing
Rated no. 5
Avis
7.8 Good (7 reviews)
1 location in South San Francisco
Avis
Locations in South San Francisco
230 Harbor Way
+1 650 588 5585
  • 7.4
  • 8.6
  • 8.3
  • 7.1
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent
5 Jan 2017
Avis was great to rent with!
Pros: Nice car, clean, drove well. Plenty of trunk space. Only problem was getting the gas cap to open and same problem with the trunk. Otherwise couldn't have been happier!
4.8 Okay
1 Oct 2016
Wrong location double the price
Pros: When is search for a car for my trip to San Francisco and typed in SFO as the city I was surprised to find when I landed that the pickup was not at SFO was not reachable by Bart or the air-train. My only option would be to take a cab for probably $20 each Direction not to mention they'd be annoyed and having such a short trip after they'd waited in line. The price quoted was $78 total for 2 days which is great. But because I had to basically rebook it to get a car to and from SFO the rate was more than 130 and with all of the extra airport taxes AirTrain tax in tourist tax it was over $200. Unlike the inclusive quote that I be given for the other location. The manager was helpful and got it down as low as she could but this is far more expensive then the kayak price I was quoted
Cons: See above
8.4 Excellent
17 Oct 2016
Pros: Able to upgrade to better car.
Cons: Location-no shuttle from airport.
5.6 Okay
31 Oct 2016
Charged for gas even though the tank was full
Pros: The car was clean, gas efficient and reliable.
Cons: Expensive to rent, plus I was charged $90 extra for gas charges even though I had filled the tank before drop off. It took two weeks to get the credit back on my account after providing backup for the the gas purchase and waiting for the manager to get back to me on the charges.
10.0 Excellent
12 Nov 2016
TOP
Pros: Great service all the way through!
Cons: Everything was great!
10.0 Excellent
5 Jan 2017
Pros: the price for picking up off the airport was significantly better.. super close by.. $20 cab ride to save hundreds of dollars
8.0 Excellent
3 Aug 2017
Pros: Savings over airport pick-up
Cons: A bit hard to find without Sat-Nav
Budget
budget
1 location in South San Francisco
Budget
Locations in South San Francisco
230 Harbor Way
+1 650 837 9095
Flight Car
flightcarad
1 location in South San Francisco
Flight Car
Locations in South San Francisco
San Francisco airport
+1 844 435 8227
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
zeeba
1 location in South San Francisco
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
Locations in South San Francisco
101 Haskins Way
+1 800 940 9332
269 travellers who rented a car in South San Francisco gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.3

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What is the best rental car company in South San Francisco?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in South San Francisco are Avis (7.6, 2253 reviews), Sixt (7.6, 1326 reviews), and Hertz (7.3, 4364 reviews).

Which car hire agencies are at the airport: San Francisco Airport (SFO)?

Car hire companies onsite at San Francisco Airport include Alamo, Thrifty, National, Sixt, Budget and Hertz.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: San Francisco Airport (SFO)?

Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from San Francisco Airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Thrifty, National, Sixt, Budget and Hertz.

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