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Palm Springs, CA, United States
25 Jan — 1 Feb
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Palm Springs, CA, United States
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Pick-up locationPalm Springs
Hire locations16
Airport locations13

Palm Springs car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
8.7 Excellent (296 reviews)
1 location in Palm Springs
Alamo
Locations in Palm Springs
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 8.6
  • 8.5
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent7 Jan 2022
Had a great experience and all the people were super friendly especially Ernesto
2.0 Mediocre30 Dec 2021
There was nothing to like. Our flight was delayed 20min and by the time we went to the Alamo counter they had gone home. There was no phone call or text to check with us. Pretty much all other rental car companies were still opened for business when we arrived around 10:50pm, so we rented from Avis. We couldn't get the car that we wanted but we didn't have much of a choice, so we took what was available. Definitely not a way to start a vacation. On top of everything else nobody bothered to reach out to us to see why we didn't pick-up the car we had reserved weeks prior to our trip.
10.0 Excellent24 Dec 2021
Pick up and drop off was ExceptAirport! When I picked up the car, the gentleman at the desk walked outside to show me some option as the car I wanted wasn't available. He was super friendly, helpful and facst! It was raining when I dropped my car off and Escobar (I really hope that's his name) held an umbrella open for me! He was the BEST! I will definitely use Alamo at the Palm Springs airport!
4.0 Okay11 Dec 2021
Was an hour wait for the car to be ready.
8.0 Excellent21 Nov 2021
We were initially given keys to a car that had just been returned. Alamo employee said the crew had not put the location it was in but will be in the two Alamo rows. Searched and finally found it in the rental car return lane. Car had not been checked in or cleaned. I returned to the counter and explained the situation and within minutes they had me keys to a comparable car and we were on our way.
10.0 Excellent9 Nov 2021
Less expensive would have been better
10.0 Excellent26 May 2021
Staff at the counter was very friendly and helpful, they just didn’t have very many people working so the line moved a bit slowly.Vehicle had no upgrades whatsoever (no moonroof, no push to start).
8.0 Excellent17 May 2021
Very efficient desk staff and return processVehicle was not ready for pickup; waited 40 minutes for it
8.0 Excellent3 May 2021
The reservation agent charged me two extra hours (almost a full day's rate, three hours would have been a full day's rate). I was unaware I was a little more than an hour early, I had made the reservation a month and a half ago. When I noticed the total amount was more than what was on my reservation paperwork I was told it was because I was early. When I said I could go have lunch and come back in an hour the agent replied she's already opened the reservation and couldn't change it now. She said she could only cancel the reservation and that I'd be free to make a new one. This was during the covid car shortage and they were turning away people due to the shortage of cars and the cars that were available were renting at a premium. I know canceling a reservation is not the only option unless it is a new company top down policy.
8.0 Excellent5 Apr 2021
The car was an upgrade from what I reserved due to unavailability, and it was a nice car.Someone had smoked in the car and it needs to be cleaned better.
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From €30/dayRated no. 2
Dollar
Cheapest deal
Most popular
8.1 Excellent (117 reviews)
1 location in Palm Springs
Dollar
Locations in Palm Springs
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 8.2
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent21 Dec 2021
Service was very good
10.0 Excellent21 Dec 2021
Renting was the easiest with Dollar. All the employees were over the top helpful and ready to serve. I was amazed how seamlessly everything went from the setting up of the reservation through the car pickup all the way to the return. They did exactly what they said, I'd use them again
8.0 Excellent21 Dec 2021
Bit expensive. The vehicle’s bluetooth failed
1.9 Horrible20 Aug 2021
I wasn't able to rent a car through dollar because I do not use credit cards, I only use debit cards. I went to Avis and had an excellent experience.
2.0 Mediocre9 Jun 2021
They charged me double what it was supposed to be.
8.0 Excellent12 Apr 2021
The staff was very friendly and professional. The pick up and drop off were both very quick and easy.
6.0 Good23 Jan 2021
Staff were fine, drop off easyWe did not get the car we asked for--the alternative was too small for our needs. And, I felt ripped off by all the extra fees, etc. Based on the "advertised" Kayak price, we should have paid much less buying making an advance deposit. The fees drove up the total significantly. Net, most likely will not use a third party again for car rental.
10.0 Excellent9 Jan 2021
Great experience!N/A
8.0 Excellent6 Jan 2021
The process was pretty smooth and quick.They didn’t have the type of car we reserved (suv) and gave us a 4 door chevy. It fit us fine but wasn’t the size we’d reserved. Also, the car had a big dent and scratch along the back side which looked a little crappy driving it around Palm Springs.
8.0 Excellent4 Jan 2020
Staff was friendly and helpful
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Rated no. 3
Hertz
8.1 Excellent (143 reviews)
1 location in Palm Springs
Hertz
Locations in Palm Springs
  • 8.6
  • 8.5
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 8
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre5 Jan 2022
We did not pick up vehicle. It was cancelled and I did get a confirmation that I cancelled it and now am still waiting for a refund. Frusterated to find out who I need to talk to about this refund. My email is mancinimf@hotmail.com please let me know whom I need to talk to.
10.0 Excellent1 Jan 2022
Very efficient.
6.0 Good29 Dec 2021
Car made a lot of noises and didn’t appear to be properly maintained
2.0 Mediocre21 Dec 2021
The process of purchasing through Kayak was simple and convenient. However the service and response from the Hertz "partner" was the complete opposite. I had to cancel the second week of my reservation because of an illness (that turned into the eventual passing of a family member). Hertz was non-responsive to my request for a refund and was even less helpful when I finally submitted supporting documentation at their request. I changed my request for a refund to a credit when I return there in a few months, and my request seemed to vaporize! Deeply disappointed with the Hertz response and will not return to such a heartless organization. To the contrary, my dealings with VRBO over cancelled accommodations (which involved much more significant dollars) cold not have been more empathetic or convenient. Shame on Hertz and way to go VRBO!
10.0 Excellent18 Dec 2021
Nicest customer service reps and best prices.
10.0 Excellent13 Dec 2021
Best price by far among the major players in car rentals. Booked online, then straightforward pickup and return at the airport. Car was clean and perfect for my little vacation. Well done!
6.0 Good5 Dec 2021
Too long a wait
10.0 Excellent29 Nov 2021
Liked the efficient check in and airport pick up. The Chevy spark was perfect for us, easy to park and fun to drive
4.0 Okay29 Nov 2021
Lineup at the airport took 45min to get thru as people kept being taken from other companies (Dollar/Thrifty) before us. Vehicle key was electrical taped together, windshield seal was gone and we were hearing a wind whistle while driving the entire time. Seems like a bit of a safety issue.
2.0 Mediocre11 Nov 2021
Received a defective car where the tires blew out within 24 hours after picking up the rental. Lost over 3 hours having the car towed and was an exhausting experience.
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Rated no. 4
Budget
7.6 Good (184 reviews)
2 locations in Palm Springs
Budget
Locations in Palm Springs
  • 7.8
  • 7.9
  • 7.6
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
6.0 Good16 Jan 2022
Easy counter experience but old and dirty worn out car
10.0 Excellent8 Jan 2022
Our customer service person at check in was awesome - promote her!
4.0 Okay7 Jan 2022
The car had several dings and there was a piece of plastic around the trunk that came loose.
6.0 Good2 Jan 2022
Left my garage door opener in the car. Budget made no effort to retrieve it
10.0 Excellent21 Dec 2021
The price had gone up, but the local Budget was willing to price match the quote Kayak gave me. In addition, they gave us a Prius, which totally saved us money on our 500-mile California road trip!!
10.0 Excellent21 Dec 2021
Worked as expected.
2.0 Mediocre14 Dec 2021
Car was dirty when I picked it up and wouldn’t start the next morning. Ended up losing a lot of money because we missed an event that was the main reason for the trip.
10.0 Excellent10 Dec 2021
Staff were friendly and accommodating
2.0 Mediocre2 Dec 2021
I did not get the car that I had booked! I paid for a cab to take me to pick up location only to find a VERY rude Budget person that told me that the lot closed at noon and he would not give me a car. He continued to rant about being busy and stressed and kept telling me no car. When I booked, the website asks for pick up time and I put in 1;00 pm. No one any time told me that location closes at noon. I paid to take a cab back to the airport and phoned Priceline. I was informed there was nothing they could do! Stranded at the airport with busy lines and low inventory of cars. So much for booking ahead! Not a great start to our vacation.
10.0 Excellent1 Dec 2021
Great job. Fast,friendly and a nice upgrade!
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Rated no. 5
Enterprise
7.5 Good (141 reviews)
2 locations in Palm Springs
Enterprise
Locations in Palm Springs
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent25 Nov 2021
Service was great, very impressed with Heather. Will rent here again.
10.0 Excellent19 Nov 2021
The staff was the best part of the experience.
2.0 Mediocre27 Oct 2021
My contract was modified to charge me more for fewer days. Car given to me was a Nissan which was not near the quality of the the Volkswagen that I signed up to rent.
10.0 Excellent8 Oct 2021
Friendly, helpful staff and great service. Thanks!
7.9 Good14 Sep 2021
The rate was good. The inconvenience of not having a shuttle to the airport was not good.
1.9 Horrible2 Aug 2021
There was no car for us when we arrived at the airport. I requested in airport car rental counter for a car to be picked up at 12 noon. Our flight was a little delayed and when I arrived at the airport the Enterprise counter said my car was from an off site Enterprise location that closed at noon. The agents at the Enterprise airport counter did not have any cars available and the offsite location closed at NOON!!! Why would you rent out a car to someone who says they are arriving at noon when you are CLOSED at noon. I also took out an insurance policy that I obviously could not use without having a car to insure and I would like that $80 refunded to me. To make matters much worse the counter agents were condescending to me and my brother, no one needs an attitude from a rental car counter person when they are stranded at the airport. We went to the other car rental companies in the airport and none of them had any cars available so I had to take an expensive taxi ride to my hotel. I will never ever use Enterprise again. I have worked in government customer service for over 20 years and Enterprise agents at Palm Springs were absolutely awful. I will let everyone I know how bad things went for me and my family, and so will they.
6.0 Good6 Jun 2021
Car worked great, pickup was fast and easy. Good value.You have an Enterprise on Airport Rd which isn't at the airport and no shuttle back and forth. How confusing, that needs more explanation when booking. Fortunately someone offered to give us a ride over there since there is no shuttle. When we went to pick it up the woman who checked us in was very friendly and said when we brought the car back on Saturday they could give us a quick ride over to airport. When we arrived on Saturday it was a totally different tune. No, we can't give you a ride. We ended up driving the car over to the Enterprise at the airport to drop off. Expectations not set well.
2.0 Mediocre20 May 2021
you all booked me for a place that wasn't even open.Going back to CostcoTravel
10.0 Excellent20 May 2021
everything went well
10.0 Excellent17 May 2021
Nice staff, pick up and drop off were very easy.
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Rated no. 6
Avis
7 Good (141 reviews)
2 locations in Palm Springs
Avis
Locations in Palm Springs
  • 7.1
  • 7.3
  • 7
  • 6.7
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre18 Jan 2022
I did not like anything. They had no cars in available and did nothing to find me an alternative rental vehicle.
8.0 Excellent15 Jan 2022
Checking the rental car in and out went smoothly. Pleasant staff all around.
2.0 Mediocre30 Dec 2021
"1" person cleaning, renting, checking people in returning cars, there was a line, when I returned my car, the guy could not even check in the car in until later! Not knowing if I was going to be charged for another day was UNFARE! When I tried to call Avis, the call was transferred to India to people I could not understand, then they transferred me to a person who DID NOT KNOW what he was doing!!!!!! I won't rent from them again.
4.0 Okay16 Dec 2021
The clerk was incompetent, the car was a mess, gave us a smaller car than ordered and I had to swap it the next day 45 minute drive each way
10.0 Excellent14 Dec 2021
I didn't realize the rental location was not at the airport itself, but 5 minute taxi ride away. No line, but something to consider. Otherwise great service.
8.0 Excellent2 Dec 2021
Very good
2.0 Mediocre20 Nov 2021
I was charged $100 more than I was supposed to be charged. The customer service line hung up on me twice after being on hold for 20 min each time. The car I booked was not available and they downgraded me but did not lower the price. All around a horrible experience with Avis
2.0 Mediocre18 Nov 2021
I booked and received a confirmed pickup time. I had my friend drop me off only to find that they had no car available for my reservation. The desk person told me she would call me when it was available later in the day. Meanwhile I had to pay for a Lyft car back to where I was staying. I never heard heard back and when I called it went to really weird music with no option for a message. I never did hear back about my reservation and never got a car to rent. I will never try to rent a car from Avis again, and I don't trust Kayak to make my reservation after this experience. I should be reimbursed for my return Lyft ride back, but fat chance of that happening without a lot hassle.
6.0 Good16 Nov 2021
Turned in car this am at 830 am. Have yet to receive a receipt
2.0 Mediocre10 Nov 2021
I cancelled my reservation because I asked if I can pick my rental car up an hour or two earlier and was told that I could not.
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Rated no. 7
Thrifty
8 Excellent (64 reviews)
1 location in Palm Springs
Thrifty
Locations in Palm Springs
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre8 Dec 2021
Poor service, 25 people on line to get their car and only 2 working, waited over and hour for the car
8.0 Excellent1 Dec 2021
Car had no GPS, was higher mileage and somewhat tired. Rode well, good on fuel. Size worked out well.
6.0 Good28 Jun 2021
Staff was friendly when picking up the car.The "SUV" was a modest sedan with a hatch-back. Thrifty "support" is very poor, as I needed to consider a change to my reservation and they were not helpful. Additionally, it was difficult to understand the person on the phone. I would not recommend using Thrifty for car rentals.
2.8 Mediocre5 Oct 2020
The staff was ok but your policy lies.Keep it real when it says a rule in the policy they should stick to it
2.0 Mediocre14 Mar 2020
Nothing. Your information was inaccurate. Was not able to take the car promised to me for not having a major credit care. Then was charged 10 dollars for penalty fee. Incredibly disappointed in customer service and buisness practices. I will never use your services again.Not charging me 10 dollars on a promise of a vehicle you couldnt provide me with.
4.8 Okay23 Dec 2019
Why is the price that you pay always more than what is quoted when you book? Seriously why.... Its just so annoying.The price that I was quoted was what I paid. That would be normal...
5.2 Okay2 Dec 2019
Friendly staff but my reservation was screwed and my rate was changed for no reasonShould have gotten the reservation correct
10.0 Excellent27 Nov 2019
Everything was good. I have no complaints.
9.6 Excellent26 Jun 2019
Car was inexpensive and in good shape. Drop off was easy. Had to wait s whole for an agent to come to the desk for pick up. Would rent again
2.0 Mediocre2 Feb 2019
Nothing.Credit checks. Why on earth do you need to do a credit check? I have thousands of $ in my bank but because my credit isn’t good enough for you I was turned away. Literally standing there with verifiable funds and turned away after I made the booking and flew across the country. I needed a car. Fail
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Rated no. 8
National
10 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Palm Springs
National
Locations in Palm Springs
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
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Airport Van
1 location in Palm Springs
Airport Van
Locations in Palm Springs
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Eagle Rent A Car
1 location in Palm Springs
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Palm Springs
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Easirent
1 location in Palm Springs
Easirent
Locations in Palm Springs
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Sunnycars
1 location in Palm Springs
Sunnycars
Locations in Palm Springs
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Zeeba Rent-A-Van
1 location in Palm Springs
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
Locations in Palm Springs
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1087 travellers who hired a car in Palm Springs gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.0

Car hire locations in or near Palm Springs

Good to know

Most popular agency

Dollar

Most popular car type

Premium

Average price

€31/day

Good deal

€30/day

When to book a car hire in Palm Springs

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Car hire insurance in Palm Springs

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Palm Springs car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver in the rental price, but not all of them do. We recommend to always be aware of your coverage when hiring a car in in Palm Springs.

Deductible

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

Top tips for hiring a car in Palm Springs

  • You’ll want a hire car while staying in the Palm Springs resort community so that you can take advantage of its award winning golf courses, art galleries, and chic boutiques. With a hire car you can also drive through the desert to Joshua Tree National Park, the Living Desert, or one of its other forests or botanical gardens.
  • Palm Springs International Airport is small, relaxed, and hassle free. Despite its size, many major carriers fly out of this airport. It also offers most of the amenities of any large airport including on-site car hire agencies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, and more. Once you are off the plane, simply go to baggage claim, and retrieve your belongings, and the car hire company is right there.
  • When driving through the desert, make sure to have plenty of petrol since you don’t know how close the next station will be. Additionally, because of heat you should have plenty of drinking water with you in case of car trouble. If it rains when you are driving through the city, be on the alert for street and parking lot floods.
  • Note that in the winter the population increases considerably, resulting in more traffic. Traffic is thickest in Palm Springs between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Commuters returning home from work can also cause traffic backups between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Some of the heaviest traffic is on Hwy 91 and State Route 111.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Palm Springs for €30 or less
  • Book your car hire in Palm Springs at least 2 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Premium car hires in Palm Springs are around 31% cheaper than other car types, on average

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