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Car rental rates in Santa Barbara
Hunt for the cheapest rental car prices isectionn Santa Barbara? You will catch them on our website! Working closely with the leaders of the rental industry, we offer a large selection of economy, compact, mid-size, full-size, SUVs, luxury cars, minivans, passenger vans, and convertibles at the best price starting from $50 per day. Plus, our vehicles are available with both credit and debit cards. See the table of all available Santa Barbara car rental companies with prices for different vehicle groups below. For your convenience, we've highlighted each provider's best pricing in red so it's easy for you to pick the best deal for your next trip.
Best car rental companies in Santa Barbara
Car rental agencies in Santa Barbara can differ significantly not only in variety of rental vehicles and their car rental conditions, but also in average rating scores provided by our previous customers.
Enterprise 139 reviews
8.1 / 10
There is a huge variety of rental cars in Santa Barbara. Car rental classes that can be rented in Santa Barbara range from ECONOMY, , LUXURY, VAN, SUV to 7 SEATER. The biggest collection of cars in Santa Barbara is provided by ALAMO.
Car rental locations near Santa Barbara CA
To find the best car rental deal in Santa Barbara, you should check out car rentals not only in one pick up and return location. Also have a look at car rental offers in other closest spots: airports, railway stations, ports, and in the downtown.
Car Rental Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
Car Rental Santa Ynez Airport (SQA)
Car Rental Santa Barbara - 601 Chapala St
Car Rental Santa Barbara - Downtown
Car Rental Santa Barbara
Car Rental Santa Barbara - 3210 State St
Car Rental Goleta
Car Rental Ventura
Car Rental Oxnard Shores
Car Rental Buellton
Santa Barbara CA Car Rental Fleet Overview
Due to the large number of car rental suppliers in Santa Barbara, the car fleet is represented by a huge variety of different vehicles. Please use the table below to get a better understanding of what vehicle is the best fit for you based on your specific requirements.
|Car rental class||Best for||Possible car rental models|
|Mini||Relatively short trips without extensive amounts of luggage||Smart, Fiat 500, Hyundai i10, Citroen DS3, Opel Adam, or similar|
|Economy||Travelers who prioritize less expensive car rental||Ford Fiesta, Mitsubishi Mirage, or similar|
|Compact||People looking for smaller fuel-efficient vehicles||Kia Rio, Ford Focus, or similar|
|Intermediate||Those who need a great combination of price and comfort in a rental vehicle||Nissan Sentra, or similar|
|Standard||Comfortable traveling with a group of up to 5 passengers at an affordable rate||Toyota Corolla, Nissan Altima, or similar|
|Full Size||Those looking for large powerful cars with plenty of free space||Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|7 Seater||Groups of people who need more space than in regular 5 seaters||Dodge Caravan, Toyota Sienna, or similar|
|VAN / 9-12 seater||Family trips or journeys with a lot of passengers and cargo||Nissan Frontier, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Premium||Business traveling and car rental for important occasions||Buick Lacrosse, Lincoln MKS, or similar|
|SUV||Travelers who like to feel like a boss both on and off-road||Jeep Compass, Lincoln Navigator, or similar|
|Luxury / Exotic||People looking for a top-notch driving experience despite the price tag||Chevrolet Impala, Range Rover Velar, or similar|
|Convertible||Traveling during warm sunny weather and a feeling of freedom||Ford Mustang Convertible, or similar|
FAQ - Rent a car in Santa Barbara
What do you need to rent a car in Santa Barbara CA?
Make sure you have all required documents in order to pick up a rental car in Santa Barbara. They include a valid driver's license, a credit/debit card in your name, and a passport ID. Then, do the following:
- Scroll to the top of the page and find the search form.
- Fill it out: select the desired location in Santa Barbara and specify the dates/times to pick up and return a rental car in the drop-down menu.
- Press the Search button and wait a few seconds for the results to load.
- Use filters to sort all available Santa Barbara car rentals.
- Select the deal you like and additional options you need.
- Enter your personal and payment information.
- Confirm your booking.
- Print out the booking voucher sent to your e-mail inbox. Don’t forget to present it at the rental desk during pick-up.
How much does it cost to rent a car in Santa Barbara?
The prices for renting a car in Santa Barbara vary from $49.51 per day to $162.15 per day depending on desired model, pick up location, and rental options.
What location has the cheapest car rental in Santa Barbara ?
The cheapest car rental deal in Santa Barbara can be found in Santa Barbara - 601 Chapala St. The car rental prices start from $49.51 in this location.
Which car rental companies operate in Santa Barbara?
In Santa Barbara, you can book a car from such well-known providers as ECONOMY, STANDARD, LUXURY, VAN, SUV, and 7 SEATER.
What is the highest rated car rental agency in Santa Barbara?
The car rental company that currently has the highest user rating in Santa Barbara is Enterprise with an average score of 8.1/10.
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Santa Barbara?
According to the age policy of most companies, you must be at least 21 years old to rent a car in Santa Barbara. Also, some providers allow 20- and even 19-year-old renters. At the same time, all under 25 renters are subject to the Young Driver Fee, which is between $15 and $40 per day, depending on the company.
The prices you see on our website don’t include the Young Driver's Fee, but you must pay it at the counter when collecting your rental car. Please note that some higher car rental classes may not be available for under 25 car rental in Santa Barbara.
Always check the age policy of the company you want to rent a car from to avoid unexpected situations upon collection.
How to get a rental car without a credit card in Santa Barbara?
While most companies require a credit card upon pickup, you can still rent a car without a credit card in Santa Barbara. For this, you need to look for a company that allows this opportunity. The need to block a deposit is the main reason why most companies ask for a credit card. However, some companies make car rental no credit card in Santa Barbara possible and at the same time require compliance with a number of additional conditions.
It is possible to rent a car with a debit card in Santa Barbara, but it is subject to certain conditions. Firstly, your debit card must have a specific logo (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) and the main driver's name embossed on it. Secondly, you may need to present a return travel itinerary at airport locations and extra forms of identification. What is more, the maximum rental period with a debit card is 28 days.
Please note that some companies require a credit check to verify your ability to pay as well. In any case, make sure you have enough funds on your debit card to pay the rental and hold the deposit. In any case, you can use your any type of bank card to pay for your car rental when booking through our website.
How to rent a specific car model in Santa Barbara?
You need to search for cars in the desired Santa Barbara location through our website, and then look for deals marked with a “Guaranteed Car Model” inscription. If the company can’t provide you with a specific car model you booked, it’s obliged to replace it with a similar model or a higher class car.
What car rental insurance do you need to rent a car in Santa Barbara ?
You don't need rental car insurance when you pick up a car in Santa Barbara. The mandatory coverage is usually included in the rental rate. Most often, you have a basic insurance plan included by default. It covers rental car damage and third-party claims. You can buy additional insurance to have financial compensation in case of potential insured events. Also, you can buy Ecess insurance on our website. However, check our personal auto and credit card insurance, as it may cover the rental car as well. In this case, you can use it and reject the insurance included in the deal.
How much is full coverage insurance on a rental car?
Full rental car insurance costs from $20 to $60 per day and you can buy it at the rental desk during pick-up of your vehicle. It includes CDW/LDW (Collision/Loss Damage Waiver), SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), and PAI/PEC (Personal Accident Insurance/Personal Effects Coverage).