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Madison, WI, United States
1 Jun — 8 Jun
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Madison, WI, United States
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Cheap car hire in Madison

Intermediate$234/day
People mover$325/day
Full-size SUV$233/day
Premium$174/day
Supplier choice saloon$92/day
Supplier choice$167/day
Intermediate SUV$177/day
Standard SUV$188/day
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Madison car hire reviews and directory

From $170/dayRated no. 1
Hertz
Cheapest deal
Most popular
Best rated
7.2 Good (203 reviews)
3 locations in Madison
Hertz
Locations in Madison
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
  • 7.2
  • 6.9
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
6.0 Good14 May 2022
Took 1h to pick up the car. Lot of people and only one attendant
10.0 Excellent9 Apr. 2022
Thank you
2.0 Mediocre4 Apr. 2022
Picking up was horrible. Not only did it take forever (nearly 90 minutes) but they lost the keys to the Jeep we were supposed to pick up. Instead of looking for the keys or doing anything, they offered an ‘upgrade’ vehicle for us. We asked what type of vehicle it would be to which the rep replied an Infiniti. We asked if the size would be the same as the Jeep. The rep said yes, it would even be roomier and would cost us $10 extra per day. The rep wouldn’t let us see the vehicle beforehand and we were told to wait. It was important to have lots of space available as we would be going on a 14 hour trip with lots of moving boxes. When she finally showed us the car it was not as big, and it was a lower car. we couldn’t do anything to fix this as we had already waited 90 minutes, recognized that this place was extremely unorganized and chaotic (overheard another patron complain that his car didn’t even have wipers on it??) and had to get on the road as quickly as possible. This ‘upgrade’ was in fact a downgrade in my opinion (I didn’t know what an Infiniti was, and really do not like driving cars which is why I opted for the Jeep) and it was very annoying to have to pay the additional fee for the ‘upgrade’ considering THEY are the ones who lost their own keys to the vehicle I requested! Shouldn’t have been charged for this. Avoid this location if possible.
2.0 Mediocre13 Feb. 2022
I tried to rent a mini van for my family at the Hertz at the Dane County airport in Madison Wisconsin. The first van I got had a heater that did not work (in Wisconsin, during winter) the windshield washer fluid was frozen and the outside windows were dirty, making it hard to see. I took the Dodge Caravan back and was given a Pacifica. I got my kids car seats anchored and went to get myself buckled in and the drivers seatbelt did not work. There was a panel near it that had been taken off and never fixed. I had to take the car seats out of that van, back into the airport to talk with the agent. He told me that they pay a company to maintain their cars and check them for safety. I question if the company is doing their job. I could hear the agent talk to his manager about what was going on, and while the agent wanted to help get me an upgrade the manager wanted to send me away in the car with the malfunctioning seatbelt. I did talk to the manager, he was short, and did not apologize for any of it. They never offered to check the next car to see if it worked properly, or drive it to me so I would not have to carry two car seats. Overall it took me 2 hours to get a working car, and I hauled 2 large car seats multiple blocks. I have rented with other car rental companies at the airport and they normally go out of their way to make things right, and apologize when it’s not. It was a huge waste of time and effort. Go with a different company.
6.0 Good7 Feb. 2022
The personnel working the front desk during pickup and drop off were very friendly and helpful. However, the Yukon I rented was not as clean inside as I had expected. The passenger side mirror was not functioning and when I informed the receptionist at drop off it didn't seem to concern him. The remote auto start also did not work resulting in my going outside in below zero temperatures to start the vehicle. I also would have expected a walk around of the vehicle before and after with a brief on the operating functions of the vehicle, but neither occurred. This did make me nervous on drop off and potentially accruing charges for any damage that was already there but not documented. I did receive my receipt and this did not happen, but it was a nervous period. Overall, I would use Hertz again, but there are improvements that could make things better.
6.0 Good29 Jan. 2022
The passenger door on my cargo van wouldn't lock; this was an especially big problem because all my valuables were in the van. I asked for a small partial refund because of this and they offered me a ~$35 credit voucher, which didn't show much concern. I extended the rental and the price I was quoted online didn't match what I ended up paying. I didn't have documentation so there wasn't much I could do about it. After I returned the car, I guess it didn't show up in their system for a while, because I got strongly worded messages and letters telling me I would be prosecuted for stealing their van if I didn't return it. Was also very hard to get someone on the phone. On the other hand, I returned it a little bit after the agreed time and they were relaxed about that and didn't charge me as far as I can tell. The gas fill up fee is crazy but I think everyone does that.
10.0 Excellent18 Nov. 2021
Nothing different
8.0 Excellent2 Nov. 2021
Hassel to get to, but that's all rentals at share. Once there, the pick-up/return could not have been more convenient or smooth. FAST!
1.9 Horrible5 Oct. 2021
The location wasn't open. I had a scheduled pick up at noon on a Saturday. The location wasn't even up on Saturdays or Sundays....
3.9 Mediocre17 Sep. 2021
Sighed up to pick car at the airport, your site got me a car, but it wasn't at the airport it was a $60 Uber ride away. Beware that when you request to pick up a car at the airport it may not be at the airport and can cost a lot to of time and money to get to the car that was rented.
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Rated no. 2
Enterprise
8.4 Excellent (82 reviews)
5 locations in Madison
Enterprise
Locations in Madison
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.3
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent9 Jun. 2020
very friendly staff. clean car. free upgrade due to car I ordered not in lot yet. car worked well. very positive experience.
10.0 Excellent18 Feb. 2020
Staff was excellent treated very well go to business there againIn my opinion they did very well and again I will do business with them again
10.0 Excellent21 Oct. 2019
The young fellow was very accommodating, changing cars for me when another renter left the car with terrible smoke smell. He also walked around and marked things I wouldn't have seen to avoid getting "pinged" later....one ways can get you like that.
10.0 Excellent4 Aug. 2019
The staff was the best! He asked why we were renting & made a suggestion to he could give me a truck vs suv for the same cost. That was the best! The truck met our needs even better than the suv would have.Best experience I have ever had when renting a car!
8.0 Excellent27 Jul. 2019
The airport Enterprise desk sent me across town to another Enterprise location that was closed till noon.
2.0 Mediocre16 Jul. 2019
Rented the car to pick up close to my apartment. Did not get the details, requested several times, no response. Went to pick up the car at the place, the car was not available!! Poor performance!!
10.0 Excellent8 May 2019
Friendly and courteous staff
8.4 Excellent6 May 2019
very friendly but not helpful!The person who rented the car to me neglected to tell me that they didn't have anyone available to drive me home after I returned the rental car on a Saturday morning. When I returned the car, the person behind the counter just said, "Oh, we don't have anyone on Saturdays."
10.0 Excellent28 Mar. 2019
Staff was nice, Friendly and accommodating.When trying to contact the actual store, I got the reservation center. They were very pushy and said the size of vehicle was going to be at the location. When we got there, the vehicle size was not there. We wound up having to choose something else at the same price.
9.6 Excellent25 Feb. 2019
The staff was prompt, friendly, helpful and gave clear directions. Car was in excellent condition and clean and conveniently located.
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Rated no. 3
Alamo
8.4 Excellent (43 reviews)
1 location in Madison
Alamo
Locations in Madison
  • 8.6
  • 8.5
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent5 Mar. 2022
The lady at the counter was extremely efficient. She upgraded me, which really helped because I had to pack in all my sons’ skis and snowboards. Over the week, I unfortunately developed double pneumonia. I had to extend my stay. She managed to do so for only $100 to get the weekly rate. I’m going to Alamo for my first choice. Anne Buchanan
10.0 Excellent13 Jan. 2022
Like new car with no hassle and great price.
8.0 Excellent17 Aug. 2020
Price and fast serviceFirst car was cleaned but had the maintenance light on and a low pressure tired. The second car was not not too cleaned. Also, I wanted to add an extra day but they would charge me more than twice instead of honoring the same price.
6.0 Good7 Aug. 2020
Our car was damaged after we returned it. Unfortunately, we didn't take pictures after we dropped it off and are being charged for it. I understand their policy, and they can do what they want, but it puts a damper on our experience.
10.0 Excellent9 Jul. 2020
Staff was friendly, easy pick up And return
10.0 Excellent17 Apr. 2020
Very fast pickup and drop off. Clean and quality car. Great price.
10.0 Excellent13 Apr. 2020
Dane County Airport Agent was on point with her details everything was ready for me. Durning this pandemic, vehicle was wiped down prior and could smell the cleanest when I opened the car door. When I dropped off in Charlotte Airport, the attendant was professional. Thank you Alamo!No
8.0 Excellent15 Aug. 2019
easy and friendly staff. car close to desk.nothing particular.
10.0 Excellent16 Jul. 2019
BestBest
7.2 Good7 Feb. 2019
Staff was greatIt was freezing cold below zero and they knew I was coming in. I feel they could have either moved the vehicle closer or started it. I had to walk to the furthest outside stall and it was hard starting the vehicle
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Rated no. 4
Budget
8 Excellent (64 reviews)
3 locations in Madison
Budget
Locations in Madison
  • 8.2
  • 7.9
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay19 May 2022
After I reserved the rental with my debit card, I get to the location to pick the vehicle up and they state that I must have a credit card, not a debit card. I pay cash for everything, have never wanted nor needed a credit card just always use debit. With that being said, i was stuck 1300 miles from home with now way to rent a car to get home because I didnt have a credit card. I have rented vehicles on my debit card at least a dozen times with no issue. Also, with this location you cannot return the car to any other office besides this particular one. So long story short, 3 days later had to make a return trip 1300 miles to drop the car off.
10.0 Excellent16 Nov. 2021
It was easy to use and worth the time and money. They explained everything that I had to do and were able to get me in and out and on my way.
10.0 Excellent1 Nov. 2021
It was just right!
4.0 Okay10 May 2021
The staff at pickup was overloaded. Fastbreak was very slow.Fastbreak could have been quicker. The car had a terrible Cigar odor that caused me an the passengers to feel sick to our stomachs. We had to periodically open the windows to try to mitigate the cigar smell and sick to stomach feeling. I'm requesting a credit towards a future car rental. Thank you.
10.0 Excellent30 Nov. 2020
The agent was friendly and funny. Checking-in electronically made it so I was in and out of the store very quickly.Nothing of note could have been improved.
7.2 Good12 Oct. 2020
Staff was lovely and helpful! The car fit our needs.Felt pressured to get car protection
10.0 Excellent29 Aug. 2020
Car was super clean- both pick-up and drop-off was super easy and the employees were informed and so nice.Shuttle to off airport location would be great as walking with luggage isn’t easy..
10.0 Excellent19 Aug. 2020
Hassle free pick up and drop off
10.0 Excellent12 Jul. 2020
Nothing, it was great!
10.0 Excellent10 Dec. 2019
The woman who helped me at the front desk at pickup was great at explaining everything and very personable.
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Rated no. 5
National
7.8 Good (2 reviews)
1 location in Madison
National
Locations in Madison
  • 8
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 7
Recent reviews
5.6 Okay30 Dec. 2018
Small location, fast serviceI dropped off in less than 5 minutesI would not recommend Avis ever again
Rated no. 6
Avis
7.7 Good (26 reviews)
3 locations in Madison
Avis
Locations in Madison
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 7.5
  • 7.9
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre16 Dec. 2021
Terrible - Avis tried to add $113 on to the total rental charge. Didn't take the car at their price.
3.9 Mediocre3 Oct. 2021
I had a reservation to pick up my rental at Madison airport at 9 pm. I got there at 9:04 and Avis was already closed for the night. I had to taxi to a hotel and come back in the morning for my rental. What a pain in the ass. Who closes at 9 but takes a reservation for the same time? Very bad business. Will not rent from them again.
1.9 Horrible2 Aug. 2021
I had a reservation, they refused to honor it
10.0 Excellent28 Aug. 2019
Very friendlyBetter signage about leaving car and walking in n.
4.8 Okay26 Jun. 2019
The staff at the counter were very pleasant and helpful.The car was in pretty poor condition. It had some dents and scratches, and if it had been cleaned the cleaning didn't show. Candidly, the car wasn't worth the high rental cost; I've had much nicer cars for a lower cost at other airports.
10.0 Excellent19 Nov. 2018
LifesaverBriana (I think it was Briana) at the Dane County Airport helped me quickly get into a great car after a disastrous experience with having a flight canceled without warning. I was in a hurry and on a tight budget. She was kind and helpful and got me a wonderful, reliable and comfy car, fast.
10.0 Excellent27 Nov. 2017
We appreciated the call explaining Avis' request to switch our vehicle for your own purposes.
9.6 Excellent7 Feb. 2017
the "low tire pressure" light came on and the window washer did not work because it was frozen
3.6 Mediocre5 Jan. 2017
Terrible customer serviceFriendly but slow counter service.Slow process to complete pick up. I received no communication that the drop off point for my one-way rental was a satellite location with no official Avis presence, then was charged for a second day after they claimed it was returned late even though there was only a place to drop the keys, so they have no way of verifying my return time. When I called to dispute the additional late charges, the customer service was slow and unhelpful.
6.4 Good16 Jul. 2016
Was not a ware I had to pick up off site...cost me too much time on a business trip.
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Sunnycars
1 location in Madison
Sunnycars
Locations in Madison
Recent reviews
420 travellers who hired a car in Madison gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.7

Car hire locations in or near Madison

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$180/day

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