Santa Barbara car rental companies offer everything from economy cars to exotic vehicles. Of course you can rent a car at Santa Barbara Airport. But you'll pay an additional "airport tax" when you do that.
So if you want to save money, pick up your car from a rental location outside the airport.
Car rental pick-up service is especially helpful when you roll into town on the train. Recently, one of my readers wrote to ask about car rental pick-up from the Goleta Amtrak station.
Since its inception, Enterprise Rent-A-Car has provided a pick-up service. And I found that many other Santa Barbara car rental agencies are happy to provide pick-up service with a little advance notice.
I spoke with representatives from all major car rental agencies in Santa Barbara. While some companies at Santa Barbara Airport (Avis & Budget) were willing to pick you up, one manager of three other providers said that they "weren't supposed to" leave the airport.
I bet they'd be just as willing to pick you up from anywhere in town; a car repair shop, your place of business or even at home. Take advantage of this convenient pick-up service if you ever find yourself stranded.
After evaluating reviews of all Santa Barbara car rental agencies, I do not recommend using the cheapest, off-brand car rental companies. My advice is to stick with the more established car rental agencies for well-maintained vehicles and the best service.
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