red rental car

Long-term car rental in the San Diego area starting at $350/month – simple pricing and never any extra fees.

  • *No deposit, unlimited miles and rent-to-own option available at cheapest rates in the San Diego area. Preview and book your car right on our website.
  • $15 discount for Students, Military and Long-Term Renters (60+ Days) if you book your car by end of July 2018.

How It Works: Simple 2-Step Process

If at any time, you want to talk to a representative and have us do everything for you, please give us a call at 619-708-9262. 

1. Use our simple “Find Your Car” form on this page to browse through our vehicles and reserve the perfect car for your needs.
2. What’s needed to rent:
  – Valid Driver’s License.
  – Existing Full Coverage Insurance. (If you don’t have insurance, we can help you purchase it.)
  – Initial payment and Voila, you have a car!

 


What are you waiting for?

Reserve your car with us today.


*Renters must be at least 18. Renters under 21 will pay $40 extra on top of weekly or monthly rental fee. Insurance may be purchased from our broker, rates start at $30 per month.  A major credit card or a $500 cash deposit is required if you don’t have full coverage insurance of your own.   If you have any additional questions, or wish to learn more about our requirements please contact our office. We look forward to hearing from you.

Our Cars

At San Diego Car Rentals, we believe in offering a diverse selection of vehicles to choose from. Our rental fleet is perfect for single drivers, families, or folks who may be transporting more than just themselves during their stay in San Diego.

If you are interested in renting a specific car for your vacation, student car rental, or for a long term rental then check out our list of vehicles below. We have a comprehensive variety of colors, makes, and models to choose from. Our vehicles are all in impeccable condition, and can even be considered for rent-to-own purposes, along with unlimited miles and no deposit down for weekly and monthly rates.

Available car types:  Mazda, Honda, Toyota, Kia, Hyundai, compact, full size, family cars, student cars.



Contact us today with any questions about our affordable rental vehicles or for our selection of rent-to-own vehicles. We will be happy to help!

About Us

  • In business for 14 years
  • 5-star Yelp reviews
  • 60 cars available to choose from
  • Every time a car is rented out, top mechanics in San Diego fully inspect them to ensure that the car you rent runs safely and smoothly
  • We test drive each car prior to every rental
  • All cars have roadside assistance from AllState Motor Club
  • You will NEVER have hidden fees with us
  • Your safety is our highest priority

Where We Operate

Areas near and around San Diego: La Jolla, UTC, Kearny Mesa, Miramar, San Diego, El Cajon, Chula Vista, National City, Rancho Bernardo, and within these zip codes in San Diego: 92127, 92101, 92122. 

Long-Term Car Rental Is Ideal For You If:

  • You are going on vacation
  • You are a student
  • International students
  • You are between cars
  • Military
  • Long-term work contracts
  • If your main car is in repair
  • If you want to avoid a long-term lease

  •   I had a reservation with a major rental company at the San Diego airport. Unfortunately I did not read fine print in the reservation, the major rental company had indicated would not accept debit cards to rent a vehicle. Was informed all major rental companies required major credit cards to rent a vehicle.
    I was totally stuck, lucky an employee of the major company provided the phone number of this "smaller" rental company. The manager was more than willing to use my debit card, staff were extremely friendly, helpful and professional. Will utilize this business next time I am in San Diego area.

    thumb Mike M.
    4/02/2017

      The best car rental experience I have ever had. Best price. Nicest guy. I expect car people to just be out for the buck & uncaring about the people. Hurried, pressure to be on schedule.  I guess that has been my past experience. This was an entirely different experience. Great price, caring people. I was late & stressed out. They went the extra mile for me. Stayed late even gave me an extra day when another agency cancelled the truck i needed at the last minute. I'm kind of a small person. Most cars are too big requiring a bunch of uncomfortable cushions. I was given choices as to which car was most comfortable for me to drive.  Invited to sit in, try out & choose the one I wanted  I was given instruction on my chosen car. Time was taken to  to make sure everything was just right.  I actually felt cared about.  I was treated like a family friend. I will certainly return & recommend this business to my friends. The cars aren't fancy, but that is the least of my priorities. This is best way to save money & reduce stress. This is my go- to car rental from now on. Puppy love from Inventing Joy & Furry Folk

    thumb InventingJoy I.
    5/01/2015
  •   I went with Emil and San Diego Car Rentals solely based on one of the earlier reviews. . .and I wound holding onto the car much much longer than I had originally planned on.  Admittedly, it wasn't a Lamborghini. . but you can not beat the price and customer service and at the end of the day, isn't that what you're looking for a rental?? . . .something that's very well priced and gets you from A to B..  Thanks you guys.  Great Job

    thumb John G.
    9/13/2016

      Wow, best car rental experience I've ever had! Everything was so fast, no lines at checkin or checkout, no upselling. Emil runs this business so well and everything goes very smoothly.
    I always like the cars I rent from San Diego Car Rentals better than my own cars.

    I am a return customer, one can save a small fortune renting a used car. I consider Emil a friend after the professional, courteous way he runs his business. This business is the only way I am able to come to San Diego for extended periods.
    Highly reccomend them.

    thumb Camilla F.
    11/20/2014
  •   This family owned business can solve all of your rental car problems. They will even go out of their way to help you with any of your car needs.

    Emil went out of his way to help me navigate through my car problems and I am genuinely grateful.

    They are extremely professional, kind & helpful. It is super rare to find business' like this these days. You know, the ones that only care about helping you get what you need.  Thank you Emil for helping me get what I needed!

    thumb Gary T.
    2/21/2018

      Very disappointed with this company. I was looking forward to doing business with them because when I first called a few weeks ago inquiring about getting a car from them as their site states no deposit and then I was contacted again by a lady who works here and she was following up because they just got two new 2018 vehicles. She said I just needed insurance then when I called back to get more clarification the guy gave me this whole Debit car use and credit card use requirements and telling me I needed a deposit of $500. That wasn't stated in the beginning at all. All you can say is sorry? False advertising is bad business. Your site also clearly states no deposit. I located another company that I may try out that's in Hollywood. Long drive but I guess if that's what it takes to get good service then I'm fine with that. I just can't believe they mislead me on purpose and all you can say to me is sorry good luck. How rude! Any business that post No deposit on top page then far bottom post a disclaimer of credit card and deposit is a slick company. Watch out for companies like that. Why not post that in place of the No Deposit? You obviously want to mislead people on purpose. Thanks for nothing!

    thumb Jay H.
    5/26/2018
  •   This is an amazing little company and you really get personal service.  We had a minor issue with a car (check engine light came on, probably for no real reason) but she came and drove a new car out to our house and exchanged it on the spot with no hassle for us at all!  Amazing!  We kept the car a few extra days at a reasonable rate and had a very flexible and easy return.  If I need a car like this again I will definitely be back.

    thumb Michael S.
    6/15/2018

      Fantastic experience renting from Emil and Diane at San Diego Car Rentals. I've recommended this place to all of my friends visiting the area.

    Over the summer, I needed a 1.5 month car rental. Emil's rates are extremely reasonable, and the cars he provides are in great shape.

    Emil was available to help us with any questions or concerns-- he would respond so quickly and always made sure everything with the rental was great. Besides that, Emil and Diane were always kind and friendly, making every step simple and easy. I will definitely be renting from them next time.

    thumb Veronica M.
    10/14/2017
  •   Simply outstanding product and service. We were able to rent a great vehicle on short notice for 8 weeks for an intern who came in from New York. Price was outstanding, owner made pick up and drop off super simple. I would recommend this car rental service to everyone in San Diego that needs a reliable vehicle for an extended period of time....wow!!!!

    thumb David Z.
    7/14/2016

      i live in florida and travel quite a bit for my work (i am on planes and in car rentals about 25 wks/yr). ... this year, san diego was my last stop on my calendar. and so i opted to stay after my week work was complete to spend a few additional weeks visiting a friend and for personal, quiet R&R. ... the friend i was staying with (and who lives in san diego) was the one who found san diego car rentals website for me... both the website AND the reviews were so outstanding and totally fitted what i needed that i had to call just to check if "they" were for real. lol. AND by golly, they were & they are (for real)! ... from aleigha who took care of the paperwork all the way to sending me a beautiful text message after having dropped the car off "after hours" to emil (the fab owner of san diego car rentals). i rented from him, a very well-maintained, older car model for 21 days, from 12/20/16 thru 1/9/2017... it was a breeze, a pleasure and oh, so reasonable... AND my personal holiday gift was encountering the kind of human being emil is... his extraordinary attentiveness, time availability, relatedness and service is simply priceless.... i had the most fabulous experience. AND i highly recommend you try on his company. you are in for a serendipitous treat!

    thumb Mapie C.
    1/13/2017
  •   I recently rented a SUV in line because they were out of a van, but when I got there to pick up the car and tell them that I actually need a van! They just switched me to a van with the same price! (It suppose to be a little higher!) They care for customer even a short rental (only one day) like me. I really appreciated their friendly and helpful service.

    thumb Alisa T.
    7/17/2016

      You won't find a better place to do a long-term car rental! Emil is very professional and treats you like a life-long friend. Whenever I have a question or need assistance, he is quick to respond with helpful solutions. My experience with this company has been nothing shy of a five-star service.

    I once locked my keys in the rental, in the rain, with a dying phone -- Emil handled the situation so quickly and had help sent my way immediately to save the day!

    On top of great customer service, the pricing is so competitive. I feel lucky to have fallen into the hands of a company that actually cares for the customer. Thank you San Diego Car Rentals and to Emil for being so helpful!

    thumb Debbie B.
    1/10/2015
  •   We made a 1 month commitment to rent a car for our son through Emil.  My son drove the car for 2 days when he had an unfortunate surfing accident and broke several bones in his right leg that required surgery and no driving for up to 12 weeks. Emil was so kind to allow us out of our contract due to the severity of our circumstance.  He kept a nominal fee for the 4 days we had the car and refunded the rest.  He is a man of integrity and I WILL do business again with him as our needs require and highly recommend his company to all in need.  

    ANOTHER great thing is that he will rent to young adults under 21years of age as long as you show proof of insurance where most other car rental facilities do not as I did my research.

    thumb Gigi Q.
    9/07/2016

      No one does it better than Emil, top notch service and reliable cars at an outstanding price...what more could I want...thank you so much Emil!!!

    thumb David Z.
    3/10/2017