Posted March 3, 2011 by Matthew Toren in Top Ten

Top 10 Car Rental Companies

Top 10 Car Rental Companies in Vancouver, BC

Whether you need a van, sports car, family car, SUV or exotic ride while visiting Vancouver, these are the top rental companies to select from.

It is a smart decision to rent from a trusted name in the industry but more importantly have all your paperwork in order before you leave.  This may include making sure you have the right mileage use such as unlimited kilometers and how much gas to have in the tank before returning the vehicles.  At locations where pre authorized payment is required, details such as these should be put in writing in case of over charges after.  Always keep these details and make sure they match up when final payments are processed.

First aid kits, emergency supplies such as water and dry foods along with maps, directions or GPS are also a good idea for your travels.

There are many rental companies within the city of Vancouver and most of the companies below have multiple locations including the airport – just call their main telephone numbers or click on their websites below.   Drive carefully!

Empire One Car Club
3150 – 21331 Gordon Way
Richmond, B.C.
Tel: 604.273.5545
Web site: www.EmpireOne.ca

Empire One is western Canada’s first and only exclusive car club offering luxury rides for car enthusiasts of all kinds. They have a vast array of the world’s most prestigious and coveted automobiles.  Members get unprecedented access to their most desired vehicles without having to own anything.  You can even sign up if you are looking for a vehicle upgrade for a weekend away or to arrive in style for any event.  Ask Empire One about their commitment to ownership responsibilities, so you can be free to enjoy the thrill of driving.

Alamo Rent-a-Car
1132 Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-684-1401
Web site: www.alamo.ca

Alamo is one of the most recognized names around the world and they have multiple locations in Vancouver.  They are known for competitive deals on wheels for weekly rentals or even last minute deals.  Check out Alamo Rent-a-Car and you may be surprised with more than their prices.  They have fast service with pick a car option and kiosks for check in so you can avoid long line ups.

Alamo provides a wide selection of quality vehicles for your leisure or business car rental needs from economy and compact car models, to convertibles, SUVs, and minivans as well as specialty cars and trucks. While getting exceptional value and variety, you can reserve cars online or in person.

Vancouver Rent-a-Car
1361 Robson Street (Inside the Tropicana Suite Hotel)

Vancouver, BC

Tel: 604 689 1231
Web site:  www.rentacarvancouver.com

Vancouver Rent-a-Car or also known as RIZ Rent a Car & Truck provides reliable vehicles for everyone from individuals to groups, corporations, government officials and even film crews.

Privately owned, they promise prompt reliable service and a fleet of attractive, safe and efficient automobiles.  This includes free customer pick-up and drop-off.   Also see their weekly featured rentals on their website.   They are committed to fast service too with their rent a vehicle in a minute feature online.

Budget Car and Truck Rental
99 Pender Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-683-5666
Web site: www.bc.budget.com

A well known name in the rental business with multiple locations, Budget has great deals on compacts, mid-size vehicles, minivans, and standard SUVs. They even have trucks for your move.  If you go to their website, there have a feature called, “Fastbreak” where you have no lines, no paperwork, no signatures and can book with one-click.  Just make sure you click all the right options for hassle free rental of various vehicles including Ford and Lincoln Mercury models.

Lo-Cost Rent-a-Car
1105 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-689-9664
Web site: www.locost.com

With so much competition in this market, the customer is sure to get great deals.  According to Lo-Cost, they strive to be above their competition in every way possible.  They have a long track record of success to show for it too – 30 years and counting.  Check out great features like their no charge pick-up and drop-off and 7 days a week, working hours.  Lo-Cost also guarantees the lowest rental rates and first class multi-lingual customer service.  They also have a form on their website for easy online reserving.

Avis Rent-a-Car
757 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-606-2869
Web site: www.avis.com

With over 5000 locations around the world, Avis is a well known name when it comes to car rentals.  According to their website, Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world’s top brands for customer loyalty.  They promise to give you a quote with all the costs and also have programs such as mini lease for up to 11 month rentals. Avis is also the first company to rent cars from airport locations and book online. Check out their special features like the Rapid Return program – a handheld computer terminal allowing customers to bypass the Avis counter.  Also ask about their loyalty programs, child safety seat instructions and vehicles for those with special needs.  Like the other companies on this list, they accept all major credit cards and also the Sears Card credit card and have more than 130 Avis locations within the Sears Auto Centers.

Exotic Car Rentals
1820 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-736-9130
Web site: www.rentexoticcars.com

Want to make a statement at a big event or drive your dream car for the weekend?  Exotic car rentals focuses on getting customers into luxury vehicles such as a Mustang, Hummer, Porshe, Lexus, Mercedes or even a Mini Cooper.  They are affiliated with a number of well known names in the industry and basically go find the car you want.  So if you have a particular request, this is the place to go and save time searching all over town.

Hertz Car Rentals
1128 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-606-4711
Web site: www.hertz.com

If you are the type of customer who likes to always go with the biggest and the best, try Hertz.  They are the world’s leading vehicle renting organization with over 8,000 locations in close to 150 countries worldwide.  Hertz is the largest general use car rental brand in the world and one of the best in airport car rentals.  They also offer points for Aeroplan card holders.

These are just some of the reasons why Hertz’s deliver approximately 30 million reservations annually.  They have various product and service initiatives such as Hertz #1 Club Gold, NeverLost customized, onboard navigation systems, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the company’s Prestige, Fun and Green Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition.

Enterprise Rent-a-Car
585 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-688-5500
Web site: www.enterprise.com

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is an internationally recognized brand with more than 6,000 neighborhood and airport locations around the world.

They are the largest car rental brand in North America, known for exceptionally low rates and outstanding customer service. Today, Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers a wide variety of car leasing, vanpooling, car sharing and hourly rental programs.  Local car rental customers are picked up at no extra cost and there are multiple locations to choose from.

National Car and Truck Rental
999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
Tel 604-609-7160
Web site: www.nationalcar.com

National Car Rental is a premium, internationally recognized brand serving the daily rental needs of the frequent airport traveler.  If you are pressed for time, National has quick service and lets you choose your own vehicle with help from their advanced reservation and requested car class.  They also have the industry’s first comprehensive frequent-renter program and numerous awards highlighting their dedication to service over the years.  Also check out their GPS system that will not only guide you to your destination but also get you to points of interest, stores, restaurants and more.

Matthew Toren

Matthew Toren
Matthew Toren is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, investor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com. He is co-author, with his brother Adam, of Kidpreneurs and Small Business, BIG Vision.