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Merced car hire

Driver's age: 26-65
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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Merced

  • Merced is a mostly suburban city in the state of California and is a popular spot for small-town breaks. The town is also only 107 miles from Monterey Bay, which is popular for seaside towns and summer vacations. When you have access to a car, you’ll be able to access attractions like these and many more, like the Yosemite Lakes, which are only 52 miles away. Choosing to use a service like a car hire in Merced is one of the best ways to ensure that you see everything you plan to during your visit to the city. There are also several museums and landmarks to explore in the Merced city centre, like the Merced County Courthouse Museum and the Steven Stayner and Timothy White Monument. You'll also get to avoid using public transport and be able to go wherever you want to go, at whatever time you choose.
  • If you plan on making most of your journey via air, you may want to consider renting a car from Merced Airport (MCE). This is only 3 miles away from the town centre but has several Merced car hire outlets that you can choose from. There are also many vehicle options for you to select, so you can have the vehicle you need for the trip you have planned. Hiring a vehicle from Merced Airport (MCE) will also prove advantageous, as you won’t have to worry about lugging your bags on a bus or hailing for a taxi. You can pick up your rental vehicle from the same terminal you arrive at.
  • Because Merced is a small, Californian town, driving should be approached in a relaxed manner, as the locals do. It’s unlikely that you will come across any drivers that are particularly aggressive, as the suburbs generally have a more calm atmosphere than the cities. The roads are also well maintained, although you should take caution when driving in town, as there are several driving schools around with new drivers honing their skills. It’s best to be patient if you find yourself stuck behind a learner driver.
  • In Merced, it’s important that you stick to the speed limit, as their traffic cops keep the road rules in check with speed cameras. If you do get a speeding fine, you can expect to pay for this a lot later, as your outlet for car hire in Merced will bill this to you when their branch receives the fine. As far as driving difficulties are concerned, you may want to avoid the roads at around 15:00 as this is when many parents go to pick their children up from school. The roads can get busy at this time and therefore should be avoided if you do not want to get stuck in traffic.
  • Book your rental car in Merced at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Merced are around 66% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Merced

  • How much is the price of fuel in Merced?

    The average price of fuel in Merced is ₹ 319 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a petrol tank costs between ₹ 3,827 and ₹ 5,103, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Merced?

    Compact (Chevrolet Bolt or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Merced.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Merced?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Merced?

    A Compact car rental in Merced costs ₹ 1,932 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Merced?

    An Intermediate car hire in Merced costs ₹ 2,204 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Merced?

    A Mini car hire in Merced costs ₹ 2,974 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Merced?

    For inner-city trips, and solo or couples journeys, a small car will be enough to get you from A to B. Unless you plan on exploring more of the countryside that surrounds Merced, you don’t need to have a big vehicle. Although, for family trips, there are several fantastic SUV options available for car hire in Merced.

  • What’s the speed limit in Merced?

    Most of the streets in Merced have a speed limit of 25 mph, and take these limits very seriously. The town is filled with children walking to and from school and other pedestrians too, therefore, the council enforces these to keep its residents safe. On the highways, however, speed limits can increase to 65 mph or 55 mph for larger vehicles, such as delivery vans and trucks.

  • Where are the best places to park in Merced?

    Having booked your accommodation in Merced, you should have received confirmation whether there is secure parking to leave your vehicle. Although crime is not necessarily an issue in Merced, having secure parking is a nice-to-have. When it comes to parking in town, your best bet is to park at the 501-599 W 16th St Garage, as this is more centrally located. If you plan on going somewhere specific in town, there is likely designated parking at the establishment. Parking in Merced will cost you around $5 per day, so no more than £3.50.

Merced car rental reviews and directory

Avis

10.0

Wonderful

2 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Merced

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Locations in Merced

1599 West 16th Street

+1 209 722 1689

Monday09:00 - 16:45
Tuesday09:00 - 16:45
Wednesday09:00 - 16:45
Thursday09:00 - 16:45
Friday09:00 - 16:45
Saturday09:00 - 16:45
Sunday09:00 - 16:45

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2.0 Poor

May 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

The booking should have told us there were no cars available.

1 out of 1

Hertz

7.0

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.0

Value for money

7.0

4 locations in Merced

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Locations in Merced

1460 Atlanta Court

+1 209 668 9477

Monday08:00 - 12:3013:30 - 17:00
Tuesday13:30 - 17:0008:00 - 12:30
Wednesday08:00 - 12:3013:30 - 17:00
Thursday13:30 - 17:0008:00 - 12:30
Friday08:00 - 12:3013:30 - 17:00

2440 N Golden State Blvd

+1 209 668 9477

Opening times not available

830 I St

+1 209 827 0133

Monday08:00 - 12:3013:00 - 17:00
Tuesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 12:30
Wednesday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 12:30
Thursday08:00 - 12:3013:00 - 17:00
Friday13:00 - 17:0008:00 - 12:30

945 Martin Luther King Jr.way

+1 209 722 4200

Monday08:00 - 12:30
Tuesday08:00 - 12:30
Wednesday08:00 - 12:30
Thursday08:00 - 12:30
Friday08:00 - 12:30

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4.0 Mediocre

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Hertz in Merced was fine. My flight got delayed into Merceds airport, so I was a bit late for pickup. They said that they were going to charge me for a full sized instead of what I reserved, because that is what they had available. I understand their policy, but just not what I had expected. Just a mediocre experience. Not bad, not good.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

everything was great

Cons:

they should wash their vehicles and vacuum them prior to renting them.

8.0 Very Good

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Rental process ok.

Cons:

That the whole office goes to lunch at the same time so you have a long pick up wait.

8.0 Very Good

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Very friendly people

2.0 Poor

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. Didn't get to actually rent the vehicle

Cons:

I was stuck in traffic from 2 hours and tried to have my reservation transferred over to another location. They kept sending me to different locations in San Jose, CA and none of them had any available. I called the Alameda location and they asked me if it was through or insurance or personal, and if it was prepaid. I told them it was rented by me and prepaid and they said that they didn't have cars available (without checking) and I asked why and then they put me on hold and hung up on me. I tried calling back a least 5 times from two different numbers and they refused to pick up. Worst car rental customer service ever.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Fast and friendly

1 out of 3

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

6.7

Cleanliness

7.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

6.0

2 locations in Merced

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Locations in Merced

1334 W. Main

+1 209 722 1600

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:45
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

1636 Carnegie St

+1 209 632 8000

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:45
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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2.0 Poor

May 2024

KAYAK
Front desk associate was not helpful in any way

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Exceptionallygood

2.0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Wasn’t able to get the rental due to them not accepting my card even tho I got it through it and paid on her I want a full refund

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything.

Cons:

I can’t think of anything.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Super quick and easy pickup and dropoff

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

They were very helpful and kind

1 out of 3

Budget

6.5

Cleanliness

5.5

Comfort

6.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.0

Value for money

7.5

2 locations in Merced

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1599 West 16th Street

+1 209 383 3804

Monday09:00 - 16:45
Tuesday09:00 - 16:45
Wednesday09:00 - 16:45
Thursday09:00 - 16:45
Friday09:00 - 16:45
Saturday09:00 - 16:45
Sunday09:00 - 16:45

20 Macready Drive

+1 209 722 0147

Monday08:00 - 12:30
Tuesday08:00 - 12:30
Wednesday08:00 - 12:30
Thursday08:00 - 12:30
Friday08:00 - 12:30

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was amazing price was worth it..car was 100 good

Cons:

If i could keep the car forever

5.6 Fair

May 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

A lot of extra fees from kayak because they don’t explain you’re doubling up insurance if you accept it on the site. It doesn’t covers much eather

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Clerk was helpful and friendly

Cons:

I was hoping it was cheaper. ;-)

6.0 Okay

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

The tires were really loud.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Excellent customer service. Great ride. The car was new and clean.

Cons:

None

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and drop off was quick and easy. The car was great. Fantastic gas mileage. Everything worked perfectly. Couldn't be more satisfied.

1 out of 4

Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Merced

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Merced Municipal Airport

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41 travellers who rented a car in Merced gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.6

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