Sixt vs Alamo

Two great car hire companies, but which is better? We sort out the differences (and the similarities).

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You could choose a car company simply by which is cheaper but there's so much more to it than price.

There's insurance, the type of vehicle, the cancellation policy and more.

With this in mind, we compare Sixt and Alamo to make it easy for you to decide which to go with on your next trip.

TL;DR: Our verdict

Sixt wins this one by the hairs on its chin. It has more locations worldwide, accepts more payment methods worldwide (including traveller's cheques) and has a more flexible cancellation policy that allows you to cancel prior to the rental start for free on pay-on-the-day rentals.

Sixt vs Alamo

QuestionSixtAlamoThe winner
Where can I hire a car?Sixt has over 4,000 locations in:
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • United States
  • New Zealand
Alamo has more than 1,500 locations in:
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • United States
  • Canada
Sixt
What type of cars does it have?
  • Vans
  • SUVs
  • 4WDs
  • Sedans
  • Compact
  • High-performance vehicles
  • Estate vehicles
  • Vans
  • SUVs/minivans
  • 4WDs
  • Sedans
  • Compact
  • Premium/luxury vehicles
  • Hybrid vehicles
  • High-performance vehicles
  • Utility vehicles
Alamo
Does it require a deposit?No, but paying a deposit decreases the overall price.NoBoth
Is insurance included?Yes. Standard rental cover includes third party liability and a loss damage waiver to reduce your liability for loss or damage to the vehicle. Additional insurance can be purchased.Yes. Alamo includes standard cover and loss or damage liability insurance in all its rentals. Additional insurance packages are available to purchase.Both
How much is excess?Sixt charges $5,500 for all vehicle groups.$4,400 for economy to full-sized vehicles;

$5,500 for larger vehicles

Alamo
Do I need to wash the car?No, but the car must be in a reasonable state of cleanliness. Otherwise an $11 vehicle cleaning fee applies.Alamo does not mention how clean cars should be when returned.Both
Rental requirements
  • Drivers must be aged 21–80
  • Drivers must present a valid driver's licence
  • Licence must be in English or accompanied by an International Driving Permit (IDP)
  • Drivers must be aged 21+ (except in certain US states)
  • Drivers must present a valid driver's licence
  • Licence must be in English or accompanied by an IDP
Both
Does it charge per mile/kilometre?No, but on rentals with limited mileage, you may be charged per kilometre/mile for exceeding the mileage limit.No. However, if your rental has limited mileage, you will be charged per kilometre/mile for exceeding the limit.Both
Is there unlimited mileage?Yes. Almost all Sixt rentals come with unlimited mileage. If mileage is limited, this will be outlined in the rental agreement.Yes, on most rentals, depending on the location and vehicle type. If a mileage limit applies, it will be specified in the rental agreement.Both
Does it rent to under 25s?Yes, the minimum age is 21. However, drivers under 25 will be subject to an underage driver's fee. Drivers under 25 can only rent select vehicles.Yes. However, drivers aged 21–24 must pay a young drivers surcharge and may be charged higher rates.Both
Does it accept cash?YesYesBoth
Does it price match?No. The Sixt Best Price Guarantee ensures that Sixt's website has the lowest price available for your dates at the time of search. This doesn't guarantee that it'll honour better prices found elsewhere for its cars.NoBoth
Does it pick you up?NoNoBoth
What are my payment options?
  • Cash
  • Credit card
  • Mastercard
  • Visa debit card
  • Traveller's cheque
  • Cash
  • Credit card
  • Mastercard
  • Visa debit card
Sixt
Does it accept debit cards?YesYesBoth
Does it allow for cancellations/changes?Yes. Pay-on-arrival rentals can be cancelled anytime before the rental begins for free. Prepaid rentals cancelled up to three days before hire will be charged a cancellation fee.Yes. Pay-on-arrival rentals can be cancelled 24 hours or more before the rental begins for free. If cancelled less than 24 hours before the hire is meant to start, a $50 cancellation fee applies. Prepaid rentals are charged $50 if cancelled 24 hours in advance or $100 if cancelled less than 24 hours in advance.Sixt
How long does it hold reservations?Sixt holds prepaid rentals for 24 hours, while pay-on-the-day rentals are held for 1 hour.Alamo usually honours vehicle reservations either until close of business or for 12 hours after the scheduled pick-up time, whichever comes sooner.Both
Can I add an extra driver?Yes. Additional drivers that meet the rental requirements can be added to your policy. The additional driver fee is $11 per person for a 1-day hire and decreases the more days hired.Yes. Additional drivers must meet the age and licence requirements and present themselves at the rental counter alongside the primary driver. An additional driver fee applies. The amount varies but averages US$12 a day.Both
Does it have manual and automatic cars?YesYesBoth
Is there a loyalty programme?Sixt's Sixt Express Card gives holders loyalty-based membership upgrades, rental discounts, fast pick-ups and the ability to earn miles and points with various airline and hotel partners.Alamo runs Alamo Insiders. This offers members everyday low rates, 5% off rentals and access to exclusive deals.Both
Is GPS included?No. This can be added for a fee.No. This can be added for a fee.Both
Can I return my car early?Yes. Fees may apply.Yes. Fees may apply.Both
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Which is cheaper?

To get down to the bottom of price, we went to the official websites of each and searched for a rental on the same dates, from the same pick-up point and for a driver aged 30+. We then looked at the absolute cheapest car on offer for our search.

The verdict?

In this test Sixt just sneaked in there as the cheaper rental with a $139.69 pay-on-arrival price. Alamo's cheapest option was $147.63.

Something to look out for when searching for cars with Sixt is that its first option is often not the cheapest but the most popular or recommended. You have to scroll further down to find better prices.




What are the deals like?

The majority of Sixt's deals are on select vehicles in specific locations only. Alamo's deals offer more variety with location and vehicle-based deals as well as base rate discounts and vehicle upgrades. The downside to Alamo is that most of its deals are aimed at hires within the US.

Check out the latest for both below.

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Up to 15% off business car rental

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Popular Sixt Car Rental coupon codes

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6 Mar 2020 5% off when you pre-pay ********
6 Mar 2020 Free single upgrade + 5% off Insiders car rentals ********
5 Oct 2020 5% off for members ********

Sixt vs Alamo: Who won?

The winner: There wasn't too much in this one to be honest but Sixt did come out on top. It has a cheaper rental in a like-for-like search (by a few dollars), has more locations worldwide and has a more flexible cancellation policy than Alamo.

In short, here's where these car rental companies’ points of differences lie:

Sixt

  • Cheaper rates in a like-for-like search.
  • More locations worldwide.
  • Accepts more forms of payment.
  • Allows for free cancellations on pay-on-the-day rentals and fee-free cancellations on pre-paid rentals cancelled three days prior to rental date.

Alamo:

  • Wider variety of vehicles to hire.
  • Cheaper excess on economy and standard sized vehicles.

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