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Car rentals in California: All you need to know

A California car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to explore all the sights, and even find out what the rest of Missouri has to offer. We've collected your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in California. Read on to see which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.

How can I find a bargain car rental in California?

We always try to get you the best deal. But, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your next rental. Make sure to:

  • Check the mileage policy to avoid any surprises
  • Book your rental car as far ahead of time as you can
  • Avoid airport pick-ups; they tend to be more expensive
  • Compare weekly and daily rates; you might save more with a longer rental

These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in California.

What rental suppliers have agencies in California?

From budget-friendly brands like Fox and Budget to global names like Advantage and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to get an idea of which one is best for your next trip.

What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in California?

That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in California. If you're having difficulty deciding, make sure to look over the chart below. We have compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:

What age do you have to be to rent a car in California?

Typically, to rent a car in California you must be at least 21. However, you may find that there is an additional fee if you're under the age of 25 or for higher category vehicles in particular. Go over the terms to figure out what the exact rate will be before you book your rental.

Is insurance required to rent a car in California?

When cruising through California or the rest of the United States, you will need insurance. Almost every supplier needs proof of insurance before you rent a car. Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You might be able to buy additional insurance through the rental car dealer, if you know your insurance won't cover you while traveling through the U.S. of A. Moreover, as a United States citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout.

Although many of the major card issuers, like American Express or MasterCard, offer some insurance, there are usually restrictions. For example, you may not be covered if you get a luxury or larger vehicle. Be sure to check the rental car company's policy before you decide.

What is the difference between all the fuel policies?

Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.

You will have to search for a gas station near the drop-off location

What fuel policy do you recommend?

We encourage a full to full policy. You pick up your rental with a full tank, and you will want to return it topped off. If you want to keep your expenses lower, it is best to fill up your tank before returning the car rental.

Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in California?

If you want to explore all that California and maybe even the rest of Missouri offers, you're going to need unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional fees. Review the fine print to be certain they are actually "unlimited."

Before you drive off

Before you get going on your California vacation, check a few items prior to leaving the car rental lot. It's important to:

  • Inspect your car and make sure there is no dents or scrapes. If so, write it down on your paperwork
  • Check the trunk to determine if the spare is properly inflated and both the lug wrench and jack are there
  • Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
  • Figure out how to work the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city

Book your California car rental today

Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels California has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the well-known restaurants, famous landmarks, and all the fantastic sites in California.