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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 can check out all the sights, and even find out what else the rest of the area has to offer. CarRentals.com has collected your most popular questions about car rentals in California. Read on to discover the dos and don'ts of car rentals.

Where can I get a great deal on a car rental in California?

CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to get budget-friendly deals. Just type in your travel dates and scroll through the list of car rental companies, choose the top rental locations, and find the best offers in California. You can also:

  • Compare the rates for a few suppliers on the type of car you want
  • Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually save more and get the car of your choice
  • Check the fuel and mileage policies. This way you'll avoid any surprises on your final bill
  • Determine the car you'll need for your vacation. Don't rent more car than you need

Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your California rental car.

What rental suppliers have outlets in California?

From budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty to global names like Advantage and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the online reviews to help you figure out which is best for you.

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

Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this city means you're certain to find an automobile that is perfect for you. Some options include:

What's the age requirement to rent a car in California?

Generally, to rent a car in California you must be at least 21. But, there might be an additional charge if you're under the age of 25 or for larger or higher category rentals. Go through the terms to discover what the exact charge will be before you book your car.

Do I need insurance to rent a car in California?

When cruising through California or the rest of the U.S.A., you will need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you pick up your vehicle. Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to pay for temporary insurance through the rental agency. Moreover, as a U.S. citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com during checkout.

The major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) will usually cover your car rental. However, many of them have restrictions, like not covering bigger vehicles like trucks or SUVs. Make sure to call and find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you travel to California.

Are there different 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 an open gas station near the drop-off location

What type of fuel policy should I choose?

Most rental car companies give you a full tank policy. At CarRentals.com, we advise bringing it back with a full tank of gas. For a cheaper rate, fill up your tank before you return the car.

Is it worth getting unlimited miles?

Unlimited miles is a good choice if you plan to do some sightseeing or visit a lot of business associates all over California. You can drive wherever you want without incurring extra charges. Review your rental agreement to discover if there are any restrictions.

Know before you go

Be sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. It's worth the time to:

  • Inspect your car and determine if there is any dents or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
  • Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
  • Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
  • Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are driving around a new area

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, world-famous landmarks, and all the marvelous sites in California.