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Car rentals in Los Angeles: All you need to know

You need a great car to take you around Los Angeles whether you're going for a business trip or a vacation. Explore the top sites around the region and pull up in front of the popular restaurants in Los Angeles. We've gathered your most popular questions about renting a car in Los Angeles. Read on to find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.

Where do I get a great deal on a rental car in Los Angeles?

CarRentals.com makes it a breeze to grab the cheapest deals. Simply enter your travel dates and go down the list of rental car suppliers, choose the top rental locations, and find the cheapest offers in Los Angeles. You should also:

  • Check the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprises
  • Reserve your vehicle as far ahead of time as you can
  • Avoid airport pick-ups; they tend to be more expensive
  • Compare weekly and daily rates; you may save more if you rent the car for longer

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

What rental companies have outlets in Los Angeles?

From budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty to global names like National and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to get an idea of which is best for you.

What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Los Angeles?

That all depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Los Angeles. If you're having a bit of trouble choosing, be sure to go over our table below. We have compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:

How old do you have to be to rent a car in Los Angeles?

Typically, the age limit for car rentals in Los Angeles is 21—the same as it is across most of the country. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to read the rental agreement to figure out what the exact charge is before you book your rental.

Does Los Angeles require rental car insurance?

Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to pay for interim insurance with the rental car company.Several credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) will provide some coverage. But there may be limitations, like not covering larger vehicles like trucks or SUVs. Make sure to call and find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Los Angeles.

Are there different fuel policies?

Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Below is a list of the most common ones.

What fuel policy should I get?

Many rental car suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, the stand-out choice is usually full-to-full. It simply means returning the car with the same level of gas as you got it with, so you'll never pay for anyone else's road trips through the Los Angeles.

Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Los Angeles?

If you want to explore all that Los Angeles offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional charges. Review the fine print to make certain your mileage is truly "unlimited."

Know before you go

Be sure you go over a few items prior to leaving the lot on your Los Angeles adventure. It's important to:

  • Inspect the car and determine if there is any dents or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
  • Inspect the trunk to see if the spare is properly inflated and the necessary tools to change it are there
  • 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 windshield wipers
  • Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new city

Book your Los Angeles rental car today

Maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center, maybe you're traveling solo, or maybe you're bringing your partner or kids. CarRentals.com has the ideal car rental that can fit your requirements and not break the bank.

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