Car rentals in Santa Cruz: All you need to know
You need a great vehicle to get around Santa Cruz whether you're traveling for a business or pleasure. See the top sites around town and park in front of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz. CarRentals.com has collected your most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Santa Cruz. Read on to find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How do I find a great deal on a car rental in Santa Cruz?
You're on your way to finding the best rate on your car rental when you use CarRentals.com. However, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your next booking. Be sure to:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Avoid pick-ups and drop-offs at airports, which usually cost more
- Determine ahead of time how much fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and reserve as far in advance as you can
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Santa Cruz.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Santa Cruz?
From budget-friendly brands like Fox and Budget to global names like Hertz and Enterprise, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan 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 Santa Cruz?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Santa Cruz. If you're having trouble deciding, be sure to read over our chart below. We've compared the most popular categories for you:
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Santa Cruz?
Normally, to rent a car in Santa Cruz you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the country. Additionally, many suppliers charge an extra fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read through the terms to determine any additional fees will be before you reserve your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Santa Cruz?
Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to purchase temporary insurance through the rental car supplier.Many credit card issuers (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will cover your car rental. But many of them have restrictions, such as not covering large vehicles such as premium models or some SUVs. Make sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to Santa Cruz.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.
What fuel policy do you recommend?
Many rental car suppliers offer a range of fuel policies. However, the stand-out choice is usually full-to-full. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Santa Cruz?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for travelers who don't want to worry about watching the odometer their whole trip. You will just need to make sure there's nothing else in the small print that could add in extra costs.
Before you drive off
Make sure you check a few things before you leave the rental lot on your Santa Cruz adventure. It's important to:
- Look over your vehicle and determine if there is any damage or scratches. 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 inflated and both the lug wrench and jack are there
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Get comfortable operating the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Santa Cruz rental car today
When you book with CarRentals.com, you know you can count on a perfect vehicle that will leave you with extra money to spare. Cash in on cheap deals on your perfect Santa Cruz rental car when you book with us. We'll see you around town.