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Car rentals in San Diego: All you need to know

You want a great vehicle to get around San Diego whether you're traveling for a business or pleasure. See the top sites around town and park in front of the best restaurants in San Diego. CarRentals.com has collected the most frequently asked questions about car rentals in San Diego. Read on to discover the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.

How do I find a great deal on a car rental in San Diego?

We always try to get you the best deal. But, there are a more ways to increase your savings. You can:

  • Check the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprise expenses
  • Reserve your car rental as far in advance as you can
  • Avoid airport pick-ups; they usually are pricier
  • Compare weekly and daily rates; you might save more with a longer rental

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

What rental companies have outlets in San Diego?

CarRentals.com has around 45 rental car suppliers that you can decide from. We have budget-friendly names like Dollar and Thrifty and global ones like Advantage and Hertz. Read through the online reviews to help you figure out which meets your needs.

What type of rental car should I get for my trip to San Diego?

That depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in San Diego. If you're having difficulty choosing, make sure to look over our table below. We've compared the most popular types of cars for you:

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

Usually, to rent a car in San Diego you must be at least 21. But, there might be an additional fee if you're under 25 or for higher category rentals in particular. Go over the terms to find what the exact rate is before you reserve your rental.

Will I need insurance to get a car rental in San Diego?

Insurance is required, no matter where you're renting a car. That said, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay using your credit card, the card's benefits may also insure you. Keep in mind, those policies may not provide total coverage, and you'll have to add it on to your booking. Check ahead of time and, if it's needed, you can simply add it at the CarRentals.com checkout.

What is the fuel policy for San Diego rental cars?

Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.

What type of fuel policy should I choose?

Many rental car suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, full-to-full is our stand-out winner. 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 San Diego.

Is it worth getting unlimited miles?

Unlimited miles is a good choice if you plan to do some sightseeing or visit a lot of clients all over San Diego. You can drive wherever you like without incurring added charges. Be sure to read your policy to see if there are any limitations.

What are some things to do in San Diego?

There is tons to see and do in this city. San Diego has around 15 attractions that it is known for. Some of the most popular are:

  • La Jolla Shores
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Sunset Cliffs

Lucky for you, you can drive to the one you want or see all of them.

Before you leave the lot

Make sure you go over a few items prior to leaving the car rental lot on your San Diego adventure. It's worth the time to:

  • Look over the car and make sure there is no 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
  • Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
  • Get comfortable operating the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city

Book your San Diego rental car today

Know that you can count on a great vehicle that will result in more money to spare when you reserve your car with CarRentals.com. Book today to cash in on cheap deals on your perfect San Diego rental car. We'll see you around town.