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Car rentals in San Luis Obispo: All you need to know

You want a great car to get around San Luis Obispo whether you're traveling for a business or pleasure. See the famous sites around the area and pull up in front of the best restaurants in San Luis Obispo. We've gathered the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in San Luis Obispo. Read on to find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.

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

We always strive to get you the best deal. However, to get the most savings when you travel to San Luis Obispo you can do a few things. Be sure to:

  • Compare vehicle pricing before you book
  • Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs, which can cost more
  • Know ahead of time how much mileage/fuel 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 San Luis Obispo.

What rental suppliers have retailers in San Luis Obispo?

In San Luis Obispo, there are 4 car rental suppliers to decide from, like Enterprise. 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 San Luis Obispo?

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

How old do you have to be to rent a car in San Luis Obispo?

Typically, to rent a car in San Luis Obispo you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to read over the rental agreement to find what the exact rate will be before you reserve your rental.

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

Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to buy interim coverage with the rental car company. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Many credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) will cover your car rental. But there may be limitations, like not covering bigger automobiles like trucks or SUVs. Be sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to San Luis Obispo.

Are there different fuel policies?

Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.

You will need to find an open gas station close to the drop-off location

What type of fuel policy should I choose?

Many suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, full-to-full is our stand-out choice. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with. Just be sure you make time to shop for the cheapest gas prices.

Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in San Luis Obispo?

Unlimited miles is a great choice if you decide to do some sightseeing or visit several customers all over San Luis Obispo. You can cruise as much as you want and not incur additional charges. Review your policy to see if there are mileage restrictions.

Know before you go

Make sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the rental lot on your San Luis Obispo adventure. You should take time to:

  • Inspect your vehicle and make sure there is no dents or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
  • Inspect the trunk to determine 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 wipers
  • Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city

Book your San Luis Obispo rental car today

Maybe you're traveling with your partner and kids, or carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. Maybe you're traveling solo. CarRentals.com has the ideal car rental that can suit your needs and not deplete your travel piggy bank.

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