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Car rentals in Santa Ana: All you need to know

You want a great automobile to take you around Santa Ana whether you're going for a business or pleasure. Check out the top sites around town and pull up in front of the popular restaurants in Santa Ana. CarRentals.com has gathered the most popular questions about renting a car in Santa Ana. Find out the dos and don'ts of renting a car.

How can I find a bargain rental car in Santa Ana?

CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to snag budget-friendly rates. Just type in your travel dates and go down the list of rental car suppliers, select the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly offers in Santa Ana. You should also:

  • Take time to compare vehicle pricing
  • Try to avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs, which typically are more expensive
  • Determine ahead of time the amount of fuel/mileage you may use
  • Search and book as far in advance as you can

Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.

What rental companies have agencies in Santa Ana?

There are around 10 rental providers to decide from in Santa Ana. You'll find some of the best brands, like Thrifty. Look through the online reviews to get an idea of which one is best for your next trip.

What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Santa Ana?

That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in Santa Ana. If you're having trouble picking the right car, be sure to go over our chart below. We have compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:

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

Typically, to rent a car in Santa Ana you must be at least 21. But, you may find that there is an additional charge if you are under the age of 25 or for larger or higher category rentals. Go over the supplier's terms to discover what any additional fees is before you rent your car.

Is insurance required to rent a car in Santa Ana?

Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy temporary insurance through the rental car company. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Many credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will cover your car rental. But many of them have restrictions, such as not covering bigger vehicles such as premium models or some SUVs. Make sure to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Santa Ana.

What is the difference between all the 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 a gas station near your car rental supplier

What fuel policy do you recommend?

Most rental car companies provide you a full to full tank policy. At CarRentals.com, we encourage bringing your car back topped off. If you want to keep your expenses lower, it is best to find a gas station before you bring your car back. Stations near or around airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.

Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Santa Ana?

If you wish to check out all that Santa Ana and maybe even the rest of California offers, you are going to want unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Santa Ana. Review the fine print to be sure they are truly "unlimited."

Tips before you leave the lot

Make sure you go over a few things before you leave the car rental lot on your Santa Ana adventure. You should:

  • Check out the vehicle and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
  • Check 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 entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new city

Book your Santa Ana car rental today

When you reserve your car with CarRentals.com, you can count on a great car that will result in more extra cash to spare. Book today to cash in on cheap deals on your ideal Santa Ana rental car. See you around town.

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