Car rentals in Santa Barbara: All you need to know
A Santa Barbara car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You can explore all the sights, and even see what else the rest of California has to offer. CarRentals.com has gathered the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Santa Barbara. 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 rental car in Santa Barbara?
CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to book budget-friendly rates. Just enter your travel dates and scroll down the list of car rental companies, pick the top rental locations, and find the cheapest packages Santa Barbara has to offer. You should also:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which can be more expensive
- Know ahead of time the amount of fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and reserve in advance
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Santa Barbara rental car.
What rental companies have outlets in Santa Barbara?
In Santa Barbara, there are a few rental car providers to choose from, like Enterprise. Look through the reviews to get an idea of which one meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Santa Barbara?
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:
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Santa Barbara?
Normally, to rent a car in Santa Barbara 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 review the supplier's terms to find any additional charges will be before you reserve your rental.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Santa Barbara?
Insurance is always needed, no matter where you rent a vehicle. That said, you might already be covered by your credit card or car policies. Keep in mind, your policies may not provide 100% coverage, and you'll need to add it to your booking for Santa Barbara. Check ahead of time and, if it's needed, you can conveniently add it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Many suppliers offer a range of fuel policies. However, the stand-out winner 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 Santa Barbara.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Santa Barbara?
If you want to see all that Santa Barbara 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 Barbara. Go over the fine print to make certain they are actually "unlimited."
What are some things to do in Santa Barbara?
There is tons to see and do in Santa Barbara. Some of Santa Barbara's most popular attractions are:
- El Presidio de Santa Barbara
- East Beach
- Santa Barbara Zoo
Lucky for you, you'll be able to drive to the one you want or visit them all.
Before you drive off
Be sure you go over a few items before you leave the rental lot on your Santa Barbara adventure. It's worth the time to:
- Walk around your vehicle and be sure there is no damage or scrapes. If so, write it down on your paperwork
- 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, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the radio or entertainment features. It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are driving around a new city
Book your Santa Barbara rental car today
When you book with CarRentals.com, you know you can depend on a wonderful set of wheels that will result in more extra money to spare. Cash in on cheap deals on your impeccable Santa Barbara car rental when you book with us. We'll see you around town.