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Car rentals in Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara: What you need to know

Santa Barbara, California, is full of diverse neighborhoods like Santa Ynez. It's in neighborhoods like these where you can get a true feel for a region like Santa Barbara. But after you're done checking out all the terrific restaurants and shops in Santa Ynez, you'll want some wheels to see all that Santa Barbara offers.

Hopping on the bus is an inexpensive way to move around Santa Ynez and the surrounding neighborhoods, but then you have to make sure you have the right amount of money and follow a strict schedule. Taxis and rideshares are easier, but the costs can add up. Plus, they may not be readily available when you need them. Renting a car in Santa Ynez is the best method, so you can see this great neighborhood and other areas of Santa Barbara on your getaway. Read below to find everything you need about renting a car in Santa Ynez.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get a cheap car rental in Santa Ynez?

Searching the lowest car rental rates? You're in the right place. To increase your savings when you travel to Santa Ynez you can do a few things:

  • Compare and contrast the rates for a few suppliers on the type of car you want
  • Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually get your preferred vehicle of your choice and save more
  • Check the mileage and fuel policies. You don't want to be surprised with added costs
  • Don't get more vehicle than you need. Normally, the smaller the class the cheaper the rate

Read the supplier's policy so you can understand the actual cost before you reserve your vehicle.

What car do you suggest for Santa Ynez?

With a variety of car types to select from, it may be hard to decide which type is the best for your getaway. Nonetheless, you will need to take into consideration your needs and the number of people you're riding with. Look at the table below to help you choose the best car for your needs.

Do I have to be a certain age to rent a car in Santa Ynez?

In most places, you can rent an automobile in Santa Barbara if you're at least 21. Be aware that most rental car companies will charge an added fee if you are younger than 25. Make sure to review the rental company's policies to determine what the total cost is before you book.

Does the U.S.A. require car insurance?

In United States of America you do need to have insurance before you rent a car. You might also be able to buy additional insurance through the supplier for your trip, if you know your insurance won't cover your rental during your trip.

Although many of the major card issuers, like MasterCard or Discover, give some coverage, there are usually restrictions. For instance, you may not be covered if you book a larger or luxury vehicle. Be sure to check your credit card issuer's policy before you decide. You can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout if you are a U.S. citizen.

What is the fuel policy on my rental car?

Most suppliers provide you a full tank when you pick up your car. We suggest returning your car with a full tank. To avoid any added expenses, it is best to fill up your tank before you return the car.

Can I book a one-way rental in Santa Ynez?

Many car rental companies offer one-way rentals. You may find it more convenient to drop off your vehicle in a different city. However, there is generally an additional fee for one-way car rentals. Be sure to go through the rental car company's policy to know exactly how much it may cost you.

Can I book with unlimited mileage when renting a car in Santa Ynez?

Most suppliers provide unlimited miles, but you need to make sure it's part of the bundle that you are purchasing. It's useful to know how far you want to drive and plan your trips in advance. Although most car rental companies offer unlimited mileage, if it isn't part of your package those miles can pile up and so can the extra cost. You may need to get unlimited miles if you are hitting the open road to see what else is in Santa Barbara.

Are there any road trips I should take from Santa Ynez?

Once you've checked out Santa Ynez, you'll be happy that you have your own car. There are some worthwhile stops around Santa Barbara that are just a drive away. You'll be happy you rented an automobile because there are a number of things to check out around Santa Ynez. Looking for something to fill an afternoon? Then get in your car and head to:

  • Interact with a bit of local history with a visit to the Santa Barbara Mission
  • Gladwin Planetarium can give you an intriguing look into some California history
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a California landmark that could make a good spot to start a day trip
  • Take in even more California culture at the Maximus Gallery

of course, there is a lot more to do in and around Santa Ynez. Get in your car rental and discover what's out there.

Your Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara Car Rental is waiting

Stop worrying about aligning your trip to public transportation schedules. Once you've reserved a car rental in Santa Ynez from CarRentals.com, you can drive throughout the neighborhood and the rest of Santa Barbara easily. Browse our selection of cars from some of the best rental car companies in the country and pick out the ideal vehicle for your Santa Ynez trip.