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Car rentals in California: All you need to know

You need a great car to take you around California whether you're going for a business or pleasure. See the top sites around town and park in front of the popular restaurants in California. CarRentals.com has gathered the most popular questions about car rentals in California. Keep reading to see which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.

Where do I find a bargain car rental in California?

CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to get budget-friendly deals. Just enter your travel dates and scroll through the list of rental suppliers, select the top rental locations, and find the best packages California has to offer. You should also:

  • Compare vehicle pricing before you book
  • Try to avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs, which typically cost more
  • Know ahead of time the amount of mileage/fuel you may use
  • Search and book as far in advance as you can

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

What rental companies have agencies in California?

From global names like Hertz and Sixt to budget-friendly brands like Payless and Fox, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the reviews to help you figure out which one is best for your next trip.

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

Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this metropolis 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 California?

Normally, the age limit for car rentals in California is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to read the supplier's terms to discover what the total is before you reserve your rental.

Do I need insurance to rent a car in California?

Insurance is always required, no matter where you rent a vehicle. 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, your policies might not totally cover your rental, and you'll have to add it on to your booking. Look into it before you book and, if it is necessary, you can simply include it at the CarRentals.com checkout.

What are the 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 a gas station near your rental car supplier

What fuel policy do you recommend?

Many suppliers offer a range of fuel policies. However, the stand-out choice is usually full-to-full. 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.

Is it worth getting unlimited miles?

Unlimited mileage is a good choice for anyone who don't want to worry about how many miles they are driving. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Read the fine print before you book.

Tips before you leave the lot

Before you get started on your California vacation, be sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the lot. You should take time to:

  • Inspect your car and determine if there is any dents or scratches. If you notice any, mark it down on your paperwork
  • Inspect the trunk to determine if the spare is properly 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 windshield wipers
  • Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are navigating a new region

Book your California car rental today

When you book with CarRentals.com, you know you can depend on a grand set of wheels that will result in more extra money in the bank. Cash in on cheap deals on your impeccable California car rental when you book with us. We'll see you around town.