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If you want to see everything Oakland has to offer, there is no better way to do so from behind the wheel of a rental car from Thrifty. Stop spending your vacation waiting on the bus, or being nickel and dimed with ride-shares or taxis. Having your own vehicle enables you to go to the areas you want to see the most, when you want. Make your upcoming getaway to California even more enjoyable with a Thrifty car rental.
With nearly a half-million people, Oakland is a city that has lots going on. Many visitors come to enjoy Oakland's great weather throughout the year. Of course, this city has more going on like Oakland's attractive setting. Whatever you choose to do first, you'll want to take in as much of Oakland as possible while on your road trip. And with your Thrifty rental car, you'll be able to see and do more of what this city offers.
We work with the top rental car businesses, like Thrifty, because they are known for their successful track record in supplying guests with the best vehicles on the road. We can help you and your visit get off to a great start.
We strive to get you the lowest rates, no matter when you reserve your vehicle. But reserving your car ahead of your trip can help keep spending low. Be sure to keep the car under one driver's name and read the mileage policy to avoid any surprise fees.
Be sure to carry with you your driver's permit and a credit card in your name.
Thrifty's minimum age to rent a car in Oakland is 21. Make sure to review Thrifty's policy, as there may be limitations if you are under 25 in most cases or for higher category cars especially.
That depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Oakland. Economy or compact cars are easier to park and ideal for short drives. Commute times in Oakland average 26 minutes, so you may find a SUV or mid-size car more comfortable. If you want to lower your emissions and save on gas, then choose a hybrid vehicle. Those looking for a little extravagance on their Oakland trip can choose the premium category for a car like a Mercedes C-Class or Audi A4 or similar.
In the United States you do need to have insurance before you rent a car. Although many of the major card issuers, like Visa and MasterCard, provide some coverage, there are usually restrictions. For example, they may not cover your rental car if you book a luxury or larger vehicle. Make sure to check credit card issuer's policy before you decide. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.
Thrifty does require a deposit when you reserve your rental car. Thrifty will block the deposit on your credit once you book your car for your trip. Please note that the deposit can vary greatly depending on the make and model of the car.
At CarRentals.com, we advise a full tank policy. You receive the vehicle with the needle at "F". However, if you return the rental with less than the amount that you received it with, most companies will charge a premium to top it back off. If you want to save some money, it is best to fill up your tank before you return the car to Thrifty.
Oakland has lots to keep you entertained, but you may want to drive to nearby cities to find out what else California has to offer. You can explore the rest of the region free of mileage limits once you've checked off all the activities in Oakland. If you need to add some fun to your Oakland trip, you can also drive to Children's Fairyland and enjoy a day riding the park's attractions.
Thrifty usually offers one-way rentals. You may find it more convenient to return your rental car at a different Thrifty. Be aware there may be an additional fee when you pick one-way.
With so much to do and see in Oakland, having access to a set of wheels lets you explore at your own pace. When you're ready to check out more of California, you can leave wherever you want to, without waiting for your ride to pick you up or memorizing a bus schedule.
Before your next getaway, book your Thrifty Oakland rental car and take off to all the items on your itinerary at your leisure. Reserve with CarRentals.com and cruise the streets in Oakland, California.