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Thrifty rental cars in San Jose: All you need to know

If you want to see everything San Jose 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 ride allows you to go to the locations you want to see the most, whenever you want. Make your next getaway to California even more enjoyable with a Thrifty rental car.

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With over 1 million people making San Jose their home, you should find plenty to see and do in this bustling city. Many travelers come to experience San Jose's captivating art scene and plenty of interest for history buffs. No matter what you choose to do first, you'll want to check out as much of San Jose as possible while on your vacation. Once you get behind the wheel of your Thrifty rental car, you'll be on your way to exploring this exciting city.

CarRentals.com works with the best businesses in the industry, like Thrifty, to not only get you the ride you need for your future business trip, but also get you the best rate. We can help your visit get off without a hitch.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get a San Jose Thrifty rental car at a great price?

CarRentals.com strives to get you the best price, no matter when you reserve your vehicle. However, getting your car ahead of time can help keep spending low. Be sure to not add an additional driver and read the mileage policy to avoid any surprise fees.

What do I need to bring when I get my car rental in San Jose?

Be sure to carry with you your driver's license and a credit card in your name.

What's the minimum age to rent a car in San Jose?

Thrifty's minimum age to rent a car in San Jose is 21. Some rentals, especially higher category vehicles, may have an added fee if you are under 25. Make sure to review Thrifty's policies to know what the total cost is for you.

Is there a particular car I should get for my trip to San Jose?

That depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in San Jose. For bigger cities, like San Jose, you may find navigating and parking easier in a compact vehicle. Commute times in San Jose average 29 minutes, so you may find a mid-size vehicle or SUV more comfortable. If you want to decrease your emissions and save on gas, then choose a hybrid vehicle. Those looking for a dash of luxury on their San Jose vacation can choose a higher-end model like a Mercedes C-Class or Audi A4 or similar.

Is insurance required when you rent a car in the United States?

In the United States you do need to have insurance before you rent from Thrifty. Although many of the major card issuers, like MasterCard or Visa, offer 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 United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout.

Do I need to pay a deposit when I book my Thrifty car rental?

Thrifty does require a deposit when you book your rental. Thrifty will block the deposit on your credit once you reserve your vehicle for your trip. Please be aware that the deposit will vary greatly based on the model and make of the vehicle.

Do I have to return my Thrifty rental with a full tank?

We recommend a full to full policy. You receive the vehicle with the needle at "F". But, if you return the rental with less than the amount it was given to you, most companies will charge a premium, and sometimes up to triple the amount of current fuel prices to refill it. To avoid any added expenses, it is best to find a filling station before you return the car to Thrifty.

Do I need unlimited miles when I rent a car in San Jose?

San Jose is a busy city, so there is going to be a lot to do. You may not want to be concerned about your miles if you are planning to see what else California has to offer.

Can I get a one-way rental from Thrifty?

Thrifty offers one-way rentals in most cases. You may find it easier to return your rental car at another Thrifty. Don't forget there is typically an additional fee when you pick one-way.

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With so much to do and see in San Jose, having access to your own car can come in handy. When you are ready to check out more of California, you can go when you like, without trying to hail a cab or sign up for a ride-share.

Before your next vacation, book your Thrifty San Jose car rental and zip off to take in all the must-do activities at your own pace. Book with CarRentals.com and drive the road in San Jose, California.

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