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Thrifty rental cars in Palo Alto: All you need to know

There is no better way to see everything Palo Alto has to offer than by getting behind the wheel of your Thrifty rental car. Don't spend your time waiting for the bus or hailing taxis to go to the sights. When you have the keys to your own vehicle, you can go wherever you want to go, whenever you want. Make your upcoming getaway to California even more enjoyable with a Thrifty rental car.

Why drive with

Palo Alto is a perfect town when you wish to get away from busyness of a big city. Visitors come to explore Palo Alto's growing art scene and a rich past that is a beacon for history enthusiasts. No matter what you decide on first, you'll want to see as much of Palo Alto as possible while on your stay. If you need to mix it up from Palo Alto's easy-going vibes, then get in the driver's seat of your Thrifty rental car and see what else is out there.

We work with some of the best businesses in the world, like Thrifty, because they are well-known for their track record in providing travelers with the best vehicles. We can help you and your visit get off on the right foot.

What you need to know about car rentals

How do I find the best deals on a Palo Alto Thrifty rental car? strives to get you the best price, whether you book. However, reserving ahead of time can help you save even more. Make sure to not add an additional driver and go over the mileage policy to avoid any unexpected fees.

Do I need to bring anything special when I pick up my rental car in Palo Alto?

Make sure to present credit card, as well as your driver's license.

What's Palo Alto's minimum age to rent a car?

Thrifty's minimum age to rent a car in Palo Alto is 21. Make sure to review Thrifty's policies, as there may be limitations if you are under 25 in most cases or for higher category rentals in particular.

Is there a particular vehicle I should get for my trip to Palo Alto?

That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what you'll be doing when you visit Palo Alto. Compact or economy cars are good for short commutes and are easier to park. Commute times in Palo Alto are close to 28 minutes, so you may find a mid-size car or SUV more comfortable. If you want to lower your emissions and save on gas, then opt for a hybrid vehicle. Those looking for a little luxury on their Palo Alto vacation can choose the premium category to get a car like an Audi A4 or Cadillac XTS or similar.

Does the United States require car insurance?

You are required to have insurance before you rent a car from Thrifty in the United States. Many major credit cards (Discover, American Express, Visa and MasterCard) typically provide some coverage. However, many of them have prohibitions, such as not covering larger vehicles, like trucks or SUVs. Make sure to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Palo Alto. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with at checkout.

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

Thrifty requires a deposit when you reserve your rental. Thrifty will block the deposit on your credit once you reserve your rental for your trip. Please note that the deposit will vary greatly based on the make and model of the rental.

Do I have to full up the tank before I take my car back to Thrifty?

At, we encourage a full tank policy. You should get into your vehicle with the needle at "F". But, if you return the rental with less than the amount that you received it with, most companies will charge a premium, and sometimes up to 3X the amount of current gas prices to refill it. To avoid any added expenses, it is best to fill up your tank before you return the car to Thrifty.

Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Palo Alto?

Palo Alto's small-town atmosphere definitely has its charms, but you may want to hit the road again after you've checked off all the activities in Palo Alto.

Can I get a one-way rental from Thrifty?

Thrifty offers one-way rentals in most cases. You may find it more convenient to return your rental car at another Thrifty. Don't forget there may be an additional charge when you pick one-way.

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With so much to do and see in Palo Alto, having your own ride lets you explore at your own pace. When you're ready to see more of California, you can leave wherever you like, without trying to hail a taxi or sign up for a ride-share.

Before your next holiday, book your Thrifty Palo Alto car rental and take off to all the must-see sights at your own pace. Book through and cruise the highway in Palo Alto, California.

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