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Budget Car Rentals in San Mateo: What you need to know

San Mateo is just one of many neighborhoods in San Francisco that are worth exploring, and, you'll wish for your own ride to check out all there is to do around the area. Buses or metro, while inexpensive, may not drop you off exactly where you want to go. Ridesharing can be convenient, but you may be surprised by how many areas they don't serve. Plus, if you plan to go all over San Mateo and the surrounding areas, the cost can add up.

If you want the convenience to go where you need to at a good price, then you are in the right place. We work with the best rental car businesses in the world. With a name like Budget, you know they'll try to get you the lowest rate. Open for business in 1958 in Los Angeles, Budget always attempts to provide the best rates for customers.

Frequently asked questions about renting a car

How do I get a San Mateo Budget rental car at a great price?

You are on your way to finding the best price on your car rental with Nevertheless, there are ways to get an even lower price on your upcoming rental:

  • Check the mileage policy to avoid any surprises
  • Book your vehicle as far in advance as possible
  • Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs if possible; they usually are pricier
  • Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more if you rent the car for longer

A bit of knowledge goes a long way to lower your price.

Which forms of identification should I bring when I pick up my vehicle in San Mateo?

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

What's 's minimum age to rent a car San Mateo?

Most suppliers, like Budget, set the minimum age to rent a car at 21. However, you may find that there is an added charge if you are under 25 or for higher category rentals especially. Go over Budget's to determine what the exact fee will be before you book your rental

What kind of Budget rental car should I get for my trip to San Mateo?

That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what you'll be doing when you visit San Mateo. If you are having trouble deciding, be sure to read over the table below. We've compared the most popular categories for you:

Car TypeBest forCategory includes
Full Size SUVPerfect for families who want comfort and to fit in all their luggageFord Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, or similar
Full SizeIf you plan on doing a lot of exploring and want a comfy rideChevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry , or similar
HybridThose looking for a fuel-efficient vehicleToyota Prius, Honda Civic, or similar

Is insurance required when you rent a car in the U.S. of A?

The majority of countries require driver's insurance. You might be able to purchase additional insurance through Budget for your trip, if you are concerned your insurance won't cover your rental. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage with at checkout. Most credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover) will offer coverage. But many of them have restrictions, like not covering larger vehicles like premium models or some SUVs. Be sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to San Francisco.

Do I need to put down a deposit on my Budget rental?

Budget, like several other rental companies, requires a deposit when you book. The deposit can vary greatly depending on the type of automobile. Furthermore, make sure you have enough available on your credit card to lay down the deposit.

What is the fuel policy on my Budget car rental?

Budget and most other rental car companies provide you a full tank policy. At, we encourage bringing the car back filled up. If you want to save some money, fill up your tank before returning the vehicle to Budget.

Why should I get unlimited miles in San Mateo?

Many suppliers provide unlimited miles, but you need to ensure it's part of the package that you are purchasing. It's helpful to know how much you want to drive so you can plan your trip ahead of time. Although most rental car providers offer unlimited mileage, if it isn't part of your rental agreement, those miles can pile up—and so can the extra cost. You may want unlimited miles if you're planning to explore what else San Francisco has to offer, or even the U.S.A.

Are there any road trips I should take from San Mateo?

Once you've explored San Mateo, you'll be happy that you have your own car. If you like to get on the fairways when you are on vacation, then you have come to the right spot. There are two golf courses in San Francisco. Want to work on your short game? Check out Peninsula Golf & Country Club or Poplar Creek Golf Course. California has lots of things to do for tourists and locals alike. You may just have to hop into your rental and find what is else is in the region.

Book Today for Great Rates

With so much to do and see in San Francisco, having the keys to your own auto lets you explore at your own pace. When you're ready to see more of the United States, you can drive when you want, without having to spend time waiting for the bus or signal for a taxicab.

Before you head out of town, book your Budget San Mateo rent-a-car and drive to all the must-do activities. Reserve with and hit the highway in San Francisco, California.