Car rentals in Oregon: All you need to know
You need a great vehicle to take you around Oregon whether you're going for a business or pleasure. Explore the top sites around the city and park in front of the best restaurants in Oregon. CarRentals.com has collected your most popular questions about car rentals in Oregon. Keep reading to discover the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
How can I get a great deal on a car rental in Oregon?
We always strive to get you the best rate. But, you can do a couple things to keep your upcoming rental affordable. Make sure to:
- Compare all the deals available
- Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually save more and get the car of your choice
- Educate yourself on any cost for mileage limits, fuel policy, and additional drivers. That way you can make sure you know the total cost before you book
- Don't get more car than you'll need. Normally, the smaller the class the lower the rate
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Oregon rental car.
What rental companies have retailers in Oregon?
From budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty to global names like Hertz and Sixt, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the online reviews to get an idea of which one is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Oregon?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Oregon. If you're having difficulty deciding, be sure to go over the chart below. We've compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||When you need the best||Infiniti Q50, Mercedes Benz CLA, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Family vacations where you need additional room||Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle||Honda Civic, Kia Optima, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Oregon?
Typically, to rent a car in Oregon you must be at least 21. But, you may find that there is an additional fee if you're under 25 or for larger or higher category vehicles in particular. Read through the supplier's terms to figure out what any additional fees is before you rent your car.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Oregon?
Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to purchase interim coverage with the rental car supplier. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout. Many credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will offer coverage. However, many of them have restrictions, like not covering bigger vehicles such as trucks or SUVs. Make sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to Oregon.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to search for an open gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you get your car. Use as much fuel as you need and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental office. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only need to replace the fuel you used. If you only use half of a tank, it's only necessary refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service fees if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of gas upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Several rental car companies provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||You won't need to find a gas station near your rental drop-off location||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up when you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to locate a gas station as soon as you get the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
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. .
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Oregon?
Unlimited miles is a good choice if you plan to do some sightseeing or visit a lot of business associates all over Oregon. You can drive wherever you want without incurring extra charges. Read over your rental agreement to see if there are any limitations.
Tips before you leave the lot
Make sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. You should take time to:
- Inspect your car and make certain there is no dents or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable operating the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are navigating a new region
Book your Oregon rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Oregon has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be going between the great restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the must-see sites in Oregon.