Car rentals in Irvine: All you need to know
An Irvine car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to check out all the sights, and even see what else the rest of California has to offer. CarRentals.com has answered the most popular questions about car rentals in Irvine. Read on to see which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where do I get a bargain car rental in Irvine?
CarRentals.com always tries to get you the best price. However, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your upcoming booking. Make sure to:
- Check the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprises
- Reserve your rental car as far ahead of time as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they tend to be pricier
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more if you rent the car for longer
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Irvine.
What rental companies have retailers in Irvine?
In Irvine, there are 3 rental suppliers to pick from, like Enterprise. Read through the reviews to help you figure out which is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Irvine?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this California town means you're certain to find a car that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Families looking for adventure in the California back-country||BMW X3, Ford Explorer, or similar|
|Full Size||Need extra room and comfort, but with better handling and gas mileage than an SUV||Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry, or similar|
|Compact Car||Great for driving through large cities||Chevrolet Spark, Vauxhall Corsa, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Irvine?
Typically, to rent a car in Irvine you must be at least 21. But, you may find that there is an added charge if you are under 25 or for higher category rentals. Go through the terms to determine what the exact price will be before you book your rental.
Does Irvine require rental car insurance?
When driving around Irvine or the rest of the U.S.A., you will need insurance. Almost every supplier needs proof of insurance before you pick up your vehicle. The majority of countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to pay for interim insurance through the rental agency. Moreover, as a U.S. citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com during checkout.
Many major card issuers, like Visa or American Express, provide some coverage, but there are usually restrictions. For example, you may not be covered if you reserve a luxury or larger vehicle. Check the rental car company's policy before you decide.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to find a gas station near your rental car supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you collect your automobile. Use as much gas as you want and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off when you are done. 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 can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Check with the supplier to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you bring back the car||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you won't need to fill the tank back up when you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to find a gas station shortly after you get the car|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
We advise a full tank policy. You receive the car with a full tank. If you return the rental with less than the amount you received it with, most companies will charge a premium, and sometimes up to 3X the amount of current gas prices to refill it. If you want to keep your expenses lower, it is best to fill up your tank before returning the rental.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
If you plan to check out all that Irvine and maybe even the rest of California offers, you're going to want unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Irvine. Read the fine print to be certain they are truly "unlimited."
Before you leave the lot
Be sure you check a few things prior to leaving the car rental lot. You should take time to:
- Look over the vehicle and determine if there is any damage or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Check the trunk to see if the spare is inflated and the jack and lung wrench are there
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable working the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new region
Book your Irvine rental car today
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