Car rentals in Oregon: All you need to know
An Oregon car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to explore all the sights, and even see what the rest of the area has to offer. CarRentals.com has gathered the most popular questions about car rentals in Oregon. Read on to find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How do I find a bargain rental car in Oregon?
You are well on your way to locating the best deal on your car rental with us. However, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your next rental. Be sure to:
- Compare and contrast the rates for a few suppliers on the type of car you want
- Book as far in advance as possible. You'll usually save more and get the car of your choice
- Be aware of any cost for fuel policy, additional drivers, and mileage limits. This way you can make sure you know the total cost before you rent
- Decide the vehicle you'll need for your drive. Don't get more car than you need
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Oregon.
What rental companies have retailers in Oregon?
From global names like National and Enterprise to budget-friendly brands like Dollar and Thrifty, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the online reviews to get an idea of which is best for you.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Oregon?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in Oregon. If you're having a little trouble deciding, be sure to go over the chart below. We have compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Best for families who need a comfortable ride and to fit in all their luggage||BMW X3, Ford Edge, or similar|
|Full Size||Need extra room and comfort, but with better handling and gas mileage than an SUV||Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most miles per gallon on their trip||Honda Civic, Kia Optima, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Oregon?
Typically, to rent a car in Oregon you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. Additionally, many suppliers charge an added fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read over the terms to find what the exact charge is before you reserve your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Oregon?
Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy additional insurance through rental car supplier for your trip, if you think your insurance won't cover your rental. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout. Several credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will provide some coverage. However, many of them have restrictions, such as not covering large automobiles such as trucks or SUVs. It is best to call and find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you travel to Oregon.
What is the fuel policy for Oregon rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to find an open gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you collect your vehicle. Use as much gas as you wish and top it off when you return your car. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only need to replace the fuel you used. Used a quarter of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any fuel you didn't use. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay refueling charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of fuel when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Some providers 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||You might pay a higher rate for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you won't have to fill the tank back up when you drop it back off||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 do you recommend?
At CarRentals.com, we advise a full tank policy. You pick up your rental with a full tank, and you should return it filled up. To avoid any added expenses, it is best to fill up your tank before you return the car. Stations close to airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Oregon?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for anyone who don't want to worry about incurring any extra charges with the distance they drive. You will just need to make sure there's nothing else in the small print that could add in extra costs.
Before you leave the lot
Before you get started on your Oregon vacation, go over a few items prior to leaving the car rental lot. You should take time to:
- Inspect your car and make certain there is no damage or scratches. If you notice any, write it down on the paperwork
- Check the trunk to determine if the spare is inflated and the jack and lung wrench are there
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Get comfortable working the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Oregon car rental today
Maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center, maybe you're traveling solo, or maybe you're bringing your partner or kids. CarRentals.com has the ideal car that can suit your requirements and not break the bank.