Car rentals in California: All you need to know
A California car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to check out all the sights, and even find out what the rest of the area has to offer. We've gathered your most frequently asked questions about car rentals in California. Keep reading to find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where do I get a great deal on a rental car in California?
CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to snag the best rates. Simply type in your travel dates and go through the list of rental suppliers, select the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly offers in California. You should also:
- Compare and contrast daily and weekly rates from all the different suppliers
- Book as far in advance as possible. You'll usually get your vehicle of your choice and save more
- Check the fuel and mileage policies. You don't want to be surprised with added costs
- Determine what car you'll need for your vacation. Don't get more car than you need
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in California.
What rental suppliers have agencies in California?
From budget-friendly brands like Payless and Fox to global names like Avis and Sixt, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the reviews to help you figure out which is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to California?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this metropolis means you're certain to find an automobile that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||Business travelers who want a little luxury as they cruise California||Infiniti, Mercedes Benz, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Large groups who want to navigate California together||Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||Great for maneuvering around large cities||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in California?
Normally, to rent a car in California you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to read through the rental agreement to find what the total is before you reserve your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in California?
When driving around California or the rest of the U.S.A., you'll need insurance. Almost every supplier requires that you show proof of insurance before you rent a car. Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to pay for interim coverage through the rental agency. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.
Many major card issuers, like Visa or American Express, offer some insurance on your rental, however, there are usually restrictions. For instance, you may not be covered if you reserve a luxury or larger vehicle. Check your rental car company's policy before you decide.
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 have to find a gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you pick up your car. You can use as much fuel as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental dealer. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only pay for the fuel you use. If you only use half of a tank, it's only necessary refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for any you don't need. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill 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. Several rental car companies provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you bring back the car||You usually pay a higher rate for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you collect your vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up before you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to find a gas station as soon as you collect the car|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
We usually recommend that customers choose the full-to-full policy. This policy is the most straightforward, and you simply top off the tank before you bring it back.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for anyone who don't want to worry about incurring any extra charges with the distance they drive. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Read the details on mileage limits before you book.
Tips before you leave the lot
Be sure you go over a few items prior to leaving the car rental lot on your California adventure. You should:
- Check out your vehicle and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Inspect the trunk to see if the spare is inflated and both the lug wrench and jack are there
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable operating the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new region
Book your California rental car today
When you reserve your California rental car with CarRentals.com, you can depend on a perfect set of wheels that will leave you with cash to spare. Cash in on cheap deals on your perfect California rental car when you book with us. See you out here.