Car rentals in Oakland: All you need to know
An Oakland car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You can explore all the sights, and even find out what the rest of Nebraska has to offer. We've answered your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Oakland. Read on to see the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
How do I find a great deal on a car rental in Oakland?
CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to snag the best deals. Just type in your travel dates and scroll down the list of car rental companies, pick the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly offers in Oakland. You can also:
- Compare the rates for a few suppliers on the type of car you want
- Book as far in advance as possible. You'll usually get your vehicle of your choice and save more
- Check the mileage and fuel policies. You don't want to be surprised with additional costs
- Decide what vehicle you'll need for your drive. Don't rent more car than you need
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Oakland.
What rental companies have outlets in Oakland?
From budget-friendly brands like Thrifty and Budget to global names like Hertz and Sixt, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan 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 Oakland?
That all depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Oakland. If you're having difficulty choosing, be sure to look over our table below. We've compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Best for families or groups who want comfort and have safety as a top priority||Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, or similar|
|Full Size||Planning a big trip with a large group of friends or family members||Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Compact Car||When saving money is a top priority||Chevrolet Spark, Vauxhall Corsa, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Oakland?
Generally, the age limit for renting a car in Oakland is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to read through the supplier's terms to discover any additional fees will be before you book your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Oakland?
When driving around Oakland or the rest of the United States, you will need insurance. Almost every supplier needs proof of insurance before you rent a car. Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy additional insurance through the rental car dealer, if you are concerned your insurance won't cover your rental. Moreover, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com during checkout.
The major credit card issuers (Discover, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard) will generally offer coverage. However, many of them have restrictions, such as not covering larger vehicles like premium models or some SUVs. It is best to call and find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Oakland.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to find an open gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you collect your car. Use as much gas as you wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off. 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 any you don't need. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank of gas and return the car with an empty tank. Many providers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you return your car||You usually pay more 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 the vehicle, and you don't need to fill the tank back up before you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to find a gas station shortly after you get the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
Most suppliers provide you a full tank policy. We recommend bringing it back topped off. If you want to keep your expenses lower, find a gas station before you return the car. Stations close to airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good option 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 drive off
Before you get started on your Oakland vacation, be sure you check out a few items before you leave the car rental lot. It's important to:
- Check out your vehicle and determine if there is any dents or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Check the trunk to determine if the spare is properly inflated and both the lug wrench and jack 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
- Figure out how to work the radio or entertainment features. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new city
Book your Oakland car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Oakland has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the well-known restaurants, famous landmarks, and all the amazing sites in Oakland.