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 check out all the sights, and even find out what the rest of Texas has to offer. We've collected your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Oakland. Keep reading to find out the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
Where can I find a great deal on a car rental in Oakland?
CarRentals.com makes it a breeze to get the best rates. Just type in your travel dates and scroll through the list of car rental companies, select the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly offers in Oakland. You can also:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs, which can cost more
- Determine ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and reserve in advance
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental companies have outlets in Oakland?
From global names like Hertz and Sixt to budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the reviews to get an idea of which one meets your needs.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Oakland?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Texas city means you're certain to find an automobile that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Families or groups looking for adventure in the Texas back-country||Ford Edge, Jaguar F-Pace, or similar|
|Full Size||For big groups that want better fuel economy than an SUV||Infiniti Q50, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most mpg on their trip||Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Oakland?
Usually, to rent a car in Oakland you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to go through the rental agreement to discover any additional charges is before you rent your vehicle.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Oakland?
Insurance is always required, wherever you're renting a car. That said, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay using your credit card, the card's policy may also insure you. Keep in mind, these policies may not cover you 100%, and you'll have to add it on to your booking. Look into it before you book and, if it is needed, you can just add it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will need to search for a gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you collect your vehicle. You can use as much fuel as you like and top it off when you return your car at the end. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||You only pay for the fuel you use. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only have to 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 fees if you don't fill up 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 rental car provider to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a fuel 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 will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up your vehicle, and you won't need to refill the gas before you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to get some gas before you do any serious driving|
What fuel policy should I get?
We usually advise that customers opt for the full-to-full policy. This policy simply means you bring your rental back to the full, and you're all set.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited miles is a great option if you plan to do some sightseeing or visit several clients all over Oakland. You can drive as much as you like without incurring extra charges. Go over your rental agreement to find out if there are mileage restrictions.
Before you drive off
Before you begin on your Oakland vacation, be sure you go over a few things before you leave the rental lot. You should:
- Inspect 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 see if the spare is inflated and both the lug wrench and jack are there
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Oakland rental car 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 your wallet.