Car rentals in Oregon: All you need to know
An Oregon car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You can explore all the sights, and even see what the rest of the area has to offer. CarRentals.com has collected your most popular questions about car rentals in Oregon. Find out the dos and don'ts of renting a car.
How do I get a great deal on a rental car in Oregon?
You're well on your way to finding the best deal on your car rental by reserving it through CarRentals.com. But, there are a more ways to increase your savings. Be sure to:
- Read the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprises
- Reserve your rental as far ahead of time as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs if possible; they normally are pricier
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more with a longer rental
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Oregon rental car.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Oregon?
From budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty to global names like Avis and Enterprise, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to help you figure out which one meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Oregon?
That all depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Oregon. If you're having trouble deciding, be sure to go over the chart below. We've compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||When you need the best||Audi A4, Cadillac XTS, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Sizable groups that need room for all their bags||Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Economy Car||Couple or two friends heading to the beach and back||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Oregon?
Generally, the age limit for car rentals in Oregon is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to read over the terms to discover any additional charges is before you book your rental.
Does Oregon require rental car insurance?
Insurance is required, no matter where you're renting a car. That said, you might already be covered by your credit card or car policies. Keep in mind, these policies might not totally cover your rental, and you'll have to add it to your booking for Oregon. Look into it before you book and, if it is required, you can just include it at checkout.
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 need 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 automobile. You can use as much fuel as you need and top it off when you return your car. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||You only need to replace the fuel you used. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only have to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel 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 upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Ask 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 return your car||You usually pay more for a tank upfront then going to a local station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle, and you won't have to fill the tank back up before you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to get some gas before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy should I get?
We advise a full to full policy. You receive the car with a full tank. But, if you return your rental with less than the amount you received it with, most companies will charge a premium to top it back off. If you want to save some money, it is best to find a gas station before you bring your car back. Stations near or around airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for travelers who don't want to worry about how many miles they are driving. 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 begin on your Oregon adventure, be sure you check out a few things prior to leaving the car rental lot. You should take time to:
- Inspect your vehicle and be sure there is no damage or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- 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 navigation and entertainment. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Oregon rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Oregon has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the well-known restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the must-see sites in Oregon.