Car rentals in Portland: All you need to know
A Portland car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You can check out all the sights, and even find out what the rest of Missouri has to offer. CarRentals.com has answered your most popular questions about renting a car in Portland. Keep reading to discover the dos and don'ts of car rentals.
Where do I get a great deal on a rental car in Portland?
CarRentals.com always tries to get you the best price. But, to increase your savings on your trip to Portland you can do a few things. Be sure to:
- 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
- Educate yourself on any cost for mileage limits, fuel policy, and additional drivers. That way you can make sure you know the true cost before you rent
- Decide the vehicle you'll need for your vacation. Don't rent more car than you need
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Portland.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Portland?
From global names like Ace and Enterprise to budget-friendly brands like Dollar and Thrifty, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the online reviews to help you figure out which one is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Portland?
That depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Portland. If you're having a little trouble deciding, make sure to read over the table below. We've compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||When you deserve the best||Cadillac XTS, Infiniti Q50, or similar|
|SUV or Minivan||Family getaways where you need the extra room||Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Compact Car||Couple or two friends who plan on doing a bit of sightseeing||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Portland?
Usually, to rent a car in Portland 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 total is before you book your vehicle.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Portland?
Insurance is required, wherever you rent a car. With that said, you could already be covered by your existing car or credit card policies. Keep in mind, your policies may not cover you 100%, and you'll need to add it on to your booking. Check in advance and, if it is needed, you can simply include it at checkout.
What is the fuel policy for Portland rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to search for an open gas station close to 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 vehicle. Use as much fuel as you need and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off when you are done. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've 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 won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Some rental car companies provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||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 won't have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle, and you won't have to fill the tank back up before you bring the car back||You fill the 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 usually advise that you 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?
If you want to see all that Portland and maybe even the rest of Missouri offers, you're going to want unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Portland. Review the fine print to be sure your mileage is actually "unlimited."
Before you drive off
Before you begin on your Portland adventure, be sure you go over a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. You should:
- Check out your car and determine if there is any dents 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
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable operating the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Portland car rental today
Maybe you're traveling with your partner and kids, or carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. Maybe you're traveling solo. No matter the situation, CarRentals.com has a car rental that can align with your requirement and not break the bank.