Car rentals in Portland: All you need to know
You want a great car to take you around Portland whether you're traveling for a business or pleasure. Check out the top sites around town and park in front of the popular restaurants in Portland. We've collected the most popular questions about renting a car in Portland. Read on to see which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where can I get a great deal on a car rental in Portland?
You are on your way to getting the best rate on your car rental when you use us. But, there are ways to get an even lower price on your next booking. Be sure to:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Try to avoid pick-ups and drop-offs at airports, which can be more expensive
- Know ahead of time the amount of mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and reserve in advance
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have agencies in Portland?
From budget-friendly brands like Payless and Fox to global names like Enterprise and Hertz, 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?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this North Dakota town means you're bound to find a vehicle that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||If you really want to go all out on your visit to Portland||Infiniti Q50, Mercedes Benz CLA, or similar|
|Minivan||Large groups who want to navigate Portland together||Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most miles per gallon on their trip||Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Portland?
Generally, 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 extra fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read the rental agreement to find what the exact price is before you book your vehicle.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Portland?
When cruising through Portland or the rest of the U.S. of A., you'll need insurance. Almost every supplier requires that you show proof of insurance before you rent a car. Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy additional insurance through the rental car dealer for your trip, if you are concerned your insurance won't cover you while traveling through the United States. Additionally, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout.
Although many major card issuers, like American Express or MasterCard, provide some insurance, there are usually restrictions. For example, you may not be covered if you book a larger or luxury vehicle. Check the rental car company's policy before you decide.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to search for a gas station near your car rental supplier
|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 wish and top it off when you return your car at the rental office. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. Used a quarter of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any fuel you didn't use. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only be charged refueling fees if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll receive the car with a full tank of gas and return the car with the tank empty. Ask the provider 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||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you collect the vehicle, and you won't need to fill the tank back up before you bring the car back||You fill the tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to locate a gas station shortly after you get the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
Many rental car suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, full-to-full is our stand-out winner. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with. Just be sure you make time to shop for the cheapest gas prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Portland?
Unlimited miles is a great option if you decide to do a little sightseeing or visit a lot of business associates all over Portland. You can cruise wherever you want and not incur extra charges. Read over your policy to discover if there are any limitations.
Before you drive off
Before you begin on your Portland adventure, go over a few things prior to leaving the car rental lot. You should:
- Walk around the car and be certain 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, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Portland rental car today
When you book with CarRentals.com, you can depend on a great set of wheels that will leave you with extra cash in the bank. Book today to cash in on cheap deals on your ideal Portland car rental. See you out here.