Car rentals in Portland: All you need to know
You need a great vehicle to take you around Portland whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. Check out the famous sites around town and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Portland. We've collected your most popular questions about renting a car in Portland. Find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How do I get a great deal on a car rental in Portland?
We always strive to get you the best deal. However, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your next rental. You can:
- Check the mileage policy to avoid any surprises
- Reserve your vehicle as far ahead of time as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they normally are more expensive
- Compare weekly and daily rates; you might save more with a longer rental
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Portland rental car.
What rental suppliers have outlets in Portland?
From budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget to global names like Enterprise and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to help you figure out which one is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Portland?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Tennessee town means you're bound to find a car that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||When you want to travel Portland in style||Infiniti, Mercedes Benz, or similar|
|SUV or Minivan||Family trips where you need additional room||Ford Escape, Chrysler Town & Country, or similar|
|Compact Car||For those on a strict travel budget||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Portland?
Typically, the age limit for renting a car in Portland 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 through the terms to determine any additional fees is before you reserve your rental.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Portland?
Insurance is always needed, no matter where you're renting a car. With that said, you might already be insured by your existing car or credit card policies. Keep in mind, those policies may not cover you 100%, and you'll have to add it to your booking for Portland. Check ahead of time and, if it's necessary, 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 have to search for 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 pick up your vehicle. Use as much fuel as you wish and top it off when you return your car at the rental office. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only pay for the fuel you use. 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 won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll receive the car with a full tank and return the car with the tank empty. Check with the provider to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a fuel station near your rental drop-off location||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 collect your vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up before you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to locate a gas station as soon as you get the car|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
We usually advise that customers choose the full-to-full policy. This policy is the most straightforward, and you simply top off the tank before you bring it back.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for anyone who don't want to worry about how many miles they are driving. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Read the details on mileage limits before you book.
Before you drive off
Before you get going on your Portland vacation, check out a few items prior to leaving the car rental lot. It's worth the time to:
- Check out your vehicle and make sure there is no damage 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 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 windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are navigating a new area
Book your Portland car rental 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 align with your requirements and not deplete your travel piggy bank.