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 the region and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Portland. We've answered your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Portland. Find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where do I find a great deal on a rental car in Portland?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to book the best deals. Just type in your travel dates and scroll through the variety of rental suppliers, pick the top rental locations, and find the cheapest offers in Portland. You can also:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Try to avoid pick-ups and drop-offs at airports, which usually cost more
- Determine ahead of time the amount of mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and reserve as far in advance as you can
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Portland rental car.
What rental companies have retailers in Portland?
From budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget to global names like Advantage and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the reviews to help you figure out which is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Portland?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Portland. If you're having difficulty deciding, make sure to look over our table below. We've compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||Everyone who wants to travel Portland in style||Cadillac, Audi, or similar|
|SUV||If you plan on doing plenty of driving and want a comfy ride||Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Compact Car||When saving money and good gas mileage are your top priorities||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Portland?
Usually, the age limit for car rentals in Portland is 21. However, you may find that there is an additional fee if you're under 25 or for higher category vehicles in particular. Read through the terms to find what any additional fees is before you book your rental.
Does Portland require rental car insurance?
When driving around Portland or the rest of Australia, you'll need insurance. Almost every supplier needs proof of insurance before you rent a car. Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase interim coverage through the rental supplier.
The major credit card issuers (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) will typically cover your car rental. But many of them have restrictions, like not covering larger vehicles like trucks or SUVs. Be sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to Portland.
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 need to find 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 vehicle. You can use as much fuel as you want and top it off when you return your car when you are done. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only need to replace the fuel you used. Used a half of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any you didn't use. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only be charged refueling fees if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of gas when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Ask the provider to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a gas 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 the vehicle, and you don't need to fill the tank back up before you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to get some gas before you do any serious driving|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Many suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, the stand-out choice is usually full-to-full. It simply means returning the car with the same level of gas as you got it with, so you'll never pay for anyone else's road trips through the Portland.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Portland?
If you wish to explore all that Portland offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional fees. Review the fine print to be sure they are actually "unlimited."
Before you leave the lot
Be sure you go over a few things before you leave the lot on your Portland adventure. You should take time to:
- Look over the vehicle and determine if there is any damage or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Inspect the trunk to determine if the spare is properly inflated and the necessary tools to change it are there
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Get comfortable operating the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Portland 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 needs and not break the bank.