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Car rentals in San Luis Rey: All you need to know

A San Luis Rey car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to explore all the sights, and even see what the rest of California has to offer. We've gathered your most popular questions about renting a car in San Luis Rey. Keep reading to discover the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.

Where can I find a bargain car rental in San Luis Rey?

You are on your way to finding the best price on your car rental with us. However, you can remember a couple things to keep your next rental affordable. You can:

  • Compare and contrast weekly and daily rates from all the different suppliers
  • Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually get your vehicle of your choice and save more
  • Check the fuel and mileage policies. This way you'll avoid any surprises on your final bill
  • Don't get more vehicle than you need. Generally, the smaller the car, the cheaper the rate

Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your San Luis Rey rental car.

What rental companies have retailers in San Luis Rey?

From budget-friendly brands like Thrifty and Budget to global names like National and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the online reviews to get an idea of which one is best for you.

What type of rental car should I get for my trip to San Luis Rey?

That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what you'll be doing when you visit San Luis Rey. If you're having difficulty deciding, make sure to go over the table below. We've compared the most popular categories for you:

Car TypeBest forCategory Includes
Full Size SUVPerfect for families or groups who need a comfortable ride and to fit in all their luggageBMW X3, Ford Explorer, or similar
Full SizeNeed extra room and comfort, but with better handling and gas mileage than an SUVToyota Camry, Nissan Altima, or similar
HybridThose that want a quiet and comfortable ride with great fuel economyToyota Prius, Honda Civic, or similar

How old do you have to be to rent a car in San Luis Rey?

Normally, the age limit for renting a car in San Luis Rey 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 find any additional fees will be before you book your rental.

Is insurance required to rent a car in San Luis Rey?

Most countries require driver's insurance. You might be able to purchase additional insurance through rental car company, if you think your insurance won't cover you while traveling through the U.S.A.. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Many credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will provide some coverage. However, there may be limitations, such as not covering bigger automobiles like premium models or some SUVs. Make sure to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to San Luis Rey.

What is the difference between all the fuel policies?

Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Below is a list of the most common ones.

You will need to find a gas station near your rental car supplier
Policy TypePolicy DescriptionAdvantagesDisadvantages
Full to FullThe tank will be full when you pick up your car. You can use as much fuel as you wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling costYou only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. Used a half of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any gas you didn't use. You can fill up at any station you want 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 suppliers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehandYou won't need to find a gas station near your rental drop-off locationYou might pay a higher rate for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station
Empty to emptyYou will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up the vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up when you drop it back offYou fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump pricesYou'll have to get some gas before you do any serious driving

What fuel policy should I get?

We recommend a full to full policy. You receive the car with the needle at "F". However, if you return the rental with less than the amount you received it with, most companies will charge a premium, and sometimes up to 3X the amount of current gas prices to refill it. If you want to keep your expenses lower, fill up your tank before returning the car rental. Stations near or around airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.

Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in San Luis Rey?

If you want to check out all that San Luis Rey and maybe even the rest of California offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional charges. Review the fine print to be sure they are actually "unlimited."

Know before you go

Before you get going on your San Luis Rey adventure, check out a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. You should:

  • Check out your car and make certain there is no damage or scrapes. If so, write it down on your paperwork
  • 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 windshield wipers
  • Figure out how to work the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are driving around a new city

Book your San Luis Rey car rental today

Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels San Luis Rey has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the great restaurants, famous landmarks, and all the must-see sites in San Luis Rey.