Car rentals in Stanford: All you need to know
You want a great vehicle to take you around Stanford whether you're going for a business trip or a vacation. Check out the famous sites around the area and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Stanford. We've answered your most popular questions about renting a car in Stanford. Read on to see how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How can I find a bargain car rental in Stanford?
You are on your way to locating the best price on your car rental by reserving it through CarRentals.com. However, 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 typically are more expensive
- Determine ahead of time how much fuel/mileage 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 on your Stanford rental car.
What rental companies have outlets in Stanford?
From global names like Avis and Sixt to budget-friendly brands like Thrifty and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to get an idea of which is best for you.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Stanford?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this California town means you're bound to find a car that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Best for families or groups who need a comfortable ride and have safety as a top priority||Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, or similar|
|Full Size||Groups with luggage and a need for space||Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, or similar|
|Economy Car||When saving money is a top priority||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Stanford?
Typically, to rent a car in Stanford you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to read over the terms to figure out any additional fees will be before you book your rental.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Stanford?
Insurance is required, no matter where you're renting a car. Nevertheless, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay using your credit card, the card's policy may also insure you. Keep in mind, your policies might not totally cover your rental, and you'll have to add it on to your booking. Look into it before you book and, if it's needed, you can simply include it at 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 need to search for an open gas station close to your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you get your car. Use as much petrol as you need and top it off when you return your car. 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. If you only use half of a tank, it's only necessary refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You won't pay more than local fuel prices 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 upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Several providers provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||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 won't have to refill the gas before you bring the car back||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?
We usually recommend that you choose the full-to-full policy. This policy is the most straightforward, and you simply top off the tank before you bring it back.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Stanford?
Unlimited miles is a great choice if you decide to do a bit of sightseeing or visit a lot of customers all over Stanford. You can drive as much as you want without incurring additional charges. Go over your rental agreement to see if there are mileage restrictions.
Before you drive off
Be sure you check out a few things prior to leaving the lot. It's worth the time to:
- Check out the car 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
- Check the trunk to determine if the spare is inflated and the necessary tools to change it 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 wipers
- Figure out how to work the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Stanford rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Stanford has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the great restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the amazing sites in Stanford.