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Car rentals in Tahoe City: All you need to know

A Tahoe City car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to check out all the sights, and even see what the rest of California has to offer. CarRentals.com has answered your most popular questions about car rentals in Tahoe City. Keep reading to find out the dos and don'ts of renting a car.

How do I find a great deal on a rental car in Tahoe City?

CarRentals.com makes it easy to grab the cheapest rates. Simply enter your travel dates and scroll through the list of car rental suppliers, select the top rental locations, and find the cheapest packages Tahoe City has to offer. You can also:

  • Check the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprises
  • Book your rental as far in advance as possible
  • Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs if possible; they normally are more expensive
  • Compare weekly and daily rates; you may save more if you rent the car for longer

These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Tahoe City.

What rental suppliers have agencies in Tahoe City?

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

What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Tahoe City?

That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what you'll be doing when you visit Tahoe City. If you're having trouble picking the right car, be sure to go over our table below. We have compared the most popular types of cars for you:

Car TypeBest forCategory Includes
LuxuryWhen you deserve the bestCadillac XTS, Infiniti Q50, or similar
MinivanIf you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing and want a comfortable rideFord Escape, Chrysler Town & Country, or similar
Compact CarWhen saving money and good gas mileage are your top prioritiesChevrolet Spark, Vauxhall Corsa, or similar

What age do you have to be to rent a car in Tahoe City?

Typically, the age limit for renting a car in Tahoe City is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. Additionally, many suppliers charge an added fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read over the terms to determine any additional charges will be before you rent your vehicle.

Is insurance required to rent a car in Tahoe City?

Insurance is required, no matter where you rent a vehicle. That said, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay using your credit card, the card's benefits may also insure you. Keep in mind, those policies might not totally cover your rental, and you'll need to add it to your booking for Tahoe City. Check in advance and, if it is needed, you can conveniently include it at checkout.

What is the fuel policy for Tahoe City rental cars?

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 TypePolicy DescriptionAdvantagesDisadvantages
Full to FullThere will be a full tank of gas when you collect your vehicle. Use as much gas as you wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end of your rental period. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra feesYou only refill the amount of fuel that you've 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 pay 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. Ask the provider to see if they will refund you for any unused fuelYou won't need to find a gas station near your rental drop-off locationYou usually pay a more expensive price for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station
Empty to emptyYou will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up the vehicle, and you won't have to refill the gas when you drop it back offYou refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump pricesYou'll need to find a gas station as soon as you collect the car

What fuel policy do you recommend?

We usually advise that customers opt for 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 Tahoe City?

Unlimited miles is a good option if you decide to do some sightseeing or visit several business associates all over Tahoe City. You can cruise wherever you want without incurring added charges. Read over your rental agreement to see if there are mileage limitations.

Know before you go

Before you begin on your Tahoe City vacation, check out a few items prior to leaving the lot. You should take time to:

  • Walk around the car and make certain there is no damage or scratches. 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
  • 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 working the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city

Book your Tahoe City rental car today

Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Tahoe City has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be going between the great restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the amazing sites in Tahoe City.