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Car & RV Rental

Car & RV Rental
Choose from quality vehicles that match your needs and style

Get ready to roll. With its mild climate, outstanding highway system, and non-stop gorgeous scenery, California stands out as the perfect place for a road trip. And hiring a car here is about as easy as it gets. Whether your trip itinerary is a statewide tour of California’s greatest hits, a whole-family visit to iconic theme parks or an off-the-beaten-track adventure, there’s a vehicle to match your mood and style—snazzy convertibles, family-friendly people carriers, rugged 4x4s and pick-up trucks that can handle all types of conditions (including snow), even camper vans and RVs. All with good breakdown assistance and optional insurance policies.   

Car hire is available throughout the state; most major companies have offices at the larger airports and in convenient city locations. To hire a car in California, you must be at least 25 years old (in most cases) and have a valid driver's licence and credit card (used as a security deposit). Non-US citizens must have passports. Rates may vary, with factors including location, car size and style, accessories (a child seat or in-car GPS, for example, may be extra) and the day of the week that you hire it. Picking up and dropping off a vehicle at different locations can also increase rates. For the best deal, try booking the car when you book your flights.

We've compiled a list of reputable companies with offices statewide. Check charges in advance. There are lots of options including insurance coverage and extras, so be sure you get what you need and know what you are paying for before you drive away. Companies may also offer a pre-paid fuel plan with discounted prices, worth considering if you know you’re likely to use up at least one full tank of fuel.

If you’ve never driven in the state, you may want to read through this brief overview of statewide laws and rules of the road before getting behind the wheel. To find out about any road closures, travel alerts or updates on conditions, visit Caltrans.

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