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 is about as easy as it gets. Whether your trip itinerary is a statewide tour of California’s greatest hits, a family visit to iconic theme parks, or an off the beaten track adventure, there is a vehicle to match your mood and style> Snazzy convertibles, family friendly vans, rugged models that can handle all types of conditions (even snow), or campers and RVs, all in excellent shape and with good road assistance and optional insurance policies.
Car hires are available throughout the state. Most major companies have locations at major 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 safety seat or a GPS, for example, may be extra), and the day of the week that you rent. Picking up and dropping off a vehicle at different locations can also increase rates. For best rates, try booking a car at the same time you reserve your flights.
We've compiled a list of reputable hire companies with outlets state-wide. 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-pay fuel plan with discounted prices, worth considering if you know you will likely use up at least 1 tank of petrol.