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Cheap Car Rentals in California

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What are the car rental prices for popular cities in California?

Below are the cheapest cities to rent a car in California

Price

$6 - $35

Out of all the popular cities in California, Santa Ana is the cheapest city to rent a car in at just $6/day. Renting a car in Santa Ana is 83% cheaper than renting one in San Francisco where the per day rate is around $35. Other fairly inexpensive cities in California to get a rental car in are: San Jose ($6/day), Burbank ($19/day), and Long Beach ($20/day). While these cities typically have cheaper prices than the rest of the country, travelers looking to rent a car in Los Angeles should expect to spend around $21/day on their transportation. The most popular city to rent a car in California is Los Angeles.

What is the cheapest time to rent a car in California?

January

$40

February

$61

March

$66

April

$66

May

$58

June

$58

July

$62

August

$58

September

$52

October

$55

November

$50

December

$49

Currently, the cheapest month to rent a car in California is January. The most expensive time to rent a car is March. The cheapest prices for each month are shown above, but prices will vary based on availability, how far out you book your rental car, and of course, car type.

Popular Car Types in California

Large is the cheapest car type you can rent in California this past week from 14,377 rental locations out of 249 rental agencies. Prices for a California Large rental start from $13/day. Check out available deals for 6 car types currently offered at listed car rental agencies here:

Compare available car types for rental in California

Small Cars

$29 - $54

All Car Types

$50 - $86

To rent a Small car in California, you would pay an average price of $42/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Small car in California (~$29/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is April (~$54/day). In fact, January is about 31% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Small rental for California. When comparing with other car types available for rental in California, renting a Small car saves you 39% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best California Small rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Medium car in California, you would pay an average price of $48/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Medium car in California (~$41/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is April (~$61/day). In fact, January is about 17% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Medium rental for California. When comparing with other car types available for rental in California, renting a Medium car saves you 28% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best California Medium rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Large car in California, you would pay an average price of $57/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Large car in California (~$38/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is April (~$68/day). In fact, January is about 34% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Large rental for California. When comparing with other car types available for rental in California, renting a Large car saves you 17% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best California Large rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a SUV car in California, you would pay an average price of $55/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a SUV car in California (~$43/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$67/day). In fact, January is about 24% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a SUV rental for California. When comparing with other car types available for rental in California, renting a SUV car saves you 18% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best California SUV rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Van car in California, you would pay an average price of $79/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Van car in California (~$50/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is May (~$111/day). In fact, January is about 38% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Van rental for California. When comparing with other car types available for rental in California, renting a Van car is 15% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best California Van rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Pickup Truck car in California, you would pay an average price of $60/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Pickup Truck car in California (~$53/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is March (~$123/day). In fact, January is about 14% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Pickup Truck rental for California. When comparing with other car types available for rental in California, renting a Pickup Truck car saves you 11% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To rent a Luxury car in California, you would pay an average price of $94/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Luxury car in California (~$69/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is May (~$137/day). In fact, January is about 27% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Luxury rental for California. When comparing with other car types available for rental in California, renting a Luxury car is 28% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best California Luxury rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Convertible car in California, you would pay an average price of $98/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a Convertible car in California (~$77/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is March (~$125/day). In fact, January is about 22% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Convertible rental for California. When comparing with other car types available for rental in California, renting a Convertible car is 31% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

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Top rental agencies in California

All major car rental suppliers in California

Alamo

8.6
Very good
1207 reviews14 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.8

Comfort

8.8

Overall

8.5

Pick-up/drop-off

8.6

Value

8.3

Enterprise

7.9
Good
1537 reviews105 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

8.2

Overall

7.9

Pick-up/drop-off

7.8

Value

7.8

Dollar

7.1
Good
1675 reviews20 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.7

Comfort

7.6

Overall

6.9

Pick-up/drop-off

6.8

Value

7.1

Thrifty

6.9
Okay
1599 reviews18 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.4

Overall

6.8

Pick-up/drop-off

6.6

Value

6.9

Budget

6.7
Okay
1789 reviews56 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.3

Overall

6.7

Pick-up/drop-off

6.6

Value

6.6

Hertz

6.6
Okay
3102 reviews88 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.1

Overall

6.5

Pick-up/drop-off

6.4

Value

6.6