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Cheap Car Rentals in California

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

Below are the cheapest cities to rent a car in California

Price

$6 - $38

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 84% cheaper than renting one in Sacramento where the per day rate is around $38. Other fairly inexpensive cities in California to get a rental car in are: San Jose ($6/day), Burbank ($26/day), and Los Angeles ($28/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 $28/day on their transportation. The most popular city to rent a car in California is Los Angeles.

Cheapest time to rent a car in California

January

$48

February

$61

March

$66

April

$66

May

$61

June

$72

July

$80

August

$68

September

$59

October

$66

November

$66

December

$67

Top rental agencies in California

All major car rental suppliers in California
8.3
Excellent
1186 reviews14 locations
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Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.6

Overall

8.2

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8.3

Value

8.1
7.6
Good
1459 reviews104 locations
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Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

7.8

Overall

7.5

Pick-up/drop-off

7.4

Value

7.5
6.6
Good
1614 reviews13 locations
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Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.0

Overall

6.4

Pick-up/drop-off

6.2

Value

6.6
6.5
Good
1545 reviews15 locations
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Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.0

Overall

6.3

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6.0

Value

6.4
6.0
Good
1605 reviews55 locations
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Cleanliness

6.7

Comfort

6.7

Overall

5.9

Pick-up/drop-off

5.7

Value

6.0
5.9
Okay
2844 reviews84 locations
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Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.5

Overall

5.7

Pick-up/drop-off

5.4

Value

5.9
6.8
Good
546 reviews12 locations
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Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

7.3

Overall

6.6

Pick-up/drop-off

6.4

Value

6.7
6.1
Good
928 reviews57 locations
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Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

6.8

Overall

5.9

Pick-up/drop-off

5.8

Value

6.1

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Car Rental FAQs

What are the requirements to rent a car in California?

If you want to use car rentals in California, you will need to be at least 21 years old. If you’re between ages 21 and 24 and looking for a cheap car rental in California, keep in mind that until age 25, you’ll be charged a daily fee on top of the cost of your rental vehicle. You’ll also need a valid driver’s license or photo ID which will not expire for the duration of your trip. Current temporary driver’s licenses may be accepted if presented with another government ID. Active U.S. military personnel may present a current military ID with an expired driver’s license as long as the names on both IDs match and they meet the requirements of their state’s military extension policy. If you’re visiting from outside the U.S., besides your country’s driver’s license, you may also be required to bring a passport and International Driver’s Permit. Specific ID requirements vary across different California car rentals, so you’ll want to review these before your trip. Credit or debit card payments will be accepted under most circumstances. If you’re under age 25, some car rentals will require a credit card rather than a debit card.

What are the rules for driving in California?

Familiarity with local driving rules can make your car rentals in California an enjoyable experience. Drivers in the Golden State use the right side of the road. California uses posted speed limits, but it also relies on a Basic Speed Law which requires drivers to travel only as fast as road and weather conditions allow. Near schools or in business and housing areas, the speed limit is 25 mph (40 km/h). Intersections without stop signs and limited visibility in either direction have a speed limit of 15 mph (24 km/h). When near a public transit vehicle such as a trolley or bus, the limit is 10 mph (16 km/h). The speed on undivided two-lane highways is limited to 55 mph (89 km/h), but on interstate highways, the speed limit is as high as 70 mph (112 km/h). Seatbelts are required for all occupants. The state limits alcohol consumption for drivers to a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% for those age 21 and older. Please check the Department of Motor Vehicles for changes to these or other driving laws before selecting rental cars in California.

What type of car is recommended for driving in California?

When selecting car rentals in California, you’ll want to be prepared for plenty of driving, as the state is very long. If you plan to spend a great deal of time on the road, select a fuel-efficient car or SUV for your California car rentals. Finding a cheap car rental in California is easy, as there are plenty of options. Choose an electric car rental for city driving with heavy, stop-and-go traffic. Select an economy car rental to reach your destination on a tighter budget. The Golden State’s milder climate and miles of Pacific coastline make travel by convertible an appealing option as well. You’ll find there are enough rental cars in California to suit any preference.

What is the cheapest rental car found in California?

In the past two weeks, Cheapflights users have found many deals under $62/day when booking a rental car in California. The best deal a user found was for $22/day from Zeeba Rent-A-Van, booked on Jul. 28.

What car rental company is typically the cheapest in California?

According to our data, users have found the cheapest deals when booking a rental car in California from the following companies over the past two weeks: NU Car ($28/day), Elita Rent A Car ($33/day), and GREEN MOTION ($34/day).

Which car rental company is considered to be the best in California?

Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, Super Cheap (10.0 rating), Signature Rent A Car (10.0 rating) and Alamo (8.7 rating) seem to be the best rental car companies in California.

What are gas prices like in California?

The average gas price in California is $4.50/gallon over the past month, costing you anywhere between $54 and $77 to fill up a car’s gas tank.

How much does it cost to rent a car in California for a week from Hertz?

Hertz is a popular option for travelers looking for car rental in California. You can expect the average cost of rental car to be about $530 per week.

How far in advance should I rent a car in California for the best price?

Booking early almost always ensures you have more options of car models to choose from, as well as prices reduced by up to 6% to make it a great deal in California. Try to book at least 90 days prior to when you need the car rental to close on a rate below the average.

Can I rent a car for a month in California?

Yes, cars are available to be rented out for an entire month in California.

How much does it cost to rent a car in California for a month?

Prices can be as low as $2,272 if you consider booking with Zeeba Rent-A-Van. That price represents savings of 94% compared to the California average. The monthly cost of a car rental in California is on average $2,272 ($76/day).