California Car Rentals

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Frequently asked questions

Can I book now and pay later for my car rental in California?
Lock in your ride without paying in advance with our Book Now Pay Later option. When it’s time to collect your car in California, simply have whoever’s driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your card in the amount of the security deposit. It’s a great way to help you budget for your trip and give you more booking flexibility. Prepayment applies to some cheaper deals. Our search results will display if a car is eligible for “pay at pickup.”
What happens if I need to cancel my California car reservation?
That won’t be a problem. If you can cancel your rental more than six hours prior to collecting the car, you’re likely to qualify for all of your money back. You’ll want to read the car’s cancellation policy as there are some exclusions. Click through to our Customer Service Portal for more information.
What types of cars can I rent in California?
Busy city streets and tight parking spots are no hassle for an economy car — the most commonly booked rental type in California. Hop behind the wheel of one of these and get around traffic effortlessly. Reliable, affordable and good on gas, these small cars pack plenty of punch. But California can be explored in almost any sort of rental you like. Compact, full-size and premium vehicles are some other options to choose from.
Why should I rent a California car with Expedia?
There are tons of reasons to book your rental with Expedia. We have suppliers to take your pick of in California, and we’ll help you land the very best deal with our exclusive offers and member prices. Eager to save even more? Combine your car, hotels and flights into a package. The more you travel and book with Expedia, the bigger the benefits!
How do I find the best car rental deals in California with Expedia?
Nabbing an awesome deal on your California rental car is a cinch with Expedia. Choose your preferred car type, add some details and compare prices across leading suppliers. Why not add flights and hotels to your booking? You’ll get access to terrific discounts when you create a vacation package.
How old do you have to be to rent a car in California?
In most cases, the rules are 21 years of age and over in California. Be aware that most companies will charge a young renter fee. Check before you choose your ride, as different rules may apply between rental car suppliers. Bear in mind that if you’re planning to rent a luxury ride or a large car like an SUV, drivers may need to be older than 21.
What do you need to rent a car in California?
Before you can hop behind the wheel in California, you’ll need a driver’s license and a credit card. If you don’t take out the company’s insurance plan, you may also have to show proof of other coverage. Requirements can vary, so understand the policy terms and conditions before you select a rental company.
Can I rent a car for a month or longer in California?
Yes, and the great news is suppliers often offer lower rates the longer you rent. Check out our long-term car rental deals in California and drive away with an incredible bargain.
Where can I find a California car rental if I am younger than 25?
If you’re a young driver hoping to rent a vehicle in California, you’ll need to check the policies of the rental companies you’re interested in. Some may rent to drivers under the age of 25, some may not. Surcharges may apply if you’re between 21 and 24 years old. To avoid any unpleasant surprises at the rental desk, make sure you know if any extra charges apply to you.

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