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Southern California car rentals

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Cheap car rentals in Southern California

Economy$11/day
Compact$11/day
Intermediate$12/day
Standard$10/day
Full-size$13/day
Minivan$9/day
Full-size SUV$7/day
Premium$23/day
Passenger van$41/day
Luxury$13/day
Convertible$60/day
Pickup truck$26/day
Premium SUV$31/day
Intermediate SUV$6/day
Standard SUV$6/day
Compact SUV$8/day
Supplier choice$17/day
Luxury SUV$33/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting a car in Southern California

  • Southern California offers one of the finest travel destinations in America. Many people prefer traveling to Southern California in rental cars. Whereas renting a vehicle to tour Southern California is economical in the long run, you should prepare for your car rental in advance. Start by identifying the different car dealers near the places you want to visit. Check out the cars and identify which car model fits your Southern California tour. Go through the rental agreement with a suitable car rental dealer before committing yourself to a contract. Inspect the car thoroughly before embarking on your trip and ensure it doesn’t have any damages. Furthermore, fuel the car before starting your road trip, other than waiting for the dealer to fuel the car for you since they will include the gas in your rental car price.
  • Some car rental firms in Southern California allow car renters to use their travel insurance to pay for rental cars. Thus, you should check with a prospective car rental company as to whether they accept a travel insurance policy as an option for renting cars. Furthermore, check the car rental options the dealer will offer you courtesy of your travel insurance policy. Travelers with a comprehensive travel insurance policy have an advantage when booking and paying for rental cars. A comprehensive insurance plan, for instance, can pay for gas while driving a rental car in Southern California.
  • Driving in Southern California is different from driving in other places. The region has some of the country’s busiest roads. Hence, all drivers, and primarily rental drivers, should observe safety precautions to keep safe while driving on Southern California’s highways. For instance, while driving a rental car in Southern California, you should follow the recommended speed limit, always keep right, make correct lane changes, and maximize your visibility.
  • There are many car rental firms in Southern California offering their services. But no website offers more car rental options than KAYAK. Car rental drivers should take advantage of the KAYAK website to choose a car rental company. KAYAK will give you an originality boost by allowing you to select a car that offers better performance than your everyday car. You can then book a car directly through the KAYAK website.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Southern California for $38 or less
  • Book your rental car in Southern California at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Southern California are around 28% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Full-size rental cars in Southern California are around 78% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Southern California

  • Should I rent a car in Southern California?

    Anyone driving to Southern California has several reasons for getting a rental car. Even if you already have a vehicle, renting a car to explore Southern California remains a brilliant idea for virtually every driver. A rental car will save your vehicle from wear and tear over time. Rental cars are also more comfortable since these vehicles are designed for long road trips. You can save gas while driving to some of California’s best destinations, including Santa Barbara, Long Beach, and Catalina Island.

  • What is driving like in Southern California?

    Whether you want a long road trip or a short scenic drive, driving in Southern California is ultimately rewarding. You can experience fascinating scenes while driving in the region. You can have an incredible lifetime experience navigating the mountainous region as you drive to Southern California’s pristine beaches, such as Malibu and Long Beach. Driving in South California can be full of fun since you will encounter some of the region’s finest attractions. You can stop your rental car at various eateries and enjoy drinks and tasty Southern California dishes with your family.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in Southern California?

    Every driver must be, at minimum, twenty one years old to rent a vehicle in Southern California. All drivers should provide proof of having requisite driving training before renting a car. Visiting drivers need to have a driving permit from their home state six months before driving to Southern California. Besides meeting the minimum driving age, renters should also present a valid driver’s license to their car rental dealers. Foreign drivers should also submit their non-US driving licenses to the authorities in Southern California.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Southern California?

    On average a rental car in Southern California costs $30 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Southern California?

    Compact (Hyundai Tucson or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Southern California.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Southern California?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Ace ($6/day), MEXRENTACAR ($11/day) and Budget ($11/day).

  • What is the best rental car company in Southern California?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Southern California are Alamo (8.5, 690 reviews), National (8.3, 53 reviews), and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (7.8, 724 reviews).

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Southern California?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • Where should I rent a car in Southern California?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Southern California are San Diego (55% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Southern California), Santa Ana (15%) and Burbank (9%).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Southern California?

    On average a rental car in Southern California costs $369 per week ($53 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Southern California?

    On average a rental car in Southern California costs $1,583 per month ($53 per day).

Car rental locations in Southern California

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  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car rental locations in Southern California

    69 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in Southern California

    52 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in Southern California

    44 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in Southern California

    42 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car rental locations in Southern California

    11 Locations

  • midwaycarren

    Midway car rental locations in Southern California

    10 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in Southern California

    9 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car rental locations in Southern California

    8 Locations

  • national

    National car rental locations in Southern California

    8 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car rental locations in Southern California

    7 Locations

  • ezrav

    EZ Van car rental locations in Southern California

    7 Locations

  • eaglerac

    Eagle Rent A Car car rental locations in Southern California

    7 Locations

Good to know

Most popular agency

Kyte

Most popular car type

Full-size

Average price

$49/day

Good deal

$38/day

When to book a rental car in Southern California

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