Rent a cheap car in USA California with VIP Cars!!
|Minimum age to rent a car in California:||21|
|Minimum rental period:||1 day|
By booking a cheap car rental in USA California from VIP Cars, you can explore the places-to-visit in its North and South regions in utmost comfort & can have a pleasant stay in this vibrant state. Be it its natural beauty, food, drinks or modern-day structures, the state of California has an effervescent multicultural mix that entices travelers from around the globe. It asks for a thorough exploration, something which is only possible if you have a car rental at your disposal.
At VIP Cars, we bring you a superb booking portal for pre-negotiated car rental deals for California and other US states. Our association with the top car suppliers, in California, is meant to give you access to high-quality and economical services. Choose from our large fleet of rental cars and drive almost anywhere from beaches in Malibu in South to the famous Golden Gate Bridge and vineyards of the North, in absolute comfort!! Book your USA California car rental with us and make a beeline for a great travelling experience.
- Long term car rental California: Whether you want to rent a car for a few weeks or a few months, with us you get a great variety of deal types from one-day car hire to monthly, weekly and weekend rentals. Note that with most of the suppliers, you can rent a car for maximum of 11 months and even in that case the invoice is generated monthly.
Our car rental suppliers in
VIPCars work with a bevy of suppliers – international as well as local –known to offer a variety of USA California car rental deals at great prices! The following are our noted car hire suppliers for USA California
Car categories available for hire in USA California
The information about car hire age varies from supplier to supplier. Read the T&Cs attached with the deal for vehicle specific info. Our suppliers never guarantee the car model of the color, only the car category - that’s why all cars listed on VIP Cars come with 'Or similar’ tag.
Luxury car rental California
Usually 25+ year old drivers can rent luxury cars with our suppliers in California. For some premium vehicles, the age limit might be 27, and for some exotic cars, the supplier may ask for a second credit card. Most popular are Mercedes Benz, Audi, Porsche and Corvette.
Van rental California
For van and minivan rentals in California, the minimum car hire age is usually 25 years. On VIP Cars, you get to compare all from 7 seater to 9, 12 and 15-seater vans & minivans. They are best suited for long trips. You can expect vehicles like Mercedes Vito or similar.
Cheap car rental California
Economy, mini, compacts and standard cars are the cheapest to rent car-types. The minimum car hire age for these vehicle groups is usually 21 years. Best for city travel, they are fuel efficient vehicles which helps saving a lot on fuel charges. Not suitable for adventurous trips.
SUV rental California
We provide a big fleet of SUVs like Jeep Compass, Kia Sportage and similar vehicles. The car-type offers plenty space for people as well as equipment, and are best suited for adventure trips. Kindly note that taking the car off the road is not permitted by suppliers.
Extras & Inclusions
offered with our USA California car rental deals
With VIPCars, you get various benefits while renting a car in USA California. All of our suppliers provide inclusions like Collision Damage Waiver, Theft Waiver, and unlimited mileage etc & they come as the part of the deal and you don’t even have to pay anything extra for them!
When it comes to extras, our suppliers offer add-ons like GPS, Snow chains, baby seats, Wifi access and additional driver etc. But unlike inclusions, they are not the part of the deal – they come as optional which you can add to your USA California car rental by paying a small amount.
Each of our suppliers offers their own set of inclusions and extras, the ones listed above are the most common ones, they may vary from supplier to supplier and location to location in USA California.
Tips for renting a car in California
Renting a car for the first time can be a daunting experience! With the aim to make it easy for you, we present you with some rules that cover you well as they are applicable to all National suppliers in the US. And hence will help you while renting a car in USA California!
You can rent a car in the US with a foreign license: No matter the country, to rent a car in California you need a driver's license issued by the state government and that too in English or other Latin language. Possession of a license speaks for the fact that you are a legal driver, and it also provides valid proof of your age; if it is not in English you need to present your International driving Permit.
How old do you need to be to rent a car in USA California?: The common notion among the people is that one has to be at least 25 years old to rent a car in the USA California, but this is not true! Renters aged below 25 can also rent, but they have to pay a surcharge for their lack of driving experience. Because of the same reason, renter below the age of 25 are not allowed to rent all car categories; they are mostly allowed to rent economy and compacts etc.
Debit-Cards are usually not accepted: It has been seen that most of the car rental agencies don't accept debit cards, even if they bear Visa or Mastercard logos. Having a driving license and a car reservation is indeed necessary for picking a car at the rental office, but in absence of an active credit card, it is possible that you might not be allowed to pick the pre-booked car.
Using someone else’s credit card: If you are carrying a credit card but it is not issued in your name, it is possible that the rental branch will still not allow you to rent unless the credit card holder is in attendance. If this is so, and the person also has a driving license, solve this problem by adding him as the main renter and yourself as the additional driver.
When renter doesn’t have a personal auto insurance: Though optional, most of the car rental companies do offer you auto insurance, still, those who are under 25 years are strongly advised to buy it if they don't have a personal auto insurance policy. One should still comply in case they have the insurance, but it does not cover rental cars.
When renter has a personal auto insurance: Usually people are covered by their own car insurance or by their credit card Company, still have a word with the right people in the insurance and Credit Card Company and confirm, because without it you will be responsible for any damage or loss to the rental car.
FAQs for USA California car rental
Who is responsible for parking, tolls and moving traffic violations?
The main renter is responsible for the payment of any violations whether that is of parking, toll or traffic fines. Hence it is advised that you should drive safely and observe all ordinances while moving about in your USA California car rental.
Will I get an Accident/Incident Report Form with my USA California car hire?
An accident or incident report form can be obtained from the counter agent at the time of pick-up. However, note that an accident/incident report form is also present in the rental agreement which is handed over to you at the time of pickup. In the case of an unlikely event, make sure that you get the form filled from the police as you will need to present it at the time of drop-off. Do maintain a copy of your completed Accident/Incident Report for future reference.
Can I rent a car in USA California region by the hour?
The entire rates that you see on VIP Cars are based on a rental period of 24 hours i.e. with us you can rent a car only on the daily basis, not by the hour. Therefore, if you need your California car rental for just a few hours and are planning to return the vehicle within 24 hours after pickup, note that in such a case you will still be charged for the full day.
What rate will I pay if I choose to return my California car rental earlier than I originally scheduled?
Our car rental rates for USA California vary, depending on whether you rent for a day, a week, or a weekend. It is true that the longer your rental period, the more you save on your per-day rate, but if you decide to return the car early, it is possible that your per-day rate will increase. For instance, if you were renting for seven days and you decide to return the car after just three days, your per-day price could increase, which will eventually lead to increase in your overall rental fee as well.
Why visit California?
Californians are full of life and so is the setting of this Golden State. From culture to religion to art, the place offers something for everyone so much so that one vacation may not be enough to dig deeper into this paradise. This, in turn, makes it almost mandatory for you to acquire your USA California rental – that suits your needs and budget –in order to travel to the place of your choice.
From Los Angeles to San Francisco, every city of California is a masterpiece in its own right. For the admirers of nature, here are some places you cannot leave unvisited- Beverly Hills, Napa Valley, and sandy beaches, Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park.
There is Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco that must not be missed too.
The tag of being the most populous state in the USA brings in a perfect mix of diverse cuisines in California. While cuisines of Mexican and Spanish-origin are mostly famous in Southern California, those living on fast-foods have a whole lot of options too.
When in California, do try your hand at Mochi ice cream, boba, California roll, salmon and Dungeness crabs. They are extremely delicious.
Points of interest in USA California
Whether it is North California or South, the following are some of the best theme parks in the US. Toddlers, kids or adults, these make for a great family time, so do make it a point that you visit these thrilling places during your stay in California, positively!
If children or toddlers are in tow, do make sure that your USA California car rental has proper restraint systems for safety reasons!
- California's major family destination, Disneyland in Anaheim is the best place if you want to have a great time enjoying some of the world's finest theme rides, roller coasters, shows, games, entertainment, and restaurants.
- But there is more to it than just the parks! It also provides exceptional shopping experience at Downtown Disney District and new levels of adventure through its 'Disney Adventure Park'! A car rental makes it more easy and convenient to move about!
We have tie-ups with Alamo, which is Anaheim Disneyland’s Official car rental partner. It also has its office in Downtown Disney District.
Universal Studios Hollywood
- With a rental car at your disposal in USA CA, if the exceptional theme park – Universal Studios Hollywood – is not on your list, then you are certainly going to miss something!
- Divided into 2 areas – the upper lot and the lower lot – the Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio as well as a theme park! And a great place to be!!
- Attractions: Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Silly Swirly, Super Silly Funland, Studio Tour, Shrek 4D, the Simpsons Ride, the Walking Dead, Waterworld, Universal's Animal Actors. And the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
Our partner company Enterprise has its rental office in Studio City and is real close to City Walk, Universal Studios and Hollywood Blvd.
California’s Great America
- Located in California’s Santa Clara, California’s Great America is a theme park spread over an area of about 100 acres.
- In existence since 1976, it includes attractions and areas listed as follows: Roller Coasters, Action Zone, Thrill Rides, County Fair, Celebration Plaza, Planet Snoopy, Orleans Place, All American Corners and Boomerang Bay.
- In 2016, another section called Halloween Haunt was added which consists of three scare zones, eight haunted mazes, five skeleton keys, and four hair-raising shows!
There are a variety of options to reach Great America from the nearby states, like SF, and out of them all, a car rental save you both time and money.
Knott’s Berry Farm
- Located in Buena Park in California, Knott’s Berry Farm is an amusement park spread over an area of about 60 acres.
- One of the top 15 most visited theme parks in North America it provides access to 35 rides which include roller coasters, rides for children, historical as well as water rides.
- In business since 1920, the park’s attractions include the Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, Camp Snoopy, the Boardwalk and the Indian Trails.
We work with Enterprise which has one of its offices in Buena Park located just a five minutes drive north of Knott’s Berry Farm.
Best Places to Visit in Southern & Northern California
A bulk of travelers visiting the US prefers renting a car in California so that they can move in and around the state as per their needs and demands of the travel they have planned out! And trust me, almost one of every two travelers is hell bent on doing a road trip across California. Keeping this in mind, we have listed some road trip ideas and sample itineraries for Southern and Northern California.
Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip -
Southern CA Road Trip from Santa Barbara to San Diego
- Driving Time : 3 hr 18 min
- Driving Distance : Approx 218 miles
If you want to enjoy the bests of South California, you should take the trip along the Pacific coast highway! Whether you want to spend 5 days, 7 or 10 days, below is the list of the best stops on the way as you drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego in your USA California car rental. So plan well!
Santa Barbara is a city known for its Spanish colonial heritage and with Santa Ynez Mountains as the backdrop, is home to upscale boutiques, restaurants which are known to offer local wines.Points of interest
- Mission Santa Barbara
- Stearns Wharf
- Santa Barbara Zoo
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
A coastal city, Santa Monica has its unique character which it owes to the varied attractions like the amusement parks and the historic Looff Hippodrome Carousel etc.Points of interest
- Santa Monica Pier
- Third Street Promenade
- Muscle Beach
- Pacific Park - Amusement Park
USA’s 36th most populous city and the 7th most populous in California, Long Beach is known for its varied list of attractions which vary from old houses to museums and beaches.Points of interest
- RMS Queen Mary
- Aquarium of the Pacific
- Museum of Latin American Art
Intl Surfing museum, Huntington Central Park, and Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve are some of the attractions offered by the Surf City of USA – Huntington Beach.Points of interest
- Huntington Library
- Bolsa Chica State Beach
- Huntington Beach Pier
- Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Costa Mesa, Orange County
A city in Orange County, Costa Mesa is called the city of arts! It offers world class shows, concerts, shopping and dining experience.Points of interest
- Diego Sepúlveda Adobe
- Huntington Beach Pier
- Newport Pier
- Balboa Pier
Laguna Beach is also a small city in Orange County which is known for its canyons, beaches, and tourist-rich attractions.Points of interest
- Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
- Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
- Laguna Art Museum
- Mission San Juan Capistrano
Based on the toy brand Lego, located in Carlsbad, Legoland is an amusement and miniature park, as well as an aquarium.Points of interest
- Lost Kingdom Adventure
- Pirate Reef
- Pirate Falls Dynamite Drench
- Lego Technic Test Track
Known for its parks, beaches and art and history centric galleries & museums, San Diego is a city located on CA’s Pacific coast.Points of interest
- Balboa Park
- SeaWorld San Diego
- San Diego Zoo
- Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Northern California road trip ideas -
Big Sur to San Francisco
- Driving Time : 2 hr 33 min
- Driving Distance : Approx 141 miles
Here we are covering California’s northern coast and its most amazing destinations for those who want to see the beauty of California's North through a road trip!! You can also do the trip the other way round as in that case the starting point will be SF, CA. So, if you are going to arrive into the USA via San Francisco Airport, you can arrange to pick your California car rental car at SFO.
Located between Carmel and San Simeon, & bordered by Pacific on the west and the Santa Lucia Mountains in the east, it is a rugged region best known for hiking, beachcombing, and camping.Points of interest
- Point Lobos
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
- 17 mile Drive
- Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Pfeiffer Beach, Northern CA
Pfeiffer Beach is located in the Big Sur area, located south of Big Sur Station on Highway 1, though it is located off the beaten path, yet is well worth the drive!Points of interest
- Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
- Ewoldsen Trail
- McWay Falls
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Yosemite National Park
Located in Sierra Nevada Mountains, the park is famous for its ancient sequoia trees; its village is home to Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery!Points of interest
- Half Dome
- Yosemite Falls
- Lembert Dome
- Tunnel & Valley View
From 1911 Looff Carousel & the Giant Dipper in Beach Boardwalk to Pacific Avenue – which has vintage clothing stores, cafes and galleries – Santa Cruz is home to all things vintage!Points of interest
- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
- Natural Bridges State Beach
- Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
- Mystery Spot
San Jose, Northern CA
This US city is best known for the architectural marvels located in its historic district, like the Spanish Colonial Revival structures and the 1883 Italianate-style Odd Fellows building.Points of interest
- Sunol Regional Wilderness
- Winchester Mystery House
- Mission Peak
- The Tech Museum of Innovation
Sonoma, Northern CA
Surrounding by a town plaza which is the last remnant of its Mexican colonial past, Sonoma is a city in Sonoma Valley, in California, USA.Points of interest
- Mission San Francisco Solano
- Sonoma Train Town Railroad
- Sonoma State Historic Park
- Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Located on the east side of SFO, Oakland is the largest city in Alameda County. Old Oakland is best known for its Victorian architecture and restored boutiques.Points of interest
- Tilden Regional Park
- Lake Merritt
- Jack London Square
- Oakland Zoo
Located in Napa County in North CA, Napa Valley with more than 400 wineries is the best place for those who love wine, food and views extra ordinate!!Points of interest
- Napa Valley Wine Train
- Skyline Wilderness Park
- Schramsberg Vineyards
- Napa Valley Balloons, Inc
Capital City of California, Sacramento has it all! While Old Sacramento takes back you to its Gold rush era, new Sacramento keeps you occupied with its art, entertainment and food options.Points of interest
- Old Sacramento State Historic Park
- California State Railroad Museum
- California State Capitol
- Sutter's Fort
Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay, San Francisco is a hilly city best known for its colorful Victorian houses and the Skyscraper Transamerica Pyramid.Points of interest
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Alcatraz Island
- Muir Woods National Monument
- Fisherman's Wharf
Best Car Rental Deals in USA California
|Economy||USD 14 /day|
|Compact||USD 18 /day|
|Van / Minivan||USD 22 /day|
|Luxury||USD 29 /day|