San Francisco Car Rental Policies You Should Know About

Booking inquiries at San Francisco pick up locations

Type Location Dates Class Car Price Request performed
San Francisco Airport (SFO)
(4 days)
06/01/2017 10:00 - 06/05/2017 10:00 Compact Ford Focus $90.92 / day 1 day(s) and 3 hour(s) ago
San Francisco Airport (SFO)
(13 days)
08/20/2017 10:00 - 09/02/2017 10:00 Ford Mustang Convertible $102.11 / day 2 day(s) and 19 hour(s) ago
San Francisco Airport (SFO)
(6 days)
06/21/2017 10:00 - 06/27/2017 10:00 Van Kia Sedona $138.88 / day 4 day(s) and 0 hour(s) ago
San Francisco Airport (SFO)
(1 days)
03/17/2017 21:30 - 03/18/2017 12:00 Ford Expedition $156.57 / day 4 day(s) and 22 hour(s) ago
San Francisco Airport (SFO)
(1 days)
03/17/2017 21:30 - 03/18/2017 12:00 Luxury Lincoln MKS $160.26 / day 4 day(s) and 22 hour(s) ago


Before you rent a car, especially if it is your first time to do so, make it a point to know about the usual car rental policies you will probably come across. These policies refer to the rules and regulations that help govern every aspect of a car rental transaction. Here are some of the most important car rental policies you should know about:

San Francisco Car Rental Age restrictions

You need to meet the minimum age requirement before you will be allowed to rent a car. Generally, the minimum age is 25, although this may differ based on the car rental company you go to; some may allow renters of at least 21 years of age. If you are under 21 or 25 years of age, you can still find some companies who are willing to rent you a car as long as you have a valid driver’s license. However, some companies put additional restrictions, such as a limit on which cars you can rent, or they may ask you to pay a Young Driver Fee.

And just as you need to meet a minimum age requirement, there is also a maximum limit as to the age of the person who can rent a car.

San Francisco Car Rental Payment options

Most car rental companies in the US only accept credit cards so that they can cover the rental fee as well as the deposit. Only a few car rental companies accept cash deposits, and even then, they usually do so only in special cases. European car rental companies also widely accept debit cards since credit cards are not as popular there; however, US companies also rarely accept debit cards.

San Francisco Car Rental Fees and charges

There are many fees involved in renting a car; these include the deposit, which is refundable, the fuel charge, sales tax, and Value Added Tax. Additional services may incur additional cost, such as airport surcharge, drop-off fee (if you don’t want to pick the car up from the company’s location), additional driver fee (if there will be more than 1 person driving the rental car), and extra mileage (for non-unlimited mileage packages). You will also be asked to pay a late fee if you are not able to drop the car off at the time agreed upon in the contract.