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In a city so vast and where many of its attractions are spread out, car hire in Los Angeles is a good idea.

Traffic jams are frequent and you’ll have to get used to driving on the other side of the road, but once you’ve got your head around that you’ll find driving in Los Angeles a breeze. Heck, you might love it so much you could find yourself renting a Harley or a Cadillac!

Language: English | Currency: US Dollar ($) | Avg. Flight time: 10.5 hrs

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Los Angeles?

Minimum age requirements vary from one car hire company to the next, but most major providers will let you hire a car from the age of 21. On that note, if you’re aged between 21 and 24, you will be classed as a ‘young driver’, meaning you will more than likely have to pay a surcharge.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Los Angeles?

To hire a car in Los Angeles, you will need a valid driving licence from your home country, an International Driving Permit and a credit card. For added peace of mind, it’s useful to bring along additional ID. Check with your provider for more specific requirements.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Los Angeles?

It’s not mandatory to have car hire excess insurance in Los Angeles, but it will reduce your financial risk in the event of an accident. This means is you won’t have to fork out as much for repairs as you would without the additional cover. Keep your costs down by purchasing a standalone policy – you do not have to go with your car hire provider.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Los Angeles?

Yes, you can rent a car with your debit card in Los Angeles, but it’s not advisable – you’ll find that it comes with more conditions and restrictions than if you opted to pay with a credit card. With a credit card, it’s much simpler – and you’ll have more choice.

Which rental companies are available at Los Angeles International Airport?

Most of the major car rental companies can be found at Los Angeles International Airport, as well as some smaller players. They include: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless, Sixt and Thrifty.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Los Angeles?

If you compare car hire deals at the airport in advance online, then you can certainly bag yourself a cheaper rental than one you might get off-site in Los Angeles. Book on the day, and you’ll likely pay more.

Can you rent a car in Los Angeles and drop it off in another city?

Yes, most car hire companies in Los Angeles offer one-way rentals. To be sure, check in advance whether your desired provider has offices in your end destination. Expect a fee, too.

Can you rent a car the same day in Los Angeles?

If for whatever reason you don’t hire a car in advance and online, you can rest assured that you will be able to pick up one on the day in Los Angeles. It will cost you more, though.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Los Angeles?

If you’re 21 and looking to hire a car in Los Angeles, you’re in luck – you’ll be able to rent a car from most of the major providers so long as you’ve had a full driving licence for at least one year. Anyone under 25 will have to pay a ‘young driver fee’, so budget accordingly.