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One way car Rental

Perth
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One way car Rental

Hi All,

Will be flying into San Fran in early August and will be driving don to LA. Looking for recommendations on one way car rentals? Also is a small size car suitable? Don’t think I will need anything much larger.

Cheers James

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1. Re: One way car Rental

Hi James

Book from a name brand company or a 3rd party broker. Identify yourself as Australian. Pick up the reserved car in downtown San Francisco (abbreviated SF) after your city tourism.

Any size car is fine. You're likely to pay a one way drop fee.

Do you know about the closure on Hwy 1?

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2. Re: One way car Rental

Thanks for the tips!

Yes, unfortunately have seen the road closure on the highway, I guess we will just have to go around!

I have the week in Canada before San Fran then another week in Maui :)

I wonder if I could get a discount for using the same company in 3 different places?

Cheers James

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3. Re: One way car Rental

No, there is no discount. But look around there are a few car rental companies which don't charge a one-way-fee between SF and LA. At least for us Germans, when we book via a german website. Maybe it is the same in Australia?

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4. Re: One way car Rental

Whatever size car you choose, be sure that everything you own can fit in the trunk. You don't want anything visible in the car when you park it.

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>>unfortunately have seen the road closure on the highway, I guess we will just have to go around!<<

Yes, but be sure to allow enough time (at least two nights) in Monterey first, so you have time to visit Big Sur. If the road were open, most people spend the majority of their day driving from Monterey to Cambria. So spending two nights in Monterey allows you the same amount of time to explore, you just have to turn around to return to Monterey for the night. The next morning, connect to Hwy. 101 to continue your drive south.

>>I wonder if I could get a discount for using the same company in 3 different places?<<

Probably not, but using the same company in 3 different places (and signing up for their loyalty program) will probably allow you to skip the counter, and may even get you upgrades.

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6. Re: One way car Rental

Are you picking up the car on arrival at SFO, or in the city after visiting SF for a few days? And are you dropping the car at LAX (airport) or somewhere else in L.A.

Alamo has the best rate for the one-way rental and a mid-size car is only a few dollars more than the smallest economy car. But they only have two return locations in LA, LAX or Hollywood-Burbank Airport.

Currently it looks like you'll get a much better rate booking via happytoursusa.com than by booking with Alamo.com.au

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7. Re: One way car Rental

I have booked a car with AVIS from San Fran to LAX. A very good price I thought.

Plan is to drive to Mariposa from SF and visit Yosemite for a few days. Then drive to LAX from Mariposa in a day. Hope that's going to work out ok.

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8. Re: One way car Rental

The journey from Mariposa to LAX (airport) went really well. Took 5h 30m at a leisurely pace. Bit frantic at the end it fine.

Avis were excellent too.

Car was quite a gas guzzler a Ford Taurus. 3.5ltr V6 about 22mpg!

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