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Lake Tahoe car hire

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Cheap car hire in Lake Tahoe

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Top tips for hiring a car in Lake Tahoe

  • One very important thing to consider when renting a vehicle in Lake Tahoe is the time of year you'll be renting a vehicle. Winters in Lake Tahoe can mean snowy and icy roads for travelers. In this area, there may also be roads that are not maintained and not plowed during the winter, making driving difficult, if not impossible. As such, if you plan on renting a vehicle at this time of the year, an SUV or a four-wheel-drive vehicle is probably a great choice. Even during months when you won't experience weather like this, you will probably still want a larger vehicle to be able to take your gear to some of the great outdoor adventures you will find in this part of the world.
  • Since Lake Tahoe sits on the border between California and Nevada, you may encounter different rules about driving with children in your vehicle. In California, children that are under the age of two need to ride in a rear-facing car seat and they should ride in the back of the vehicle. Any child that is under the age of eight must either be in a car seat or a booster seat in the back of the vehicle. In the state of Nevada, any child that is less than six years old or weighs less than 60 pounds needs to be in a child restraint system while in a vehicle. The child restraint system must be appropriate for the size of the child in question.
  • One thing to keep in mind when renting a car in the Lake Tahoe area is that if you want to rent a car in a town like South Lake Tahoe, you may find a limited selection of cars available. If you want to find a greater selection of rental cars, try renting a car in the larger cities of Carson City and Reno in Nevada. One of the best options is to rent a car at the airport in Reno because this will likely give you the largest selection of vehicles and yet still offers you a rather short trip from the airport to the Lake Tahoe area.
  • Book your car hire in Lake Tahoe at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate hire cars in Lake Tahoe are around 14% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Lake Tahoe

  • Should I hire a car in Lake Tahoe?

    Renting a car is a must when you visit Lake Tahoe. While you can fly to places like Reno and then board public transportation or shuttles to get you to the Lake Tahoe area, it is generally much easier and much more convenient to rent a car and make the trip. When you get to wherever you are staying in Lake Tahoe, you will most certainly need a car to get around, especially if you plan on exploring the area. This is going to be especially true if you want to head to some of the more remote areas you will find around Lake Tahoe.

  • What is driving like in Lake Tahoe?

    Because the Lake Tahoe area is subject to the driving regulations of two different states, there may be some minor differences depending on where you drive in Lake Tahoe. For the most part, driving here is going to be like driving in any other state in the United States. One of the great things about this area is that you can drive around the entire lake. Be aware that most of the drive is going to be on two and four-lane highways and travel times can be longer because of congestion on these smaller roads, especially during peak travel seasons.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Lake Tahoe?

    For the most part, most rental car companies will expect renters to be at least twenty one years old to rent a car, although drivers that are less than twenty five years old may pay an additional fee for renting a car. You should also expect that if you are younger than twenty five years old, there may be limits to the type of car you can rent. If you plan on using a debit card rather than a credit card to rent a car, most rental car companies will expect you to be at least twenty five years old to rent the car.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Lake Tahoe?

    Intermediate (Nissan Rogue or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Lake Tahoe.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Lake Tahoe?

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

Car hire locations in Lake Tahoe

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  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Lake Tahoe

    3 Locations

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Lake Tahoe

    2 Locations

  • easirent

    Easirent car hire locations in Lake Tahoe

    1 Location

  • national

    National car hire locations in Lake Tahoe

    1 Location

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