Car and RV Rental
Renting a car in California is a fairly painless procedure. You must have a valid driver's license, a passport (for non- US citizens) and a credit card (used for a security deposit), and you usually must be at least 25 years of age.
Rates vary widely, starting at around $35 per day for a basic, compact car (not including insurance). If you want a CD player, air-conditioning and a car with a little more room (ie, something in the midsize range), you'll likely pay between $45 and $55 per day.
Base rates may be cheaper at the airport than elsewhere, but after paying the 'airport fee,' you usually end up spending about the same. Booking a car at the same time you book a flight often guarantees a better rate.
Major car rental companies include:
Another way to tour California — and a fun one at that — is by motor home (RV). Both El Monte RV and Cruise America rent motor homes in several sizes.
As of July 1, 2008, California law requires hands-free devices for anyone using a cell phone while driving, except in a medical or traffic emergency. Additionally, cell phone usage is outlawed for all drivers under the age of 18. For more information, visit http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/olin/07_olin/txt/07olin09.htm .