Car rentals in Chicago: All you need to know
A Chicago car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to explore all the sights, and even see what the rest of Illinois has to offer. CarRentals.com has gathered the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Chicago. Read on to find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How can I find a bargain rental car in Chicago?
We always try to get you the best price. But, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your upcoming booking. Be sure to:
- Read through the mileage policy to prevent any surprise expenses
- Reserve your rental as far in advance as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they commonly are pricier
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more if you rent the car for longer
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Chicago rental car.
What rental suppliers have agencies in Chicago?
We have around 54 rental suppliers that you can choose from. We have budget-friendly names like Economy and Budget and global ones like National and Enterprise. Read through the reviews to help you figure out which one is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Chicago?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what you'll be doing when you visit Chicago. If you're having a bit of trouble picking the right car, be sure to look over the chart below. We have compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Chicago?
Generally, the age limit for renting a car in Chicago is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to read over the supplier's terms to discover what the total is before you book your car.
Does Chicago require rental car insurance?
Insurance is mandatory, no matter where you rent a vehicle. However, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay for the rental in full using your credit card, the card's policy may also insure you. Keep in mind, your policies may not cover you 100%, and you'll have to add it on to your booking. Look into it before you book and, if it's required, you can conveniently include it at checkout.
What is the fuel policy for Chicago rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.
What fuel policy do you recommend?
Many suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, full-to-full is our stand-out winner. It simply means returning the car with the same level of gas as you got it with, so you'll never pay for anyone else's road trips through the Chicago.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
If you plan to explore all that Chicago and maybe even the rest of Illinois offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional fees. Review the fine print to be sure they are truly "unlimited."
What are some things to do in Chicago?
There is tons to see and do in this city. Some of Chicago's most popular attractions are:
- Maggie Daley Park
- Shedd Aquarium
- Chicago Architecture River Cruise
- Navy Pier
Fortunately, you'll be able to drive to whichever one you want or visit them all.
Before you drive off
Be sure you check a few items before you leave the rental lot. You should:
- Check out the vehicle and be sure there is no dents or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Chicago car rental today
Maybe you're traveling solo, maybe you're bringing your partner or kids, or maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. CarRentals.com has the ideal car rental that can align with your needs and not deplete your travel piggy bank.