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Car rentals in Empire: What you need to know

Traverse City, Michigan, is full of exciting neighborhoods like Empire. It's in these localities where you can get a true feel for a town like Traverse City. But after you are done exploring all the wonderful restaurants and shops in Empire, you'll want some wheels to discover everything that Traverse City offers.

You will have to follow a strict schedule and make sure you have exact change if you try to save money by hopping on Empire's bus system. Taxis and rideshares can be more convenient, but little trips here and there can add up. Moreover, you may not be able to snag one when you need a lift. An Empire car rental is the simplest way to make sure you see this great neighborhood and the rest of Traverse City on your getaway. Read below to learn everything you want to know about renting a car in Empire.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get an affordable car rental in Empire?

Looking the lowest car rental rates? You're in the right spot. To increase your savings when you travel to Empire you can do a few things:

  • Compare and contrast weekly and daily rates from all the different suppliers
  • Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually save more and get the car of your choice
  • Make sure you are aware of any cost for a mileage limits, fuel policy, and additional drivers. That way you will know the true cost before you book your car
  • Don't get more vehicle than you need. Typically, the smaller the class the lower the rate

Make sure you read the supplier's policy to understand the total cost before you book.

What kind of rental car should I get in Empire?

With a number of types of vehicles to select from, it may be tough to decide which type is the best for your vacation. Nonetheless, consider your needs and the number of you're riding with. Our table below can help you reserve the best vehicle for you.

How old do I have to be to rent a car in Empire?

In most areas, you can rent a car in Traverse City if you're at least 21. Please note usually you'll be charged an added fee if you are under 25 years of old. Make sure to review the supplier's policy to know what the total cost is for you.

Does the U.S.A. require car insurance?

In United States of America you do need to have insurance before you rent a car. It may possible to buy additional insurance through the supplier, if you think your insurance won't cover you while traveling through United States of America.

Many of the major credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover) typically offer coverage. But many have prohibitions, such as not completely covering large vehicles, like premium models or some SUVs. It is best to find out by calling your credit card company to find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to Traverse City. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout.

Am I required to fill my tank before I return my rental car back?

Most suppliers give you a full tank of gas. At CarRentals.com, we suggest bringing it back filled up. If you want to keep your expenses lower, you should find a filling station before you bring it back to the supplier.

Do most suppliers offer one-way rentals in Empire?

Most car rental providers offer one-way rentals. You may find it more convenient to drop off your car in a different city. Please note that there is typically an extra fee for one-way drop offs. Be sure to read the rental car company's policy to know exactly how much it may cost you.

Should I get unlimited miles when I drive in Empire?

The majority of suppliers provide unlimited miles, but you want to make sure it is part of the package that you are purchasing. It's helpful to know how much you want to drive and plan your trips ahead of time. Although most rental car companies offer unlimited mileage, if it isn't part of your rental agreement you could face additional cost. You may need unlimited miles if you're thinking of taking some road trips to see what else is in Traverse City.

What is there to do around Empire?

Once you've checked out Empire, you'll be happy that you have your own vehicle. There are some worthwhile stops around Traverse City that are just a drive away. If you want to take in a bit Michigan culture, make sure to check out Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan. Searching for something a bit more adventurous? Then drive your rental vehicle and head to Great Wolf Lodge for some local thrills.

Your Empire, Traverse City Ride is waiting

Has a restaurant in Traverse City caught your attention? Do you need to meet a customer at their hotel or office? Don't miss out on one of Empire must-sees or be late to a meeting. When you have access to your own car, you can make sure your trip is on your time, and not have to adhere public transportation schedules.

Browse our choice of cars from the top rental car agencies in the nation and pick out the ideal car for your Empire vacation.