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If you want to see everything Hilo has to offer, there is no better way to do so from behind the wheel of a rental car from National. Stop spending your vacation waiting on the bus, or being nickel and dimed with ride-shares or taxis. Having your own vehicle allows you to go to the areas you want to see the most, when you want. Make your next trip to Hawaii more enjoyable with a National car rental.
Hilo is a perfect destination when you wish a break from busyness of a big city. With everything there is to see and do, you'll need your own vehicle to take in all you can during your trip. If you need to see what else is around Hilo, then jump behind the wheel of your National rental car and see what else is out there.
Founded by a couple dozen independent car rental agents in 1947, National has grown from 60 locations in the U.S. to over 2,000 locations worldwide. National offers everything luxury to economy, allowing you to pick the best car for your upcoming trip.
CarRentals.com always tries to get you the best rates, no matter when you book. But booking your car ahead of time can help you save even more. Be sure to keep the car under one driver's name and read the mileage policy to avoid any unexpected fees.
You will need to bring credit card, as well as your driver's license.
Most suppliers in Hilo require that you at least be 21 years old to rent a car. Take time to review National's policy, as there could be limitations if you are under 25 in most cases or for higher category rentals especially.
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in Hilo. Economy or compact cars are ideal for short drives and are easier to park. If you are traveling with a bigger group, then a mid-size car or SUV is going to have enough room for all of you and offer a more comfortable ride on longer trips. Those looking for a little extravagance on their Hilo trip can choose the premium category for a car like a Mercedes C-Class or Cadillac XTS or similar.
In the United States you do need to have insurance before you rent a car. Many major credit card issuers (Discover, American Express, Visa and MasterCard) generally provide some coverage. However, many of them have limitations, such as not covering large vehicles, like trucks or SUVs. Make sure to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Hilo. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.
National does require a deposit when you reserve your rental. National will block the deposit on your credit once you book your rental for your trip. Please note that the deposit will vary greatly based on the model and make of the car.
At CarRentals.com, we encourage a full to full policy. You pick up your National rental topped off. But, if you return your rental with less than the amount it was given to you, most companies will charge a premium, and sometimes up to 3X the amount of current fuel prices to refill it. For a cheaper rate, it is best to find a filling station before you return the car to National. Stations near airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Hilo's small-town atmosphere definitely is charming, but you may want to hit the road again after you've checked off all the activities in Hilo.
National offers one-way rentals in most cases. You may find it more convenient to return your vehicle at another location. Be aware there may be an additional fee when you choose one-way.
Once you've checked off the must-do activities in Hilo, having your own car will allow you to see what else Hawaii offers. When you're ready to see more of Hawaii, you can leave when you like, without having to coordinate ride-hailing services or hanging out a stop waiting for the bus.
Before you head out of town, book your National Hilo rental car and visit all the items on your itinerary at your leisure. Go with CarRentals.com and drive the road in Hilo, Hawaii.