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Car rentals in Salem: All you need to know

A Salem car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to explore all the sights, and even find out what the rest of Oregon has to offer. We've answered your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Salem. Find out the dos and don'ts of renting a car.

Where do I find a great deal on a rental car in Salem?

You are on your way to getting the best deal on your car rental when you use us. But, you can try to do a couple things to keep your next rental affordable. You can:

  • Read through the mileage policy to prevent any surprises
  • Reserve your vehicle as far in advance as you can
  • Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs if possible; they normally are pricier
  • Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more with a longer rental

Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Salem rental car.

What rental companies have retailers in Salem?

From budget-friendly brands like Payless and Fox to global names like Hertz and Enterprise, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the online reviews to get an idea of which is best for you.

What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Salem?

That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Salem. If you're having trouble picking the right car, be sure to look over our table below. We've compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:

How old do you have to be to rent a car in Salem?

Normally, the age limit for car rentals in Salem is 21. Please note, you may find that there is an added charge if you're under 25 or for larger or higher category rentals in particular. Go over the terms to determine what any additional charges is before you book your car.

Do I need insurance to rent a car in Salem?

Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to buy additional insurance through rental car company, if you think your insurance won't cover your rental during your trip. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Several credit card issuers (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will offer coverage. But many of them have restrictions, like not covering large automobiles like premium models or some SUVs. It is best to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to Salem.

What is the fuel policy for Salem rental cars?

Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.

You will need to search for a gas station near the drop-off location

What fuel policy should I get?

At CarRentals.com, we encourage a full tank policy. You receive the car with a full tank. If you return the rental with less than the amount you received it with, most companies will charge a premium to top it back off. For a cheaper rate, find a gas station before you return the car.

Is it worth getting unlimited miles?

If you plan to see all that Salem and maybe even the rest of Oregon offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional fees. Go over the fine print to be certain they are truly "unlimited."

Know before you go

Before you begin on your Salem vacation, make sure you go over a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. You should take time to:

  • Inspect your vehicle and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. If so, mark it down on your paperwork
  • Inspect the trunk to determine if the spare is inflated and the necessary tools to change it are there
  • Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
  • Figure out how to work the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city

Book your Salem rental car today

You know you can depend on a wonderful car that will leave you with extra money to spare when you book with CarRentals.com. Book today to cash in on cheap deals on your perfect Salem rental car. We'll see you out here.

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