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Car rentals in Summerville, Charleston: What you need to know

Charleston, South Carolina, is full of exciting neighborhoods like Summerville. It's in communities like these where you can get a true sense for a region like Charleston. But once you are done exploring all the great things to do in Summerville, you'll need some wheels to discover all that Charleston offers.

You will have to follow a tight schedule if you try to save money by taking Summerville's bus system. Taxis and rideshares are easier, but little trips here and there can add up. Plus, they may not available when you want a ride right away. Renting a car in Summerville is the easiest way to make sure you see the entirety of the neighborhood and the rest of Charleston on your trip. See below to find all that you need to know about car rentals in Summerville.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get an affordable car rental in Summerville?

If you are searching for some of the best rates on a car rental, then you're in the right place. To get the most savings on your trip to Summerville you can do a few things:

  • Compare and contrast the rates for a few suppliers on the type of car you want
  • Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually get your preferred vehicle of your choice and save more
  • Make sure you know any cost for an added driver, fuel policy, and mileage limits. That way you will know the total cost before you book
  • Decide what car you'll need for your trip. Don't get more car then you need

Before you book, make sure you go through the rental policy.

What kind of rental car should I get in Summerville?

With a number of car types to choose from, it may be tough to decide what car is ideal for your visit. However, keep in mind your needs and the number of people you are traveling with. Our table below can help you book which car is the best one for your visit.

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

The youngest age to rent a vehicle in most cities, like Summerville, Charleston, is 21. However, there is usually an additional charge if you or the added driver are under 25. Also note, the age restriction may be different for premium, large capacity, SUVs, or other higher category vehicles. Check with the rental car company before you book.

Does the United States require car insurance?

Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy interim insurance through the car rental company. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage through at checkout.

Many of the major credit cards (Discover, American Express, Visa and MasterCard) usually cover your car rental. But many of them have restrictions, like not covering larger vehicles, like trucks or SUVs. Make sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to Summerville.

Should I return my car rental with a full tank?

We encourage a "full-to-full" policy. You should get your automobile with the needle at "F". If you return your rental with less fuel than you began with, the company may charge a premium to top it back off. If you want to keep your expenses lower, you'll want to find a gas station before you return the car to the supplier.

Do most companies offer one-way rentals in Summerville?

Many car rental companies offer one-way rentals. You may find it more convenient to drop off your vehicle in a different area. Be aware that there is generally an extra fee for one-way rentals. Be sure to check the supplier's policy to know exactly how much it may cost you.

Why should I get unlimited miles?

The majority of suppliers provide unlimited miles, but you need to make sure it is part of the bundle. It's important to consider how much driving you will be doing ahead of time. You don't want to be surprised with any additional fees if you don't have unlimited miles, so be certain to understand the supplier's policy. You may need unlimited miles if you are hitting the open road to explore what else is in Charleston.

What is there to do around Summerville?

Once you've checked out Summerville, you'll be happy that you have your own set of wheels available. There are some worthwhile stops around Charleston that are just a drive away. There is a lot of history in and around places like Summerville. You'll find 33 historical sites and landmarks in nearby Charleston. If you're a history buff, then you can't miss places like:

  • Edward Rutledge House on 117 Broad St. in Charleston
  • Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue located at 90 Hasell St.
  • Dubose Heyward House found at 76 Church St.
  • Circular Congregational Church and Parish House at 150 Meeting St. in Charleston

South Carolina has lots of things to do for tourist and locals alike. You may just have to hop into your rental and see what is else is in the region.

Your Summerville, Charleston Rental Car is waiting

You won't have to worry about coordinating your visit to a metro schedule. After you have booked a rental car in Summerville from, you'll be able to drive around Summerville and the rest of Charleston on your own schedule. Check out our choice of cars from the top rental car agencies in the country and choose the ideal automobile for your Summerville adventure.