Car rentals in Alberta: All you need to know
You need a great car to take you around Alberta whether you're going for a business or pleasure. See the famous sites around the area and park in front of the popular restaurants in Alberta. CarRentals.com has collected your most popular questions about renting a car in Alberta. Keep reading to see the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
Where can I find a bargain car rental in Alberta?
CarRentals.com always tries to get you the best deal. However, there are ways to get an even lower price on your next rental. Make sure to:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Try to avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which can be more expensive
- Determine ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and reserve as far in advance as you can
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Alberta rental car.
What rental companies have agencies in Alberta?
From global names like Enterprise and Hertz to budget-friendly brands like Fox and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the reviews to help you figure out which one meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Alberta?
That depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Alberta. If you're having trouble picking the right car, make sure to look over the table below. We've compared the most popular types of cars for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||When you deserve the best||Cadillac XTS, Infiniti Q50, or similar|
|SUV or Minivan||Family getaways where you need the extra room||Toyota RAV4, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Economy Car||When saving money is a top priority||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Alberta?
Typically, the age limit for renting a car in Alberta 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 review the rental agreement to discover what the total is before you reserve your rental.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Alberta?
Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to pay for interim insurance through the rental car supplier. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout. Many credit cards (Discover, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard) will offer coverage. However, there may be limitations, like not covering large vehicles like premium models or some SUVs. Make sure to call and find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you travel to Alberta.
What is the fuel policy for Alberta rental cars?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to search for a gas station close to your rental car supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The gas tank will be full when you get your vehicle. You can use as much fuel as you want and top it off when you return your car. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only need to replace the fuel you used. Used a quarter of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any you didn't use. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only pay refueling charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll receive the car with a full tank and return the car with an empty tank. Some providers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||You won't need to find a fuel station near your rental drop-off location||You usually pay more for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up the vehicle, and you don't need to refill the gas when you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to find a gas station shortly after you collect the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
We usually suggest that you opt for the full-to-full policy. This policy simply means you bring your rental back to the full, and you're all set.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good option for travelers who don't want to worry about how many miles they are driving. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Read the details on mileage limits before you book.
Tips before you leave the lot
Be sure you check a few items prior to leaving the lot. It's worth the time to:
- Inspect the vehicle and determine if there is any dents or scrapes. If so, mark it down on your paperwork
- Check the trunk to determine if the spare is properly inflated and the jack and lung wrench 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. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are navigating a new area
Book your Alberta car rental today
When you book with CarRentals.com, you know you can depend on a perfect vehicle that will result in more extra money to spare. Cash in on cheap deals on your ideal Alberta car rental when you book with us. See you out here.