Car rentals in Amherst: All you need to know
You need a great automobile to get around Amherst whether you're going for a business or pleasure. Check out the famous sites around town and park in front of the best restaurants in Amherst. We've gathered your most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Amherst. Keep reading to discover the dos and don'ts of renting a car.
Where do I get a bargain rental car in Amherst?
We always strive to get you the best deal. But, you can do a couple things to keep your next rental affordable. You can:
- Compare and contrast the rates for a few suppliers on the type of car you want
- Book as far in advance as possible. You'll usually save more and get the car of your choice
- Check the fuel and mileage policies. You don't want to be surprised with additional costs
- Decide what car you'll need for your vacation. Don't rent more car than you need
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Amherst.
What rental companies have retailers in Amherst?
From global names like Hertz and Enterprise to budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to help you figure out which one is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Amherst?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this South Dakota town means you're certain to find a car that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Great for families or groups who need a comfortable ride and have safety as a top priority||Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, or similar|
|Full Size||Need extra room and comfort, but with better handling and gas mileage than an SUV||Infiniti Q50, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most mpg on their trip||BMW i3, Toyota Prius, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Amherst?
Generally, to rent a car in Amherst you must be at least 21. Please note, you may find that there is an additional fee if you are under 25 or for larger or higher category vehicles in particular. Read over the supplier's terms to find what the exact charge is before you book your vehicle.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Amherst?
When driving in Amherst or the rest of the United States, you will need insurance. Almost every supplier requires that you show proof of insurance before you rent a car. Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase temporary coverage through the rental supplier. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com during checkout.
Many major card issuers, like MasterCard or Visa, give some coverage, however, there are usually restrictions. For example, they may not cover your rental car if you book a larger or luxury vehicle. Check the rental car company's policy before you decide.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to search for a gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you get your vehicle. Use as much fuel as you wish and top it off when you return your car when you are done. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only pay for the fuel you use. Used a half of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any gas you didn't use. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of fuel when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Some rental car companies offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||You won't need to find a fuel station near your rental drop-off location||You might pay more for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle, and you won't have to refill the gas when you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to get some gas before you do any serious driving|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
We usually suggest that you opt for the full-to-full policy. This policy is the most straightforward, and you simply top off the tank before you bring it back.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Amherst?
If you wish to see all that Amherst and maybe even the rest of South Dakota offers, you're going to want unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional charges. Read the fine print to be sure they are truly "unlimited."
Before you drive off
Before you get going on your Amherst vacation, make sure you check a few things prior to leaving the car rental lot. It's worth the time to:
- Look over your vehicle and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. If so, write it down on your paperwork
- Inspect the trunk to determine if the spare is inflated and the necessary tools to change it are there
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable operating the radio or entertainment features. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new city
Book your Amherst rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Amherst has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the great restaurants, famous landmarks, and all the marvelous sites in Amherst.