Car rentals in Athens: All you need to know
An Athens car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to check out all the sights, and even see what the rest of Tennessee has to offer. We've collected the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Athens. Keep reading to see how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
Where can I get a great deal on a car rental in Athens?
We always try to get you the best deal. But, to get the most savings when you travel to Athens you can do a few things. Be sure to:
- Compare the prices of vehicles
- Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs, which can be more expensive
- Know ahead of time the amount of mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and book in advance
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Athens.
What rental companies have retailers in Athens?
From budget-friendly brands like Fox and Budget to global names like Enterprise and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to get an idea of which one meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Athens?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Athens. If you're having difficulty choosing, make sure to look over our chart below. We have compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Families or groups looking for adventure in the Tennessee back-country||BMW X3, Ford Explorer, or similar|
|Full Size||For trips where everyone needs room their bags||Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||Couple or two friends heading to the beach and back||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Athens?
Generally, the age limit for renting a car in Athens is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. Additionally, many suppliers charge an extra fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read the terms to discover any additional charges is before you reserve your rental.
Does Athens require rental car insurance?
Insurance is required, wherever you're renting a car. Nevertheless, you might already be insured by your existing car or credit card policies. Keep in mind, those policies may not provide 100% coverage, and you'll need to add it on to your booking. Check in advance and, if it is needed, you can conveniently include it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
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 need to find a gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you pick up your vehicle. You can use as much fuel as you like and top it off when you return your car. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only need to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank and return the car with the tank empty. Many rental car companies offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||You won't need to find a petrol station near your rental drop-off location||You usually pay a more expensive price 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 collect your vehicle, and you don't need to fill the tank back up when you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to fill up before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
Many suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, full-to-full is our stand-out winner. It simply means returning the car with the same level of gas as you got it with, so you'll never pay for anyone else's road trips through the Athens.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good option for anyone who don't want to worry about watching the odometer their whole trip. You will just need to make sure there's nothing else in the small print that could add in extra costs.
Tips before you leave the lot
Be sure you check a few things prior to leaving the rental lot on your Athens adventure. You should:
- Inspect your vehicle and determine if there is any dents or scrapes. If you notice any, write it down on your paperwork
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- 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 unneeded distractions when you are driving around a new area
Book your Athens rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Athens has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be going between the highly-rated restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the must-see sites in Athens.