Car rentals in Atlanta: All you need to know
You want a great vehicle to get around Atlanta whether you're going for a business trip or a vacation. Check out the top sites around town and park in front of the best restaurants in Atlanta. CarRentals.com has answered the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Atlanta. Read on to find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
Where do I get a bargain car rental in Atlanta?
CarRentals.com always tries to get you the best deal. However, there are a more ways to increase your savings. Make sure to:
- Read through the mileage policy to prevent any surprise expenses
- Reserve your rental car as far in advance as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they tend to be more expensive
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you may save more if you rent the car for longer
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Atlanta.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Atlanta?
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. Read through the online reviews to get an idea of which is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Atlanta?
That depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Atlanta. If you're having a bit of trouble deciding, be sure to go over the table below. We have compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Families looking for adventure in the Louisiana back-country||Jaguar F-Pace, Hyundai Santa Fe, or similar|
|Full Size||If you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing and want a comfy ride||Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||Easy to park and have great miles per gallon||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Atlanta?
Generally, the age limit for renting a car in Atlanta 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 over the rental agreement to find any additional charges is before you rent your car.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Atlanta?
When cruising through Atlanta or the rest of the U.S.A., you'll need insurance. Almost every supplier needs proof of insurance before you rent a car. Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase interim insurance through the rental agency. Additionally, as a U.S. citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com during checkout.
The major credit card issuers (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) will typically cover your car rental. However, many of them have restrictions, such as not covering large vehicles like trucks or SUVs. It is best to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to Atlanta.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to find a gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The gas tank will be full when you collect your vehicle. You can use as much fuel as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off when you are done. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. Used a half of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any gas you didn't use. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay service fees if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of gas when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Some suppliers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to check with them beforehand||You won't need to find a gas station near your rental drop-off location||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not 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 fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to fill up before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy should I get?
Most rental car suppliers give you a full to full tank policy. At CarRentals.com, we suggest bringing the car back filled up. If you want to save some money, find a filling station before bringing the rental car.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Atlanta?
If you plan to see all that Atlanta and maybe even the rest of Louisiana offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional fees. Review the fine print to be certain your mileage is truly "unlimited."
Know before you go
Make sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the lot. It's worth the time to:
- Look over the car and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- 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
- Get comfortable working the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Atlanta car rental today
When you reserve your Atlanta rental car with CarRentals.com, you can depend on a great car that will result in more money to spare. Cash in on cheap deals on your ideal Atlanta rental car when you book with us. See you out here.