Car rentals in Austin: All you need to know
An Austin 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 find out what else the rest of Nevada has to offer. CarRentals.com has answered your most popular questions about renting a car in Austin. Find out the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
Where do I get a bargain car rental in Austin?
CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to book budget-friendly rates. Just type in your travel dates and scroll through the list of rental car suppliers, select the top rental locations, and find the best offers in Austin. You should also:
- Read through the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprises
- Reserve your car rental as far ahead of time as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs if possible; they usually are more expensive
- Compare weekly and daily rates; you might save more if you rent the car for longer
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Austin.
What rental companies have agencies in Austin?
From global names like National and Hertz to budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to get an idea of which one is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Austin?
That all depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Austin. If you're having trouble picking the right car, make sure to read over the chart below. We have compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||Business travelers who want a little luxury as they cruise Austin||Cadillac XTS, Infiniti Q50, or similar|
|SUV or Minivan||Families with a lot of luggage and a need for space||Dodge Grand Caravan, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Compact Car||When saving money and good gas mileage are your top priorities||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Austin?
Usually, to rent a car in Austin you must be at least 21. Please note, there might be an added fee if you're under the age of 25 or for larger or higher category vehicles in particular. Read through the terms to discover what the exact charge is before you rent your vehicle.
Does Austin require rental car insurance?
Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to pay for temporary insurance with the rental car supplier. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Many credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will cover your car rental. However, there may be limitations, such as not covering larger automobiles such as trucks or SUVs. Make sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to Austin.
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 need to find an open 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 get your automobile. Use as much fuel as you need 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? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any gas you didn't use. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll receive the car with a full tank and return the car with an empty tank. Ask the rental car provider to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a gas 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 will not have a full tank of fuel when you collect your vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up before you bring the car back||You refill your 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 do you recommend?
We recommend a full tank policy. You receive the car with a full tank, and you will want to return it filled up. If you want to keep your expenses lower, it is best to fill up your tank before returning the rental. Stations near airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Austin?
If you wish to see all that Austin and maybe even the rest of Nevada offers, you're going to need unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional fees. Review the fine print to make certain they are actually "unlimited."
Tips before you leave the lot
Make sure you go over a few things prior to leaving the car rental lot. It's important to:
- Inspect your vehicle and determine if there is any dents or scratches. 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
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable working the navigation and entertainment. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Austin car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Austin has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be going between the highly-rated restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the amazing sites in Austin.