Car rentals in Baltimore: All you need to know
A Baltimore car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You can explore all the sights, and even find out what the rest of Ohio has to offer. CarRentals.com has answered your most popular questions about renting a car in Baltimore. Read on to discover the dos and don'ts of car rentals.
How do I find a bargain rental car in Baltimore?
CarRentals.com makes it a breeze to snag the cheapest rates. Just enter your travel dates and scroll through the list of rental car suppliers, choose the top rental locations, and find the cheapest offers in Baltimore. You can also:
- Read through the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprise fees
- Book your vehicle as far in advance as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they tend to be more expensive
- Compare weekly and daily rates; you might save more if you rent the car for longer
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Baltimore rental car.
What rental companies have agencies in Baltimore?
From budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget to global names like Avis and Enterprise, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the reviews to help you figure out which is best for you.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Baltimore?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Ohio city means you're certain to find an automobile that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Families or groups looking for adventure in the Ohio back-country||BMW X3, Ford Explorer, or similar|
|Full Size||Groups with suitcases and a need for space||Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, or similar|
|Compact Car||When saving money is a top priority||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Baltimore?
Normally, the age limit for car rentals in Baltimore is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. Additionally, many suppliers charge an extra fee if you are under 25. Be sure to review the supplier's terms to determine any additional charges will be before you book your rental.
Does Baltimore require rental car insurance?
When driving around Baltimore or the rest of the U.S.A., you will need insurance. Almost every supplier needs proof of insurance before you rent a car. Many countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase temporary insurance with the rental supplier. Additionally, as a United States citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.
Although many of the major card issuers, like Visa or Discover, offer some insurance, there are usually restrictions. For example, you may not be covered if you get a larger or luxury vehicle. Check the rental car company's policy before you decide.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to search for an open gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you get your vehicle. Use as much fuel as you need and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off when you are done. 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 half of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any fuel you didn't use. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pick up the car with a full tank of gas and return the car with an empty tank. Check with the supplier to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you bring back the car||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local 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 fill the tank back up before you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to get some gas before you do any serious driving|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
We advise a full tank policy. You pick up your rental with a full tank, and you should bring it back it topped off. To avoid any added expenses, find a filling station before returning the car rental. Stations near or around airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
If you wish to see all that Baltimore and maybe even the rest of Ohio offers, you are going to want unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Baltimore. Go over the fine print to make certain your mileage is actually "unlimited."
Before you drive off
Before you begin on your Baltimore vacation, be sure you go over a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. It's important to:
- Check out your vehicle and be sure there is no dents or scratches. If so, mark it down on the 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 to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Get comfortable operating the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Baltimore rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Baltimore has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be going between the great restaurants, famous landmarks, and all the fantastic sites in Baltimore.