Car rentals in Bay City: All you need to know
A Bay City 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 else the rest of Texas has to offer. CarRentals.com has answered your most popular questions about renting a car in Bay City. Read on to discover which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where can I get a great deal on a car rental in Bay City?
You are on your way to finding the best deal on your car rental when you use us. But, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your next rental. You can:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Try to avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which can cost more
- Determine ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and book in advance
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Bay City?
From budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty to global names like Hertz and Sixt, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to get an idea of which is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Bay City?
That all depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Bay City. If you're having trouble deciding, make sure to go over our table below. We have compared the most popular types of cars for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||Business travelers who want a little luxury as they cruise Bay City||Mercedes C-Class, Cadillac XTS, or similar|
|Minivan||Large groups that need room for all their luggage||Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Compact Car||Couple or two friends who plan on doing some sightseeing||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Bay City?
Usually, the age limit for renting a car in Bay City is 21. Please note, you may find that there is an added charge if you are under the age of 25 or for larger or higher category rentals. Read through the terms to find what any additional fees is before you book your vehicle.
Does Bay City require rental car insurance?
Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to buy additional insurance through rental car company, if you know your insurance won't cover your rental. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Several credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) will offer coverage. But there may be limitations, like not covering large vehicles such as premium models or some SUVs. Be sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to Bay City.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. 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||You'll have a full tank when you get your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you want and top it off when you return your car at the end of your rental period. 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. 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 charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of gas upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Many providers provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||You won't need to find a gas station near your rental drop-off location||You usually pay more 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 the vehicle, and you won't need to refill the gas before you bring the car back||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to get some gas before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
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 Bay City?
If you plan to see all that Bay City and maybe even the rest of Texas offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional charges. Go over the fine print to be certain they are truly "unlimited."
Before you drive off
Be sure you go over a few items before you leave the lot. It's worth the time to:
- Walk around the vehicle and make sure there is no dents or scratches. If you notice any, mark 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 unnecessary distractions when you are navigating a new region
Book your Bay City rental car today
Maybe you're traveling solo, maybe you're bringing your partner or kids, or maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. No matter the situation, CarRentals.com has a rental car that can suit your needs and not break the bank.