Car rentals in Bethesda: All you need to know
You need a great automobile to take you around Bethesda whether you're going for a business trip or a vacation. Check out the top sites around the city and park in front of the popular restaurants in Bethesda. We've collected your most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Bethesda. Find out the dos and don'ts of car rentals.
Where can I get a bargain car rental in Bethesda?
You're well on your way to finding the best price on your car rental with us. But, you can try to do a couple things to keep your upcoming booking affordable. Be sure to:
- Read the mileage policy to avoid any surprise expenses
- Book your vehicle as far ahead of time as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they tend to be pricier
- Compare daily and weekly 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 Bethesda.
What rental companies have agencies in Bethesda?
There are around eight car rental providers to pick from in Bethesda. You'll find some of the best suppliers, like Enterprise. Scan through the online reviews to get an idea of which one is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Bethesda?
That all depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Bethesda. If you're having difficulty picking the right car, be sure to read over our chart 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 Maryland back-country||BMW X3, Ford Explorer, or similar|
|Full Size||For large groups that want better fuel economy than an SUV||Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, or similar|
|Compact Car||Great for maneuvering around congested cities||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Bethesda?
Generally, to rent a car in Bethesda you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to read over the rental agreement to figure out what the exact rate is before you book your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Bethesda?
Insurance is always needed, no matter where you're renting a car. Nevertheless, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay using your credit card, the card's policy may also insure you. Keep in mind, these policies might not totally cover your rental, and you'll need to add it on to your booking. Look into it before you book and, if it's necessary, you can conveniently include it at checkout.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to find a gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you pick up your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental dealer. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only need to replace the fuel you used. Used a quarter 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 fill up at any station you want and you'll only be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Some suppliers provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||You won't need to find a fuel 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 pick up the vehicle, and you don't need to refill the gas 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 get some gas before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy should I get?
Many rental car suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, the stand-out choice is usually full-to-full. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with. .
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
If you want to explore all that Bethesda and maybe even the rest of Maryland offers, you are going to want unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Bethesda. Review the fine print to make sure they are truly "unlimited."
Tips before you leave the lot
Before you get started on your Bethesda trip, check out a few things prior to leaving the car rental lot. It's worth the time to:
- Inspect your car and make certain there is no dents or scratches. If you notice any, write it down on the paperwork
- 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 to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Get comfortable operating the navigation and entertainment. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Bethesda rental car today
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