Car rentals in Birmingham: All you need to know
You want a great automobile to get around Birmingham whether you're going for a business or pleasure. Explore the famous sites around the region and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Birmingham. We've answered the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Birmingham. Keep reading to see the dos and don'ts of car rentals.
How do I find a great deal on a rental car in Birmingham?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to grab budget-friendly rates. Just enter your travel dates and scroll down the variety of car rental companies, pick the top rental locations, and find the best offers in Birmingham. You should also:
- Compare the prices of vehicles
- Avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which typically are more expensive
- Know ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and book as far in advance as you can
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Birmingham rental car.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Birmingham?
From budget-friendly brands like Fox and Budget to global names like Ace and Enterprise, 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 your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Birmingham?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this England town means you're certain to find a vehicle that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Families or groups looking for adventure in the England back-country||BMW X3, Ford Explorer, or similar|
|Full Size||For big groups that want better fuel economy than an SUV||Infiniti Q50, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want a quiet and comfortable ride with great fuel economy||BMW i3, Toyota Prius, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Birmingham?
Typically, to rent a car in Birmingham you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the country. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to read over the supplier's terms to figure out what the total will be before you reserve your rental.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Birmingham?
Insurance is mandatory, wherever you're renting a car. However, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay using your credit card, the card's benefits may also insure you. Keep in mind, your policies might not totally cover your rental, and you'll have to add it to your booking for Birmingham. Check in advance and, if it is required, you can just include it at checkout.
What is the fuel policy for Birmingham rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to search for a gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you get your car. Use as much fuel as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end. 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. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only have to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay refueling charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Many rental car companies offer 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||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 need 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 need to locate a gas station shortly after you get the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
We usually suggest that customers choose the full-to-full policy. This policy simply means you bring your rental back to the full, and you're all set.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Birmingham?
Unlimited miles is a great choice if you plan to do a bit of sightseeing or visit several customers all over Birmingham. You can drive as much as you want and not incur added charges. Review your policy to see if there are any restrictions.
Know before you go
Make sure you check out a few items before you leave the rental lot. You should take time to:
- Walk around the vehicle and make sure there is no dents or scrapes. If you notice any, write it down on your 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, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable operating the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are navigating a new area
Book your Birmingham car rental today
Maybe you're traveling with your partner and kids, or carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. Maybe you're traveling solo. CarRentals.com has the ideal rental car that can align with your requirements and not break your wallet.