Car rentals in Birmingham: All you need to know
You need a great vehicle to take you around Birmingham whether you're going for a business trip or a vacation. Explore the top sites around the city and park in front of the popular restaurants in Birmingham. CarRentals.com has answered the most popular questions about car rentals in Birmingham. Keep reading to see how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How can I find a great deal on a car rental in Birmingham?
You're on your way to getting the best price on your car rental by booking through us. However, to get the most savings when you travel to Birmingham you can do a few things. Make sure to:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which typically cost more
- Know ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and book as far in advance as you can
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Birmingham.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Birmingham?
From budget-friendly brands like Thrifty and Budget to global names like Enterprise and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the reviews to help you figure out which one meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Birmingham?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Iowa city means you're bound to find a vehicle that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||To take on any kind of terrain and enjoy great views||Ford Edge, Jaguar F-Pace, or similar|
|Full Size||Planning a big trip with a large group of friends or family members||Infiniti Q50, Hyundai Sonata, or similar|
|Economy Car||Great for maneuvering in large cities||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Birmingham?
Typically, the age limit for renting a car in Birmingham is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to read over the supplier's terms to determine what the exact price will be before you book your car.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Birmingham?
Insurance is always needed, wherever you're renting a car. That said, 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, those policies may not cover you 100%, and you'll need to add it on to your booking. Check ahead of time and, if it's required, you can simply include it at checkout.
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 need to search for an open gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you pick up your car. Use as much petrol as you need and top it off when you return your car. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only pay for the fuel you use. Used a half of a tank? Simply 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 pay service 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. Check with the rental car provider to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||You won't have to search for a gas station before you bring back the car||You usually pay more for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle, and you won't have to refill the gas when you drop it back off||You fill the 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 should I get?
Most rental car suppliers provide you a full to full tank policy. We advise bringing it back with a full tank. If you want to save some money, fill up your tank before bringing the rental car. Stations near airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good option for anyone who don't want to worry about incurring any extra charges with the distance they drive. You will just need to make sure there's nothing else in the small print that could add in extra costs.
Tips before you leave the lot
Make sure you go over a few items prior to leaving the lot. It's important to:
- Inspect the car 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 to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Birmingham 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. CarRentals.com has the ideal car rental that can align with your requirements and not break the bank.