Car rentals in Boston: All you need to know
You need a great automobile to get around Boston whether you're traveling for a business or pleasure. Explore the top sites around town and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Boston. We've gathered the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Boston. Find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where do I get a great deal on a rental car in Boston?
CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to snag budget-friendly deals. Just type in your travel dates and go through the variety of rental companies, pick the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly packages Boston has to offer. You can also:
- Check the mileage policy to avoid any surprises
- Reserve your rental car as far ahead of time as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they generally are pricier
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more with a longer rental
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental companies have outlets in Boston?
From global names like Enterprise and Sixt to budget-friendly brands like Dollar and Thrifty, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to get an idea of which meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Boston?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Boston. If you're having trouble picking the right car, be sure to look over our chart below. We've compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||When you need the best||Infiniti Q50, Mercedes Benz CLA, or similar|
|SUV or Minivan||Family getaways where you need additional room||Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most miles per gallon on their trip||BMW i3, Kia Optima, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Boston?
Normally, to rent a car in Boston you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to read the supplier's terms to figure out what the exact price is before you book your car.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Boston?
Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to purchase additional insurance through rental car supplier for your trip, if you think your insurance won't cover your rental. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout. Several credit card issuers (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will cover your car rental. But many of them have restrictions, like not covering bigger automobiles like premium models or some SUVs. It is best to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you travel to Boston.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need 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 pick up your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you need and top it off when you return your car. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||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 any you don't need. You can fill up at any station you want 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 upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Some suppliers provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||You won't need to find a petrol station near your rental drop-off location||You usually pay a more expensive rate 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 don't have to refill the gas before 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 do any serious driving|
What fuel policy should I get?
Most suppliers provide you a full to full tank policy. At CarRentals.com, we recommend returning the car topped off. If you want to keep your expenses lower, find a gas station before returning the rental car. Stations near or around 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. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Read the details on mileage limits before you book.
Before you leave the lot
Make sure you check a few items before you leave the car rental lot. You should take time to:
- Inspect the vehicle and determine if there is any damage 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 to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Boston car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Boston has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the highly-rated restaurants, famous landmarks, and all the must-see sites in Boston.