Car rentals in Charleston: All you need to know
You want a great car to get around Charleston whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. See the famous sites around town and park in front of the best restaurants in Charleston. CarRentals.com has gathered your most popular questions about renting a car in Charleston. Read on to see 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 Charleston?
CarRentals.com always tries to get you the best deal. But, to get the most savings on your trip to Charleston you can do a few things. You can:
- Compare the prices of vehicles
- Avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which typically are more expensive
- Know ahead of time how much fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and book as far in advance as you can
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental companies have agencies in Charleston?
From budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget to global names like Avis and Enterprise, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to get an idea of which one meets your needs.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Charleston?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in Charleston. If you're having a bit of trouble picking the right car, make sure to go over the table below. We've compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Great for families who want comfort and have safety as a top priority||Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, or similar|
|Full Size||For large groups that want better fuel economy than an SUV||Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want a quiet and comfortable ride||BMW i3, Kia Optima, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Charleston?
Usually, to rent a car in Charleston you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. Additionally, many suppliers charge an extra fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read over the rental agreement to figure out what the exact price is before you reserve your rental.
Does Charleston require rental car insurance?
Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to buy temporary insurance with the rental car supplier. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Although many of the major card issuers, like Visa or American Express, give some insurance, there may be restrictions. For example, you may not be covered if you reserve a luxury or larger vehicle. Make sure to check car rental supplier's policy before you decide.
What is the fuel policy for Charleston 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 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 car. You can use as much fuel as you want and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental office. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only pay for the fuel you use. Used a half of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any fuel 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 when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Several suppliers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||You won't have to search for a gas station before you bring back the car||You might pay a higher rate 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 collect your vehicle, and you won't need to refill the gas when you drop it back off||You refill your 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 do you recommend?
Many suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, the stand-out choice is usually full-to-full. It simply means returning the car with the same level of gas as you got it with, so you'll never pay for anyone else's road trips through the Charleston.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Charleston?
Unlimited miles is a good option if you decide to do some sightseeing or visit a lot of clients all over Charleston. You can drive wherever you want without incurring extra charges. Go over your policy to see if there are mileage limitations.
Know before you go
Before you get going on your Charleston trip, be sure you go over a few items prior to leaving the lot. You should take time to:
- Check out your vehicle and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. If so, write it down on your paperwork
- Check the trunk to see if the spare is properly inflated and the necessary tools to change it are there
- Get familiar with the controls of your 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. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new area
Book your Charleston car rental today
Maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center, maybe you're traveling solo, or maybe you're bringing your partner or kids. CarRentals.com has the ideal car rental that can suit your requirements and not break your wallet.